Petition Tag - ensure

1. Southeastern Railways should improve services to passengers during bad weather

During the recent wintry weather, Southeastern Trains provided a poor service to the people of Lewisham.

In addition to a poor train service, they failed to provide an adequate service in terms of informing passengers of delays and cancellations.

2. Opt Out or Opt For-Health Care

As you probably know, the Democrat and Republican parties have spent the last 50 years trying to pass a bill that would ensure equal Health Care for all Americans.

It Started Back in 1960 when Theadore Rooseveltt decided that for all Americans to have Health Care would boost our economy and our global status.

Recently, a bill was passed by our governemnt known as the Opt Out Bill. Opt Out gives each state the choice to have Health Care or to "opt out". This gave every state the opportunity to chose the plan which would be most benificial to its cause.

3. Is The X Factor Fixed? Investigate Vote Rigging

WE WANT AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE VOTES CASTED BY THE PUBLIC, TO ENSURE THE X FACTOR IS NOT FIXED AND WE ARE NOT BEING SCAMMED INTO BELIEVING OUR CALLS COUNT WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT ONLY A MAJORITY DO COUNT , THE BASIS OF OUR PETITION IS THE FACT THE TWINS JOHN AND EDWARD ARE STILL IN THE SHOW, WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT NOBODY SEEMS TO VOTE FOR THEM..

EVIDENCE: 7000 OFFICIAL FACEBOOK JOHN AND EDWARD FANS. &+ 146000 FANS WHO DISLIKE THEM THAT ENOUGH??

4. California Students for Saving the CalGrant Program

The State of California is facing an economic crisis like it has never seen before. It is apparent that tough decisions must be made and there have to be some cuts to the state's budget. There is no way around some form of budget cuts.

Families throughout the state are suffering in this economy and are now seeing their dreams of sending their children to have a quality education collapse in front of them. The rising cost of fees make higher education inaccessible for these families.

Thankfully California has maintained the CalGrant program even during these hard times. The future of California and its many of its citizens are relying on the CalGrant program to pay for their education and ensure a prosperous life.

5. Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire to end the Postcode Lottery

End the postcode lottery for Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire
residents when it comes to IVF funding and to ensure that current guidelines for IVF funding are adhered to by Oxfordshire PCT, Buckinghamshire PCT, Milton Keynes PCT, Berkshire West PCT, Berkshire East PCT, Hampshire PCT, Southampton City PCT, Portsmouth City Teaching PCT and Isle of Wight PCT.

NICE clearly state in their guidelines for fertility;

“Couples in which the woman is aged 23-39 years at the time of treatment and who have an identified cause for their fertility problems (such as azoospermia or bilateral tubal occlusion) or who have infertility of at least 3 years’ duration should be offered up to three stimulated cycles of in vitro fertilization treatment.”

Unfortunately, many PCT’s do not adhere to this, leaving many couples facing a tough financial commitment or the bleak possibility of having to wait until they are old enough to meet the PCT’s criteria. Whereas some PCT’s do not offer funding for treatment at all.

Please note: Waiting for treatment reduces a women’s fertility rate.

It seems that funding for IVF is not given on the basis of fairness, but on where you live.

For example, if you are in the east of England, your local PCT may follow nice guidelines, however in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire your PCT use their own rules which in some cases makes you wait until 35 years old. At this age success per cycle drops to only 23.6% (HFEA 2006).

This discrimination is unacceptable as National Health Insurance is not dependant on where you live, so why should healthcare be?

Former Secretary of State for Health, Dr John Reid, said that he wanted “all PCTs, including those who at present provide no IVF treatment, to offer at least one full cycle of treatment to all those eligible. In the longer term I would expect the NHS to make progress towards full implementation of the Nice guidance”. His deadline for this was April 2005, but little has changed

All we are asking for is - End the postcode lottery for Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire residents when it comes to IVF funding and ensure that current guidelines for IVF funding are adhered to by Oxfordshire PCT, Buckinghamshire PCT, Milton Keynes PCT, Berkshire West PCT, Berkshire East PCT, Hampshire PCT, Southampton City PCT, Portsmouth City Teaching PCT and Isle of Wight PCT.

6. Save the Early Childhood Centre Services

The Sydney Southwest Area Health Service is planning to cut crucial services from their Early Childhood Centre Program.

One of the main changes includes the ceasing of the Tuesday morning drop-in service in the Balmain Early Childhood Centre (and no doubt other centres as well). This change will come into effect in mid-December and this decision was implemented without any consultation with the community at large.

The drop-in service has provided regular and accessible help to many parents in an informal setting and has also provided an important supportive forum for many parents to meet other parents.

It is essential for many parents to help care for their young children because babies needs are often immediate and cannot wait until planned appointments which are only available weeks in advance.

Many parents in Balmain are from interstate, overseas or country areas and are separated from their support networks. They rely heavily on formal services for support.

More changes - such as ceasing information forums like 'Introducing Solids' - are planned and something needs to be done to show the SSWAHS that these services are vital for the health and well being of our babies and parents and to ensure that no more services are taken away.

Please help us protect the mental and physical health of our babies and parents in Balmain and other suburbs within the Sydney South West Area and sign this petition to have our Early Childhood Services re-instated and to ensure that future changes to the Early Childhood Program be thoroughly debated by the community.

7. Justice for Baby P

Please sign our petition to remove the people who failed to save baby P and allowed him to be murdered. He died alone and in agony.

You have a chance to stop this tragedy happening again.

8. Support our campaign to free John Stout!!!

We know that he is being chased for environmental related issues but at the end, the man only wants a home!!!

We need your signature, contribution for his potential prosecution bail to ensure his freedom.

9. Help Darfur now!

As many as 400,000 people have been killed in Darfur. Another 2.5 million have been driven from their homes and into danger.

The threat of rape, torture, murder and malnutrition pursue the women and children of Darfur wherever they flee.

World leaders must unite now to end the genocide and establish a lasting peace in Darfur.

10. Objection against Musharaf and the government of Pakistan!

Black period in Pakistan's history...

03.11.2007:

* disrespected the constitution of 1973
* declared emergency
* suspended and dissolved the judiciary
* banned media

06.11.2007:

* 1000's of people been detained
* 1000's of people harassed and beaten up
* demonstrations trough out the country

10.11.2007:

* 10,000's of people detained
* 10,000's of people harassed and beaten up

14.11.2007:

* Imran Khan arrested, harassed, humiliated by the police

16.11.2007:

* Under extreme pressure from Musharraf and the
government Geo News and Ary Oneworld has been shut
down late Friday night

Generally:

Since the imposition of the emergency in Pakistan, Musharaf have not allowed people to hold demonstrations, public gatherings etc.

When ever or who ever have tried to organize a demonstration have been detained and harassed by the police - not only the organizers but also children, women and elders who are participating in the demonstrations are harassed and detained.

The media are not allowed to show the truth - they were approached by Government to sign a agreement on what they could show on TV - GEO and ARY refused, today, on the 16.11.2007 after tremendous pressure from Musharaf both channels has closed!

Musharaf is doing what ever he can do to hide the truth!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS PETITION YOU MAY CONTACT US AT: long.live.pakistan@hotmail.com

11. CLEAN UP LAKE DOT CIRCLE

It is the purpose of this petition to inform the City of Orlando to take dramatic action in controling the homeless, on Lake Dot Circle, which have become relentless in their pursue for money, food, or anything of value.

We demand the City of Orlando and hold them responsible to ensure the safety of its citizens! Note we are concerned for the safety of our children and the children at the Kwanni's Club day care (on Lake Dot Circle).

12. DOG CONTROL ON LOMAS DE LOS MONTEROS

Lomas de los Monteros currently is at risk from some dog owners are not community minded and allow their dogs to run free (danger), swim in the pool and leave their mess in public areas (Unhygienic).

13. Edinburgh MBChB Graduation

The University of Edinburgh has shown this year's cohort of Medicine graduates complete disrespect regarding our graduation ceremony.

The ceremony was initially moved from it's own slot in July to one on 28th June, instantly clashing with our shadowing week which we all need to undertake as a requirement for our jobs.

The ceremony was alotted to a time on 28th June when many other graduates of other courses will too be graduating, in the same session, unfairly limiting ticket availability for both those graduates of Medicine and the other graduates from the School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Divinity and School of Health in Social Science in attendance that afternoon. Two tickets per person is simply unacceptable. The event is likely to resemble something of a cattle market with so many graduates in attendance for one ceremony.

To add insult to injury, the university has "special" ceremonies set aside for graduates of Veterinary Medicine and Law. Graduates for these ceremonies get a minimum of 4 tickets per graduand and a ceremony solely for those graduates. We do not believe as graduates of Medicine we are in any way superior to a graduate of any other degree. We believe that graduation from any degree is a signficant achievement. We believe graduates of all courses should be treated the same.

We do not understand why of all degrees undertaken, if Medicine is not to be regarded as a degree that confers signficant acheivment or in need of a "special" ceremony of it's own, why Veterinary Medicine and Law continue to be treated as such. Medicine in Edinburgh has a far greater heriatage than that of any other degree taught at the university - Medicine has been taught in Edinburgh since the early sixteenth century, Veterinary Medicine only since the early nineteenth century.

We believe that two tickets per graduate is simply insufficent in recognising the conferment of a degree. We believe this fact is made more insulting by the moving of our ceremony to an inconvenient date and by the "special" ceremonies set aside for Law and Veterinary Medicine.

14. Certification and Unification Development

Dear IAQA members and AmIAQ certificate holders:

AmIAQ has recently decided to publish the examination reference sources, including exact page numbers, on its website beginning on June 1, 2007. This will make it very easy for new certificate candidates to pass the certification exams without having to fully study and learn the material. This action will greatly diminish the value of AmIAQ certifications, and it has clearly broken the spirit of unification agreement.

The differences between the organizational philosophies between IAQA and AmIAQ have finally surfaced. IAQA is a member-based organization with a democratically elected Board of Directors. However, AmIAQ and IESO are not. Due to their structural differences, the goals of these three organizations' leaders may or may not have been aligned with the best interests of the members after the unification.

Instead of constantly fighting over these differences, it is important for IAQA members and AmIAQ certificate holders to act now in order to ensure that all three organizations operate on behalf of the members and certificate holders.

15. Erring medical college teachers in india should be taken to task by MCI

Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended "large-scale" punishment of erring medical teachers across the country and asked for their names be removed from the Indian Medical Register maintained by it.

In a list submitted by the MCI 65-medical teachers were blacklisted for being found to be employed in more than one medical college at the same time. While a large number of medical teachers are from the Andhra Medical Council, the list has teachers from Tamil Nadu Medical Council, Hyderabad State Medical Council, Orissa Medical Council, Maharashtra Medical Council, Karnataka Medical Council and Tranvancore Medical Council.

And while this is the largest number of medical teachers to be ever `blacklisted'. Meanwhile, for the listed medical teachers, their names will be erased temporarily up to July 31, 2007, and they will not be eligible to be counted as a teacher at the inspections to be carried out by MCI, a large number of doctors and PhD nonmedical teachers employed abroad, claim employment as medical teachers in more than one medical college at the same time. Names of the doctors shown as medical teachers in a particular medical college are getting repeated in the inspection reports of new medical colleges. Ultimately it is the innocent students who get admissions into such medical colleges where the minimum required number of medical teachers are shown in such a dubious manner that they suffer.

Patients who may be treated by such half-baked students who would not get their exposure and training with the `small' number of medical teachers available to them.

To curb such unscrupulous tendencies, MCI claims to be taking stringent action including introduction of the `declaration forms' to be signed by doctors, claiming employment as medical teachers in any given medical colleges and that they also remain present with their declaration forms at the time of the conduct of the inspection of that college.

Also, provision for endorsement by the dean/principal of the medical college should be introduced in the declaration form .

16. Inefficient and unregulated private universities of India, especially at Madras

How can we ensure private universities are held to high standards?

We can borrow the model from the corporate sector. Just as all companies are required by law to publish annual reports providing details of their assets, liabilities, profits and losses, the profiles of the board of directors and the management and various other financial information, every educational institution (whether public or private) should publish an annual report with details of the infrastructure and facilities available, profiles of the trustees and the administrators, the academic qualifications and experience of the staff, the courses offered, the number of students, the results of the examinations, the amount of funds available to the university and the sources of funding etc.

In addition, every educational institution must get itself rated by an independent rating agency like CRISIL, ICRA or CARE and publicly announce its rating to prospective students to enable the students to choose the institution they want to enroll in.

At one stroke, this will bring in transparency and ensure that every educational institution, whether public or private, is accountable not only to those students who are studying in the institution, but to prospective students and the public at large as well.

Public announcements of the financial and educational records of the institutions as well as their ratings by independent rating agencies will generate healthy competition between the various private institutions and will also put pressure on the Government funded institutions to work towards all-round improvement.

17. Sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise!

This petition, originally published in August 2006, has been republished as of today's date: September 19, 2013.

We are petitioning America's pet owners to remind them of everything that is required to be a responsible dog owner.

The AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise, created to bring the spirit of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to life and adapted from the AKC Canine Good Citizen Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge (http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm), reminds us that raising a happy and healthy pet is more than just playtime and pampering.

For more information visit www.akc.org

18. Legalize Airsoft in Singapore

Airsoft is a sport that is fun and legal.

Although it can cause severe injuries, Singaporeans should be sensible - play with protective gear like vests. The new generation of Singapore is changing.

The fundamental difference in airsoft and normal shooting ranges is that we all want to have a weapon to call it our own and play against each other.
Hence it is pointless to go to a range, spend money to shoot targets and go home.

The Singapore Government should make protective gear a necessary equipment for airsoft. And airsoft matches should have referees to supervise and ensure no foul play.

I believe the Singapore government can allocate several places for airsoft.
It has to be spacious. Abandoned buildings need not be demolished, it can re-converted into an airsoft facility. Warehouses are a good place as they are far from the public, so as to prevent any accidents between players and the public.

All airsoft weapons would have a ORANGE BARREL TIP as some countries have done. The ORANGE TIP is to acknowledge authorities upon Customs that this is not a real weapon.

After clearing Customs, all weapons would have to be transported from the Customs to the armory under armed guard, so as to ensure the weapon was not tampered by the owner until delivery at the airsoft facility.

All items related to airsoft should be transferred this way. Owners should NOT be allowed to increase their firing velocity, but allowed to upgrade things like a laser scope or a better handgrip. They should order through either the Airsoft Facility staff or online purchasing. Custom officers can check the address of the item, to ensure the address is that of the airsoft facility and not their home address. They should also be allowed to confiscate any upgrades which will increase the firing velocity.

Owners should be allowed to take home the weapon WITHOUT some part of the firing mechanism or the plastic pellets.
All weapons will be checked for the removal of the firing mechanism before exiting and owners should be checked to confirm that they do not conceal it or pellets. The parts should be sealed and labelled with the owner's name, and safely secured at the airsoft facility lockers.

Foreigners who have their own rifles in their own countries would probably like to bring them over if they have to work in Singapore.

They should send their rifles to Singapore, and have it checked at the Singapore Customs. The firing velocity must be between a range of 100 FPS - 280 FPS, the usual for stock rifles. After clearing customs. Their weapons must be delivered to the designated airsoft facilities.

It has already been confirmed that airsoft rifles CANNOT be changed to a real firearm. Even if robbers try to use these airsoft weapons to rob banks, they would have to consider the high probability of getting shot and killed.

Since airsoft is quite popular in other countries, i believe many foreigners would consider coming to Singapore to try out the new airsoft facilities. Economically speaking, if Singapore managed to have superb facilities, it would most certainly be a place to visit for airsofters, hence it would benefit both Singaporeans and foreigners.

Banning things like chewing gum are ok. They cause trouble. But Airsoft does not, with strict rules and regulations, i don't see why airsoft should be banned in Singapore.

Please make airsoft legal.

19. Free Charles Pearcy IV

Feb 02, 2006

Free Charles Pearcy IV.

We are family members and friends who are deeply concerned about the incarceration of Charles Lewis Pearcy IV.

Our concerns involve more than our relationship with Charles. We also are taxpayers, and we are concerned about the ineffective use of public funds attributable to the incarceration of wrongfully convicted people.

We also believe the very act of incarcerating an innocent individual is morally and ethically wrong.

We, after having reviewed the available facts and information in the case of Charles Lewis Pearcy IV conclude that:

The known facts and evidence in this case prove his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. (For information go to www.freeCLP.com)

There are wrongful convictions occurring in our courts at an alarming rate. We, as voting, taxpaying citizens of the United States of America expect our tax dollars to be well spent, and that criminals, not innocents will pay the price for wrongdoings.

We, as citizens, share the same concerns about crime that others do. But our collective observation is that the "system" is often a large part of the problem instead of being a viable element or its solution. Although the crime rate is currently dropping, the rate of incarceration in our country is rising.

Our "Tough on Crime" stance has not been a deterrent to the social problems that we have labeled crimes. Until some reason is restored concerning the number of wrongful convictions, and until we are willing to decriminalize social issues, accidents and psychological illnesses, the problems will remain unsolved.

We are seeking justice in this case, in demanding that the authorities of the State of West Virginia immediately take steps to ensure that a retrial be held or absolute pardon be granted.

20. Justice For Tharsini (University Campaign)

January 17, 2006

In December 2005, 20 year old Tharsini, a pre school teacher in the Sri Lankan army occupied Northern Tamil island of Pungudutivu, was gang raped and murdered, allegedly by members of the Sri Lankan Military; her body found in a well next to a Sri Lankan Military camp.

She was murdered in a government designated 'high security zone' where civilians live, which means that access in and out of the zone is tightly controlled by soldiers. The evidence of the Sri Lankan Military's involvement in the rape, murder and attempted cover up, is extensively documented in a report by the North Easter Secretariat for Human Rights (www.nesohr.org) whose founder member Jospeph Pararajasingham has since been shot allegedly by Sri Lankan military intelligence.

The Pungudituvu Cooperative Society has said in a press release that the Sri Lankan Navy should take responsibility for the murder and has appealed for international action to ensure that women in their island and in neightbouring areas can live without fear of violence from the occupying army. T

We, the undersigned join the students of the University of Jaffna in their concern and ask for action by the British government and the European Union, to ensure accountability and to prevent future sexual abuse of women in army occupied areas. As we draft this appeal a 16 year old school girl in another part of Jaffna was abducted on her way home from school by Sri Lankan soldiers. Your immediate preventive action is asked for.

Many of those who have appealed for justice for Tharsini so far have been intimidated and some shot by the Sri Lankan Army & Navy.

· When her body was found, residents protested against the Sri Lankan Navy. A 55 year old post man was shot by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

· The University of Jaffna, both its professors and students, then took up the protest. They too, including the Vice Chancellor, Professors and students were assaulted and shot by the Sri Lankan Army.

· Mr Gajendran, TNA Member of Parliament for Jaffna who joined the protest march for justice for Tharsini was injured by the Sri Lankan Army. The TNA party protested in Parliament. But on Christmas Eve, after the protest, the TNA's leading parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham was also shot.

· Journalists who covered the protests were assaulted.

We the undersigned, who are students and alumni of British universities who live in Britain in safety, now join the Universtiy of Jaffna in expressing concern and take up this appeal for immediate and unequivocal action as outlined below.

21. Justice For Tharsini

January 17, 2006

In December, 20 year old Tharsini, a pre school teacher in the Sri Lankan army occupied Northern Tamil island of Pungudutivu, was gang raped and murdered, allegedly by members of the Sri Lankan Military; her body found in a well next to a Sri Lankan Military camp.

She was murdered in a government designated 'high security zone' where civilians live, which means that access in and out of the zone is tightly controlled by soldiers. The evidence of the Sri Lankan Military's involvement in the rape, murder and attempted cover up, is extensively documented in a report by the North Easter Secretariat for Human Rights (www.nesohr.org) whose founder member Jospeph Pararajasingham has since been shot allegedly by Sri Lankan military intelligence.

The Pungudituvu Cooperative Society has said in a press release that the Sri Lankan Navy should take responsibility for the murder and has appealed for international action to ensure that women in their island and in neightbouring areas can live without fear of violence from the occupying army. The Pungudutive Welfare Association in the United Kingdom have taken up this appeal.

We, the undersigned join in their appeal and ask for action by the British government and the European Union, to ensure accountability and to prevent future sexual abuse of women in army occupied areas. As we draft this appeal a 16 year old school girl in another part of Jaffna was abducted on her way home from school by Sri Lankan soldiers. Your immediate preventive action is asked for.

Many of those who have appealed for justice for Tharsini so far have been intimidated and some shot by the Sri Lankan Army & Navy.

· When her body was found, residents protested against the Sri Lankan Navy. A 55 year old post man was shot by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

· The University of Jaffna, both its professors and students, then took up the protest. They too, including the Vice Chancellor, Professors and students were assaulted and shot by the Sri Lankan Army.

· Mr Gajendran, TNA Member of Parliament for Jaffna who joined the protest march for justice for Tharsini was injured by the Sri Lankan Army. The TNA party protested in Parliament. But on Christmas Eve, after the protest, the TNA's leading parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham was also shot.

· Journalists who covered the protests were assaulted.
We the undersigned, who live in Britain in relative safety, now take up this appeal for immediate and unequivocal action as outlined below.

22. Save the MR/DD Waiver Program

West Virginia's MR/DD waiver renewal application submitted in June, 2005 was not developed with the meaningful participation* of all stakeholders. It does not adequately reflect stakeholder concerns. It does not adequately ensure the health and welfare of program participants, and it does not move toward self-direction as claimed.

Instead, the application removes the determination of service needs from the interdisiciplinary team (which includes the participant) and puts it in the hands of an independent needs assessor at greater administrative cost to the program.

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* "Meaningful participation" must include the ongoing involvement of a broad coalition of stakeholders in the decision-making process to ensure that reforms will improve participants' experience with the long-term care system. Consumers must be involved in system planning, policy development, local program management, and quality assessment.

23. Bring Sweet Valley High Season 2 to DVD

A petition to ensure the release of the Second, and hopefully third and fourth, Season of Sweet Valley High on DVD.

Fans of the show are saddened and outraged to learn that Season 2 may not be released due to poor sales of Season 1. We feel the low sales of Season 1 are due to poor marketing and distribution. It has only been released in the US and Canada and has had little to no marketing outside the internet.

Sweet Valley High fans everywhere want Beuna Vista to ensure the release of Season 2 on DVD, with extras if possible, so that Sweet Valley fans everywhere can have the memories of the TV show they love with them forever.

So everyone please sign this petition to get Sweet Valley High Season 2 out on DVD, and hopefully also Seasons 3 and 4.

Sweet Valley High fans everywhere.

24. Accountability in private schools in Australia

October 13, 2004

Not all states in Australia have legislation to ensure private schools are fully accountable.

Thus if parents complain about issues, they may not necessarily have matters dealt with appropriately.

Students may be expelled without parents or students having a right of appeal or any natural justice system in place, and there is no public accountability as to how public funds are spent in these schools.

There is no external advocate for the students or parents in these schools if disputes are not resolved.

25. Partnership For Life: For a Generation without AIDS

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, petition Parliament to:

Lead the international community to increase access to affordable medicines for the world's poorest populations as our commitment to the universal right to health;

Triple Canada's contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and that these funds not be taken from existing commitments to international development assistance;

Challenge international financial institutions' current paractices demanding debt repayment and imposing structural adjustment austerity measures that limit people's capacity to ensure their own health and well-being.

26. Stop the World Bank carve-up of the Congo forests!

We are asking people around the world to sign an online petition asking the World Bank to immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read on to find out more, and don't forget to forward this to friends and colleagues, as we need as many signatures as possible.

Logging the Congo rainforests will cut down more than just trees!

The rainforests of the Congo - which are the second largest on Earth after those of the Amazon - are imminently threatened. New laws being introduced under the guidance of the World Bank, as well as a 'zoning' of the country's forests, will potentially see an area the size of France handed out to logging companies.

35 million people (75% of Congo's national population) live in and around the forests, and depend on it for food, shelter, and natural medicines. The forests are also home to thousands of plant and animal species, including the lowland Gorilla, chimpanzees, forest elephants, and the rare okapi. So far, the rainforests have largely been spared widespread destruction.

However, the new laws, which are due to come into effect this year, will encourage a massive expansion of the timber industry, including a 60-fold increase in industrial logging.

This could be the start of the first major environmental and humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century.

The Rainforest Foundation, along with dozens of environmental and human rights groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling on the World Bank to immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to ensure that the rights of people living in the forest are respected.

Please spare two minutes to sign the online World Bank petition and forward this email on to your friends and colleagues?

Yours sincerely

The Rainforest Foundation

27. Stop Britney Spears from Covering Justify my Love and Like a Virgin in her New Tour

This petition will hopefully ensure that Britney Spears will not go anywhere near any Madonna classics on her new tour.

28. No Respect, No Relationship

PETITION TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ASSEMBLED IN PARLIAMENT:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia condemns the Howard Government for refusing to run the anti-violence campaign "No Respect No Relationship" that was designed to educate young people that violence in relationships is wrong and must be stopped.

Your petitioners ask the House to ensure that the Government releases the campaign material that was developed over the last 2 years at a cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers so that it can be used by others in
the community to send a strong message to young people.

Public money paid for the development and production of this campaign and we urge the House to demand its release for public use.

29. Univ of ALABAMA Graphic Design Dept. Funding Request

The University of Alabama's Graphic Design Program is in need of both software and hardware upgrades. We are currently running Mac OS 9.2, Photoshop 6.0, and QuarkXPress 4.1, to name a few, all of which are now outdated. The iMacs in our lab are unable to support the required upgrade to Mac OS X that is needed to run the new versions of these programs.

In order to keep our programs up-to-date, we need to purchase both new computers and current software. We are requesting the funds to ensure the quality of our students' education.

30. Loan Funds but DO NOT Give Funds to IRAQ

Why are we giving away $$87 billion+?

Why exactly are we giving away 87 billion to Iraq this time and who knows how much in the future in the form of a gifts instead of a loans? Would such a kingly gift be better appreciated our elderly in the form of healthcare and prescription drugs? Perhaps OUR electrical grid could be repaired for a paltry 50 billion?

These large gifts add to the deficit so in effect we are taking out a loan to give away with little hope of repayment.

It has been said business will prosper when the Iraqi infrastructure is repaired and improved. Business in Iraq will not necessarily benefit the US. There is no longer a mandate that we use US corporations or company's to re contract the rebuilding of Iraq. How would we benefit from for example; Spending 2 billion restoring Iraq's oil production so an offshore Oil Corp. can sell oil to France?

The potential for abuse is far less with a loan. Loans would encourage individual accountability and curb a "spend it because we got it" mentality among "gift" recipients. Loans greater accountability factor would discourage influence buying and enhance efficient competition among contractors.