Foxx admits movies influence violence

first_imgNZ Herald 23 Dec 2012Jamie Foxx has admitted he believes movies influence real life violence. The Django Unchainedactor – who is one of approximately 50 celebrities that have banded together in a new US ad campaign demanding a plan against gun attacks following the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed – says Hollywood can’t ignore that it is partially responsible for inspiring the people behind such attacks.The 45-year-old Oscar winner, who has an 18-year-old daughter Corinne, said: “We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence. It does.”Jamie’s comments come just one day after a new public service announcement, featuring him and dozens of other celebrities such as Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Williams, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Mad Men star Jon Hamm, comedian Will Ferrell and Jason Bateman was released demanding a plan to end gun related atrocities.However, acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, whose is the man behind violent blockbusters including Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill volumes, said he was tired of defending his films when there was another gun attack and “tragedies happen” but the blame should only fall on the perpetrators. read more

Senior guards anchor UW backcourt, provide leadership

first_imgSenior Trevon Hughes will lead the Badger backcourt along with fellow senior Jason Bohannon.[/media-credit]It’s been five years since the Wisconsin Badgers had a pair of seniors starting at guard. This year, seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of who were starters last season — are ready to end that drought.When asked about the duo starting together as seniors, head coach Bo Ryan recalled the last time he had a pair of senior guards as starters.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “(But), you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”Like Chambliss and Hanson, Hughes and Bohannon will get plenty of help from a deep Wisconsin bench. The Badgers have three guards — Tim Jarmusz, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson — that will see plenty of time this year.The difference between the Chambliss-Hanson backcourt and that of Hughes and Bohannon is that the latter are the only seniors on the 2009-10 squad, while Chambliss and Hanson had a strong supporting cast of seniors, including forwards Zach Morley and Mike Wilkinson.Hughes and Bohannon are the oldest players on a young Wisconsin team, and as such, they have embraced the leadership role that is expected of them.“[We] have as much experience as anyone on the team right now, and we’ve kind of learned the ins and the outs through the years,” Bohannon said. “We’re trying to pass that along to the younger guys and get them ready for competition.”As the only seniors for Wisconsin this season, Hughes and Bohannon have a large task ahead of them: leading a Badger team that has to find a way to replace forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, who constituted roughly 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding last year.Bohannon, though, is not particularly worried about the losses.“We lost two important pieces last year with Joe and Marcus, but I feel like we’ve had guys that played in the big games,” Bohannon said. “They’ve all had the experience in those crucial moments through the year, (and) I think that’ll pay off for us.”Certainly, Hughes and Bohannon will be expected to pick up some of the slack with the departure of Landry and Krabbenhoft but they were already the team’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, during the 2008-09 campaign.The real key for the senior duo will be making up for the leadership lost without Landry and Krabbenhoft.Being senior leaders presents an interesting challenge for both guards, who typically are not the most vocal players on the team. As the team’s only seniors, though, they know they must speak up more frequently this season with the younger players looking up to them.“We haven’t spoken about it, but we realize that that’s our role, this year especially,” Hughes said.Whether or not they become more vocal throughout the season, Hughes and Bohannon know they can lead by example. They each already have shown an ability to score, as well as play strong defense, though Hughes is better in the latter category.Still, Hughes and Bohannon each said they have tried to become leaders that are more vocal when the time is right.In particular, Hughes, a Queens, N.Y., native, has drawn on his experience at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.“I can (be vocal). I went to a military school and they teach you to be vocal. So, that helps out a little bit,” Hughes said. “If we could do it, I’d try to have them march. It builds character.”But it is not as if Hughes has not already been in a leadership position with the Badgers.“I’ve been trying to take that role since I was handed the keys to being the point guard of the team,” Hughes said. “That’s the kind of territory you get when you’re a point guard of a team.”Hughes showed his ability to take over the game in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament against Florida State, winning the game with an acrobatic layup over the outstretched arms of several Seminoles with two seconds remaining in overtime.And according to Ryan, the two have already made a difference with what they did working with their teammates, young and old alike.“Their leadership has already shown in the conditioning,” he said.For him, though, having the two seniors avoid injury throughout the 2009-10 season is just as important as their leadership. He cited the NCAA Tournament loss to Davidson in 2008 as an example, as the Badgers struggled in the second half with Hughes sidelined.“I think they’re ready right now, but it’s a long season and you don’t know what can happen,” Ryan said. “It’s one of those things where if you have them and … if the two of them can stay healthy, having two seniors, that’s pretty good stuff.”Beyond just stepping into a role that is expected of them, there exists some personal motivation for Hughes and Bohannon to do all they can as senior leaders at Wisconsin.In particular, the two do not want to snap the Badgers’ streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.“Everybody keeps saying it, but we don’t want to leave here as the team that dropped the ball, the two seniors that didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hughes said.Bohannon has a more specific goal for his final season.“We’ve got to make this the best last go-round we can,” Bohannon said. “There couldn’t be a better way to go out than winning a Big Ten Championship.”last_img read more


first_imgMy name is Gemma Carroll and I live in Glenswilly.I began feeling ill during my Junior Cert Examinations last June and as you can imagine it was put down to nerves, but my condition continued to worsen even after I visited the doctor and a course of antibiotics.I was admitted to Letterkenny General Hospital and four days later was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. My family and I were in shock but I decided to complete my junior cert and the following morning I did my final exam in the hospital and was then transferred to Our Lady’s Hospital for Children in Crumlin to begin treatment.Chemotherapy made me very ill and the side effects caused my hair to fall out and my bones became weak and brittle which in turn left me in a lot of pain.Since being diagnosed I have spent a lot of time in hospital and celebrated my 16th birthday there.I was the only patient in the paediatric ward in Letterkenny on Christmas Eve, the wonderful doctors and nurses and staff on the ward did everything possible to make Christmas special for me and my family. I was transferred to Crumlin on the December 27th and began treatment for a bone infection. When my immune is weak from the side effects of chemotherapy I become more susceptible to infections.I was in Crumlin until March 14th, the doctors and nurse in Crumlin were amazing and looked after me very well.Having cancer and going through chemotherapy is horrible but losing my friend Martina Maguire from Ardara to this terrible illness in January was the hardest thing I ever had to deal with.The amazing support from Martina’s family and my family and friends has helped me cope. I know that Martina will always be with me and she inspires me every day to stay positive.Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin is appealing for funds to refurbish St. John’s ward. They plan to build 19 single rooms with en-suite facilities, an adolescent den and other vital improvements. They need to raise 4 million. People have been so generous already and we have been able to donate €2400 to St. John’s ward and €1850 to the hand and hand, a charity which offers practical support to families whose child is diagnosed with cancer.I would like to thank all the people and clubs who made this possible; Glenswilly GAA Club, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club, Letterkenny Riding Club and the 2011 5th year pupils of Gairm Scoil Chu Uladh and members of An  Garda Siochana .My sister Edel who works for the Radisson ran the Belfast Marathon on May 7th and my Aunt Marie and the staff of the Letterkenny Resourse Centre hosted a Mrs Brown’s Tea Party today.Mary Finneran From Gleneary stables in Ramelton is organising a ride out in August and the proceeds from the fundraising will be going to St John’s ward and the Ronald Mc Donald House which is located in the grounds of the hospital and provides a home from home for families of sick children. I am so grateful to all the people who have prayed for me and sent messages of support.I would just to say a massive Thank you to everyone.GemmaPlease help this appeal. You can learn more and make a donation by clicking here: BIG THANK YOU TO ALL – BY GEMMA CARROLL was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL – BY GEMMA CARROLLlast_img read more