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Convict sues over drugs test

A PRISONER has brought a legal challenge because he is only permitted screened visits with family and friends after he refused to take part in a random drugs test.

The High Court action has been brought by Graham Corbally, who is serving five years for robbery.

As a result of his refusal, Corbally has only been allowed screened visits until he provides a sample of saliva.

He claims the sanction is a breach of both his constitutional rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as his rights to bodily integrity.

HSE wins on ambulances

THE HSE has not breached competition laws in phasing out its use of private ambulances for emergencies and transporting public patients to hospital, the High Court has ruled.

Mr Justice John Cooke found the Competition Act 2002 does not require the HSE to continue to purchase a minimum level of services from private contractors.

To compel the HSE to do so would result in inefficiencies caused by underuse of the National Ambulance Service.

Priest's son 'tried extortion'

The alleged son of the late Rev Marcial Maciel, founder of the Catholic order Legion of Christ, is in custody on attempted extortion charges.

A Mexican woman divulged in 2010 that Maciel, a Roman Catholic priest, had fathered two of her children, including Jose Raul Gonzalez Lara, and accused him of molesting both. The priest was also accused of fathering a daughter with a different woman.

The legion claims Gonzalez had demanded $26m (¤20m) in exchange for his silence.

Gold comes in many colours

British scientists have managed to change the colour of gold by altering the way it absorbs or reflects light.

The technique developed at the University of Southampton involves embossing tiny raised or indented patterns on to the metal's surface.

It can also be applied to other metals, such as silver and aluminium, and opens the way to colouring metal without coatings or chemical treatments.