Monthly Archive: October 2015


Norwich City chief Alex Neil insists there is work still to do in Robbie Brady …

Norwich manager Alex Neil has Robbie Brady in his sights. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Focus Images Limited +447814 482222 Alex Neil confirmed Norwich is pulling out all the stops to try and complete a deal for Hull City s Robbie Brady. The Republic of Ireland international did not travel with the Tigers squad to their pre-season Austrian training camp this weekend amid reports the Humberside club are finally ready to sanction a 7m move to Carrow Road after a protracted summer chase. Neil, speaking after City rounded off their own tour of Austria and Germany with a 2-1 friendly win against FC Augsburg in Prien, insists there is still work ahead before the 23-year-old becomes his third signing of the summer. There is nothing more I can say on that. If it does become a done deal then we will let people know, he said. At this present moment in time work is going on behind the scenes but nothing has been completed yet. I didn t know he hadn t gone with them (to Austria). We re trying our very best. Over the course of the start of next week onwards we would like to hopefully do a couple more bits of business. Neil distanced City from recent speculation Liverpool hitman Rickie Lambert is in his sights after pulling out of a move for Celta Vigo targetman Joaquin Larrivey. I think there has been a lot of speculation surrounding us and players, he said. Rickie Lambert was tagged with us maybe two or three weeks ago now and then it went quiet and it crept back up again. At the moment it is just speculation. I think having added Graham Dorrans and (Youssouf) Mulumbu if I could add another three or four I would be pleased. Neil was delighted to finish a week-long training camp in the Alps on a winning note, with Youssouf Mulumbu and Lewis Grabban [1] securing the victory against the Europa League hopefuls. In the first half we didn t play as well as we would have liked but to win was pleasing against a good calibre of opposition, he said. They are a strong side, they have beaten Bayern Munich twice in recent times so that tells you what they are capable of. I didn t think we pressed them well enough in the first half, like we normally do, and that improved a lot in the second half. The same with our use of the ball. We had a couple of good finishes and other opportunities. I thought there was a lot of quality in it and both teams will have got plenty out of the game. Related articles References ^ Youssouf Mulumbu and Lewis Grabban (


Boy who clung on to moving car to save his sister is ‘a hero’

Eoghan MacConnell Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30 Michael Martin leaving Portlaoise Circuit Court A 10-year-old boy was hailed a hero after he clung to the window of a moving SUV as a man attempted to abduct his sister. Share Go To The exceptional bravery of the youngster was commended at Portlaoise Circuit Court yesterday during the sentencing hearing of Michael Martin. Martin (36), of Shandon Court, Yellow Road, Waterford city, pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of an 11-year-old girl following an incident at Cullohill, Co Laois on March 4. In a victim impact statement, the girl’s father said: “This man stole a significant portion of her innocence. Our lives were permanently changed that day. “You don’t like to see your children being fearful of everyday, ordinary things.” Garda Anne Marie Deegan told the court the girl and her twin brothers were playing in the rural area when the girl was picked up by a man driving an SUV and “put into the SUV through the driver’s door across the passenger seat”. As the man attempted to drive away, one of the brothers “ran up, reached in and attempted to strike the driver in the vehicle”, she said. The boy continued “hanging off” the jeep with his feet off the ground. Martin became distracted by the boy’s actions and the girl managed to escape from the vehicle. The three children gave a description and provided a partial registration of the SUV and CCTV was examined. Garda also became aware of an earlier report of a similar vehicle acting suspiciously at Durrow. Martin was arrested the following day and both the girl and her brother later identified the defendant in two separate identity parades at Portlaoise Garda Station. Martin pleaded guilty to false imprisonment in July. Garda Deegan described the siblings as “exceptional children”, while prosecuting counsel Will Fennelly said “they were obviously very courageous children” and commended the “plucky” brother. The court heard that Martin, who is originally from Dublin, has 92 previous convictions including for fraud, robbery, an assault of a girl and threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a woman. He was convicted of false imprisonment in 2004. Courageous Defending counsel, Una N Raifeartaigh, said at that time her client had struck up a relationship with a girl in her teens and the pair went to Northern Ireland, but after four days “they came back down on the train and were met by garda at Connolly Station”. Handing the judge a 16-page psychological report on her client – who has a low IQ and was “actively suicidal” – she said: “His childhood makes for grim reading”, adding that he was subjected to sexual, physical abuse and sustained neglect as a child and had begun abusing alcohol as a teen. The judge remanded Martin in custody to continue sentencing next Thursday. Irish Independent Follow @Independent_ie [1] References ^ Follow @Independent_ie (


Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album ‘Wake Up!’

As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States [1] , His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order [2] now available with an instant download of “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” which Rolling Stone is proud to premiere. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” finds Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience in English last year amid atmospheric synths, trumpeting horns and skyscraping electric guitars reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “Wake up / Wake up,” Pope Francis says on the track. “The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness.” Later on the moving track, the Pope tells his audience, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,” as he urges them to wake up and go. Sidebar Inside the Pope’s Fight With U.S. Conservatives On Wake Up! , Pope Francis speaks to the listener in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese over 11 tracks to address issues like peace, dignity, environmental concerns and helping those most in need. For the album, the Pope’s powerful messages were placed in the musical hands of Wake Up! ‘s producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni. “For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis,” Neroni tells Rolling Stone . “As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns.” Musician Tony Pagliuca, who composed several Wake Up! songs including “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” tells Rolling Stone , “In the Seventies, I founded the prog-rock band Le Orme and topped the charts, toured Italy and U.K. and had the chance to collaborate with international artists like Peter Hammil and David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator). During the years, I also made an important journey of faith. When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge.” The Argentinean-born Pope Francis, the first Pope born outside of Europe, has reignited a Catholic base and inspired millions outside his own religious denomination with his selfless, unifying messages that encourage climate change protection [3] , assistance for the homeless and his hope for equality for all, even in the case of hot-button issues like same-sex marriage and immigration. It’s Pope Francis’ belief that every person should be treated with love and respect, a message that has made him universally loved after critics chastised the Catholic Church for alienating its base and the world outside the Vatican with hardened views. Speaking to Congress Thursday, Pope Francis asked the leaders of the most powerful and wealthiest nation to mend the “open wounds” of a planet ripped apart by hate, poverty, weapons and climate change. “I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship, a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost,” the Pope told Congress. “At the same time, I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope.” Wake Up! Track List 1. “Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum” 2. “Salve Regina” 3. “Laudato Sie ” 4. “Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos” 5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!” 6. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” 7. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” 8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!” 9. “Pace! Fratelli!” 10. “Per La Famiglia” 11. “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser” References ^ his historic visit to the United States ( ^ the iTunes pre-order ( ^ encourage climate change protection (