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Free chickens, school slumps and Salford Silicon Valley: Wednesday 23 January

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Published on January 23rd 2008.

BATTERY HEN EGGS could be banned across Greater Manchester after several authorities have announced they are looking into the possibility of only sourcing eggs from free range hens. The announcement follows the high profile ‘Chicken Out’ campaign by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The programme raised the issue of hen welfare.

MANCHESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL has plummeted to the bottom of school league tables for the second year in a row, because the government classes the school’s international GCSE in maths as non-applicable. Schools minister, Jim Knight has said the tables would be too complicated and pointless if they included non-accredited qualifications. In 2004 and 2005 MGS scored 99% and 98 % in the maths and english A*-C category.

MEDIA CITY could become the next Silicon Valley. Managing director, Brian Greasley has spoken of his hopes for the Salford Quays development. He aims for the area to become the hi-tech sector of the city in what is hoped to be a historic shift in the shape of the BBC. The site will bring 1,500 BBC jobs to the city for the departments of sport, Radio Five Live, children’s programmes and learning, future media and technology.

MANCHESTER UNITED is geared up for winning the title this season according to boss Sir Alex Ferguson. He told MUTV: “We're into the run-in now. After New Year the games start to drop off very quickly and before you know it you're down to the last few. We're trying to stay focused and not get carried away.”

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