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Thursday 18th December 2014
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Welcome to the Oldbury Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around SN11 and Wiltshire!

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BBC news for Wiltshire

Murder probe police search new field

Police search another field in Wiltshire in the hope of uncovering items belonging to murdered Swindon office worker Sian O'Callaghan.

Stonehenge visitors 'break record'

A record number of people visited Stonehenge in the past year, English Heritage says.

Army thanks shell case engravers

A Swindon engraver who has inscribed hundreds of shell cases in tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan, receives a military commendation.

Housing list applicants must reapply

Thousands of people on housing waiting lists in Wiltshire are being told to reapply under new rules about who is eligible for a home.

Air ambulance 'to break for training'

Wiltshire will be without a dedicated air ambulance for part of January because pilot safety training has not been completed on time.

Widow in right-to-die Euro challenge

The widow of right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson takes his fight to the European Court of Human Rights.

Council's solar plan 'to save £7k'

New solar panels on three council-owned buildings in Wiltshire will save £7,000 and generate £11,000 each year, the council says.

Old storm-hit tree crafted into pens

The timber from a 300-year-old walnut tree which was smashed in last winter's storms is turned into pens.

Live BBC World News

Putin seeks to ease economic fears

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

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.

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.

UN seeks North Korea ICC charges

The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.

'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.

Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill

Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approves changes to a tough new security bill.

Swiss interest rate to turn negative

Switzerland's National Bank will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.

Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect

A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan.

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.

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.

Two world titles, one champion?

Stephen Bunting hopes to become the first player to hold both versions of the world darts title at the same time.

Hamilton to lose senior engineer

One of Lewis Hamilton's key technical figures at Mercedes, Jock Clear, is to leave the team and move to Ferrari.

Murder probe police search new field

Police search another field in Wiltshire in the hope of uncovering items belonging to murdered Swindon office worker Sian O'Callaghan.

Stonehenge visitors 'break record'

A record number of people visited Stonehenge in the past year, English Heritage says.

Army thanks shell case engravers

A Swindon engraver who has inscribed hundreds of shell cases in tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan, receives a military commendation.

Housing list applicants must reapply

Thousands of people on housing waiting lists in Wiltshire are being told to reapply under new rules about who is eligible for a home.

Air ambulance 'to break for training'

Wiltshire will be without a dedicated air ambulance for part of January because pilot safety training has not been completed on time.

Widow in right-to-die Euro challenge

The widow of right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson takes his fight to the European Court of Human Rights.

Council's solar plan 'to save £7k'

New solar panels on three council-owned buildings in Wiltshire will save £7,000 and generate £11,000 each year, the council says.

Old storm-hit tree crafted into pens

The timber from a 300-year-old walnut tree which was smashed in last winter's storms is turned into pens.

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: 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.

VIDEO: Car smoke ban proposed for 2015

Smoking in a car while travelling with children could be a criminal offence in England and Wales from October 2015.