Why depressed individuals don’t open up?

first_imgDear Editor,There are probably thousands of studies in psychology and sociology about self-disclosure. From time to time, most people would want to discuss important or troubling matters with other people.The people named in that statement are considered to be the “people closest to us”; however, this is also a difficult task to execute as well. Depression doesn’t have an age limit, the colour of skin, religious belief, etc.RealityEven though we have systems, organisations, and all of these things to apprehend individuals suffering from depression, our numbers in this nation are increasingly high. Why is this so? Some individuals are willing to confide in someone; however, is very much afraid that this “friend” would be “blabbing” or spreading the information shared with others, which, in turn, makes the situation worse or may have simply just given the person the push over the cliff to commit suicide.They are more alone than ever. Think about it, confiding only to find out you are being laughed at, being judged, looked down upon, only to name a few.What can we do?Be more observant, notice that boy lashing out for no reason at all? The possibility exists he’s being abused at home. That girl crying? She may be a victim of bullying. The boy you called poor? He works every night to support his family. These are merely a few of what is going on daily and we are caught up with responsibilities focusing on family, career among others.Be more confidential. Does a friend tell you about problems? Be the shoulder to lean on, the ear to listen, not to have an upper hand on that individual’s hurting but to help make a difference, become a success story, lead by example. Depending on the situation and circumstance, get the relevant authorities involved.Always remember no matter how hard it is, “IT ALWAYS GETS BETTER”. And there are people here who care, understand and will stand with you when you need it or even when you don’t!Teachers, parents, friends, strangers, loved ones (BFs/GFs) we need to get this in control, we are better individuals and stronger together than alone.I tried to make this piece as short as possible to create more awareness of what goes on whether we choose to turn a blind eye to it and be selfish; for one life lost is little too many. I cannot stand by and not say anything on this.Sincerely,Julius Seunarinelast_img read more

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Senator Clinton urges Congress to repeal invasion authorization

first_imgWASHINGTON – Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., proposed Thursday that Congress repeal the authority it gave President George W. Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq, injecting presidential politics into the congressional debate over war funding. Clinton’s proposal in effect brings her full circle on Iraq, and sharpens her own political positioning at a time when the Democratic Party is increasingly willing to confront the White House on the war. “It is time to reverse the failed policies of President Bush and to end this war as soon as possible,” said Clinton as she joined Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., in calling for a vote on a plan to terminate the authority as of Oct. 11, the fifth anniversary of the original vote. Delicate negotiations Her proposal emerged just as congressional leaders and the White House opened delicate negotiations over the just-vetoed war resolution and illustrated the varied views by Democrats on how to proceed in the aftermath of Bush’s decision. Much of the focus Thursday in forging a new spending measure was on the idea of imposing requirements – or so-called benchmarks – on the Iraqi government to show progress in securing the political and military security of their country. Leading Republicans said they were open to that approach. The move by Clinton appeared to be an effort to claim a new leadership position among the Democratic presidential candidates against the war in Iraq. It came just a few hours after Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic leader, had praised the presidential contenders in the Senate for not using the Senate as a platform for airing their differences on the war. It also shows that Democrats, with their core supporters strongly opposing the war, are leery of being seen as giving too much ground to Bush in the legislative fight. Clinton had been an enthusiastic supporter for the war early on, but she has turned into a staunch critic of the Bush administration’s performance on Iraq. Clinton’s vote for the original authorization has been a persistent problem in her presidential bid when contrasted with the positions of other Democratic contenders. Former Sen. John Edwards has repudiated his vote for the war. After Byrd and Clinton announced their plan, Edwards quickly put out a statement urging Congress to focus on withdrawing troops and not revoking the 2002 authorization. “Congress should stand its ground and not back down to him,” Edwards said. “They should send him the same bill he just vetoed, one that supports our troops, ends the war, and brings them home.” Clinton pointedly noted Thursday that she had voted in 2002 to put a one-year limit on Bush’s war authority, an effort led by Byrd that failed at the time. Edwards opposed that limit. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who was not in Congress at the time of the 2002 authorization vote, cites his consistent opposition to the war. Obama issued a statement Thursday evening indicating that he would support the effort by Clinton and Byrd to rescind authorization for the war. Rapid withdrawal New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, beating Clinton to the punch, on Tuesday had called on Congress to revoke the war authorization and develop a time frame for rapid withdrawal of troops. In February, Sen. Joseph R. Biden, D-Del., another presidential primary contender, had also raised the prospect of rewriting the authorization to give U.S. forces a much more limited role in Iraq, but that approach ran into resistance from Democrats who said it could be perceived as giving new authority for the war.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

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Valencia’s revival tested by relentless Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Valencia’s Simone Zaza (L) fights for the ball with Villarreal’s Alvaro Gonzalez during their Spanish La Liga match, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, in May 2017 © AFP/File / BIEL ALINOMADRID, Spain, Aug 25 – A reborn Valencia make the most daunting trip in European football at the moment to face Real Madrid on Sunday enthused with a swagger and confidence lost over two disastrous seasons.Still one of Spain’s biggest clubs based on budget and support, Valencia have finished 12th in the past two campaigns as Singaporean owner Peter Lim’s tenure has been littered with a series of sacked coaches and expensive mistakes in the transfer market. However, with former Villarreal boss Marcelino Garcia Toral now in charge, Lim has finally followed the advice of fans to hire an experienced La Liga coach with an impressive track record.Valencia opened their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 win over Las Palmas last weekend and will be stronger for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu with Gabriel Paulista, Jeison Murillo and Geoffrey Kongodbia set to make their debuts.Following a clear change in policy by Lim all three have excelled in La Liga before and show a desire from Marcelino to recreate his success at Villarreal by building from the back.Real Madrid’s Nacho Fernandez (L) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammate Sergio Ramos during their Spanish La Liga match against Sevilla, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, in May 2017 © AFP/File / CESAR MANSOGabriel, who previously worked with Marcelinho at Villarreal has joined on a permanent deal, whilst Murillo and Kondogbia have arrived on a season-long loan from Inter Milan.“We have signed two central defenders that come from Arsenal and Inter, speak Spanish and know La Liga,” said Marcelino.“They are important factors. One of them I know very well and Murillo is a great player. They will bring us a competitive edge.”Valencia will need to be at their best defensively if they are to have any chance of escaping with even a point from the Bernabeu.Madrid haven’t failed to score for 16 months and have made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence through suspension in the early part of the season.The Portuguese will serve the third of his five-match ban for pushing a referee, but Real are more stretched at the back with captain Sergio Ramos also suspended leaving Zinedine Zidane with only Nacho and Raphael Varane to choose from a centre-back.Further forward Zidane is spoilt for choice with Marco Asensio expected to miss out once more to Isco, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in attack.-Turbulent Barcelona-Barcelona’s midfielder Sergi Roberto (R) celebrates after scoring against Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 20, 2017Barcelona will look to put another turbulent week off the field behind them when they travel to Alaves on Saturday.The Catalan giants launched legal action against Neymar for breach of contract on Tuesday as the Brazilian partied with a host of his former teammates including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Suarez is still sidelined by a knee injury, but Barca boss Ernesto Valverde will be able to welcome back Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique from the side that beat Real Betis 2-0 last weekend in emotional circumstances last weekend just days after a pair of terrorist attacks in Catalonia left 15 dead and over 120 injured.Despite Barca’s troubles the opening weekend suggested they remain Real’s only serious title rivals as Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal all dropped points.Atletico will have to do without the suspended Antoine Griezmann as they look to kickstart their campaign at Las Palmas after the French international was hit with a two-match ban for swearing at the referee as he was sent-off in a 2-2 draw at newly-promoted Girona.FixturesFridayReal Sociedad v Villarreal (9:15pm), Real Betis v Celta Vigo (11pm)SaturdayAlaves v Barcelona (9:15pm), Levante v Deportivo la Coruna, Girona v Malaga, Las Palmas v Atletico Madrid (11:15pm)SundayEspanyol v Leganes, Eibar v Athletic Bilbao (7:15pm), Getafe v Sevilla (9:15pm), Real Madrid v Valencia (11:15pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Marcelo Bielsa quits as boss of Serie A side Lazio after TWO DAYS

first_img Marcelo Bielsa 1 Lazio have confirmed Marcelo Bielsa has resigned as manager just 48 hours after his appointment.The 60-year-old was announced as the Serie A side’s new boss on Wednesday following lengthy negotiations.Bielsa was due to arrive in Italy this weekend to be officially unveiled as Stefano Pioli’s successor.But the Argentine has informed Lazio he has now decided against taking up the job.Bielsa is now being tipped to become Argentina coach for a second time.He led the national side from 1998-2004 and guided them to Olympic gold in 2004.last_img read more

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COMMUNITY FEATURE: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE HOST MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre: Mind Your Mental Health WorkshopThe Family Resource Centre in association with Mental Health Ireland is hosting a workshop on minding your mental health on Tuesday 31st May 2016 from 2-5pm in The Volt House Hall. The workshop is free to participants. Mind Your Mental Health is a mental health awareness workshop developed by Mental Health Ireland. It offers participants the opportunity to reflect on this important aspect of their lives and to learn different ways to enhance their own mental health and wellbeing.Mind Your Mental Health is delivered in four units:1. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing2. Stress and Thinking Patterns3. Mental Health Difficulties, Recovery and Support4. Minding Your Mental Health StrategiesPlaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796/087-3641503. Something Special Support GroupThe next meeting of the group will take place at 8.00pm on Tuesday 10th May in the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House, Raphoe. If you are a parent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) you will find support, advice and information by attending this Support Group. New members are always welcome. If you would like more information about the Support Group please contact Melanie on 074-9145796/087-3641503.Date for your diaryRaphoe Annual 5k road race hosted by Raphoe Family Resource Centre in association with Lifford/Strabane A.C. will this year take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July.  Raphoe 5k is one of the races in Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Programme. Last year’s race which was kindly sponsored by Coyle’s Centra Raphoe was won by Ivan Toner in a time of 16:35. The first woman home was Sarah Kivlehan in a time of 19:37.Drop-in TuesdaysDrop-in Tuesdays continue in the Family Resource Centre in the Volt House on Tuesdays from 10.30-11.30am. The Drop-in provides the opportunity for members of the community to call in for a cup of tea and a chat. Local and daily papers will be available so you can catch up on local, national and international news. The Drop-in is free so why not come along and join us? Donegal Youth Service Community Employment ProjectA vacancy is soon to arise for Youth Worker with Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Hours are 19.5 hours per week. Applicants must be eligible for DSP Community Employment (terms and conditions apply). Contact your local DSP Office. For further details or application form contact: Lee Stephenson 074 – 91 29630 or send C.V. (with PPS Number and Date of Birth) to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal or email lee.stephenson@eircom.net or call in to Raphoe Family Resource Centre in The Volt House.50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus ball was Eddie Harkin, winning number 17. To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant.A person will be eligible if he or she is:· Aged 65 years or older; and· Of limited means or resources; and· Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and· Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and· Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and· Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme.   Therefore,  if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe.Raphoe Boxing ClubOn Saturday night last Raphoe boxers Aaron McDaid, Liam McMonagle and Oran Devine were in action at a major tournament in the Ballyliffen Hotel.  Aaron turned in a stylish display of ringcraft when he outpointed Flynn Doherty, St. Bridgets, whilst Liam McMonagle was red-hot on the night when he outpointed the strongly fancied Emmett Diver, Clonmany.  Oran Devine can count himself very unlucky to lose out on a split decision to Hugh Doherty, St. Bridgets.  Well done to all three boxers.The Raphoe club has now closed for the summer break and once again the Raphoe Club featured as one of the busiest clubs in Donegal at both tournaments and championships.  The officers of the Raphoe Club would like to sincerely thank all the boxers who represented the club during the season and look forward to seeing them all back at the club in August.Everyone at the Raphoe Boxing Club would like to extend congratulations to local badminton super-star, Chloe Magee who has just qualified for her third Olympic games to be held in Rio, Brazil in the summer.  What an achievement.  Good Luck in Rio! You always do the sporting town of Raphoe proud.Raphoe Tidy TownsRaphoe Tidy Towns Ltd.  Community Appeal 2016. The Application for the town has now arrived and will be sent off before the 20th of May this year. Judging will be during the months of June, July and August. Thank you to everyone in our community for your great support over the years. You can help this year by tidying your gardens, painting, weeding, keeping your area litter free, putting out window boxes or hanging baskets. If you are the owner of a derelict or run down property please help the town by tidying up before the end of May. Remember our deadline is the end of May.  Financial donations, donations of shrubs, flowers, plants, paint etc.  will be very welcome. Your help is needed and appreciated very much. Thank You.  For further information please contact the Tidy Towns Office on 9145692.Application forms for any future Vacancies with Raphe Tidy Towns are now available from the Tidy Towns Office. Please contact the Supervisor on 9145692 or call in for an application form.  Please note that eligibility criteria for Community Employment apply to all posts. Thank You.GENERATION HOPECome join us at a viewing of our new filmGeneration HopeMary’s MealsLYIT : Lecture theatre 1452Date: Monday 9th MayTime: 8pmGeneration Hope – which features Hollywood star Gerard Butler and highlights the difference a nutritious daily meal in school can make for children living in the world’s most impoverished communities – will form part of the programme at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May.  In association with Marys Meals and LYITPlease note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY FEATURE: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE HOST MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP was last modified: May 6th, 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:Family Resource CentreFeaturesnewsRaphoelast_img read more

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DONEGAL RUGBY STARS HOPING FOR GRAND SLAM HISTORY TODAY

first_imgTwo Donegal rugby players will line out for the Irish Women’s Rugby team vital Six Nations game against Italy today.Nora Stapleton from Fahan and Larissa Muldoon from Ballybofey will play pivotal roles as Ireland go in search of a Grand Slam.The team beat France last weekend having already beaten England, Scotland and Wales in earlier games. The game from Milan is being broadcast live by RTE Two with coverage starting at 1.45pm.Do us proud ladies! DONEGAL RUGBY STARS HOPING FOR GRAND SLAM HISTORY TODAY was last modified: March 16th, 2013 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:Grand SlamIrish Ladies TeamLarissa MuldoonNora StapletonRUGBYlast_img read more

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FORMER KERRY STAR SAYS DONEGAL CAN BEAT DUBLIN

first_imgFormer Kerry star Darragh Ó Se says he has no doubt whatsoever that Donegal can defeat reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin.Former Kerry star Darragh Ó Sé believes Donegal have the capabilities required to upset Dublin if the two sides meet in the All-Ireland series.Donegal are destined to meet Dublin if both overcome their quarter-final hurdles.It’s a match everybody in the whole country wants to see, and while Ó Sé says Dublin would still be favourites he believes Donegal are more than capable of doing it. Ó Sé also believes Donegal are back at the level they were operating at in 2012, and securing the Ulster title last weekend against Monaghan showed 2013 was just a blip.He said Jim McGuinness’s team aren’t just bodies behind the ball, they’re organised, clinical, and total in sync.In his column with the Irish Times Ó Sé said, “You have to be impressed with Donegal on Sunday, they don’t rely on one or two stars they get you out of a hole, everybody knows their job to the letter.“Dublin and Donegal can only meet in the All-Ireland semi-final now and they both have hurdles to jump before they get there, But if they do, I have no doubt that it’s a game Donegal are capable of winning. No doubt whatsoever. Ó Sé believes the fact that many of the current Donegal side have a lot of mileage in the legs, they’ll realize this could be their last chance before the side breaks up.“This is a real chance for Donegal now, the age profile of the team dictates their attitude.“I’ve said it many times – the closer you are to the end, the less anything matters outside of gathering up another medal.Ó Sé recalled how in 2008 his Kerry side were wrote off, but they regrouped and returned in 2009 to win another All-Ireland, Ó Se believes Donegal are doing the same.“That’s where Donegal are now, they’re coming again. “They know that they have a chance to get another All-Ireland in the bag before the team starts breaking up, and the likelihood is that they will have to go through Dublin to do that.Ó Sé believes despite the beauty of Dublin’s attacking play, half the country will want to see them turned over.“I saw a fella wearing a T-shirt in Dublin one day recently that said “Dublin 1916 – The City That Defeated An Empire”. Nothing about the rest of us, the Dubs did it all by themselves.That’s the beauty of Irish life, half the country wants to see Dublin beaten – and if it takes the blanket defence of Donegal to do it, so be it. “No doubt if Donegal end up winning it out in September then, we’ll all be crying for the Dubs to come back and save football again next year.Donegal face the winners of either Armagh or Meath on Saturday August the 9th at Croke Park.Donegal fans would relish an opportunity to face Dublin, and it certainly would make for one great occasion.FORMER KERRY STAR SAYS DONEGAL CAN BEAT DUBLIN was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:all-irelandDarragh Ó SédonegaldublinHome-page SportKerrynewslast_img read more

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Law to further limit teen driving

first_imgNEWHALL – When 15-year-old Rebekah Jimenez heard about a new law that will soon affect young drivers, she stomped her foot and yelled. Teen drivers like Jimenez will have to wait a year after getting their driver’s licenses before they can cruise around with friends without having mom, dad or another adult who’s at least 25 in the car. They also can’t hit the road during that first year between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. It all starts Jan. 1, around the time that Jimenez plans to get her driving permit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “That is not cool at all,” said Jimenez, a junior at Hart High School. “I can’t drive any of my friends around, and that is not cool at all.” The law builds on another from 1997 that prohibits teens for six months after getting their licenses from driving around with youngsters without an adult in the car. It also takes teen drivers off the road for a year after receiving their licenses from midnight to 5 a.m. Fines are set at $35 for the first offense and $50 for the second, but may vary depending on the jurisdiction. The laws were passed to give teens more driving experience before taking on California’s hectic freeways and other hairy situations alone. Car crashes are the main cause of death for teens, according to a study from the Automobile Club of Southern California. “The finding was that the passenger restriction was very effective and reduced deaths and injuries significantly, so the decision was to extend it to a year as a life-saving measure,” said Steven Bloch, senior research associate for the Auto Club. But young drivers shouldn’t rush to the Department of Motor Vehicles now to beat the law’s Jan. 1 effective date, because it will apply to all licensed drivers under 18 who’ve spent less than a year behind the wheel as of New Year’s Day, Bloch said. So even if a teen driver has already sailed through the six-month probation period and can now drive with peers, if that driver has less than a year’s driving experience as of Jan. 1, the law applies. It will stretch to the point where the teen has been licensed for one year. However, situations where there’s an overlap like that were not included when the law was drafted. It will be up to the California Highway Patrol and local police to decide how to enforce it, Bloch said. The new and old laws don’t bother 16-year-old Satinderpal Kehal, who heads to the DMV today to take her driving test. The Hart High junior said she’s not out late at night anyway and thinks that having an adult in the car for a year if she has young passengers will be helpful. “Kids are more rowdy when they’re in a car without an adult and with their peers,” said Kehal. “I think the law is a good thing.” In California, teens can first get learners’ permits at age 15. Afterward, 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including 10 hours of nighttime driving, over the course of at least six months are required before teens can get their driver’s licenses. At that point, teens get provisional licenses, which include passenger and nighttime restrictions. A year later, teens can get a regular driver’s license. Some teens, such as Bowman High School senior Dan Williams, are waiting until age 18 before taking the driver’s seat. At 18, teens like Williams can go straight to the DMV and apply for a license. They don’t have the same permit and driving requirements as their younger peers. Still, 17-year-old Williams didn’t think the new law will have much of an effect on the mind-set of some teen drivers. “I don’t think it will keep kids safer,” Williams said. “They will still hot-rod around.” Standing close by, Josh Johannes agreed. The Bowman High senior said some teens already don’t wait for the six-month probationary period to pass and won’t care about the new law either. “It’s like one of those rules with underage smoking,” said Johannes, 17. “They’ll do it anyway.” Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 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

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Leinart puts USC’s fate squarely on his shoulders

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. – The 27-game winning streak, the No.1 ranking, the national-championship three-peat, bragging rights over USC’s bitterest rival … all of it hung by a thread. USC’s saving grace? Quarterback Matt Leinart held that thread in his hands. If big players play big in big games, then Leinart is about 6-foot-10 about now – and well on his way to back-to-back Heisman Trophies as well as the back-to-back-to-back national championships. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On fourth-and-9 at his own 26, Notre Dame leading 31-28 with 90 ticks on the clock Saturday, Leinart spun a miracle out of that slender thread – and took a place front and center among USC football heroes. Fabulous Moment No. 1: Leinart changed the call on that fourth-down play, amid the din of Notre Dame fans who knew the Irish were one snap from victory, using hand signals to instruct receiver Dwayne Jarrett to run a slant-and-go. A deep pass, that is. And a low-percentage one. But Leinart correctly had read the Irish defense and saw Jarrett was in one-on-one coverage. Leinart stuck the ball into an opening about 12-inches wide and Jarrett went for a gain of 61 yards, to the Irish 13. Fabulous Moment No. 2: On first-and-goal at the 1, seven seconds on the clock, no timeouts left, Leinart took it upon himself to sneak into the end zone. After his initial surge was checked, he spun left and struggled into the end zone – with tailback Reggie Bush providing a push from behind. center_img To give USC an improbable 34-31 victory over the Fighting Irish in an “instant classic.” Quipped USC receiver Greig Carlson in the locker room: “It’s so ‘instant’ they’re showing it right now.” This was the biggest test yet of USC’s quality. Notre Dame summoned every home-field edge and woke up every echo in the long history of the storied Fighting Irish program. The 40,000-fan pep rally the night before. The ankle-high grass to negate USC’s speed. The “lucky” green jerseys the Irish wore for only the eighth time in school history (in which they were 3-0 vs. USC). A crowd that made so much noise when USC had the ball that the Trojans could barely hear themselves think, never mind hear each other speak. An inspired effort from quality talent, well-orchestrated by Charlie Weis, nemesis of USC coach Pete Carroll. For most of the game, it was Bush who kept the Trojans in it. To the tune of 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns. At the end, it was Leinart who won it. After nearly 59 minutes of often indifferent play in which he was battered, relentlessly pressured and twice intercepted. Said offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin: “There’s nobody in college football I’d rather have out there in that situation. I don’t care what he’d done up to then. He’s a winner. No quarterback in college football makes that throw he did on fourth-and-9.” The TD sneak is still being thrashed out by those involved in it. The story seemed to change with each description of it. Kiffen said Leinart had the choice to run or spike the ball, allowing USC to regroup and try again. Carroll said, “Matt was reluctant, but he had to take (the chance to run).” Bush said Leinart didn’t want to sneak it, but he turned around and Bush told him to run for it. Leinart said he planned to run it all along, and guard Fred Matua backed him on that, saying Leinart told him in the huddle he was going to sneak. Leinart said he feared the clock might run out. “I didn’t know if we had time to spike it.” Botom line: Leinart took the supreme, all-or-nothing gamble at the 1, trusted in his line, his own unwillingness to be stopped short, and gave USC’s its most dramatic last-gasp victory since … ever? Great game. So many memorable moments. Not often do you see the home crowd rush the field, thinking they’ve won because the clock reads 00:00, only to be shooed away because Leinart’s run on the second-to-last play (which may have been a TD) was ruled a clock-stopping fumble out of bounds. The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame field goal, Bush TD run with 5:04 left, Brady Quinn TD run with 2:04 left, the non-end ending on the fumble out of bounds, then Leinart’s TD. Said Kiffin: “We score and think we’ve won. They score and think they’ve won. Matt gets down by the goal line, and we think we’ve won. Clock hits zero and they think they’ve won. Then Matt’s run.” Leinart didn’t throw a touchdown pass for only the third time in 32 career starts. He was picked off twice for the first time in nearly two years. He competed barely half (17-of-33) of his passes. But he finished with 301 yards in the air, including the ultra-clutch throw to Jarrett, and that decisive streak-stretching, top-rank-preserving, title-hopes-extending sneak with :03 on the clock. And if this isn’t the best college player in the land, who is? Said Leinart: “I would imagine this will go down as one of the greatest games ever played.” Thanks to Matt Leinart, it certainly will. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Readers can reach him at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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DONEGAL DANCE TEACHER TRANSFERRED HOME TO DEFEAT COURT ORDER

first_imgA former Irish dancing teacher from Co Donegal fraudulently transferred his family home and another property into his wife’s name in a bid to defeat a court order.The court order instructed Michael Quigley to pay €400,000 compensation to a former pupil whom a judge found he sexually abused, the High Court has ruled.The Irish Times reports that Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly found Quigley’s transfer of the assets to his wife Alice should be set aside as fraudulent under the Conveyancing Act (Ireland) 1634. In 2011, the High Court awarded €400,000 to national schoolteacher Dana Doherty (44) against Mr Quigley (70), of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny over abuse she suffered when she was one of his Irish dancing pupils between the ages of 12 and 19.He underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but, in both, the juries were unable to reach verdicts.Ms Doherty then took a civil action and was awarded €400,000. He appealed that award and last July the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.Ms Doherty had to bring separate proceedings against Mr Quigley and his wife in which it was claimed the transfer of his home in Letterkenny and of a property at Meenagown, Donegal, was done to defeat Ms Doherty’s claim as a creditor in the €400,000 judgment against him.The Quigleys denied this and said the family home was transferred to get a loan in 1999 to extend the house because he had retired from his main job as a newspaper printer and could not get a loan in his name.The transfer of the second property was done to get future planning permission on the land as it was feared only natives of the area would get such permission, it was claimed.Yesterday, Ms Justice Donnelly said the only evidence the transfer was for genuine reasons was given by Mrs Quigley, and Mr Quigley himself had not given evidence.By divesting himself of the family home for nil consideration, Mr Quigley deprived Ms Doherty of the benefit of that property for paying the compensation, the judge said.The judge was satisfied the natural and probable consequences of the transfer was to delay or defeat Ms Doherty as a creditor.At the time of the transfer, Mr Quigley knew Ms Doherty, who had lived in the US between 1994 and 1997/8, had returned to live here. He had undergone two criminal trials and knew he was at risk of a compensation order being made against him.The land at Meenagown was transferred in 1998 and he knew then the probable consequence of divesting himself of it was that it would delay or defeat Ms Doherty’s claim as a creditor.At the time of transfer in February 1998, there was an increased risk of the defendant having to pay a compensation order or and order for damages, the judge said.She found transfer of the family home was, in point of law, and without any inference of fact being drawn, fraudulent within the meaning of the 1634 Act.In relation to the Meenagown property, fraud as an inference of law was also proven, the judge said.Mr Quigley’s counsel, Desmond Murphy, said his client will appeal the decision.DONEGAL DANCE TEACHER TRANSFERRED HOME TO DEFEAT COURT ORDER was last modified: December 17th, 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)last_img read more

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