Alumni, parents and friends of the University are aiming to log 744 hours of unbroken prayer for human life as part of Respect Life Month and the Month of the Rosary this October. The initiative is known as prayLIFE, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Dolly Duffy said. “We’ve just been amazed at the outpouring from the Notre Dame family toward this goal,” she said. This is the first year prayLIFE has occurred at Notre Dame, Duffy said. It was the inaugural project promoted by Beth Bubik, the Alumni Association’s new Life Initiatives Program coordinator. Participants in prayLIFE register online to pray independently for an hour, Duffy said. “We have what’s called a prayer calendar,” she said. “They’ll log onto mynotredame.nd.edu and put in [their] first name [and] the state. It’s so impressive that we’ve had so many members of the Notre Dame family praying throughout the night. Right now it’s one person, one [time] slot.” The Alumni Association advertised prayLIFE to its approximately 270 Notre Dame Clubs worldwide, sent out news releases and spoke with other groups at Notre Dame, Duffy said. “The calendar is close to 75 percent full,” Duffy said. “So we have about 25 percent of the 744 hours still available. One of the great things has been as we get close to a day where there are some open slots, just out of nowhere the slots suddenly get filled because people don’t want to see this continuous prayer broken.” Duffy said PrayLIFE is somewhat similar to the 40 Days for Life campaign against abortion, but focuses on all issues of life from contraception to natural death. She said is unaware of any other university that has undertaken such a project. “I think our alumni are so excited to see us look at the issue of life across the entire spectrum and put together positive programs that allow them to participate as members of the Notre Dame family,” Duffy said. Duffy said that in the future, she hopes to begin working on prayLIFE earlier, create more publicity and possibly expand the online calendar to allow more than one person to register for each time slot. “I would also say that if students are interested in participating, we welcome them,” Duffy said.
ILOILO City – Nine sachets of suspectedshabu were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Balabag, Pavia, Iloilo. around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Aside from suspected illegal drugs, a P1,000marked money was also recovered. The 29-year-old resident Alfred Gualtayielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said Officers of the Pavia police stationstaged the entrapment operation that led to the arrest of the suspect Gualta was detained in the lockup cell ofthe municipal police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN
Football News Sunil Chhetri rues lack of proper football infrastructure, development during his growing up years
India has slipped to 103 in the latest FIFA rankings.Sunil Chhetri is considered one of the best football players from India.Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company, has initiated the Zinc Football programme. Udaipur: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on Saturday lamented that he did not have access to top-class facilities during his growing days but felt the situation has been changing in the country. Chhetri, during a visit to the Zinc Football Academy at Zawar, Udaipur, said he was delighted to see a world-class infrastructure here. He said initiatives like this would take Rajasthan and Indian football to greater heights in the future. “I have seen a football academy for the first time in Rajasthan and I’m really happy to see a state-of-the-art infrastructure here. Initiatives like Zinc Football, with the kind of world-class infrastructure, will help uplift the cause of Indian football in the coming years,” he said. “I wish I had access to infrastructure and facilities like this while growing up. With the right guidance, I am sure the kids here can go a long way not only within Rajasthan but at the national level as well.” To help grassroots development in the country and take Indian football to the next level, Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company, initiated the Zinc Football programme as part of their social investment programme.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri reckons Indian football team will be difficult to beat in upcoming AFC Asian Cup At the core of the programme is a full-fledged residential academy with 40 of the best under-15 footballers who have been scouted from among over 5000 children. Chhetri emphasized upon the various facets that had gone into the making of a top professional footballer and shared his experiences with the kids who were excited to have the star footballer among them. Chhetri also took the field to play a short game with the kids.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri named ‘Asian Icon’ by AFC on his birthday, gets praise for rivalling Ronaldo, Messi President of Vedanta Football, Annanya Agarwal, said, “We could not have been happier to host Indian football’s superstar Sunil Chhetri. His achievements and what he has done on the pitch is there for everyone to see. “It was extremely gratifying to see him interact with our young footballers and inspire them to reach greater heights. As a group, Vedanta is focused on building a development model for grassroots football in the country and identify and cultivate footballing talent, roping in icons such as Sunil Chhetri in the process.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.