Limerick diocese sets its sights on China

first_imgFirst day in new school for Le Chéile pupils Advertisement Dominicans depart after 800 years Twitter Previous articleLimerick councillors are left hanging on the lineNext articleGranny gets some sleep after memorable Limerick visit John Keogh  THE Diocese of Limerick this week launched a new outreach initiative that seeks to recruit lay people to travel to China to teach English and “witness to their faith”.The programme, which runs under the auspices of the Missionary Society of St Columban, is open to graduates of any discipline, and teaching experience is not essential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Fr Leslie McNamara, who is involved in coordinating the programme, the teaching positions would appeal to recent graduates or people who have taken early retirement.“I was there for nearly eight years. My experience was very positive, I really enjoyed it. Of course people can have problems at first – it is a culture shock, especially in the poorer areas,” he told the Limerick Post.“All of your expenses are covered and you would get about $500 a month. You’re supplied with an apartment for free and you get an allowance for electricity and things like that. The cost of living there is very low; typically lunch in the student canteen would be about 80 cent a day. You could easily live on a couple of euro a day.”Traditionally, roles such as this would have been carried out by priests and missionaries, but due to dwindling numbers, the diocese is now opening up opportunities for lay people.Fr McNamara explained that religious organisations in China are controlled by the government and open proselytising is prohibited.However, he added that “the seeds of faith can be sown through one’s lifestyle and in the care and love one shows to one’s students who are instinctively curious about everything their foreign teachers do”.“Universities in China can find it difficult to fill positions for English teachers, and they are delighted to have native speakers. Teaching is one way that you can witness to the gospel to people who are largely atheist or agnostic.”“I found that the students I worked with were largely very curious; many of them wouldn’t have even seen a foreign person before they went to university. The students there are so keen to learn. They are so kind and respectful in comparison to teaching here; it’s very different”, he explained.Anyone seeking further information about the outreach programme can contact Fr Leslie McNamara at [email protected] Linkedin St John’s Cathedral in Limerick is cut down to size Email WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsLimerick diocese sets its sights on ChinaBy John Keogh – September 11, 2014 944 Bishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable people Editorial – Time for change RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDiocese of Limerick Bishop welcomes new school year Printlast_img read more

US and Russia to resume nuclear talks, but China casts cloud

first_imgRussia seeks to bring in France, BritainIn turn, Ryabkov said that US allies Britain and France, also nuclear powers with much smaller arsenals, should join the talks.”The logic is a very simple one — the more we come down in numbers, the higher is the price for every single warhead payload and we cannot simply ignore capabilities of some others.”Billingslea, in a speech last month at the Hudson Institute, said Trump was “not interested in agreements simply for agreements’ sake.”He accused China of flaunting its growing nuclear arsenal “to intimidate the United States and our friends and allies,” calling it “irresponsible, dangerous behavior.”US intelligence has forecast that China is in the midst of doubling the size of its nuclear arsenal, troubling the Trump administration, which considers Beijing a global rival and resents the constraints of New START.The United States and Russia each had more than 6,000 nuclear warheads in 2019, while China had 290, according to the Washington-based Arms Control Association.France had 300 and Britain possessed 200, with India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea maintaining smaller arsenals, according to the research group.New START expires around two weeks after Trump would leave office if he loses the election in November.Russia as well as some US Democrats have proposed simply extending New START temporarily, voicing skepticism about sealing a brand new treaty by February.Trump has sought a warmer relationship with President Vladimir Putin but professes an “America first” approach to foreign affairs.Trump last month pulled out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allowed Russia, the United States and 32 other nations to conduct surveillance flights over one another’s territory at short notice — an arrangement that reportedly piqued Trump when a Russian spy plane flew over his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club.He earlier pulled out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key agreement from the Cold War.Trump has also rejected a multinational denuclearization agreement with Iran and pulled the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord. Russia called Tuesday on the United States to make a “positive” proposal as the powers open talks on a major disarmament treaty, warning that US insistence on including China could scuttle efforts.Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet in Vienna on June 22 with US envoy Marshall Billingslea to start negotiations on New START, which expires in February.President Donald Trump has walked out on a number of international agreements but voiced a general interest in preserving New START, which obliged the United States and Russia to halve their inventories of strategic nuclear missile launchers. Topics : Billingslea, writing on Twitter, urged China to reconsider.”Achieving Great Power status requires behaving with Great Power responsibility. No more Great Wall of Secrecy on its nuclear build-up. Seat waiting for China in Vienna.”Ryabkov indicated that Russia did not oppose the US invitation to China — an international ally of Moscow despite a complicated historical relationship — but doubted Beijing would agree.”My answer to a direct question on whether or not we think it would be possible to bring China to the table would be a flat and straightforward no,” Ryabkov said.”Now it depends on the US — if the US believes it’s worth continuing this dialogue with Russia or, for the US point of view, the Chinese participation is an absolute imperative that precludes (the) US from continuing a meaningful and forward-looking dialogue with Russia on arms control,” he said. But the Trump administration says that a successor to New START, a Cold War legacy negotiated under Barack Obama, should bring in China — whose nuclear arsenal is growing but remains significantly smaller than those of Russia and the United States.Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations by videoconference, Ryabkov described the US willingness to start negotiations as “good news” but said: “The ball is on the American part of the court.””We need to hear loudly and clearly what this administration wants, how it believes it would be possible to do something positive and not just to dismantle one arms control treaty or arrangement after another.”In Beijing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had “no intention of participating” in the talks and accused the United States of trying to “deflect responsibilities to others.”last_img read more

French Open Showdown: Serena vs. Sharapova

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring against Italy’s Sara Errani, defeating Errani in two sets 6-0, 6-1, in their semifinal match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, June 6. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  by Howard FendrichAP Tennis WriterPARIS (AP) — For a decade, the French Open has presented more problems for Serena Williams than any of the other Grand Slam tournaments.Her collection of 15 major championships includes five from Wimbledon, five from the Australian Open, four from the U.S. Open … and one from Roland Garros.Ever since she beat her sister in the 2002 final in Paris, starting a run of four consecutive titles at tennis’ most important events, one thing or another has prevented Williams from a second French Open trophy. She’d love to change that by beating defending champion Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s final.“It would be awesome for me,” Williams said. “I don’t think there’s anything that can describe how happy I would be.”When asked whether she now feels comfortable on the tournament’s red clay courts, Williams replied: “Incidentally, I have always felt really comfortable. I just haven’t done great.”Her history at the tournament has been filled with tough times and earlier-than-expected departures.In 2003, her 33-match Grand Slam winning streak ended with a three-set loss to Justine Henin in a semifinal marked by Henin’s gamesmanship, a mean-spirited crowd that cheered Williams’ faults, and the American’s post-match tears.In 2004, Williams lost in three sets to Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals, the same round that saw her bid adieu in 2007 (against Henin again), 2009 (Svetlana Kuznetsova) and 2010 (Sam Stosur). Williams lost in the third round in 2008, and missed the French Open in 2005, 2006 and 2010 with various health problems.Last year brought the most surprising defeat of all, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France, the only first-round exit for Williams in 51 career Grand Slam appearances.“She was so mad,” Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, recalled Thursday.Instead of sulking, Williams got right back to work, sticking around Paris — where she owns an apartment — and training at coach Patrick Moratouglou’s tennis academy. How did that work out? Well, since that Razzano match, Williams is 73-3, with titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the WTA Championships last season, along with a tour-leading five titles so far in 2013. At 31, she is the oldest woman to be ranked No. 1.last_img read more

Amanda Salazar – “I Am Not Bullet Proof”

first_imgSubmitted by Amanda Salazar, Edge Fitness Amanda Price Salazar, an Olympia personal trainer, battled back from a horrific motorcycle injury.Recently, a new client came to me struggling in several areas health-wise both physically and emotionally. She explained that it was very difficult for her to feel comfortable enough to even reach out and schedule a meeting to possibly get help from me. In fact, she said it took her nine months before deciding to make the phone call. In our first meeting, after hearing some of her story I told her that I could relate as I had a similar story and really did understand how she was feeling and where she was coming from. She looked at me with a confused face and then said, “It’s hard for me to truly believe you when you say that. You look like have looked the way you do all of your life and you seem so confident and almost bullet proof.”Reality hit me. Sometimes, I really do forget that people see me quite differently than I see myself. I am in a much healthier body, but my mind forgets this sometimes.  I started by telling her that of all the things that I am now, the one thing know I am not……is that I AM NOT BULLET PROOF.Most personal trainers have overcome some sort of health struggle which later brings them to be in their profession today because they want to help and show others that they can do it too. They truly care about their clients and have a passion for what they do.Before deciding to become a health and fitness professional, I had overcome obesity, anorexia, bulimia, depression, low self-esteem, exercise addiction, cancer and recovered from a near death life-changing motorcycle accident and more. After years of hard work and reaching my health and fitness goals,  I decided that I wanted to do the same and helping others achieve and live healthier lifestyles was the only thing that I knew was going to make me happy for the rest of my life! So, this is how I came to be a health and fitness expert and I wouldn’t trade the world for it.If you don’t have a personal trainer, nutritionist, or health and fitness coach, I am here to help you take the first step no matter what that step is. Just remember, there is never a perfect time to start and if you wait for that perfect time to happen, it will probably never come. You just have to take the plunge and know that an amazing and positive life change will be ahead of you along with a supportive coach! If you already have a personal trainer, take advantage of all the information they give you, make 100% effort using the tools they give you every chance you get, and don’t forget…….they aren’t bullet proof. They are human and struggle too. Also, thank them for doing what they do. On a daily basis, trainers take in a lot of excuses, whining, complaining, bad language, grunting, venting and more from their clients. Every now and again it is just nice to hear the words…….”Thank you.”Edge Fitness2806 29th Ave. SW, Suite ATunwater, WA 98512360.790.6767www.edgefitnessnow.comcenter_img Here is a picture of ME. It is one of the last pictures I allowed to be taken of myself before I went past the 200 pound mark. I was full of excuses, held personal pity parties daily, was always feeling bad for myself, and had the worst self-esteem and self-confidence ever. Who was I kidding!??? Every day, I had the ability to make a conscious correct choice, but used excuse after excuse to make the wrong choices. It exhausted me to the point in my life where I was ready to give up on life itself. But, luckily one day…… a personal trainer decided to help me and began to bring me back to reality. Some say it is expensive, but how can you put a price on life, happiness, and success. My trainer was the best investment I have ever made. Facebook28Tweet0Pin0 When I tell my clients to stop making excuses, never say never, get dialed in and to take control of their lives over and over and over… is because I did the exact opposite for so many years of my life and it almost killed me. One day, a personal trainer who cared about me, took me under his wing and saved my life! I’ll never forget him.last_img read more

Heavy Downpours Are Clogging Route 36; Highlands Seeks Solutions

first_imgShe said residents in the Monmouth Hills section have shown no interest in initiating a storm-water remediation project with Highlands and Middletown. Gonzales said another related issue is Jones Creek, a body of water that feeds into Raritan Bay and gets filled with three to four feet of silt from Monmouth Hills during those bad rain storms. Each time that happens, the borough has to pay Monmouth County $3,000 to $4,000 to clean out the creek and haul the material away, she said. Route 36, a state highway that is a critical artery for that part of the county, most recently had to be closed July 6, O’Neil said. Rerouted traffic through other parts of Highlands causes congestion, he said. “We have to figure something out,” Gonzales said. “And it’s a matter of public safety now. You have cars that (are) breaking down in this water that they’re going through because you would never think that there would just be this pool of water on the highway.” The problem has been happening for a while but has gotten worse lately, he said. Earlier this year, the state planted grass on a median at the top of Water witch Avenue, which retained the water to the eastbound side of Route 36, O’Neil said. That keeps the whole road from flooding. “And sometimes when the water can’t be taken by the storm drains on 36, it floods out and it covers the road with the mud and the dirt,” he said. “And then when the water finally drains, the sediment is left in the street and it’s too deep to drive through.” Highlands Mayor Rick O’Neil said the problem happens when the borough is hit with deluges of rain lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Along with the water, runoff from the Monmouth Hills section of Middletown leaves three or four inches of “muck,” he said. The flooding problem also impacts the local economy. “NJDOT is aware of the flooding that occurs on Route 36 in Highlands near Water witch Avenue,” said DOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro. “The Department is working with local officials from both Highlands and Middletown, as well as Monmouth County and the Department of Environmental Protection to explore possible solutions.” Monmouth Hills has state historic preservation protection. That means “there are certain things they cannot be told to do by their municipality or local government,” Highlands borough administrator Kim Gonzales said. Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said he wants to see the DOT do a better job of repairing state roads in Monmouth. Last week the county repaired potholes on Sylvania Avenue, a state road in Neptune City, despite having contacted the state numerous times without action being taken, Arnone said. Local and state officials met last week on the flooding problem. “So this has been an issue ongoing for Highlands for many years,” said Gonzales. “Their storm system is not up to par. If it was a municipality taking care of it, they’d have to do improvements.”center_img HIGHLANDS – Route 36 in Highlands has to be closed when fast-moving rainstorms bring flooding and runoff from a historic district in nearby Middletown, a problem that local and state officials are looking to address. By Philip Sean Curran “We actually have businesses that have to close because they flood out,” she said. ‘The water comes down so heavy and hard.” Gonzales said the borough has to call out the state Department of Transportation to clean out the highway to remove the debris. Three weeks ago, the Middletown Fire Department had to rescue a motorist and child from a stalled car that had gone into deep water in Middle- town. Gonzales said. “You just can’t even imagine until you see it,” she said of the volume of silt that goes into the creek. “We’re trying to figure out the best way to solve the issue,” said Assembly- woman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Highlands. “From what I understand, the state DOT and DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) will be the ones who make the final decision.” Gonzales noted that Middletown has also had weather-related closures of Route 36. Middletown officials say they will attend a meeting with Highlands and state officials Aug. 8. “I was watching cars dangerously, dangerously go over these potholes there,” Arnone said. “It was alarmingly bad.” “But it keeps all the silt and the stone and the de- bris on the eastbound side,” he said. “It gets too deep to drive through at times.” Access Property Management, the property management firm for Monmouth Hills, had no comment July 15. He said he wants the DOT to cooperate better with county officials to review road concerns.last_img read more


first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $95,169 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS 11 A.M., WITH GATES OPENING AT 9 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–Sent to the lead, Callback opened up leaving the three furlong pole under Martin Garcia and went on to a hard-fought half length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes as she ran a mile in 1:36.92 while outrunning eight rival 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, lightly raced Callback ran without blinkers for the first time in her four-race career.“I was just cruising all the way around there,” said Garcia, who has ridden her in all of her starts. “I asked her a little going into the far turn and then again when (second place finisher) Light the City came back at us, she took off. There was no way they were going to go by us. I don’t see why stretching out further would be any problem, she’s a good filly. She can do anything you want.”The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Callback paid $7.20, $5.00 and $4.40.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Callback, a Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, came off a second place finish in the Grade II Santa Ynez and tried two turns for the first time on Saturday. She picked up her second win and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $245,450.“We’ve always been pretty high on her,” said Baffert, who also saddled 2-1 favorite Maybellene, who finished eighth with Rafael Bejarano. “They were high on her when they sent her in. I wanted to run one-two. My other filly, she just didn’t kick today…It was nice to get a win for Wayne Hughes. He couldn’t make it today.”Baffert indicated that Callback would be pointed for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, “Unless the earth moves or something.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Light the City broke from the far outside and was four-wide into the Club House turn but settled nicely into a good stalking trip down the backside as longshot Suva Harbor pressed the winner to the far turn. Light the City appeared to have Callback measured a furlong out, but was second best, finishing 3 ½ lengths in front of Achiever’s Legacy.Off at 7-1, Light the City paid $8.20 and $6.20.“In hindsight, maybe I should’ve switched posts with the winner, then they might have been taking my picture,” said Desormeaux. “I think that situation might have been the difference…She ran an incredible race. I’m thinkin’ she’s got a few Grade I’s with her name on them.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Achiever’s Legacy rallied from far off the pace to finish third, 2 ½ lengths in front of Majestic Presence. Achiever’s Legacy paid $6.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 46.88, 1:11.42 and 1:24.22.There is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday of $95,169. Sunday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $500,000. First post time on Super Bowl Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.last_img read more


first_img            RUBEN ALBARADO, ASSISTANT TO PETER MILLER, POSHKY, WINNER: “He was back with Cal-breds and I think that was the key. He likes this track and we knew there was speed in the race, so we just told him (Fernando Perez) to sit back and he’ll run big.“He rode the horse perfect. No questions asked. Poshky has always been a nice horse. He tries. We knew we had a good shot.” TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, SECOND: “I was sitting right where I wanted until Bejarano (Rafael on Ashleyluvssugar) moved at the five-eighths pole and when he moved, he made me move. You can’t make a five-eighths mile move and go on to win. I tried to give him a little breather around the turn but . . .“He ran hard, he’s such a nice horse. He always gives it to you and we’re proud of him.” JOCKEY QUOTES Albarado has been with Miller the past six years and before that was with Don Warren for 27 years. TRAINER QUOTES FERNANDO PEREZ, POSHSKY, WINNER: “Peter said there is a couple of speed horses but just try to relax, don’t fight him too much. I knew we would be in trouble if I couldn’t get him to relax. I had a really good trip, we broke well and I was able to have him relax, sit behind the speed, I went to the outside and we made it.”             NOTES: The winning owners are Gary Barber of Los Angeles, Leonard Friedman (Silver Ranch Stable) and Adam Wachtel.last_img read more