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14 April 2010
Chibuku Shake Shake...
riotous birthday celebrations in early March, Chibuku HQ has been
beavering quietly away behind the scenes. With Richard and Lewis
crafting almost daily magic at The Shipping Forecast just down the
road from The Masque, there’s an expectant thrum of activity as
April comes into focus. And what a glorious month it is: not least
because the clocks have gone forwards, the days are longer, the
nights shorter and the weather – sometimes – hotter. After an almost
unheard of 6-week hiatus, the club enters the Easter period with
batteries fully charged and two consecutive Friday night sessions
brimming over with talent.
Friday, 15 April 2011, sees the return of the city’s favorite son in
The Theatre – Mark Ronson. The dashing Southport-born, London bred
and later NYC raised producer, artist and DJ has enjoyed a meteoric
career, taking in everything from working with Amy Winehouse, Lily
Allen and Adele to fronting Never Mind The Buzzcocks and presenting
Mobos and – let’s not forget - The Brit and three Grammys piled into
his little fireplace in his apartment, too. Not bad going, to say
the least. Mark’s golden touch extends to his revered DJ sets,
encompassing a smorgasbord of styles across hip-hip, R&B, funk and
pure party music, and he headlines this special Friday night Chibuku
show. Liverpool’s local No Fakin’ boys are on hand to warm things up
Up in The Loft, it’s a bone-shaking bass-warping session frok start
to finish. Arguably the most prolific producer within the drum and
bass scene (with over 500 releases produced since 1991) headlines;
Dillinja remains one of the scene’s leaders and this legend of the
decks makes a long overdue return to Liverpool. One of the most
successful producers in jungle music - with records on over ten
labels strong, two of them his own - Dillinja is one of the few
drum'n'bass artists who spends more time in the production studio
than in clubs, crafting smash after smash. A firm Chibuku fave, it’s
a pleasure to welcome the Valve Sound System architect back to the
club. He’s supported by another act loved by the Buku faithful –
drum and bass star London Elektricity aka Tony Coleman. The first
incarnation of London Elektricity was the duo of Tony and Chris Goss
who also founded the legendary Hospital Records record label. The
hugely anticipated 7th album Yikes!, drops at the end of April and
this is a unique opportunity to catch this new material played live.
Emalkay is undoubtedly one of Dubstep’s biggest producer, heading
Caspa’s Dub Police label, Emalkay has a distinct take on the sound
which has seen him become one of Dubstep’s most sought after acts.
Big, bad and heavy describe the sound of one of the scene’s most
complex artists; his album Eclipse drops in May, so expect to catch
some of these sounds in The Loft. MCs Dynamite and Madrush lay down
Ink sees local outfit Abandon Silence take over - and they will be
living up to their name. L-Vis 1990 is an electro-bass producer
based in London whose style draws from drum'n'bass and grime, as
well as fusing U.S. style-clashes to include as Chicago house and
Baltimore club, segueing together to form one of the hottest sounds
and acts around in 2011. Super hot young Irish talent Sert One also
stars – at just 21 he has already been busy, including remixing for
Crystal Castles. Liverpool’s dubstep dudes Rich Furness and Horza
complete this special Friday night Chibuku session.
If you do not know where The Masque is it is located on Seel Street,
Liverpool, L1 4BH.
Better Choices, Better Deals ~ New strategy to empower consumers
A radical new
approach to give more power to consumers in their relationships with
business, has been announced.
Under the plans announced by Edward Davey businesses will provide
key information to their customers on how they use and buy goods and
services. This will help people get the best deal possible, and make
business more dynamic in response.
The new approach is published in Better Choices, Better Deals -
Consumers Powering Growth and marks a shift away from legislating to
make change happen. Instead it announces new ways to help consumers
help themselves and challenges business to innovate, which in turn
will drive growth in the economy.
Edward Davey said:- “This is an important new initiative that
will radically change how consumers relate to business. By giving
you more power in your relationship with businesses you will be
better placed to get the deal you want, and that deal may put a bit
of money back in your pocket. This will in turn reward the most
competitive and innovative businesses.”
The Government is on a relentless drive to support economic growth
and rebalance the economy. The Plan for Growth, published last
month, is a mixture of practical actions, investment and longer term
work to remove barriers, stimulate growth and secure the UK’s
position at the forefront of innovation.
Part of the initiative published today will be a project called
mydata, which will assess how to give people their personal data in
a format that is safe to pass onto third parties, such as price
comparison sites. If an application or website can pick out the one
perfect deal based on your user information, this will help to make
consumer choices simpler.
For example, there are 12.7 million different phone deals to choose
from, and a recent survey from Billmonitor shows that the average
mobile phone user overspends by £200 a year. Using the personal data
a phone company holds, such as whether a customer uses all their
minutes or exceed their internet allowance, could help consumers to
find a better deal.
Edward Davey said:- “This project is not about seeing how many
minutes you can get for £10... It’s whether you use £10 worth of
minutes in the first place.”
Consumers will also be able to work with businesses and other
organisations on a larger scale:-
The Government expects regulators, Departments and public service
providers to release more information about complaints and
performance data and will launch a competition to support new ways
of using this data.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will work with
Community Organisers to encourage collective purchasing deals and
launch an Innovation Prize with Co-operatives UK to reward
innovative new ideas on collective purchasing, with a fund of up to
£30,000 to award in grants.
The Behavioural Insights Team will pilot a green collective
purchasing scheme with B&Q.
BIS will support the development of a self-regulatory quality mark
for web and comparison sites.
There will be a new resolution scheme for e-commerce disputes.
The Government also wants to ensure everyone has access to better
choices, and is asking for a review by Citizens Advice and Citizens
Advice Scotland, with Consumer Focus, into how to empower the most
Gillian Guy, Citizens Advice Chief Executive said:- “Citizens
Advice is an active champion for consumers, so we are thrilled to be
part of this new consumer empowerment strategy. In particular we are
really pleased to see recognition that in new technology is not good
news for everyone. Some vulnerable groups can be excluded from best
value deals and methods of redress. We look forward to helping
ensure that provision for consumers really is inclusive and services
and products are equally available to all.”
Christine Farnish, Chair of Consumer Focus, said:- “It’s good
news that Government is looking at how more powerful consumers can
create more effective markets and public services. While there are
companies who want to provide better value and service, the truth is
that if you don’t have demanding consumers, then you won’t have
Richard Thaler, co-author of Nudge: Improving Decisions About
Health, Wealth, and Happiness, said:- “This approach will give
honest, high quality firms an edge in their battle with competitors
who use obfuscation as their chief marketing strategy. Simple
electronic disclosure is not costly for large firms to provide, and
can provide enormous benefits to consumers. Eventually, this
approach has the potential for replacing much more intrusive and
burdensome regulations that firms inevitably find ways to evade.”
children off school and a few long weekends approaching, The
Woodland Trust says, why not go online and check out its
recently-launched VisitWoods database at
visitwoods.org.uk? The database
allows people to find their nearest accessible wood simply by typing
in their postcode! Search options include: toilets on site,
wheelchair access, and café/kiosk availability, as well distance
from postcode location, so there is a large variety of choice. There
is also an Advanced Search option, which includes, amongst other
categories, the availability of free car parking and the nearest
public transport stops. The relevant woods are displayed in a list,
and on a map, and photographs are also available.
Woods in the Liverpool area include:-
► Otterspool, in
South Liverpool, a Liverpool City Council wood – combine a visit
here with a walk along the promenade and perhaps a pub lunch.
► Woodlands Hospice,
in North Liverpool, a Woodland Charitable Trust wood (privately
owned but visitors welcome).
Currently, there is also a ‘bluebell’ option: ticking
this will display the best bluebell woods in a particular area –
sites in Liverpool include:-
► Court Hey Park,
Huyton-with-Roby – privately owned, but open to the public.
► Stockton Woods, at
Speke Hall – a National Trust wood.
Visiting woodland can be extremely beneficial to children and adults
alike, and knowing in advance whether or not a particular place is
suitable for wheelchair users, or whether there will be toilets
and/or refreshments available, gives people peace of mind and helps
them plan a successful and enjoyable day out.
website aims to encourage all people, but especially children, older
people, and disabled people to visit and enjoy their woods. It does
► Encouraging children and adults to go outside to a natural, local
environment with a range of downloadable nature sheets, and ideas
for outdoor activities.
wheelchair users that chosen woods are suitable, for example,
regarding entry points, and pathways, before they get there.
► Promoting woods as
natural and free ways to improve people’s mental health and
well-being; and linking participants to their communities, to reduce
the perceived stigma of mental health.
As well as providing
details of woods local to a particular postcode, the VisitWoods
website also includes sections from planning your visit (what to
wear, woodland access, etc), things to do when you’re there
(including children’s activities and nature pack downloads), and a
place for you to record your day out when you return home (where you
can upload photos and comments about the wood you visited in your
own ‘My Woods’ section, and sign up for a free email
VisitWoods is a partnership project, led by the Woodland Trust and
funded through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, which
is part of the Big Lottery Fund Changing Spaces Programme. Project
partners include The Wildlife Trusts, Age UK, Action for Children,
DisabledGo, and Ecominds; these partners help make VisitWoods
possible. You can read more about all the project partners and why
they are supporting VisitWoods at:-
Support is available for water bills
THE due date
for paying water bills is fast approaching but there is support
available for those struggling to make the payments, says water
watchdog the Consumer Council for Water. Customers who are
unable to pay their bill should approach their water company for
help as soon as possible. Making the company aware of the situation
means customers can get the support they need. Water companies can
offer more flexible payment options which allow customers to pay
charges in a way that better suits their circumstances, such as a
weekly or monthly payment plan. Also, many water companies
have set up trusts or other schemes which could help customers clear
some outstanding debt. Individual water companies have different
application procedures and there are different criteria which
customers must meet to be eligible for these schemes. Customers
should contact their water company to find out more. Where customers
are behind in paying their water bills and are in receipt of certain
income related benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
may be able to provide budgeting help by deducting a set amount from
benefits and paying it directly to the water company until the
arrears are cleared. Customers who think they could be eligible for
the Water Direct scheme should contact their water company or the
DWP to apply. Customers on a water meter who have three or
more dependent children, or a medical condition that means they need
to use more water, are eligible for help under the WaterSure scheme
if they also receive income related benefits. WaterSure caps a
household’s water bill at the average rate for their area so
vulnerable households can use the water they need without having to
worry about a high bill. Customers who think they may be eligible
should contact their water company and those who sign up have the
potential to save a significant amount. For example, a household of
five with a water meter could be spending around £700 per year on
water. By being on the WaterSure scheme, a low income household
could cut this bill in half. Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of
the Consumer Council for Water, said:- “We know that levels of
water debt are increasing, currently around £1.4 billion industry
wide, and more and more people are struggling to pay all household
bills, not just water. If customers are worried about paying their
water bills they should not hesitate in contacting their local water
company. Consumer Council for Water staff can also explain the
options available and point customers in the right direction during
what can be a stressful time. We’re here to make sure customers get
the help they are entitled to, and there is no charge for contacting
us.” For more information visit the Consumer Council
for Water website
ccwater.org.uk or phone them
on:- 0845 039 2837.
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