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Virginia Tech shootings stir anger, resignation among those touched by Columbine violence

first_imgDENVER (AP) – When the topic turns to school violence, Tom Mauser usually lectures about guns. Mauser became a national advocate of gun control after his 15-year-old son, Daniel, was among those slain in the April 20, 1999, shootings at Columbine High School. But resignation punctuated Mauser’s remarks Monday when he learned of the killings at Virginia Tech. “I am not going to just say gun laws are going to take care of this,” he said. “I think my primary thought is about anger. Anger and suicide. Why do we have so many people who think they have to take others’ (lives) with them when they take their own?” Other Columbine victims and experts on school violence expressed similar thoughts about the Virginia killings. Brooks Brown, a former Columbine student who knew the gunmen and repeatedly tried to warn authorities about threats they had made, said the Virginia slayings didn’t surprise him. “Once you’ve reached the point where you have lost everything it is not hard to be pushed in any direction,” he said of campus shooters. Brian Rohrbough, whose son, Danny, 15, died at Columbine, blames school shootings on a society that tolerates, even glorifies, violence. “We teach students that anything you want to do is up to you and you can decide whether anything is right or wrong,” he said. Rohrbough said the investigation of the Columbine tragedy was incomplete and left unanswered questions about the psychology of school shooters. Authorities did learn that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold played violent games, made violent videos at school, and were the victims of bullying because they befriended the Trench Coach Mafia, a group of students who clashed with school athletes. Rohrbough and others have fought for public disclosure of depositions given by the teens’ parents, Wayne and Kathy Harris and Tom and Susan Klebold. They argue the depositions could provide valuable insights into the home lives of the two teens, who killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves. But a federal judge two weeks ago ordered the depositions sealed for 20 years. “That is why we were fighting so hard to get that information – because we need to know what was going on inside the heads of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,” said Delbert Elliott, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado. Killing others before committing suicide is not a new phenomenon, though the Virginia Tech numbers are shocking, said Tom McIntyre, coordinator of the Graduate Program in Behavior Disorders at Hunter College in New York. “Freud said homicide is just suicide turned inside out,” said McIntyre, who began studying school violence after Columbine. “The main motive is revenge.” In the past, a pre-suicide killing usually involved a specific target – as in the case of a husband finding his wife with a lover, Elliot said. The victims in the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings appeared to be random targets, he said. “I don’t know how many times we have to go through things like this before we can try to learn what is going on,” Elliot said. “I think there is an element of wanting to go out and creating a huge media effect, although that is only a part of what is going on.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘High need to achieve’ – Bolt joins Jordan in quest to switch sports

first_imgIt is a boyhood dream for the 32-year-old Jamaican, who remains the 100m world record holder.But his abilities have been questioned, with the fitness levels and skill-sets needed for soccer very different from being the fastest man on earth.Martin Hagger, a world-renowned psychologist at Curtin University in Perth, said sports-hopping at the end of athletes’ careers was never easy.“Athletes like Bolt have what psychologists call a high need to achieve, an innate drive that means they thrive on competition and the need to display to themselves (and others) high competence in a competitive arena,” he told AFP.Jamaica’s Usain Bolt earned adulation as an eight-time Olympic champion. © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“This is also likely manifested in certain personality traits such as extroversion and conscientiousness.“There is, of course, also the possibility of some level of narcissism, but that’s not necessarily an ingredient as many top athletes are not necessarily self-involved egos.”Retirement can be a tough moment for many professional sportsmen and women, with life as they know it changing completely. The adoration from fans is gone, as is the adrenaline rush of victory.Many have struggled out of the limelight, notably Australian Olympic swim stars Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett, who both battled their demons, including depression, after hanging up their goggles.– ‘I need to compete’ –Hagger said this was part of the reason some attempt comebacks, or try to crack a new sport.“The high need for achievement can also lead to a substantive gulf in the life of an athlete when they retire,” he said.“For many, they find other means to channel their competitive needs, such as in management and coaching, or in other areas.“However, some feel that need can only be fulfilled in the sport arena and hence they either make high-profile comebacks (with varying degrees of success) or they seek to cross over to other sports.”Examples include England cricketer Andrew Flintoff and former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand, who both had a go at boxing.Tennis great Ivan Lendl attempted a career in golf after hanging up his racquet. © Getty Images North America/Getty Images/AFP / Doug BencEight-time Grand Slam-winner Ivan Lendl tried his hand at golf after retiring from tennis, playing a handful of professional tournaments.“Golf gave me something that tennis couldn’t give me any more,” Lendl told The Guardian in 2008.“I need to compete. I had been trained to compete all my life and I couldn’t just walk away from that. I would have bitten my dog.”There have also been success stories, most of them achieved mid-career.Gifted New Zealand star Sonny Williams seamlessly transitioned to the boxing ring, winning all his heavyweight fights while maintaining his elite rugby career.And multi-talented Ellyse Perry played for Australia at both the cricket and football World Cups.– ‘Small existential crisis’ –Perhaps the most high-profile sport-swapper was Jordan, considered the greatest basketball player of all time.Michael Jordan attempted a career in baseball and played with the Chicago White Sox. © AFP / ROBERT SULLIVANHe famously signed for the Chicago White Sox baseball team after retiring in 1993, and was given a minor league contract. But his baseball career never took off and he returned to the hoops a year later.The American claimed he had lost the desire to play basketball after his father’s death and wanted to do something different.Fleur van Rens, a sports psychology lecturer and academic chair of the Elite Athlete Program at Murdoch University in Perth, said athletes changed sports for a multitude of reasons, including identity loss after retirement and even exercise dependence.“Upon athletic retirement, the athletic identity disappears. Those athletes who have not developed another identity tend to find themselves in a small existential crisis — they need to figure out who they are beyond their sport,” she told AFP.“This makes the athletic retirement process detrimental to the wellbeing of some former athletes… and could cause them to consider a comeback or a pursuit in another sport.”Lack of self-worth may also play a part, but it could simply be enjoyment of sport or to fulfil a long-held dream, as in the case of Bolt.Many top athletes excelled at other sports when they were young, but had to make a choice — Rafael Nadal was a talented footballer before focusing on tennis, while Roger Federer was a decent skier.Bolt was football-mad growing up, but track and field took priority.Where he goes from here is unknown.He has previously tried out at other clubs to no avail and is at an impasse after being offered a contract by the Mariners for far less than what he was seeking.He is no longer training, and must decide whether he wants a football career — and an extended life in sport — badly enough to accept cut-price wages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt among the elite athletes who have attempted to switch to a new sport. © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Nov 1 – From Michael Jordan to Usain Bolt, a select few elite athletes have attempted the switch to another top-level sport in a trait psychologists see as a “high need to achieve” coupled with filling a gulf in their lives.Sprint king Bolt is the latest example, with the eight-time Olympic champion on a mission to become a professional footballer, trying out with Australian team Central Coast Mariners after retiring from track and field.last_img read more

KPL review: AFC Leopards find their spots

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo greets forward Brian Marita during his first match in charge against Mount Kenya United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – AFC Leopards finally put a woeful run of six consecutive defeats behind their backs after a hard earned 1-0 win over Sony Sugar at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Saturday, lifting the dark veil of relegation off their faces.Leopards went into match week 16 sitting bottom of the standings and the decision to move the match to their ‘ancestral home’ at the Bukhungu Stadium might have appeased their ancestors as they finally picked a win. For the first time since January 2 when they beat Posta Rangers 2-0, Ingwe kept a clean sheet as the belief finally returned that they might be on their way back into the top half of the standings, Cassa Mbungo picking his first win in charge of the 12-time league champions.The victory took Leopards to 15th with 13 points.-Homeboyz on the rampageKakamega Homeboyz forward Max Ravel celebrates a goal during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAnd the gods of Kakamega looked to be working overtime as on the same day AFC had picked their much needed win, Nicholas Muyoti, their former skipper picked up his first victory in charge of Kakamega Homeboyz with a healthy 6-0 victory over Mount Kenya United..They say revenge is best served cold and no one knows this better than Homeboyz. Last season, Mount Kenya, then Nakumatt FC outclassed Homeboyz thrashing them 6-1 at the Camp Toyoyo grounds and the men from Kakamega lay in wait and hit with exact same venom.Allan Wanga struck twice to take his season tally to eight and onto the leaderboard of the KPL golden boot hunt. Wanga who won the coveted title on his top flight debut in 2007 looks to repeat that same feat and has vowed to fight for it.While Homeboyz scaled to ninth in the standings with 21 points, Mount Kenya who merely survived the chop last season dropped to the basement of the standings with their third defeat in four games.-Bandari remain topBandari FC forward Darius Msagha tries to find a way past Mathare United’s David Owino during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Mbaraki Complex on March 2, 2019. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedBandari are focused to grind results and keep their hold on the top spot and it was evident on Saturday when they waded off a hard fighting and tactically endowed Mathare United to pick up a point in a 0-0 draw at home.Francis Kimanzi, the Mathare United boss had never lost to the dockers in Mombasa as the Slum Boys’ boss and he kept his record intact with a point that assured his side of a second spot stay with 30 points, just two shy of leaders Bandari who however have a game at hand.Mathare seem to have started their rise again after a five match lull and their four points in two games will hopefully spur them to get back into title contention shape.-Sofapaka keep their noses upSofapaka forward Umaru Kasumba celebrates his late winner for Sofapaka against KCB in a KPL tie in Machakos on March 3, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLuck sometimes has to ride on the same bus with a title chasing team and Sofapaka know this only too well. After losing to Gor Mahia and drawing away to Homeboyz, Batoto ba Mungu needed luck by all means and they had exactly that against KCB on Sunday.The bankers scored a last gasp penalty, Umaru Kassumba striking his seventh goal of the season to move up to fourth on the standings with 27 points, five off leaders Bandari.John Baraza was made to work with a few changes in his team, some of the players who had been influential in his decent six-match winning run being absent.George Maelo was out at right back with a short term injury while midfielder Mohammed Kilume faces up to five weeks’ absence with a hamstring problem. Left back Titus Achesa was suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.Dennis Odhiambo is also recovering from a knee injury and was not involved in the tie.But, even with almost a makeshift cog, the tactician managed to earn a result that will spur their confidence to finish the first leg with at least 30 points.-Tusker falter again, Sharks riseTusker FC head coach Robert Matano during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 27. 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluRobert Matano and his alemen suffered a third successive league defeat after suffering a consecutive 1-0 loss away to Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma on Saturday.The title chasing Tusker were hoping to bounce back from the 1-0 loss to Gor in midweek but fell short once again, the defeat seeing them drop to fifth.While they faltered, another title hopeful Kariobangi Sharks picked themselves up after two winless games, hitting Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at Kasarani to scale to sixth with 25 points.KPL Weekend results:Saturday: Bandari 0-0 Mathare United Western Stima 1-1 Vihiga United, Nzoia Sugar 1-0 Tusker, Mount Kenya United 0-6 Kakamega Homeboyz, AFC Leopards 1-0 Sony Sugar, Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 Chemelil Sugar.Sunday: Sofapaka 1-0 KCB, Zoo Kericho 1-0 Posta Rangers.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Greatest play-off final EVER? Watch Charlton v Sunderland thriller 18 years on

first_imgCharlton and Sunderland played out one of the most dramatic games ever seen at the old Wembley 18 years ago today.The 1998 Division One play-off final had it all as the Addicks came from behind three times to claim a 4-4 draw after extra-time – with Black Cats supporter Clive Mendonca hitting a hat-trick against his boyhood club.Charlton went on to seal promotion to the Premier League on penalties, with Sasa Ilic saving from the unfortunate Michael Gray to seal a 7-6 spot-kick success for Alan Curbishley’s never-say-die side.Let’s hope there’s similar drama in this weekend’s Football League play-off finals…last_img read more

Revealed! The most relegated players in Premier League history

first_img2 Middlesbrough star Adama Traore 2center_img We have now seen a second Premier League team relegated to the Championship with defeat to Chelsea sealing Middlesbrough’s demotion.The feeling, though, will be a familiar one for a number of Boro stars, with Brad Guzan and Adama Traore both experiencing the same fate with Aston Villa last year.Meanwhile, Rudy Gestede has now suffered demotion in three of the last four top-flight campaigns, going down with Cardiff City, Aston Villa, and now Middlesbrough.But who are the most relegated players in the Premier League era? Check out the table below…last_img read more

Players escape punishment over ‘vicious’ attack on referee

first_imgThree amateur footballers charged over a vicious attack on a referee have escaped punishment, despite footage of the incident being released by talkSPORT.FA disciplinary cases against them were found ‘not proven’ meaning there will be no further action.The club and its Chairman have both been fined, while the Chairman has also received a lifetime ban from all football-related activity.A video showed multiple players chasing, tripping and kicking the match official at final whistle of a Turkish Community Football Federation cup final at New River sports centre in Wood Green, north London, in May. tense LATEST scrap silverware most read in football BEST OF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ EXCLUSIVE: Referee in #London chased and kicked by dozens of players… #RAMS pic.twitter.com/USs6nKk8Oj— Alex Dibble (@alex_dibble) May 24, 2018Following the match between GS FC and Dumlupinar Yeni Malatyaspor, an inquiry was launched into possible misconduct committed by GS players and officials.In a statement on 5 October the FA confirmed: “After a thorough investigation, three personal hearings and two non-personal hearings were held. The Panel found the Chairman and Club guilty of Misconduct and both received substantial fines. Furthermore, the Chairman has been given a lifetime ban.”The statement goes on to explain: “The personal hearings of the three players charged with misconduct were found Not Proven and there will be no further action.”At the time of the incident, independent charity Ref Support UK described it as the worst attack on a referee it had seen on British soil.Responding to the latest FA statement, Ref Support UK CEO Martin Cassidy, said: “It is very easy to see that there are at least two people kicking and tripping that referee. So we find it beyond belief that only one person has been punished and cases against three others have been found ‘not proven’.” revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img gameday cracker Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Explaining the results of the hearings, the London FA said: “The London FA takes all offences against Match Officials extremely seriously. This is reflected in current FA guidelines with assaults carrying a mandatory minimum five year suspension from all football activity. As consequence, the GS FC chairman has been suspended for life for his part in the assault on the referee at the Turkish Community Football Federation cup final.“It is important to note that FA rules only apply to participants, such as clubs, players, coaches and referees, and not spectators. As a result, it was the club as an entity which was fined under FA rules for failure to control its spectators and fined £700. The club has since disbanded.”Football’s rulebook currently prohibits referees from wearing body cameras.Ref Support UK is campaigning for IFAB, which sets the laws of the game, to abolish the regulation.Mr Cassidy said: “If there had been a body camera on that referee the visual images would have been closer and clearer, and more people would have been found guilty. Body cameras can not only be a preventative measure but be used as a way of evidence-gathering.”last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL ANIMAL OWNERS URGED TO USE COMMON SENSE

first_imgAnimals owners across Donegal have been urged to use common sense if painting animals in the county colours in the lead-up to the All-Ireland Final.Donegal animal owners have ben asked to exercise caution when colouring animals.Traditionally many animals including sheep have been coloured on the hillsides of Donegal.But ISPCA spokesman Conor Dowling asked people not to cause animals any unwanted distress. “We don’t want to be killjoys but we would ask people to exercise common sense if painting animals.“Some animals are most used to it than others but we would always ask people not to cause any animal unwarranted distress.“We would also ask them to ensure whatever colouring they are using that it is not dangerous to the animal,” he said.   COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL ANIMAL OWNERS URGED TO USE COMMON SENSE was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animalsdonegalGAAlast_img read more

Ugandans assigned CAF Champions League duty

first_img Tags: CAF Champions League 2018/19Moses Oloya Oloya (center) will officiate in the CAF Champions League (Photo by Agency)CAF Champions League-Preliminary Round, Second LegSilver Strikers vs A.O Circle Mberi SportifSilver Stadium, Lilongwe City-MalawiTuesday, 04-12-2018Four Ugandan match officials have been assigned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to take charge of the Champions League return leg match between Malawi Champions-Silver Strikers and Gabonese side Cercle Mberi Sportif.The four are center referee William Oloya, Dick Okello, Lee Okello and Mashood Ssali who will act as the fourth official.The match is slated for Tuesday 4th December at the Silver stadium in the Malawian city of Lilongwe.Ethiopian official Asfaw Luleseged Begashaw has also been assigned as the match commissioner of the same match.Match officials:Center Referee : William Oloya (Uganda)First assistant referee : Dick Okello (Uganda)Second assistant referee : Lee Okello (Uganda)Fourth official : Mashood Ssali (Uganda)Match commissioner : Asfaw Luleseged Begashaw (Ethiopia)Comments last_img read more

Free counselling made available for women concerned about CervicalCheck

first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society has announced emergency funding so that women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy can have free counselling in their own community.Funds will be made available for an additional 500 counselling sessions in 25 Irish Cancer Society-affiliated Support Centres across the country, including Donegal Cancer Flights & Services Centre in Bunbeg (Coiste Scaoil Saor ó Ailse) and in Letterkenny via the Sligo Cancer Support.Click here for phone numbers and information on how to book a local appointment: www.cancer.ie/support/counselling The Society has taken the step in response to the significant increase in the numbers of women seeking advice and support from the charity around CervicalCheck and their smear test results.The announcement brings to 8,000 the number of free counselling sessions for people affected by cancer which the Irish Cancer Society will provide funding for in 2018.Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Over the past few days we have received a huge number of queries from women who are very concerned by the revelations about CervicalCheck.“Understandably, many women are deeply affected and need support, reassurance and practical help. Through our existing network across the country, we are making additional money for counselling available so women in Donegal can get the support they so desperately need at this time.” Nurses from the Irish Cancer Society will also be assisting in calling back women who have contacted the CervicalCheck helpline this week and are waiting for a response.Mr Buggy added: “Women are out there worrying and waiting for a call back so they can have their concerns and worries addressed. We want to help reassure these women. Our panel of specialist cancer nurses will work with the CervicalCheck helpline to make sure as many of these women are contacted as soon as possible.”Free counselling made available for women concerned about CervicalCheck was last modified: May 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cervicalcheckCounsellingIrish Cancer Societylast_img read more

Chelsea v Stoke: Matic and Eto’o start

first_imgRecent signing Nemanja Matic starts for Chelsea in their FA Cup fourth-round clash with Stoke. Samuel Eto’o also plays as Demba Ba, who was expected to start, is named among the Blues substitutes along with John Terry. The fit-again Frank Lampard captains the side.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Matic, Lampard; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Ba. Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Ireland, Palacios, Arnautovic; Crouch.Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Shotton, Whelan, Adam, Assaidi, Guidetti. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more