Her dulcet tones are familiar to millions, though likely none of them know her name–in fact, they’d like have difficulty placing it during casual conversation. Her name, for the record, is Karen Jacobsen. She’s an Australian who has been living in the US since 2000. She is the voice of Garmin GPS’s turn-by-turn directions. Oh, and she wants to be a famous singer.Jacobsen describes her musical stylings as a cross between Billy Joel and Celine Dion. New Yorkers will be able to see her in action next week, when she opens at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, a cabaret on 42nd st. in Manhattan.AdChoices广告Jacobsen is living her dream, kind of, sort. “As a little girl, I dreamed of hearing my voice in the car radio,” Jacobsen told The New York Daily News. “I never dreamed that my voice would end up in cars, but in a GPS.”
There’s all manner of technology out there to help the visually impaired cope with their lack of eyesight. But there are certain aspects of life that technology has thus far failed to sufficiently address–pornography, for one. Lisa J. Murphy is looking to change things, single-handedly. Earlier in the year, the Toronto-based artist gave the world Tactile Mind, a book featuring, essentially, images of naked people aimed at the blind. The images were raised, printed on thermoform plastic, the material used for Braille, letting blind people enjoy adult images with their fingertips.Murphy is now offering up lingerie photos in a similar format, including descriptions in American English Braille. “I used the same process for this as I did before for my book,” the artist told AOL. “I took photographs of my friends in lingerie, blew up the images and hand-sculpted them into clay. Then I made thermoform copies. I ran the plastic myself through my thermoform machine at home, so each one took awhile to make.”The hardest part of the process? Sculpting the butt, of course. You want to make sure that that Braille lady butt doesn’t look like a Braille man butt. “The butt was really hard to sculpt,” Murphy added. “I wanted to get it nice and even and give it a feminine softness so it would actually feel like a woman’s butt. It took me days to sculpt all the curves right, but I’m told it does feel like a woman’s butt in a G-string.”The future is here, friends.
Microsoft researchers are making it easy for anyone to capture objects in 3D with a new cell phone app. According to the the MIT Technology Review, the software uses overlapping snapshots to build a photo-realistic 3D model. We’ve all seen the 3D photos online that let you look up, down, left, right, and pretty much any angle on the screen. The Microsoft app will let you capture pictures to do just that.Microsoft researcher Eric Stollnitz said they want everyone with a cell phone or regular digital camera to be able to capture 3D objects. To capture an object in 3D, you simply have to take a number of photos from different viewpoints around the object. The photos are then instantly sent to a cloud server to be processed. The app downloads a photo-realistic model of the object that can be navigated by sliding a finger over the screen. A detailed 360-degree view of a car-sized object, for example, would need about 40 photos, where as a smaller object like a birthday cake would need 25 or so.AdChoices广告If you use a regular camera instead of a cell phone, the photos will have to be uploaded on to a computer to be processed. A web browser plug-in has also been developed that will allow users to view the 3D models and share them online. And, according to Stollnitz, the 3D scans take up less bandwidth than a video since they’re based on only a few images.This could be useful for selling products online. There are a few sites already that show shoes, for example, from every angle. But if you’re trying to buy or sell something on Craigslist, this could come in handy.The same technology was used in a previous Microsoft research project called PhotoSynth, which gave a sense of a 3D scene by allowing many people to contribute photos and aggregate scenes of places. But, PhotoSynth didn’t directly capture the 3D aspect of the photo. Researchers have taken it further by using images from a cellphone.The new software first compares the photos to figure out where in the 3D space they were taken from by calculating the depth from the stereo effect. Once processed, users can navigate around the object by just moving their finger on the screen to emulate walking around the object.This method is limiting since it can’t deal with objects that are moving, but it’s a step in the right direction.Read more at The Technology Review
In 2003, NASA did the unthinkable by not only launching one, but two rovers to explore the planet Mars. The rovers, named Spirit and Opportunity, beat the odds when they both landed successfully on the red planet. The rovers had been built to complete a 90-Martian-day mission to explore the planet’s surface. Since that time the rovers have continued to surprise engineers with their longevity. The mission for both had been extended multiple times since landing over seven years ago.Opportunity and Spirit were designed to drive a distance of just under half a mile as part of their primary mission. As of this month, Opportunity has traveled over 16 miles while Spirit eventually got stuck in the Martian sand forcing NASA to announce on January 26, 2010 that the rover’s mission was over, but that it would be used as a stationary research platform. Unfortunately for Spirit, it seems that may have been the beginning of the end. In March 2010, the rover went into hibernation and hasn’t communicated with NASA since.AdChoices广告The team at NASA in charge of Spirit had hoped the rover would wake up when it reached peak solar energy production on or around March 10th. At this point, the team is attempting a number of methods in hopes of regaining communications with Spirit. These methods cover the possibility that the rover’s receiver has degraded or that its clock has drifted since March of last year. Considering that no response has been received from the rover in over a year many believe it may be time to write the obituary for Spirit, but it’s clear that the mission team isn’t ready to give up just yet.In contrast, Opportunity is still mobile and just recently completed stereo imaging at Santa Maria crater. Next stop for Opportunity is the Endeavour crater which is 4 miles away.Read more at NASA.
It’s not the most powerful vehicle in the Starcraft universe; it’s not even the most powerful Terran vehicle that you can build, but it’s definitely one of the coolest. The siege tank is a staple in several build strats because it can be used for area denial and to keep your bases safe from approaching ground attackers, but it also can be used as an offensive weapon that can rain down hot death on your enemies if you get them close to their bases.Now, an intrepid Starcraft fan has built one entirely from Lego bricks. It’s small, but it’s remote controlled, and can switch modes at the touch of a button. YouTube user petzoldhaus – better known as Marky Mark’s Lego Creations – assembled this beautiful, working siege tank and put the video up at YouTube and at Team Liquid for the Starcraft-loving world to enjoy.The tank has four separate motors and two actuators. It’s fully mobile, and can drive forward, in reverse, and turn around corners. The only thing missing (aside from firing actual shells, of course) is the tank commander’s voice shouting “I’m about to drop the hammer and dispense some indiscriminate justice!” The Lego version does, however, make all the right sounds when it transforms from tank mode to artillery mode and back again.The project seems to be the first for petzoldhaus, all of his other YouTube videos mostly involve spending time outdoors, feeding wildlife, and going skydiving. Not boring by any stretch, but certainly not a Lego siege tank.via YouTube and Team Liquid
Imagine being able to live without a beating heart. Until now, that was unheard of, but two doctors at the Texas Heart Institute have created an artificial heart that works like a normal one, minus the beat.It has taken decades for researchers to create the perfect artificial heart. Most so far collapse, wear out, or cause clots and infections. Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier developed a machine with “simple whirling rotors.” The team tested the artificial heart on 38 calves, and is currently testing on an 8-month-old calf named Abigail. Cohn and Frazier removed her heart and replaced it with their device.The fact that the heart uses these rotors means that Abigail has no heart beat and shows up as flat-lined when connected to an EKG. She also has no pulse, meaning most people would mistake Abigail for a zombie cow. However, the pumps spin her blood and move it through her body, and Abigail is as energetic as can be.After practicing on almost 40 calves, Cohn and Frazier attempted their first human transplant on 55-year-old Craig Lewis. Lewis was suffering from amyloidosis, a disease that clogs up the organs with abnormal proteins that eventually stop those organs from working. His heart was in bad shape, and doctors said he had about 12 hours to live. His wife gave the doctors permission to try the heart on Lewis, and he actually lived with it for a month before passing away due to his disease affecting his liver and kidneys. The doctors said the pump itself worked perfectly.Cohn and Frazier pieced the artificial heart together with “Dacron on the inside and fiberglass impregnated in silicone on the outside.” He said there’s a reasonable amount of homemade stuff in it. They also used two medical implants called ventricular assist devices and hooked those together. The rotor of blades in the ventricular assist device continuously pushes the blood forward. Cohn said the only reason blood has to be pumped rhythmically instead of continuously is the heart tissue. He said if you remove that from the system, none of the organs really seem to mind.The pump should last longer than most other artificial hearts since each side has just one moving part. He said that they haven’t “pumped one to failure to date.” The artificial heart is still being perfected, and Cohn and Frazier still have to decide on the final design. Once they do that, they’ll have to find a manufacturer and get it approved by the FDA.Read more at NPR, via Wired
Over the past few months there has been a lot of speculation over what smartphone Apple will be releasing come September, or whether it plans to launch a new handset at all this year. If the company does, will it be an updated iPhone 4, carrying the name iPhone 4S, or the all-new iPhone 5?According to Chris Whitmore, analyst for Deutsche Bank, we should expect both of those phones to be announced together in September.Whitmore bases his assumption on the fact Apple wants to dominate the mid/budget phone market as well as setting the pace at the high end. It can keep its position at the top with the expensive iPhone 5, but to ensure sales lower down the scale an updated iPhone 4S will allow Apple to continue selling its now ageing existing phone package with minor updates.While an iPhone 5 will likely sell for at least $599, the iPhone 4S is predicted to be a $349 smartphone. Essentially its a smartphone for those who don’t want to pay the very high monthly contract price associated with Apple’s latest and greatest phone. At the same time it could mean millions more users introduced and locked into the Apple ecosystem for two years and taking advantage of iCloud and iOS 5.Such a move would be a break from the norm for Apple, but when you consider the state both RIM and Nokia are in at the moment, it may be the right time to start supporting more of the phone-using market with a cheaper, yet still fully-featured handset.Read more at FortuneMatthew’s OpinionAlthough the iPhone 4 is an ageing handset it’s by no means out of date. If Apple sticks an A5 processor in it and ups the memory a bit it could certainly last another couple of years without incompatbilities or speed issues limiting it.Launching two phones wouldn’t normally make sense for Apple if its rivals were doing well, but then Nokia is stumbling around gearing up for a high-end Windows Phone 7 strategy, and RIM is not selling very many Playbooks while we wonder what comes next for BlackBerry phones. The only platform really catering to mid-markets going forward seems to be Android, and Apple definitely want to compete with them at every level.So an iPhone 4S does sound like a good idea, we just never considered a launch alongside the iPhone 5. In many ways that makes more sense. Apple can show it is still strong at the front while increasing its user base with a more affordable proven phone updated to take full advantage of the iOS 5 feature set.
In case you haven’t been following the CES coverage, a number of people are about to call 2012 “the year of Thunderbolt”. These claims/articles/tweets are imminent and, while they are overly optimistic, they are true in the sense that 2011 was most certainly not Thunderbolt’s year. Thunderbolt is a high-speed interface for computer peripherals, something like a better version of USB. It appeared on Apple computers in 2011, including the MacBook Pro, as well the Sony Z, but didn’t get the peripheral support it needed to make any headway. Over the past few days there have already been a number of announcements of Thunderbolt devices that will start to make the port go from something that is nice to have to something you might actually use.So what have we seen so far? (It’s just the first official day of CES after all…)StorageThanks to extremely quick transfer speeds and the ability to daisy-chain devices, Thunderbolt is great for storage. OCZ recognized this and is taking full advantage of it with their Lightfoot external SSD. This device combines the usefulness of external storage with the speed of an SSD, without being held back a slow interface (like USB 2.0). The Lightfoot will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes. Interestingly the previous offering from OCZ, the Enyo, used USB 3.0 but it has since been cancelled, despite Thunderbolt being a imperfect replacement for USB 3.0.As a minor aside, what’s with the name? Is OCZ making a call out to Lightpeak, Thunderbolt’s (non-Apple-affiliated) codename?Also with a Thunderbolt-touting storage offering is LaCie who is showing off a dual disk external hard drive. The 2Big will range from 2TB to 8TB and rely on Thunderbolt’s speed to on- and off-load all that data in record time. The company also has an eSATA hub which connects with your computer via Tbolt. So you get two eSATA ports and you don’t even lose your Thunderbolt one because the device can daisy-chain to another device. Finally LaCie has the ThunderBolt Little Big Disk SSD which has dual Thunderbolt ports and adds some super fast storage to your computer. The expected price for the 256GB Little Big Disk is $900.There is also the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD external storage device. It starts at $429.95 and brings 120GB of storage to your Tbolt-enabled computer. The next model up, which is 240GB, will sell for over $800, making this one pricey peripheral. The upside is, once again, the speed: this unit cruises at over 270MB/s.UltrabooksExternal add-ons aren’t the only products getting Thunderbolt, it’s also coming to more computers. One of these is the Acer Aspire S5, the same computer that is being billed as the thinnest Ultrabook yet (at 15mm thick). The 13.3-inch system has both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, making for a killer combo of interconnects. The S5 won’t ship until some time this spring and no pricing details have been revealed yet. Apple peripheralsThunderbolt products aren’t the exclusive realm of Apple any more but they will remain the most popular application for some time. Belkin has announced a Thunderbolt Express docking station that has three USB 2.0 ports, Firewire 800, a headphone jack, gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, and two Thunderbolt ports. It’s the perfect companion to the port-deprived MacBook Air. It’ll sell for $299, but sadly it doesn’t arrive until September. We’ll update this post as more Thunderbolt devices are announced!
The IdeaPad Y480 was a solid laptop before it underwent the upgrade to Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors. Outfitted with premium JBL speakers and a dedicated graphics card, Lenovo touted this PC as a high-end laptop that worked great for gamers and demanding Windows users. And it’s portable, too — it’s an impressively light and nimble gaming machine at only 4.9lbs and with 14-inch LCD panel. Even so, running on a Sandy Bridge processor and with a retail price of $1,649 it’s a hard purchase to justify.Luckily, the architecture upgrade to Ivy Bridge coincides with a huge discount on this Lenovo laptop. This PC comes with a quad-core Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics. Those are some solid gaming specs right there. There’s also a free 32GB SSD upgrade included when you buy. Several new goodies included in the Y480 update, including Bluetooth 4.0, a Blu-ray Rambo Drive (player and writer), 720p webcam, and HDMI output. The icing on the cake would be a 1080p screen to get the most out of that burly 2GB GPU, but 1366×768 is the maximum resolution. No matter, with the money you save on this deal you’ll be able to pick up an external monitor (or two).This configuration packs an incredible number of features on a brand new Ivy Bridge laptop that originally retailed for $1,649, now available at a $700 discount. However, keep in mind that it won’t ship for at least four weeks, so if you’re looking for something immediately, you’re out of luck. However, the free shipping is a pretty nice incentive for waiting.Check out this deal at LogicBuy.
The holidays may be over, but Sony still wants to entice you into purchasing a super slim PS3. So, on January 27, US gamers will have the opportunity to pick up the Classic White PS3 Instant Game Collection Bundle for $299.99.Apart from having a ridiculously long name, the bundle includes the recently revised PS3 hardware sporting a 500GB hard drive in a limited-edition white form, along with a matching white DualShock 3 controller.Sony is also advertising 18 games as being included, but these aren’t on discs in the box. Instead, Sony has thrown in a one-year subscription to the PS Plus service, which in turn allows access to games for free including Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, inFamous 2, and LittleBigPlanet 2 on the PS3. The library of free games will also expand each month, and if you’re already a subscriber, the 12 months on offer just gets added on to your existing subscription.The other benefit of the free PS Plus account is the discounts you’ll get on the PlayStation Store. Sony also wants to entice a PS Vita purchase, so you get 6 games to play on the handheld (including Gravity Rush and Uncharted: Golden Abyss), bringing the total up to 18 games for “free.”If you were planning to pick up a PS3 and subscription to PS Plus anyway, this is actually a pretty good deal, especially when you consider it costs the same as a PS3 with Assassin’s Creed III bundled at the moment. The only downside being you lose access to those free games if you don’t carry on the PS Plus subscription in 12 months.
If Google is right around the corner from announcing the next version of Android, it looks like the ASUS K009 may be the hardware that accompanies that release.Each version of Android typically comes with new hardware to act as a sort of flagship for that release. Google has either partnered with an OEM to release a Nexus branded device or allowed the company to release their own branded hardware for each major release. Even before Google acquired them, Motorola had been used for two different version releases with the original Droid and the Xoom tablet.With the Moto X release right around the corner, and all signs pointing to Android 4.3 being more of an “under the hood” update than a big visual change, it seems possible that we’d see another release in this line. Screenshots of a conversation that was supposedly had with an Asus chat rep points at either a different possible launch partner or a look into a larger release plan from Google.The funny thing about support chats with big companies is that they are all recorded. Despite the names of everyone in the conversation that was captured in these screenshots being blocked out, it would be trivial for Asus to crawl their chat logs and find this conversation based on keywords alone. This conversation points to either an intentional leak from Asus or a doctored image for attention.The Asus K009 is a real device, and has cleared the FCC for release in the US already, so it seems likely that either of these could be true. Assuming this is a leak from Asus, we’ve got a pretty good look at the tablet that will most likely replace Google’s Nexus 7.According to the leak, the K009 will be packing much of what you see in current high end smartphones. A Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is pretty much line for line what you see in the HTC One. With a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display, an LTE option, and a 4,000mAh battery, it seems hard to believe that this tablet would replace the $200 Nexus 7 without a price bump for the base model. If it was released at that price point, it would be hard to see this tablet doing anything other than flying off the shelf.This is the first tablet suggested to come with Android 4.3, and is expected to be released around the end of July. That is the same release frame as the Moto X, and with Android 4.3 ROMs currently being tested for both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition devices, it’s possible that Google is planning a software update with a lot of hardware options right out of the gate. This would be a big deal for Android, given the continuous criticism the OS receives for being so fragmented. If any of this is true, we’re only a few weeks away from seeing it come to pass.
In 2014, Sony will be introducing a feature on the PS4 that we thought Microsoft would be unable to match. That feature is backwards compatibility.Sony’s backwards compatibility will be different from what we have come to expect, though. Instead of including the required hardware and or software to run games from previous consoles, Sony instead will turn on the Gaikai servers and allow us to stream those games and play them through its next gen console. That also means, if Sony allows it, you could play previous generation PlayStation games on the PS Vita, smartphones, tablets, and maybe even through a web browser.I say we thought Microsoft couldn’t match that feature, but it looks as though the company is busy developing its own version of Gaikai for Xbox One.Sony took the easy and expensive route by acquiring Gaikai back in 2012 for $380 million. Microsoft on the other hand is developing its solution internally, and will no doubt be using its Azure cloud infrastructure to help make such a service possible.So how far along is Microsoft in developing this cloud game streaming service? Pretty far I’d say. Apparently they are already demonstrating a version of Halo 4 playing on both Windows Phone devices and PCs. Inevitably, if Microsoft releases this as a service it will be for Windows devices. As for how fast it is, current builds run games with a 45ms delay on smartphones.It seems unlikely Microsoft will beat Sony to market and is apparently referring to the streaming service as just a prototype internally right now. But for anyone concerned about how they are going to continue playing their 360 games a few years from now, Microsoft may have an answer soon that doesn’t require you to own a functioning Xbox 360.
iOS 7 has been hugely successful so far, with over 50% of iPad and iPhone owners already adopting it. Even so, the launch has not been without its quirks — Apple’s new mobile operating system has had a few minor security flaws that allowed people not logged into the device to bypass the lock screen and then tweet, view photos, and find contacts. With today’s release of iOS 7.0.2 Apple has patched those iOS 7 security flaws and locked down that lock screen.The fix should be detailed here, in Apple’s Knowledge Base, but the page does not seem to have been updated yet. The software update page within iOS 7 explains that today’s update will fix those very bugs that allowed people to work around the lock screen (likely using Siri) and to bring back the Greek keyboard option for passcodes, which seems to have been lost somewhere along the way to iOS 7.In case you are wondering, “How do I download iOS 7.0.2?” you should know that it’s quite easy. First off, you’ll want to backup your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. To do this you simply need to go to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup > Back Up Now. This will iSave an image of your iDevices to iCloud. After that you can just go back to Settings then to General > Software Update. Using this screen you can download and then install the upgrade.iOS 7.0.2 should take about 10 minutes to download an install. You’ll want to keep your device plugged in during this time because any power loss during the update could be very bad.The release of this update so quickly after the launch of iOS 7 comes as no surprise at all — iOS 6.1 had a similar security flaw. Sometimes it’s just a matter of throwing a few million users at something and seeing how things shake out.
French police on standby as migrants start evacuating Calais ‘Jungle’ camp Camp residents have begun arriving at designated spots to be bussed to French reception centres. There were fires lit in the Calais camp last night ahead of today’s evacuation. Source: Emilio Morenatti/PA ImagesMIGRANTS HAVE BEGUN arriving at official meeting points set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais “Jungle” camp.Men and women carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions gathered in front of a warehouse which is serving as the main headquarters of the operation in which some 6,000 to 8,000 migrants will be moved to reception centres across the country.A queue of around 60 people already stretched in front of the closed doors of the operational headquarters, under the glow of streetlights.Dozens of riot police vehicles and other trucks carrying equipment had earlier set off in the direction of the operation centre, an AFP correspondent saw.France’s government has billed the enormous operation to clear the camp as “humanitarian”. Three days have been set aside for the operation to clear the camp near Calais port.It will allow the closure of the largest shanty town in France, which has grown up over the last 18 months, filled with refugees — mostly from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea — seeking to cross the Channel to get to Britain. Oct 24th 2016, 7:33 AM 11,064 Views http://jrnl.ie/3042813 28 Comments Short URL Source: Sky News/YouTube“They’ll have to force us to leave. We want to go to Britain,” said Karhazi, a young Afghan among many of the migrants who had their hearts set on Britain, believing it to offer better prospects.“We have yet to convince some people to accept accommodation and give up their dream of Britain. That’s the hardest part,” Didier Leschi, head of the French immigration office OFII told AFP.Around 1,250 police and security officials have been mobilised in order to ensure the smooth roll out of the operation.Read: ‘Nobody wants that on their conscience’: Irish truck drivers fear deaths of migrants in trailers >Read: British dentists aren’t happy about a plan to check child migrants’ ages by their teeth > “I feel very happy, I’ve had enough of the Jungle,” said 25-year-old Abbas from Sudan.“There are a lot of people who don’t want to leave. There might be problems later. That’s why I came out first,” he added.The closure of the squalid camp is aimed at relieving tensions in the Calais area, where clashes between police and migrants trying to climb onto trucks heading to Britain are an almost nightly occurrence.As officials and charity workers spread out across the Jungle on Sunday distributing flyers about the camp’s impending demolition, some were still clinging to hopes of a new life across the Channel. Calais this morning pic.twitter.com/bIa102nEun— Dan Hewitt (@danhewitt01) October 24, 2016 Share9 Tweet Email By AFP Source: Dan Hewitt/Twitter Monday 24 Oct 2016, 7:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
THE IRELAND WOMEN’S national team has outlined the extraordinarily low-quality working conditions they are expected to perform under in a last-ditch attempt to receive better treatment from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).In a remarkable press conference attended by 14 members of the squad at Dublin’s Liberty Hall this morning, the players described the action as a ‘last resort’ and said they would refuse to play in next Monday’s friendly against Slovakia if a resolution was not found this week.The core issues revolve around financial payments and representation of the players, with the FAI withdrawing the previous €30 per diem payment during international camps and failing to cover the earnings lost by members of the squad who are part-time.One of the most astonishing revelations to come from this morning’s press conference was that players are forced to change in and out of team kit in airport toilets before and after away trips as the tracksuits are also used by underage teams.Ireland captain Emma Byrne described it ‘as humiliating’.Today’s event comes two years after the players first aired their concerns with the FAI, and despite the association being presented with a booklet outlining the exact issues last April, no meaningful action has been taken.The team has sought the help of the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI) to engage in negotiations with the FAI, but the association have stated that they will not deal with the players’ body and will only enter discussions with the players themselves via the help of an independent mediator.The PFAI said the women’s international team is being treated as ‘a fifth class citizen.’“It’s very important to understand that is something that hasn’t been taken lightly,” PFAI solicitor, Stuart Gilhooly, said. There was a large media turnout for today’s event. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“The FAI have refused to engage meaningfully in any way with the women’s national team. This process of attempted negotiation has been going on for nearly two years, either directly with the players themselves and then the PFAI.“It’s about the rights of the players, about respect, dignity, equality, fairness.“The women’s national team is not being treated as a second class citizen, but a fifth class citizen. They are the dirt off the FAI’s shoe. That’s how they see them.”In a booklet produced by the PFAI and presented to the FAI, the primary concerns of the players are clearly outlined: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘They are the dirt off the FAI’s shoe’: Women’s national team demand improved treatment 14 members of the squad were present at a press conference this morning as they outlined the conditions they play under. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 1:23 PM Share493 Tweet Email 76 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Access to nutritionist, and individual strength and conditioning programmes.Gym membership for squad.Hotel accommodation to include at the very least working and reliable WiFi.Apparel for travelling to be provided to the squad prior to meeting up at airport.More home-based training sessions.All non-professional players to receive loss of earnings documented from their employers.Goalkeeper coach to remain for campaign, not change from game to game.Match fee for all international fixtures of €300.Bonus for competitive fixtures of €150 per win and €75 per draw.Qualification bonus to be agreed with team captain and player representatives at least four weeks prior to start of qualification campaign.“We’re here because we want to be able to field the best national team possible and be able to compete at the highest level possible,” Byrne said.“There have been issues, not just for the last few years, but for a very long time now. We’re here to try and get those issues resolved. We’ve been talking to the FAI and nothing has been resolved. The women’s national team. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“We’re here as the last step to take these extraordinary measures because we need it resolved and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to get it resolved this week.”In a statement released shortly after the conclusion of the press conference, the FAI said they were ‘deeply disappointed that members of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team have threatened to withdraw from playing for their country in the upcoming match versus Slovakia on 10 April.’The statement added:“The ultimatum by the players concerned comes in spite of repeated invitations from the FAI to the Players to discuss clear and tangible financial offers for the payment and compensation of members of the squad.“Repeated efforts by the Association have been made in a bid to encourage the players to row back from their unprecedented ultimatum.“On five occasions in recent months the FAI has attempted to bring the Players to the table, only to have the offer rebuked at every turn.”Ireland are due to face Slovakia next Monday in an international friendly at Tallaght Stadium, a game which will be manager Colin Bell’s first home fixture in charge.“All options are on the table at the moment,” Gilhooly added. “It’s a situation where there’s certainly a possibility where that game will not go ahead but we’re hopeful that the FAI will react well to this. That they’ll react sensibly but that is the absolute last resort [cancelling the game].“The last thing the women’s national team wants to do is to not play a football match. That’s what they’re here for, that’s what they do. It’s a very simple operation for the FAI to ensure that happens. We’ve set out extremely reasonable and fair conditions in order to get to that point.“I think everyone would agree that what we’ve set out is entirely fair. If they want to avoid that situation just pick up the phone.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Players at this morning’s press conference. Players at this morning’s press conference. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 25,897 Views Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 1:23 PM Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO ‘Hopefully Seamus looks at what people like me did and realises there’s a way back from this’ https://the42.ie/3323123 By Ryan Bailey
Poll Results: Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4500951 Feb 19th 2019, 10:21 AM Image: Sam Boal No (7011) 132 Comments Yes (5290) 40,572 Views Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris? Fianna Fáil TDs have reportedly been urged by the party whip to attend the vote tomorrow evening. Image: Sam Boal Share849 Tweet Email YesNoI don’t knowVote By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 10:21 AM I don’t know (473) DO YOU THINK the Dáil should back Health Minister Simon Harris in the motion of no confidence vote that is expected to be held tomorrow?The motion is being held in response to the spiralling costs of the National Children’s Hospital, and has been tabled by Sinn Féin. Independent TD Michael Harty has said he will vote against Harris, because of a delay to 60 beds being provided in Limerick due to the National Children’s Hospital’s additional costs. Fianna Fáil TDs have also reportedly been urged to attend the vote tomorrow.So our poll today is: Should the Dáil vote confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Subscribe Morrisroe in action for St Patrick’s Athletic in 1996. I was only 22 and it was just an honour to be on the same pitch as them. But then I end up scoring the winner and Le Tissier didn’t do an awful lot during the game. Noel Mernagh played the ball square across to me. I took one touch and then… whack! Smacked it into the back of the net. Dave Beasant, who won the FA Cup with the Wimbledon Crazy Gang in 1988, he was in goal for Southampton that night. He was an England international and I scored from about 25 yards out into the top corner.“But I’ll always remember what Lawrie McMenemy said to me. I got mobbed after the game with little kids looking for my autograph, and I was one of the last into our dressing room. Lawrie was standing at our door with Dave Beasant at Richmond Park and he said: ‘Listen kid, sensational fucking goal, fair play to you’ and he shook my hand. It was Roy of the Rovers stuff.“I was shaking Lawrie’s hand, it was like a big shovel. Right there and then I knew I had a chance of breaking into the Pat’s first team on a more regular basis for that 1995/96 season.” Source: seidodge/YouTubeMorrisroe was born and raised in Perrystown, South Dublin, and lived a stone’s throw away from Niall Quinn, who he says was a local hero and an all-round athlete supremo during the 1970s before joining Arsenal and moving on to Manchester City.“He lived probably 150 yards from my door. Up the avenue and around the corner, he lived just there. I used to call into Niall and his dad — God rest him — would answer the door and we’d ask ‘is Niall coming out to play a game of football?’ And he would always come out and play football with us as kids, even though he was about five years older than us. We all looked up to him because he was an all-round athlete. He played gaelic, football, hurling for Dublin, everything. He’s a lovely, lovely fella.”Read more of The42′s League of Ireland legend interviews hereMorrisroe began his own footballing career with Leinster Senior League side Manortown before Liam Buckley, then a 33-year-old player/assistant manager with St Patrick’s Athletic — having enjoyed a phenomenal career with teams like the Vancouver Whitecaps, KSV Waregem in Belgium and Racing de Santander in Spain’s La Liga — convinced Brian Kerr to take a chance on him.Liam literally lived overlooking the pitch itself up in Perrystown, 300 yards from where we lived. He was part-managing the team up in Manortown and he was with Pat’s alongside Brian Kerr too. He convinced Brian to maybe come down and take a look at me. Brian wasn’t convinced, saying: ‘Ah, how old is he Liam, 22? Can he do this and that?’ So I went down to St Pat’s, played some friendlies and was with the reserves that year with Cyril Walsh in 1993.”Morrisroe plied his trade with Walsh’s reserves before earning his big break after those impressive pre-season displays against Tranmere and Southampton before the start of their 1995/96 title-winning campaign. A scary dressing room to come into, he says, with big characters like McDonnell, Gormley, Osam and Buckley to contend with for a reserved and inexperienced young lad, who had been playing Leinster Senior League football only a couple of years beforehand. The winger joined St Pat’s in 1993 from the Leinster Senior League.“It was a bit daunting at the time, I have to say. You’re training with these guys and hearing stories about them winning leagues and cup finals. So I was a bit intimidated by it. I was a really young 22-year-old, if that makes sense. I was very immature and a bit shy. There were a lot of big characters in that dressing room like John McDonnell, John ‘Trapper’ Treacy, Paul Campbell, Dave Campbell, Paul Osam.I was quite fit and was a good athlete. I never struggled with the training and stuff like that, so I think I held out quite well in the early days, even though I was a very small winger. I was playing reserve football for six or seven months before I broke into the first team, and by that stage I was flying.”Morrisroe credits Kerr with creating a ruthless, winners’ environment for St Pat’s to thrive in during the 1990s. A football fanatic with an outrageous attention to detail, “a lunatic,” he says, Morrisroe recalls getting lifts home with Kerr, and that he would oftentimes be terrified of his manager.“I called Brian ‘Columbo’, that was my nickname for him, because he had this mad trench-coat,” Morrisroe smiles. “A three-quarter length trench coat combined with the black hair and he was the spitting image of Columbo.“Brian used to drop me home and I’d be real sheepish in the car with him. He had this old banger he used to drive back when he worked out in UCD. He worked as a lab technician in horticulture, so that’s where he got his other nickname ‘the Greener’. St Pat’s won the title for the fifth time in the club’s history in 1995/1996. Source: © INPHO“My wife was a student at UCD at the time. He used to drop her to college and then ended up dropping me home from training too. Bizarre. I’d be sitting in the car with him, and this old banger would be full of match programmes and paper — real messy. I would be sitting there and there’d be hardly a word spoken between us. It was like going home with your fucking teacher, that’s what it felt like.“I was a timid young fella and would be sitting there with Brian thinking ‘what do I say here?’ He did see something in me eventually, and it comes back to Liam Buckley because he told Brian Kerr to take a chance on me. They did and it worked out. For me, certainly.”St Pat’s won the title in 1990 on a wet and horrible day up in Drogheda under Kerr but it would be another six years before the Saints would clinch the Premier Division again. With a squad filled with League of Ireland icons like Osam, captain McDonnell, Gormley patrolling midfield and Galway-born striker O’Flaherty, they pipped Bohemians after going 25 games unbeaten in the second half of the season.Newly-appointed Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was in attendance at Richmond Park for a pivotal 3-0 victory against Galway United in April 1996. It was a result which meant St Pat’s could wrap up the title a few days later away to Dundalk up at Oriel Park.It was a good goal, but it wasn’t one of my best,” Morrisroe jibes, remembering his man-of-the-match display against the Tribesmen where he scored one and set up the other two.“It was with my right foot and I was outside the box. George Hamilton did the commentary for RTÉ and he was picking me out and saying that Mick McCarthy was at the game. I scored one and made another that night against Galway, this was a week before we played Dundalk up at Oriel. Basically we only needed two points from our last two games to win the league, so we knew going up to Dundalk that if we won, we’d wrap up the title then and there.”Ask any Saints supporter of a certain age about that 2-1 victory at Oriel Park and you will see their face light up as they grin from ear-to-ear. After going behind, a looping Ricky O’Flaherty header levelled proceedings, before Paul Campbell swung a sublime free-kick right into the Dundalk top corner in the 86th minute.Cue a pitch invasion and Brian Kerr dancing like a giddy schoolkid on the sideline, punching the air and falling to his knees as his side were crowned champions for the fifth time in the club’s history, Kerr’s second title in six years.“Richie Purdy was sent off very early for Dundalk,” remembers Morrisroe. “So they played the majority of the game with 10 men, and we still barely got past them. They got a scrawny goal to go ahead, it hit our goalkeeper’s hand, hit the bar and tiddled over the line. Ricky equalised with a magnificent header from a Peter Carpenter cross to make it 1-1, he must have headed it from 15 yards out into the far corner, incredible.So we were 1-1 at half-time and in the second half we had loads of chances to win it. Liam Buckley hit the post with a header, but then Paul Campbell scored the free-kick with two or three minutes left to win it. Soupy wouldn’t have been a free-kick specialist, but he hit that one well.”By that stage substituted off and watching on through helpless, nervous eyes, Morrisroe says that the final whistle and the subsequent pitch invasion was a moment of pure euphoria. The Saints had reached their promised land, he says. John Glinn, Martin Reilly, Noel Mernagh and Peter Carpenter celebrate winning the Premier Division at Oriel Park. Source: © Tom Honan/INPHO“It was just absolute madness,” he says, re-watching a YouTube clip of the game’s final moments. “We were sitting on the bench and I remember I was absolutely soaked from head to toe with the muck and the rain, because it was a shit night up there.‘I remember the goal going in and all of us on the bench and Brian jumping up onto the sideline. Brian was down on his knees. There was a pitch invasion, the referee had to stop the game and get everyone off because there were still a few minutes of play left.It was a good bus journey home, I’ll tell you that. We had a couple of pints up at the bar in Oriel, we got on the bus and when we got to Dublin, Brian and Noel O’Reilly said: ‘take a left here in Drumcondra’.“The bus went down by Shelbourne’s ground Tolka Park and we sang a song outside. Next, we turned the bus around, went up to Phibsborough, went by Dalymount Park and sang another song there and sprayed beer everywhere.“Eventually we got back to Inchicore and we were there until four o’clock in the morning in the Horse & Jockey and McDowell’s too — we were going from one pub to the other. Absolute carnage. It was the best night of my life.” Morrisroe was a tricky left-footed winger at Richmond Park for the Saints from 1993 to 1997. Source: © INPHOMorrisroe says that, with St Patrick’s Athletic having almost gone out of business, nearly into receivership during the early 1990s and forced to play their games exiled at Harold’s Cross, winning a league title upon their return to a newly-developed Richmond Park was a very special feeling.Campbell, the goalscorer with that 86th-minute free-kick, said in an interview last year that he played the final few minutes of their 2-1 win in Dundalk with tears in his eyes. Campbell said that the entire squad knew just how much the title win meant to supporters, to Kerr and to Inchicore, an area exploited by drug dealers during the 1990s. It was a community that took so much pride in their football club.We used to train on the concrete over by the flats in St Michael’s Estate,” says Morrisroe. “We would be training on the Tuesday and Wednesday, set out cones and have a game. There would be glass everywhere. There were steel goals there, goals used by children for a kickabout, but we would use them for our training sessions with Pat’s.“There were a lot of drug issues there and the area was quite run down at the time. The fans were fantastic though. You had so many young kids and teenagers at our games and I suppose in a small way, once every week or so it gave them somewhere to go on a Friday night.“It was so sentimental winning the league that year for the Inchicore faithful,” Morrisroe adds. “Because that was the first league the club won back in its rightful home at Richmond Park after the years away at Harold’s Cross.”From the best night of his life, the winger experienced significant heartbreak on the field when the Dubliners attempted to complete a historic league and cup double a week later against Shelbourne. Source: St Patrick’s Athletic FC/YouTubeThe 1996 FAI Cup final ended in a 1-1 draw, Tony Sheridan’s incredible lob being most people’s abiding memory of the encounter at Lansdowne Road, with Shelbourne coming out on top 2-1 in the replay at Dalymount Park a week later.“I have sleepless nights about that FAI Cup final replay. Fucking sleepless nights. With three or four minutes left to go I’m through one-on-one with the goalkeeper Alan Gough. I’m just about to shoot to win the game — win the FAI Cup and the double, end the Pat’s hoo-doo in the cup — and Greg Costello drags me down for a penalty, which Eddie Gormley missed.“I can’t get that memory out of my head, I was just about to shoot to potentially win the cup final and Greg drags me down, absolutely cynical. But listen, it worked. Eddie Gormley misses the penalty, Alan Gough put it out for a corner, caught the corner and threw the ball out to Mark Rutherford, who ran down the left and they scored through Stephen Geoghegan and win 2-1. It was a sickner of sickners.“I always think I could have been the one to have scored in the FAI Cup final that won us the double and ended the hoo-doo. Greg. Fucking. Costello,” Morrisroe laughs.Me and Greg get on great now though. Unfortunately, it’s just football. A desperate measure on his behalf. It was a sickening way to end the season. I was crying tears walking off the pitch in Dalymount Park in 1996. It was an emotional day. Me, Liam Buckley, my dad and my girlfriend all went back to the local pub. What could you do but drown your sorrows?”St Pat’s were denied a historic league and cup double, with Morrisroe staying just one more season at Richmond Park before spending time at Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk, Athlone Town under Liam Buckley, Dublin City and Sporting Fingal, before retiring in 2007, always trying to chase the high of that 1996 title win and replicate it elsewhere. Captain Johnny McDonnell lifts the Premier Division trophy in 1996. Source: © INPHO/Tom HonanA combination of reasons led to his departure at the age of 25, with the winger admitting today that he regrets his decision to bid farewell. “I have one league winners’ medal, and I should probably have three,” Morrisroe sighs.Kerr stepped down as manager of St Pat’s in December 1997 to take up a position overseeing Ireland’s underage teams with the FAI. The Drimnagh native enjoyed incredible success at the 1997 World Youth Championships, winning bronze, and winning both the Under 16 and Under 18 Uefa European Championships a year later in 1998, before taking the senior Ireland job.Pat Dolan took over from Kerr at Richmond Park, with Morrisroe not entirely on board with a new regime which demanded significantly more commitment than was previously expected by a squad of players who worked full-time on top of their football with St Pat’s. Morrisroe worked as a porter with the HSE in Rathmines.Pat Dolan taking over didn’t really sit right with me. It wasn’t that I didn’t get on with Pat, it’s just that he changed things in a sense that he brought in fitness coaches and brought in a very professional regime.“In fairness to Pat, he had a positive outlook on things. He created all this ‘Super Saints… Saintsmania’ stuff promoting the club. Dolan was great as regards to promoting the league and generating interest in Pat’s and having professional standards. But back then, I just didn’t have that ‘professional’ upbringing. It was a big shock to the system. Pat Dolan took over from Brian Kerr at Richmond Park and won the title in his second season in 1998. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“It felt like full-time professionalism, but I had my job as well as a porter. It just didn’t sit with me and a lot of us players were uneasy with this new regime. Pat was just expecting a lot more and looking back on it, he was probably right. The whole league did need to get a lot more professional and grow up if we wanted to compete on a European level and be getting lads over to England.”He moved onto Shamrock Rovers, making over 50 appearances. It was a side filled with quality, Morrisroe says, but one which failed to live up to its potential and was ultimately pipped to the title by his old club St Pat’s in 1998 and again in 1999.I had a great time at Rovers, because we had a fantastic squad,” he explains. “It was a team good enough to win the league, in my opinion. But we kind of didn’t fulfil our potential. We played Friday nights in Tolka Park and I think some lads were concentrating on going to Club M in Temple Bar that night. Priories weren’t exactly on the job at hand,” he laughs.“We had Marc Kenny, Derek Tracey, Gino Brazil, Paul Whelan, Mark O’Neill, Tony O’Dowd in goal, Tommy Dunne, Jason Sherlock. Phenomenal squad. But in fairness to St Pat’s, their professionalism and fitness regimes under Pat Dolan paid off. We didn’t quite hit our potential at Rovers.“When we played well, we were brilliant. I remember we beat Dundalk 5-1 one time and absolutely obliterated them. But the next week we might lose to Finn Harps. Consistency was our issue. That’s the way Rovers was at the time. We were playing at Tolka Park and it was a bit unsettled. The fans boycotted the ground.“I didn’t really have a bond with the Rovers fans the same way I did with Pat’s. No-where near. The Rovers fans are a bit more fickle, they seem to think they have an entitlement to win things. They think they deserve to win a league, just because they’re Shamrock Rovers. That’s the sense I got when I was there. Morrisroe made over 50 appearances for Shamrock Rovers. Source: © Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“They used to be outside the ground after games. We might be going for a pint after matches at the bar in Tolka Park and the fans outside would be losing it, going crazy if you didn’t win on the night. They’d be abusing you saying ‘you were fucking shite tonight!’ And these were supposed to be our own supporters. That sort of stuff would play on your mind.“It was so in-your-face and so intense. It just didn’t sit right with me. I loved playing for my manager Mick Byrne and I loved playing for my team-mates, but the fans were horrible sometimes. It’s terrible and it shouldn’t be like that, but that was just my experience of the fans.Pats’ professionalism under Dolan in the years I went away came through and paid off. They had a fantastic squad with players like Trevor Molloy and Ian Gilzean. They are my regrets, I should have stayed with Pat’s. I should have three league winners’ medals, and I have one. That’s the way it goes. You try not to have too many regrets, but those little things do stick in your head.”Morrisroe would spend two years with Dundalk in the First Division, a season with Athlone and one with Dublin City, before walking away from League of Ireland football. He was brought back by his old friend Liam Buckley for one last season at the age of 37 with Sporting Fingal, where Morrisroe was named man-of-the-match on his debut in a 4-0 win against Monaghan United.You always think you could have won more, he says. Sometimes it can be hard to focus on what you have when the sun seems to be shining more brightly somewhere else, dwelling on the regret of a missed opportunity or the wrong club. But not many players’ have won even one league title, he accepts. Jason Sherlock (left) was a team-mate at Shamrock Rovers. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOReflecting on the highs and lows of a League of Ireland career spent in what many would characterise as the domestic league’s heydays during the 1990s and early 2000s, it’s important to focus on the good times, because there were many.Morrisroe still attends games at Richmond Park, and says that winning a league title having been plucked from obscurity in the Leinster Senior League with a club that possesses a strong character and family-feel like the one at Richmond Park makes those trips down memory lane even sweeter to recollect.He constantly refers the management of Brian Kerr, citing his sheer relentless passion and attention to detail as hallmarks of St Pat’s success. Often referred to as “the team of the 1990s” in Ireland, the side would win league titles in 1990, 1996, 1998 and 1999.I think what made that team so special was the work ethic that Brian instilled in us,” Morrisroe says. “Brian was a lunatic in the dressing room. He hated losing, absolutely hated losing.“I remember playing with fear in the team at that time. I would have been in my early 20s and a lot of the lads were senior pros at that stage, guys with league winners’ medals. The likes of Johnny McDonnell, Ricky O’Flaherty, Eddie Gormley. They all played with no fear, but whereas I found it a bit more difficult. Source: KillianM2/YouTube“But Brian just demanded the best out of everyone and his demands were met, because he got the best out of everyone. He certainly got the best of of me. I was plucked from obscurity to suddenly being a league winner and being an important player in the team playing every week. To me it was a meteoric rise and it was down to Brian and Noel O’Reilly, who was a fantastic coach too.“It was tough, they were there to get the best out of you whether you liked it or not and even though we were part-time, it felt like another job with the high standards that were expected. At times you did feel a bit on your own because if you weren’t playing well, people didn’t really give a fuck about you, that’s the way it was.So it was down to momentum, Brian’s management and the sheer quality of the players we had at the time. You had to be up to it. If you weren’t — and if you weren’t playing well going into half-time in a game — Brian would be fucking things around the dressing room — water bottles, boots, bags, he’d be up-ending tables. He was a fucking lunatic. An absolute lunatic. But a genius and the best manager I ever had.”Now coaching with Cherry Orchard’s Under 12 side and having spent a number of years playing for the FAI’s Master’s team against players like Jan Kollar, Ivica Olić and Vladimir Smicer, that same passion for football in any capacity at any level, has never waned or diminished. Morrisroe now manages Cherry Orchard’s Under 12 team and relishes coaching the next generation. Source: © Matt BrowneINPHO“Winning the league in 1996 has to be my proudest achievement,” Morrisroe concludes. “Way out there. I was very lucky to have had so many memories in my career in football. The whole experience was incredible, and it’s still going now with the coaching. I’m going off to play an over 35s match later on today. I won’t stop until I can’t walk anymore.In 10 years’ time I’ll be 57-years-old and still playing and in a lot of pain. But no pain, no gain. To be a part of that league-winning squad just makes me so proud. The characters that we had in that squad and the Pat’s fans, everything to do with it — I just love that club.“Even to go back down there to Inchicore for a match now is brilliant. I’m going to the game against Shamrock Rovers next Friday at Richmond Park, without a shadow of a doubt. I’ll be there and will be praying for a Pat’s win.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 5 Comments Mar 3rd 2019, 9:31 PM Share454 Tweet Email Morrisroe in action for St Patrick’s Athletic in 1996. Image: © Matt BrowneINPHO https://the42.ie/4516289 34,774 Views Short URL IT WAS THE summer of 1995 when football really started to kick off for Brian Morrisroe. Boyzone were top of the charts, St Pat’s would soon be top of the league and everything was fitting into place perfectly.“A year later I was a league champion,” he explains, “played in an FAI Cup final, was awarded Young Player of the Year, had been named man-of-the-match after scoring the winner against Southampton at Richmond Park and played against Slovan Bratislava in the Uefa Cup. A magical year.”On top of that, he was picked alongside a squad of the League of Ireland’s top performers to travel to Atlanta. They would play against the South Carolina Shamrocks in a set of matches which helped prepare the USA’s 1996 Olympic soccer team for that summer’s Games. “Tony Sheridan, Stephen Geoghegan, Jonathan Prizeman, Trevor Croly. Jesus, we had a fantastic squad,” he smiles, remembering the trip Stateside.But it all began with that pre-season prior to the 1995/96 Premier Division campaign, one that would see St Patrick’s Athletic crowned League of Ireland champions for the first time in six years upon their return to Richmond Park, having spent a number of years exiled at Harold’s Cross — where players would complain about the consistent presence of dog shit on the pitch during games. “You’d be afraid going up for a header at Harold’s Cross,” former Pat’s defender Paul ‘Soupy’ Campbell once said. “You wouldn’t know what was stuck to the ball.”The Saints faced John Aldridge’s Tranmere Rovers, York City and Southampton in three friendly games in Inchicore that would propel Morrisroe from a young, inexperienced and shy winger plying his trade with St Pats’ reserves, to an instrumental part of Brian Kerr’s iconic title-winning side.“When you think about it,” the 46-year-old, who now works as an administrator with the HSE, says delving into some happy nostalgia. “Eddie Gormley, Paul Osam, Liam Buckley, Soupy, Ricky O’Flaherty, John McDonnell, Dave Campbell. It was a phenomenal team.” ‘The Greener’. Brian Kerr led St Patrick’s Athletic to the title in 1990 and again in 1996 upon their return to Richmond Park. Source: © Tom Honan/INPHO“1995 is where it all began for me,” Morrisroe says. “That summer we played Tranmere with Pat Nevin and John Aldridge, and Southampton with Lawrie McMenemy. I scored against Tranmere to give us the lead and they equalised late on, this was on the Monday, and we should have beaten them. Then on the Wednesday night we played Southampton. Matt Le Tissier was on that team, he was playing down the right side and I was playing on the left, so we were at loggerheads all game. By Aaron Gallagher ‘We beat Le Tissier’s Southampton. Lawrie McMenemy shook my hand and said: ‘Listen kid, sensational f*****g goal” Brian Morrisroe chats to The42 in the latest instalment of our League of Ireland Legends series. Image: © Matt BrowneINPHO Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 9:40 PM
GERMAN POLICE HAVE warned social media stars to rein in their followers after making several arrests during a brawl in Berlin when fans of two YouTubers squared off.Berlin police said they made nine arrests last night after a fight broke out in Alexanderplatz in the city centre among some 400 backers of two rival stars of the internet platform.Police said it took around 100 officers, two of whom was injured as a result, to break up the melee involving around 50 youths, which led to nine arrests. “Tear gas was also used,” they added.A police spokesman said the fight continued in a nearby subway station when a 20-strong group started throwing rocks taken from the railway lines at each other.According to media reports, the brawl started as a result of a turf battle between the rival YouTubers.As a result, a senior Berlin police chief appealed to those with large internet followings to be more responsible.“We see in the rapper scene, and increasingly also with other influencers, that they are sometimes very negligent with their influence,” said Norbert Cioma, head of the Berlin chapter of the GdP police union.“It seems to be fashionable to deliberately open a powder keg to generate more followers, subscribers and clicks.”‘Traumatised’ One of the YouTube stars involved, Berlin-based Bahar Al Amood, who has 13,000 subscribers, later apologised on his Instagram account, before rejecting any contact with the media.“For all the press writing to and calling me or who want to meet up, you can keep your offers of ‘we will change your name’ or ‘we offer you 100 euros’ and the lies you have told,” he wrote.His rival from the southern city of Stuttgart, who goes by his social media moniker ‘ThatsBekir_’ and has 262,000 followers, said he “needs to take a break” as a result of the fracas and wants to leave Berlin as quickly as possible.“I’m traumatised and feel afraid to go out. I want to be with my family,” the 18-year-old YouTube star told Berliner Morgenpost daily.The teenager accused his YouTube rival of going on his “live stream and insulting me”.He also claimed to have been threatened, but had expected the meeting in Berlin to be peaceful.Having been accompanied by five friends to meet Al Amood, ‘ThatsBekir_’ claims he was punched by his rival in the face and things quickly became ugly.“He asked me why I had called him a ‘son of a whore’, that’s how things started,” said the teenager.Videos of the meeting posted online appear to show the pair talking face-to-face, surrounded by their supporters, and after a brief conversation, punches started to fly.‘ThatsBekir_’ believes his rival from Berlin wanted attention from the internet – “he wants fame and subscribers – nothing more,” added the 18-year-old.- © AFP 2019 By AFP 34 Comments Mar 22nd 2019, 10:56 PM Friday 22 Mar 2019, 10:56 PM Police breaking up the brawl in Alexanderplatz Image: DPA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4557007 Share149 Tweet Email1 Berlin police break up mass brawl organised by two rival YouTube stars Berlin police said they made nine arrests after a fight broke among some 400 fans. Image: DPA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Police breaking up the brawl in Alexanderplatz Short URL 56,645 Views
Share429 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Teenager arrested after 3-year-old injured in hit-and-run incident in Cork Gardaí investigating the incident said they had arrested the teenage boy today. Mar 26th 2019, 1:05 PM 42,135 Views Image: Facebook Updated Mar 26th 2019, 6:12 PM A JUVENILE MALE in his late teens has been arrested after a three-year-old boy was left seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident in Cork yesterday. Gardaí investigating the incident said they had arrested the teenage boy today.He is detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at The Bridewell (Cork) Garda station. Gardaí also renewed their appeal for witnesses to the incident. They said they believed there were a number of people in the car at the time of the incident and appealed to the passengers to come forward. IncidentAt 4pm yesterday, the boy was struck by a car at Castle Meadows off Skehard Road outside Cork city. He is in a stable condition in hospital today. Gardaí earlier said they had recovered a blue saloon car they believe was used in the incident.The car was recovered approximately 1 km from the scene. The father of the boy has said his “little warrior” faced a number of tough hours before doctors declared he was in a stable condition.In a Facebook post, Paul Higgins thanked everyone who had sent their well wishes, after his son was transferred from Cork University Hospital to Temple Street in Dublin following yesterday’s crash.“He will love to hear [the well wishes] when he wakes to hear it,” Higgins said. To see your child that way is the worst feeling I ever had in my life today.Higgins also asked anyone who had information to get in touch with gardaí.Anyone with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 452 2000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4561577 By Sean Murray 33 Comments Image: Facebook Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 6:12 PM