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An eco expert at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, David Hilton, has said: “We are currently seeing energy prices rise exponentially with the expectation that this trend is not going to change.

“This should drive us to all think about how best we can use less energy and also how we can manage the energy and heat we do use. The next step is to work out how that heat is delivered to our homes.

Birmingham 2022 has announced plans to bring seven Festival Sites to local parks and community spaces as part of the celebrations for the Commonwealth Games - the biggest event ever to be held in the region.

Festival Sites are free to enter events planned for Birmingham City Centre and across the city’s neighbourhoods during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The public are being invited to have their say on a far-reaching strategy laying out how we can decarbonise the region’s transport system and improve services over the next two decades.

The draft West Midlands Local Transport Plan (LTP), called Reimagining Transport in the West Midlands, shows how the region’s transport bosses can meet the challenges of tackling climate change, reducing traffic congestion and improving access to transport while supporting the post-Covid 19 economic recovery.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has announced that there is just one week left in the search to find 2,022 Batonbearers for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in England, with nominations closing on Monday 14 February at 23.59. Nominations opened on 11 January and many inspirational stories from across the country have already been submitted.

Haringey Council’s Corporate Committee have taken the decision to rename Black Boy Lane to La Rose Lane.

The new name commemorates a local celebrated artist – John La Rose - who founded the first Caribbean publishing company in Britain and co-founded the Black Parents Movement from parents involved in the George Padmore Supplementary School to combat the brutalisation and criminalisation of young black people, and to agitate for youth and parent power and decent education.

The City of Wolverhampton Council is calling all local organisations to get involved and to submit details of activities or events which can be included in the Yo! February half-term offer for children and young people. 

The Yo! holiday programme is designed to deliver a range of fun activities for children and young people of all ages and abilities, with thousands of youngsters and their families taking part.  

In September 1821, Marie-Louise Christophe, Haiti’s first and only queen, arrived in Britain with her two daughters.

Only a year after her husband’s death by suicide and the assassination of her only surviving son following a military coup in the northern Kingdom of Hayti, Marie-Louise leaned on the support of abolitionist friends, including Thomas Clarkson (with whom she stayed for several months upon her arrival), to remake her life in exile.

Birmingham 2022 is searching for the sport presenters of the future to be part of the biggest multi-sport event to be staged in the country since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The organisers of the Games are looking for around 20 talented local people to be In Venue Hosts and Announcers, roles that will involve them engaging with the thousands of spectators expected to fill each of the official competition venues this summer.

The Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has released initial blueprints for the long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper. Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of RTPI, has put together the following statement in response:

“The Royal Town Planning Institute is reservedly optimistic of the Secretary of State’s initial briefing. There is clear recognition of the built environment’s vital role in addressing economic inequality and shifting power closer to communities.

You have a chance to treat your special Maman to homemade, beautifully fragrant, beauty essentials for a spa-at-home experience by upcycling  your empty Bonne Maman jars.

A gift set containing luxurious 'Pomegranate Rose Sugar Body Scrub', 'Eucalyptus Fresh Mint Foot Soak' and 'Coconut Lemongrass lip balm' that are simple to make and housed in Bonne Maman Compote, Conserve and Mini jars.

The Chinese New Year 2022 celebrations are set to start today, kicking-off a week to mark the ‘Year of the Tiger’. Also called Spring Festival, it marks the start of a new lunar year, with festivities traditionally lasting up to two weeks including fireworks, gifts, dragon and lion dances.

With the Covid pandemic meaning that there was no official events in the city since 20219, the first 50 people watching this year’s event will be given a free £3 voucher to enjoy a breakfast to start the day off.

Wolverhampton has been chosen as the first places to benefit from government regeneration funding. It follows ministers declaring that they want to help transform derelict areas of 20 towns and cities in England, with new housing and jobs.

Some government figures, though, do not think the plans are ambitious enough, with concerns the proposals repackage certain policies that have already been announced.

Wasps’ player Malakai Fekitoa has launched a fundraiser for home island crisis relief in tsunami-hit Tonga. In support of Fekitoa’s efforts, Wasps will donate 20% of all match ticket revenue from our Gallagher Premiership match vs Saracens on Sunday 30 January to the cause.

An underwater volcano eruption 40 miles north of the capital Nuku'alofa on Saturday (January 15) caused tsunami waves to hit the Pacific Island nation that has also been blanketed in volcanic ash.

In the 1980s Labour politicians did an excellent job in exposing Conservative Council Leader Dame Shirley Porter’s infamous ‘homes for votes scandal.’ And after many years of neglect, social housing is back on the agenda today.

Michael Gove, the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is attempting to move the government on from the cladding scandal that surrounded the Grenfell Tower fire. He is trying to address the issue once and for all, following his predecessor, Robert Jenrick’s perceived failure to tackle the issue.