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MONDAY - A Busy social weekend! and I met some listeners on Saturday

BUSINESS NEWS

SKY NEWS ONLINE

Hammerson: property group back in the black; company made pre-tax profit of £620m in 2010, compared to loss of £453m year before [via Twitter]

Shell: confirm agreement to sell most of its non oil exploration business in Africa for around $1bn [via Twitter]

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

House prices rose 3.1% this month despite low demand, new figures reveal.  The increase following a 0.3% jump last month left their average property in England and Wales costing £230,030 - broadly the same as a year earlier, said Rightmove.  Sellers were unwilling to drop their asking prices, even though there was a shortage of buyers.  About 530,000 mortgages were taken out last year, while Rightmove recorded 1.3million properties coming on to the market.

Virgin Atlantic is being circled by a number of airlines trying to tempt it in to a consolidation deal.  Among those said to be interested in persuading Sir Richard Branson's airline to join them are Air France - KLM and America's Delta.  Virgin Atlantic said it was 'not  surprised' at the interest being shown given its robust business position at Heathrow and Gatwick.

LOCAL SPORT

19 Feb 11 | Premier Division

AFC Hornchurch     VS    Hastings United Postponed

Canvey Island     VS    Aveley     Postponed

Cray Wanderers     VS    Billericay Town Postponed

Margate         VS    Concord Rangers Postponed

19 Feb 11 | Division One North

Brentwood Town     VS    Grays Athletic postponed

Cheshunt         VS    Harlow Town Postponed

East Thurrock United VS    Tilbury Postponed

Maldon & Tiptree     1-1    Ilford    

Romford         VS    Waltham Abbey Postponed

Waltham Forest     VS    Redbridge Postponed

FIXTURES

21 Feb 11 | Premier Division

Aveley         VS    Carshalton Athletic    

LEAGUE 2

Torquay 1 - 1 Southend

LEAGUE 1

Colchester 2 - 0 Walsall

BASKETBALL

Evening Echo,  By Chris Phillips

ESSEX Pirates returned to winning ways with an 94-90 triumph at Worthing Thunder on Saturday .  The victory stopped the Southend based side suffering a new BBL record of 31 successive defeats.

But Sunday they weren't so fortunate as they lost to Plymouth Raiders 98 - 72

LOCAL NEWS

SOUTHEND airshow will run over the last weekend of May instead of the Sunday and bank holiday Monday in a cost-saving measure.  Southend Council took the decision to run the show over Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, instead of the traditional Sunday and Monday after negotiations with Essex Police indicated the cost of policing the event on a bank holiday would be prohibitive.  Last year was the first time the council had to pay for police cover for the event, and it is understood the cost had risen this year due to Government cuts.  Seafront traders have welcomed the move, but those in the town centre remain unconvinced.



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