Shortly after the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, the conservative Christian Coalition sent an email to its members. It included a photo taken in 1942 of a white Christian family praying at the dinner table, patriarch seated at the head.The note below the photo read: “We will soon be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving and God has still not withheld his blessings upon this nation, although we now richly deserve such condemnation. We have a lot to give thanks for, but we also need to pray to our Heavenly Father and ask Him to protect us from those enemies, outside and within, who want to see America destroyed.”According to Robert P. Jones, the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, the note’s “apocalyptic ring” stems from the anxiety, fear, and anger of some conservative white Christians who he says have, in the space of a decade, moved from the mainstream to the minority in America. In a conversation Wednesday evening at Harvard Divinity School with journalist and political analyst E.J. Dionne, Jones laid out the data behind his claims, collected in his recent book “The End of White Christian America.”HDS Dean David N. Hempton (from left) opens the discussion as panelists E.J. Dionne and Jones listen. Jonathan Beasley/HDS.Jones characterized white, Christian America as representing centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination. Over the last couple of decades, however, demographics and culture have shifted dramatically.During the years of the Obama presidency, for instance, the percentage of Americans who identified as white and Christian declined from 54 to 43 — more than a percentage point every year. During this time, the United States “crossed from being a majority to a minority white Christian country,” Jones said. At the same time, support for the institution of same-sex marriage rose from 40 to 60 percent of Americans.,“If you are a conservative, white Christian, these numbers constitute a kind of cultural vertigo,” he said. “You’ve gone from being in the mainstream to [an era where that is] no longer true.”The changes in religious affiliation between generations of Americans are even more striking, Jones said. In 2016, 64 percent of those aged 65 and older identified as both white and Christian. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number was only 25 percent. Nearly 40 percent of young Americans claimed no religious affiliation at all.,“What turbocharges the cultural changes is the exodus of young people,” Jones said. “Those kids were raised in churches and left. By all measures, very few of them look like they’re coming back.”Moreover, conservative churches are now seeing declines that were once limited to progressive Protestant denominations. Jones noted that 23 percent of Americans identified as white evangelicals in 2006. In 2016, that number was only 16 percent.The numbers “explain why it feels like a fight to the death for some in the white, Christian world,” Jones said. They also account for a startling turnaround in the attitudes of so-called “values voters.” In 2011, the institute asked Americans “whether a political leader who committed an immoral act in his or her private life could nonetheless behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public life.” At that time, Jones wrote, “only 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants agreed with this statement.” When the institute asked the question again in 2016, 72 percent of white evangelicals said that they believed “a candidate can build a kind of moral wall between his private and public life.”,The sentiment carried into the November presidential election, when around 80 percent of self-designated white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump — the most weighted support of any American religious constituency.“Donald Trump got the highest percentage of white evangelical vote since we began recording,” noted Dionne. “Before Trump, the personal life of a politician really mattered. After Trump, it really didn’t matter.”Both Dionne and Jones characterized the rightward trajectory of white Christians over the past 50 years in large part as a reaction to the gains of the Civil Rights, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, as well as to predictions that the U.S. will for the first time be majority nonwhite by 2042. As a result, the coalitions behind the country’s two major political parties look radically different.In 2012, “the Obama coalition looked like 30-year-old America,” Jones said. “The Romney coalition looked like 70-year-old America … Ten years ago, the GOP was 80 percent white and Christian. Today that’s 71 percent. We’re on a trajectory where we end up with a white Christian nationalist [GOP] and everyone else.”,Dionne noted that shifting demographics and the rise in religious disaffiliation created coalition management problems for Democrats that may have cost them the White House in 2016.“There was fear in the Clinton campaign that the young would be turned off [by talk of religion] and that there’s a lot of anger toward conservative Christians whom they see as inimical to who [liberals] are,” he said. “But not to talk to religious people was a mistake. [Methodism] was the most authentic piece of Hillary Clinton. If you want to carry Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania, you can’t do it with only a secular coalition.”Jones and Dionne spoke hours after news broke of the death of “America’s pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham. Dionne called Graham’s death a “reminder of the era [Jones] writes about [that] in some ways is passing away.” Jones, who grew up a Southern Baptist in Mississippi, worked for Graham during the summer of his senior year in college. He noted that the evangelist refused to hold segregated rallies in the South, counted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. among his friends, and tried to reach beyond his white audience.Jones contrasted his approach with that of his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, and said that the two represented the response of white Christian Americans to two eras, 20th-century ascendancy and 21st-century decline.With Billy Graham, “There was a deep invitation to become part of Christian life,” he said. “Franklin Graham was public in his support for Trump, critical of Obama and Black Lives Matter, and in lockstep with the Christian right movement. Billy Graham’s death is the passing of an era when evangelical Christianity was more sure-footed — and more sure of itself. Now it’s more defensive.”
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board Thursday voted to raise the normal operating level (NOL) of the share insurance fund to 1.39 percent – as proposed – and approved merging the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) with the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).These actions, taken during the board’s open meeting, set the stage for the NCUA to retain almost $1 billion from the merger of the funds.The TCCUSF will be closed in 2017 and will distribute its funds, property and other assets and liabilities to the NCUSIF on Oct. 1. The NOL of the NCUSIF will be set to 1.39 percent, effective today. As a result, NCUA anticipates a $600 million to $800 million distribution to credit unions in 2018 with additional distributions possible. This would amount to credit unions being refunded only about 15 percent of their original assessments made to the TCCUSF.“NAFCU and the credit unions we represent appreciate the NCUA’s work on this issue, but this approach and outcome are not ideal,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “While we welcome credit unions getting some back in 2018, raising the NOL by 9 basis points is unprecedented and unnecessary. Two-thirds of all who commented on the proposal – including our members – opposed such a dramatic increase and rightly so. continue reading »
continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Texans overwhelmingly voted in favor of two credit union-backed amendments to the state’s constitution Tuesday. CUNA, the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Texas credit unions advocated strongly in favor of the amendments, one of which allows credit unions to offer prize linked savings accounts.“Credit unions did a great job working to pass both measures,” said Caroline Willard, president and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. “I appreciate the support of our member credit unions, league staff, CUNA and the other associations working together to pass these two amendments which will help borrowers and savers in Texas.”CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said CUNA is “proud to partner with Cornerstone in this coordinated campaign to educate voters about the value that passage of these two initiatives would bring to credit union members across Texas.”Proposition 2 allows borrowers the option to refinance a home equity loan into a conventional loan and provides access to additional options and lower rate products, rather than being limited to only refinancing into a home equity loan.
Comment Pablo Mari becomes Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Pablo Mari after Flamengo confirmed the departure of the Spanish defender.The impending arrival of the 26-year-old will represent the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign as head coach and will provide him with much needed defensive cover.Mari was signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2016 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League champions and was sent out on loan to Girona, NAC and Deportivo, before joining Brazilian giants Flamengo.Mari played a pivotal role in Flamengo’s recent Copa Libertadores success and starred against Liverpool in last month’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are due to welcome William Saliba back from his loan spell at St Etienne at the end of the season but Arteta is short of options at the heart of his defence with Shkodran Mustafi now on the treatment table after he picked up an ankle sprain during Monday’s win at Bournemouth.Chegou a hora de nos despedirmos desse zagueiro que chegou ao Flamengo para deixar a sua marca na nossa história com os títulos da Conmebol Libertadores e do Campeonato Brasileiro. Pablo Marí, obrigado por tudo. 👏🏆🇪🇸#CRF pic.twitter.com/z5skwsimzO— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 29, 2020 Advertisement Flamengo confirm departure of Arsenal transfer target Pablo Mari Calum Chambers will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Rob Holding has struggled to recapture his best form since recovering from an identical injury which ruled him out for nine months.Mari arrived in London on Saturday, accompanied by Arsenal’s technical director Edu, but returned to Brazil less than 24 hours later amid reports that the deal had broken down.Talks, however, resumed earlier this week and Flamengo were said to be unhappy with Arsenal’s demanding an initial loan move with an option to buy.But according widespread reports in Brazil, Arsenal are said to have reach a compromise and Mari will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have agreed to pay a loan fee of €5 million (£4.2m) to sign Mari now and the deal includes the option to sign the 26-year-old permanently in the summer.Arteta, meanwhile, remains hopeful of adding one more new signing to his injury-ravaged squad before Friday’s deadline but, given the restricted funds available to him, a loan arrival appears to be his only option.MORE: Arsenal target another loan signing once Pablo Mari transfer is doneMORE: Dani Ceballos unhappy with Mikel Arteta after talks over role at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jan 2020 12:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs Norwich City Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 4PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome struggling Norwich City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. The Red Devils are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions but are still fifth in the Premier League table and will fancy their chances of overcoming the Canaries this weekend. It has been a case of one step forward, two steps back for United this season, and it is difficult to imagine that pattern of results and performances changing between now and the summer. Back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Burnley in their final two Premier League matches of 2019 would have seen the 20-time English champions arrive at Arsenal on New Year’s Day full of confidence. The performance at the Emirates Stadium was disappointing, though, as they suffered a 2-0 loss. Since then, they have drawn 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup in addition to suffering a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. The Red Devils were well beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford and face a huge task to turn the tie around on January 29. When considering that United have only won eight of their 21 Premier League matches this season, it is a surprise that they are in a top-four race. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are fifth in the table as things stand, though, just five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who have suffered seven league defeats this term. United are only four points above 10th-placed Arsenal, though, and could easily slide down the table with a couple of poor results. It would be a huge surprise if they fail to return to winning ways this weekend but breaking down sides that they are expected to beat has been a real issue. The Red Devils have only suffered one Premier League defeat at Old Trafford this season, though, and that came back in August against Crystal Palace. That said, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton have all left the Theatre of Dreams with something to show for their efforts this term. At the time of writing, no new players have arrived at the club this month despite their injury problems. The absence of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have hurt them badly, while key centre-back Harry Maguire is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hip problem, leaving the team short in defence. There have been plenty of positives this season, though, with Marcus Rashford enjoying the finest campaign of his career. The England international has 17 goals in 29 appearances at club level this term and will surely be considered by Norwich to be the home side’s biggest threat this afternoon. Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have also been impressive in the final third, but the lack of a provider from the number 10 spot has been a problem, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira all failing to convince in that area of the field during the 2019-20 campaign. It does appear that Solskjaer will be given time to make his mark regardless of what happens this season but anything other than a victory this weekend would lead to more discontent among the supporters. Norwich have lost their last two Premier League games against United, including a 3-1 defeat in the reverse match at Carrow Road earlier this season. That said, the Canaries famously recorded a 2-1 victory when they travelled to Old Trafford during the 2015-16 campaign. Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored the goals on that occasion, and it would be some story if the visitors could find a way of picking up all three points this afternoon. Daniel Farke’s side have only won three Premier League matches all season, though, collecting just 14 points in total to leave themselves bottom of the table heading into the next set of fixtures. Worryingly, they are now five points off 19th-placed Watford and sit seven points from Aston Villa in 17th. As it stands, last season’s Championship winners are the favourite to finish bottom of the pile, particularly when considering that they have not been victorious in the league since beating Everton on November 23. Norwich have overcome Manchester City this season, though, in addition to holding both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. All three of those results came at Carrow Road, however, and their away form has been disappointing. The Canaries will enter this match off the back of successive league draws with Tottenham and Crystal Palace, though, while they also recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup last Saturday. Farke’s side will not be the favourites to triumph this weekend, but they have a huge game at home to fellow strugglers Bournemouth on January 18 and sooner or later wins will have to arrive. The basement side is sweating on leading scorer Teemu Pukki’s fitness ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, meanwhile, and whether the in-form striker is available is likely to have a huge impact on the team’s confidence. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams, Matic, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Vrancic, Tettey, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Idah.Tags: Daniel FarkeEPLManchester UnitedNorwich CityOle Gunnar Solskjaer
“If Bournemouth let a player of his calibre go, after just being promoted to the Premier League, they would put a massive price on his head. If they were tempted to sell him it would be for a big number.” The club also confirmed on Thursday that Umbro will produce their kit from next season onwards after signing a five-year deal with the sportswear manufacturer. Adidas currently produces all of the Hammers’ official kits but the change will take place ahead of the club’s final season at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign. Press Association Sport understands the new Umbro deal is twice the size of their technical partnership with Adidas, which was announced in 2013. With a move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was pleased to seal a new partnership. “As we approach two historic seasons for West Ham United, we are delighted once again to team up with Umbro,” she told the club’s official website. “(They are) a company which – like West Ham – is steeped in the heritage of English football but also a fast-growing global brand with an exciting future ahead. “It is especially fitting that – during our final season at the Boleyn Ground – our players and fans will wear a brand synonymous with one of the finest moments in West Ham’s rich history: England’s 1966 World Cup triumph.” The 60-year-old’s position as manager at Upton Park has come under increased scrutiny as he nears the end of the his current deal, with the likes of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and departing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp linked to the job. Allardyce has been at West Ham since he guided them back into the Premier League in the 2011/12 campaign and has easily kept them in the top flight since. Sam Allardyce has refuted claims he has opened contract talks with West Ham’s owners but insists he is preparing for next season as normal. Press Association Recent form has seen the Hammers slip into the bottom half of the table despite a positive start that left them in the hunt for European qualification. The club move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Allardyce will be the man chosen to lead them there, although he is planning for next season as if he is to be at the helm. “No, there’s no truth in that,” he said when asked about reports he had opened contract negotiations. “What my future will be will be when we decide to sit down at West Ham and talk through our situation. Outside of that, at this moment, nothing else interests me. “We are doing all the pre-season work. Martin (Glover), our head of recruitment, is looking to pull a list together with all the people that we work with. “If and when we decide what is happening with some of the players…as always sort myself out, the most important thing, then we move forward with that.” One player who does not appear to be on Allardyce’s radar is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, the 23-year-old who has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the all-but promoted Cherries. “I think he would probably be too expensive,” Allardyce said when asked if Wilson would be a target.
ELLSWORTH — Both the Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy boys’ tennis teams are still undefeated this season.This week, Ellsworth (6-0) beat John Bapst (0-6) on Thursday and won at Presque Isle (4-1) on Friday. Ellsworth is ranked third in the Class B standings behind Waterville (8-1) and Camden (7-1).GSA (8-0) beat Deer Isle-Stonington (1-7) on Wednesday and Tuesday and Orono (4-2) on Friday. GSA is ranked first in the Class C standings, with Piscataquis (4-1) trailing in second and Orono in third.TuesdayThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA 5, DI-S 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Matt Duddy 8-0; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Paul Zoephel 8-1; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Cameron Wendell 8-1; Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens beat Justin Eaton-Cody Eaton 8-3; Peter Wu-Ben Politte (GSA) beat Marvin Merritt-Devon Emrick 8-2.SaturdayOrono 5, Sumner 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Ryan Wells 8-0, Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Sam Sheppard 8-4, Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Ben Blood 8-4; Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Alex Fergusson-Schylar Cyr 8-4, Ben Politte-Peter Wu (GSA) beat Greg Dimoulas-Branden 8-0.FridayEllsworth 4, Presque Isle 1Singles: Evan Toothaker (E) beat Chase Norton 8-0; Alec Toothaker (E) beat Byron Winslow 8-4; Chris Carroll (PI) beat Adil Khan 8-5. Doubles: Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney (E) beat Denny Young-Alex Brewer 8-2; Kyla Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Colin Daigle-Jordan Bonville 8-5.GSA 5, Orono 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Ryan Wells 8-0; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Sam Sheppard 8-4; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Ben Blood 8-4. Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Alex Fergusson-Schylar Cyr 8-4; Ben Politte-Peter Wu (GSA) beat Greg Dimoulas-Branden 8-0.ThursdayEllsworth 3, John Bapst 2Singles: Evan Toothaker (E) beat Paul Branch 8-6; Alec Toothaker (E) beat Mike Dunning 8-6; Moritz Finkbeiner (JB) def Adil Khan 8-3. Doubles: Charlie Hanscom-David Carmack (JB) beat Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney 8-6; Kyle Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Max Ouyang-Brandon Norris 8-2.MDI 3, Hermon 2Singles: Luke Horton (MDI) beat Alex Marsh 8-2; Eric Byers (H) beat Kaleb Payson 8-5; Mat Allen (H) beat Teddy Geary 8-4; Doubles: Hunter Strauch-Drake Janes (MDI) beat Ben Phair-Kyle Byers 8-1; Henry Helmke-Jimmy Carroll (MDI) beat Bryce Taylor-Jared DesJardins 8-1; Exhibition: Avery LaValle-Hayden Goodwin (MDI) beat Phair-DesJardins 4-2WA 3, Sumner 2Singles: Ben Somes (WA) beat Seamus Russet 9-7, Ruben Popper (WA) beatMike Allen 8-3, Only Wei (WA) by forfeit; Doubles: Noah Goldfarb-Matt Lamoureux (S) beat Eric Smith-Joey Moore 9-8 (8-6), Sam Tracy-Will Quinn (S) beat Will Somes-Joey Moore (8-6).WednesdayGSA 5, DI-S 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Matt Duddy 8-1; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Paul Zoephel 8-4; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Camereron Wendell 8-3. Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Marvin Merritt-Devon Brantley 8-2; Ben Politte-Aiden Byrne (GSA) beat Brantly Emrick-Brendan Penfold 8-1.MDI 5, Old Town 0Singles: Luke Horton beat Nikko Knapp 8-1, Kaleb Payson beat Alex Ross 8-4, Teddy Geary beat Zach Libby 8-5; Doubles: Hamish Stevenson-Hunter Strauch beat Joe Bricker-Josh Cross 9-7; Drake Janes-Jimmy Carroll beat Mike Baker-Brad Westura 8-6; Exhibition: Henry Helmke-Hayden Goodwin (MDI) beat Nick Furo-Taeyun Park 4-1.
NYEEM Young’s 33-ball 55, aided by significant contributions from Bhaskar Yadram, Emmanuel Stewart and Kirstan Kallicharan helped West Indies chase 279 as they beat Ireland by four wickets with 10 balls remaining in Lincoln.(Scores): West Indies U-19s 281 for 6 (Young 55*, Royal 3-59) beat Ireland U-19s 278 for 8 (Tector 69, Neville 2-52) by four wickets.Batting first, Ireland’s Mark Donegan and captain Harry Tector held the top-order together, making scores of 38 and 69 respectively, but it was Neil Rock at No. 6, who steered Ireland towards a 270-plus score with 91 off 101 balls.West Indies started their chase with a substantial opening partnership of 75 between Yadram (52 off 48 balls) and Kimani Melius, before Morgan Topping removed the former in the 13th over. West Indies then slipped to 103 for 3 before Stewart and Kallicharan added 62 runs for the fourth wicket, the partnership broken by a run-out.When Kallicharan fell to Tector for 46 in the 39th over, West Indies still needed 85 to win. But Young made his way to the crease and finished the chase within the next 10 overs, slamming eight fours and a six during his half-century. (ESPN Cricinfo)
This winter break, several USC students will travel to Africa with a team of 40 people to take part in “Steps over Swaziland.”SOS is a campaign intended to bring relief and awareness to Swaziland, a small country in Africa that has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS.According to Abhirukt Sapru, a sophomore majoring in business administration who will be taking part in the trip, statistics predict that by the year 2020, the AIDS epidemic could be responsible for the death of Swaziland’s adult population.“A lot of the funds and resources are going to much bigger countries with problems of less magnitude,” Sapru said. “What we hope that SOS will do is draw people’s attention to Swaziland and actually help people understand the real dire problems that are going on there.”One World Futbol Project collaborated with FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit organization co-founded by USC students Garrett Weiss and his brother, Kyle, to organize SOS.The organization fundraises to build soccer fields in impoverished communities. The One World Futbol Project joined FUNDaFIELD to provide highly durable — if not entirely indestructible — soccer balls to complement the fields, Garrett Weiss said.“We’ll be going to about five [community centers] and holding soccer tournaments there, doing clothing exchanges — that kind of thing for the orphanages — as well as giving out AIDS awareness information the entire time and lots of AIDS prevention resources,” said Garrett Weiss, a sophomore majoring in business administration.The USC students on the FUNDaFIELD team will be dribbling one of One World’s soccer balls across Swaziland — a journey that is approximately 130 miles.They will run about 10 to 15 miles each day and deliver the One World soccer balls, jerseys and HIV/AIDS resources at community centers for orphans along the way, Weiss said.FUNDaFIELD plans to construct a field at El Shaddai orphanage, the last stop on their trip.To some, the idea of devoting funds to developing soccer fields and distributing balls might seem to detract resources from solving the severe problems at hand, such as HIV/AIDS, said Tim Jahnigen, inventor of the One World Futbol.However, both FUNDaFIELD and the One World Futbol project acknowledge the significance soccer has on children in poverty, Jahnigen said.“Play and sports reinforce community and conflict resolution and all kinds of things,” Jahnigen said.Jahnigen said he was inspired to create a lasting soccer ball for the One World Futbol Project after watching a documentary about the children in Darfur refugee camps who resorted to playing soccer with balls made of trash. Although many relief efforts have been put in place to help these children, the soccer balls provided don’t last long before they are punctured or otherwise destroyed, he said.“Our vision is to support the work of organizations like FUNDaFIELD,” Jahnigen said. “If you can provide a ball that doesn’t go flat into an environment that is incredibly poor but full of children, it allows the children to play to their hearts’ content instead of until the ball is destroyed.”One World hopes to distribute one million balls to poor communities across the globe within three years, Jahnigen said. So far, around 15,000 balls have been provided through donations and their “buy one, give one” commercial program.“When I had the idea for the ball, it was only meant for children in harsh environments and the idea of making money off of it or making a business out of it was the last thing on my mind. It was just really thinking about children, their needs,” Jahnigen said. “That part of the story has always been the major driving force behind the project.”For SOS, Jahnigen said he hopes to be able to provide between 500 to 1,000 balls for the FUNDaFIELD team to deliver to Swaziland.“We’re all ecstatic, we’re all really looking forward to it,” Sapru said. “We all just can’t wait.”Weiss said he is also enthusiastic for the upcoming SOS trip.“Once you go to Africa, you are able to realize the effects of your work and you’re able to see what else needs to be done,” Weiss said. “When you go, you just get so excited to do more and I’m hoping that’s what comes out of this for everyone else on the trip.”
Syracuse goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino is out indefinitely, assistant director of SU athletic communications, Susan Mehringer said.The junior was a passenger in a two-car accident early Sunday morning near Thornden Park. Costantino was taken to the hospital after complaining of facial pain.In a post from her Twitter account on Sunday evening, Costantino said: “…Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers I’m doing well…”The specifics of Costantino’s injury were not disclosed, but she will miss the Orange’s game at Villanova on Friday afternoon. Costantino is being evaluated day-to-day, Mehringer said. After the game against the Wildcats, Syracuse travels to Rutgers to play the Scarlet Knights on Sunday.Costantino began the season as SU’s starting goalie, splitting time with sophomore Kelsey Richardson. But after the Orange’s loss to Florida on March 2, Richardson has started each of the four games since, and played all 60 minutes in Syracuse’s 13-12 loss at Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThroughout the season, the Orange coaching staff has had the luxury of a two-goalie system, with the option to make mid-game substitutions to throw off opponents. Third-string goalie Shannon Byrne is available and will be used if necessary, head coach Gary Gait said, but this is a chance for Richardson to prove herself.“We lose that ability to make an adjustment,” Gait said Wednesday. “This is an opportunity for Kelsey to step up and maybe use this as a confidence builder. We’ll get to see what she does this weekend.” Comments Published on April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Third-string goalie Byrne growing under tutelage of Richardson, CostantinoFour Syracuse lacrosse players involved in car crash Facebook Twitter Google+