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

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

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

Clippers’ Sterling disparages Magic Johnson, HIV status

first_imgMagic Johnson (AP Photo/File)LOS ANGELES (AP) – In an interview aired Monday where he expressed sorrow for recorded racist remarks that earned him a lifetime NBA ban, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was anything but apologetic toward Magic Johnson, one of the men mentioned in the recording, repeatedly disparaging Johnson’s HIV-positive status, dismissing his work in charity and business and saying he’s not a proper role model for children.“He’s got AIDS!” Sterling said loudly at one point, cutting off CNN’S Anderson Cooper as the interviewer attempted to cite Johnson’s accomplishments after Sterling asked, “What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?”“He acts so holy,” Sterling said. “He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?”Anderson corrected Sterling, explaining that Johnson was HIV-positive but did not have “full-blown AIDS.”Sterling briefly adjusted his language but not his tone.“What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect, and tell our kids about?” Sterling said. “I think he should be ashamed of himself.”Johnson had Tweeted after the recording emerged last month that he would never attend another Clippers game while Sterling was owner. But he was in attendance at Sunday’s playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder sitting next to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who handed down Sterling’s lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine nearly two weeks ago.Also in the interview that had its first full airing Monday after the release of excerpts Sunday, Sterling says he was “baited” into using racist language by V. Stiviano, the woman who made the recording.“She would always use the word ‘black,’ ” Sterling said of Stiviano. “That’s a black girl, that’s a black guy, this is black, that’s black. So when she said to me I’m going to bring ‘four gorgeous black guys to the game,’ players she was referring to either football or basketball, I was a little jealous maybe.”“I used her words,” Sterling said, later adding: “I don’t know why the girl had me say those things.”Johnson, who is scheduled to appear on Cooper’s show to reply on Tuesday, wrote on his Twitter account that “I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview.”Johnson later Tweeted, “After this week, no more Sterling talk.”The comments earned Sterling a quick rebuke from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who handed down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine against Sterling last month.“I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper and while Magic Johnson doesn’t need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack,” Silver said. “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”last_img read more

Canadian Men fail in bid to qualify for 2018 World Cup

first_imgDespite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more