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BBC News: PM warns voters of 'stark choice'
Monday 30th March 2015
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Welcome to the Portavogie Primary School Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around BT22 and County Down!

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BBC news for County Down

Man shot in face in Belfast attack

A man in his 50s is seriously injured after he was shot in the face in a north Belfast gun attack.

PSNI letters sent to every NI home

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton writes to every home in Northern Ireland about what forthcoming policing changes will mean for the public.

Gang beats man with metal bars

A man is beaten with metal bars in a paramilitary style attack

Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland

Northern Ireland defeat Finland in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier, with Kyle Lafferty scoring twice.

NI recreation group's funding is cut

The body responsible for developing and managing outdoor activities in Northern Ireland has had all of its funding from the Department of Environment cut.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Poland

Shane Long's late goal rescues a vital draw for the Republic of Ireland against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Protest ahead of NI football game

There have been protests ahead of the Northern Ireland international football team's first home game on a Sunday.

Woman left with shock after raid

An elderly woman is left suffering from shock after a burglary at her home in Coagh, County Tyrone.

Live BBC World News

Iran nuclear talks near key deadline

Last hours of intensive diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme take place in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a long-awaited deal.

'Conservative surge' in French polls

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP and its allies make major gains in the final round of local elections, exit polls suggest.

Tense Nigeria awaits election result

Nigeria's election body is expected to announce the first results of Saturday's keenly contested presidential poll.

Knife attack kills Bangladesh blogger

A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, weeks after a prominent atheist writer was killed in a similar attack.

Israel ex-PM guilty of corruption

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is found guilty of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial after being cleared in 2012.

Arab League to create military force

Arab League countries meeting in Egypt agree to create a joint Arab military force amid a crisis in Yemen and regional jihadist threats.

Japan overrules Okinawa head on base

Japan's fisheries minister overrules an order by the Okinawa governor suspending work on a new US military base, amid a deepening stand-off.

Bodies found days after NY gas blast

Three days on from a massive gas blast in New York that flattened three buildings, two bodies are found in rubble.

BBC Sports News

Mercedes pair's Ferrari wake-up call

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg say Ferrari are genuine rivals after Sebastian Vettel's impressive victory in Malaysia.

'Few second chances for black bosses'

Former England and Liverpool forward John Barnes says black managers struggle to find a new job after being sacked by a club.

The captain Australians hate to love

Despite World Cup and Ashes success, Michael Clarke has struggled to win the hearts of the Australian public.

Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland

Kyle Lafferty scores twice as Northern Ireland beat Finland 2-1 - ending the day second in Euro 2016 qualifying Group F.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar

Steven Fletcher scores Scotland's first hat-trick for 46 years as they record an emphatic 6-1 victory over Gibraltar.

Women's Footballer of the Year

Football fans are being given the chance to vote for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2015 from a five-player shortlist.

Man shot in face in Belfast attack

A man in his 50s is seriously injured after he was shot in the face in a north Belfast gun attack.

PSNI letters sent to every NI home

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton writes to every home in Northern Ireland about what forthcoming policing changes will mean for the public.

Gang beats man with metal bars

A man is beaten with metal bars in a paramilitary style attack

Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland

Northern Ireland defeat Finland in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier, with Kyle Lafferty scoring twice.

NI recreation group's funding is cut

The body responsible for developing and managing outdoor activities in Northern Ireland has had all of its funding from the Department of Environment cut.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Poland

Shane Long's late goal rescues a vital draw for the Republic of Ireland against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Protest ahead of NI football game

There have been protests ahead of the Northern Ireland international football team's first home game on a Sunday.

Woman left with shock after raid

An elderly woman is left suffering from shock after a burglary at her home in Coagh, County Tyrone.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

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Do incidents such as the resignation of former Tory candidate Afzal Amin in Dudley effect people's decision to vote, and how long have you got to register to vote?