A thousand people, including Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal leader Sir Menzies Campbell, packed out a Westminster rally last week in support of a bill designed to save Britain’s high streets.The Sustainable Communities Bill is a private member’s bill, tabled by Conservative MP Nick Hurd, which aims to give more power to communities so they can make decisions about local issues, such as helping local bakery shops, post offices and pubs. Local Government Minister Phil Woolas said at the rally that he would not try to block the bill when it is debated for a final time in the House of Commons in May.A spokesman for LocalWorks, the lobby group behind the campaign, said there is still a danger that the government would ’talk out’ the bill by not tabling enough time for it to be discussed, despite cross-party support of over 400 MPs, as well as the backing of dozens of industry associations.Speaking at the rally, David Cameron urged individuals to use local services and shops. He said: “Local councils should be able to spend according to local priorities, not those set by Whitehall. Local people shouldn’t just control services by local government. They should have a say over all the government spend in their area. Money is crucial, but this is not just about who spends our cash. It’s about a revolution in responsibility. It’s about local people working together.”Shocking declineAccording to the BBC, Sir Menzies said: “The shocking decline of local communities – ghost town Britain – is going on everywhere. I share people’s anger at seeing local services and facilities like post offices, bank branches and local businesses disappear. People feel powerless to stop this. We don’t want Whitehall to control our lives. The Sustainable Communities Bill will give people real power over policies affecting their own areas.”A Department of Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We support the aspirations of the bill, and recognise its underlying concerns and ambitions. We are committed to promoting sustainable local communities and we have already delivered an ambitious programme of measures to do so.”The Local Works campaign started in 2002, following the publication of two reports by the New Economics Foundation, entitled Ghost Town Britain and Clone Town Britain. These looked into the declining number of independent shops on the high street and the impact this is having on local communities.The Local Works spokesman told British Baker that the bill needs as much support as possible to get it through its final reading. “It is currently at committee stage after two successful readings, but the only reason it has got this far is because of the huge support it has received,” he said. “I urge your readers to go to our website, [http://www.localworks.org], and sign up in support.”If the bill is passed in May, it will become law by the summer and the government will have to make provision for its implementation before the year is out, he said. n
BIG Something and The Fritz convened last weekend, treating fans at the Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC to an explosive display of jam rock music. The evening started with a set from The Fritz, the funky crew based out of Asheville, who even included a start/stop jam session where they would freeze in the style of the mannequin challenge! The night continued with BIG Something, another quickly-rising jam group out of NC. They worked covers of “Burning Down The House” and “Sympathy For The Devil” into their setlist. Woo woo! They also were joined by Fritz’s Jamar Woods on a rendition of “My Volcano,” bringing the house down with the great collaboration.Check out a full gallery from this exciting night of music, courtesy of Ellison White Photography, and the BIG Something setlist below.Setlist: BIG Something | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC | 11/26/16Burning Down The House (Talking Heads), Blue Dream, Megalodon, My Volcano* w/ Jamar Woods, Passenger, Tumbleweed, Song for Us, Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones), UFOs are Real, Bbm Funk (B flat minor), Love Generator, Julia BrownE: Give It to Me Baby (Rick James), Pinky’s RideNotes: Entire show with Todd Pettit on percussion Load remaining images
According the organisers, some of the events lined up for todayâ€™s ceremony include; the final of the football match, 4x100m and 4x400m relay for men and women.match past by the participants.Residents of Isoko North and Isoko South Local Government Areas have been urged to troop out en-masse for todayâ€™s ceremony.Meanwhile, elite athlete, Ogho-Oghene Egwero thursday won the 200m gold medal in a time of 20.07 seconds to bring his medal haul to two so far in the festival.Egwero, who had earlier captured the 100m gold medal is expected to take part in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events today.The 6th Delta Sports Festival, tagged Unity Games 2017 is holding after 12 years. The games were held in four venues, Ozoro, Asaba, Obiaruku and Agbor.In all, 24 sports featured in the festival. They were athletics, para-athletics, football at Ozoro, while swimming and cycling took place at Obiaruku and Agbor respectively. The Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba was the venue for boxing, chess, badminton, judo, kungfu, karate, gymnastics, scrabble, trado-ayo, table tennis, squash, para-table tennis, and wrestling.About 50 athletes represented each local government area in the festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egwero wins 200m gold, eyes two more medalsAfter four days of competition, the 6th Delta State Sports Festival will come to an end today at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium.The closing ceremony, which was earlier scheduled for 2.00pm has been rescheduled for 12 noon to accommodate all the activities lined up by the organisers.The ceremony, which will be presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, is expected to attract dignitaries from within and outside the state, including the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung. The Ovie of Ozoro Kingdom, HRM Anthony Ogbogbo is also expected to grace the occasion.