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first_imgThe Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity formed this semester with the goal of fostering communication among clubs working on issues of human dignity, as well as raising awareness of the work these clubs do on campus. Freshman organizer Matt Caponigro said the coalition derives its strength from the cohesion and spirit of cooperation shared among its member groups. “We thought that maybe if we started a dialogue with each other that we could help each other to move forward on some of these human dignity issues, to be more effective and reach out to more people,” he said. Caponigro said the Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity was founded as a passionate answer to a heartfelt request from Father Jenkins. “The coalition is our response to Father Jenkins’ call to make this university a healing, unifying and enlightening force in a world that’s deeply in need,” he said.  “That has been our rallying call.” Caponigro said the coalition is inspired and driven by Notre Dame’s special status as a university focused on social concerns issues. “We at [Notre Dame] have a unique calling, especially among other universities, to do some real good for our brothers and sisters to start serious dialogue about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said the coalition hopes to become a powerful advocate for human dignity by bringing together a diverse spectrum of clubs and individuals from across campus. “We want to build a coalition that bridges the gap between students, administrators and faculty members so that we can be truly effective in restoring human dignity to all people,” he said. The coalition has already grown to include organizations such as Right to Life and the Black Student Association, and hopes to further expand as it becomes better organized, Caponigro said. He said the coalition is empowered by its diverse membership, but this diversity can complicate its ability to make unified decisions. “The coalition revolves around partnership, sitting down at the table and talking about what we’ve been working on,” he said, “But it’s tricky, because there are a lot of different people at the table.” In the future, the coalition hopes to host a signature event before the end of the year to raise awareness and encourage student participation in the fight for human dignity, Carponigro said. “We’re hoping to do something like a concert on South Quad that brings everybody together, that shows our classmates and the rest of the Notre Dame community that we really do care about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said he is excited for the coalition to forge closer bonds with Notre Dame as it matures and expands as an organization. “We’re looking forward to developing stronger relationships with the administration and with our peers so that we can really work together as a unified front,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday June 22nd, 2018, football fans thronged the Super Eagles Dome in Surulere, Lagos to cheer on the Nigerian national football team as they faceoff Iceland in Volgograd Stadium, Russia.As the Official beer of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Star Lager took their support for the national team a notch higher, with the set up of a state-of-the-art football experience venue for passionate football fans.The Super Eagles Dome features a tunnel showcasing the glorious history of the Super Eagles on LED, plus high-tech and multimedia technology that gives a 360-degree experience, a VIP lounge and a mini studio where football legends Ben Iroha, Ike Shorunmu, Uche Alozie Okechukwu and Tijani Babangida discuss the game and analyse the performance of the Super Eagles moderated by sports journalist Steve Dede. The dome also hosted artistes M.I and Small Doctor alongside DJ Big N who entertained music lovers with their hit songs during the after-party. The ecstatic fans who already had a wonderful evening watching the Super Eagles beat Iceland through an Ahmed Musa brace, also enjoyed winning several gift items courtesy of Star Lager Beer at the dome.Speaking at the venue, Abayomi Abidakun, Senior Brand Manager Star Lager Beer, Nigerian Breweries Plc, said,“Star Lager as proud supporters of the national team has set up a meeting point where fans of like minds can come and show their love and support for the Super Eagles notwithstanding the scoreline.”The Super Eagles Dome was created for passionate football fans to spur the national team to victory while enjoying a 360-degree experience of ‘Football unusual’, with entertainment and an added plus of prize giveaways. It is scheduled to continue throughout the competition in Russia, and in multiple cities across Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgPerhaps it is an irony of history that in the midst of the so-called COVID-19 crippling all sporting activities worldwide, notably the nation’s pastime, football, Ghana should lose two legendary goal scorers Opoku Afriyie of Asante Kotoko fame and Tano Bofoakwa’s Kwasi Owusu.  Interestingly, both players were  different both in size and temperament but they found a common denominator in the art of brilliant goal scoring both at club and national level. And both captained the Black Stars. Nimble footed Opoku Afriyie atoned for his pint size with amazing ball control. He could score speedily with either foot.Kwasi Owusu’s huge frame was a defenders nightmare . He formed an amazing partnership with another wizard striker, Dan Owusu and the two of them (not siblings) shared more than 90% of Bofoakwa Tano’s goal haul for three consecutive league seasons in the 70s.Surprisingly, despite his huge frame, Kwasi was not robust and even allowed himself on occasions, to be bullied in the box. Some say he was gentle to a fault at times.Historians will recall an incident at Accra Stadium in 1975 during the novelty Ghana-Nigeria Friendship Games when Nigeria goal keeper Okalla slapped him in a minor struggle for the ball.Kwasi just smiled and offered a handshake. True Sportsmanship. Pint size Opoku Afriyie might have reacted differently.He had a fierce temper and never allowed himself to be bullied by anybody on and off the pitch.It was a rift with Kotoko management that resulted in his compulsory retirement from the team in 1983. He played briefly for close rivals Hearts of Oak, and soon returned to his natural habitat, Kotoko. He was for a long time Kotoko team manager and later on Black Stars Welfare Officer.Opoku Afriyie’s goal scoring prowess was detected in the early 70s when he was a Colts player for Kumasi Hearts Babies. He was already a household name at Manhyia Park and when he joined Kotoko in 1974 he quickly made his presence felt with some fantastic goals.He matured so quickly that in his second season with Kotoko he nearly won the goal king title. His tally of 27 fell short by one to Dan Owosu’s haul of 28. Dan of Bofoakwa Tano fame retained the goal king crown but Opoku  Afriyie will be remembered for his two brilliant hat-tricks in the season.He scored thrice against Ghanacan whom Kotoko beat 7-1 and got all three goals against B.A. United. When Kotoko thrashed 7-0 in Kumasi, Opoku Afriyie got four of the seven goals.His record in the Africa clubs series was also superb. He got a hat-trick in the 1982 continental clash against Kampala City Council of Uganda in Kumasi that Kotoko won 6-0. By: Ken Bediakolast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian challenge at the $2.2 million Dubai Tennis Championships ended after Rohan Bopanna and his partner suffered a shock exit in the first round of the men’s doubles at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Wednesday.Second seeds Bopanna and Romanian Florin Mergea lost to the unseeded but experienced Canadian-Czech pairing of Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7(6), 4-10 in an hour and 24 minutes on Court No.3.Yuki Bhambri and Mahesh Bhupathi had lost their respective opening matches earlier on Tuesday evening. The Indo-Romanian pair was easily the dominant team in the first set, winning 29 of the 49 points played. They also broke Nestor and Stepanek twice out of five chances which was enough to seal the set. Though the unseeded combine earned three breakpoint chances, they wasted them all. Also read: Bhambri, Bhupathi out of Dubai tennis The Canadian-Czech pair upped the ante in the second set. Both teams got one break of serve each which led the set into the tie-break where Nestor and Stepanek proved a tad bit better to clinch it 8-6.The momentum had now shifted in favour of Stepanek and Nestor who went 6-0 up in the super tie-break. It was too difficult for the second seeds to make a comeback from there, losing the decider 4-10.last_img read more