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BBC News: Churchill's funeral anniversary marked
Friday 30th January 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!

First some super useful links! Historic Photos, Maps & Jigsaws of Portavogie Primary School!
Why not click below for some amazing old photos or maps of Portavogie Primary School or the Newtownards area in days gone by!


BBC news for County Down

Police release name of murder victim

Police have said the Pakistani man who was murdered in Botanic Avenue yesterday was 29-year-old Mohsin Bhatti.

No voting at school after protest

The chief electoral officer says a primary school in County Tyrone will no longer be used as a polling station after loyalist protesters demonstrated outside it during last year's elections.

School closures in Northern Ireland

A list of schools across Northern Ireland closed because of severe weather conditions.

Villiers to chair party leader talks

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers is due to chair a meeting of Stormont party leaders as part of the process for implementing the deal reached just before Christmas.

Hamill family dismayed by data loss

Robert Hamill's family say they are "seeking urgent answers" after the Ministry of Justice lost discs containing data from the inquest into his death.

Apology over cancelled operations

The Belfast Trust apologises to more than 100 patients who had orthopaedic operations cancelled.

Robber 'dressed up as policeman'

Two robbers, one pretending to be a police officer and another armed with a suspected gun, try to steal from a shop in County Armagh.

Girls released in murder inquiry

Two girls aged 16 and 17 who were arrested in connection with the murder of a businessman in County Antrim are released pending further inquiries.

Live BBC World News

SA apartheid assassin given parole

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", is granted parole after 20 years for killing activists.

Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 26 in the Sinai peninsula.

Srebrenica massacre verdicts upheld

The former Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal upholds convictions against five men for their role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Deadly blast at Pakistan Shia mosque

A bomb blast at a Shia religious mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 20 people and injures many more, officials say.

Skeleton sacks baffle India police

Dozens of skeletons and decayed body parts are discovered in sacks in a disused room of an Indian police building, baffling the authorities.

Eurozone deflation gathers pace

Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.

China warns universities on values

China's education minister tells universities to shun textbooks promoting Western values and block criticism of the political system, state media say.

AU backs anti-Boko Haram troops plan

The African Union backs plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants.

BBC Sports News

Ferrari target two wins with new car

Ferrari unveil the new SF15-T car they hope will start them on the long road back to Formula 1 success.

Friday's gossip column

Mancini wants Toure, Chelsea close in on Cuadrado, Anderson could leave Man Utd, Spurs plan Everton exchange, plus more.

Gabriel 'could cost goals' - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says new signing Gabriel Paulista's lack of English could cost goals as he settles in.

Mauresmo praises spirit in camp

Andy Murray's coach Amelie Mauresmo praises the atmosphere in the team after his fiancee Kim Sears was seen apparently swearing.

Liverpool to make move for Ings

Liverpool want to sign striker Danny Ings in a deal that would see him loaned back to Burnley for the rest of the season.

Police release name of murder victim

Police have said the Pakistani man who was murdered in Botanic Avenue yesterday was 29-year-old Mohsin Bhatti.

No voting at school after protest

The chief electoral officer says a primary school in County Tyrone will no longer be used as a polling station after loyalist protesters demonstrated outside it during last year's elections.

School closures in Northern Ireland

A list of schools across Northern Ireland closed because of severe weather conditions.

Villiers to chair party leader talks

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers is due to chair a meeting of Stormont party leaders as part of the process for implementing the deal reached just before Christmas.

Hamill family dismayed by data loss

Robert Hamill's family say they are "seeking urgent answers" after the Ministry of Justice lost discs containing data from the inquest into his death.

Apology over cancelled operations

The Belfast Trust apologises to more than 100 patients who had orthopaedic operations cancelled.

Robber 'dressed up as policeman'

Two robbers, one pretending to be a police officer and another armed with a suspected gun, try to steal from a shop in County Armagh.

Girls released in murder inquiry

Two girls aged 16 and 17 who were arrested in connection with the murder of a businessman in County Antrim are released pending further inquiries.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

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