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Would you pay $350 to obtain a certificate that you already have? Literally $350 to sit in a test you've already passed? According to Australian Immigration . . . My English has expired!
A mandatory test I took in 2010 is no longer valid and therefore I will have to sit the test, paying the sitting fee all over again. So how is it a bachelor or masters degree does not expire, however my English after 3 years is no longer valid?
According to legislation I cannot renew this certificate but will have to go through the entire process again, would you pay full price for a qualification you already have?
Recently we've had more events during the school year. These events help boost the happiness of students that attend RKA.
A lack of events can really hurt the health of the school. I was told to fight for what I think is right. This is definitely right.
We need to ABLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE! Not because Barack Obama won, but because it has happened 4 other times.
The Electoral College was good back in the day before there was television, radio and social media. People, then, elected others who were more informed to vote for them. This is now out-of-date because of technological advances making almost anyone more informed. This will force canidates to get in front of more rural communities than favoring more urban areas. Everyone else is voted in because of the popular vote; Why not the President!? This makes eveyone's voice count instead of them feeling like it doesn't!
JOIN ME IN SIGNING THIS PETITION TO ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!
At present NT source their tea from the Yorkshire Tea company which adheres to the Rainforest Alliance policy. This is not Fairtrade accredited tea and therefore does not include valuable terms and benefits for the producers as follows.
• Fairtrade is the only certification system that includes a guaranteed minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production plus pays an extra premium for investment in the community.
• Fairtrade empowers producers in a way distinct from other certification schemes in that its producers are supported to organise into groups, giving them greater negotiating power. They are also offered better access to information, both technical and rights-based. In this way, Fairtrade tackles poverty and promotes the development of the communities where it is applied.
• Fairtrade is also the only system that allows producers to request partial pre-payment of the contract. This is vital for small-scale farmers as it ensures they have cash flow, can reduce the need for expensive credit, can predict their income, and plan for the future.
• Fairtrade requires sustainable farming techniques. Fairtrade Premiums are often used to train producers in organic and sustainable techniques like composting and integrating recycled materials, which can help them make progress in organic conversion in the future.
With the upcoming ship building contract coming to Halifax over the next few years, Halifax needs rent control that will regulate how much rent will be changed on a yearly basses.
People who live in Halifax should be able to afford and stay in Halifax.
Remove the worry that any one year will bring a unrealistic and unfair financial stress to hard working tax paying families and individuals.
For years miners in Australia have been getting away with not paying a fair share of tax for Crown-owned minerals. It's about time they did.
We hold this sentiment:
"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You dug a mine out there - good for you.
But I want to be clear.
You moved your goods to market on the roads and ports the rest of us paid for.
You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.
You were safe in your factory or mine because of police forces, fire forces and military forces that the rest of us paid for.
You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your mine or have a country would invade.
You dug a mine and it turned into something terrific.
You mined Crown-owned minerals; you need to pay a fair price for the national collective’s inheritance that you are profiteering off.
Now you keep a Big Hunk of it.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
The Government has launched a “reinvigorated” Right to Buy scheme for public sector tenants that will provide £75,000 discounts to help social tenants into home ownership. This means that tenant will be given 35% discount and 1% for every year they have been a social housing tenant.
However, this does not include tenants who are under the right to aquire scheme, this scheme offers between £9000 and £16000 dependant on where they live. The government state there are currently no plans for a change in right to aquire discount policy.
So again why is one group of Tenants being treated differently from another group of Tenant. We all Public Sector Tenants.
Currently, students from polytechnics and universities pay twice as much in bus fares compared to their peers in junior colleges (JCs) and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE), who are classified as post-secondary-level.
Polytechnic students, who in all technicalities are doing their post secondary studies, are considered tertiary education students. We end up paying adult fare! Our counterparts in junior colleges get to enjoy the subsidies while we are denied the subsidies.
"With the comparison of MRT concession pass between JCs and Polytechnics, JC student pay about $25 while Polytechnic student pay about $45 per month for the same service." Quoted from Edison Lim's Speech, titled : Student Rate For All Polytechnic Students.
Even as a soon to be polytechnic student, he/she would too have started paying adult fares even before entering a polytechnic. He/she is no longer given student subsidies, even though their age is clearly below that of an adult.
What is most absurd is that, when queried by MP for Nee Soon GRC about student concessions on trains and public buses, the Transport Minister Mr. Lui Tuck Yew, response was that it would cost transport operators $28 million more per year.
Can’t the government fork out the $28 million dollar per year, to provide subsidies for polytechnic students who are doing post-secondary studies? Isn’t the job of the government to provide for the welfare of its people? And would a $28 million pay cut from SMRT’s $895.1 million, or SBS’s $720 Million, affect them? I think not.
Zeng Hanlin is the former chairman of Guangdong Flying Dragon Group.
In Oct 1997, Guangdong Flying Dragon Group acquired 40% equity shares in Chengdu Lianyi Industrial Stock Ltd (a listed company) for a value of $68 million yuan, and in the meantime also injecting its high quality Flying Dragon High-speed Passenger shares into the listed company owned by Chengdu Lianyi Group.
End of 1999, due to the delayed payment to Chengdu Lianyi Group's for the acquisition, a simple civil dispute was transformed into a Contract Fraud case by the Chengdu police, placed Zeng Hanlin under criminal investigation, issued arrest warrant against him in just 1 week and followed by freezing of all his assets. In desperation, he borrowed HKD80,000 from a friend in Hong Kong and fled to Canada.
Since then, he was proclaimed by China mainland as "Major Economic Crimes Most Wanted" and one of China Police "Top 10 Fraud Suspects", his reputation discredited, condemned by the world and suffered reviled.
17 Feb 2011, Zeng Hanlin was repatriated, the 1st person to be forcedly repatriated by Canadian government back to China.
17 Nov 2011, given the attention by the social communities and foreign affairs department, Chengdu Intermediate People's Court started the case hearing secretly. During the trial, all outside contact was rejected; family members were being refused contact with any case information. In addition to the allowed 2 family members in the court, the rest present at the hearing are all local government officials.
During the trial, defendant's counsel defended Zeng Hanlin as Not Guilty.
Prosecutors and Defendant's Counsel hold opposite views on the fact findings made on this crime case.
Although it is a closed-door trial, there is plenty of substantial evidence to prove that Zeng Hanlin is not guilty.
PLEASE - ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN NSW AUSTRALIA.
There is no law or regulation for volunteers in New South Wales to refer to for assistance when they find that they are not being treated fairly by the management of a charity or not-for-profit organisation, or if they are not able to convince management to review its staff management practices. Some organisations have appropriate grievance policies that provide for complaints to be dealt with by independent mediation and arbitration, but such policies are not compulsory
Many volunteers find that they are bullied and their rights not protected. They have no right to seek help from the Privacy Commissioner, the Ombudsman, or the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The Department of Fair Trading has jurisdiction over many charities under the Associations Act, but can only act if there is a breach of the Act. The Department has no power to intervene if there are breaches of the Constitution, Code of Conduct or grievance policies. Some charities take advantage of this lack of government power, knowing that the Government cannot intervene. This causes many volunteer workers to end up as involuntary unemployed.
Volunteer work is still work. Workers that receive wages have options when they are unfairly treated by bosses, but volunteer workers can't do anything about their employers. We call on government to protect all those dedicated volunteer workers who give their time, energy, and money in service to others.
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PLEASE - ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN NSW AUSTRALIA.
Tesco on Kennington Park Road has been open for a nearly a year. Most people living nearby do the majority of their shopping in this Tesco local due to time constraints and a lack of personal transport.
There are hardly any value products in store any more and alot of prices are higher than the bigger supermarkets.
The store is so busy they have even added a self service till. We feel that the loyal customer base they have built up over this year deserve to be treated fairly.
The Election of a majority government in Canada has enabled the Conservative Party to move forward with many initiatives. Manitoba Premier Greg Sellinger has financed an ad campaign to promote saving the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly of the sale of grain in Canada.
Canadian Farmers rely on the Wheatboard to control the price of Grain and ensure they are able to sell their grain at fair market prices. Eliminating the monolpoly will open up competition to outside forces like larger American Corporations like Cargill, et al. This will put downward pressure on Grain prices and force many Canadian Farmers out of the business.
As Canadians it is in our best interest to insulate our farmers from outside competition and insure we are able to sustain our current way of life.
Fair trade is a trading partnership that provides sustainable development for poor producers and workers. The concept has been developed as response to current trade rules, which have not delivered for the overwhelming majority of small and vulnerable producers and poor workers in developing countries. We are writing to you today in honour of World Fair Trade Day, run by the WFTO.
Cotton is the most used natural fibre in the world and should be the ‘white gold’ that propels ten million West African farmers out of poverty. But the West African cotton industry is obstructed by a wall of subsidies paid by the United States and European Union to their farmers. Combined, the US and EU have spent $32bn on their cotton farmers over the past nine years. The result is to dampen down cotton prices for West African farmers, with devastating effects.
With an average GDP per capita of $637, and among the least developed countries on earth, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali (the Cotton-4) rely on cotton more than any other commodity for their export revenues. These countries also produce cotton more cheaply than anywhere else – a competitive advantage that logically should place them in a prime position to benefit from the world’s ever increasing desire for cotton products.
In 2003 the Cotton-4 brought this issue to the negotiating table at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) but have yet to secure a settlement. The Great Cotton Stitch-Up, a campaign spearheaded by the Fairtrade Foundation, explains that breaking through the wall of cotton subsidies hinges on reform of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the US Farm Bill – both of which are under review over the next two years.
This petition is open to the public. Please sign this petition if you support it.
Recognizing the conflict between self-interest and the public interest, the Professional Engineers Act (1922) gave self-regulating associations the power only to register engineers in Canada and not the right to control who could practice engineering.
However, in the interest of their members these associations lobbied governments for 14 years to control who could practice of engineering! Eventually, the Professional Engineers Act was amended in 1937 so these associations could introduce mandatory licensing processes.
PROBLEM 1: IT'S BAD FOR IMMIGRANTS
These provincial self-regulating associations designate who is qualified to use the title Professional Engineer (P.Eng). This legislated control over the title of Professional Engineer (P.Eng) means new immigrants possessing engineering qualifications, including those who have received a professional engineering accreditation overseas, lose this accreditation when they arrive in Canada.
In order to practice engineering in Canada, immigrants must navigate a foreign credential recognition process fraught with barriers to success. Applicants must undergo an individual-by-individual peer review of their credentials and must acquire twelve months of Canadian experience under a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng). However:
• Engineering associations do not publicly document what criteria constitute Canadian experience. An applicant doesn't know what s/he's going to be judged against. This is a fundamental problem.
• Applicants do not have access to an arm’s length appeals process to question how someone has interpreted their acquired Canadian experience. This is a fundamental right.
In a 2007 case Tchou-San-Da v. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) BC SC 1403 and BC SC 1815, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that engineering association’s Bylaw 11(e)(2) was invalid and struck it down because the Bylaw failed to explain the nature and extent of the work experience required by APEGBC for licensing engineers in British Columbia.
Therefore, immigrants face a highly subjective process of Canadian experience evaluation that is not accountable, objective or transparent. For CAPE’s 3,300 immigrant members from 120 countries, all of whom seek to practice engineering in Canada, this requirement is a major barrier to licensing and employment. As a result, only 12% of our members work as engineers in Canada.
PROBLEM 2: IT'S BAD FOR CANADA
This situation negatively impacts Canada as well. In a 2006 report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Canada’s regulation of the engineering profession highly restrictive of competition.
Canada is also a signatory to the two major international regulatory agreements:
• As per the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (article 1210), Canada has agreed to liberalize engineering services by making licensing requirements fair, objective, transparent, and no more burdensome than necessary.
• As per the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATTS) (TN/S/23), Canada has agreed to reduce and/or eliminate discriminatory licensing or registration procedures in engineering services.
In the Conference Board of Canada's annual scorecard:
• Canada earns a “C” grade with a Labour Productivity Growth of negative (-) 0.9%.
• Canada earns a "D" and ranks last among the 17 peer countries in graduating PhDs. CAPE members are six-times more likely to hold a Masters in engineering, and twice as likely to hold a PhD, than an engineering graduate in Ontario!
• Canada earns a "D" grade and ranks 14th out of 17 countries in innovation. The Canadian economy remains a below-average performer on its capacity to innovate.
This lack of competition and opaque licensing processes are a severe problem for our economy.
On average, producers are able to sell only 20% of their output through Fairtrade channels; the rest of it still goes to the ordinary market...thus proving the need for us to buy more products of this nature.
Our petition demands for more Fairtrade products to be sold on our supermarket shelves, regardless of cost, and for more of these products to be available in local schools in order to encourage their sale and set an example for future generations.
Why do those 5 countries have the power to do whatever they want in the world?
Why do only they have the power to cancel any decision from the Security Council?
This unfair for the rest of the world.
The cyclist free lunch needs to come to an end.
I want to send this idea and my reasons to the sleepy heads in parliament.
I would really appreciate your support on this as these pious Cyclists constantly flout the highway code and then complain about the people who pay an ever increasing amount of money for the roads that they ride for free.
So please help me end this discrimination and make things fair, right safer, and equal for everyone.
In the summer of 2010, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky basketball pursued Enes Kanter, a center from Turkey. In the last months, he has been declared ineligible multiple times. The cause, Kanter accepted a surplus in funds, 33k to be exact.
This fact has been agreed by both opposing parties, the University of Kentucky and the NCAA. However, multiple other players in similar situations very comparible to the Kanter's have been declared eligible. This petition calls for the NCAA to declare Kanter eligible in pursuit of consistent ruling in these types of cases.
Every generation has to pick its leaders. Its hero. It movements. This is the time we claim what is ours! The current generation of young adults have the passion, ingenuity, the tools and the opportunity to accomplish this goal.
The time is now. To break enormous political barriers that exist in the current electoral system. A system which favors candidates that have the backing of only the two major parties and the backing of billions of dollars to fuel their campaigns. These billions are essentially bribes to direct policy.
These two men are out casts in their parties. Essentially they are true liberals and true conservatives. Ones who actually are true in their values of why they choose to label themselves liberal or conservative.
This is a petition to call for a system that represents the shared responsibilities, care and love involved in raising children. As it stands, most men do not qualify for statutory leave for when their child is born / adopted, and any statutory leave given can only amount to two weeks maximum.
This means that men are taken away from their newborns at a fundamental stage in their development as studies show that the first three months are crucial to a child’s character and interaction.
This also leaves women with the stigma attached to childcare in the workplace. Despite being illegal, it is estimated 30,000 women a year in the UK lose their jobs directly due to pregnancy and it is a well known fact that women of childbearing age (i.e. from puberty to the menopause) are discriminated in interviews for even the slightest possibility of becoming pregnant and therefore taking time off (even though the government reimburses employers for statutory maternity leave).
Introducing Parental Leave will relieve both women and men from their gender stereotypes and from making tough choices. In the case of Iceland, in 2004 Parental Leave was introduced where each parent received 3 months off work at 80% pay and then a further 3 months to divide accordingly. In Sweden, the allowance is 18 months at 80% pay (3 months reserved for the father). In both countries it is common to see fathers pushing prams and taking their children to day care leaving the UK living in the dark ages.
Equal Parental Leave also speaks volumes for economic recovery. For many households it makes sense for the mother to continue working as she may have a more financially viable job, yet as the father is not entitled to paid leave, it is he who must continue working. Financial recovery equates to productivity – and productivity is directly linked to employee morale. It is time politicians see that family is as the heart of our society and our involvement in the economy. Removing the stigma and endemic discrimination from women and childcare will keep their talents and skills within the economy – which will without a doubt, keep the economy healthy and recover faster.
But the main benefactor and most important aim of Parental Leave is the happiness and well being of the child. To have both parents present throughout the child’s first moments on the earth; to nurture the child, to teach the child, and to build a stable family environment for the child is what will make the child most happy and most healthy.
David Cameron and the Coalition Government forever talk to the British public about changing the structures of our society and economy to support and sustain a FAIRER Britain. This will not be achieved until the needs of the family unit as a whole are recognised by a structure that supports it. We advocate the introduction of gender neutral Parental Leave and the abolition of separate and distant maternal and paternal Leave.
Many government jobs list phone work as an important part of the job on their Vacancies SA or national Government Vacancies websites. This fails to take in consideration Deaf and hard of hearing who need and want a job in the office environment. Many Deaf people are ABLE to do all office operations bar phone work.
I believe that phone work should be made separate OR be modified to suit the needs of the Deaf person. The government is always urging Deaf people to work in any job they want. Not all Deaf people want to or can do labour/factory/hospitality work! Why should we be limited to jobs we don't want to or can't do?? There is a Workplace Modifications organisation, WHY is the government not using this??? Look at this website: http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/services/work_mods.htm this is for workplace modifications, yet the government themselves can't be bothered doing this for Deaf people!!
I know for a fact, there is a call direct transfer system that directs calls to Deaf people using a special service similar to the relay service. WHY AREN'T THE GOVERNMENT USING THIS FOR THEIR JOBS THEY ADVERTISE?
Also there is a law that says discrimination in applying for a job should be illegal, yet I have found many employers who work under the government perform discrimination without our knowledge.
Example: Deaf person goes to an interview and does VERY well, is told they did brilliantly at the interview, then they are told they did not get the job, and they don't get enough feedback. And usually the feedback does not include the reason of being Deaf - yet we know deep down they don't want a Deaf person working with them! So they cover up their personal discrimination by making up excuses especially when we KNEW we would be operfect for the job and we have all the skills! They should be banned from employing people unless they can be open minded!
The City of Dieppe, New Brunswick has proposed a “Quebec Style” Commercial Signage Bylaw that all commercial signage must be in “ FRENCH ONLY “ or Bilingual while banning English only signage with fines for non compliance.
English and French are both the Official languages in Canada and both Language have Equal Rights and Privileges.
This is clearly DISCRIMINATION against the English language and against our Canadian Constitutional Rights to freedom of expression.
Today (25-11-09) The Supreme Court Of Justice Made A Judgement Against Millions Of People That Had Paid Unfair Bank Charges To The Main High Street Banks.
This Is Due To Charges On Current Accounts When People Use An Unauthorised Overdraft Facility.
On November 18th, 2009 Ireland took on France with a chance to qualify for the World Cup.
In the final seconds, however, France was allowed to get away with a blatant handball that caused Ireland to lose the game and any chance of qualifying for the World Cup as well.
Since then many surveys have been taken, all with the overwhelming majority crying for a rematch.
This petition is a response to the injustice felt by the lifeblood of football, the people who support their club/nation, the people who sustain an industry with their tireless support, the people who own the game, the football fans.
We are seeking to eliminate the cheating which is blatantly obvious to the majority of people watching the game, but all too often goes unnoticed and unpunished by the referee and their assistants.
“Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly”. This is an extract from the Fair Play Golden Rules, and does not seem to tally up with many examples of victories achieved unfairly and dishonestly such as; Thierry Henry handling the ball and leading to a goal which ultimately stopped the Republic of Ireland reaching the world cup - Rivaldo’s play acting which lead to the sending off of Hakan Unsal and a winning penalty scored by Rivaldo, and Ultimately winning the World Cup – Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ which knocked out England and ultimately led to Argentina winning the World Cup.
Surely a great deal of value was gained by France, Brazil and Argentina in the above instances of unfairness and dishonesty.
Players have a duty towards their own country/club and therefore can only be expected to do everything they can to win. If the option is there for them to make a split second decision to cheat in order to gain an advantage, it is inevitable that they will take the chance.
Something must be done to both deter and correct this.
Fair Treatment for All Patients. Recently whilst my partner was admitted to the emergency ward of our local hospital, i was disgusted to find him in severe pain and having no other alternative than to lay on the floor within the emergency dept (not wait room) due to the lack of care by nurses and staff.
Clearly beds were empty yet from 7pm to 2am my partner had to endure severe stomach pain and vomiting whilst sitting up in a recliner when the only way to alleviate his pain was to lay. Since I sent this to the News I have had hundreds of comments to me about others experiences and i start this petition to encourage more people to voice their comments and concerns.
You can view the video footage and blog here
Channel 10 Report here: http://ten.com.au/ten-news.htm
Many innocent Americans are held in jails across the country for crimes they did not commit. Some are released but many are forced to spend years, if not their entire lives, behind bars for someone else's crimes.
Most are convicted as a result of mistaken identity and/or botched investigations. Our mission is to prevent such an outcome in this situation.
For years football has been the target of journalists with an obvious aim of putting the game down for the benefit of their own preferred sport of choice.
Now is the time we say enough is enough, we are Australians and deserve the same respect and treatment enjoyed by rival sports.
It is fair to criticise when based on FACT but when a clear anti football agenda exists and certain facts are ignored it shows blatant discrimination.
Firstly, rugby league and AFL journalists are in no position to comment on the world game. It should be left to those who are. The likes of Simon Hill, Michael Cockerill and others can comment from a position of truth and no hidden agendas.
In Australia the current RRP (recommended retail price) of the 80GB console is $AU699.00. If we compare that price to what our fellow gamers in the United States - $US399.00, I'm sure you'll agree that we are not getting a fair deal in Australia on PS3s. Somehow we are incurring an 'Aussie Tax'!
Using a FAIR $US/$AU exchange rate of $0.70 (70c), we should only be paying $AU570.00 for the current 80GB model. In reality, we as a country are only being valued at $0.57 (57c) compared to the US dollar. (399/699 = 0.57)
The exchange rate at what Sony Australia values us as a country has actually worsened since launch of the PS3 console. The 60GB console in the US was $US599.00, whereas in Australia we had a RRP of $AU999.00, an effective exchange rate of $0.60 (60c). An absolute injustice at the time, our fair pricing situation in Australia has actually worsened by 2c since the newer 40GB model was released!
Current PS3 Games also have a 60c exchange rate (somehow!), using Metal Gear Solid 4 as an example, the US RRP is $US59.99, whereas in Australia, we have a RRP of $AU99.99.
As well as the Console & Games, Accessories also have an Aussie Tax! A common Dual Shock 3 controller is priced at $US54.99-59.99 in the US, whereas in Australia, they're priced between $AU89.99-99.99!
EDIT: in light of recent Aussie Dollar fluctuations, i've changed our target price drop value to $AU599.00