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BBC News: Abuse report police chief to stay
Wednesday 27th August 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

Man 'crushed between two vehicles'

A 57-year-old man dies at a commercial premises in Doagh, County Antrim.

Teen stabbing accused 'volatile'

A 15-year-old boy appears before a youth court in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, after a 14-year-old was stabbed in the stomach.

US law firm's 250 jobs for Belfast

US law firm Baker and McKenzie will employ 250 people in its new Belfast back-office operation.

Shankill Butchers detective dies

James Nesbitt, the detective who led the hunt for the notorious Shankill Butchers gang, dies aged 79.

Land survey for Disappeared to begin

Forensic examination of land in County Meath for IRA victim, Brendan Megraw, whose body has been missing for almost 40 years will begin later.

Plastic bag use down 72% since levy

Plastic bag use in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost 72% since a 5p levy was introduced last year, the Department of the Environment says.

Petrol bombs thrown at police

Police officers are attacked with petrol bombs and paint during trouble in east Belfast, the PSNI says.

Live BBC World News

IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report.

IMF's Lagarde under investigation

IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.

US girl, nine, kills gun instructor

A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona.

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Afghan election audit suspended

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdraws observers from an audit of votes, citing concerns over fraud.

Ukraine rebels target coastal town

Pro-Russian separatists battle Ukrainian troops and shell the coastal town of Novoazovsk, after President Poroshenko promises a "roadmap" for peace.

Gazans return home as truce holds

Thousands of Palestinians begin to return to their homes as an open-ended ceasefire between Israel and militants in Gaza appears to hold.

BBC Sports News

Warnock named Crystal Palace boss

Crystal Palace appoint former boss Neil Warnock as their new manager on a two-year deal after choosing him ahead of Steve Clarke.

American 15-year-old stuns Cibulkova

American 15-year-old CiCi Bellis causes a sensational upset as she beats 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova at the US Open.

Van Gaal 'not shocked' by Cup exit

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he was "not shocked" by the 4-0 thrashing by MK Dons in the League Cup.

AC Milan keen to take Torres on loan

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirms the club have made an official offer to Chelsea for striker Fernando Torres.

US Open progress a bonus - Murray

Andy Murray says he is "playing with the house's money" after overcoming cramp to beat Robin Haase at the US Open.

Man 'crushed between two vehicles'

A 57-year-old man dies at a commercial premises in Doagh, County Antrim.

Teen stabbing accused 'volatile'

A 15-year-old boy appears before a youth court in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, after a 14-year-old was stabbed in the stomach.

US law firm's 250 jobs for Belfast

US law firm Baker and McKenzie will employ 250 people in its new Belfast back-office operation.

Shankill Butchers detective dies

James Nesbitt, the detective who led the hunt for the notorious Shankill Butchers gang, dies aged 79.

Land survey for Disappeared to begin

Forensic examination of land in County Meath for IRA victim, Brendan Megraw, whose body has been missing for almost 40 years will begin later.

Plastic bag use down 72% since levy

Plastic bag use in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost 72% since a 5p levy was introduced last year, the Department of the Environment says.

Petrol bombs thrown at police

Police officers are attacked with petrol bombs and paint during trouble in east Belfast, the PSNI says.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Out of 162 nations 151 are currently involved in some form of conflict. Although the UK has managed to stay relatively free from internal conflict, the country only ranks 47th in this year's Global Peace Index. Iceland came top as the most peaceful nation for the third year in a row. The five least peaceful countries were, in order: Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and, in last place, Syria. Daily Express

2. The Premier League began on Saturday following a record summer of transfer spending in England's top league. The 20 top-flight clubs have invested an estimated £647m - £17m more than in the whole of last summer - with experts believing the figure could reach £1bn. Sky Sports News

3. British consumers spend an average of £142 shopping online while drunk. Lobster pots and diving equipment among the bizarre items people have ordered during their merry sprees. Most drunken spending sessions (53%) take place on Amazon, according to a survey by a comparison website. Daily Telegraph

4. Parents typically face spending £180 on sending their children back to school, figures show. A small number – nine per cent – will fork out as much as £900 on uniforms, books, excursions and stationery, the government-backed Money Advice Service found. About 20 per cent of parents said they will need to dip into savings, 16 per cent expect to use a credit card and eight per cent will rely on an overdraft. Metro

5. Pubs are now closing at a rate of 31 per week, according to the real ale group Camra. Campaigners are calling for urgent legislation to make it harder for pubs to be demolished or transformed into retail outlets. With 3% of pubs in the suburbs closing in the past six months, there are now 54,490 boozers left in Britain. The Observer

6. A huge asteroid has a one-in-300 chance of wiping out life on Earth – but not until 2800. Researchers at the University of Tennessee are studying Asteroid 1950 DA, which could strike earth on 16 March, 2880. It has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth. It would hit at 38,000 miles per hour. The Times

7. The UK is the self-employment capital of western Europe, says the IPPR think-tank. Policymakers are concerned that the trend is a sign of labour market weakness, raising fears over the strength of the economic recovery. Around two-fifths of all new jobs since 2010 have been among the self-employed, a trend that has helped shape Labour's cost-of-living agenda. The Times

8. New research from the American Chemical Society shows wine kept in a cupboard at home ages four times as quickly as that stored in a professional cellar. After two years, those stored in domestic conditions had consistently aged more quickly and had fewer antioxidants, less red pigmentation and weaker flavour than the cellar versions. The Times

9. Half of all people eligible for a state pension are still working, a study suggests. One in three pensioners is fully retired while half are working at least part time to make ends meet, it adds. One in four of those toiling in their 60s, 70s and 80s is running their own business. Evening Standard

10. German vehicle-maker Daimler has an innovative approach to holiday email, which many people about to return from holiday may well wish their company would copy. Emails sent to employees while they are on holiday are automatically deleted. Email these people and you will get a message like this: I am on vacation. I cannot read your email. Your email is being deleted. Please contact Hans or Monika if it's really important, or resend the email after I'm back in the office. Danke Schoen. BBC

The latest BBC Video News clips

AUDIO: MK Dons thrash Man Utd 4-0

Louis van Gaal's miserable start to life as Manchester United boss has continued with a Capital One Cup shock at the hands of League One MK Dons.

VIDEO: Buddleia: Gardener's friend or foe?

BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith visits Dover to assess how much of a threat buddleia is to native species

VIDEO: Keeping the disruptive in education

Panorama follows students in the run-up to exams to see if one school can honour its pledge and keep disruptive pupils in school as well as get them five GCSEs.

AUDIO: 'Moth stuck in my ear for 48 hours'

A man who had a moth stuck in his ear for two days says he is now going to keep it in a jar.

AUDIO: Lottery winner's ticket bin hunt

A woman who won £1m on a lottery scratchcard had an anxious wait while a shop assistant looked through a bin for the missing corner of their winning ticket.

VIDEO: Kate Bush fans: 'Worth the wait'

Delighted fans took to their feet at London's Hammersmith Apollo to applaud Kate Bush, as she closed her first concert in 35 years on Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Blind woman subjected to abuse

A woman from Bristol says she has been mugged, punched and threatened since going blind a year ago after having a stroke.