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BBC News: Eight children found dead in Cairns
Friday 19th December 2014
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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

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

Student cuts in budget 'nonsensical'

A Northern Ireland Executive budget that would reduce student numbers is "nonsensical", according to leading business organisation, the CBI.

House prices 'could rise 4% in 2015'

Northern Ireland house prices could increase by 4% next year, according to a forecast by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

NI firms 'need more language skills'

International companies with bases in Northern Ireland say there are not enough language graduates to fill their jobs.

Man shot by Army is to be exhumed

The body of a man shot dead by soldiers in Belfast more than 40 years ago is to be exhumed, a coroner has ruled.

Man jailed over eight crash deaths

A 25-year-old man who admitted causing the deaths of eight people in a road crash in County Donegal is jailed for two years.

PM 'did not leave NI for rave party'

Downing Street rejects suggestions that the prime minister left talks in Northern Ireland early last week so he could attend his wife's "Ibiza-style rave" birthday party.

Judge quashes GAA stadium approval

A High Court judge quashes a ministerial decision to grant planning approval for the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium in west Belfast.

Live BBC World News

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Eight children found dead in Cairns

Eight children are found dead at a house in the Manoora suburb of Cairns, Australia, say police, reportedly after a mass stabbing.

Sony hack is 'US security issue'

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy

The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

US Secret Service is too 'insular'

The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria

Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw

Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

BBC Sports News

Balotelli gets one-match ban & fine

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli gets a one-match ban and £25,000 fine from the FA as punishment for his Super Mario post.

Khan to give £30k shorts to Peshawar

Boxer Amir Khan will donate shorts worth £30,000 to help rebuild the Peshawar school where 141 children and staff died.

Vettel affected by Ricciardo pace

Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull partly because of the pace of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, says team boss Christian Horner.

VIDEO: Bubba Watson's Christmas rap video

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson unleashes his Christmas alter ego 'Bubbaclaus' as he releases a Christmas rap video.

Friday's gossip column

Liverpool want Aston Villa midfielder, Manchester United to spend £30m, Chelsea to miss out on defender, plus more.

Waters beats world champion Massaro

Laura Massaro's title defence ends in the Women's World Squash Championship quarter-finals as she loses to Alison Waters.

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

Student cuts in budget 'nonsensical'

A Northern Ireland Executive budget that would reduce student numbers is "nonsensical", according to leading business organisation, the CBI.

House prices 'could rise 4% in 2015'

Northern Ireland house prices could increase by 4% next year, according to a forecast by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

NI firms 'need more language skills'

International companies with bases in Northern Ireland say there are not enough language graduates to fill their jobs.

Man shot by Army is to be exhumed

The body of a man shot dead by soldiers in Belfast more than 40 years ago is to be exhumed, a coroner has ruled.

Man jailed over eight crash deaths

A 25-year-old man who admitted causing the deaths of eight people in a road crash in County Donegal is jailed for two years.

PM 'did not leave NI for rave party'

Downing Street rejects suggestions that the prime minister left talks in Northern Ireland early last week so he could attend his wife's "Ibiza-style rave" birthday party.

Judge quashes GAA stadium approval

A High Court judge quashes a ministerial decision to grant planning approval for the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium in west Belfast.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. The Oxford English Dictionary editors have chosen vape - to smoke an e-cigarette - as its 2014 word of the year. The rise of e-cigarettes was cited as the reason for the skyrocketing use of the word - along with countless debates over the safety of using them long term. The 2013 word of the year was “selfie,” describing the decidedly less controversial self-portrait taken with a smartphone. Daily Mail

2. Australian actor and “Thor” avenger Chris Hemsworth is the world’s sexiest man, according to the U.S. magazine People. Past choices of the magazine, which began handing out the accolade in a 1985 cover story on fellow Australian Mel Gibson, have ranged in age from 27, with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1988, to 59, with Sean Connery a year later. Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Gere have each been chosen twice. Metro

3. Seven of the 30 largest U.S. corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in federal income taxes, according to a new study. The seven companies cited were Boeing Co, Ford Motor Co, Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and General Motors Co. CBC News

4. If you owned Apple and sold it, you could purchase the entire stock market of Russia, and still have enough change to buy every Russian an iPhone 6 Plus. The value of Russian equities has slumped $234 billion to $531 billion this year, while Apple gained $147 billion to $652 billion. Bloomberg
5. More than half of British parents would rather not brave the outdoors with their children, preferring to hang out with them at home. According to a recent survey. 18% find it stressful to be outside with their families, while 41% fear for their children’s safety when they go for a walk. Daily Telegraph

6. Scientists have found that a 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million different types of bacteria. It was already known the mouth is home to 700 million different types of bug. Now, the new report by Dutch researchers reveals how some are more easily exchanged than others. The Times

7. UK inflation rose to 1.3% in October, up from its five-year low of 1.2% last month. The slight increase is down to a relative increase in transport costs compared to the same period last year. Computer games and toy prices also prompted the jump in the CPI index. However, food and non-alcoholic beverages are 1.4% cheaper than they were a year ago. Financial Times

8. The government has been criticised for its handling of obesity after a report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found the crisis in people’s weight costs the UK more than it spends on armed violence, war and terrorism combined. It accuses the government of a “fragmented” and ineffective response. Daily Express

9. Police are failing to officially record one in five of the crimes reported to them, a damning report has revealed. An inspection of all 43 forces showed that 800,000 offences a year were not logged as crimes. Over a quarter of sexual offences were not recorded, while the figure for crimes of violence against the person was even higher at a third. The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) posed the question: “To what extent can police-recorded crime information be trusted?” The Observer

10. Frank Sinatra’s My Way has been replaced by Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as the most popular song played at funerals, new research has found. A study by The Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs top the list of the funeral music chart. The top 10 included Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Abide With Me, Match Of The Day theme, My Way, All Things Bright And Beautiful and Angels by Robbie Williams. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Jail staff 'sent miles to fill gaps'

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

VIDEO: Punch-up at parish meeting

Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.

VIDEO: 'Ice pancakes' form on River Dee

Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

VIDEO: New lights give hope to stargazers

New streetlights could reduce the orange glare of older sodium lights meaning clearer conditions for drivers and stargazers.

VIDEO: Have free school meals meant less cash?

The BBC's Alex Forsyth investigates whether free school meals for infant pupils in England has had an impact on the pupil premium funding.

VIDEO: Has the high street got worse?

Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.

VIDEO: Grayling defends probation contracts

New probation contracts worth £450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.

VIDEO: Festive park shuts permanently

A much-criticised Christmas attraction near Sutton Coldfield has closed down permanently.