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Saturday 28th March 2015
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Art show marks Year of Food and Drink

An art exhibition to mark Scotland's Year of Food and Drink opens in Dumfries and Galloway's food town.

Man killed in lorry crash named

A 47-year-old man who died after his car is involved in a collision with a lorry on the A75 in Dumfries is named

Repairs for 18-month-old 3G pitch

A £500,000 synthetic football pitch needs thousands of pounds worth of remedial action, less than 18 months after it was laid.

New hearing for Lockerbie appeal bid

Lockerbie victims' families say they have a "legitimate interest" to secure a third appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the 1988 atrocity

Folk guitarist John Renbourn dies

Influential folk guitarist John Renbourn dies in his home in the Scottish Borders at the age of 70.

£6m upgrade for Irish Sea ferries

Seven ferries used on Irish Sea crossings undergo a refit worth a total of £6m, according to Stena Line.

Hydro centre plans for school site

Plans are lodged to create a hydro energy research centre at a former school building in the Scottish Borders.

MPs call for action in border region

A committee of MPs finds Scotland's border regions have not had a 'fair deal' from either Holyrood or Westminster.

Live BBC World News

Nigeria voting extended to Sunday

Elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, are extended to Sunday in some parts of the country after delays and a number of attacks.

Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says.

Jihadists in Syria 'capture Idlib'

Islamist militants capture the north-western Syrian city of Idlib for the first time, monitoring groups and jihadists say.

Yemen leader accuses 'Iran stooges'

Yemen's president accuses Iran of destabilising his country, as Saudi Arabia vows to continue air strikes until Yemen is "stable and safe".

Iran nuclear talks 'enter endgame'

Talks aimed at restricting Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief enter their final days, ahead of an end of March deadline.

Woman injured in Tunisia attack dies

A Frenchwoman wounded in the attack on Tunisia's national museum dies of her injuries, bringing the total number killed to 22.

Somalia ends al-Shabab hotel siege

At least 14 are killed as Somali special forces end the siege of a Mogadishu hotel by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab

Rescued Chilean miner loses home

A Chilean miner who was trapped underground for 69 days in 2010 has lost his home in flash floods in the Atacama desert region.

BBC Sports News

Israel 0-3 Wales

Gareth Bale scores twice to send Wales two points clear at the top of Group B as they beat 10-man Israel 3-0 in Haifa.

World Cup stage set for ideal final

Australia v New Zealand is the best final the World Cup could have hoped for, says BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Saracens 42-14 Harlequins

Saracens go second in the Premiership, overcoming Harlequins in front of a record crowd for club rugby union at Wembley.

Storey claims second gold at Worlds

Dame Sarah Storey wins the C5 3km pursuit to claim her second title at the Para-cycling World Championships in the Netherlands.

Spectator killed at Nurburgring race

A spectator is killed in a crash involving British driver Jann Mardenborough during an endurance race at the Nurburgring.

Four miss England's trip to Italy

Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner have been ruled out of England's friendly with Italy on Tuesday.

New Zealand 'start as underdogs'

Before Sunday's Cricket World Cup final, BBC Sport rounds up the best quotes, stats and video to preview the MCG showcase.

Art show marks Year of Food and Drink

An art exhibition to mark Scotland's Year of Food and Drink opens in Dumfries and Galloway's food town.

Man killed in lorry crash named

A 47-year-old man who died after his car is involved in a collision with a lorry on the A75 in Dumfries is named

Repairs for 18-month-old 3G pitch

A £500,000 synthetic football pitch needs thousands of pounds worth of remedial action, less than 18 months after it was laid.

New hearing for Lockerbie appeal bid

Lockerbie victims' families say they have a "legitimate interest" to secure a third appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the 1988 atrocity

Folk guitarist John Renbourn dies

Influential folk guitarist John Renbourn dies in his home in the Scottish Borders at the age of 70.

£6m upgrade for Irish Sea ferries

Seven ferries used on Irish Sea crossings undergo a refit worth a total of £6m, according to Stena Line.

Hydro centre plans for school site

Plans are lodged to create a hydro energy research centre at a former school building in the Scottish Borders.

MPs call for action in border region

A committee of MPs finds Scotland's border regions have not had a 'fair deal' from either Holyrood or Westminster.

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


1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Father: 'He should not be forgotten'

The father of a British man killed in the Alps plane crash that claimed the lives of 150 people, says his son and all the victims should not be forgotten.

VIDEO: Sick boy's online campaign takes off

People from all around the world wore yellow to support a sick boy from Corby in central England.

VIDEO: 'Super councils' seek public money

In the wake of greater powers being devolved to Scotland, councils in England have been banding together to demand extra power for their local areas.

VIDEO: BMA warning on 'seven-day NHS' plan

Dr Paul Flynn from the British Medical Association welcomes David Cameron's pledge for "a truly seven-day NHS" by 2020 but warns significant extra funding will be needed.

VIDEO: Push to promote UK ice hockey

Ice hockey is seeing a push to get more people involved, the BBC's Mike Bushell reports.

VIDEO: Kate at last events before baby due

The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Prince William, has attended her final official events before the birth of her second child, as Nicholas Witchell reports.

VIDEO: 1980s games reviewed by six-year-olds

Children try out some 1980s games at the new National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham and see how they compare to their modern equivalents.

VIDEO: Chocolatier creates giant Easter egg

A chocolatier in Lincolnshire has created a seven-foot (2.1-metre) Easter egg, which he will sell in pieces to raise money for charity, the BBC's Jill Archbold reports.