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TRANSFER Balls: The Mirror has news of Arsenal and Julian Draxler:
Arsenal step up Julian Draxler interest sending scouts to monitor Schalke playmaker - The German World Cup winner has been on Wenger’s radar for a number of years and the Gunners could soon be set to test Schalke’s resolve
THE tabloids lead with news that the hunt for 14-year-old Alice Gross’ killer is over. The body of Arnis Zalkalns, 41, has been found in woodland in Boston Manor Park, West London.
The Sunday Times adds a spot of history:
The park, which was built in 1623, has a children’s play area and tennis courts. It is just a mile from where police found Alice’s body wrapped in plastic and weighed down by logs in the River Brent last Tuesday.
…when United expressed a serious interest and made two offers last summer, his ‘people’ were happy to flutter their eyelashes in the Reds’ direction, while publicly saying nothing for months… United received stacks of intelligence, including from their own players. One who knew Fabregas well said: “When Cesc says no he sometimes means yes.”
A man who jumped the White House fence allegedly knocked over a female officer at the mansion’s double doors before he dashed into the ornate East Room.
An inquiry continues into how Omar Gonzalez, 42, made it into the White House. Investigators are looking through an elaborate closed-circuit video system showing the entire incident, a Secret Service source told CNN.
Authorities said the Iraq war veteran had a knife in his pocket when he ran into the White House, where he was later subdued after a wild chase.
The officer he met at the doorway got up, chased him and tackled him just outside the East Room, a source said.
However, the fact that it was a female officer had nothing to do with the breach, according to the source.
“Gender was not a factor, she got one door secured but was pushed over while trying to get the second door shut,” the source said.
BY now you’ve have heard of Brenda Leyland. She’s an alleged ‘troll’ - someone who says things online. Lots of people say nasty things online, but the police don’t go after them all. Not all make it to the TV news or the front pages. Just some.
What she, allegedly, tweeted about the McCanns is unpleasant. But what are people saying about her?
Gerry McCann, with his wife Kate, gives a statement to the press in the Algarve village of Praia Da Luz, where their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine McCann, went missing on Thursday evening. Saturday, May 5, 2007.
MADLEIENE McCann: A look at reporting on the missing child in the media.
One day after news that sources had compiled a dossier of people who have allegedly abused Kate and Gerry McCann online, the missing girl’s parents are in the news.
The Daily Star leads with the so-called “trolls”.
The Times focuses on one:
A churchgoing mother of two children has been uncovered as one of the internet “trolls” who bombarded the family of Madeleine McCann with vile abuse.
Brenda Leyland, 63, who lives in a picturesque village in Leicestershire, 15 miles from where Kate and Gerry McCann live with their two children, posted dozens of offensive messages about them.
Mrs Leyland, who attended Goldsmiths college at London University, was part of a group of hate-fuelled critics of the McCanns who believe – despite no evidence – that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.
WHEN shopping, deals are not always what they seem. Supermarkets are well known for artificially hiking prices, just so they can knock some money off with a big sale sticker, even though the item is slightly more expensive than it was before the prices up.
And so, to Asda. Have you seen them selling a bunch of bananas for a quid? Seems reasonable doesn’t it?
Well, a clever sod called Alan Hudson from Tyne & Wear decided to get the £1 bananas and stick them on the scale at the self-scan checkout. And what did he find?
They were only worth 54p.
Alan said: “It’s disgusting really. There are millions of people living on the poverty line, trying to reduce the cost of their shopping as much as possible and looking out for bargains.”
A THAILAND bar worker has confessed to murdering Brit backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. The 21-year-old Burmese man, known only as Win, worked at a bar on Koh Tao where the pair were brutally killed on September 15.
Win is said to have been taken into custody for tests with two other Burmese workers called Maw, 23, and Saw, 21.
IS Nothing Safe? Two men face prison sentences despite being cleared of sexually assaulting a man with hard-boiled eggs.
At Bristol Crown Court, before a jury, half-brothers Nathan Smith, 35, and Daniel Yeates, 29, were found not guilty of sexually assaulting Phillip Coombs with hard-boiled eggs at a flat in Patchway, south Gloucestershire.
In 2013, Mr Coombs, 47, was treated by medics at his home. He’d taken a drugs overdose. The ambulance crew noted the prone man’s hair had been shaved, one of his eyebrows was missing and an obscenity has been written in red marker pen across his face. A witness claims to have seen the men shaving the dying Coombe’s head and boiling eggs.
Yeates has given Coombes a psychedelic drug called DOC.
Normally the only sounds disturbing the peace of our university towns come from sound systems and pizza delivery bikes, and the only horseshit is that which emanates from the social science department. That all changed this year, with the expansion in operations at UniBaggage.com, a company which hitherto concerned itself with transporting students’ worldly possessions to and from their alma mater. The company now offers a Very Important Fresher service, which allows students to ‘arrive with champagne in hand, to start as you mean to go on’.
MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. Sky News is with “TROLLS” who have abused the missing child’s parents online. There is not a shred of proof Kate and Gerry McCann were involved in their daughter’s vanishing. But people say nasty things online.
Some ‘trolls’ used to say them in the Press. The McCanns were libeled. They won damages.
The media was unable to stick to the most basic facts. This was single thread story being spun. A child had gone missing. That was the only fact.
Today, Sky introduces us to a woman who tweetes by the name “Sleepy Face”. Cameras are outside her home. The voiceover alleges she says vile things “from the heart of this peaceful village”, as if location matters. Sleepyface, a presentable middle-aged woman, tells Sky she hopes she has broken no laws.
HOW are George Galloway’s moves to make Bradford an ‘Israel free zone’ going? Is Bradford a hotbed of racial intolerance and bigotry? No:
Now, two Muslim women have invited an Israeli-born poet to take part in Bradford’s literature festival this weekend. The festival will also feature a walking tour highlighting the city’s Jewish heritage, which includes the poet Humbert Wolfe and the artist Sir William Rothenstein. Bradford’s Jewish population has now dwindled to 299, according to the 2011 census, compared with 129,041 Muslims.
The Israeli-born poet and playwright Atar Hadari will perform at a multi-faith event in Bradford’s last remaining synagogue, which was saved from ruin last year after a group of local Muslims chipped in to keep it going. The event, called Sacred Poetry, is billed as an “uplifting celebration of divine music and verse from across the religious spectrum”[.]
Patrons and clerks at a local store get a grandstand view of the action as men of the Hungarian revolutionary forces take aim at members of the Communist secret police, on November 2, 1956, during an anti-Communist uprising in Budapest, Hungary. The mass revolt was later crushed as Soviet troops and tanks encircled and captured the Hungarian capital and several other cities. (AP Photo)
THE Soviet forces pulled out of Hungary 33 yeara ago. And now the Russians are back, forcing Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stop natural gas deliveries to Ukraine.
Budapest has announced that it will freeze its gas deliveries to Ukraine, as the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said his country could not afford to run the risk of losing its own Russian gas supplies.
“Hungary cannot get into a situation in which, due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, it cannot access its required supply of energy,” Orban said on state radio following threats from Moscow.
Hungary’s gas pipeline network operator FGSZ said late on Thursday that it had suspended supplies to neighbouring Ukraine indefinitely for technical reasons, a move Ukraine’s state-owned gas firm Naftogaz described as “unexpected and unexplained”.
Orban’s statement followed a warning from Moscow that it could cut off European countries that have been re-exporting gas to Ukraine to help Kiev cope with Moscow’s energy sanctions.
The threat came as energy chiefs gathered in Berlin for EU-mediated talks aimed keeping Russian gas supplies to Ukraine flowing and preventing parts of the country being left without winter heating.
The European commission rapped Hungary, an EU member state, for cutting off its so-called reverse flow supplies to Ukraine.
“The message from the commission is very clear. We expect all member states to facilitate reverse flows as agreed by the European council in the interest of a shared energy security,” the commission spokeswoman Helene Banner said in Brussels.
TO Cannock Chase, where paranormal investigator Lee Brickley is on a case. He’s received an email telling of the ghost of a black-eyed child. Lee says the ghoul was first spotted in Staffordshire in the 1980s.
Now it’s front-page news:
Experts baffled! Everyone else ‘meh’
In 2013, it was sighted again, by a mum and daughter out walking on Cannock Chase. As with previous sightings, the child “has coal-black pits for eye sockets”.
(Is coal-black still a relevant metaphore for the kids to get? How about as black as a jihadi’s flag? As black as balsamic vinegar? As black as Justin Bieber’s alter-ego?)
This is what she said she saw:
“We instantly started running towards the noise,” she said. “We couldn’t find the child anywhere and so stopped to catch our breath. That’s when I turned round and saw a girl stood behind me, no more than 10 years old, with her hands over her eyes.It was as if she was waiting for a birthday cake. I asked if she was OK and if she had been the one screaming. She put her arms down by her side and opened her eyes. That’s when I saw they were completely black, no iris, no white, nothing. I jumped back and grabbed my daughter. When I looked again, the child was gone. It was so strange.”
“MY intentions were never to cause any ill feelings or trouble. I feel it is an asset and enhances the area and I am aware that many people are enjoying its presence,” says Peter Nelson, 49, talking about the 9ft high crucifix at the top of a Workington slag heap.