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

Clippers beat Raptos 118-105

first_imgIn dire need of a break, the Clippers instead got the Toronto Raptors.Which turned out to be just what they needed to break their two-game losing streak by scoring a 118-105 win Friday night at Staples Center.Playing without J.J. Redick, Hedo Turkoglu and on the cusp of the return of Chris Paul from his shoulder injury, the Clippers once again rode Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford to outscore the Raptors, who were on the last leg of a five-game Western road swing.Griffin scored 19 of his 36 points in the first quarter and Crawford added 21 points. Griffin became the first player in franchise history to score 35 or more in three consecutive games since World B. Free did it in 1979. But the Clippers had to survive the latest assault by an opponent on DeAndre Jordan’s free-throw shooting, sending Jordan to the line over and over in the third quarter as they tried to dig out of a 22-point hole.Jordan, mostly fouled away from the ball, went to the line 16 times and made eight of them, just enough to keep the Raptors at arm’s length.They didn’t make any friends in the crowd, though, as the period dragged on for 41 minutes.“I felt like I had a rhythm. All of them, I felt, could have gone in, they were all straight,” said Jordan, who entered the game shooting 43.4 percent on his foul shots. “It’s fine, I was able to knockl some down and we were able to keep the lead.“I felt comfortable, I wasn’t nervous or thinking about it too much. I knew they were going to do it. I didn’t know it was going to last for 45 minutes. I don’t like it, but if I’m going to go up there and practice my free throws, that’s fine too.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Clippers (35-18) finished their 18 th game with All-Star guard Chris Paul sidelined with a shoulder injury, and they expect him back on Sunday.They’ve had to do it with makeshift lineups and Griffin playing new spots on the floor, players getting minutes they didn’t think they’d see, among other adjustments.“I definitely like the spots I’m operating in, but CP is one of the game’s best playmakers,” Griffin said. “It’s not a bad option to go back to pick-and-rolls and all that. Now we kind of have a backup plan and something to fall back on when pick-and-rolls aren’t working.”This time, the Clippers kept a sharp eye on Toronto’s Terrence Ross, who scored 51 points against them when the teams met in Toronto on Jan. 25. The Clippers still won that track meet by eight points.Ross, who has scored only 60 points in the six games since his outburst, had only nine points on 3-for-10 shooting. Former USC star . DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and seven eight assists to lead Toronto.Clippers coach Doc Rivers made sure his team was aware of Ross without compromising the team defense. However, he made sure to track the players who tried to guard Ross in Toronto.“We actually charted that. I think it was four or five (guys),” Rivers said. “I won’t say names, but one guy was 100 percent ineffective. I do know that. (Ross was) 6-for-6 from the 3 of his 10 (3-pointers). That didn’t go well. In that guy’s defense, three of them weren’t his fault. He had the help and unfortunately when he got there, he made another 3.”:Despite the extra attention, Rivers didn’t want his team to change its defense, just change the effort that goes into the scheme.“Zero adjustments,” he said. “We have to do what we should do better.”The Raptors made only 7 of 26 3-point tries.The Clippers made 16 of 26 foul shots in the third quarter alone and hit 37 of 54 in the game. And when Griffin was out with foul trouble in the fourth quarter, reserve guard Willie Green came through, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the final period. He hit two 3-pointers as the Clippers extended their lead.“Doc called a couple plays for me, I got an easy layup that started it,” Green said. “Next play, I got to the free throw line then hit a couple 3s. It was teammates just looking for each other, moving the basketball.“They did a good job of cutting the lead down. WE just continued to grind.”last_img read more

Counting down the greatest WrestleManias of all-time: WrestleMania 10 (#3)

first_imgOriginally intended to be Lex Luger’s crowning moment, WWE, like it often does, shifted direction at the start of 1994 when it became apparent that Luger’s push, the fiercest in wrestling history up until that point, was not having the desired result at the box office. When boos for the former WCW champion were audible at that year’s Royal Rumble where he drew the 30 man match with Bret Hart, Vince McMahon knew that Luger was never going to make it. Hart was the man to carry the Federation forward for the time, and he was selected to be the man to dethrone world champion, Yokozuna, but Hart’s involvement wouldn’t end there.With the Rumble match declared a tie, Yokozuna would face Luger early in the show and the winner would go on to face Hart in the night’s main event. To make things fair and to prevent Bret from having a freshness advantage, the Calgary technician was paired with his younger brother, Owen, to settle a grudge that had been brewing for months. In the event’s show opener, the siblings delivered an underrated classic that is arguably the finest match to ever open a PPV in North America. Owen won the match clean to prepare him for a summer feud with Bret, but despite the high quality of the offering, the logic of Owen going over suggested that Bret would take the crown later. He did exactly that.  After dropping the belt to Yokozuna at the previous Wrestlemania in Las Vegas, Bret was desperate to be the man once more after plans for a Hart/Hogan feud were shelved the previous summer. Yokozuna’s run as a two-time champion had largely been forgettable and despite being opposed by popular names such as The Undertaker, Hart, and Hogan, the giant champion’s reign desperately required an ending.Despite participating in a scorcher at the start of the evening, Hart couldn’t perform two miracles in a night as he tried his best to tell a story alongside Yokozuna. With Rowdy Roddy Piper on hand to officiate, Bret took advantage of a botched Banzai Drop as he pinned his long-time nemesis to capture his second WWE title. A collection of babyfaces invaded the ring to assist him in his celebrations as Hart was confirmed as the man to carry WWE forward through the now oft-criticized “New Generation” age.Although Wrestlemania X was a glorious night for the Calgary expert, it was Shawn Michaels, a constant thorn in the side of the “Hitman,” that would steal the show. His epic ladder match with Razor Ramon etched both men into WWE folklore and it was the contest that gave birth to Michaels’ well deserved “Mr. Wrestlemania” moniker. For 20 minutes, the pair engaged in a stunning battle that went in so many directions. Tense until the very end, Ramon grabbed the Intercontinental prize at the top of the ladder with Michaels tangled in the ropes unable to escape. Like Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3, the secondary belt had stolen the show in terms of match quality. Perhaps determined to demonstrate that they had moved on from the hugely successful Hulk Hogan era, WWE produced a Wrestlemania in 1994 that is still a masterful piece of work when witnessed today. The 10th installment of the annual extravaganza was the first to not include the aforementioned superstar, but the company had no reason to worry. Wrestlemania X was a monumental success that delivered throughout.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Elsewhere, Savage ended his feud with Crush by defeating the Hawaiian monster in a fair Falls Count Anywhere match, The Quebecers retained their tag straps despite losing to Men on a Mission via count-out, and Earthquake crushed Adam Bomb in a pointless squash match. Although splattered with a small hint of dross, Wrestlemania X delivered emphatically considering it was a down period for WWE creatively. The ladder match and show starter were two of the finest matches of the ’90s and when fans are treated to such amazing matches, they live long in the memory. Wrestlemania X provided just enough on this night to rightfully earn its place as the third greatest Wrestlemania of all time.MORE: Keep up with Sporting News’ Greatest WrestleManias Countdown#5) WrestleMania 24#4) WrestleMania 21last_img read more