MONTREAL – The right forearm of a 16th-century Jesuit missionary will arrive in Montreal today on the latest stop on a cross-country tour.Montreal Archbishop Christian Lepine says the relic of St. Francis Xavier will arrive on a flight from Vancouver on Sunday afternoon, just in time for an evening mass.The relic, which normally rests in Rome, has been criss-crossing the country as part of a tour to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.Christians in cities from Halifax to Vancouver have had a chance to venerate the relic, which never fully decomposed after the Spanish-born saint died in 1552.Lepine says St. Francis Xavier was a missionary who baptised thousands of people in his travels across Asia.He describes the relic’s three-day stop in the Montreal as an opportunity for prayer.“Francis Xavier was a missionary, so he went in Asia, he preached all of his life, he preached the love of Jesus Christ, so it’s an occasion to pray,” he said.The tour’s organizers, which include the Ottawa archdiocese and the Jesuits of Canada, have said they hope to attract 100,000 visitors during the month-long tour.
Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back who was jailed for robbery, paints a picture of living in opulence — including cash, drugs and women — during his colleges years as a Buckeye.Deadspin obtained copies of the book, “4th and Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream” – a biography of former UFL coach Joe Moglia. The author, Monte Burke of Forbes, was present when Clarett spoke to the team about his life.A running back for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, Clarett is quoted in the book as saying football was the focus of his early life, but he quickly found trouble and had a stint in a juvenile detention for breaking and entering. He overcame that to elevate to a star who attended Ohio State.In his first game as a Buckeye in 2002, Clarett gained 175 yards and had three touchdowns and helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. At the same time, he was living the high life.“I took golf, fishing, and softball as classes,” Clarett said, according to the excerpt. “Away from class, anything you can think of, I did in my 13 months at Ohio State.“I was living the NFL life in college,” he said in the book. “I got paid more in college than I do now in the UFL.”His off-field issues eventually derailed his playing career, as Clarett was suspended for receiving improper benefits, then filing a phony police report claiming $10,000 in goods had been stolen from him. He tried to flee to the NFL, but league rules prevented him from entering the draft after just one year in college. He sued, but lost.That’s when drugs and alcohol kicked in. “I would ride around in my car carrying life sentences, with pounds of weed and bricks of cocaine,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin.Nonetheless, he was drafted by the Broncos in 2005. Partying too much at night, he was cut before the end of training camp. Back in Columbus, Ohio, he says: “I was popping pills and getting paranoid. I was robbing everyone I knew.”He was arrested in 2006 for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint. He tried to pay the man off, but it didn’t work. He was headed to trial and faced time in prison.A desperate Clarett drank half a bottle of vodka one night, according to the book excerpt, put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed a loaded assault rifle and three handguns and headed off to the man’s house. He didn’t make it there. A missed exit and U-turn resulted in his arrest and a seven-year prison sentence.Clarett said that prison turned his life around. “I cleared my head, away from the drugs and drinking,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin. “Suffering causes you to mature.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said in line with the brighter economic outlook globally and especially in the U.S., the International Monetary Fund has marked up its forecast for economic growth in The Bahamas.“Real growth in 2018 is now forecast at 2.5 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent at the time of the last Budget. For 2019, the forecast calls for growth on the order of 2.2 per cent,” the DPM said during his Contribution to the 2017/18 Mid-Year Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.He said this outlook reflects projected modest growth in tourism sector output, due in part to the sustained improvement in key source markets and in light of the multi-billion Baha Mar resort becoming fully operational. In addition, DPM Turnquest said construction activity should be supported by a number of varied-scale foreign investment projects in both the capital and the Family Islands.“In this environment, employment conditions are expected to continue to gradually improve while inflationary pressures should continue to be well contained over the near-term, as international oil prices remain relatively low.”He said as for monetary sector developments, the Central Bank expects continued high levels of bank liquidity to be a dominant feature. “As well, credit conditions are likely to remain subdued, while bank arrears and non-performing loans should continue their downward trajectory, underpinned mainly by additional asset sales and ongoing loan recovery efforts.The DPM said further, banks are projected to stay highly capitalised, thereby mitigating any threats to financial sector stability.He also noted that developments in respect of external reserves are expected to depend heavily on factors such as the performance of foreign exchange earning sectors, international crude oil price developments and the Government’s financing activities.DPM Turnquest added, “However, external reserve indicators are likely to remain above international benchmarks during the year. At the end of January, external reserves totalled $1,460.5 million, equivalent to 5.5 months of total merchandise imports and well above the benchmark of three months.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp