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BBC News: Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
Tuesday 21st October 2014
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Winds and rain hit Scotland

High winds and rain hit Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country.

Ski resort for southern Scotland

A new ski resort is expected to open soon near the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway.

Appeal over wind farm rejection

An appeal is lodged with the Scottish government over a wind farm development rejected by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Carrier bag charge comes into effect

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.

NHS radiographers strike over pay

Radiographers across the UK hold a four-hour strike in the latest walkout by NHS staff in an ongoing dispute with the government over pay.

Coffee shop dash saved love bird

Scottish SPCA officers use warm water and sugar from a nearby coffee shop to revive a love bird found "on the brink of death" in Dumfries.

Public picks top Scottish park

A Dumfries open space is selected by the public as the best in Scotland

Live BBC World News

Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Infant bodies found in Canada locker

The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.

North Korea frees detained US man

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.

Canada car killer's passport seized

A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.

Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'

Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim

Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned by many states, a leading human rights group says.

BBC Sports News

Rodgers backs 'big-game' Balotelli

Liverpool's misfiring striker tipped to hit form v Real Madrid.

Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'

Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.

Taylor outlines retirement plan

Phil Taylor says he plans to retire from competitive darts in "two or three years", but will stay in the game.

Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

My Man Utd not antiquated - Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson defends himself against suggestions David Moyes inherited an "antiquated" structure at Manchester United.

Winds and rain hit Scotland

High winds and rain hit Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country.

Ski resort for southern Scotland

A new ski resort is expected to open soon near the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway.

Appeal over wind farm rejection

An appeal is lodged with the Scottish government over a wind farm development rejected by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Carrier bag charge comes into effect

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.

NHS radiographers strike over pay

Radiographers across the UK hold a four-hour strike in the latest walkout by NHS staff in an ongoing dispute with the government over pay.

Coffee shop dash saved love bird

Scottish SPCA officers use warm water and sugar from a nearby coffee shop to revive a love bird found "on the brink of death" in Dumfries.

Public picks top Scottish park

A Dumfries open space is selected by the public as the best in Scotland

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: More UK medics travel to Ebola area

International development secretary Justine Greening travels with soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.

VIDEO: Polish MEP on joining UKIP group

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas speaks to Robert Iwaszkiewicz about joining the UKIP grouping in the European Parliament

VIDEO: Monument honours the Land Girls

A sculpture created in honour of women who served in the Land Army during World War Two - built with £85,000 in donations - is unveiled.

VIDEO: Planes wobble as they land in storm

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VIDEO: More UK troops arrive in Sierra Leone

More British troops have arrived in Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak.

VIDEO: Pregnant Kate appears in public

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since an announcement that she was suffering from acute morning sickness.

AUDIO: Pooley's parents support his return

The parents of William Pooley, the British nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa, support his return to Sierra Leone to resume his work.