Corby Hall holds open house

first_imgFor young men at Notre Dame considering a religious vocation, the doors at Corby Hall are always open. On Wednesday night at 8 p.m., Corby Night, hosted by Holy Cross priests, brothers and seminarians, took place at Corby Hall for those young men discerning the priesthood. It began with a candlelight service in the chapel of the hall and was followed by a social hour, in which the undergraduates could get to know one another and speak with the religious leaders. Fr. Jim Gallagher, director of the Office of Vocations, said he could relate to young men deciding whether or not a life in the priesthood was right for them. “For the longest time it was on my mind but I never talked to anybody about it,” Gallagher said. “The most important thing is to talk to somebody.” Students at the event ranged from Notre Dame undergraduates and those living at Old College, the University’s undergraduate seminary for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, to seminarians who had already completed their undergraduate degree.  Vincent Nguyen, a Notre Dame senior who currently lives in Moreau Seminary, said he recognized his vocation as early as freshman year. “It was the community life and prayer life that brought it all together,” Nguyen said. As a seminarian, Nguyen said he is still an active member of the Notre Dame community and is able to balance the religious aspects of his life with academics and social activities.  “I’ve had practice with the balancing since I lived in Old College for the first three years,” Nguyen said. “I’m still involved on campus.” In the past 10 to 15 years, vocations to the priesthood in America have increased, Gallgher said. At a Catholic university such as Notre Dame, those thinking about committing to life as a priest have many resources to help them in their discernment, he said. “The sort of guys who might be thinking about a vocation will go to Notre Dame,” he said. “At Notre Dame there are a lot of opportunities to deepen one’s faith life.” However, a calling to the priesthood is not met without certain difficulties, he said. “One of the biggest challenges is commitment,” Gallagher said. “For young people today it’s hard because there are so many things for them to commit to.” Gallagher said talking to one of the many priests and brothers on campus is a good way for young men to introduce themselves and discuss their vocation. “My job is not to convince them to join the seminary,” Gallagher said. “My job is to help them decide whether or not the seminary is right for them.”last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino: Dele Alli not ready for England call-up

first_img Alli, who left MK Dons in the summer, has been a revelation this season, forcing his way into Pochettino’s starting line-up with a series of sparkling displays. England boss Roy Hodgson watched the 19-year-old play 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday and is believed to be considering the midfielder for matches against Estonia and Lithuania next month. Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes it is too soon to talk about midfielder Dele Alli playing for England. “He was on the bench against Qarabag but I think he needs to play to have the opportunity to score,” Pochettino said. “We need to stop speaking about Harry Kane, we need to let him do his job. The most important thing is I’m very happy with his effort, the way he has been playing. “Strikers need to score but it is only a matter of time, the goal is coming. “You always need to try to ask why – he needs to improve, we need to ask why to improve his performance in games. “This is a tough moment because he needs to score because he is a striker, but around the club, in the changing room, we believe in him.” Spurs take on league leaders Manchester City on Saturday, hoping to bounce back from Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal. They are also looking to reverse a recent run of poor results against City, who have won the teams’ last four meetings, scoring 16 goals and conceding just twice. “Tomorrow is a good opportunity to change the dynamic,” Pochettino said. “Football is psychological and emotional. We need to be ready for tomorrow to compete. This is the most important thing. To compete. “We are ready for tomorrow, we are fresh and we want to give a good result to our fans after the defeat on Wednesday.” Ryan Mason remains sidelined with a knee problem while Mousa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard have ankle injuries and also miss out. Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Danny Rose have all received debut call-ups under Pochettino’s guidance but the Argentinian has warned against rushing Alli to follow suit. “It’s the same situation as last season with Harry Kane,” Pochettino said. “Be careful with the younger players, the players who arrive in the Premier League and perform well. It’s not easy. “But again, like last season, it’s not my decision. It’s Roy Hodgson’s decision if he wants to call up Dele Alli. “You can see he’s a player that is very mature and shows great quality but always in football it’s step by step and we need to be careful. “He will mature. He has personality and good character. But it is too much of a rush to talk about bigger steps for him.” Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut in March but has managed only two goals in 16 appearances since for Tottenham and is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League this season. Despite the drought, Kane has played well in games for Spurs and Pochettino insists he has no plans to pull the 22-year-old out of the firing line. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dodgers beat Padres 5-4 after 12th-inning power outage

first_imgTied 4-4, Padres pitcher Robert Stock (0-1) walked Kemp on four pitches to begin the 12th inning. Kiké Hernandez dropped down a sacrifice bunt, sending Kemp to second base. Turner was preparing to see his first pitch from Stock when the stadium’s power supply suddenly and completely cut out.Turner had to wait patiently for his turn to bat and the most patient among the announced crowd of 53,528 – having already seen a one-run lead squandered in the ninth inning – saw their patience tested even further. It was the second power outage at Dodger Stadium this season.This time, a circuit outage on the line supplying power to the stadium was the cause, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.Once the lights were fully restored, Turner popped the first pitch he saw just inside the right-field line. It landed in between three Padres, none of whom relayed the ball back to the infield in time. Kemp scored easily from second base despite getting a poor jump on the ball.“I think (the Padres) just felt that Matt was further along than he was,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “If they make a play on it, it’s probably a first-and-third situation, or second-and-third. Fortunately for us they didn’t finish the play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Max Muncy and Manny Machado each hit their 30th home runs of the season, but Kenley Jansen allowed a game-tying homer to Austin Hedges in the ninth inning.Kenta Maeda pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Caleb Ferguson (4-2) pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th to pick up the victory.The Dodgers remained in third place in the National League West, 2 1/2 games out of first place. The Colorado Rockies’ win over the St. Louis Cardinals, combined with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ loss to the Seattle Mariners, left Colorado and Arizona tied for first in the division.Kershaw threw eight innings, matching his longest start of the season. He allowed seven hits, including five singles, did not walk a batter and struck out nine.Machado’s three-run home run in the first inning staked Kershaw to a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers failed to tack on despite putting runners in scoring position in each of the next three innings, and leaving the bases loaded in the fourth. They finished 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.A double by Manuel Margot, followed by an RBI single by Freddy Galvis, snapped Kershaw’s shutout bid in the third inning. A solo home run by Franmil Reyes in the seventh inning brought the Padres within 3-2. Muncy’s home to right-center field – also his longest of the year at 445 feet – extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2 in the seventh inning.San Diego took advantage of a fielding error by Machado to get a run back in the eighth inning. With Galvis on first base and one out, Wil Myers hit a routine grounder to Machado at shortstop. Machado charged in and tried flipping the ball to Brian Dozier for a forceout at second base, but he missed his target and the ball sailed into right field.The inning continued with Galvis at third base and Myers at first. If Kershaw had not backed up third base on the play, Galvis would have scored easily when Yasiel Puig’s throw from right field missed wide of the bag.Galvis scored anyway when the next batter, Eric Hosmer, grounded out to first base. The inning ended – mercifully for the Dodgers, painfully for the Padres – when Hunter Renfroe’s 106-mph line drive hit Myers in the arm, an automatic out.“I got bailed out,” Kershaw said. “That definitely would’ve scored some runs. It’s fortunate, no other way to say it.”Because of Machado’s error, Galvis’ run was unearned and Kershaw lowered his ERA to 2.39.In the ninth inning, Jansen was called upon to preserve the 4-3 lead. It was his third appearance and his first save opportunity since returning from the disabled list Monday. Like each of the previous two outings, it did not end well.His 2-and-1 pitch to Austin Hedges, a 93-mph cut fastball, missed over the middle of the plate. Hedges connected on his 11th home run of the season, a no-doubt shot to left-center field that tied the game at 4.Jansen finished the inning but knocked a container full of gum to the dugout floor in frustration. He’s allowed a total of five runs in the last three games, losing two and blowing a save Saturday for the first time since July 6.The Dodgers’ two consecutive wins against the Padres, owners of the National League’s worst record, are nice if not necessary. But Jansen’s sudden meltdown invites a larger concern.“This has never happened before,” he said after the game.Roberts said he would try to refrain from using Jansen in Sunday’s series finale. He said he has not decided who will close instead, though he conspicuously chose to remove Maeda after one inning in order to have the right-hander available Sunday.After the Dodgers’ off-day Monday, Jansen will be the closer again for Tuesday’s game against the Texas Rangers, Roberts said. The manager conceded that a mental break might benefit the veteran closer.“Ain’t no mental break,” Jansen said. “I’m fine. I’m good. I don’t need a mental break. Me and (Roberts) already had that conversation. It was a great conversation. Just got to figure out some stuff. I think (Sunday) will be a great day to figure out my stuff, sharpen up, and be ready to go.”center_img PreviousSeveral San Diego Padres players gather in the infield during a blackout in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) is greeted at the dugout by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66), left, takes off his belt after it broke as he slid into third base in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) slides safely into second base in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado (8) is congratulated by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) after hitting a three run home run in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a three run home run in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner is hit by a pitch in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham)Several San Diego Padres players gather in the infield during a blackout in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 10Several San Diego Padres players gather in the infield during a blackout in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Dodger Stadium went pitch dark at 9:37 p.m. Saturday night.Twenty minutes passed, one pitch was thrown, and just like that the game was over.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres ended in bizarre fashion, when Justin Turner’s double drove in Matt Kemp in the 12th inning.“Super weird,” Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. “We needed it, though. We needed it bad. It doesn’t really matter how you win as long as you win.”last_img read more

LFA to Enforce CLS, No Financial Distribution to Clubs

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will enforce CAF’s Club Licensing System in the 2015/16 soccer league, stakeholders who attended last Saturday’s Interactive Forum at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium were told.LFA President Musa Bility, responding to enquiries from participants, said it is not the duty of the association to provide money to support member clubs.“We are the regulators of football,” Bility said, “and our role is to ensure that we regulate and provide standard that will improve on the overall development of the game.”President Bility’s clarification stemmed from inquiries by several clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United FC for the need to get some financial support in the wake of the Ebola virus disease that affected the clubs.Bility said funds received from FIFA are exclusively for development purposes and not for clubs.He noted that the LFA made it clear to teams at the last Buchanan Congress that FIFA would provide U$750,000 financial assistance to the association.“The money is a special bonus from FIFA and the LFA is using this money to construct our national headquarters,” he told the gathering.So far, he said, “We have received $250k of this amount and purchased two pieces of land in Congo Town. We will use the remaining $500k to commence the construction of a $738k LFA HQ beginning February and we also received $100k from CAF towards this project.” Regarding the Financial Assistance Program, (FAP), from FIFA, he said it is the only revenue available to the LFA for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Liberia Football Association.“We have no intention to distribute this money to clubs. In fact this money comes to LFA quarterly and we are yet to receive the first batch,” he said.He noted that concerning Cellcom GSM sponsorship money 45% goes towards prizes for clubs at the end of the season and the other 55% is used partially to finance the league hoping that the clubs registration and penalties will fill in the gap. The LFA, Bility said, “has no extra money to give to clubs. What we have done in the last four years is to put the LFA under great financial stress in order to assist the clubs.”He, however, pointed out that almost all the first division clubs still have enough credit with the LFA to register for the upcoming league. Bility reminded all club presidents that under the new clubs licensing regime the LFA too has obligations it must meet to carry out to a certain standard. “We will not abdicate our responsibilities to support clubs. It is expected that everyone desiring to own a club must have the finances to do so or disregard the quest.”Without pulling punches, Bility declared, “The ownership of clubs is a commercial venture that yields direct benefits to the clubs NOT LFA. We are the regulators of clubs not administrators.”He said the LFA will make all clubs in the 2015/16 seasons live up to at least twenty five percent requirement demanded in the Club Licensing System.The Club Licensing System demands every team to have, among other things, a youth team, a specified amount in its bank account, an office, and contract agreement with both players and technical staff.Bility said to get a good soccer league, players, coaches; medics and referees must receive necessary support, pointing out that the LFA is prepared to have a minimum number of clubs to ensure that a standard is set for the league this year.The forum had a team of panelist who provided overviews and answered questions in their respective areas. The areas included issues on coaches, referees, medics, and club management.The forum was organized by the technical department of the LFA, and its director Henry Browne earlier explained the importance of those involved in football meeting to exchange ideas to get some clarifications before the league proper.Coach Gabriel Johns discussed issues affecting coaches, relations with referees and clubs’ presidents. It was noted that because the roles of club officials are not defined, there are always overlapping their functions to tell coaches what to do during the process of a game.Bility pointed out that such development comes because of the coaches’ fear of failure, and assured all those involved in the game that the LFA demands clubs to sign contracts with coaches and their players to minimize some of the inherent overlapping of functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WIND TURBINE GUIDELINES MUST BE DELIVERED WITHOUT DELAY – DOHERTY

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has called on the Minister for Environment, Simon Coveney, to immediately finalise the revised planning guidelines for wind energy developments which, despite a public consultation process into the revisions having concluded over two years ago, have yet to be published.Deputy Doherty is this week expected to raise the issue with the Minister in the Dáil.He also stressed the need for consideration to be given by the Minister to the more recent wind energy policy developments from abroad, much of which has recommended that communities be afforded greater protection from the negative effects associated with wind turbines located next to residential areas. Deputy Doherty said “This week I will once again be raising the issue of the yet to be finalised revisions to the current wind energy development guidelines, which were produced in 2006 and which are now very much redundant.“As we are all too well aware in this county, there remains a lot of controversy surrounding the existing guidelines used by planning authorities when determining planning applications for wind farms, as many believe that not enough protection is given to rural communities when assessing such proposals.“And while the previous government did publish draft revised guidelines back in 2013 in which aspects such as noise, shadow flicker and set back distancing were included, these have become out dated and inadequate considering the many developments which have taken place within this area since then such as enhanced research into the effects of turbines on public health.“And even though we’ve seen growing public opposition to such developments, the revised guidelines have still not been published despite a public consultation process into the proposals having concluded in February 2014 in which thousands of submissions were made to the Department by lobby groups, numerous organisations and from the general public. “Sinn Féin has made it clear that what is needed in order to properly protect communities from badly planned developments is robust legislation which would set out strict restrictions on where turbines may be built so as not to endanger those living in the vicinity of such developments however, the previous government rejected our calls for this legislation to be enacted.“The new Programme for Government commits to the finalising of the revised planning guidelines within three to six months however, I will be calling on the Minister to now give a definitive answer as to when the new guidelines will be published and I’ll also be calling on him to ensure that the new rules are informed by international best practice and the growing level of research into wind energy and its impact which has been carried out overseas.“It’s evident from the many battles which communities in Donegal have had to endure in opposing poorly planned wind farms from going ahead that the time for cheap talk from Government has passed, and that there now needs to be real and decisive action taken to ensure that all communities are protected and that their views are listened to going forward.”WIND TURBINE GUIDELINES MUST BE DELIVERED WITHOUT DELAY – DOHERTY was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more