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Juventus, Napoli light up Serie A

first_imgROME (AP):It’s judgement weekend in Serie A. League leaders Napoli take a two-point lead over Juventus into a highly anticipated clash of the top-two squads today. Then tomorrow, third-place Fiorentina host fourth-place Inter Milan, who are one point behind the Viola.Napoli and Juventus are on club record winning streaks.Napoli have won eight straight, while Juventus have 14 consecutive victories, and need three more to match the Serie A record of 17 established by Inter in 2006-07.Napoli beat Juventus 2-1 in September with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain, but that was before the Turin club found its stride and was able to overcome the off season departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez.Having joined Juventus on a €40 million transfer from Palermo in June, Paulo Dybala has developed into the Turin squad’s most dangerous weapon with 13 goals. And with only 15 goals conceded, Juventus have the best defence in Italy.With 24 goals in as many matches, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life. With 14 matches remaining, Higuain already has more goals than the 22 that Mauro Icardi and Toni led Serie A with last season.”My intention is to continue scoring,” Higuain said. “For me, and most important, to help the squad, which is aiming for something really big.”Napoli’s only two Serie A titles came in 1987 and 1990 when Diego Maradona was carrying the club.Also this weekend, it’s Lazio vs Hellas Verona; Carpi vs Roma; Empoli vs Frosinone; Chievo Verona vs Sassuolo; AC Milan vs Genoa; Palermo vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; and Udinese vs Bologna.last_img read more

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McCANNS’ INTERNET TROLL FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL BEDROOM

first_imgA WOMAN exposed in a Sky News investigation as being one of a number of internet trolls targeting the parents of Madeleine McCann has been found dead.Brenda Leyland, 63, was found dead at a Marriott hotel in Leicester on Saturday around 15 miles from her village home.Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. Divorcee Mrs Leyland had been identified as one of a number of online ‘trolls’ posting a series of abusive comments about Kate and Gerry McCann, by Sky News last Thursday.She told Sky reporter Martin Brunt who confronted her that she had been ‘entitled’ to make the comments using her Twitter identity @Sweepyface.Kate and Gerry McCann have been the targets of a vile online campaign.Gerry’s family are from Donegal – the couple visit here regularly.   McCANNS’ INTERNET TROLL FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL BEDROOM was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brenda LeylanddonegalGerry McCannKate McCannmadeleine mccanntrolllast_img read more

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Hitler Plotted to Assassinate Churchill with…Exploding Chocolate

first_imgFor years before World War II broke out, Winston Churchill had warned the British government of Adolf Hitler’s growing influence. When he was elevated to Prime Minister in 1940, Churchill became a major obstacle to the Führer, rallying the Establishment and its people and inspiring them to fight on. So it was natural that Nazi brains set to work on a plot to assassinate this proud symbol of resistance with his famous cigars and hand gestures.Things took a strange turn in 1943 when a letter arrived addressed to the artist Laurence Fish. It was from Lord Rothschild of MI5 and revealed to Fish details of a top-secret scheme to kill the Prime Minister using… chocolate.Winston ChurchillPerhaps identifying Churchill as a man who enjoyed the finer things in life, the Nazis planned to smuggle confectionery-coated explosives into the heart of government. This had then been discovered by British spies.The Telegraph picked up the story in 2012: “The Germans apparently planned to use secret agents working in Britain to discreetly place the bars – branded as Peters Chocolate – among other luxury items taken into the dining room used by the War Cabinet during the conflict.”Chocolate chunks on a stone backgroundBut why had Fish been contacted about this unusual effort? Rothschild needed some quick advertising to alert the British public as to the presence of these delicious yet deadly objects. He asked for a poster to get the idea across, which would include the following life-saving tip.“He asked the artist to indicate in the text on his drawing that a bomb would go off seven seconds after the piece of chocolate and attached canvas was pulled out.”Photo by Laurence Fish/National ArchivesThis related to the act of detonating the device, where breaking the chocolate at the end would trigger a delaying mechanism via a piece of canvas. Fish himself passed away in 2009, but the letter was found by his widow, the journalist Jean Bray, and released to the public three years later.Thankfully the calorie-packed plot was foiled, and Fish died of natural causes in 1965. However, this wasn’t the only food-based tactic used during the conflict. Secret Weapons: Technology, Science And The Race To Win World War II by Prof. Brian Ford (2011) outlines other offbeat assassination methods considered, this time by Allied Forces. Ford uncovered the information through declassified documents.Rothschild’s letter to Fish. Photo by Jean Bray /Laurence Fish estateBombs placed inside fruit tins was one option, as reported by The Huffington Post in their coverage of the book. In fact, various substances and indeed creatures were in the frame for covert warfare: “Other ideas called for dumping glue on Nazi soldiers to trap them… and releasing poisonous snakes on enemy lines.”Portrait of Adolf Hitler. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1216-0500-002/ CC-BY-SAWhen it came to taking on the big German cheese of Adolf himself, operatives definitely thought outside the box. As Hitler advocated the use of inflatable dolls as a disease-free option for military recreation, the Allies went one better and tried to alter the Führer’s outlook on life. In the most permanent way imaginable.Sir Winston Churchill QuotesEstrogen was floated as a potential way of pacifying the Nazi leader, encouraging his feminine side and saving the world one hormone at a time. As with Churchill and the chocolate, this weapon would be placed into the food supply.Winston Churchill giving his famous ‘V’ sign, May 1943.“Agents planned to smuggle doses of estrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary… Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food… estrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler’s food testers unnoticed” writes The Telegraph.Read another story from us: Tests performed on Adolf Hitler’s teeth, held by the Russians for 70 years, substantiate the timeline of his 1945 demise in BerlinIf these fiendish plans had worked, the history of World War II would be very different. The expression “all’s fair in love and war” certainly springs to mind. It may be fair, but it can also be extremely weird.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more