Pope may allow married men to serve as priests

first_imgPope Francis has opened the possibility of ordaining married men to serve as priests in the Catholic church.In an interview with Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper published this week, the Pontiff said the church should study whether ‘viri probati’ or married men of proven faith – could be ordained to fill the gap left by the shortage of priests around the world. He described it as an “enormous problem” that must be resolved.“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility. Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” he was quoted as saying.he, however, stressed that removing the celibacy rule mandated to priests is not an answer to the priest shortage.The Latin rite already allows some married non-Catholic clergymen who become Catholics to be ordained.Clerical marriage, meaning priests who marry once ordained, is not allowed by the church. It is unclear if Francis would issue a decree to allow “viri probati” throughout the church.The “viri probati” proposal has been around for decades, but it has drawn renewed attention under the church’s first Latin American pope.Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a longtime friend of Francis and former head of the Vatican’s office for clergy, is reportedly pressing to allow viri probati in the Amazon, where the church counts around one priest for every 10,000 Catholics.Francis has shown particular openness to receiving concrete proposals for ordaining married men, reportedly saying in private in 2014 that it could be left for bishops to decide depending on the situation, The Register reported.Francis also has shown his own pastoral concern for men who have left ministry to marry.He has maintained friendship with the Argentine widow of a friend who left the priesthood to marry, and he spent one of his Friday mercy missions last year visiting with men who had left ministry to start families.He also has said that while he favors a celibate priesthood, celibacy technically can be up for discussion since it’s a discipline of the church, not a dogma.last_img read more

Asafa Powell engaged to Canadian model

first_imgAsafa Powell engaged to Alyshia Akua MillerWedding bells are in the air. Asafa Powell is officially now off the market. He popped the big question to Canadian model girlfriend Alyshia Akua Miller.UPDATE: Asafa Powell weds Canadian model Alyshia MillerPowell and Miller have been public with their relationship since September of last year after they were spotted at a Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Asafa Powell, engaged to Alyshia Akua Miller, and were spotted at a resort in Montego Bay, JamaicaMiller was born in Canada to a Ghanian mother and Canadian father and was featured in a 2016 issue of the Essence Magazine.Read More: Asafa Powell says he is not looking pass 2018She is managed by Women 360.Canadian model Alyshia Akua MillerPowell was once the world’s fastest man and has the most sub 10 second clocking of any 100 meter sprinter. Despite not achieving individual gold medals at the World and Olympic Championships, he is still regarded of one of the premier sprinters of his generation.Asafa’s career coming to an endThe 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia may be the last time Asafa Powell don’s his running spikes. Asafa Powell, who is now engaged, may be looking to engage in activities other than running in the near future.“I am not thinking about 2020 right now, the farthest I will be going is 2018, maybe the Commonwealth Games and that’s where I see myself, just two years and not 2020,” said Powell, who was in India as brand ambassador for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon’s (ADHM) on Sunday.Read More: Powell, Thompson, Blake to lead Jamaica’s charge to World RelaysPowell, who was part of the winning 2008 quartet in 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said the competition in track and field was growing with each passing day.“In Rio 100m finals, there were six runners who ran under 10. Currently there are so many people who can run sub 10s,” he said.“Sports is evolving. The athletes are getting more technical. The coaches are doing a lot more. The sport has come a long way. Eight athletes in the finals who all were capable of going sub 10s.”“A lot has changed and it’s going to get better and better as we go further. We know guys from all over the world who can run sub 10s, may be we will have guys from India who can run sub 10s soon,” he added.last_img read more

Shaggy & Friends still raising money for Bustamante Hospital for Children

first_imgThe show may be over, but reggae star Shaggy is still prodding on with his mission of raising funds to benefit The Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica.  The star, who thrilled many Jamaicans last Saturday night with a concert with many top celebrities on the grounds of Jamaica House in St. Andrew, is hoping to deliver US$1 million to the hospital. Through his Rae Town apparel, the star says 100 percent of profits from the sale of the ‘Shaggy and Friends’ concert tee-shirt will also go directly tohelping the hospital.  The Shaggy and Friends concert featured top celebrities like Sting, Wyclef Jean and Dough E.  Fresh, along with soca stars Benji Garlin and Faye Ann Lyons, and reggae’s Capleton, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Professor Nuts, Barrington Levy, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Rayvon, Wayne Wonder, Shenseea, Third World, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo.  Sting, former Police frontman, started his extended performance with ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘Message in a Bottle,’ ‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘Roxanne,’ as well as  a new track with Shaggy titled “Don’t Make Me Wait.”last_img read more

Man killed in vigilante justice in Jamaica following murder of eight-year-old

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Police are probing the murder of a 26-year-old man who was apparently killed in vigilante justice in Jamaica. He was killed by a mob seeking vengeance for the death of an eight-year-old school child, whose body was found in bushes in Blue Hole, Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew, a parish, situated in the island’s southeast.Parliamentary representative for the St Andrew West Rural constituency, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, condemned the killing, saying “I’m in disbelief because you never want jungle justice because you don’t know if you’re getting the right person and at this time we don’t know and we can’t take the law into our own hands”.8-year old female murderedThe mob had accused Miguel Williams of being involved in the murder of Shantae Skyers, who had been reported missing on her way from school last Tuesday.The authorities said her body was found amongst rubble by a search party led by officers from the St Andrew North Police Division.Beaten and burned Media reports said that Williams was beaten and his body burnt on Wednesday as the angry residents sought justice for the murder of the Red Hills Primary School student. The mob also set fire to his home.Relatives said Williams suffers from a mental condition, and Cuthbert-Flynn said she would be contacting the National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang about maintaining police presence in the community as residents have threatened further action.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal ends year as world number one at 31

first_imgRafel Nadal can’t wait to receive his year-end world number one trophy at London for topping the men’s rankings in 2017.The Spaniard clinched the world number one spot for 2017 after beating Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters yesterday.He became the oldest man to ever be on top of the men’s rankings at 31 years old after finishing ahead of Roger Federer.Roger Federer pulled out of the Paris Masters after winning the Swiss Indoors defeating Del Potro at the weekend and admitted earlier this week that his one regret of the year was not pushing Nadal closer for the world number one spot.Meanwhile, Nadal has enjoyed a fulfilled season, capturing six titles – including two Grand Slams and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000s. He will receive his world number trophy in this month’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.And he can’t wait to round off his 2017 campaign by lifting the coveted prize.“It is a special day, today I confirmed that I’m going to be the number one at the end of the season” Nadal said in a post on Twitter.“It’s an important achievement for me after all the things that happened to me over the last couple of years. It means a lot to me“,RelatedAgeless Federer Beats Fierce Rival To Win Shanghai MastersOctober 16, 2017In “Sports”Road to ATP World Finals, LondonNovember 7, 2017In “Sports”Novak Djokovic Returns To World Tennis SummitNovember 5, 2018In “Tennis”last_img read more

SG Gaming renews & upgrades Ladbrokes Coral terminals

first_img GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Phil Horne – SG GamingNasdaq-listed industry technology provider, Scientific Games Corporation has confirmed that its European subsidiary SG Gaming will continue to act as lead retail terminals supplier to Ladbrokes Coral properties.Updating the market SG Gaming confirms that it has secured a further seven-year agreement to service Ladbrokes Coral’s 3,500 UK betting shops with its hardware solutions and games content.Further to the contract extension, SG Gaming will begin its upgrade of Ladbrokes Coral in-store provisions, installing its latest Equinox 2.4 terminals, with the initial rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.SG Gaming details that Equinox 2.4 will bring new gameplay innovations to Ladbrokes Coral estates, with the terminals featuring ‘privacy-mode’ functionality, providing discreet gaming for retail customers.Renewing on its biggest UK contract, a pleased Phil Horne CEO of SG Gaming stated: This deal – which is the largest in our history – comes during one of the most significant years ever for SG Gaming for product innovation as we have continued to work with our customers to develop and launch our biggest, most innovative and most exciting new product range to date, creating an offer that can help our customers adapt with confidence to the changing gaming environment. We have a longstanding relationship with Ladbrokes Coral, and our ongoing commitment to both the LBO sector and their individual business needs is reflected in our mutual desire to work together on a larger scale for the next seven years”.“We have worked closely with the team at Ladbrokes Coral to provide them with an innovative gaming product that we believe will complement and enhance their overall retail offer, and we are very excited about working with them on the next stage of this successful partnership”.Mark Chambers, Retail Managing Director at Ladbrokes Coral Group said, “SG Gaming has shown us that it is a forward-thinking supplier, not only with its impressive new products and investment in the sector but also with its continued focus on driving the direction and implementation of player protection measures across the industry. We look forward to continuing to work with them as we build on this partnership”.last_img read more

Check please… Degree 53 publishes Age ID ‘UX Review’

first_img Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Industry design, innovation and software development agency Degree 53 has published its latest ‘UX Review’ focusing on evaluating the impact of new age and identity verification processes, enforced by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in May this year.The report assesses how incumbents have approached the challenge of adjusting/addressing to the UKGC’s customer age verification requirements from a customer UX and usability angle.Furthermore, Degree 53’s review provides operators with advise on optimisation best practices and priorities which operators can implement in order to tackle the diverse UX challenges faced onboarding customers.Degree 53 has reviewed the customer journey’s of leading bookmakers Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and bet365 among others to find out how betting incumbents have dealt with the new rules.The UX agency further assesses key variables such as access to information and tools provided by bookmakers to support customers verification procedures.Benefitting industry stakeholders, Degree 53 report provides an in-depth overview on the different strategies undertaken by operators to meet their new verification dynamics.Jade Daniels – Degree 53Jade Daniels, Design Director at Degree 53, said: “The new age and identity verification procedure has completely changed the whole acquisition process for some customers. Many don’t expect to provide their ID or proof of address as soon as they join, and they might struggle to find these documents straight away.“This means that it can delay their betting or gaming activities or put them off completely if the verification process is unclear. It’s a tricky thing to balance and get right for the punter, as well as for compliance. Regardless of the regulation, it’s important to offer as much guidance as possible to customers to make their journey simpler.“We’ve seen good ways of approaching this and those that require further work to make it absolutely clear. Something as simple as inputting the wrong date of birth because of a cumbersome dropdown while registering can really affect the choice of operator for customers if they experience obstacles. Regulations shouldn’t prevent online gambling businesses from developing new ideas, and our reports show different examples of how it can be done.” Sharelast_img read more

Engine Shop announces acquisition of SA Studios Global’s esports and football divisions

first_imgBrian Gordon, Engine ShopEngine Shop has today announced the acquisition of SA Studios Global’s esports and football divisions. Notably, as a part of this arrangement, the leadership team of Scott Debson, and Jamie King, Co-founder of Rockstar Games will be joining the group too.Engine Shop has made this move in order to bolster its ‘esports strategy, content and live event production capabilities’. In addition, the release noted that it ‘is also the springboard to launching a new international soccer practice’. The agency is already working with a number of pro sports clubs in relation to their esports strategies, and they’re the production lead for the NHL’s esports activities. This addition follows on from the agency’s 2017 acquisition of The Gamer Agency, an esports strategy, event production, and content development company.Scott Debson, Engine ShopDebson, who co-founded SA, will be leading the development of the agency’s plans and ambitions in US soccer but will also have esports on his radar in his new role. Having worked with numerous Fortune 100 brands ‘developing lifestyle and cultural marketing strategies and campaigns’, including the Major League Soccer, Umbro, Machinima, MetroPCS and Bob Marley Music. Another significant part of the acquisition is that Engine Shop is now the US agency for Umbro and will also act as the lead agency for the eMLS. The inaugural competition for this took place at PAX East in Boston over 5-8th April. This is on top of its work operating the Mixer NYC Studio for the Microsoft 5th Avenue Flagship in New York City. King meanwhile will have esports as his main focus and has now become Executive Vice President Esports, for Engine Shop. He is well versed when it comes to video games and has taken a leading role in the development teams responsible for the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead and more. Jamie King, Engine ShopSince 2012 he has focused instead on esports and livestream production working with clients such as Microsoft and T-Mobile. He and Debson will report to Brian Godon, Engine Shop CEO and Chris Handy, Engine Shop President.Brian Gordon, Engine Shop CEO commented: “Quickly, we have established our esports capabilities on par with our collection of best-in-class services in global sports and entertainment. We have the same aspirations for our new global football practice.““All of this is built around a deeply talented and creative team and now we add to that with renowned pioneers in esports and global football who know where and how to captivate audiences. It’s another in a series of moves with more ahead, that has our team and our clients very excited.”Speaking to Esports Insider, he added: “We have built a formidable esports practice with the foremost experts in the space and we are going to turn them loose to explore every potential opportunity for our business. First and foremost we will continue to serve publishers, global brands, leagues, and teams to formulate their strategies and understand the myriad of opportunities the marketplace offers them. In time, we will expand into creating our own event-driven businesses with the right partners.“All of what we are doing is approached from a global perspective which is one of the many areas that  Scott, Jamie, and their teams excel. Our goal is to help our partners navigate the convergence of interest and opportunity with bold ideas and play an integral role in shaping the future of esports. Today was a major statement about how are uniquely qualified to do that.”Esports Insider says: An agency which already works with ‘a number of pro sports clubs’, with the NHL and more, the Engine Shop clearly means business. The acquisition of SA Studios Global looks a smart move, particularly with the addition of Debson and King to the team. We look forward to seeing what the Engine Shop delivers!last_img read more

UCL Round of 16: Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham preview

first_imgBorussia Dortmund need to do something they have never done before and overturn a three-goal deficit.Dortmund may never have overturned a three-goal deficit, but they came mighty close against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals five years ago.That second-leg showing in 2013/14 can serve as inspiration for the hosts – who are in bullish pre-match mood – but Tottenham, buoyed by recent good results against BVB and with the prize of only a second UEFA Champions League quarter-final in their history within reach, should have enough nous to stave off a fightback.Possible line-upsDortmund: Bürki; Wolf, Akanji, Zagadou, Diallo; Delaney, Witsel; Sancho, Reus Guerreiro; GötzeOut: Piszczek (foot)Doubtful: Pulišić (muscle)Misses next match if booked: WeiglTottenham: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sánchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Wanyama, Rose; Eriksen, Son, KaneOut: Alli (hamstring), Trippier (fitness)Doubtful: Dier (illness), Winks (hip)Misses next match if booked: Alderweireld, Lamela, SonKey battleAkanji v Kane: Dortmund sorely missed the injured Manuel Akanji’s athleticism and anticipation in the Wembley first leg.To stand any chance of progression to the quarter-finals, BVB cannot afford to concede an away goal; for that to be the case, the fit-again Swiss defender must shackle Harry Kane, who has scored three goals in as many appearances against Dortmund.Form guideDortmundLast game: Augsburg 2-1 Dortmund (01/03)Form: LWDLDDDWWWTottenhamLast game: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (02/03)Form: DLLWWWWLLWLucien Favre, Dortmund coach“We can’t talk about [beating Atlético 4-0 earlier this season]. Every game is different. The first leg is done and this is a different situation. We know we can score goals, but we have to play very cleverly. Of course, the most important thing is to produce a top performance. Anything is possible. We know it’s tough, but you never know.”Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs manager“It’s a great opportunity to play and go through to the next round in an important competition like the Champions League. It’s going to be a tough game. We need to forget the first leg. It’s important to start at a very good level – be aggressive, fight from the beginning, high tempo, that’s key.” –Source: UEFA –Source: UEFAlast_img read more

Fears over Coronavirus in Italy as Juventus U23 play infected team

first_imgThere are coronavirus fears at Juventus after the club’s Under-23s played against an infected team.Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, along with former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, have since been given a briefing about how to avoid the deadly disease. Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates have been briefed about the coronavirus outbreakMore than 85,000 people have been infected by coronavirus, with almost 3,000 deaths recorded.Juventus youngsters featured against Serie C minnows Pianese last Sunday.Following a 1-0 defeat to the Under-23s side last Sunday, three members of the Pianese squad and a trainer have tested positive for coronavirus.While no Juventus players have tested positive, joint training sessions between the first-team and Under-23s have been cancelled as a precaution.A Juventus source said: “The situation is being taken very seriously and the medical staff have told all the players to keep washing their hands and using hand gels.“No one has tested positive but bearing in mind the Inter game has been postponed because of health concerns nothing is being taken for granted.“Some of the players involved in the Under-23 match did train midweek with Ronaldo and the first-team, but that will now not happen again for a few weeks.”Juventus’ first-team match against Inter Milan was scheduled to take place against Inter Milan on Sunday, but was postponed over coronavirus fears. Source: Talksportcenter_img Tags: CoronavirusJuventuslast_img read more