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Tuesday 2nd March 2010 - This year's V Festival Line up is announced

Spring has sprung!!! And the line up for the V festival has been announced.  Today couldn't get any better and if you missed it this morning here is what I got up to between 7 and 11: 
Trade unions have made a last-ditch effort to stop a south Essex call centre closing with the loss of 600 jobs.  Rayleigh MP Mark Francois said unions had put together a counter proposal to Eon over its closure of the call centre in London Road, Rayleigh.  The Energy company’s bosses announced in January the call centre would be closing as it was creating centres of excellence elsewhere in the country. Mr Francois said he hoped Eon would reconsider its decision. The trade unions proposals are believed to detail ways of making savings, but keeping the site open. Staff are now in a consultation period with management until mid-April, with the closure of the call centre expected in June.  - Evening Echo 
  • Carol Vorderman launches the Maths Factor on line
  • Tesco create a recycled range of clothes using obsolete or waste textiles, the idea is supported by Peaches Geldof, Emilia Fox, and Lauren Laverne
Final Score:-
Aveley 2-1 Canvey Island.
Aveley are through to the semi-finals of the Championship Manager Cup after beating Canvey Island last night. 
In the Blue Square Premier:-
Grays Athletic   v    York City was postponed
Tonight promises a full programme of fixtures locally including:-
Ryman League Premier
AFC Hornchurc v Kingstonian
Maidstone United v Billericay Town
Ryman Division 1 North
Concord Rangers v Lowestoft Town
Harlow Town v East Thurrock United
Leyton v Thamesmead Town
Redbridge v Potters Bar Town
Tilbury v VCD Athletic
Ping Pong is making a comeback - if you could bring back a sport or re invent a dying sport that is about to be lost along with its generation what would it be?
Data released by the Office of National Statistics show work being done to curb conceptions among 15 to 17 years old girls is working, even though more who do fall pregnant are choosing to terminate their pregnancy. The figures flag up how many youngsters got pregnant in 2008, compared to 2006. The information released shows that Basildon is still the worst in south Essex for teenage pregnancies with a teen pregnancy rate of 41.6 per cent.  This is a decrease from 47.1 two years earlier. The national average rate is 41.1 However last year in Basildon 53 per cent of girls who did conceive opted for abortions, compared to 46 per cent in 2006.  The highest abortion rate is in Brentwood where, although only 14.9 girls per 1,000 got pregnant, a massive 77 per cent of these had terminations.  Overall the figures have been welcomed by health chiefs, who have invested time and money into trying to prevent teenage pregnancies and since 1998, there has been a 15.6 per cent reduction in Essex as a whole. - Evening Echo
DANCE lovers raised more than £7,000 for a lifesaving charity through a spin-off of popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.  For the first time ever, Essex Air Ambulance hosted Strictly Air Ambulance at the Brentwood Centre, in Doddinghurst Lane.  Six couples were put through their paces, performing two tough dance routines for the judges, after strenuous training from dance instructors at Chelmsford Dance Centre. Chelmsford man Jason Scott and his partner Callie Arnold were crowned Strictly Air Ambulance champions 2010, for their waltz and Latin numbers.
- Brentwood Gazette
This year's V Festival is set to be another sell-out as Kings of Leon and Kasabian have been announced as headliners for Hylands Park, Chelmsford over the weekend of August 21-22.  The Prodigy, Pixie Lott, Cheryl Cole, Faithless, Florence and the Machine and La Roux are all also confirmed for the event for which tickets go on sale this week.  Other acts announced are Paul Weller, Stereophonics, The Kooks, Editors White Lies, Paulo Nutini, Madness, David Guetta, Mika, Goldfrapp, Skunk Anansie, Temper Trap and Newton Faulkner.  Also playing this year's V Festival are: Pet Shop Boys, Mika, Groove Armada, The Courteneers, The Charlatans, Amy Mcdonald, Shed Seven, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Plan B and Sugababes. - Brentwood Gazette
A Chinese college student fed up with his roommate's snoring has admitted stabbing and killing him while he was asleep.  State media in Beijing say he carried out the crime in the room they shared at the Jilin Agricultural University.  It reports the student had previously complained about the situation, and even posted a video of him snoring on the university web site.  - If you have any ideas e-mail them to or let me know in the Chat Room
A College friend Fliss Wright celebrates her birthday with  Daniel Craig, Mr 'James Bond', 42 and Chris Martin, 33 



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