The International Development Committee said the strategy was "strong on rhetoric" but lacked vital details.
But the centre's managers decided they would not be invited to this year's event because they would obstruct the fire escape routes.
Division commissioner Gill Oxtoby said: "It's such a shame because the girls enjoy the singing and the elderly people like seeing them.
"It's a long tradition and has always been a good opportunity for the girls to give some service to the community."
She added: "We weren't even told that we couldn't attend. I went to ask what date it was and that's when I found out.
"They then offered to let us send a handful of girls but we can't do that, it wouldn't be fair to the others."
Marlowes bosses have told the group they can send a maximum of 20 girls to perform at the event on Tuesday (December 2).
They say the new Christmas tree positioned outside New Look and a number of mobile trade stalls have limited the number of performers the centre can host at one time.
Marketing manager Eileen Gannon said: "With changes made to the centre's Christmas decorations and trade units there simply isn't space for a huge number of performers.
"We're disappointed, but our priority has to be the safety of people inside the centre."
In the past, the annual late night shopping event for the elderly and disabled, where volunteers help people who are less mobile do a spot of festive shopping, has featured carol singing, majorettes and choirs.
Last year the Girl Guiding UK West Herts division, which covers Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring, sent 100 of its members to sing for shoppers.
Eileen said the new rules were open to change in the future, as decisions made on decorations in the centre are different each year.
Norwich City Council wrote to all hairdressing businesses in the city ordering them to get a licence if they want to serve alcoholic drinks.
Sent to 104 salons in Norwich, the letter states that the practice of serving complimentary alcoholic drinks is a breach of the law and requires various licences.
It then warns: "To address this issue enforcement action, including the use of undercover officers, may be undertaken in the near future."
The council also declares that anyone found guilty of unlawfully supplying alcohol could face a maximum of six months in jail, a maximum fine of £20,000 or both.
Nigel Matthews, owner of Nigel Alexandre salon, said: "The vast majority of salons serve tea and coffee throughout the year and in the couple of weeks before Christmas offer a glass of wine or mulled wine or sherry. It seems very Scrooge-like to send a letter out just as we are entering the festive period.
"It is traditional, the clients are rewarded and it is all part of the customer service.
"What struck me was the potential sentence – you get a lot less than that for a lot more than serving a glass of wine."...
Georgia Parry, who works in the Max Giammello salon, said it would no longer be able to offer champagne with its VIP package, which is available all year round.
She said: "Champagne and strawberries is a nice thing to have, and having to stop that brings the whole VIP package to a lower level."
A council spokesman said that under the 2003 Licensing Act "sale by retail" includes providing alcohol to customers as part of the service.
He added that a letter of complaint was received last month about salons offering drinks.
"We wanted to make sure small businesses did not unwittingly fall foul of the law while trying to spread a little Christmas cheer in the build-up to the festive season," he said.
Michael Stephenson, regulatory services manager, said: "We know that with the credit crunch all businesses need to do everything they can to encourage customers through their doors and will be offering various incentives in order to achieve that.
"We accept the letter we sent out to hairdressers in the city may not appear to be in keeping with the festive mood and are sorry if it has been misunderstood.
"However, we are a licensing authority and there is a serious message here about the enforcement of licensing laws and helping businesses make sure they do not fall foul of the law."
Labour's Dennis McShane said, "To send a squad of counter terrorist officers to arrest an MP shows the growing police contempt for parliament and democratic politics," he said.
Labour aide, Ruth Turner's home was raided by Police at 6.30 am.She had no advanced notice but the press did. Her home and office was searched and she was arrested and questioned for several hours.
She was questioned over honours allegations and suspicion of perverting the course of justice. She has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.
Tony Blair gave Ms Turner, one of his closest aides, his full backing. Ruth is a person of the highest integrity for whom I have great regard and I continue to have complete confidence in her," said the prime minister.
In a statement released by 10 Downing Street, Ms Turner said: "I absolutely refute any allegations of wrongdoing of any nature whatsoever. No charge was ever made.
Well now its an MP, they are all starting to open their eyes. Suddenly its a bit much. Why was he arrested when all the information could have been gathered by anyone. Even Paul Flynn comments:
There was no threat to security in these published 'secrets.' They should have all been available through FOI requests. It's mystery to me why a list of the anti 42 day Labour MPs should be secret. Any knowledgeable political commentator could have written the list.Well give the police powers they will use and on times abuse them. Over to Littlejohn
An Opposition spokesman is arrested without warning on trumped-up conspiracy charges and thrown into jail. His home, constituency and parliamentary offices are simultaneously raided by 20 anti-terrorist officers.
It sounds like Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, or East Berlin before the Wall came down. But this happened in Britain, in the past 48 hours - the most terrifying manifestation to date of Labour's Stasi State.The shadow immigration minister, Damian Green, was taken from his home in Kent to a Central London police station, where he was interrogated for nine hours by officers investigating the leak of sensitive information from the Home Office.Or, as a Met spokesman put it, in classic Plodspeak: 'A 52-year- old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office.'
This risible, catch-all indictment could be levelled at just about any member of the Government, from the Prime Minister downwards, any day of the week. Labour spent all last weekend leaking details of the emergency Budget. Gordon Brown's early career was built on leaked documents.
Green's 'crime' was to expose the deceit and incompetence of this government's shambolic immigration policy and make public a confidential Home Office memo, which revealed that an illegal alien had been working as a cleaner in the House of Commons.
On the whole, and in the main, and everything considered, you do not in a democracy go around arresting the Opposition. For some time now, web humorists have been spelling new Labour “Nu-Labour”. As reports of Damian Green's arrest swirled yesterday, the prefix ZA attached itself to the bloggers' joke: ZANU-Labour. If by lunch I had heard the comparison with Zimbabwe once, I had heard it a dozen times.
Nine - nine - counter-terrorism officers? Raids (for that is what we would call them in Russia) on the home and offices of a senior member of the Opposition? What a blunder. What an outrage. What a stupid, stupid, thing to do. The best argument for doubting that ministers had anything to do with the arrest of a mild-mannered and distinctly herbivorous Shadow Immigration Minister is that this is a gift to the Tories, and incredibly damaging to a governing party whose Prime Minister enjoys a reputation for bullying.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has defended the right of police to arrest a Tory MP over alleged Home Office leaks - suggesting the case was more serious than reported.
Officers had to be allowed to "follow the evidence where they need to" and it would be "Stalinist" for politicians to intervene, she told the BBC.
But Ms Smith said the investigation was examining a "systematic series of leaks" of potentially sensitive material beyond the cases being claimed by critics.
"It is not an investigation into whether or not Opposition politicians used information they received to embarrass or hold to account the Government," she told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show. "That is a completely legitimate activity it has gone on; it should go on; it will go on. This started as an investigation of a systematic series of leaks from a department that deals with some of the most sensitive and confidential information in Government.
"There are four leaks that are in the public arena. The point is that this started as an investigation into a systematic series of leaks about which, of course, it was not clear what had been leaked and what may not have been leaked."
Replying to critics of the police action, she went on: "In my book Stalinism and a police state happens when ministers direct and interfere with specific investigations that the police are carrying out."Although she neglects the bit about Stalinism being used by the security services to enforce the will of the state, even though ministers may not actually be getting their hands dirty.
Came across this one in a Google search, note the fawning tone used by the local arse rag "The Shields Gazette".
A VETERAN councillor whose life has taken a downward spiral since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer has admitted failing to provide a breath test after a car accident.
This is the second guilty plea Hebburn South ward councillor Eddie McAtominey has made before magistrates in a month.So not once but twice he is picked up "tired and emotional" behind the wheel of a car.
On November 11, he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court after being caught more than twice over the drink-drive limit the day before in Solway Road, Hebburn, and was banned from the roads for 21 months.
Yesterday, during an appearance at Peterlee magistrates relating to his arrest in May after an accident in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, he admitted failing to provide a breath test at South Shields police station.
The 62-year-old, of Sullivan Walk, Hebburn, initially pleaded not guilty to the offence, and a trial was due to take place in the new year, but he changed his plea.
Magistrates heard how the councillor turned to drink after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.Terence Carney, defending, said: "This is one of the saddest cases I have personally had to deal with in my career.
"The sad truth is that over the last two years Mr McAtominey's life has taken a downward spiral.
"He was diagnosed as having prostate cancer, and the prospect of that diagnosis had a serious impact on him.
"But he has gone on and shouldered this burden, and just got on with his public duty.
"In a bid to come to terms with that reality and the stress he has turned to alcohol.
"He apologises and admits this was his mistake, and it was completely his fault.
"There have been people who have taken the opportunity to sneer at the fall from grace of this man, who had such a high public profile."Well as for his legal bod to claim people are sneering is wankspeak. People are annoyed, drunk driving is wrong, drunk driving twice is showing a contempt for both the law and society.
Magistrates heard McAtominey has served the community of Hebburn as a local councillor for the past 36 years, and is one of the longest-serving members of South Tyneside Council.
He was lead member of jobs, enterprise and regeneration and South Tyneside's representative on Northumbria Police Authority until he resigned from the positions earlier this month.
Chairman of the Bench Martin Palmer said: "You are already banned for 21 months from November 11, we are going to ban you from driving for 12 months which will run concurrent."
In addition to the fine, McAtominey was also fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £15 victim surcharge.
A spokesman for Labour North, the regional office of the Labour Party, said: "Coun McAtominey remains suspended from the Labour Party pending the outcome of our own investigations."
|A THREE-YEAR BAN from DRIVING.|
|Up to 14 YEARS in PRISON. (usually 3 months)|
|An UNLIMITED FINE, Typically £5000.|
|FORCED to sit an Extended Driving TEST.|
Over at The Telegraph
Jim Knight MP (Labour) - speaks out on dangers of Facebook, & he has hundreds of friends on facebook.
Yesterday, Mr Knight told them it was their responsibility to stop youngsters from obsessively ‘cultivating their empire of Facebook friends’.
Instead they should send them outdoors to enjoy ‘healthy activities’ and ‘learn about the world around them’.But the minister failed to disclose that he has his own vast empire of friends, who follow his exploits online through regular ‘status updates’.
This includes such revelations as the fact that he has ‘finished painting the bedroom’.
His 883 friends can also view holiday snaps, including a shot of the South Dorset MP wearing a beret.In a speech to head teachers aimed at encouraging greater parental involvement in education, Mr Knight pointed out the perils of spending too long on social networking sites.Still this is what we expect from our MP's, overpaid and of the opinion that they know best and who are we to correct them.
The New Labour Project is complete. It's ironic that this happened on Sir Iain Blair's last day a Metropolitan Police Commissioner; the day on which we say "fuck off, you filthy turd, good riddance, I hope your retirement is short, painful and terminated by a particularly nasty cancer of the cock", he announces the final completion of his project to turn the police into the paramilitary wing of New Labour. It is now illegal to oppose the Government.New Labour - "I want them all dead. I want their family's dead. I want their houses burnt to the ground. I want to go there in the middle of the night and piss on the ashes."
My guess: Jacqui "more tits than brains" Smith will not be able to survive the shitstorm this appalling act of political thuggery will kick up. With the pathetic lie that she had no prior knowledge of Damien Green's arrest, looking more ludicrous by the second. I'm looking forward to the nasty stupid fascist bitch getting a good skewering over this transparent dishonesty.
Guido has this Government summed up:
"Even if unemployment reaches 3 million, that still leaves 90% in secure jobs. Most people will suffer not at all in this recession: on the contrary they will do well..."
A minor slowdown with neither inflation nor unemployment rising will see Brown's old "no boom or bust" boasts triumph this time next year.The same Polly who said back in June last year:
The gap between rich and poor is wider than ever. But that doesn't seem to bother Britain's wealthiest earners. In an extract from their new book, Polly Toynbee and David Walker describe the jaw-dropping arrogance they encountered when they asked some of the fat cats to justify their lives of luxury
"None of us like to feel guilty about our comfortable lives"
Twice a year Grodon Brown fills his partys's sails with pride. His tordado of facts and figures magics up images of untold national wealth and success.
Standing at the dispatch box, the towering supriority of his brain makes intellectual pygmies of his opponents.
The Religion of Death, Islam, has been showing its grotesque face in India for the past couple of days. Once again we have radical Muslims murdering strangers who have done them no harm. Over a hundred people have been killed. Truly, Islam is the Religion of Death, Murder and Mayhem. If this violent ideology has any worth to the human race, it isn't at all obvious. Indeed, I have long concluded that its only effect on the human race is destructive and negative; it has no worth whatsoever.I am sure its just a matter of time before The Grauniad's Comment is Free has some former member of Club Gitmo - the Tipton Taliscum maybe? Or other radical asshat claiming its all the fault of The Jews/The West/George Bush/(Insert Excuse)...
One that the doomsayers and moslem lovers at the BBC "failed to report" - Hat tip to woman honor thyself
FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.
Shewan has historically been a safe haven for insurgents, who used to plan and stage attacks against Coalition Forces in the Bala Baluk district.
The city is home to several major insurgent leaders. Reports indicate that more than 250 full time fighters reside in the city and in the surrounding villages.
Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area.
“The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”
The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.
“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”
**This guy has balls of steel.
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.
“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”
After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.
“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”
**Jihad denied. One in the eye for all the lefties and doomsayers who like a certain MP called Paul Flynn who calls that war the new Vietnam. Still what can one expect from dodery old whisky sodden libel case losing armchair generals sat in the House of Commons thousands of miles away from the front line...
I don't think I'm a soft touch when it comes to children. Twenty three years working with offenders before coming to Barnardo's revealed to me the damage which can be caused by a minority of children and young people. But, the key word here is minority. And yet, somehow, we have arrived at a point where children; all children; your children and my children, are routinely traduced.
Dismissed as worthless, they are referred to as "vermin", as "animals" or as "feral". If these words were used to describe black or gay people, there would be uproar. Yet this language is now casually used when talking about the youngest and most vulnerable in society.
"It saddens me that the probability is that, had Baby P survived, given his own deprivation, he might have been unruly by the time he had reached the age of 13 or 14.
"At which point he'd have become feral, a parasite, a yob, helping to infest our streets"
The Labour Party
Newcastle Upon Tyne
I am a grateful citizen and would like to donate to the Labour Party to show how much I support your policies that have taken this country to hell in a handcart and then some.
Please find enclosed cheque for the sum of £00.01p.
Love and kisses
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Make sure you mark it "Donations Department"
(it costs New Labour 44p to process a cheque or 27p to return it. If you put a 1p stamp on the letter, it costs them 26p to even pick it up from the post office. )
I'm sending one letter/cheque a day until the election.
Since Labour have come to power in 1997 the following Newport pubs have closed:
Simpsons, High St, Closed – empty building
Chartist Arms, High St – closed – premises converted into a restaurant
Carpenters Arms, High Street – closed – freehold for sale
Lloyds, Cambrian Rd, became Jarcals, then Tesco Extra
Breeze, Cambrian Rd, closed, lying empty
Newport Brewhouse, Market St, now a nightclub
Trout, Market St, became Can-Cans, closed, building derelict
Ale House, ex-Sovereign, John Frost Square, closed and demolished
Welsh Prince, Commercial St, closed – premises converted into a Thai restaurant
Langtons, Charles St, closed – premises auctioned 11.08
King William IV, Commercial St, closed – derelict building
Scrum Half, Commercial St, closed, retail premises
Westgate Hotel, Commercial St, closed, part retail premises
Royal Exchange, became Harveys in Pill, Commercial Rd. Closed, building derelict
Mariners Hotel, Commercial Rd, closed
Welcome Home, Commercial Rd, closed, residential accommodation
Black Horse, formerly Celtic Bar/Falcon, Commercial Rd
Waterloo Inn, Alexander Rd, closed and re-openend as a restaurant and hotel
Cumberland house, Courtybella Tce, - closed -residential
Orange Tree, St Michael St, - closed and demolished
White Hart, Tredegar St, closed, business unit
Old Rising Sun, Malpas Rd, closed, building derelict
Pentwyn House, Bettws – closed
Chaplins, Caerleon, demolished, residential development
Three Salmons, Rogerstone, now an Indian Restaurant
Jolly Roger, Rogerstone, now an Indian restaurant
Globe, Rogerstone, closed awaiting change of use to residential permission
Victoria, Corporation Rd, closed – converted into restaurant
Crown Inn, Albert Avenue, closed
Friendship, became Harveys of Ringland, -closed
Seven Styles, was Lliswerry Hotel, closed and demolished, residential development
King, Somerton, closed, awaiting demolition, residential development
Black Horse, Somerton, closed, awaiting demolition, Tesco Extra
Pullmans, Spytty, demolished, KFC on site
New Inn, Bishton, now residential
Roman Lodge Hotel, Ponthir Road, - planning permission applied for conversion to apartments
Hereford Arms, Maindee, planning permission applied for residential apartments
38 pubs have closed in Newport since Labour came to power in 1997. Taking this number in context in the previous 18 years under Conservative Governments only 14 pubs closed down in Newport. It is a fact that in the last 11 years of Labour rule we have seen more pubs close in Newport than in the previous 30 years.
Dragonfly, Cardiff Rd,
1995 Wetherspoons, became John Wallace Linton
1999 Godfrey Morgan, Maindee
2002 Tom Toya Lewis, Commercial St
Page, High St
Seven, was Yates Wine Lodge, converted from the Tredegar Arms, High Street
Walkabout, converted from the Queens Hotel
All the above apart from the Dragonfly are superpubs. Is there a connection here? If we believe the statistics the Government are pushing out then alcohol consumption is up – then is the reason - the superpub? Okay they can offer us exotic African bushmeat(zebu) made to look like a steak, cheap drinks and cheap coffee but let us think of the true cost of these modern-day gin palaces. The places are so large that the management cannot keep on eye on what the customers are up to – selling illegal cigarettes, drinking too much, causing trouble, selling drugs etc, so that these places have to rely on bouncers, sorry security staff and CCTV to do the job.
At weekends you won't even have a proper glass to be served out of and have to put up with plastic, sorry polycarbonate, as we now have to call them. Great idea, apart from the fact that the glass washers are designed for washing glass, not plastic, so these polycarbs become easily scratched on the inside and the resulting pint you are served takes on the appearance of something served from the sloptray. Oh and if you do want to glass someone, they still allow bottles over the bar or you can scold them by throwing hot coffee over them.
But look on the bright side, if you are the victim of an attack at least it will be on CCTV and you can rest assured that it will feature on a staff training DVD for years to come.
Newport City Centre has always had the touch of the Wild West about it, it's exasperated now as on Friday and Saturday nights we now have uniformed marshals patrolling the town. Marshals! I did not think that anything could get lower down the food chain than a PCSO. What ever happened to the old days (well about 10 years ago) when uniformed police officers used to go into pubs at night? Some of them were even doing their job and not just collecting a large envelope of donations for the Gwent Police Widows and Orphans Fund.
Nowadays the police are to be seen in their cars and vans parked in strategic, well-hidden, places around the City Centre, just waiting for that moment when they can jump out, arrest someone and spend the rest of the night in the nice warm police station, drinking coffee, eating kebabs and doughnuts and colluding as they write their note books up together. Sorry, they call it doing paperwork.
It's coming up to Christmas, the season that really brings the nutters out. I for one will not be drinking in superpubs this year and if I do pop out for a drink I will be supporting real pubs. Samuel Smith's Brewery will definitely be doing well out me this Christmas. Seasons greetings and have a pint in the Murenger, the Haven in a Superpub Ghetto.
Join the Campaign to Save the Pub at: www.axethebeertax.com
I am concerned that these rises in beer duty will harm pubs which are already struggling in difficult economic circumstances. There is also little evidence to suggest that these higher taxes will have a significant impact on binge drinking.
The old style has gone along with the old header pic. More adjustments/removals an such like to come.
Most dramatically, the 2008 Climate Confidence Monitor found that the number of people who have heard a lot about climate change in the past year fell from three quarters to 36 per cent, suggesting that climate change has had less prominence on the news agenda as the economic outlook worsens.
However, in a new question put to respondents in the run up to an international agreement on climate change, it was found the majority of people worldwide want their governments to cut carbon by their national "fair share". This will mean developed countries that have produced more greenhouse gases over the years agree to make bigger cuts.
The research, which surveyed 12,000 people in 12 countries for the HSBC Climate Partnership in September, revealed people wanted to see governments taking direct action such as developing renewables and stopping deforestation. However they were less willing to take personal responsibility for the problem.
Lord Stern, the former treasury economist who compiled a report for the UK Government on climate change, said individuals must also be willing to make sacrifices too.
Total Debt increase 1914 - 1919 (2007 value):