MPs have started a campaign in Westminister to exclude the UK from EU moves to abolish standard-size British bread loaves.So far, 16 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion, tabled by MP for Banbury Tony Baldry, in response to concerns raised by a constituent who works at Fine Lady Bakeries in Banbury. The Motion says the MPs believe that rules on the weight of pre-packaged bread are a valuable protection for consumers, as there is no guide price on bread. And it calls on government to support the Federation of Bakers (FoB) by seeking an exemption for bread under the Directive.FoB director Gordon Polson told British Baker that the FoB was grateful for the support of the MPs, saying: “This will help raise awareness, but the decision will be taken in Europe, with a vote expected around the end of April or May.”In 2004, the European Commission proposed the abolition of national and Community rules determining sizes in which consumer staple products can be sold.
Load remaining images George Porter Jr. Trio with June YamagishiWhat is there left to say about George Porter Jr. that hasn’t been said countless times before? Easily one of the most respected and revered bass players of this or any age, Porter is one of the most respected elder statesman of the music world. As one of the founders of the legendary band The Meters, he is responsible for much of what the world thinks of as funk music. His playing style is as unmistakable as the energy he brings to each and every performance. Let’s watch what the man can do with a pair of tracks from his Trio’s performance at NOLA Crawfish, along with special guest and guitar wonder June Yamagishi, including a spectacularly funky “Turn On Your Love Light.” Papa Mali & FriendsThe bayous of Louisiana have given birth to an amazing array of flora and fauna, and few musicians more exemplify the spirit of their cajun country heritage than the drawling, sprawling guitarist Papa Mali. Heralding from Shreveport, LA, Mali found his life’s mission defined on the streets of New Orleans after witnessing legends like George Porter Jr. and Dr. John. Mali was joined by former 7 Walkers band mate Matt Hubbard and funky local bassist Eric Vogel, along with special guest Brian J of the Pimps Of Joytime. Watch a couple of stellar clips from the show below. John “Papa” Gros & FriendsThe second Papa to bring the noise to the second day of the NOLA Crawfish Festival was funky and soulful keyboard player John Gros. Equally adept at ribald, barrel-rolling piano solos as he is at bringing the house to a stand still with his whisper quiet vocals and ivory tickling, Gros (pronounced “Grow”) brought a stellar cadre of the city’s finest to help him close out the second day of the festival. The cheers were long and loud as he took the stage, and seemed to rise with the end of each tune he shared with the audience. Yamagishi stayed handy after his previous musical destruction with George Porter Jr. to help Gros and company finish the day in fine style. With two incredible days in the books, fans are buzzing at the final day’s pair of super jams, a crawfish cook-off to be judged by some of the artists themselves and one more chance to sample the limited edition suds from the NOLA Brewery. Check out the full schedule below, and find more information here.Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Marc Millman and Sam Shinault: The NOLA Crawfish Festival‘s second day built on the foundation of love already established with more food, more fun and more of the music that defines New Orleans. Situated in the “daze between” Jazz Fest weekends, a pairing between Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King and NOLA Brewing Company made for the perfect environment to host a musical celebration.Yesterday marked the second day of the festival, bringing an incredible lineup of musicians to the forefront. Legends like George Porter Jr., Papa Gros, Papa Mali, Billy Iuso, June Yamagishi and many more were all on hand for the second day festivities. Let’s take a look at some of the artists and highlights from day two of the NOLA Crawfish Festival.Billy Iuso & The Restless NativesGuitarist Billy Iuso is a shining example of the Crescent City’s musical fire power. Though not a native, Iuso has been grandfathered in to the local music scene through his relentless work to bridge the gap between funk and rock. Since arriving in the early 2000’s, Iuso has tirelessly gigged around town with his band, The Restless Natives, as well as hundreds if not thousand of sit ins with the many friends he’s amassed along his long journey from his birthplace in New Jersey to his beloved bayou home. Check out a couple of his tunes from yesterday’s stellar set on the Tap Room stage below.
Mobile network operator Telkomsel announced on Wednesday that its island-wide network on Sumatra was restored after a fire erupted on Tuesday afternoon at its offices in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.“[The network] has been restored 100 percent,” Telkomsel vice president of corporate communications Denny Abidin said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com, and that customers could access all services as usual.”We apologize to customers for this inconvenience. We appreciate our loyal customers for continuing to use our services,” he added. A fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon at the Telkom building on Jl Jenderal Sudirman in Pekanbaru, damaging the automated telephone center (STO) and disrupting the services of both Telkom and parent company Telkom in certain areas of the province.The outage affected Telkomsel customers in Sumatra who reported that the company’s telephone, SMS and internet services, including Telkom’s IndiHome wireless service, became unavailable as a result of the fire.Rozi Syahputera, a customer in Medan, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday evening that he had no mobile signal since the afternoon, disgruntled that it was taking Telkomsel so long to restore the connection.”I am disappointed. No phone calls or the internet since this afternoon. We do not know how long it will take [to restore access],” Rozi said. He added that he had been forced to switch temporarily to another provider to regain access to the internet.Iyan, an ojol (ride-hailing motorcycle taxi driver), said he was severely affected by the network outage that had disrupted his ability to deliver food.“A customer ordered [food] when the network was still fine, but I couldn’t contact the person [later] when the network was [down]. I couldn’t deliver the order,” he said.Topics :