Petition Tag - years

1. Petition Against Consensual Sex For 12 To 15 Year Olds

As it stands the Sexual Offences Act considers consensual sex below the age of 16 to be an offence. The Amendment to the Sexual Offences Act seeks to reduce this age to 12.We consider this amendment to be absurd for the following reasons:

1. Psychologically under 16’s are not mature enough to make sexual decisions or understand the consequences thereof.

2. It exposes under 16’s to the risks of HIV/Aids and other STDs, prostitutions, statutory rape, abortion and child pornography.

3. It places an unfair burden on parents by taking away their rights to restrain their children from sexual activity. Children will be free to make their own decisions regarding sex.

4. School communities will become platforms for sexual activity for learners. Education staff will be unable to contend with sexually unruly and chaotic learners.

5. It will lead to an increase in teenage pregnancies. School drop-out will increase and unemployment and other socio-economic problems in the country will soar.

6. It violates the Child Protection Act because it will be “exposing or subjecting a child to behaviour that may harm the child psychologically or emotionally”.

7. It will encourage the growth of child pornography as an industry and other crimes in South Africa. International black-market demands will be made on SA since sex with under 16’s is illegal in other nations.

8. It will permit under 16’s to undertake abortions without the presence of parents or adult guardians.

Other nations, including the United States, do not promulgate consensual sex for under 16’s. If this amendment is successful it will make South Africa the most liberal nations in the world with regard to the age of sexual consent!

The authority to decide the destiny of minor children should lie with their parents/ guardians. As responsible citizens of South Africa we must prevent laws that expose our children to harm. The rights of our children are cannot be violated. The rights of children must be secured at all costs.

As parents, guardians and responsible citizens I sign this petition and thereby express my disapproval of the amendment to give under 16’s consent to engage in sexual activity.

2. Bring back Corn Pops to Australia 2013

Corn Pops is a breakfast cereal that was popular in the 1990's in australia and then it was pulled off the shelves and never sold again, I still remember it's awesome flavour and wish to have it back again.

3. Cheaper Mobile Phone Deals for Under 18's

We have discovered that Mobile Phone companies overcharge on their mobile phone deals, from a short survey we had composed Orange had appeared to be the most popular company for our age group that we are targeting (15-18yrs).

We are now intending to create a online petition so people will be able to sign up and see that we can make a difference. The actual deal itself consists of 200 free texts while on contract on Orange. We believe that this deal is fair, and would come very useful for our target audience.

Once an acceptable amount of people have signed the petition we will take this, as part of our evidence to Orange.

4. CALL TO END AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Reasons are as outlined in the petition.

5. No to ITV Axeing The Bill

The Bill 2 Not Be Axed.

6. Save Lolita

Miami SeaQuarium was the first animal amusement park to house an orca whale, 37 years ago. Lolita is the whale's name, and after all of these years, she still lives there. Lolita's tank is under government regulation size, but the SeaQuarium has been promising a new tank for over 20 years. They have yet to build one. Lolita is made to perform twice a day, every single day, and this is slavery.

She was taken from her family at age two, and has never been reunited. This whale needs to be saved before she dies, after a life of solitary confinement and slavery.

7. Save our Early Years Day Care Provision

Recent developments within the college have indicated that the future of the Full Day Care Provision based at Longford Street is under threat of closure.

The setting operates primarily for the children of parents who attend classes in the college. The setting is registered for children 2 yrs to under 5 years. Currently practically the children attending have E.A.L. English as an Additional Language) and are from a diverse racial and cultural background and so of course the same goes for our parents and the children’ families. The staff mirror the diversity of our local community and in total have 15 different languages spoken between them.

This Full Day Care setting is on a highly regarded Quality Assurance programme with Camden Early Years Development. Camden Early Years is keen to propose the WKC Full Day Care setting as an example of Good Practice and Excellence on a new Quality Provision Register due to be launched. As part of the college’s duty to promote Every Child Matters and Every Parent Matters outcomes, providing such high quality care for the children of students is contributing to enhancing the parent and child’s life opportunities and Lifelong Learning.

8. Worldwide Consensus - Muslims Vote Against Child Marriage

Child Marriages were a social norm in the 7th Century when age of Consent was determined by Puberty. Today, there is a new social norm whereby anyone marrying a minor is considered a pedophile.

According to Islamic Jurisprudence, we, The Ummah have voted in a worldwide Consensus (ijma) and are by Islamic Law calling on the Scholars to protect our children and BAN this practice by 30 December 2010.

9. Reforms In Intermediate Public Transport (Auto Rickshaws)

Dear Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Shiela Dikshit, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Shri Arvinder Singh Lovely and transport commissioner Shri R K Verma

With regard to the problems commuters face with auto rickshaw drivers (ARD), such as overcharging and unruly behaviour, we wish to bring your attention to the following facts.

Out of the two types of autorickshaw drivers, 80 per cent are renter-drivers, renting autos from contractors who own multiple vehicles. They pay Rs 250-300 for 10-12 hours and earn the same amount in profit: half their daily taking goes on rent and CNG. Owner-drivers own their machines, although “owner” is misleading as most are repaying huge loans to auto-financiers from whom they purchased the rickshaw and the required permit. Monthly payments are Rs 9,000-15,000.

Two decisions have strengthened the auto-financiers’ hands. In 1997, the Supreme Court capped the number of autos, trying to cut emissions. No new auto-permits would be issued; nor could they be sold. Delhi’s size and population grew, but the number of autos did not. Consequently, the permit price rocketed and a black market emerged. Only auto-financiers won; their existing stock of auto-permits appreciated. In the late ’90s, a new rickshaw with permit cost just over a lakh. Today, after a decade of black-market inflation, the same package costs Rs 4-4.5 lakh: Rs 1.45 lakh for the auto, Rs 3 lakh for the permit. Meanwhile, demand for rented autos rose with new migrants, but supply froze, allowing contractors to hike rents.

Then, in 1998, the Supreme Court ordered public transport vehicles to convert to CNG by 2002. Owner-drivers had to pay Rs 30,000 each. In 2000, Delhi had 83,000 autorickshaws. In 2002, there were 55,000. The average owner-driver could not afford it; thousands had to sell their autos and valid permits cheaply to financiers. Others had their permits voided and were left unable to legally drive their autorickshaws: selling them to a financier was the only option. By cancelling and hoarding permits, financiers and the Transport Department managed to get rid of over a third of Delhi’s autos, sending permit prices spiralling.

Financiers now hold most of Delhi’s auto-permits — but in the names of the original owners (not the financiers), who sold their vehicles years ago. When a driver pays Rs 4-4.5 lakh for the auto-permit package, the permit will be transferred in his name only when the loan is repaid. Until then he drives “illegally”. Renter-drivers have the same problem: the auto-permit is in the contractor’s name, or a false name to cover the contractor’s activities.

Other methods exist to retain control. The financier will make the driver — frequently a new migrant to Delhi — sign several blank loan contracts. This gives him power to raise interest rates and deny the driver ownership even when the loan is fully repaid. It also allows him to charge extortionate “penalty charges”. Many of Delhi’s owner-drivers have been repaying loans for many years due to compound interest and “late payment penalties” of up to Rs 30,000. The contract maximises the financier’s ability to repossess the autorickshaw. Once snatched back, it can be sold to the next driver. Many vehicles have been “sold” and repossessed five or six times.

The over-regulatory regime demands Auto-drivers to carry around 16 documents with them at all times, “available” from the transport department on application. However, each application requires an absurdly long list of supporting documents: a 50-year-old Bihari driver may be asked for his old school certificates and Delhi ID and ration cards. Impossible requirements, of course, lead to bribes being offered.
Is it surprising, then, that in this distorted market, auto-drivers can’t rely on the meter? Somehow, in the midst of all these repayments, rents, bribes and challans, the autowallahs must feed their families.

Yet auto rickshaws are a vital part of Delhi’s infrastructure: they are efficient, affordable, economical, environmentally friendly — and iconic. They cannot be scrapped. Instead, the whole auto rickshaw sector must be reformed, starting with the issuance of new permits. To become a “world-class city” Delhi needs a bigger, better fleet of intermediate public transport vehicles that provide convenient public transport to residents respecting right to livelihood of the drivers.

The apex court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority in January this year cited the freeze ordered by the apex court on the number of autos at 55,000 in the city as the main reason for the financier mafia selling autos at an escalated cost.

10. Keep Bushwick Ballfield closed for the safety of our community children

Bushwick Ballfield is a vital part of our community in Bushwick Brooklyn. The past few years our park has been taken over by notorious gangs and thugs that have created a hostile environment for our baseball Little League and football programs.

We have witnessed everything from gang initiations to drug use and drug buys inside the park while our kids and coaches were present. The park is constantly dirty with garbage thrown everywhere including broken liquor bottles.

The two park entrances constantly smell like urine because its used as a public bathroom. Our members are being subjected to this on a daily basis and now its time to take our park back.

11. Expedite the process for Detention Enforcement Officer's promotion

As Detention Enforcement Officers, our performance, experience, work knowledge professionalism and loyalty are beyond the scope of what we were hired to do. The numerous duties we carry are beyond our pay grade.

Some of these duties include the assistance we offer to many agencies on the federal, state and local levels as well as the court family and its many agencies. We also assist our very own district administrative staff and deputies. Throughout the years we have taken charge of our section, Custody and Transportation.

12. Ghassan Elturk should be permitted to stay in the U.S.

My husband has been in the United States for 11 years. He has worked at the same company for 7 years. We have 3 children together and in 2006 we had a terrible fight and the police were called. Stemming from this argument my husband had been put in deportation proceedings and may be deported.

I am a stay at home mother and he is our only source of income. He takes care of us and I don't know what we would do if he were deported, it would destroy my family.

13. Support the continuation of funding for chaplaincy

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the National School Chaplaincy Program, built on the excellent history of school chaplaincy in Australia, which was introduced by the former Coalition Government in 2007/08 with a commitment of $165 million for its first three years. It was endorsed by Prime Minister Rudd who said “they (Chaplains) actually are providing the glue which keeps school communities rolling”.

The program offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance to all. Chaplains necessarily have religious beliefs which underpin their work. These beliefs are representative of the school communities the chaplains work in and they do not hinder chaplains from working with those of other beliefs or none. It operates in 1915 schools and enjoys strong support among principals, schools and in the community generally.

The Rudd Government has extended funding for the program, at a reduced level, until the end of 2011, after which time there may be no more funding despite the program's social benefits, sound administration and strong community support. If elected, the Coalition would continue funding the program in its current form, at its current level of $165 million over 3 years.

14. Re-naming of Perry High's Baseball Field

The Perry Bullpen is seeking support in attempting to re-name our High School Baseball Field in the name of Head Coach Frank Gamble. Coach Gamble has coached in Ohio for 37 years and 20 years at Perry. He is in the Top 10 in the state in total wins as a coach (537), belongs to 4 Ohio High School baseball Halls of Fame, has a .614 winning percentage while at Perry, has the Top 12 most winning seasons in Perry History and 15 of the top 20 seasons.

Additionally Coach Gamble has led the charge in raising of $500,000 in financial support for our baseball program. This includes (New lights, New dugouts, Fencing, Batting Cages, Score Board, Grass Seed, Replacement dirt, Brick Dust, New Concession Stand and much more) We would like to petition the Perry School Board for approval in renaming our field in Coach Gambles honor.

15. Bring Back Sesame Street in New Zealand!!

You probably know that after 40 years Sesame Street is still a huge hit in America. Also it is the best children's program ever! So why oh why is TV3 or TVNZ not buying episodes of this popular children's program? Why aren't our children watching what we as parents used to watch when we were younger??

These are the replies from TVNZ and TV3

TVNZ said:

Hi there,

This was always on TV3. We suggest you contact TV3 with your email on this one.

TV3 Said:

Greetings,

Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of good news for you, TV3 hasn't owned the broadcast rights for Sesame Street for many, many years and don't know who, if anyone currently holds the broadcast rights for this show.

At this stage we have no plans to pursue the licensing for the show.

Sorry I couldn't bring you better news.

Regards
TV3 and C4

16. Please Help Give Nia A Home In Cardiff

I am a local Brown Belt Nia teacher, who would like to use a derelict building to offer Nia - health, fitness and well-being classes for all ages.

The building we propose to use has been empty for the last few years and starting to fall into disrepair. It is the old sales building on Windsor Quay, Cardiff and was only granted a temporary planning permission and now a demolition order has been served on it.

The plan is to destroy the building and replace it with landscaped gardens. In other words a piece of grass or flower bed.

We believe that repairing the building and making good use of it by offering small community classes that will improve the health and well-being of local people is more valuable than their plans. Tearing it down would be absurd. It would be a poor environmental and social decision to do this.

Nia is a barefoot practice and over the last 6 years our group has been desperately looking for a safe, clean space where we would be able to dance. We would create a place where everyone would be welcome - providing classes for all ages and all backgrounds. We would dance, share, get fit, heal, inspire and be inspired.

The exciting news is that the building's owners would even donate it to us as they see us offering value to the community and they don't want to tear it down.

The only thing stopping us is the Cardiff Council Planning Department.

Please support us, tell all your friends, help us find Nia a home in Cardiff. Sign our petition to show how important it is that we save this building and use it for a good cause - improving the health and well-being of the whole community.

17. הצילו את חוצות היוצר בירושלים


מעל 40 שנה שחוצות היוצר מאכלס אומנים שונים שנבחרו ליצור לרגלי העיר העתיקה. לאחרונה קיבלו כל האומנים מכתבי פינוי חד צדדיים בהם מודיעים להם חודש מראש כי עליהם לפנות את כל רכושם יצירותיהם ומפעל חייהם של 40 שנה בתוך חודש אחד. תינתן להם ערכה של עד 3 חודשים. הסיבה: רוצים לשנות את המקום ולהפכו לאיזור בסגנון שדרות אלרוב. ( כלכלי ובעל שכירות גבוה) חלק מהאומנים מעל גיל 80 ואין להם לאן להתפנות. יצירות של 40 שנה ללא מקום איכסון .לא הוצעה להם כל אלטרנטיבה. ליוצרים ולמקום יש שם עולמי אשר יהרס ברגע בגלל החלטה כלכלית גרידה.


Motke Blum was sitting in his small studio in Jerusalem's Hutzot Hayotzer Street about a month ago when the street was suddenly flooded with bodyguards, followed by former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Clinton surprised the 85-year-old Blum when he entered the picture-laden studio and asked to buy two works. "I gave him a good price," Blum laughed.
On Sunday, Blum got another, less pleasant surprise: a letter informing him that the contract for the studio he has rented for the past 40 years will be up on January 1, and he is required to leave it "vacant of any person or object."

"Why are they doing this to me?" he demanded agitatedly. "I never did anything bad to anyone. At that moment I asked the Creator to allow me to curse as I have not cursed for 40 years." Blum's wife and daughter tried to calm him down, but they were upset, too.

"You don't do something like this after 40 years," said his daughter, Anat. "He's a Holocaust survivor; something bad could happen to him."
All 27 artists on Hutzot Hayotzer ("Arts and Crafts Lane"), which is near Jaffa Gate, received identical letters. The letters came from the East Jerusalem Development Company, owned by the Jerusalem Municipality and the Tourism Ministry.
The company, which has managed the site since it was founded in 1969, said it has to renovate the area and has issued a tender for each of the studios.

The letters said that because of the tenants' "special situation," they can have another three months to organize for departure.
But the shocked artists, most of whom have been there for decades, are planning a public and legal battle against the demand to vacate the premises.
Most Jerusalemites know Hutzot Hayotzer for the annual crafts fair that takes over the lane and the surrounding area for 10 days or so each summer.

But the lane is open all year round, though it does not get many visitors - certainly not compared to the Old City markets or the new, adjacent Mamilla pedestrian mall, visited by thousands every day.

The idea of establishing an artists' quarter on the site - which was no-man's land when Jerusalem was divided - was raised by mayor Teddy Kollek shortly after the Six-Day War. Blum was the first artist to move into a studio on the street, along with weaver George Goldstein.

"This was to be a place where people could come and see artists at work, an invaluable place of culture," Goldstein said. "This is not a mall."
Strolling along, it is hard to understand how this lane, lined with small stone buildings climbing upward toward the Old City walls, did not become a touristic gem. Some of the workshops look more like storerooms, stuffed to the gills with works of art, while others are prestigious Judaica or jewelry shops.

Goldstein weaves his rugs on huge wooden looms that take up most of the space, and it is difficult to picture how and to where they will be moved. Most of the artists, especially the older ones, said that if they have to leave, they will abandon their art.
"This is the only thing there is," Judaica artist Zelig Segal said. "As is, it's hard for me because of my health. I'll have a problem continuing somewhere else."
Attorney Reuven Yehoshua, who is representing Segal against the East Jerusalem Development Company, said that "everyone should be outraged."

"This is an arbitrary decision that will destroy the last remnant of culture and art in Jerusalem," he said.
Even the artists agree the place needs sprucing up. Hardly a soul can be seen in the lane most of the day. The artists blame the development company for not advertising, and for poor parking and upkeep.

Still, some of the most interesting artists in the country work here. Segal is currently creating a monument for the Knesset square; Goldstein wove rugs for the President's Residence. Others are unknown outside of Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem Development Company CEO Gideon Shamir admitted that there is still no plan for the lane.
Rumor among the artists has it that it will be connected to a big park planned for the area.

"This is a wonderful place that is not living up to its potential," Shamir said. "The goal is to upgrade it from a touristic and economic perspective, to bring in more income than what it does now. The law requires a tender for each of the shops. The current tenants can submit a bid.

18. Stop Unfair justice

My 22 year old black american son had a new years eve's party, had a few of his friends come over, they brought others. Everyone was viedo taping, rapping, drinking, druging etc. as the night went on they was wasted and my son had consented sex with a 15 year old white girl, there were several people in the room looking at this sexual act, someone was even video taping it, when it was brought to federal court they charge him with child pornography, and the the white girl who is now 19 went to court and testify in his defence and said she was not a victim, she felt my son was because they gave him 27 years and the judge thought he was being nice for just that many, he said if the young white girl had not wrote him a letter, my son would have got 30 to 50 years the punishment is too harsh and severe for what happen, a murderer gets less years or the same, there's no victim in my sons case, it's more like prejutive to me, A mother's cry please help chance this

19. Regain a legacy for Toowoomba and the Carnival of Flowers

My family has been offering entertainment to the citizens of Toowoomba for 59 years, a tradition that has surpassed both my father and me. It is in my generation that the opportunity to provide entertainment to my local citizens has been revoked.

I am appalled that after 59 years of business together that the local council will accept an offer from a third party.

My family and I have a legacy in this city. A legacy I wish to see through till my end. I am petitioning to allow my family to resume its rightful place in festive coordination for the carnival of flowers in Toowoomba and I could really use your support.

20. STOP SERS Recommendation to ORSC for Retirement Changes effective Aug. 1, 2015

The Board will recommend to the ORSC at its September 9, 2009, meeting the following changes, effective for members retiring on or after August 1, 2015:

- to retire with no actuarial reduction to one’s retirement allowance, a member must be age 67 with 10 years of service or age 57 with 30 years of service;

- a member may retire early at age 62 with 10 years of service or age 60 with 25 years of service;

- f a member retires early, base early retirement reductions on actuarial reductions from the lesser of age 67 or possible attainment of 30 years of service.

To minimize the possibility of making unnecessary benefit changes and increasing member and employer contributions, SERS’ Board opted to periodically examine its 30-year funding responsibility and recommend benefit or contribution changes as needed. Should the recommended retirement eligibility changes for members retiring on or after August 1, 2015 fail to keep SERS within the 30-year funding window, the Board will consider other changes such as reducing cost of living adjustments and contribution increases for members and employers. The Board also understood that it could look at the costs of the Health Care program, if needed. This tiered approach addressed concerns from SERS’ advocacy groups that overreacting to the present funding situation could adversely affect members and retirees for many years.

Even before the current financial crisis began, SERS’ Board took action to keep the pension fund stable. SERS was the only Ohio public pension system to address pension design changes necessary to offset increased life expectancy when it introduced S.B. 148 in 2007 and advocated for its passage.

21. Lowering the Drinking age to 18

The current United States legal drinking age is 21. Many United States citizens disagree with this age. Many believe that the age to legally be able to purchase, consume or possess alcohol should be 18.

A United States Citizen is allowed to vote when they are 18 years of age. 18 year old males are forced to join the Selective Service, for possible drafting. This means that 18-year old males can go to war. At age 18, a citizen is also inclined to jury duty. So, an 18-year old is given the responsibilities of voting, being selected for jury duty, and possibly being drafted for war.

If an 18-year old citizen is to be given these responsibilities, why is the legal drinking age 21? Does the U.S. Government not trust those of us under 21? They trust us with their votes, yet they cannot treat us like full adults for another 3 years!

22. In Support the public strike in Iranian Kurdistan

In support of the public strike in Iranian Kurdistan.

23. Noelle Must Stay

Noelle has lived in the UK for 6 years. Her previous political involvement and that of her father led to Noelle being imprisoned, where she was assaulted, beaten and tortured. She has submitted medical evidence confirming her ill-treatment.

The adjudicators have accepted that, had she come straight to the UK in 1995, she would have been granted asylum.

24. Michael Jackson museum

Michael Jackson is an American musician, entertainer, and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums have become some of the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory.

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" kept Jackson as a staple on MTV into the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced numerous hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists. One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for Thriller as the world's best-selling album—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sale of over 750 million units worldwide.

Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, has made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades. In recent years he has been cited as one of the world's most famous men.

25. "Republic" is Enough

Citizens of The Republic of Macedonia (constitutional name of our country!) are no longer willing to be exposed on further political pressure connected to the UN established "name issue" negotiation process between Republic of Greece and Republic of Macedonia.

So far, it is well known that there is a region with the same name in Greece, and that Macedonia with a reference REPUBLIC is a separate state.

During the years of so far "endless negotiations" our national identity was denied, our language (which is Macedonian!) was called Slavo-macedonian (even in the EP or EU documents!).

Now we are faced with other "creative politician's suggestions" on WHAT ELSE TO ADD to the official name of our country in order not to be offensive to Greece.

So, WE simply WANT to send a very SIMPLE message to all politicians involved in negotiations of both countries, UN special envoy Mr. Mathiew Niemetz, EU, EP, CoE, OSCE and to all other Inernational Community representatives that REPUBLIC IS ENOUGH!

26. Home Confinement for Rob LaPointe

On August 11,2007, Robert LaPointe from Medway, Massachusetts was involved in a boating accident on Long Lake in Harrison, Maine, resulting in 2 deaths. The circumstances of the accident were that the boat, black in color, containing the 2 people killed was moored at night and was proven during the trial that there were no working lights on the boat.

The jury did not convict Rob of the manslaughter or reckless conduct charges, but did believe that his blood alcohol content of .11 could have contributed to poor judgement. He was given the maximum sentence of 5 years, 3.5 to be served with 1.5 years of probation of which he has served 15 months. He has settled the civil suit with the families involved and delivered a sincere and heartfelt apology for this tragic accident.

27. Free Ryan Tucker

Ryan Tucker now 29 years old went from an abusive home to prison with no stops in between, he also suffers with epilepsy, has a brain tumor and has had his skull sliced into by a metal fan blade, he depends on medication to survive each day but he also needs therapy to help his rehabilitation.

Returning to prison will not help him become a better citizen, it will destroy the true man inside.

28. Cervical Smear Campaign to test under 25 women if requested

Cervical smear test is used to look for changes in cervical cells and to identify whether further investigation is required. Depending on the degree of abnormality identified, women are asked to have a repeat smear after six or 12 months, or may be referred for a further test to identify the cause of the abnormality identified by screening.

Under the NHS Cervical Screening Program, all women between the ages of 25 and 49 are eligible for a free cervical smear test every three years, and women between the ages of 50 and 64 are eligible for a free test every five years.

The smear test is not routinely available to women aged under 25. Cervical cancer is rare in women under the age of 20; teenagers’ bodies, particularly the cervix, are still developing, which means young women may get an abnormal smear result when there is nothing wrong. This could lead to unnecessary treatment, so screening young women might do more harm than good.

Between the ages of 20 and 25, invasive cancer is still rare but changes in the cervix are common. Although treating lesions in very young women may prevent cancers from developing many years later, the evidence suggests that screening is best started at the age of 25. Lesions that are destined to progress will still be screen-detectable and those that would regress will no longer be a source of anxiety. This means that younger women will not have to undergo unnecessary investigations and treatments.

Any woman under 25 who is concerned about her risk of developing cervical cancer, or her sexual health generally, should contact her GP or Genito-Urinary

29. Save the West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School

The West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School has been educating the young children of our township for over 25 years. However, the students, teachers and parents alike are worried that this will be their last year in their beloved school.

The West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School is a small, family oriented school that promotes not only the highest education available, but also a family friendly atmosphere for our children and their parents. Our children spend their days with devoted and loving teachers. These teachers have collectively dedicated over 50 years to educating our young children. Our teachers deserve job security and our children deserve the best that we can provide for them.

So, the families of students past, present and future have banded together to let the Township of West Milford know that we will not allow this to happen to our school. If the program must be moved to a new location, it must be one that is appropriate for our young children. One with opportunities for safe and structured play, both indoors and out.

Please sign this petition in order to keep the West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School open. Our children deserve the best academic and social education possible and that is found at the West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School.

Petition Prepared by:
Melissa Pritchett

Petition Circulated by:
Tracey Clark

30. Give borrowers a chance to refinance

The government bailed out many business places against the will of the people. We as Americans have been abused by congress as they go against the voices of Americans, congress has caused a great part of this recession and why should we allow these people to take our future and monies from our children especially when the congress has decided to give banks the run and say to create mortgages for the lower income people to have homes , but also have the fed banks write loans like 80/20 loans with no money down yet the loans were either compromised to go either way especially when a family wanted a thirty year fix rate they would get one but the trick was either on the regular primary note or the junior loan which was set at a high rate locked in for 30 years at 13%.

Then told with two mortgages once you were signed into it later you wouldn`t be able to refinance because you have one loan even though you have two mortgages, then they gave you a two year arm at 7.0250% nthen after two years up it went. They used language to make you feel as though you had a good mortgage fix for thirty years, but no where to be found on the primary note. The language was the killer and people trusted the lender and they took millions for the money,and now the bail out money is buying the mortgages back.