BUSINESS AND FINANCE NEWS
Subway is now the largest restaurant chain in the world. The franchise-owned group has overtaken McDonald’s and now has 33,749 eateries to the Golden arches’ 32,737. However McDonald’s remains the industry’s revenue champion with £14.8billion earned in the last financial year. Subway generated about £9.4billion
Starbucks unveils its new logo as it marks 40 years in business yesterday. The Chain also introduced a new coffee, Starbucks reserve and announced a community projects partnership with UK Youth
Off-licence giant Oddbins is to close 39 stores in an effort to secure its future. It will cut its stores from 128 to 89 after a review by a restructuring specialist brought in to help it solve cashflow problems
The film stdio behind James Bond is to invest millions in British films. Pinewood, home of the final Harry Potter film, said would commit to a 20% stake in films with budgets of about £2million and intends to buy into about four films each year.
08 Mar 11 | Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch 1-0 Aveley
08 Mar 11 | Division One North
AFC Sudbury 3-0 Redbridge
East Thurrock United 3-2 Tilbury
Heybridge Swifts 0-3 Brentwood Town
Romford 2-4 Harlow Town
Waltham Abbey 3-0 Ware
08 Mar 11 | The Championship Manager Cup – [ Semi Final ]
Wingate & Finchley 2-1 Maldon & Tiptree
Southend United 2 – 2 Gillingham
Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 Colchester
09 Mar 11 | Division One North
Grays Athletic VS Enfield Town
Pete’s Weekend Roundup
Football – Arsenal are out of the Champions League after a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona. Tottenham faced AC Milan last night with a battling 0-0 draw seeing them through to the Quarter Finals. FA Cup action this weekend, with Birmingham vs. Bolton at 12:45 on Saturday followed by Man Utd vs. Arsenal at 5.15. Stoke vs. West Ham is on Sunday at 2 pm,and Man City vs. Reading at 4.45. Big game in the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday too, with Everton Ladies vs. Arsenal Ladies.
Rugby Union – Six Nations – Italy vs. France at 2.30 on Saturday, Wales vs. Ireland at 5pm, and England vs. Scotland at 3pm Sunday.
Cricket world cup continues, England vs. Bangladesh on Friday at 8.30, and India vs. South Africa at 9am on Saturday, England have some injury problems though, with Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad heading home early.
Swimming – Final days of the UK championships which are doubling up as qualification events for the World Championships. Becky Adlington has double gold already, and a great swim from Francesca Halsall who got a silver medal just 8 weeks after having her cast removed.
Badminton – All England Championships from Birmingham from Wednesday to Sunday, taking place in Birmingham, all in build up for the World Championships in August.
It would have been the first F1 Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain, but this was cancelled due to political unrest, so we have to wait until Australian Grand Prix in 2 weeks time for the start of the season
Evening Echo, by Laura Smith
Essex Police spent £7.7million in overtime payments last year. The average officer claimed £2,139, according to research by the Policy Exchange thinktank. Tony Rayner, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, questions whether the figure shows a lack of officers. He said: “If there’s such an overtime bill, doesn’t that show there aren’t enough police? Mr Rayner said overtime would be essential in the policing of major events, such as the upcoming eviction of the travellers’ site at Dale Farm in Crays Hill, Billericay. He said: “How are they going to do that if they don’t pay overtime? It’s going to be a massive policing operation. I should imagine it won’t be us kicking the travellers off, it will be the bailiffs, but we will have to be there for the inevitable punch-ups.” He also criticised the timing of this announcement, coming just before the Windsor Review into police pay and conditions.
Surgery told to Change its Ways after man’s death.
Roadworks threat to town for Olympics
WEEK WEEK MOVIE DETAILS
1 – Rango
2 – The Adjustment Bureau – On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas–a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.
3 – Unknown – Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.
4 2 Paul
5 6 The Kings Speech
6 1 Gnomeo And Juliet
7 3 I am Number Four – Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary young man, John Smith, who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
8 9 True Grit
9 10 West is West
10 6 Yogi Bear
New Releases this week:
Battle: Los Angeles (12A)
The Company Men (15)
Fair Game (12A)
Hall Pass (15)
The Resident (15)