OFFENSIVE BOOST o 3 p.m: Reno FC vs Harbour View – Frome Complex o 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys Town – Drewsland Stadium o 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Prison Oval o 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett o Gardens – Edward Seaga Sports Complex o 3 p.m: Jamalco vs Humble Lion – Wembley Centre of Excellence o 3 p.m: Montego Bay vs Maverley-Hughenden – Wespow Park/Fairfield It is not often, outside of the end of season scrap to avoid relegation, that a bottom-of-the-table clash highlights the Red Stripe Premier League. Today, though, is one such day even with leaders and defending champions Montego Bay United ready to exact revenge on Maverley-Hughenden for their opening-day defeat. The above situation is largely because Glendon ‘The Admiral’ Bailey has taken charge of the unsteady ship at Waterhouse that is currently sailing in choppy waters. Bailey took charge on Monday last following the separation of the club and previous coach, Marvin Tate, a man who did no worse than a number before him. To most, this encounter against Boys’ Town, the only team in an inferior position to Waterhouse, is tailor-made for ‘The Admiral’ to make his mark, and the man at the helm at Boys’ Town, Andrew Price, understands. “One could not want a better match to steady a ship that is in treacherous waters,” Price said. “They are ahead of us and are playing at home, so these are natural advantages, but I can tell you that this will be no walkover,” the man, who himself could pass for a military figure, said. For this their second meeting, Price said his team will have even more ammunition and experienced fighters. Today’s Games “We did not have Michael Campbell in our first meeting and his experience and leadership will help us offensively. Defensively, we needed more experience, and the return of Wayne Ellis will help in that regard,” explained Price, who also added that the more experienced Leon Goffe will replace the teenaged Shavon Wilson in goal. Campbell should provide support for the competition’s leading scorer, Shamar Nicholson, in attack, while Xavian Virgo and Daemion Benjamin should provide stability. While Price was very open about his team and the plans heading into today’s battle, not a word has been heard out of ‘The Admiral’ since his appointment. Calls to his phone have gone unanswered. With no new talent at his disposal and with the second transfer window not opening until January 2, 2017, among the players who should feature are midfielder Romario Campbell, Kemar Beckford, the exciting, young forward, Rodave Murray, and Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, if he decides to use him. At the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, Tivoli Gardens should be given the edge over their big rivals if they are able to keep all their players on the field, with Jermaine Johnson and Elton Thompson being their major threats. Second-placed UWI FC would do well to reverse their first-round loss to Portmore United and maintain their superior position in the league. Jamalco stopped their slide last week with a win over fellow promoted team Maverley-Hughenden, but their more seasoned neighbours, Humble Lion, will not want to lose a second successive match having lost to Portmore United last week. Montego Bay United have found their form and should be favoured to show the visitors championship football, while the Reno-Harbour View game could go either way.
In observance of Guyana’s 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary, ANSA McAL has launched its Ariel’s 50-55 LED TVs promotion.The promotion, which was launched at the company’s head office in Beterverwagting, on the East Coast of Demerara, will conclude on May 25. The promotion with end with a grand drawing of ten 55” television sets. Speaking at the launching of the promotion, Diana Ally, Marketing Assistant, disclosed that so far, there have been drawings with 20 persons already winning television sets.The next five drawings will take place at various locations across the country. To qualify for a chance to win a television set, persons have to submit an empty Ariel soap powder pack along with their contact information in an envelope and place it in any of the entry box countrywide.Recently, ANSA McAL launched its 50/50 Stag Beer promotion at the 704 Sports Bar, enabling 10 participants to win ,000 cash daily for five days across the country.Another one of the company’s initiatives in marking the Golden Jubilee, will see ANSA McAL hosting its anniversary concert on May 27 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, which is anticipated to be one of the largest.These promotions and initiatives by the company will add to the already long list of events which have been planned for the anniversary by a number of entities across Guyana.The Golden Jubilee celebration is anticipated to be the most grand independence anniversary in Guyana’s history. A number of companies have indicated their desire to collaborate with the Government to make this celebration extravagant.
Authority of the Liberian Movie Union (LIMU) has expressed Frustration over government’s refusal to present a tangible appreciation to intentional Liberian actor Frank Artus, following the actor’s presentation of a double award to the government.LIMU’s president, Martha Akorsah, said that the act by government is the highest level of “moral injustice” shown to a Liberian movie icon because Frank has done much to impact Liberia in a positive way.“The action of the government has the propensity to kill and weaken the spirit of other actors to attain stardom outside, and they will find it discouraging to return and make a similar presentation to their beloved country,” she added.Ms. Akorsah said the action of the government came as a shock and that it is disappointing that the Liberian government can’t even present a little token of appreciation to an actor in order to preserve his memory.Liberia international actor Artus Frank received the Face of Africa and Humanitarian Figure Awards respectively from the Continental Award Committee in the US and presented both to the government on August 27, 2015, at the regular press briefing Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT). The face of Africa Award represents the most popular and most dominated actor on the continent for 2014 – 2015. The Humanitarian award is a contribution in the fight against Ebola and other services in the area of Gender-based violence, child protection, among others. “We are calling on government to make up for this shame and embarrassment,” Ms. Akorsah said. “Government should immediately seek reservation and book a flight for his return.”The president added that Frank Artus left the country with a heavy heart about what he couldn’t tell journalists and fans in Ghana.“LIMU expected the government to follow the trend of Nigeria and Ghana who has offered the actor great gifts for making their country proud,” She stressed. But in response to LIMU claims, Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at MICAT, Isaac Jackson described it as ‘cheap criticism’ that is intended to criticize government’s involvement when the actor came with his awards.“We reject the claims and the way they are proceeding with this argument has the tendency to hamper the actor’s achievement,” Min. Jackson said.Min. Jackson explained that the vice president Joseph Boakai hosted a dinner with Frank Artus, appreciating him for a job well done, and was gowned by the Assistant Culture Minister.He said further the dinner with the vice president presented a clear picture that the creative sector needs more investment, and not the more tangible reward that the union leadership is seeking. “It is not a tangible reward that matter but the special attention that government give to iconic actors,” Min. Jackson said. “Artus Frank is not looking for any token, this is the union doing it.” He disclosed that the union could make recommendations to the president next year for her to see reasons to bestow an order of distinction on the actor.Min. Jackson said this criticism will not deter government’s relationship with the union and their arms are open to working with the leadership and that he encourages them to remain focus for the big task ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dennis will posthumously be awarded a Bronze Star medal, which he was hoping to earn but usually is awarded only for combat duty, Sellen said. “That was a huge indicator they held him in high regard,” said William Sellen, who served 40 years in the military. Dennis Sellen enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in November 2003, transferring to the California National Guard in March 2006, and was serving his first tour in Iraq. For years the family lived in Sylmar before moving to Granada Hills, where Sellen performed on John F. Kennedy High School’s drill team. Sellen completed his junior and senior years of high school as a member of the corps of cadets in the Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., in 2003 and 2004 – where his cousin David Sellen went before heading to The Citadel. His uncle recalled Dennis’ talents at Marion: he sang beautifully in the chorus and was a dynamite Tiger mascot for the football and basketball teams, where he would breakdance on the smooth gym floor. But his solo turn for the White Knights fancy drill team, where he would feign boredom with the routine, were pure Dennis. “He would stand with his hands on his hips and grab the rifle out of the hands of teammates,” William Sellen said. “He was twirling each rifle with one hand – like a baton.” Sellen attended College of the Canyons for one semester as a part-time student in spring 2006. He took classes in graphics, media design and computer networking. He left on June 24 for training in Camp Shelby, Miss. Three months later Sellen left for Iraq. The 1st Battalion, in which Sellen served, provided support for the 16th Military Police Brigade, from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Sellen left behind brother Kevin, 15, a 10th-grader at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, and sisters Vanessa, 22, Francois, 26, and Farah, 32. When his mother remarried in 2004, Sellen gained five more siblings. His mother, a singer, wonders if he inherited her talents and those of his late grandmother, Billie Bird Sellen, an entertainer who worked from vaudeville through the 1990s. The actress appeared in dozens of movies including “Dennis the Menace,” “Home Alone,” “Police Academy 4” and “Sixteen Candles” and was featured in a slew of television shows. During the Vietnam war, she also accompanied 12 USO tours, entertaining the troops. Silvia’s care packages to her son were loaded with Dennis’s favorites: Cinnamon Pop Tarts, mango-flavored candy and tamarindo, a concoction made from sweet and sour tamarind pulp. His Dec. 28 letter contained his dry sense of humor and thanks. “You never sent me anything when I was at Marion,” he said. The words were followed by a mock sad face and e-mail shorthand LOL, which means laughing out loud. The California Army National Guard has said the cause of Sellen’s death is being investigated. “This was a tragedy of war,” Silvia Sellen Jara said. “Even though we don’t know what really happened, we want people to pray for who is involved.” Sellen’s last words to the family were conveyed the day before he died. On the social networking site MySpace he told Kevin to assure Silvia he was fine. He said his girlfriend April was his Valentine, and he asked for a video game – even offering to foot the bill. Sellen will be buried Thursday, just 17 feet from his father’s grave. “I know for sure they are together,” Silvia said. The service and burial for Spc. Dennis Sellen will be at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, at the Wee Kirk O’ the Heather chapel. Monday email@example.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – The young soldier was an infant when his father died serving his country nearly two decades ago. Army Guardsman Dennis Sellen Jr., just 20 and stationed in Iraq, has now gone to meet him. Sellen, who lived in Newhall, died Feb. 11 of noncombat-related injuries in Umm Qasr, where he was due to remain until September. The incident is being investigated and the details have not been released, authorities said. In the days before his funeral, Sellen’s family recalled his charisma and passion for life. Dennis Sr. and Jr. may never have shaken hands, but the son sang, walked and clowned just like his dad. “Friends loved them; they’re the same,” said Silvia Sellen Jara, Sellen’s mother, during an interview in her Granada Hills home. “Every time I’m thinking about that – how amazing and good is God – my son is exactly like my husband even though he didn’t know him.” Sellen’s father served in the Air National Guard, based in Van Nuys. On active duty in Panama in 1987 he was debilitated by a circulatory disease, and died a year later. Sellen’s uncle, his father’s older brother, became a surrogate dad. His own four sons enlisted in the Army; two are still serving. Retired Army Lt. Col. William Sellen exchanged upbeat e-mails with Dennis about once a month during his tour, he said, sometimes talking shop. The retired officer saw three years of combat in Vietnam and was stationed in Berlin during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Uncle Bill had the honor of draping the blue infantry cord on the shoulder of Dennis’s uniform after Dennis finished basic training in Georgia. “That was a big deal for me to do that,” William Sellen said. A month later when Dennis graduated from paratrooper training, his uncle drove four hours from his home in the Florida panhandle to pin on his paratrooper wings.
Larissa at FVACSIX NATIONS winner Larissa Muldoon was the centre of attention when she returned to Donegal – with the famous trophy.The Ireland rugby star was at Finn Valley AC’s fine facilities where local children got to ask her about her side’s famous win.Picture: Conor McGonagle HERO’S WELCOME HOME FOR 6 NATIONS WINNER LARISSA was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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:FVACLarissa MuldoonStranorlar
CAPPRY ROVERS NOTES 06/06/2016 CAPPRY LOTTO The numbers drawn in the Cappry lotto were 5, 12, 19, 21.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was Molly Marley.Next weeks jackpot is €5300.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win.CAPPRY ROVERS U12’s Cappry played in the Champions League Final last Friday evening in a sun soaked Leckview Park in Letterkenny. Their opponents on the day were Kilmacrennan Celtic and they set their stall from early on when they had 5 across the back line and were hoping to catch Cappry on the break. They were defending fairly well but they weren’t putting any pressure on the Cappry goal. Cappry eventually got the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Andrew Murray created a moment of magic and scored a wonder goal that brought loud cheers from the big Cappry support who had travelled to cheer the lads along. Andrew was outside the corner of the 18yard box when the ball fell to him and he met the ball on the volley and rifled the ball over the keeper and into the far top corner of the goals. It was a class goal. This was a blow to Kilmacrennan and they were soon to find themselves 2 goals behind after Luke McGlynn drilled in a shot that the keeper could only parry and Kevin McCormick was in the right place to follow it up and head the ball over the line. At this stage there only seemed to be 1 winner. Cappry were always on top and they limited Kilmacrennan to 1 shot in the 1st half. Their work rate was phenomenal and they never let Kilmacrennan have any time on the ball. Just before halftime Oisin McGlinchey delivered yet another pinpoint corner which Luke McGlynn got on the end of and finished to the back of the net to leave the halftime score Cappry 3-0 Kilmacrennan.Cappry came back out in the 2nd half and continued with their high intensity game and had chance after chance to extend their lead. Midway through the 2nd half Mark Mbuli was put through in box and cleverly nicked the ball past the out rushing keeper and into the back of the net. Kilmacrennan had their best chance of the game when a cross was delivered from the right wing to the back post but unfortunately for Kilmacrennan it was slightly to high for their player who was coming in at the back post unmarked and he could only head wide. Cappry were not finished yet and Kevin McCormick scored a fine header into the bottom left hand corner following a fantastic delivery from Luke McGlynn who broke down the right and had the vision to see Kevin unmarked in the box. It was a very good finish that the keeper hadn’t a chance to save. Final score was 5-0. When the final whistle sounded the celebrations began. It was the prefect end to what has been an unbelievable season for these young lads. They went the whole season unbeaten in the league and won comfortably, they also won the U12 East Donegal Cup. Added to that they were also the champions of Ulster on their way to the last 32 in Ireland in the National Cup.It was a fine Quadruple to achieve. Well done to all the players who give great commitment all year. A massive well done also to the management team of Martin McMenamin, James “Shorty” Long and Kevin McCormick.In fact all the U12’s in our club have had a great season. We had 2 teams entered into the Reserve Division, the Cappry Colts and the Cappry Crusaders. The Crusaders were unbeaten in the League and were crowned winners and the Colts were runners up. The Colts and Crusaders were also up against each other in the Cup Final and in a very tight game which went to extra time the Colts emerged victorious, leaving both teams with a trophy each.CAPPRY ROVERS SPORTS DAY Our annual Cappry sports day was held today and we had to call a halt to proceedings after the 1st game of the Schools Football tournament due to thunder and lightning. The rest of this competition will take place next Saturday evening in Cappry Park and the results from the 1st games will stand.SOCCER: CAPPRY U12’S WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL was last modified: June 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CapprysoccerSport
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And patience. Students often sit and whittle away at wood for six hours straight, months at a time. Not even sandpaper is allowed. The only sign of progress at times is a small pile of wood shavings on the floor of the quiet shop where posters of 18th-century violin masterpieces adorn the walls. But when completed, a handmade violin is a work of art that no modern mass-manufacturer can reproduce, said Peter Prier, the school’s founder. “All instruments of any value are all handmade instruments,” Prier said. A student-built violin can sell for up to $3,500. A mass-produced violin sells for as little as $100. Prier sells his for as much as $35,000. SALT LAKE CITY – Sitting side-by-side on wooden workbenches in a small, two-story shop in the heart of Utah’s capital city, 22 of the nation’s most-promising violin builders are learning to make the instruments by hand as it’s been done for centuries in Europe. The oldest school of its kind in the United States, the four-year Violin Making School of America attracts students from around the world despite an international economy increasingly focused on high-tech pursuits. Admission standards here are tough. Musical ability, superior hand-eye coordination and drawing skills are needed, as are letters of recommendation. Only about 10 percent of applicants who pass an entrance exam and interview are admitted, roughly the same acceptance rate as most Ivy League schools. Some students come straight from high school. Others are already college graduates and want a more rewarding career. But everyone must have a passion for the violin. “It takes approximately 250 hours to make a violin. You can make a violin in 30 hours, but if you do, it’s a piece of junk. Cheap means only that it’s bad,” Prier said. Cheap is a relative term. A well-made 18th- or 19th-century violin can cost millions, opening up a niche market for Prier’s graduates. Typically, it is professional musicians and those at music schools who will buy a handmade instrument, he said. That includes Judy Rich, a graduate of The Juilliard School of music who performs in the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The quality of the violin she recently purchased from Prier is impeccable, she said. “I think he’s a master,” Rich said. “He knows what makes a violin good. Even before he works on a piece of wood he taps it to know what its pitch is.” There are fewer than a dozen similar schools in the world. “I think we’re so lucky to have a man like Peter with his kind of experience and reputation to be amongst us,” Rich said. “It’s one of the three or four violin shops in the whole world. That’s phenomenal. He’s one of the very few that teaches.” Before Prier’s graduates began entering the work force in the late 1970s, most violin builders and repairers came to the United States from Europe, said Christopher Germain, president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. They also tended to move only to the country’s largest cities, such as New York and Boston. Now, violin builders live just about anywhere. When third-year student Ray Palmer graduates from the Salt Lake City school he will likely return to his Wichita, Kan., home to open a shop there, he said. It wouldn’t be unusual. A book the school published to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2002 lists alumni living and working in nearly every region of the country. “Post-1975 we have a generation of American-born and -trained violin makers because of the emergence of violin schools in the country,” Germain said. “The schools in America have also helped to raise the bar for standards of the craft to the highest level it’s been in a century or more.” Germain attended the Chicago School of Violin Making, which opened three years after the Salt Lake City school. Other violin building programs exist in America, but the level of the training at the Chicago, Salt Lake City and Boston schools can’t be matched elsewhere, Germain said. Prier brought his brand of violin making with him from Mittenwald, Germany, where he studied at the State Violin Making School of Bavaria for five years. He was the last of 33 students admitted to the school in his class because he could play the violin better than other applicants. His grandfather bought him his first violin for his seventh birthday, and Prier fell in love with its shape and sound. After a skills assessment test at 14, he decided violin building would be his career. He moved to Salt Lake City to work for another violin maker in the 1960s. It turned out Salt Lake City’s dry, mountain climate is perfect for shaping wood. Prier soon opened his own shop; his school opened its doors in 1972. Little has changed since. Students still learn to cut down a tree from nearby forests and shape a violin from it. Maple, spruce and willow trees, all found in Utah, are among the most commonly used for violins. The coursework is demanding, with students taking 25 hours of practical instruction and 10 hours of theoretical instruction a week. It’s all necessary, Prier said. “It’s a small clientele for people who make instruments,” he said. “You have to be very good at what you’re doing.” Tuition at the school is $2,400 per semester, or $7,200 for the three semesters a year. The course of study is three years, but most students take three and a half to four years. About five students graduate each year, usually to become professional violin players or builders. Sometimes, they come back to teach. Charles Woolf was a video editor in Hollywood, Calif., when he decided he needed a more fulfilling career. After graduating from the school in 1987, he worked at a violin shop in St. Louis before returning to Salt Lake City in 1991. Now, he teaches students like 20-year-old Greg Crawford from the Binghamton, N.Y., area. As a freshman in high school Crawford knew he wanted to go to a violin-making school. The instrument had the same romantic draw for him that it did Prier. Now as Prier did, he’s learning the craft – and patience. “I think everyone, when they go into the violin, realizes what a struggle it is. But it’s also so much fun. You can still look back on what you accomplished,” Crawford said. “It’s a personality trait to really want to do it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rowan Vine could be set for a move to St Johnstone.The forward, released by QPR this summer, is on trial with the Scottish club and scored twice for them in a pre-season friendly against Bristol City.St Johnstone are managed by former R’s midfielder Steve Lomas, who is keen to offer Vine a contract.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
51; Two articles this week downplayed considerations that would make the Earth seem like a special place in the universe. Both have ties to NASA. Are life-friendly stars limited to a narrow band in the galaxy called the Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ)? NASA-supported Astrobiology Magazine cast doubt on the idea. Citing a study by a doctoral student at the University of Washington, the article claims stars can migrate in the galactic disk and end up at radial distances very far from where they formed. If that is true, it must not be a requirement for a star to be in the GHZ to obtain the heavy elements necessary for rocky planets and life. The article does not mention the work of Guillermo Gonzalez (a former U of Washington assistant professor) who proposed the GHZ, but references at the end of the article point to a 2001 entry on Astrobiology Magazine that entertained his GHZ hypothesis as a “very, very interesting idea.” Since then, many remember, Gonzalez was “expelled” from Iowa State (05/22/2007, bullet 5), for his involvement with the intelligent design movement – in particular, his co-authorship of an ID book The Privileged Planet (06/24/2004) and appearance in a documentary of the same name. Gonzalez never suggested that the radial extent of the GHZ was well constrained. In Privileged Planet, he used it as just one of many cosmic “coincidences” that suggest the universe is designed to permit scientific discovery. On a related subject, Edna DeVore asked on Space.com “How rare is the Earth?” She didn’t answer the question. Instead, as co-investigator for the upcoming Kepler mission that will search for earth-like planets, she encouraged citizens to write NASA an email that will be placed on the spacecraft. Anyone can submit a 500-word statement about the search for planets like Earth” DeVore (who is also Director of Education and Outreach for the SETI Institute) did not mention anything about Johannes Kepler, for whom the mission is named. Though interested in the possibility of other inhabited worlds, Kepler was a strong Protestant Christian who would most likely have stood with Gonzalez arguing that our world was intelligently designed.This new NASA propaganda article is a weak response to the GHZ hypothesis. For one thing, it is a half-truth as a counter-argument. The abundance of heavy elements only applied to the outer edge of the GHZ. The inner edge may have plenty of heavy elements, but it has other problems – radiation, collisions and no clear view of the cosmos. In addition, the article did nothing to constrain the locales where a star could get its heavy elements. Presumably there is still a GHZ outside of which stars could not gather enough heavy elements for rocky planets. Even if one were to grant that stars can migrate radially, it does not eliminate or reduce the argument for intelligent design of the Earth. Assume for the moment the evolutionist’s timeline and origin stories. One has to ask why our planet’s location just “happens” to be at a prime location between the spiral arms for an unobstructed view of the distant universe just in time for the rise of modern science to take advantage of the situation. The GHZ argument is not a clincher by itself. It is one of a number of independent evidences that collectively point to the reasonableness of the design explanation. Watch the film to see how the combined evidence makes a compelling case that even materialists like Paul Davies and Robert Jastrow could not ignore. DeVore needs to watch it, too. She parroted the typical Copernican myth: “It’s been about four centuries since Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo began to displace the Earth from the center of the universe,” she claimed. “Less than one hundred years ago, we discovered that the sun was not near the center either, and that the Milky Way galaxy was just one of billions of galaxies and that the universe has no center.” Not only is this a misrepresentation of the views of three great Christian theists, it is a distortion of the Copernican revolution. Watch the film and you will learn why.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Jay Morse& Heidi Radunovich, PhDSuicide remains an important topic for clinicians serving the active duty military due to the high rates of suicide among active duty members, National Guard and Reserve members and military veterans. Research led by Dr. Craig Bryan, Executive Director of the University of Utah National Center for Veteran Studies, provides a rigorous look at suicide risk and its relationship to combat exposure.[Flickr, 090817-A-8124P-084 by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Combat exposure and suicide risk in two samples of military personnelThe objective of the study by Bryan, Hernandez, Allison, and Clemans (2013)  was to identify the relationship between exposure to combat and suicide risk. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze two samples of military personnel: active duty military who were participating in a routine neurocognitive screening, and deployed military personnel participating in a routine evaluation or treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI).In this study:(1) Combat exposure was directly related to PTSD (and to fearlessness of death) but did not show a direct or indirect effect on suicide risk.(2) Symptoms of PTSD were shown to be strongly associated with depression, which in turn was directly related to suicide risk in the non-clinical sample (those who were participating in the routine screening), and indirectly related to suicide risk in the clinical sample (those who had TBI) where,(3) Depression was directly related to a low sense of belonging or perceived burdensomeness, which in turn was related to suicide risk in the clinical sample (those who had TBI).What does this mean to clinicians?Suicide risk may not be as closely related to combat exposure as previously thought. Other factors should be considered when evaluating suicide risk, including symptoms of PTSD and symptoms of depression (particularly a lack of a sense of belonging and a feeling of being burdensome).For more information on the National Center for Veterans Studies projects, link to the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies.References Bryan, C. J., Hernandez, A. M., Allison, S., & Clemans, T. (2013). Combat exposure and suicide risk in two samples of military personnel. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(1), 64-77. doi:10.1002/JCLP.21932This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.