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Tennis: Australian number four Kyrgios ‘in a good spot’ ahead of home Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios is in the unusual position of being Australia’s number four in the men’s draw at Melbourne Park this year but the 23-year-old thinks he has found at least some of the answers to the questions that have held back his career. Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios hits a shot during his third round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. REUTERS/Toby Melville Part of the reason for his lowly spot in the…

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Asylum applications: Home Office urged to use lie detectors

Image copyright PA Image caption There has been a small spike in the number of people crossing the Channel in small boats in recent months People seeking asylum in the UK should take a lie detector test as part of their application, the former chief of UK immigration enforcement says. Abuse of the asylum system is “rife” and it is being used by economic migrants, according to David Wood. In a report, he said new technology would help spot “signs of deception”. It comes after Home Secretary Sajid Javid questioned…

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US nursing home chief resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Image copyright Getty Images The chief executive of the corporation in charge of an Arizona nursing home where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth has resigned. Bill Timmons’s resignation was unanimously accepted by directors, the company said in a statement. The woman had been a patient in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare near Phoenix for over a decade and required round-the-clock care. Police have launched a sexual assault investigation into the incident. The woman, who has not been identified, is thought to have given birth on 29…

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EuroMillions winner Frances Connolly saves sister’s home

Image copyright PA Image caption Frances Connolly and her husband said they will share their £115m fortune The sister of Northern Ireland’s biggest lottery winner has said the windfall has saved her family home. Sharon Bordessa put her house on the market when she moved into her late mother Kathleen’s home to care for her in 2017. The sale was due to be completed in the coming weeks. Mrs Bordessa’s sister Frances Connolly stepped in to stop the sale after she and husband Patrick won almost £115m in the New…

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Technology 

CES 2019: EyeQue’s glasses test you can do at home

A Silicon Valley start-up has developed a smartphone accessory that lets owners check their vision at home. The results produced by EyeQue’s Visioncheck gadget can be used to order new glasses from many retailers. However, because a prescription is needed to purchase contact lenses in the US, there are limitations on its use there. The BBC’s Cody Godwin tried out the innovation at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. Read and watch all our CES coverage at bbc.com/ces2019 Source link

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Three-legged Essex police dog finds new home

A police dog who lost a leg in the line of duty has a new home for retirement following a public appeal. Baloo, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois, could no longer work after being hit by a car. Essex Police received hundreds of offers from people willing to give her a home. In the end, Baloo was given to retired police dog handler Mandy Chapman, who used to work for the Metropolitan Police. Source link

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Strictly’s AJ Pritchard tells of home town attack ordeal

A festive night out turned into a nightmare for Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis – when they were attacked in a nightclub in their home town, Nantwich. Speaking to the BBC, the professional dancers described being left battered and bruised, with Curtis needing emergency surgery on his knee. A 20-year-old man arrested following the incident at the Nakatcha nightclub has been released under investigation. Source link

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UK house prices: Will the value of your home change in 2019?

Image copyright Jackson Stops Image caption This property features its own leisure suite Relatively few properties were put on the market in the UK in the last year. Even fewer featured their own library, music room and orangery. This estate in Cheshire does. It is dominated by a six-bedroom house but also has its own leisure suite, three cottages, and even a separate shower and cloakroom for the gardener. It sold for close to £6m, having been one of the most-viewed residences on internet property portal Rightmove last year. Image…

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Science 

NASA space probe ‘phones home’ in landmark mission to solar system’s edge

(Reuters) – NASA’s New Horizons explorer successfully “phoned home” on Tuesday after a journey to the most distant world ever explored by humankind, a frozen rock at the edge of the solar system that scientists hope will uncover secrets to its creation. New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seen before a news conference after the team received confirmation from the New Horizons spacecraft that it has completed the flyby of Ultima Thule, January 1, 2019 at Johns Hopkins University Applied…

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Care home trials virtual cycling trips for dementia patients

Stapely Care Home in Liverpool is trialling a scheme where exercise bikes and videos are used to enable residents living with dementia to go on virtual cycling trips to locations around the world. Staff say the project, which originated in Norway, has boosted wellbeing and happiness. Filming and editing: Tom Brada Source link

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