Petition Tag - training

1. Petition for the amendment of the Bilgola Pool Management Plan

For the last 2 years, November 2015- April 2016 and October 2016 to present we have been running swimming/fitness classes at the Bilgola Rock pool for local children many of whom are current nippers at Surf Life Saving Clubs, training to be our future lifesavers, a huge benefit to the community.

I am a ASCTA Bronze accredited coach and have undertaken numerous courses for swimming skills and first aid.

Originally many of the children were being trained at a local privately run swim school (25mtr pool) which closed down in November of 2015.
As the coach of that swim club, I approached the then Pittwater council to request limited access to the Bilgola Rock Pool so that we could continue training. Upon meeting all the councils criteria required, my request was accepted and a permit granted. Another permit was applied for and granted in October 2016 for the next season (October 2016 - April 2017) and we've been operating well under the council approved permit times (6.30am - 9am).
There is really no other convenient local distance pool to train at, hence our application to the community pool at Bilgola.
We train with lane ropes to protect the children while making the swim more enjoyable and safe for the local swimmers.
Currently our permit allows us to train on:
Wednesdays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (2 lanes of 8 only)
Thursdays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (1 lanes of 8 only)
Fridays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (2 lanes of 8 only)

Note : when the lane ropes are set at 6.30am they are gladly used by the locals as the pool is not marked and there are numerous incidents of accidents where people cross swimming paths. Also many local pool swimmers are happily receiving stroke correction advice and exercises at no charge during this time.

We've had very few complaints compared to the growing support network and there is significant acceptance from the community and the local swimmers at the pool recognising the training of our future lifesavers/surfers in distance swimming.

However, one complainant though has found a clause in the Bilgola Pool Management Plan (BPMP) which states that "a group" is not allowed to begin activities until 7.30am. As the children are school age this time wont work for them (finish 8.15am)

Remember the pool has 8 lanes, at most 2 are in use for a period of 45 min (7am - 7.45am) - that's it.
There is no fee structure, its all by donation and not a prerequisite to attend. Classes can and are cancelled due to bad weather and attendance is a factor of each families busy lives. At the time of this issue council and I were working the pool hiring fee structure.

Of interest, we're advised that Avalon Beach Rock pool management plan start time is 6.30am (15 mtr) and Palm Beach (50mtr but already in use) is 7am

We ask that you sign the following petition to request Northern Beaches Council to amend the BPMP to 6.30am so as to meet the current times of the squads and that are well within the approved current council permit.

2. Ban Prong Dog Collars

A prong 'training' collar is a chain link or metal collar with prongs or spikes on the INSIDE which dig into the dogs neck when pressure is applied (e.g. when the dog pulls on the lead).

This type of collar inflicts pain and can lead to the development of behaviour problems such as aggression towards people or other dogs/animals, and in some cases can cause injury to the Animal.

3. Bring Fitness to Willenhall

CONKER FITNESS HAS BEEN GROWING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH OVER THE LAST 6 MONTHS IN THE HEART OF WILLENHALL.

COMMITTED TO INCREASING THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO ENJOY FITNESS, GETTING INTO GOOD SHAPE, AND MAINTAINING YOUR FITNESS LEVELS. WE OPEN OUR ARMS TO MEMBERS OF ALL AGES – LOOKING TO MOVE TO JOHN HARPER STREET ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE TOWN CENTRE, OUR AIM IS TO BECOME THE HEALTH & FITNESS HUB OF WILLENHALL.

WITH CLASSES BEING AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN, WOMEN & MEN, FAMILIES, YOUNG &OLD, BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE ATHLETES – WE OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. WE ARE TRUE BELIEVERS IN THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION AS ADULTS, BUT ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING OUR FAMILIES – WE OFFER NUTRITIONAL ADVISE ON HEALTHY EATING, DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS, WEIGHTLOSS, MAINTANENCE AND REHABILITATION.

MOST OF ALL, OUR WARM, WELCOMING AND FRIENDLY TEAM’S APPROACH TO FITNESS WILL MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME WITH US AT CONKER FITNESS – AND LOOKING FOR OUR COMMUNITY’S SUPPORT IN OUR IMPORTANT MISSION.

WE SUPPORT A HEALTHIER WILLENHALL.

4. Stop live animal trauma training in the military

The killing of animals to make Australian Defence Force medicos battle-ready is a breach of national health guidelines, according to at least one welfare group.

In a letter to Defence Minister Stephen Smith, PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) says it is "of grave concern" that Australia's military has failed to adopt synthetic models that could save thousands of pigs, which are used in trauma training before being killed.

"These courses are considered essential to adequately prepare medical officers to deploy on ADF operations," the spokesman told AAP in a statement.

PETA claims Defence is not following guidelines published by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council by using live animals, and that research has found a simulated model provides outcomes superior to animal-based training.

Defence does not agree.

"Based upon the best scientific advice available, there remains a small number of circumstances where training of those who save the lives of critically-injured service personnel is best achieved through live tissue trauma training," the spokesman said.

"This training essentially concentrates on the first hour of emergency care post-event."

He added that the force has "reduced to the absolute minimum" the use of animals for medical training, and aims for further reductions.

PETA says "more modern" training technology has been adopted by the majority of NATO countries.

5. Stop closure of the only BA in Sign Language Programme for Hearing Impaired in India

Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.

Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.

6. Copeland Aftercare - Help us to remain operational and sustain the benefits to our local community

Copeland Aftercare is a unique organisation that specialises in supporting people with addictions in Alcohol & Drugs to enter into Recovery/Aftercare.

We are a group of ex- substance users who completed mainstream services and identified how easy it is to relapse back into addiction at the most critical time in our lives; we were 100% determined not to let our brains re-program our minds and choose addiction so we supported each other in finding a long-term solution, one that we designed through consultation of service users, one that works.

We have a fine group of Directors made up of professional people and the ex-services users who founded Copeland Aftercare, and are passionate about helping people recover from drug and alcohol dependency. We know from experience that with the right support, people can change. Everyone is different: some people will make a full recovery; some will get there in the end after several relapses to lead healthier and happier lives.

We work closely with partners in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors to give people the support they need to recover. Service users often need to use a range of services from health and housing to benefits and employment agencies. By working together, we can overcome the hurdles and offer joined-up solutions. We work closely with the NHS, police, job centre plus, and the Workers’ Educational Association to ensure that new and existing members get the care and support they need to reintegrate back into society.

We provide living proof that addiction can be beaten while offering an alternative to the revolving door of statuary services and addiction? We have a weekly menu offering members safe relationships and a range of social, diversionary, training and development activities, pre & post weekend support sessions. We offer peer support, one to ones and group life skills sessions for our members to help and encourage them to relearn their life skills that addiction cruelly took away from them.

Support Steps:
• Examination of substance use and its consequences
• Re-examination of lifestyle
• Maintain positive developments that members have made in their structured treatment
• Promotion self worth and resumption of responsibility
• Identification of strengths and weaknesses and practice of coping strategies
• Setting of realistic and obtainable personal goals and strategies to achieve them
• To have structure through a programme of activities and training to promote constructive use of time
• To improve interaction skills and make relationships in preparation for a return to society and work
• Programme of support for members as they move to a future in society and employment.

7. Empower Our Teachers, Protect Our Children

To understand the gravity of the situation, you must simply examine the facts; no less than 259 school shooting related deaths have occurred since 1970.

Many Arkansans remember the incident at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR, where four students and one teacher were killed. The recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has once again showed us the vulnerabilities of our public schools. The deaths of children in public schools can and will be prevented with proper training and security. The added security this petition calls for would be provided by the people directly involved, the teachers.

Local law enforcement and skilled security professionals (most of which would more than happily volunteer their time) would provide the training needed and if there was a cost incurred the school districts would cover any and all expenses. I believe, teachers need to feel empowered and secure. This reassurance can come through proper training. It is important that all teachers working in the state of Arkansas receive a basic defensive course and hostage training focused directly on altercations involving firearms, knives and other dangers involved in school invasion scenarios.

The training would be designed especially for teachers and school administrators to further mitigate the risks posed to students and staff. I believe in conjunction with the training, personnel that excelled in these operations (as well as agreed) would also receive basic marksmanship training in small arms and be issued a handgun (provided by the state) and kept stowed away, only allowing the teacher issued access to the weapon. Individuals selected by the schools concealed carry program would be selected by the school administrators and the training personnel. In school districts that wished to do so the teachers with a concealed carry license could "carry" These individuals would remain nameless to students and other personnel. The classes would be made available to these individuals as well.

The local law enforcement departments and key administrators would maintain a registry of all teachers involved in the program and be required to provide continued training (annually). Response times for local law enforcement departments vary and the possible delays for their officers are endless; therefore, it is up to us, the competent and common sense Americans to empower our schools and help to provide an environment that reduces the danger to our children.

8. Riders for the judges

Dressage is a fast-developing sport in South Africa. International trainers are frequently coming to South Africa's shores. However, little effort has been made for the development of the sport's judges.

Thus, while riders and the quality of dressage horses are rapidly improving, the judges are not and this is restricting the development of the sport.

Unless our judges are on a par with their international peers, South Africa is not going to be able to compete effectively at international level at events such as the World Equestrian Games or the Olympics.

9. Self-injury support

No Secrets currently provide peer-support to those affected by self-injury. We are a voluntary group and non of our volunteers are paid for their time.

We provide training to local professionals around self-injury however it seems that accident and emergency and other medical staff think that this is not relevant to them.

ANYBODY can be affected by self-injury, and if you are working in healthcare of any kind you should be appropriately trained to deal with self-injury.

10. Government should re-introduce a more policable effective dog license

I have spent all my life living and working with dogs. I know that many cases of cruelty and neglect could be prevented, many dog attacks and dog fights could be avoided with a relatively small amount of education.

We wouldn't allow someone to drive a car without education and licencing however there is no restrictions on the ownership and breeding of dogs, which has left us with rising numbers of them in rescue centers and increased problems with antisocial behaviour and public nuisance. Dogs give us their all, they deserve better.

11. Government Legislation - Let's ensure police receive training in mental health

For Mental Health Awareness - (www.mentalhealthawareness.co.uk)

I've been researching the training which police staff - from station reception officers, to police community support officers, to police constables – receive in relation to mental health. I have found out that police currently receive very little training in mental health awareness and recognition.

It is inevitable that police staff will come across a person with mental health issues at some point during there career. Unpublished research undertaken within the Metropolitan Police suggested that 15% of incidents they dealt with on a daily basis were mental health related.

There are many scenarios in which the police may come across a person with a mental health issue. One of which is in the administration of justice. Up to 90% of prisoners have some form of mental health problem (Singleton et al. 1998), This shows how probable it is that the police will come across someone with a mental health problem.

Another scenario is in relation to the Mental Health Act; where an individual is suspected of having a mental health problem and is in need of immediate care or control, the police can use Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to take the person from a ‘public place’ to a ‘place of safety’ for up to 72 hours. Where the person is not in a public place, the police may use Section 135 of the Mental Health Act to gain access to a person’s home or property by force following the granting of a court warrant.

The IPCC website states that 'Mental Health is a factor in many of the most serious cases of police misconduct investigated by the IPCC'. This is just further evidence of the necessity for police to be trained in mental health.

As police have been given powers, under the Mental Health Act, to assist people who are in mental distress, and inevitably come into frequent contact with people who have mental health problems, I strongly believe that there should be Government legislation to ensure that police are trained to a sufficient standard in mental health so that they can deal with the situation appropriately and effectively.

Upon researching this issue it seems that the solution to this problem could be if legislation ensures that police receive Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This is well-known and could be a very valuable learning tool for the police. 'The Mental Health First Aid Initiative represents a useful way of delivering training for the Police and allied agencies – police officers, front desk workers, call centre workers, PCSOs and the Crown Prosecution Service – to understand more about mental health issues, to implement procedures and to engage within communities with local agencies more effectively'.

12. Better social services with more training

Social services have failed so many innocent children already and are continuing to fail, many staff are not properly trained and in some areas are extremely under staffed.

13. Review Education, Training, Supplies and Tools needed to ensure that all students get a uniform education

We the students have dealt with inadequate and inconsistent teaching practices, lack of tools and equipment insufficient for learning, wires ripped out of units and no organization or communication between night teachers day time teachers and front office.

Teachers that are unprepared and sit in the classroom working on solving the same problems students are at the same time and then coming up with the wrong answer as well as admitting to being unprepared and just passing out class room projects that they have yet to complete. Teachers wasting 7 weeks ($1500.00) of our time and money speaking about their problems at home and not about what is described in the syllabus.

Front office showing an inability to evaluate and choose who will be teaching their students and ensuring that all students are being taught the same material. We feel that the Kaplan career institute has misrepresented the quality of education promised to their students.

14. YES to McDonald's Ocean Dr Port Macquarie

Amongst our Port management team we have 300 years of McDonald’s experience. Our people are at the heart of our business and as a nationally accredited training organisation we strive to provide all of our people with the flexibility they require at different life stages, as well as training and skills that will serve them well wherever their future decisions take them.

We do, however, take the issue seriously. Since the early 2000s McDonald’s has not only looked to provide choice - including healthier options - but to improve the nutritional value of all menu items. Examples include a change to low sugar (less than 5%) buns in 2004 and the change to a vegetable oil blend in 2004 which removed 9000 tonnes of saturated fat from the food industry. The subsequent move to a next generation canola oil blend removed more than 415 tonnes of trans fat from the Australian food supply.

Stripping away the misconceptions, we are a family restaurant that provides food and non-alcoholic beverages in a safe and comfortable environment.

As part of our development application to council planning experts, we have included independent traffic and acoustic reports which we encourage those in the community who have concerns about these issues to view.

A litter free environment is something we’re passionate about and we take every opportunity to remind our customers of the need to dispose of their litter thoughtfully. We also have a Litter Patrol Program in place which is a structured, regular task for our crew, and involves them picking up all litter from the restaurant grounds and its vicinity.

We fully intend to remain an engaged and proactive neighbour, and hope to receive your continued support moving forward.

15. Change 16 hours duty of PGI

We are appealing to the Medical Training Office that instead of imposing the APMC regulation of having 16hrs duty for every 3 days, we prefer to go on 24hrs duty for every 4 days rotation.

16. Keep Our Local Gun Range in the Redlands OPEN

In Our community, a friend of ours has been unnecessarily beaten down by the LOCAL political machine. We're all aware of "Henry's", a well established and enduring Outdoor Sport Shooting and Training Range South West of the Redlands of Homestead.

The Range, owned by Henry & Betty Ladue since 1994 has come 'under fire' by several entities as of late in order to shut it down completely. It has even been said that there lacked community backing/need for use of the range.

Henry has complied with every request of many public hearings and code requirements and is still being harassed by an unregulated office (Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) not having oversight but with the power to say whether we can have an outdoor gun range or not. We believe that our Florida State Statute 790.333 and Our 2nd Amendment guarantees we can exercise the rights provided therein on this property. Please also make your support known to the Zoning Department - Franklin Gutierrez - FAX (305) 372-6106 and be sure to include this Dade Planning & Zoning Process Number Z2009000114

17. Change Police Officer Hiring Requirements!!

Did you know that to be a police officer in the state of Florida you have to have good credit. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Also passing a polygraph exam. Obviously many of the officers hired had a good enough credit score and also passed their lie detector test.

But what does that tell you about them as a person or what does it say about them being a good officer? I'll tell you what, nothing.

Here's an example::: Miami, Fl
A Miami, Fl police officer was charged with animal cruelty and another offense after he kicked a police dog into unconsciousness, according to The Police News. The incident is said to have occurred after “Duke,” a 4-year-old German Shepherd, barked (when he shouldn't have) during a training exercise at the Miami Dade Training Bureau.

The officer, “lost it,” a source of Local 10 Florida said. The officer, a 27-year police veteran and 25-year canine officer was arrested after the dog collapsed. Duke was rushed to an animal clinic by the officer after he shook the dog and realized that Duke was unconscious. The dog later died at the clinic.The officer has been placed on administrative duty with pay since the investigation began.

So the good people that maybe have a little something on their credit because of tough times or because of some bad luck and did not pass the polygraph have to suffer and not be able to serve their communities as an officer of the law. Polygraph test are not 100% effective and having good credit doesn't make you a good person. As you read in the previous example.

Lets join together to eliminate this "requirement" and from letting good people join the police force. My husband a Unites States Marine with an honorable discharge, now in the Army Reserve, never done drugs, good moral character, great citizen, hard working, overall great individual who is more than highly qualified for this job was turned down because of bad credit that his ex wife caused not him. There has to be a better way to hire good police officers.

18. Ban MMA and Regulate Nail Salons

10 minute rule, as read in parliament

17 Mar 2008 : Column 632

Nail Bars and Special Treatment Premises (Regulation)

Dr. Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes, South-West) (Lab): I beg to move,

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the licensing of nail bars and premises where tattooing, cosmetic piercing and other prescribed treatments are carried out; and for connected purposes.

A constituent of mine first drew my attention to nail bars and the potential problems posed by what one might describe as the bargain-basement end of the market. My constituent, who runs a reputable nail bar in central Milton Keynes, became very concerned by the damage that had been done to the nails of some of her customers by other, less reputable establishments. Since I first raised this issue in the House on 15 November 2007, I have received feedback from across the UK showing that this is a widespread problem —a point reflected in the wide geographical spread of the sponsors of this Bill.

It might help Members who are not familiar with the nail bar business if I briefly describe what nail bars are and the procedures they use. Nail bars are a relatively recent import from the US. They are a part of the beauty industry, and offer artificial nail extensions that can then be painted or decorated. In reputable nail bars with properly qualified nail technicians, nail extensions are created from mixing a polymer powder with a polymerising agent called ethyl methacrylate, or EMA. The resulting nail extension is flexible and easily attached to the natural nail. Unfortunately, the expansion of nail bars has led to a rise in the number using unqualified technicians and using an alternative polymerising agent called methyl methacrylate, or MMA. The agent is banned in nail bars in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, but there is no such ban in this country. The attractions of MMA to the operative is that it is much cheaper than EMA, at between a third and a sixth of the price, and that it forms the extensions more quickly, enabling non-standard nail bars to undercut the prices of the more reputable businesses.

The customer might not be aware until it is too late that MMA has serious disadvantages, however. The nail extension is much more rigid and does not adhere well to the natural nail, so the natural nail has to be drilled or etched with an electric file to help adhesion. Unlike EMA, MMA polymers continue to polymerise once attached, and the MMA penetrates and damages the nail bed. Long-term use of MMA is associated with respiratory problems and serious allergic skin reactions, and the staff using it usually protect themselves, including from the dust generated by the electric filing, by wearing gloves and masks. That ought to suggest to the customer that the use of MMA is not risk free.

The other consequence for the customer of using MMA is that the extensions are so rigid and so tightly stuck to the nail that if they get caught or jammed the natural nail can be ripped off. Pain is caused by the drilling, and the permanent ridging and damage to the natural nail and nail bed can take a long time to grow out. To compound matters, MMA extensions are much more difficult to remove than those formed with EMA. [Interruption.] I can see that I am catching the attention of the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening). Several of the nail bar technicians who have contacted me have shown me graphic pictures of the damage that MMA has caused to the nails of patrons of sub-standard nail bars.

One way to deal with the problem is to improve awareness among the public, particularly young girls and women, of the damage caused by MMA and the importance of ensuring that, before anyone tampers with their nails, they check that the person is properly qualified. I know of one scheme that is to be launched shortly, which will allow potential customers to check a website for reputable nail bars in their area. I very much welcome that, but simply improving public awareness will not stop the continued spread of non-standard nail bars. Such bars not only risk affecting their customers but undercut the credibility of the whole sector and those who try to provide a high-quality service.

London councils within the M25 already have the power under part II of the London Local Authorities Act 1991 —“Special treatment premises”—to license nail bars, and thus in principle to impose standards, including the appropriate level of qualification for staff and restrictions on the chemicals that can be used. However, the contacts that I have had suggest that even in London, where licensing powers exist, council licensing officers may be focusing on hygiene—that is important, because hepatitis C can be spread through the use of electric drills on nails—and may not be aware of the specific risks of MMA or of the need to check the qualifications of staff.

Outside London, the situation is even more confused. Nail bars do not come within the scope of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, and therefore cannot be subject to licensing. Environmental health staff can give advice on the use of chemicals, but their only enforcement powers come through the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which is relevant to employees, not to customers. Trading standards can respond to customer complaints, but most customers do not realise that the pain and damage that they experience because of MMA are not just a normal part of the process.

Although the problem of MMA seems well known in the industry, it seems to be below the radar of public authorities. In response to earlier comments that I have made in the House, the Department of Health has told me that it has made no assessment of the public health risk of MMA in nail bars, and the Health Protection Agency has no record of ill effects to customers or employees in the last three years. The HSE ’s health and safety laboratory is apparently reviewing health issues for technicians in nail bars, but it seems that, once again, the effect on the customer is being ignored—perhaps because damaged nail beds are not regarded as a terribly serious public health issue.

That is not satisfactory. Most of the customers of non-standard nail bars are likely to be young women and girls on low incomes, for whom the low prices that those businesses can charge make nail extensions seem much more accessible. Customers need to be protected from unscrupulous operators, which is why I propose that the powers already enjoyed by London councils to license nail bars and a number of other similar businesses should be extended to all local authorities across England.
The chief environmental health officer at my local council in Milton Keynes tells me that following an inspection tattooists, for example, like to have a document from the local authority as it drives the cowboy operators out of business. It helps to bring in customers if businesses can advertise that they are registered with the local authority. Among qualified nail technicians, there is also strong support for regulation. At present, an astonishing 85 per cent. of nail technicians do not have NVQ level 3 qualifications, and have no incentive to invest in the training as it gives them no competitive advantage.

A proper licensing regime across England would protect customers, drive up standards and reward those businesses investing in training. It would mean that girls and young women could use nail bars and be confident that they would suffer no ill-effects.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill ordered to be brought in by Dr. Phyllis Starkey, Ms Celia Barlow, Mr. Clive Betts, Dr. Roberta Blackman-Woods, Richard Burden, Ms Sally Keeble, Fiona Mactaggart, Chris McCafferty, Kerry McCarthy, Martin Salter, Anne Snelgrove and Margaret Moran.

Nail Bars and Special Treatment Premises (regulation)

Dr. Phyllis Starkey accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the licensing of nail bars and premises where tattooing, cosmetic piercing and other prescribed treatments are carried out; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 25 April, and to be printed [Bill 87].

19. Q-Ride - Time to act

Dear Premier,

I am writing to you in regard to the deplorable situation surrounding Q-Ride….

I am a motorcyclist, and as a result, I am sickened to see how many people are dying on the roads, especially this year..

I have a particular point of contention with the current system of provision of Q-Ride services within the state.

I believe that if properly constructed, Q-Ride can be a good thing, but, here is the problem – Motorcycle retail outlets should NOT be able to provide rider training and certification services, and NO rider training service should be allowed to be in any way affiliated with a retailer.

I know for a fact, that people have walked into shops to have a look at a bike, and when asked of they are interested in buying or test riding the bike, they have answered by saying that they have not got a riders endorsement or license – to which the salesman will offer to “throw in” the Q-Ride course as part of the deal if they buy a bike…….

NO course should be discounted, or made cost free to ANYONE…….Also, weekend long courses are a joke…..anyone can be taught to ride a bike in a day, but, if you will allowed me this analogy, it is like rain on dry ground, it only gets in so far, it needs to have follow up rain to get into the soil deep enough to do good and not evaporate overnight.

Rider, or any, training is only of any use if it is done over time, with reasonable periods of rest and reflection to absorb the lessons taught..

Do we not send our kids to school for 10 years or more to learn because it takes time for it to sink in ?

I have had it stated to me by various graduates of current Q-Ride courses, that they felt that the course was too quick, and that although they could ride when it was over, and “jump through” through the appropriate “hoops”, they did not feel confident that they had learned the level of skill required to stay alive on the roads..

Some have even said that over the period of two days that they spent less than two hours on a bike….the rest was theory only.

Thankfully, some had decided that although they had been given an “open” qualification, and could purchase and legally ride a 1000cc machine, they decided to start out on an appropriately powered machine, maybe a 250, or with some bigger people a 500 or 650cc machine……

It is not always sensible to send people out on 250cc bikes, as their physical size or weight may make a 250 a more dangerous proposition than a bigger bike, so in this regard, a system like the LAMS arrangement in N.S.W. would be possibly a better option ?

I am in the bike industry, so it is in my best interests to see more riders out there on the roads, but I don’t want them dead either….and I know, that with the correct rider licensing system, that we can make our dad’s, son’s, mother’s, daughters and friends safer and better riders….

As you know, bikes are far easier on fuel than cars, and also take up much less space in the city when parked, so there are also environmental benefits…..

Mrs. Premier, I, as a rider, am worried that we might suffer a negative reaction to our presence on the roads, in that laws and legislation might be changed that would threaten our lifestyle choice, and I am sure that you are not a woman who would want to curb the enjoyment of a very large part of your community either.

If I might suggest the following :

1. Removal of training approvals from persons or organizations involved in the retailing of motorcycles or related items.

2. Increasing of fees {within reason}.

3. Guarantee of minimum 25 hours instructed training over a minimum period of 2 months.

4. Introduction of a power to weight limitation for new riders similar to the LAMS system. With possible consideration due to rider size and weight.

5. Minimum 12 months at prescribed Motorcycle restriction.

6. Log book system for accompanying rider/driver listing date, times and distance along with licence number of the following rider/driver. With a minimum amount of hours/km’s required for open licence.

The minimum training hours would help to weed out those who are after a quick entry into something that they may not have thought out logically and help to dim the “emotion” of such a choice.

The log book system would not be popular amongst my peers, but, if we care about those we ride with then it is a small price to pay.

I know as a package this may be difficult to push through, but I find it difficult to continue to read about people dying needlessly. Maybe some of these things as a combination would be effective.

There needs also to be a far greater emphasis put on the general motoring public regarding the visibility of bikes on the road, pushbikes included.

We all need to look and listen for other vehicles, no matter how big they are.

Thank you for your time Premier.

20. Save Training Packages @ Work

On 28 September 2007, it was announced by the Department of Education, Science and Training that Training Packages @ Work would not receive national funding due to an unexpected impost on the Department's VET program budget.

As there is no immediate prospect of continued funding, production of Training Packages @ Work will cease immediately after six years and 75 issues.

Although action is being undertaken to redress this situation, it would seem that a reassessment of these priorities to include funding for Training Packages @ Work is unlikely in the immediate future.

The funding withdrawal means that more than 17,800 people from across the Australian vocational education and training sector will no longer receive Training Packages @ Work in their inbox once a month.

The decision will also affect the project’s other publications and activities including Training Packages @ Work Quarterly Update and the highly popular Back 2 Basics series. In the short term both publications will no longer be produced or available for distribution however in the future this may change.

Training Packages @ Work plays an important role in informing the vocational education and training sector. The decision to not fund the project will result in a significant communication void across the sector.

We are encouraging subscribers to Training Packages @ Work or users of the Back 2 Basics booklets to sign our petition asking the Department of Education, Science and Training to reconsider the funding withdrawal for Training Packages @ Work.

21. Car window tinting laws are an invasion of privacy

In all of the states in the United States of America there is a law limiting the darkness of car tinting.

A tinted car can be probable cause for your vehicle to be stopped and searched.

Is this law going too far? If you believe yes, then sign this petition. If you believe "no" then leave a comment.

If you

22. STOP WRONGFUL ALLEGATIONS

ON NOVEMBER 30TH OF 2006 THERE WAS WRONGFUL ALLEGATIONS STATED ON MR. EDWIN AND THE PARTIES RESIDED IN HIS TRAINING CLASS.

23. SJCC ECS Closures Letter to the Board

To all full-time ECS families:

We are all aware of the unprecedented number of full-day and 3pm school closures this year, and we have individually and collectively tried to work with the administration to revise this year's ECS calendar and increase the days of full-time care provided. Unfortunately, the solutions offered by the administration thus far have been unacceptable. Several families have come together to write a letter to the JCC Board of Directors to present at their next meeting on Tuesday, November 28th. We believe that the Board is unaware of the changes, and we are asking for their support in pursuading the ECS administraton to provide childcare during non-holiday closures. We are also hoping that the Board will help ensure that such calendar issues are avoided in the future.

Please review the attached letter and indicate your support by signing via this online petition tool. It is critical that we (full-time families) present a unified voice to the administration and to the board. We are circulating the letter to nine full-time classrooms and anticipate strong support.

Thanks in advance for your support. And please feel free to contact any of the letter's authors with feedback or questions.

Shalom,
Liz Friedman, Lam Nguyen, Deborah Schneider, Rachel Schwartz, and Ilyse Wagner

24. ECS closures

This e-petition is exclusively for parents of full-time ECS children at the SJCC.

It is a letter to the SJCC Board, to call their attention to the unacceptable number of ECS closures, and to ask for their help in addressing the issue.

25. Elimination from the selection for the United States Air Force

The reason for my elimination is that I have minor disability due to being blind in one eye. But, no record has been issued stating that I am disabled. However I am physically fit and able to perform the tasks demanded by the Armed Forces during and after basic training.

I am willing to provide the proper documentation from my physicians stating that I am able to execute the necessary duties. this matter infringes on the statutes set forth in anti-discrimination laws.

Discrimination is treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice. As an American Citizen I am entitled to the same opportunities that all other citizens are entitled. My dream is to be a part of the United States Air Force so that I may take part in a legacy of excellence and contribute to my fellow man.

I hope to be considered for training as an Air Craft Mechanic, Medic, Weather Officer or anything that deals with computers and aircraft navigation systems. I know there are many jobs I am not qualified to do, but I want to perform any job that i can.

I am certainly qualified for any of the aforementioned positions.

I am asking for the opportunity to join the Air Force and make my family proud by protecting this nation. This has been my dream since I was a young child. I want to put my life on the line to protect this country, which has done so much for me.

Please help me fulfill my potential and serve the United States. With Your help, my dream of doing this could happen.

26. Stop rottweilers being added to dangerous dog list now

Rottweilers are possibly going to be added to the dangerous dog list, due to recent 'circumstances' following situations between rottweilers and humans.

Currently being advertised in national newspapers, we believe that this is due to bad training and other causes not due to the breed as such, and therefore I think this is cruel for the thousands of well behaved over soppy rottweilers that already exist and the many more yet to exist.

I feel the dogs as a breed are being victamised, when i was 5 not doing anything wrong I got viciously attacked by a westie/scottie not sure which it was white thats all I remember and it scarred my face for life!

I'm simply trying to say that any dog can bite/attack, but think all dogs should have to go to training from say 12 weeks for a minimum of 6 weeks, and ideally all owners should have to apply for some sort of ownership, by doing several checks (home checks-vet checks, checks after puppy training etc etc etc.) i then think this ownership should cost say £200 which could go to rescues and such like and yearly say £25-cheap enough people wont just dump them etc, plus there should be fines if you fail any criteria etc.

If they could put a rottweiler on soon gsd's dobermans etc would follow-and why? because of a handful of cases being sold to the papers all in 1 go making the breed look bad!

Please visit http://www.animalloversunite.co.uk to discuss the whole deed not breed issue we are all being faced with in the UK

27. 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

28. Innocent Must Stay Campaign

June 8, 2006

Innocent Nkung, a teacher and human rights campaigner, arrived in the UK in May 2005 after fleeing for his life from the "Democratic" Republic of Congo where he had been demonstrating for free elections and for an end to the large-scale attrocities and human rights abuses that the Congolese people are currently facing.

He is being supported by local people who have helped him in his campaign to stay in the UK. We have been raising awareness of the issues in Congo by arranging Congolese social evenings for the community with traditional food and music.

Here we have discussed such topics as the reasons for the poverty in Africa and the refugee crisis and why globally we are all responsible. Innocent has given so much to our community in terms of devoting the majority of his time to volunteering for good causes and in providing unpaid french tuition to school children and we continue to support him in his aim to present 5,000 signatures to the UK Home Office to support his application for asylum.

He has also gained the support of our local media, our MP and the UK Respect Party. At present we have 3,000 signatures and we hope to reach our target by the end of July when we shall present them to the Government.

If we fail and the Government decide to ignore all the current evidence of what awaits those deported back to Congo, this warm and amiable man will certainly be murdered upon his return.

29. Revoke New Rules for Overseas Doctors in UK

Update: June 6, 2006

The online petition helped our protest movement a lot and attracted lots of attention. More than 5000 people signed the petition and it was submitted to the Department of Health. We are still awaiting the final result of our protest movement.

March 19, 2006

This petition has been started by Overseas Doctors Working in UK to appeal against the new unjust rules imposed on them by the United Kingdom authorities.

This online petition will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Health by April 15th, 2006 and complements the peaceful protest march scheduled to be held by overseas doctors in London as well as the paper petition being collected by various overseas doctors associations.

Ever since the inception of the National Health Service in UK, Overseas Doctors/ International Medical Graduates (IMGS) have contributed to it by their hard work and dedication. They filled a hard felt need for skilled doctors to provide the British public with quality health care. They came here as they were promised quality training and Equal Opportunities in job selection.

Now, the UK government has introduced new regulations effective from July 2006, which has effectively curtailed all training arrangements for overseas doctors in one go. Instead of Permit Free training, they will be required to have work permit for any post they apply.

Also, employers will have the right to preferentially employ UK/EU graduates in favour of non-EU doctors, irrespective of skills or qualification and irrespective of visa status. This effectively ends the Equal Opportunities policy and favours discrimination.

This policy was announced without any consultation or grace period and has left thousands of IMGs high and dry. While some form of manpower planning was definitely required in view of the job crisis facing junior doctors, the precipitate manner in which this has been done is highly objectionable. The implications are far reaching. These include:

·New doctors who have invested time and money to come to UK, believing the promise of Equal Opportunities find that their career is ruined.

·For those already here, they will have to stop their training here halfway and go out of UK or try for non-training posts, with no career progression.

·Those who are finishing their training will find that all their training and qualifications do not matter in job selection and they will never use their hard earned skills at Consultant level.

This petition is addressed to Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Health requesting her to give this matter her urgent attention.

We request Ms. Hewitt to make an urgent solution to the immense disruption to career, personal and family life which overseas doctors are facing as a result of these new rules. Many of these doctors have been working hard in the NHS and serving the British public for several years.

This petition appeals to the good sense of the authorities to :

·Repeal these unjust rules.
·Reintroduce the Equal Opportunities Policy in medical job selection and end discrimination based on country of origin.
·Start a process of consultation for finalising a consensus.

30. Support Crozet Kids' Education

March 03, 2006

Support for Dr. Pam Moran's proposed budget, particularly as it relates to students and staff at Crozet Elementary Schoool.

Please support Dr. Pam Moran's proposed budget in full.