‘Hitman’ eyes world title

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Pirates slay Lions Puerto Rican Rafael Ramos will be the referee while judges are New Zealand’s Ferlin Marsh, Japan’s Takeshi Shimakawa and Panama’s Ignacio Robles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Early in his career, Rey “Hitman” Loreto was a whipping boy. Now, he’s gunning for the world title of unbeaten Thammanoon Niyomtron in Chonburi, Thailand.Loreto, who lost his first four bouts and owned a woeful 8-win, 11-loss slate at one time, will battle Niyomtron (15-0, 7 knockouts) for the World Boxing Association strawweight crown on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ But make no mistake, Loreto, 26, is a worthy challenger. Fact is, the Davaoeño has stopped his last six opponents and has climbed to 23-13, 15 knockouts.Among Loreto’s victims were former WBA titlist Pornsawan Porpramook and former International Boxing Federation champion Nkosinathi Joyi of Monaco in 2014 and 2015, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Loreto’s last knockout victory came at the expense of Rungrit Sor Visetkit at Bangkok University last August.Both Loreto, a former IBO 108-pound titlist, and Niyomtron, a former Muay Thai fighter who has held the crown since 2014, tipped the scales at the exact 105 pounds during Friday’s official weigh-in. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Middlesbrough midfielder Smallwood rejoins Rotherham

first_img Richard Smallwood [right] in action for Rotherham during his previous loan spell 1 Rotherham have re-signed Middlesbrough midfielder Richard Smallwood on an emergency loan.The 23-year-old made 18 League One appearances on loan at the Millers last term and has now moved back to the New York Stadium, subject to Football League ratification.Smallwood etched his name into Rotherham folklore by scoring in their Play-Off final penalty shoot-out victory over Leyton Orient in May and now looks set to feature for them in the Championship.last_img read more

Leeds defender charged by FA following allegations of racist abuse

first_img Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci vies with Norwich’s Cameron Jerome Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for allegedly using racist language towards Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.The incident took place during the sides’ Championship clash at Carrow Road on October 21, which ended in a 1-1 draw.Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian midway through the first half following a confrontation between the two players.Clattenburg stopped the game and had words with both dugouts following the exchange.The FA confirmed they were investigating Jerome’s allegations and, in a statement, alleged that Bellusci’s comments “included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”A statement read: “Leeds United player Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 which is alleged to have occurred during the fixture between Norwich City and Leeds United on October 21 2014.“It is alleged Bellusci used abusive and/or insulting words towards Cameron Jerome, of Norwich City FC, contrary to Rule E3(1).“It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”Bellusci, a summer signing from Serie B outfit Catania, has until January 2 to respond to the charge, which Leeds confirmed in a club statement the defender will be contesting.Leeds owner Massimo Cellino defended Bellusci in the aftermath of the incident, but suggested he could even be shown the door should he be found guilty.“Bellusci is no racist,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I spoke with him and he said ‘you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him [Jerome].’ He is surprised by this. He is shocked.“I don’t allow racists at this club and I won’t allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I’ll kick his a**e and kick him out before the FA has a chance.“Bellusci says he spoke [to Jerome] in Italian. I don’t know if he [Jerome] speaks Italian too but Bellusci swears to me he said nothing racist.“He was p****d off, sure, because he got hit in the neck and the face but he denies anything racist. I believe him and I’ll support him.“I’ll write to them to clarify my position on Bellusci and racism. If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he’d be out. That’s my philosophy and my promise.” 1last_img read more

Oxford extend Charlton youngster’s loan period

first_img1 Oxford United have extended Tareiq Holmes-Dennis’ loan at the club after reaching an agreement with Charlton.The 18-year-old left-back will now remain at the Kassam Stadium until the end of the season.Holmes-Dennis captained Charlton’s under-18s side during his final year as a scholar and featured regularly for the under-21s team before joining Oxford on an initial one-month loan in October.He has made 12 appearances for the Us this term. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis last_img

Manchester City complete signing of highly-rated Turkish starlet

first_imgManchester City have completed their first transfer of the summer, with highly-rated Turkey striker Enes Unal arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Bursaspor in a reported £2million deal.The 18-year-old has been chased by a number of top clubs – including Premier League champions Chelsea – over the past 12 months, and completed formalities with City over the weekend.CHECK OUT talkSPORT’s TALENT SPOTTER ON NEW MAN CITY SIGNING ENES UNALCity tweeted: “Manchester City are pleased to announce the signing of Turkey international striker Enes Unal from Bursaspor SK.”Unal, who has one senior international cap, built a strong reputation in youth football.As well as Chelsea, the youngster was also chased by Manchester United and Inter Milan at a young age, but instead decided to sign a professional contract with home club Bursaspor in 2013.He scored 24 goals in 25 games for Turkey’s under-16 side and in 2013, at the age of 16, became the youngest goalscorer in the Turkish top flight when he struck against Galatasaray. New Manchester City striker Enes Unal 1last_img read more

Catholic Church faces priest shortage

first_imgHe then prodded the altar boys. Still no takers. “Don’t you want to be a priest?” he asked one of the boys who shrugged. “Sure? Maybe? No way?” Los Angeles, the largest archdiocese in the country, has fewer than 400 diocesan priests to minister to more than 4.3million Catholics, according to its Web site. In the next five years, the San Fernando Region of the diocese, much of which is made up of the San Fernando Valley, will have an estimated 40percent fewer pastors than it does today. At St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, the seminary for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, only 45 of the 92 seminarians are earmarked as future priests for this archdiocese, which encompasses L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. “For almost all men who are considering the priesthood,” Forsen is quick to acknowledge, “the main difficulty is celibacy.” But that’s only one of the issues for the priest shortage. Across the country, religions that don’t require celibacy are experiencing a shortage, as well. Jewish synagogues and Protestant churches are reporting similar problems in recruiting rabbis and ministers. Some Episcopal and Presbyterian churches have a clergy shortage, and some congregations of Reform Judaism and the modern Orthodox wing of Judaism are without full-time rabbis. For Protestant denominations, the declining clergy population has been blamed on the attraction of more lucrative careers in the private economy as well as retirements. For Jews, until a few years ago there were more rabbis than congregations, and officials say recruitment was not emphasized, causing their shortage. But the Byzantine rite Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which allow their priests to be married before ordination, get plenty of vocations. For the Roman Catholic Church, however, the clergy number across the country has been falling some 26percent since 1980, according to reports. The archdioceses of Omaha and Atlanta, each of which serves about 250,000 Catholics, average around seven vocations a year each. In 1999, the Los Angeles Archdiocese recruited three men for the priesthood. Since then, the number has varied from none in 2001 to six in 2000 and 2004. St. John’s ordained nine seminarians in September, five of whom were assigned to Los Angeles. According to a study by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, celibacy ranks as the main reason for the dwindling numbers of priests, along with the attraction of successful, private lives. “Our culture also places an emphasis on living a full, active sexual life; the priesthood calls one to chaste celibacy,” Forsen said. “The priesthood is, as it always has been, countercultural – not anti-cultural but clearly countercultural. The more countercultural our parishes and families become, the more likely it is that young people will want to live committed countercultural lives as priests and religious.” Lost in concerns over the priest shortage and the reasons behind it is the belief that the priesthood is a calling from God. “Let us at least begin to see it as a possibility that God may be calling some of the young people we know to serve him as a priest or sister,” McNamara wrote in his church’s Sunday bulletin about his recent experience with parents who didn’t want their infants growing up to become priests. But Forsen says the challenge the church faces is connecting with youngsters. He tells the story about a high school principal who cautioned him about reaching out to her students for vocations. “Good luck, Father. You priests do not live in the imagination of the young,” the principal told Forsen. “They dream about being astronauts, or professional ballplayers, or rock stars, or even video-game designers. “But they don’t dream about being priests. You’re not even on their radar.” Possible solutions, Forsen says, include taking steps to make Catholic life in general, and priestly and religious life in particular, attractive and spotlighting vocations as priorities – undoubtedly made more difficult in the wake of the clergy sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the church. “A lot of people see only the sacrifices that go into the priesthood – the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience,” he said. “There are people who ask, `How can you be a priest?’ And to them I say, `How can you be married?’ My point is that when you love, there is no sacrifice at all. “It’s the same with a priest. I feel that as a priest, I am trying to change the world for the good, and I am doing it for the same reason as people who are married. You are doing it for your kids.” tony.castro@dailynews.com 818-713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On a recent Sunday, the Rev. Robert J. McNamara of St. Bernardine of Siena Parish in Woodland Hills found himself baptizing four babies – all boys – and quipped that perhaps they would all grow up to be priests. “The joke bombed,” McNamara recalls. “The parents looked at me stone-faced. I even tried the joke a second time. It bombed a second time.” But it is no laughing matter in the Roman Catholic Church, which today finds itself with an all-time shortage of priests – so much so that many dioceses in the country are looking to Latin America to recruit seminarians. “We, unfortunately, are typical of the trouble the church is having in recruiting men for the priesthood,” said the Rev. Jim Forsen, who was ordained 28 years ago and is now vocations director for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Forsen makes the rounds of parishes, speaking during the homily about the joys of a religious vocation with the charisma befitting a college football recruiter. At St. John Eudes Church in Chatsworth, for instance, he summoned all the children at the Mass to the altar and asked who among them wanted to be a lawyer, a dentist, a firefighter, a teacher, a doctor or a veterinarian. Children eagerly raised their hands at each profession. “How many of you want to be a priest?” Forsen finally asked. He was greeted with a round of nervous giggles and laughter – but no hands. last_img

West Ham table bid for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson

first_imgWest Ham have submitted a a £3m bid for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, the Turkish club’s president has confirmed.Hammers manager Slaven Bilic has recently admitted he is chasing the Canada international as well as Gokhan Tore, having worked with both players during his tenure at Besiktas.Tore is reportedly in London to complete a switch to the Olympic Stadium but West Ham still have work to do if they are to prise Hutchinson away from Istanbul.“I am going to have talks with Atiba Hutchinson,” said Besiktas chief Fikret Orman.“He has said he wants to move to England. West Ham made a £3million offer but we want more for him.“As I said we will decide his future after we hold talks.” West Ham bid £3m for Atiba Hutchinson 1last_img read more


first_imgA man in his 30s is still being quizzed by Gardai in Buncrana in connection with the murder of Andrew Allen.The 24 year old father of two was gunned down at his home at Links View Park in Buncrana in February.Gardai arrested the man yesterday morning and continue to question him under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act. It follows the arrest two weeks ago of a man in his 50s form Northern Ireland who was also quizzed about Mr Allens’s murder but released without charge.  MAN STILL BEING QUIZZED ABOUT ALLEN MURDER was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 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) Tags:Andrew Allenlast_img read more


first_imgPic from Discover InishowenTHE eyes of the world were on London on Sunday for the city’s historic marathon.But in Inishowen the eyes were on the roads of Donegal at the well-organised Inishowen AC half marathon.You can find all the results by clicking on the results here: DonegalDailyInishowenHalfmarathon    RESULTS: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR INISHOWEN AC HALF MARATHON was last modified: April 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:RESULTS: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR INISHOWEN AC HALF MARATHONlast_img read more


first_imgWell-known Donegal actor Sean McGinley is to officially launch the Donegal Film Office’s website.Actor Sean McGinleyThe launch, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, will take place on Friday, 16th January 2015 at 11.30am at Glenveagh National Park.The new website will be a showcase for films shot in Donegal as well as all the county has to offer for film production companies considering choosing the county as a suitable location. IRISH SCREEN STAR TO LAUNCH NEW DONEGAL FILM OFFICE WEBSITE was last modified: January 6th, 2015 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) Tags:ACTORDonegal Film OfficeSean McGinleyWEBSITElast_img read more