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BBC News: Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade'
Thursday 29th January 2015
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Welcome to the Eastriggs Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around DG12 and Dumfriesshire!

First some super useful links! Historic Photos, Maps & Jigsaws of Eastriggs!
Why not click below for some amazing old photos or maps of Eastriggs or the Annan area in days gone by!


BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Snow causing 'hazardous conditions'

Wintry weather is causing hazardous conditions across many roads in Scotland after the evening rush hour escaped major disruption.

Man in court over laughing gas theft

A 31-year-old man makes a brief appearance in court following the theft of nitrous oxide cylinders from Dumfries Infirmary.

Mobile phone coverage plea made

MP Michael Moore holds a series of meetings with mobile phone firms to improve signal reach and quality in the Scottish Borders.

'Bad site' wind farm plans dropped

Plans for a wind farm development on what the local MSP dubbed a "very bad site" in Wigtownshire have been dropped.

Administration outlines budget goals

Scottish Borders Council's administration outlines draft budget proposals which will see council tax frozen for the eighth successive year.

Court closes doors for final time

Duns Sheriff Court sits for the final time before joining the list of sites being closed across Scotland in a nationwide shake-up of the service.

Scottish fracking block announced

The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Teacher kept child abuse photographs

Police found images on a 55-year-old music teacher's computer when they searched his home in Annan, a court hears.

Live BBC World News

Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras

New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says his country will not default on its bailout debts, as bank stocks lose more than 25% of their value.

North Korea leader to visit Russia

Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be Kim Jong-un's first overseas trip as leader.

US Supreme Court blocks executions

The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel.

France releases anti-jihadist video

The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.

Castro issues Guantanamo Bay demand

Cuba demands the US hands back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.

Jordan offers IS prisoner swap

Jordan offers to free an Iraqi prisoner for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State after the group threatens to kill the pilot and another hostage.

New resignations hit Germany's Pegida

The new leader of Germany's controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.

BBC Sports News

Sheff Utd 2-2 Tottenham (agg 2-3)

Christian Eriksen scores late as Tottenham survive a strong Sheffield United fightback to set up a League Cup final with Chelsea.

Guinea 1-1 Mali

Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Mongomo.

England braced to lose four more

Brad Barritt, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Kyle Eastmond are all likely to miss England's Six Nations opener against Wales.

Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (agg 2-4)

Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals with victory against nine-man Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Costa charged after 'stamp' on Can

Chelsea's Diego Costa is charged by the FA for allegedly stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can and may face a three-game ban.

Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of Fifa.

Snow causing 'hazardous conditions'

Wintry weather is causing hazardous conditions across many roads in Scotland after the evening rush hour escaped major disruption.

Man in court over laughing gas theft

A 31-year-old man makes a brief appearance in court following the theft of nitrous oxide cylinders from Dumfries Infirmary.

Mobile phone coverage plea made

MP Michael Moore holds a series of meetings with mobile phone firms to improve signal reach and quality in the Scottish Borders.

'Bad site' wind farm plans dropped

Plans for a wind farm development on what the local MSP dubbed a "very bad site" in Wigtownshire have been dropped.

Administration outlines budget goals

Scottish Borders Council's administration outlines draft budget proposals which will see council tax frozen for the eighth successive year.

Court closes doors for final time

Duns Sheriff Court sits for the final time before joining the list of sites being closed across Scotland in a nationwide shake-up of the service.

Scottish fracking block announced

The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Teacher kept child abuse photographs

Police found images on a 55-year-old music teacher's computer when they searched his home in Annan, a court hears.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Warnings as snow hits parts of UK

BBC correspondents report from the areas of the UK which are worst hit by the snow.

VIDEO: Beavers allowed to stay in wild

Beavers living on the River Otter in Devon will be allowed to remain living in the wild, if free of disease.

VIDEO: Post-war blocks get listed status

Fourteen office blocks, including one nicknamed the hanging gardens of Basingstoke, have been given protected Grade II* listed status.

VIDEO: Doubt over serial killer conviction

The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer tells the BBC he now believes the Colin Norris is innocent.

VIDEO: Heavy snow starts to fall in N Ireland

Chris Buckler reports from Lurgan in Northern Ireland where heavy snow has started to fall

VIDEO: Search for a care home: Video diary

Mary Pike records a video diary about finding her mother a new care home after a fee rise forced her to move.

VIDEO: Widower reunited with wife's voicemail

Stan Beaton hears a voicemail greeting from his wife, who died of cancer more than 10 years ago, which he thought had been deleted and lost forever.

VIDEO: Female jihadists 'drawn in online'

The BBC's Frank Gardner speaks to a woman who works with the UK government to tackle the growing problem of women from western Europe going to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.