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1. Change State of Origin Referees

From 2011 up to 2016, there have been three distinctive referees for the state of origin games. Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton. All three referees have throughout their careers shown a favourable demeanour towards the Queensland Team, giving off the impression that they are in fact maroon sympathisers.

Queensland Rugby League chairman Peter Betros himself admitted that they had been given some favourable calls from the referees during the game.

In the last two years in Origin, the Maroons have won five of the six penalty counts.
Captain Cameron Smith is a master manipulator of the referees, has on several occasions been filmed asking for a penalty every single tackle.

In order for QLD to win a game, they use cheap tricks to favour their odds (such as contesting Semi Radradra playing for NSW).

The referees blatantly ignore Qld actions that should be penalised.

Inglis punched a NSW player in the face when he was tackled, which was ignored completely by referees and players combined. The referees awarded QLD 4 penalties in a row for what can only be seen as soft penalties.

I call for the NRL to change referees in the hope that we can have fair games, where both sides are penalised for their actions.

As Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins are seen as being biased, this increases the chance of the games being rigged from the start just by the referee choices.

2. Les odeurs des égouts d'Huntingdon, Québec / Sewage odours from Huntingdon, Québec

Depuis mai 2015, la ville de Huntingdon, Québec éprouve des difficultés avec son usine de traitement des eaux usées. Les résidents de la municipalité de Godmanchester, Hinchinbrooke, ainsi que de la ville d'Huntingdon sont affectés par ces odeurs dégoûtantes et répulsives.

As of May 2015, the town of Huntingdon, Québec has been experiencing difficulties with their sewage treatment facility. The residents of the municipalities of Godmanchester, Hinchinbrooke, as well as the town of Huntingdon, have been affected by this disgusting and repulsive smell.

3. Call for a transparent, non anonymous digital voting system

We the people are entitled to a transparent paper trail of those elected into power.
The days of paper sheets signed anonymously, to be counted by the few behind closed doors should cease.

There should be no shame in our right to vote.

Any attempt to attack our right to vote freely should punishable with the utmost discipline.

4. Demand an end to Horror commercials while watching Y/G/PG/PG-13 television or movies!

Hi! My name is Aliya Kasabian and I am 12 years old. I have always been sensitive to scary images, even when I know they aren't real. My real HATE for horror commercials started when I was watching a group called Studio C (A totally family friendly group) on my Kindle Fire in my living room. There is always an ad before Youtube commercials and I had never had a problem with them until then. A "The Visit" (A horror movie) ad showed up and I FREAKED OUT! I literally THREW my kindle to the floor and started having a break down. From then on I wondered why anyone would be allowed to expose such horrid images and sounds to a lower rated channel/show.

I was able to live with horror commercials, I was just ready to close my eyes whenever an ad started. I figured it would do until June 8th of 2016. I was catching up on the latest America's got Talent episode (It is TV PG) and an R rated horror commercial came on.

Some commercials I can just look away, but I had to turn around and plug my ears in pure fear and frustration. At dinner that night I wasn't even scared, I was angry. I was tired of having to worry every time I watched something. Angry at the people who made it possible to show that ad on that show. I thought I was too young to make a change, but then I figured out you can be any age to start a petition, you just have to have adults sign it.

Please help out and sign for a good cause. How would you feel if your little girl was watching My Little Pony on any website and was exposed to such content? That's what I thought.

5. Five Year Term Limit for Kenya's Electoral Commissioners

Calls for overhauling of the electoral body in Kenya have become almost a compulsory "campaign agenda" every time we approach general elections. Our politicians forget about the most important issues (like food security, health, infrastructure, education etc) that need to be addressed urgently to improve the impoverishing socio-economic status of the common tax payer and instead spend months on end arguing about an issue that can be resolved with a stroke of the pen in our constitution.

The best solution is to reduce the tenure period for all commissioners to five years, consequently limiting them to overseeing only a single general election. The Electoral body commissioners should be selected at least two years before the date of election to enable them take over, settle and prepare adequately for forthcoming elections. Two years after the general election (in their fifth year of service), the sitting commissioners interested in continuing with the job should re-apply alongside any other qualified and interested citizens for fresh vetting.

This will result in less polarized, more issue-based campaigns. Our politicians will stop wasting time on discussing a few people who are only employed to oversee the process involving Kenyans exercising their democratic right of electing their leaders in a free and fair manner. It will also ensure that every general election is conducted by non-partisan individuals of high integrity, accepted by majority of Kenyans as able to conduct free and fair elections.

6. Opposition to Xcel's Plan for Substation and High Voltage Power Lines bordering Savannah Neighborhood, Plymouth MN

The residents of the Savannah neighborhood and other affected neighborhoods believe Xcel Energy has failed to provide just cause for the addition of a Substation and High-Voltage power lines in the Pomerleau Lake region. There has been a lack of transparency in planning and a significant amount of information and quantitative data is missing from the posted engineering report. We are also concerned that a full and complete risk assessment, both as to environmental and human impacts, was not performed. The substation and power lines will negatively impact area neighborhoods both in aesthetics but more importantly with a negative impact on our property values.

Xcel Energy appears to be rushing to present a plan without fully and adequately considering the impacts on Plymouth residents, particularly as it concerns environmental and economic impacts. Certainly, Xcel as it did with the ill-fated Hollydale Project appears to be rushing headlong into a decision without supplying adequate information supporting their proposals of three alternatives (A, B, and C). Data is also not provided to show why the twelve other alternatives were ruled out.

By way of example, the engineering report fails to answer the following questions:

1) The posted Xcel report does not provide details or comparisons for how the proposed plans will improve power reliability;

2) The posted Xcel report identifies the Transmission Area of Concern but does not adequately explain why distribution and substation upgrades and modification cannot be made within this area versus impacting communities outside of the Transmission Area of Concern;

3) The posted Xcel report does not provide detailed maps showing the path of power lines (which side of the road) and specific positioning of substations. Indeed, when asked by the Savannah HOA, Xcel representatives stated that these plans and the concurrent costs are not yet available;

4) The posted Xcel report does not provide environmental risk or wetland impact assessments;

5) The posted Xcel report does not adequately provide results of details from public outreach reports to area residents or surveys and responses regarding their thoughts and the impacts;

6) The posted Xcel report fails to provide sufficient sub component detail for each option and does not provide confidence levels associated with far term projections, skewing the implied option comparisons;

7) The posted Xcel report fails to supply sufficient responses to concerns raised by landowners, parties and other stakeholders about Hollydale preferred routs and plans that resulted in termination of the proposed project;

8) The posted Xcel report fails to explain why our neighborhood should shoulder the burden for power generated to western Plymouth developments and that there are no alternative options in the area of need;

9) The posted Xcel report does not explain why one or more of the 7 substations in the Transmission Area of Concern cannot be upgraded or modified to meet distribution needs and improve margin for overload conditions instead of building a new substation approximately 1500 feet from an existing substation;

10) The posted Xcel report does not provide a comparison of performance between adding a capacitor bank to the Gleason Lake Substation and Parkers Lake Substation vs building a new substation approximately 1500 feet from the existing Plymouth Substation;

11) Page 47 of the posted Xcel report incorrectly asserts that Option C is the only option that supports re-energizing the Hollydale 69kv line but it is clear that Opt B also allows this the line to be energized using the existing Plymouth Substation;

12) The possible solutions identified in Section 6.4.2 in the posted Xcel report are not sufficiently addressed in the proposed options and does not compare and contrast the the options of creating load transfers at Parks Lake vs building a new substation approximately 1500 feet from an existing substation;

13) The posted Xcel report does not provide sufficient detail for the impact of transferring distribution to 34.5 kV facilities;

14) Section 7.2 of the posted Xcel report only mentions three solutions to the demand issues however the summary states 15 options were identified. Please provide comparisons and selection criteria for down selecting from the 15 options.

15) Figure 1.2, Evaluation and Comparison of System Alternatives, fails to illustrate impacts of building a substation in close proximity to a prized Plymouth wetland, park and playground.

16) The posted Xcel report does not include discussion about long term plans for use of the substation, including whether there are future plans to implement additional distribution lines along Schmidlt Lake Road and/or Fernbrook?

7. Petition to Stop KFC from Occupying Buddy Hoagies' Signature Venue

Capitalism is on the rise and KFC has set a higher bid on the venue that used to occupy my beloved Buddy Hoagies.

A place that holds many memories for us Northerners.
A place where students study for their Olevels is now being replaced with a fast food restaurant that is bound to bring a lot of noise to the public.
A place that sells reasonably healthy food that is now, sadly gonna be replaced by deep fried unhealthy chicken.
A place that provides jobs for full time students, elderly people and housewives.
A place that allows kids to play while their parents dine.
A place where the kitchen staff and service staff are like family.

Stop capitalism now by pledging against Lee Bee Wah's support of Fast food chain, KFC.

Dear Lee Bee Wah. Step down, because ever since you proposed for cyclers to get a bicycle license, I laughed. Just because you don't like smokers, doesn't mean you can shut down the place they hang out at.

8. Create an off-leash dog park within Orchard Community Park in Burlington

The purpose of this petition is to gather signatures from residents who support the creation of an fenced off-leash dog park within Orchard Community Park in Burlington.

9. North Carolina to Secede from the United States of America

We the People of North Carolina, in Order to form a more perfect State, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this petition for the United State of North Carolina.

10. Neighbors Against Corporate Subsidies for Stadiums and Billionaire Team Owners

For more than a decade, the former Bus Barn site in the Midway neighborhood has been “considered among the premier commercial development opportunities in the Twin Cities” and “in terms of prime, re-developable property, near the top of the city of St. Paul's list.”

Yet during that time, the Met Council has done little to market or develop the site, choosing instead to keep the land vacant and more recently using it as a staging area for Light Rail construction. At the same time, the city of St. Paul completed a Snelling Avenue Station Plan but otherwise did little to promote redevelopment of the site.

However, four years ago city of St. Paul pursued a $27 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to help fund what became a $65 million ballpark for the St. Paul Saints—absorbing nearly $7 million in cost overruns to clean up the polluted former Gillette Building site. The city has also, through the St. Paul Port Authority, granted $11.2 million in tax increment financing for redevelopment of the vacant former Macy’s building downtown so that the Minnesota Wild can have a new practice facility.

And now the city is poised to obligate taxpayers for another $18.4 million of infrastructure improvements primarily designed to benefit the proposed soccer stadium for the Midway—including up to $6 million in cleanup costs to make the site “shovel ready” for soccer.

That’s nearly $100 million devoted to professional sports facilities while St. Paul’s streets, bridges, and sewer infrastructure remain in a serious state of disrepair and several rec centers have been demolished or privatized. At what point do we as a community say “enough is enough?”

There is no question that soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and its growing popularity in the U.S. is not in dispute. However, there is a major difference between providing recreational opportunities for those who wish to play soccer versus promoting the professional game to potential ticket-buying fans.

What does the community really get from a $150 million tax-exempt soccer stadium in the Midway beyond more traffic, parking headaches, and noise on game nights?

Will our quality of life best be improved if one day we might be able to pay on average $28 for a ticket to a professional soccer game—or by promoting redevelopment that will create living wage jobs and broaden the property tax base, thus helping to relieve the burden of continuing to subsidize tax-exempt properties like the Bus Barn site?

The vacant Midway site is unquestionably an eyesore in the community—but an eyesore that elected officials have permitted to remain that way for nearly 20 years. Why are we now prepared to clean-up this prime piece of real estate for a tax-exempt soccer stadium—but unwilling to do so in order to maximize its revenue potential as part of a competitive bid process?

If professional soccer is to come to the Midway, it must be accompanied by specific improvements that will clearly benefit the neighborhood—not merely soccer fans and the billionaire owners of Minnesota United.

11. End Child Trafficking

Every minute there is a woman or child sold as a part of some type of commercial gain whether it be money, organ trade, etc. Today I will tell you the story of one.

There was a 4-year old girl by the name of Pranitha who was sold to a broker by her mother. Before rescued Pranitha was raped by 3 grown men. To keep cases like Prunitha's from occurring we must stand together to advocate for change.

12. Save This Mother Owl's Home!

Help save an owl mom's home from being torn down to build houses here in Commerce City, Colorado.

The trees have been there for decades and provide homes for many different birds in the refuge. However, the trees are located just outside of the fence on the homesite property.

When I went to the refuge today, I saw the mother and three owlets sitting in the tree. This is their home and a nesting site for several species of birds and also a perching place for hunting birds such as the Red Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Owl, Magpie, and other local Colorado native birds.

Please sign this petition to save the three trees.

13. Ban the Use of Styrofoam in Jamaica

Styrofoam litter is one of the most common types marine litter found in coastal areas. Foam occupies a significant space in our dumps and when disposed of improperly it is easily blown or washed into storm drains and bodies of water. This product does not decompose and takes hundreds of years to photo degrade, (breaking into smaller pieces over time when exposed to light and wave action)

In addition to being unsightly it is an extremely dangerous threat to human health and the wider environment, Toxic chemicals stick to the surface of foam particles and once they become micro litter Birds, fish, and other wildlife may ingest the foam particles, causing the polystyrene and other toxins to enter the food chain. Once in the food chain, these chemicals may impact human health. In 2011 styrene was classified as carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People unwittingly put EPS containers in microwaves, in wood stoves and on top of campfires which may result in the product leaching into food and drink.

The containers also serve as breeding sites for vectors such as mosquitoes.

The improper disposal of single use items pose an economic issue also as millions of state funds are spent on clean up and disposal activities. Costs that can be reduced by investing in the use of recyclable and compostable alternatives,

We consider this ban to be a necessary step towards encouraging sustainable waste management practices. Specifically, reducing the use of one use consumables items. This petition seeks to amass support for the comprehensive reduction in our nations solid waste production and carbon footprint.

14. Return Pride to Montrose

Montrose in Houston is where the LGBT community began in Houston.

The Pride parade and festival were moved to downtown Houston further stripping away at Montrose history and the history of the LGBT community.

This petition supports moving Pride to where it was born - Montrose.

15. Keep Mr. Shafer in Shelby City Schools

Ryan Shafer's contract is not up for renewal due to lack of progression, However, his summative evaluations show steady progression each year. Final summative scores are developing in 2014 and skilled in 2015, Which clearly shows progression within the Shelby School District. This growth also occurred while transitioning from 8th grade to 6th grade teaching.

Student growth measures have been above average or most effective in all cases. Proficiency Standards have been rated by only one individual per year.

Results are below:
2014 yearly evaluation was developing and above average results.
2015 yearly evaluation was developing and most effective.
2016 Results pending.

Wrestling competencies as a coach. When Ryan Shafer came to Shelby in 2013, the existing wrestling program was underdevolped. Ryan Shafer's first year here was a growth year for the wrestling program. In 2014, 2 district qualifiers and 1 state alternate. The team also tied the record for most wins in the season as a team. The Biddy Program also grew that year and had several team placements at tournaments.

in 2015, 2 NOL champions, 2 district qualifiers and this was a young team (no seniors). Biddy wrestling placed in top 3 at most tournaments. Ryan Shafer also started a Shelby Biddy Tournament, which has been successful 3 years in a row, bringing revenue to the school and community. Ryan also recruited National caliber talent to assist in coaching and training at the summer wrestling camps for 2 years in a row.

Ryan Shafer has devoted time to the community through volunteer efforts such as car wash, athletic booster drive, and church activities to ensure support of the wrestling program.

16. Stop Litter Bugs and Save our Environment

Recycle or Die-cyle?

The purpose of this petition is to create meaningful connection between human interactions, the environment, and animals that are affected by littering.

We desire changes in laws and littering management that are conducive in developing a stricter law against littering in Texas, and in other states.

17. We Urge YouTube to reconsider its approach toward copyrighting videos produced by Iranian TV

Youtube take down videos which are a part of Iranian history such as: "Remembering late Shah of Iran on 27 July the day he passed away " which is a video slide show produced by myself from photos of the late Shah in which a small footage of recorded from BBC is included .


Most obvious case is allowing Account holder[ G1mena ] who claim having power of attorney from IRIB (Islamic Republic broadcasting ) to protect IRIB rights ,

The funniest point is that the [G1mena] claim only advertisement income of the videos , but allows the video to be online , for the sake of the huge amount of money he earns in expense of other account holders.

According to Youtube, [G1mena] is member of a certified network of You Tube named as Gold1 Network and use the credibility of that network for its copyright operation.

You Tube have to answer following points:

• while Iranian TV do not respect any kind of copyright law and use copyrighted pictures and music on its several satellite and Internet network such as ( all archives and live broadcast of Iranian TV are here :



• How You Tube protect interests of an organization such as IRIB which its general manager is in the list of human right abusers
according European court of human right :


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• If Youtube believes that [G1mena] have a power from IRIB ( Iranian broadcasting TV) , how Youtube is certain of legality of the presented power of attorney of IRIB ? Have he any documents which prove that the signatory is eligible to sign on behalf of government of Iran ?

• Have Youtube verified who is eligible to sign on behalf of state run Iranian TV , with over 10 live channels ?

• Why circular 38 of the United States copyright offic regarding International copyright relation of United States with Iran which clearly say , there is no copyright relation with Iran , is denied by You Tube ?


I urge You Tube to reconsider its approach toward copyrighting videos produced by Iranian TV and release all claims made before on Iranian videos.

Respectfully Yours
Manuchehr Honarmand
User :agaahi - manuchehrh@gmail.com ( You Tube prevent me to I access my own account [agaahi] to dispute a claim )
User : Manuchehr lenziran - lenziranvideo@gmail.com

18. TWANN OAKLEY FOR MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Breaking barriers and statistics Twann V. Oakley should have a chance with our home team the Memphis Grizzlies. Standing 6'4 195 pounds Shooting Guard he displays characters and capabilities that would ensure assistance to a winning team. As a member of Alcorn State Men's Basketball Team he led his team to numerous victories. With above averages in true shooting, rebounds, assists and free throws combined with ability to be team member as well as leader. Participating in many local and nation recognized conferences gives proof his ability and agility as a player.

Twann is a pillar in the OrangeMound community, Twann spends his time mentoring and tutoring youth and well as adults. Reminding them its not so much about where you been but the future ahead.

Growing up in a community where crime is a constant occurrence and the thoughts of being condemned to his surrounding of low income housing, uneducated struggles, being damned by a drug stricken streets, and being involved in an accident leaving him injured both physically and emotionally Twann made a commitment to himself. He would defy all odds and set the example ensuring others that not only is graduation possible but so is success.

The Alcorn State graduate used his basketball as his key and education as the door to success. Now his next platform is to show that you can be educated and still love out your dreams. The striving ball player is an unrestricted free agent who if given a chance could display his God given talents to already established team.

19. Horse Trails for the Louisville Loop - Medora/JMF Corridor

Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World, and Louisville is the Home of the Kentucky Derby. The horse industry, at large, brings millions of dollars into our state's economy annually. Yet the number of trail miles available for horse riders in the Louisville Metro area is so miniscule that's it's shameful.

The original plan for the Louisville Loop included many miles of soft surface horse trails that linked many of the parks. However, with much of the Louisville Loop completed, there are currently ZERO miles of horse trails. We were recently informed at a meeting with the Metro Parks Board that cyclists had successfully lobbied to have the horse trails converted to bike trails, despite the fact they have a right to ride on the roads.

This decision was made without consulting the horse riding community and giving us an opportunity to speak up. What we thought was a solid plan for horse trails, slipped away, without our knowledge. As planning for one of the last phases of the Louisville Loop is being done, we horse riders are unifying to insist that the horse trails planned on this part of the Louisville Loop become a reality and are not taken away from us!

Help us ensure that horse trails are included in the Medora/JMF corridor of the Louisville Loop. We must make sure that in then next few years, decades, and generations, there are horse trails for us, our children and our grandchildren to ride. We must protect these resources for future generations!

20. Forbid Grocery Stores from Destroying Unsold Food

According to Food Banks Canada:

Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time.

Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth. The people who visit food banks come from all backgrounds. They include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities. (n.d.)

However, “[t]he global fight against hunger is less about food and more about waste with one-third of the world’s food going uneaten every year” (Ostroff, 2015).

“Last December, a study [by Value Chain Management International Inc.] reported that Canadians waste $31 billion worth of food annually, with 10 per cent of that coming from grocery stores” (Ostroff, 2015).

On May 22, 2015 CBC News reported that France’s parliament

"voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste. The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament…is part of a larger environmental bill….The bill would require big supermarket chains to donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or to farms for use as animal feed or compost. That includes goods that were packaged wrong or damaged, but remain edible, or that are past a recommended use-by date but are not dangerous to eat. Foods that are past a firm expiration date would go to farms."

Disappointingly, The Huffington Post reports: “Canada doesn’t have legislation like France’s groundbreaking new law, but the Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery store chains recently announced they are trying to reduce food waste by selling ‘Naturally Imperfect’ produce at a 30 per cent discount” (Ostroff, 2015).

Armed with these facts, we, the undersigned, take the following action.

References

CBC News. (2015, May 22). France to require large grocery stores to give unsold food to charities. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/france-to-require-large-grocery-stores-to-give-unsold-food-to-charities-1.3083422

Food Banks Canada. (n.d.). About hunger in Canada: The facts about food insecurity. Retrieved from https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Hunger-in-Canada/About-Hunger-in-Canada.aspx

Ostroff, J. (2015, May 22). France’s grocery stores banned from wasting food under new law. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/22/france-food-waste-grocery-stores_n_7422090.html

21. Say Yes to building a sustainable future for St Mark's Primary School

BULLET POINT SUMMARY

Halt current plans immediately in order to:
- Stop demolition of parts of the original school
- Revisit the design with long-term future in mind
- Acquire the site of number 42 Lower Boston Road - more children need more space not less.

The situation
We are all aware that the population of the London Borough of Ealing, and the UK is increasing. This brings with it an increase in the number of children living locally requiring primary school places. As all children living in the UK are expected to attend school until at least the age of 16, our primary and secondary schools are undergoing immediate expansion.

St Mark’s Primary School in Lower Boston Road, Hanwell W7 2NR is no exception.

As parents, and local residents, we recognise that St Mark’s needs to expand to provide more primary school places, but we believe that this should be done in a planned, strategic, respectful and sustainable way that minimises the disruption to the education of the children already at the school, and provides superlative facilities for the children attending in the future.

Ealing Council is currently consulting some proposals that will provide facilities for a ‘three class bulge’ rather than for a realistic, recognised need for an increase in capacity to three-form-entry throughout the school for the foreseeable future.

It is only three years since the last permanent expansion classrooms were built in a poorly planned and executed manner. The new building to the south/west of the site was not fit for purpose when it first opened and certainly is not fit now.

In our view, it is essential for the physical and mental wellbeing of children attending the school now, and in the future, that these plans are well thought through, and forward-looking. They need to provide both classroom space and adequate play space. They need also to acknowledge that the school community comprises more than just the teachers, administrative staff and the pupils. A healthy primary school should include the parents in the school community, so there must be space for them to wait and chat at the start and end of the day.

St Mark’s Primary School is a locally-listed building in the St Mark’s and Canal Conservation Area.

The Council’s Proposals
The Council announced the preliminary consultation through a patchily circulated, door-to-door letter. This was only delivered a couple of days before the plans went on view at the school, on Thursday 11th February between 4pm and 7pm, for parents and community to see and make comments on. The consultation closed four days later on Monday 15th February which was during Half Term.

We are told that formal plans reflecting the proposals ostensibly consulted, will be submitted to the Planning Process in the next couple of weeks with the intention of starting the building works this Summer.

We believe that this is a rushed consultation and that it has produced knee-jerk plans which fail to address the medium and long-term needs of the school.

The proposals comprise a new two storey block with dining hall on the ground floor and three new classrooms for teaching above, along with a major re-organisation of existing space, and provision of additional, non-teaching facilities.

Whilst we recognise the need to improve the non-teaching facilities within the school, this should not be at the expense of damaging the character of the original heritage architecture and nature of the school. In particular the proposals also involve creating a new main entrance to the school on Green Lane and on providing much larger administrative and non-teaching areas.

In our view the emphasis should be on provision of well-lit and adequately-sized classrooms and retention and even expansion of play space, to accommodate the enlarged school population.

The proposed new entrance would worsen the already congested Green Lane and add to the dangers of poor parking and excessive traffic at drop off and pick up.

This building would involve the demolition of one of the head teachers’ houses from the original school, built in 1855.The demolition site would be at the heart of our school. The new building would be crammed adjacent to the original school hall, blocking the natural light into the large west-facing windows.

This will be the second major construction project in four years, so some of the children will have spent a significant chunk of their primary school life surrounded by the noise, dust and dirt generated by the heavy plant machinery of a building site. Not to mention the severe restriction to outdoor play space.

St Mark’s Primary School is a locally listed building because of its heritage. It was the first ‘national’ school (as opposed to a charity school) to be built in Hanwell. It was built on land donated from his glebe by the Rector of St Mary’s Church, Hanwell to replace the Charity School built by the Hobbayne Charity on their land to the west of what is now Half Acre Road.

The school was always troubled by overcrowding as Hanwell expanded and extensions were built in 1871, 1884 and 1895 which have contributed to the heritage architecture. It is a credit to all those previous expansions that the 1855 building is preserved.

The original school building survives intact as the central ‘E’ block of St Mark’s School, encompassing what is now the small hall, the current Nursery and After School Club, the Caretaker’s House and the Head Teacher’s offices. These were formerly the Head Mistress’ and the Head Master’s Houses at either end, linked by the original girls’ and boys’ classrooms.

Under the current plans, the Caretaker’s House - the old Head Master’s House, an integral part of the locally listed building - is scheduled for demolition.

Overall the proposed plans provide a poorly thought out, short-term answer to a longer term issue and any plans must endeavour to provide a future-proof solution to the acknowledged need to expand our school.

22. Stop Obama's Supreme Court Nominees

Petition to block any Supreme Court Nominees until next Congress & President is sworn in.

23. Change "Tug-of-War" to "Tug-of-Rope" in schools USA

Students should not be subjected to violent, triggering phrases such as "war". It is offensive and hurtful because words.

Make America great again.

24. Stop Porn in Ontario Schools!

There is increasing evidence that children across Ontario are accessing pornographic materials at school using their school's internet service, school computers and/or mobile devices.

Please share this petition link widely by email and social media.

25. Solidarity with JNU from Columbia University

As we write this letter asking for your support, teachers and students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, one of the prime institutions of learning in India are fighting a situation of siege brought upon by the right wing Hindu regime and its police.

Over the last few days, since the arrest of the democratically elected president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) Kanhaiya Kumar by the Delhi police on unproven and false charges of ‘sedition’ (according to the act of IPC 124 A), the university campus has been witnessing a battle between students and the government.

Seven other students who organized a cultural event calling for the right to self-determination of Kashmir has been identified as ‘anti-national’ by the representatives of the right wing government and a section of the Indian public media. A FIR has been lodged against them under the colonial act of IPC 124 A citing a case of ‘sedition’.

There has been a concerted effort towards framing charges and allegations against the larger body of students in all public and social media spaces and the website of the university library has been hacked in order to send threat mails. As several calls to shut down the institution made by the representatives of the BJP/RSS/ABVP (the Hindu right wing political and militant organizations) indicate this is an attack on the institution of Indian Public University where right to speech and expression of collective dissent forms the cornerstone of conducting oneself as a free thinking individual.

In a recent incident, a group of senior faculty members from the institution consisting mostly of female teachers accompanied by two male colleagues and some reporters were physically harmed by these groups within the vicinity of the Patiala Court in New Delhi where the case against Kanhaiya Kumar was up for hearing. The situation has snowballed into a serious fight initiated by the Delhi police and the central government in order to crush every form of dissent against the upper-caste Hindu regime.

Over the last few days various institutions in India and abroad has come forward in support of JNU condemning the action of the police and demanding immediate resolution to the deadlock created by the government. We the students at Columbia University believe that it is our responsibility to stand by the students and teachers of JNU in this hour of unprecedented crisis. Towards this end, we have drafted a petition and are organizing an online signature campaign in the next few days. We earnestly seek your cooperation in joining us in condemning this incident by reading and signing the petition attached along with the mail.

26. Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale to become a 'Walkers Are Welcome' Village

We'd very much like to see Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale become a Walkers Are Welcome community - www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk

This is something being actively encouraged by Norfolk Trails and Norfolk County Council - http://norfolktrails.wordpress.com/cool-businesses/

We meet most of the requirements of the Walkers Are Welcome scheme already, and we are quite happy to submit the annual report required.

As we already promote the Village with the Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale Leaflet – www.burnhamdeepdale.co.uk/bsandbdleaflet.pdf - It would be nice to promote Walkers Are Welcome on that leaflet and the village website. All the businesses in the Village could also use the logo on their website and other marketing material.

As the Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale Leaflet now includes Brancaster businesses too, then this could be a Parish application rather than just Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale. It really depends on who signs the petition, so we can show support either in just Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale or in the whole Parish.

We need about 50 signatures from the community (living and/or working) and any other signatures from visitors would be most welcome.

27. Bring Doctor Who back to Netflix

Doctor Who was officially removed from the Netflix online streaming service on February 1st, 2016.

Whovians all over the world know how devastating it feels not having 24/7 interrupted access to the Doctor.

28. BANNER UP or BOYCOTT

Derby County F.C. paid to have a DCFC Banner placed in the Immigration Lounge. This was erected by Airport Staff and later taken down by Airport Staff. The official reason given was that the banner was put up in error and had to be taken down as correct procedures had not been followed and that they support all cities equally.

The actual reason was that Nottingham Forest supporters complained. We feel unfairly discriminated against as Derby County supporters on the grounds that (1) it appears ok for the Airport to erect a 'Bow & Arrow' logo which alludes to Nottingham but not ok to have a paid for advertisement for Derby County. (2) the Airport which is situated in Leicestershire with a Derbyshire postcode was going to have a permanent name change to 'Nottingham East Midlands Airport' until objections forced a u-turn.

Here is the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/features/2004/01/nottingham_east_midlands_airport.shtml

This behaviour has illustrated a clear bias in favour of Nottingham such that the supporters of Derby County are adamant that unless the advertising banner is re-erected we will have no alternative but to boycott East Midlands Airport in favour of using Birmingham, or Leeds Bradford Airport wherever and whenever possible.

29. Objection to Randfontein municipality pipeline in Vleikop, Rikasrus, Dennydale, Blaauwbank

The Agricultural Holdings, Vleikop, Rikasrus, Dennydale and Blaauwbank are located on a underground aquifer. (An aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock, rock fractures or unconsolidated materials (gravel, sand, or silt) from which groundwater can be extracted using a water well).

The mentioned aquifer, known as the Oberholzer aquifer, provide abundant fresh water for the area for household as well as agricultural usage.

Therefore it is with concern that the residents noticed that a water pipeline is being installed in the mentioned area by Rand Water (contractor) on the instruction of Randfontein Municipality.

It is a waste to install many kilometers of water pipelines at high costs to the taxpayers and to supply expensive municipal water, which is partially imported from Lesotho, when abundant fresh groundwater is available from +- 15 meter below the surface of the mentioned properties.

The residents of the mentioned agricultural holdings can not afford to pay for unwanted, expensive municipal provided water for home usage. Neither can the high costs (and unreliability of supply) of municipal water enable residents to produce affordable food and other agricultural products. That will render the agricultural holdings' intended usage, obsolete.

The residents have not yet been consulted or informed about the pipeline.

No environmental impact assessment has been done that the residents are aware of.

The taxpayers money can be better utilized by subsidizing individual holding owners to drill boreholes into the aquifer and extract the water with solar driven water pumps.

30. Make Your Life and Other Peoples' More Peaceful

Peace is an important topic. If we have it, we will save lives. The only problem is, we don't, and signing this petition means that you want to try make your lives and other people's lives more peaceful.

Not only does conflict ruin and destroy lives but it can make people bitter.

Peace means freedom and it resolves disturbances.