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THURSDAY - Pete's weekend sporting fixtures and Jo Callaghan from Little Legs popped in

GUEST: Jo Callaghan from Little legs and Wisdom Education Services popped by to tell us about the nursery and services for primary secondary and adult education.

They are based on the cusp of Billericay and Hutton on Rayleigh Road and are open between 7.30 and 6pm - and the hours are due to extend soon.  They also provide pre-school and after school care and will collect and drop off your children.  With cuts in funding for adult education services there are no tutors coming in to the centre to provide primary, secondary and adult education in languages, with the aim to provide language learning for pre-school as well.

If you would like more information about these services and their Easter revision classes call 01277 621064

BUSINESS NEWS

SKY NEWS ONLINE

Sky News owner, BSkyB, reports jump of 26% in operating profits to £520m in the first half of its financial year, to end December 2010 [via Twitter]

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Struggling retailer JJB Sports has been fined £455,000 for not disclosing it bought two smaller rivals for £16m more than it told investors.  The group's 'lack of transparency' over the 2007 purchases created a false market in its shares for 9 months the FSA said.

O2's unveiled plans yesterday to launch a network of free public wi-fi sites across the country. The wireless hotspots will be free to everyone - no matter what network or broadband provider they are with.

Twitter's market value has reached a new high of £2.5billion.  The price tag for social networking site increased by £188million in just a month after it raised £126million in funding.

Cheryl Latham reports that Barclays yesterday announced it was closing its branch-based financial planning service putting about 1000 jobs at risk

Staff at Starbucks are to get a £4million payout of shares, the coffee company said as it reported a sixth consecutive quarter of sales growth.

LOCAL SPORT

26 Jan 11 | Division One North

Waltham Forest     0-2    Grays Athletic    

PETE's WEEKEND of SPORT

FA Cup 4th round;

Everton vs Chelsea, 12:30 Saturday.

Southampton vs Man U, 17:15 Saturday.

Arsenal vs Huddersfield, 12:00 Sunday

Notts County vs Man City, 14:00 Sunday.

Tennis: Australian Open women's final; Kim Clijsters vs Li Na of China in the early hours of Saturday. Men's semi final of Federer vs Djokovic taking place now, and Murray vs Ferrer is at 8:30am on Friday. Final in the early hours of Sunday.

Cricket: Australia vs England in the 5th One Day International on Sunday morning in Brisbane.

Rugby Union: Anglo-Welsh Cup this weekend, Scarlets vs Saracens and Wasps vs Harlequins are the highlights

LATEST SCORES

Kim Clijsters has beaten Vera Zvonareva to reach the Australian Open final.  She'll face China's Li Na, who beat Caroline Wozniacki earlier this morning.  In Cricket England captain Andrew Strauss says there's no reason why his side can't still win their one-day series with Australia.  They're 3-1 down with 3 games to go.

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo, By FAYE DICKSON

THE costs of residents’ parking permits and pay-and-display tickets could rise if a new partnership to prevent councils losing money is set up.  Proposals are being considered for Basildon, Castle Point and Rochford councils to join forces with Chelmsford, Brentwood and Maldon councils to manage on-street parking collectively.  All six councils made significant losses in providing parking enforcement services last year, totalling more than £316,000, and it is hoped this can be turned into an annual profit of £4,000 through Parking Partnership South.  Basildon Council is reluctant to enter into the partnership, because it thinks upping permit charges would be unpopular.   The authority’s cabinet will discuss the proposals tomorrow.

Gazette,  by Iain Johnson

Why the boys should have equal right to wear earrings - Head teacher argues that male and female pupils are entitled to wear jewellery in school ...but not everyone agrees - What do you think?

SHOWBIZ and THEATRE

Brentwood Theatre

No Sex please , We're British, is an Early doors Production from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th February at 8pm

Tickets are £10 and call 01277 200305 to book

Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

There will be a festival in the Foyer until February 20th with shows and community events .

Also on Saturday 29th The Legend of Pang Pong takes place at 1.45pm

It is a fun filled show with storytelling, magic, puppets, balloons and bubbles, and if you want you can dress up as a pirate or a princess!

call 01708 443333 to book your tickets

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Colchester Operatics society present Sweeney Todd, Until February 5th at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Tickets are between £12 and £18 call 01206 573948 to book your tickets

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff - SPAMALOT runs until this Saturday 29th Jan

Eric Idle and John Du Prez's musical comedy telling the legend of King Arthur and his Knights Of The Round Table.

Tickets are between £18.50  and £35

Call the box office for dates, times and booking 01702 351135



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