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BBC News: Ashya parents contest extradition
Monday 1st September 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!

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

131 child migrants sent to Australia

One hundred and thirty-one children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants between 1922 and 1995, an inquiry hears.

100 new jobs at elderly care home

A care home for the elderly is to create 100 new jobs in Limavady in County Londonderry.

Search for owners of lost photos

The search is on to reunite a Belfast family with a lost treasure trove of photographs and letters dating back to the 1900s.

Westlink closed in security alert

Part of the Westlink in Belfast is closed in both directions and a number of homes are evacuated due to a security alert in the west of the city.

Review call into health spending

The Ulster Unionist Party says the current Northern Ireland Executive budget is untenable and a new one is required.

Bus drivers to vote over strike plan

Ulsterbus and Metro bus drivers are to be balloted over plans to take strike action over pay.

McGuinness urges dissident ceasefire

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness urges dissident republicans, on the IRA ceasefire 20th anniversary, to "take that same step into politics and away from conflict".

Live BBC World News

Ukraine troops abandon key airport

Ukrainian troops abandon the airport of Luhansk after clashes with pro-Russian rebels, ahead of negotiations on the crisis.

Iraq crimes 'on unimaginable scale'

The UN says reports from Iraq "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale", as the Human Rights Council debates calls for a fact-finding mission.

Official heckled amid HK poll anger

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists disrupt a speech by a Beijing official, a day after China ruled out a direct leadership election in 2017.

Libya militias 'seize ministries'

Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says.

Poland commemorates WW2 invasion

Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion that sparked World War Two, with a wreath-laying ceremony.

Troops return Pakistan TV to air

Pakistan's national television channel is back on air after security forces remove anti-government protesters from its headquarters in Islamabad.

Three dead in China school stabbing

At least three children have died and six people were injured in a knife attack on a school in China's central Hubei province, state media report.

BBC Sports News

Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan

Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Transfer deadline day: Done deals

Track all of the confirmed signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across Europe.

Hernandez joins Real Madrid on loan

Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez joins Champions League winners Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

131 child migrants sent to Australia

One hundred and thirty-one children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants between 1922 and 1995, an inquiry hears.

100 new jobs at elderly care home

A care home for the elderly is to create 100 new jobs in Limavady in County Londonderry.

Search for owners of lost photos

The search is on to reunite a Belfast family with a lost treasure trove of photographs and letters dating back to the 1900s.

Westlink closed in security alert

Part of the Westlink in Belfast is closed in both directions and a number of homes are evacuated due to a security alert in the west of the city.

Review call into health spending

The Ulster Unionist Party says the current Northern Ireland Executive budget is untenable and a new one is required.

Bus drivers to vote over strike plan

Ulsterbus and Metro bus drivers are to be balloted over plans to take strike action over pay.

McGuinness urges dissident ceasefire

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness urges dissident republicans, on the IRA ceasefire 20th anniversary, to "take that same step into politics and away from conflict".

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Police release new 'plebgate' CCTV

The Metropolitan Police have released new CCTV footage of the so-called "plebgate" incident, which led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as chief whip.

VIDEO: Driver jailed for killing charity cyclists

A lorry driver who killed two charity cyclists in Cornwall is jailed for eight and a half years.

VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production

Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.

VIDEO: Lewis takes over as boss of Tesco

Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.

VIDEO: Plan to tackle returning UK Islamists

The government is due to unveil a new plan to tackle the threat posed by the potential return to the UK of British Islamists who are currently fighting in Iraq or Syria.

VIDEO: Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum

Five-year-olds will be learning fractions and computer coding as part of a new national curriculum introduced in schools in England this week.

VIDEO: Urgent calls to tackle childhood obesity

Children condemned to 'lifetime of ill-health', warn doctors leaders, as calls are made for a government taskforce.