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Pianist shocked at internet success

A young man who's become an internet sensation thanks to his piano playing says he's shocked at what's happened. John Riley, who's from Huyton , was filmed playing in Liverpool. The footage was posted online and went viral. John, who works as a hospital cleaner, told Granada Reports he can't believe the response.

John gave a special performance for Granada Reports.

Port of Liverpool upgrade will create 5,000 jobs

The owners of the Liverpool 2 project say the scheme will create up to 5,000 new jobs across the North West.

Peel Ports is investing £300m upgrading Liverpool Port to enable it to handle bigger vessels, gaining more business.

Bosses claim the scheme will deliver 500 direct jobs at Port of Liverpool, and 4,500 more in the maritime and logistics supply which are expected to be created over the next 5 years.

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The facility will enable the port to handle super-sized containers Credit: PA

David Huck, Port Director at Peel Ports said: “Employment in the maritime sector is expected to double over the next 20 years and Peel Ports is determined to play a pivotal role both in creating those jobs and ensuring the workforce has the skills we need to be successful. The whole region stands to benefit enormously from growth and investment in maritime and related sectors."

New jobs will include full and part time opportunities for stevedores, pilots, launch crew, line handlers, plant operators, haulage administrators, vessel planning and supervision staff, and work in management, accounts and commercial services. The recruitment process will get underway from 2015.


Everton complete signing of Eto'o

Everton Football Club has completed the signing of Cameroon international and three times Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o. The striker has signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park following last season's spell at Chelsea.

Samuel Eto'o with Roberto Martinez
Samuel Eto'o with Everton manager, Roberto Martinez Credit: pa

“I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has. For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove. We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton manager


WATCH: Pianist's impromptu performance goes viral

A talented young pianist, who impressed shoppers at Liverpool One with an impromptu performance, has gained more than 11,000 Facebook likes and 4,000 shares in just a matter of days.

This video shows John-Paul Riley playing a cover of River Flows in You from Samuel Vallée.

Faris Khalifa filmed and uploaded the clip - he said he was sat in the shopping centre when he saw John-Paul “get on the piano in L1 and smash it”.

John-Paul later responded, saying:

"I literally can't believe how big this has gone in one day! This is just the biggest opportunity I will have at being something and doing the one thing I love and I can't thank everyone enough for the comments, likes and shares!

– John-Paul Riley
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