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BUSINESS NEWS

SKY ONLINE

Kent Reliance BS: confirms FSA back transfer of business to OneSavings, owned 59.9% by Kent Reliance & 40.1% by subsidiary of J.C. Flowers [via Twitter]

Hornby: owner of Scalextric reveals weaker sales than expected pre-Christmas; blames bad weather; profits likely to be below expectations [via Twitter]

Games Workshop: store chain reports fall in pre-tax profits for six months to 28th November; down 15% to £6.7m [via Twitter]

Entertainment One, owner of Peppa Pig confirms UK licensing & merchandise made £200m in 2010; overtaken Thomas the Tank Engine in toy market [via Twitter]

 

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

McDonald's still the burger kings: they said their British business grew for the 19th quarter in a row, achieving record figures in the process.  Profits worldwide surged 9% during 2010 to reach £3.1billion.

Big Screen computer games will be among the attractions at a 3,000 seat Vue cinema due to open in September.  Auditoriums would be linked so up to 100 players could compete together. Also events from next year's Olympic games would be shown in 3D, it added.  The all digital, 14 screen site will open at the Westfield Stratford city mall in east London adding a similar site to Westfields Shepherd's Bush site.

A fifth of people have discovered savings they had forgotten about, with some finding five-figure sums, according to a survey.  Old money boxes and children's accounts were likely sources but almost one in ten people admitted they had forgotten cash in deposit accounts, bonds or ISA's said Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.  

 

LOCAL SPORT

RYMAN LEAGUE

24 Jan 11 | Division One North

Ilford     1-0    Thamesmead Town     

 

FIXTURES

25 Jan 11 | Division One North

AFC Sudbury         VS        Tilbury     

Brentwood Town         VS        Needham Market     

East Thurrock United     VS        Harlow Town     

Waltham Abbey         VS        Enfield Town     

Ware             VS        Redbridge     

Wingate & Finchley         VS        Maldon & Tiptree     

 

25 Jan 11 | The Championship Manager Cup - [ Fourth Round ]

Dulwich Hamlet         VS        Romford     

 

25 Jan 11 | Essex Senior Cup - [ Quarter Final ]

Billericay Town         VS        Great Wakering Rovers     

Canvey Island         VS        Aveley     

Heybridge Swifts         VS        AFC Hornchurch     

FEMALE BOXING

THREE Chadwell ABC fighters have just returned from a major tournament in Sweden.  The female fighters were competing in the Golden girl all female tournament and were accompanied to the large European event by Chadwell coach Chris Okoh.  Hollie Martin-Wood and Valerian Spicer, together with GB squad member and British Olympic hopeful Nina Smith, competed and the trio brought back two gold medals.

CRICKET

Gazette, By James Drummond

ASHES hero Alastair Cook has been awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of London for his stellar performances Down Under. The Essex batsman plundered a staggering 766 runs in just seven innings and follows Winston Churchill, Luciano Pavarotti and Florence Nightingale in receiving the honour.  Popular legend has it that freemen are allowed to drive animals over London Bridge, hang washing on The Strand and demand a silk rope in the event of being hanged.  This week the Chronicle learnt that Chelmsford Borough Council thought seriously about giving 26-year-old Cook the freedom of the town.  But they opted against it on Wednesday.

 

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo, By George Thorpe

A CONTROVERSIAL development of new homes on former school land in Billericay will soon get under way.  Banner Homes is building 51 new properties in Bell Hill Close, just off Noak Hill Road, on a 4.2-acre site which used to belong to the Billericay School.  Another seven homes could also be built if Banner is granted permission by Basildon Council in March.  In January 2009, the school was granted outline planning permission for homes on the site, which it hoped would help fund a multi-million pound expansion, including a new sports centre.  The plans have courted controversy as the land is in a green belt area.  Concerns had been raised over the potential loss of habitat used by a animals, including badgers and reptiles, which live near the area.  The SOS Billericay group was also worried about the loss of green belt and extra traffic which would be caused by the development.  But Banner hopes plans to keep the wildlife in the area safe, by designating a strip of land for animals, will dampen any concerns.  All the money raised from the sale of the land, which was used by the school as a farm area, will be re-invested back into the school for its own redevelopment plans.

The development will be the first venture by Banner Homes in Essex.  Work on building the homes is due to begin in May.

 

Gazette

Heads denounce new qualification as 'clumsy' and 'complete nonsense'

Head Teachers across Brentwood have spoken out against a new GCSE award brought in to recognise children who excel at traditional subjects.  The English Baccalaureate which was revealed in a new government white paper last week - has urged schools and pupils to focus on five core subjects, sidelining others including vocation -based courses religious education and arts.  under the new initiative  which the government claims will bring England in line with other countries across Europe - all children who achieve A* to C in English, maths, science a modern or ancient language and either history or geography will be awarded with an EBac certificate.

 

MUSIC NEWS

Top 10 Singles Chart

1 (1) GRENADE, BRUNO MARS

2 (NEW ENTRY) ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE

3 (2) DO IT LIKE A DUDE - JESSIE J

4 (NEW ENTRY) COMING HOME - DIDDY DIRTY MONEY FT SKYLAR GREY

5 (NEW ENTRY) TRAKTOR - WRETCH 32 FT L

6 (NEW ENTRY) HOLD IT AGAINST ME - BRITNEY SPEARS

7 (3) WHAT'S MY NAME - RIHANNA FT DRAKE

8 (NEW ENTRY) LIKE U LIKE - AGGRO SANTOS/KIMBERLEY WALSH

9 (4) LIGHTS ON - KATY B FT MS DYNAMITE

10 (10) EYES WIDE SHUT - JLS

 

Top 10 Album chart

1 (NEW ENTRY) DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS - BRUNO MARS

2 (1) LOUD - RIHANNA

3 (NEW ENTRY) RITUAL - WHITE LIES

4 (2) THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS - PLAN B

5 (7) LIGHTS - ELLIE GOULDING

6 (3) THE LADY KILLER - CEE LO GREEN

7 (8) DISC-OVERY - TINIE TEMPAH

8 (6) 19 - ADELE

9 (9) ELIZA DOOLITTLE - ELIZA DOOLITTLE

10 (4) SEASONS OF MY SOUL - RUMER

 

Tony Christie has announced a UK tour. The 'Amarillo' singer has just released a Johnny Cash-inspired album 'Now's The Time'.  The 50 date tour is to celebrate the 67 year old's 50th anniversary in the music business.

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The South Bank Sky Arts awards take place later today.  The ceremony will toast the best of British art and culture.  Awards will be given in the fields of music, television, dance, opera and film.  Plan B, Foals and Tinie Tempah are nominated in the Pop category.  Misfits, Sherlock and This is England '86 battle it out for best TV drama.

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Foals lead the field at this year's NME awards with five nominations - including best British band.   Arcade Fire and My Chemical Romance have four nods each.  Despite still not having played live or released their debut album, Liam Gallagher's new act Beady Eye are up for best new band.  Foo Fighters and former Nirvana star Dave Grohl has already been announced as the winner of this year's "godlike genius award".

And Cheryl could has been nominated for the crown of worst album with Messy little raindrops, others up for the award include Justin Beiber, JLS and the Jonas brothers.  The ceremony takes place on February 23 at the O2 Brixton Academy.



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