Trican Well Service cuts 160 jobs during sharp slowdown in Q4 oilpatch

first_imgTrican reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million as it recorded a $134-million goodwill impairment charge, compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It said its total job count in the quarter fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909 a year earlier. In November, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors issued a drilling forecast calling for little change in activity in 2019 versus 2018.But CAODC president Mark Scholz said Thursday activity is actually down substantially so far in 2019 and, if it continues on that trend, the industry will likely support 5,800 fewer jobs than the 30,000 expected in the forecast.He said more than 60,000 jobs were associated with the drilling industry before oil prices crashed in late 2014.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update on Wednesday that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017. CALGARY, A.B. – A 40 per cent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter due to a steep downturn in drilling activity in Western Canada resulted in 160 lost jobs at Calgary-based Trican Well Service Ltd.The well completion company posted $5.1 million in severance costs in its fourth-quarter results as its revenue dropped to just $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017.“2018 proved to be a lot more challenging than we anticipated at this time last year,” CEO Dale Dusterhoft told a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday.center_img “We saw a significant decline in activity from September onwards, which required us to adjust our business and adjust our overall cost structure.”He said the company’s overall head count at the end of 2018 was 1,841, down more than 11 per cent from 2,083 at the start of the year.Drilling contractors have moved at least 26 rigs from Canada to the United States since 2017 as Canadian producers reduce activity due to a shortage of investment capital blamed on volatile commodity prices and not enough export pipeline capacity.Well completion firms like Trican step in to make a well ready to produce oil and gas after it’s been drilled, using technologies including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

EC expresses serious displeasure over AIs failure to respond to show cause

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed “serious displeasure” over Air India’s failure to respond to its show cause notice for using boarding passes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on them and the airline’s “lackadaisical approach” towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct.In a letter to Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola, the poll panel said that Air India has failed to respond to its notice despite lapse of deadline two days ago. “The Commission expresses its serious displeasure over the non-compliance of the Commission’s lawful instructions and lackadaisical approach towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct,” the poll panel said in its letter dated April 2, 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The EC said that its displeasure should also be conveyed to Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani for “the lapse of the organization”. The strongly worded letter said,”The Commission has further directed that action taken against the officer incharge be reported to the Commission within a week.” The Election Commission had on March 26 issued a show cause notice to the Civil Aviation Ministry over the use of Prime Minister’s pictures on Air India boarding pass as prima facie it violated the model code of conduct. The code came into force on March 10 when the poll body announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11. The poll panel had said prima facie Air India has violated the model code of conduct, and referred to clause VII of the code which states that “issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer … regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided”.last_img read more

IPL Delhi edge out Sunrisers Hyd in thriller

first_imgVisakhapatnam: If the first qualifier of IPL 2019 on Tuesday was a damp squib, the eliminator on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam was a real humdinger. Chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 162, Delhi were in cruise control after Risabh Pant’s blistering 21-ball 49. However, there were a few nervy moments before Keemo Paul smacked a four off Khaleel Ahmed to seal the deal for Delhi. The Delhi boys will now face Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.last_img

French Police Arrest Moroccan Comedian on Rape Charges

Rabat – French police arrested Abdelfatah Jawadi on Saturday, September 15, in the city of Grenoble. Jawadi is suspected of raping a young French woman.According to Moroccan news outlets, French authorities have seized Jawadi’s passport and car. The comedian is under exit restrictions and will remain in Grenoble pending his first trial in October.After his initial arrest, French authorities placed the Moroccan comedian at a detention center for illegal migrants in Grenoble, says Hibapress. Alyaoum 24 reported that the comedian was temporarily released on the eve of Monday, September 16. Jawadi has not yet made any official statement on the accusations.The comedian, winner of the Moroccan Comedy TV show “Comédia”, left Morocco a few months ago to settle permanently in Switzerland.Last year, Jawadi was sued in Morocco by comedians Mohamed Khiari and Rachid Allali for defamation. Jawadi is not the first Moroccan figure to be accused of rape and sexual assault in France. In October 2016, Singer Saad Lamjarred faced rape charges in France. French police arrested the singer for the sexual assault of a woman named Laura Prioul.Police arrested the singer once again in August 2018 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France, after another young woman filed a rape complaint against him.Lamjarred has a long history of allegations. He was first accused back in 2010 in New York. The charges, however, were dropped when the plaintiff withdrew the complaint. read more

Rihanna to launch groundbreaking new fashion label with LVMH

NEW YORK — Rihanna certified her status as a cultural fashion icon with her groundbreaking new deal with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.The pop star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, announced Friday that she will debut a line called Fenty this spring through LVMH. Her luxury house will be based in Paris.The 31-year-old singer becomes the first person since 1987 to launch a new house with LVMH (the last person was Christian LaCroix). Rihanna is also reportedly the first woman to create an original brand at LVMH and the first woman of colour at the top of an LVMH maison.“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us,” Rihanna said in a statement. She added that Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, “has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”LVMH’s leather and goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, Celine, Kenzo, Givenchy, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and more, while its wine and spirts includes Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon. The company has also backed Rihanna’s ultra-successful cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty.Arnault said “everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader.”“She naturally finds her full place within LVMH,” he continued. “I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”Fashion has been synonymous with Rihanna’s name since the Grammy-winning superstar launched her music career in 2005. She has collaborated with brands like Armani, Puma, Dior and more to launch products and lines, and she debuted her lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, last year. Her Fenty Beauty collection disrupted the beauty industry when it launched in 2017, offering 40 foundation shades and bringing in more than $500 million by the end of last year. The success of it forced other cosmetic brands to be more inclusive and launch more foundation colour shades, while Fenty even extended to 50 shades.A release date for Rihanna’s new Fenty line with LVMH was not announced, but a website where consumers can eventually purchase the line launched Friday. The new line “is centred on Rihanna, developed by her, and takes shape with her vision in terms of ready to wear, shoes and accessories, including commerciality and communication of the brand,” according to a press release.“Celebrity fashion brands have been around a long time and led by singers, but in the past they’ve tended to be done via licensing, wholesale distribution and often more with mass retailers or department stores. What’s different about this Rihanna project is her partner, which is the world’s largest luxury group, which has expertise across a range of leather goods, perfumes, fashion, beauty — so it really raises the bar for celebrity-led fashion brands,” Miles Socha, editor-in-chief of WDD, said in an interview with The Associated Press.Rihanna, a native of Barbados, expressed her excitement about the epic new deal in an Instagram post Friday.“Big day for the culture,” she wrote. “Thank you Mr. Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH. This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press read more

Highway 406 ramp at Glendale Ave to close temporarily

The northbound highway 406 access ramp at Regional Road 89 (Glendale Avenue) will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic between April 10 and May 31, 2012.The eastbound left turn lane on Regional Road 89 (Glendale Avenue) to northbound highway 406 and the westbound right turn to highway 406 northbound will be restricted due to the northbound ramp closure.This closure is necessary for the rehabilitation of an existing bridge on highway 406 over Chestnut Street.Traffic will be detoured via highway 406 southbound to Regional Road 71 (St. David’s Road East) to the 406 northbound.Emergency vehicles will NOT have access to the Hwy 406 northbound on ramp during this closure.

UN relief official lauds direct talks between Sudanese authorities and main opposition

The Government and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) spoke directly at a meeting under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel in Addis Ababa on 22 and 23 April.The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, today echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in welcoming the talks, saying that “we are encouraged by the commitment expressed by both parties to address urgent humanitarian needs.”According to a statement from Mr. Al-Za’tari’s office, the talks also included issues related to politics and security. Fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) broke out in Blue Nile state in September 2011, after neighbouring South Sudan seceded under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a decades-long civil war. Insecurity and movement restrictions imposed by the Government cut off the area until earlier this month, when the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was finally able to provide the first food rations in nearly two years to families there.“There is an urgent need to stop the fighting and get aid to all civilians in need,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari. “We cannot lose any more time. I urge the parties to continue the positive spirit and to spare no efforts to put an end to the suffering of civilians that has gone on for far too long.”“The UN and its humanitarian partners remain ready to provide immediate relief once access opens up,” Mr. Al-Za’tari stressed, urging all donors and partners to support the efforts. He noted that with the oncoming rainy season, which runs from April through October, it was particularly urgent to deliver food and other relief supplies before the roads become impassable. “We also need to get seeds and tools to people before the planting season begins to ensure a successful harvest,” Mr. Al-Za’tari said. read more

Mens basketball Chris Holtmann locks down first nationally recognized recruiting class with

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann leading a team practice on Oct. 4, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentChris Holtmann watched his four commits in the 2018 recruiting class officially sign their letters of intent Wednesday, marking the passing of his first signing day as Ohio State’s head coach. The class features two four-stars — shooting guard Luther Muhammad and small forward Jaedon LeDee — as well as three-star prospects small forward Justin Ahrens and point guard Duane Washington. Wednesday was the first day of college basketball’s early signing period which ends Nov. 15. The regular signing period begins April 11 and ends May 16.Holtmann said it was an exciting moment to see the four players sign on the dotted lines and make their commitments to the Buckeyes official. “We feel like is these four guys bring a level of a skillset that’s important, some skills that we were looking for improving in some areas, shooting being one of the them and ball-handling and obviously guard play,” Holtmann said.The class is regarded as the 17th-best nationally and the sixth-best in the Big Ten.While none of the four have set foot on the court in an Ohio State jersey just yet, Holtmann has begun to see where each player fits in on the team. He said he can see each of the four players occupying multiple positions, and believes no one in the class is limited to just one position.In Washington and Muhammad, Holtmann sees a pair of players who could best be described as “playmaking guards” rather than being limited to either a shooting or point guard. He said the duo both bring unique skillsets to the table, and that he envisions them complementing one another and playing together well on the court. “Duane is a prolific shooter, he is a very capable shooter. He’s high level when it comes to that and he can make plays with the ball in his hands and he can facilitate for others,” Holtmann said. “Luther can as well. Luther is a paint-touch guy, but he can also make 3s and he brings an edge and a competitiveness in how he plays on both ends. I really think they’re going to complement each other well.”As for LeDee, the highest-rated forward in the class, Holtmann believes he could step up and be one of the better offensive forwards on the team. He said LeDee can play both as a small and power forward offensively, but admitted the recruit needs to improve on his defensive ability.“He’s a prolific rebounder, but I think he’s going to have to continue to grow in the area of being versatile defensively,” Holtmann said. “And that’s what’s I’m continuing to challenge him with. But I do think offensively he can play multiple positions and when we play two forwards and we don’t necessarily play a tradition post because that’ll happen at times.”Having just joined the Buckeyes in June, Holtmann did not have a lot of time to scramble together a recruiting class for the 2018 season. Before he had a chance to get out and recruit prospects, he said he first needed to finish compiling his staff and get his bearings. Given the minimized time window to bring in recruits, Holtmann said there was a sense of urgency on his staff to make up for lost time.“There’s no question there was an urgency to it,” Holtmann said. “That took a couple weeks really to figure out where our roster was, where it was going to be potentially moving forward. What our needs were without really, you know I hadn’t watched us play. So I didn’t have a great familiarity.”Though the staff got off to a late start on the recruiting trail, the urgency by the coaches paid off towards the end of September. All four recruits committed to the Buckeyes during the same week, with LeDee committing on Sept. 19, Washington on Sept. 20, Muhammad on Sept. 22 and Ahrens on Sept. 24.Holtmann said the ability to lock down all four players over such a short timespan was the result of a staff conducting official visits and having already established relationships with some of the recruits while the staff was at Butler helped the commitments roll in quickly.“Obviously you don’t anticipate a week like that, but as I said back a couple weeks ago and as I told my staff, let’s just keep doing what we’re doing and eventually there’s going to be dividends that are going to pay off because, as we were hearing things from families based on their visits or how they felt about us, I knew it was just a matter of time,” Holtmann said.For Ahrens, the process went a little bit slower than most of the other recruits. Ahrens had originally been an Ohio State commit under former head coach Thad Matta, but decommitted following Matta’s departure. But Holtmann and his staff had previously attempted to recruit Justin’s brother, Kyle, while Holtmann was at Butler and thus had established relationships with the Ahrens family. This, combined with Justin’s previously established interest in attending Ohio State, helped Holtmann re-secure the commitment.“Once I realized that his process was going to be a little bit slower, we said that’s great because it’ll give us a chance to understand why he committed and then looked to open it up and we got a great feel for that,” Holtmann said. “I always told him, ‘We should have a trophy up in my office for the head coach that saw you play the most in July. I would get it for sure.’”Holtmann still has one open scholarship available for the 2018 class. However, the new head coach is not yet rushing out to add anyone just yet. Just like Holtmann said each of the four he has already added were high priority targets, he wants to make sure anyone else the Buckeyes offer that spot to is going to be exactly the right guy for the team.“We will be aggressive and maybe add one more freshman, but we may not, too,” Holtmann said. “Right now … we’re recruiting a couple, but we want to be patient and we want to make sure it’s the right one.” read more

Birstall gas explosion Three hurt after blast destroys Leicester house

first_imgLeicester house explosion Whole house gone on Allington. Awful. Just hope no one was in there🙏🏻— Ticketmaster (@pipes1) December 11, 2017 Three people have been hurt after a gas explosion destroyed a house and damaged several others.The blast led to the evacuation of dozens of properties in Birstall, north of Leicester, on Monday morning.Nearby homeowners described being woken up by a huge “bang” that shook doors and windows.Leicestershire Fire Service said one semi-detached house had been “involved in gas explosion”.A neighbouring property also partially collapsed and six other properties had been affected, it said, adding that no fire or smell of gas had been reported. A semi-detached house was destroyed in the blast, while a neighbouring property partially collapsed Leciester gas blast He said: “Three people have been injured and they are on their way to hospital. There has been one total collapse and one partial collapse.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All those evacuated were asked to go to the village hall and locals have been asked by Charnwood Council to help by taking blankets.Leicestershire Police said investigations into the cause of the damage were in their “very early stages”.center_img Carol Cooke, who lives nearby, said she was woken by an “almighty bang” at about 7.30am.She said: “I thought something had happened in the house, then we just heard lots of sirens and saw emergency services going up our street.”Ms Cooke, 46, added: “Hearing the bang was not nice, it was very scary. It’s very shocking news, we are praying for the families involved.” Steve Ballinger of Leicestershire Fire Service said everyone had now been accounted for from the property in Allington Drive. Sarah Carr, who lives about a mile from the property, said: “I thought it was a car crash, the whole house and doors shook.”It sounded really loud, like it was right outside my house. I then saw the air ambulance and police helicopter.” Credit:Ben Birchall /PA The interior of the house can be seen from the road after the explosionCredit:Ben Birchall /PA Leciester gas blastlast_img read more

Fay Meath football started showing an arrogance and its never recovered from

first_imgCroke Park, Sunday, September 2, 2001THE ALL-IRELAND semi-final against Kerry stunned the world of football. The scoreline says it all: Meath 2-14 Kerry 0-5.No Kerry player scored more than a single point. And all the Kerry stars were there; Seamus Moynihan at full-back, Darragh Ó Sé at midfield, Dara Ó Cinnéide at full-forward. By the time Maurice Fitzgerald came on as a substitute before half time, Kerry were taking on water, trailing 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.‘The first half was tight enough”, recalls Darren Fay. “It was nip and tuck. The balls were coming in and it was end-to-end stuff.”Seven unanswered points in the third quarter from Meath amounted to a wipeout. And it continued in a similar vein right ’til the end.“We were so focused for that game”, says Fay. “If we were honest about it, there was discontent in the Kerry camp. Wasn’t Maurice Fitzgerald unhappy with Páidí Ó Sé? Because Maurice didn’t start. They had come through against Dublin, when he got the famous point from the sideline kick but there seemed to be problems.“I marked him in the National League quarter-final down in Limerick in ’99. I was looking forward to it because he was a top forward at the time. I definitely had the speed on him, but the speed didn’t matter.“It was amazing how he was able to move for a ball. He was just gone in his own head a second quicker than anyone else more than his legs. His reading of the game was special.”Dara Ó Cinnéide was another Kerry opponent for whom he had the greatest of respect.“We used to play Kerry in challenge matches and even down in Thurles that time with all the goals [2000 National League semi-final], I was marking him. I could never get the better of him.“Just so solid, so stock, really strong on the ball. Very few people I came up against I thought, “I’m caught for strength here.” It wasn’t as if he was aggressive or dirty but any time he was running with the ball and you tried to tackle him, he was just all there.“The only other person I felt like that was Colin Corkery. You think that it’s going to be a handy day. But he had the strength as well, that you come ,off the pitch and think, “That was tough.”“Declan Browne had everything. He had the cleverness and he had the speed. He was like a Corkery and a Fitzgerald and an Alan Brogan all rolled into one. He was so difficult to mark.”Declan BrownePic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger In that All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry though, no Kerry forward got a look-in, in what was one of the great Meath team performances. Rather than being one of the high points of Meath football, Fay has an interesting theory about the county’s subsequent fall from grace. He believes that second half was a watershed for another reason.When the supporters started cheering every Meath pass, a part of Fay instinctively cringed. He genuinely feels the empire began to crumble at that very moment, that the values of honesty, hard work and particularly respect that Boylan lived his life by, and demanded from the players, were undercut with every light-hearted cheer to rub Kerry noses in it.“With 10 minutes or so remaining this “Olé” started. Oh yeah, you could hear it on the pitch, sure the whole stadium nearly was doing it. It took the goodness out of it.“For that 10 minutes, for the first time I’ve ever experienced, and probably the first time Meath football experienced, an arrogance became part of Meath football. An arrogance to the players from the supporters.“It was never like that before. Meath always treated teams with respect. And the players bought into it. John Cullinane scored a goal and it was a nothing goal. I think we were 12 points up and it put us 15 points up.“He was hit a little bit late and he just turned around and went like that into one of the Kerry player’s faces”, says Fay, opening his arms out wide to illustrate as if to greet the crowd’s acclaim.“That summed up exactly what happened after the whole thing started. When the supporters did that in the last 10 minutes and the players bought into it, that’s when Meath football started showing an arrogance and it’s never recovered from it.“I remember we were walking out of Croke Park after the Kerry game, myself, Mark O’Reilly, Trevor Giles and John McDermott. We were all delighted. Sure you’d have to be after beating Kerry by 15 points.“As we were walking I remember John McDermott saying to all of us, “That is actually going to do Meath more harm than it will Kerry.” And he didn’t say us, he said Meath. And you look at what happened. Meath haven’t got within an ass’s roar of winning an All-Ireland and Kerry have won what, four?’Kerry’s Dara Ó Cinnéide and Meath’s Darren Fay in action in 2001Pic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyWith Galway awaiting in the All-Ireland final, it was shades of 1966 all over again. A Meath team buoyed by one of the great semi-final displays by any team. Set up for the fall. Fay recalls the party atmosphere in the build-up, as if the cup was already in transit.“We used to train in Dunsany for our pitch work. Every single night, whether it was the Tuesday, the Thursday, or the Saturday, three, maybe four weeks to the All-Ireland final, the crowds of supporters were there, the media were there, everyone looking for an autograph or something.“It used to be a once-off. A meet and greet with the players say on a Thursday night before an All-Ireland, same for media. But every single session seemed to be like that. It was a carnival atmosphere.“John O’Mahony most have been rubbing his hands down in Galway, no-one coming next nor near to them. He must have been absolutely delighted to see what was going on in Meath.’Croke Park, Sunday, September 23, 2001It’s a measure of Darren Fay that he brings the same level of critical analysis to his own game. Going into the final, he has one personal record that is creating a legend all of its own.Twenty-five Championship matches now and counting. Still an average of roughly one point from play conceded to his direct opponents. No player ever to score more than one score from play off him. Kildare’s Martin Lynch in 1998, the only player to thieve a goal off him.As the Meath team exit the dressing room, Fay is one of the first out the door, ball in his left hand, blessing himself with his right. Padraic Joyce walks over before the throw-in and shakes hands. This is it.In a tense first half, with both teams struggling to find their ‘A’ game, nothing separates the sides. Galway are feeding the two-man inside line of Joyce and Derek Savage at every opportunity, but Fay and Mark O’Reilly are giving it back in spades.For the first time, Fay reveals where it all went wrong, how Meath’s season, and hisown record, unravelled in the most dramatic fashion.“We went in six points all. I was marking Joyce … everything was grand. He hadn’t scored – now he’d missed a couple of easy frees. And he was completely off his game. He missed a free from 21 yards out nearly straight in front of the goal.“I felt there was an uneasy feeling in the dressing room at half time. We were after kicking the s**t out of Kerry and all of a sudden we were drawing with Galway, and we can’t find the switch to flick it on again. It just wasn’t there.“The cliché of you can’t go into a game and suddenly flick a switch and away you go, that was true for us. It became a case then of “Did Galway want to win this game?” If they did, we weren’t going to be able to stop them. That was the sense of it after half time.“I remember sitting there thinking there’s no way we’re going to be able to kick into third gear, never mind fourth or fifth. The only way we were going to win that game was if Galway were afraid to win it. And let us win it.”Less than a minute after the restart, Joyce gets in behind him and blazes over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Not long after that, Savage passes to Joyce who dodges one way, slips Fay, and scores. His second point from play. A defining moment.“It was the first time ever in my playing career that someone had scored twice from play off me.”Suddenly, the doubts swirled in Fay’s mind. Right in that moment, something snapped in him.“Talk about panic on a football pitch. I says to Mark O’Reilly, “Look, I’m being roasted here, you may have a go.” That’s what happened. I made the switch myself onto [Derek] Savage. The high standards I set for myself was my downfall that day.”Padraig Joyce of Galway races away from Darren FayPic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyDefensive ChangeO’Reilly’s low centre of gravity and reputation as one of the best man markers in the game means that he is the perfect fit for Savage. In size and physique, Fay squares off evenly with Joyce. Now Meath have two mismatches on their hands.Everything that can go wrong is going wrong. Ollie Murphy retires with a broken wrist, Nigel Nestor is sent off for a second yellow card offence, and Trevor Giles misses a penalty. With Galway owning possession, they hit their inside line at will.The second half turns into ‘The Padraic Joyce Show’. Joyce finishes with 10 points, five from play. Galway run out easy winners, 0-17 to 0-8. It’s Fay’s one big regret from a stellar career. The one thing that twists in his gut.“I would love to go back to half time, stay in full-back. And for Joyce to kick 10 points off me, it would sit easier with me, instead of switching, because I thought I was getting a roasting after two.“You know that kind of way? I’d love to do that. I’d say about 15 minutes later we switched back. But the damage was done. The game was gone.“It’s funny. It’s amazing how the wheel goes full circle. The Galway fans were going, “Olé… Olé” … for the last 10 minutes of that game.”For the next decade and more, Galway wouldn’t win a senior championship match at Croke Park.Meath haven’t been back in a final since. Fay recounts his hardest day as a Meath footballer with a level of honesty that is as rare as it is admirable.“I’d know Joyce well. We played International Rules together before and after. It’s probably the hardest thing for me to live with. For the simple reason being that you’ve spent five or six seasons getting a reputation for yourself, five or six years building a standard for yourself and then you ruin it all with 15 minutes of madness.’Claiming that he ruined his reputation though isn’t true. The outstanding full-back of his generation just had a day when he was beaten by the better man.As Mick Lyons put it once, the position of full-back is like ‘always being one bullet away’. That day, he took a bullet. Joyce played like a gunslinger with an itchy trigger finger. Fay didn’t ‘ruin it all’. Six years later, he was still proving himself.“The most honest performance I actually ever gave was, ironically enough, against Galway in 2007. In Portlaoise, in a qualifier. Joyce was actually dropped for that game. I was marking Michael Meehan. It was so hard; it was nearly like the same whole thing again.“But I never once wavered from it. That was the most honest performance I ever gave. It was exactly the same situation but I handled it differently. I was so keyed up for that game.”Darren Fay in action against Micheal Meehan of Galway in July 2007Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanIn truth, the reason for Joyce’s tour de force was because of the pummelling Meath were taking all over the field. It was a rare systems failure. Compared to the semi-final, the players looked flat and heavy-legged. Fay blames it on the attitude that seeped from the stand in the semi-final.“You could bring in other players if you want but the damage was done from what happened in the All-Ireland semi-final.“Now looking back, there wasn’t a hope in hell we would have won that game anyway. There was no-one firing that day. John McDermott I’d say was the only one who could have held his head up high that day.“I was supposed to go into work on the Wednesday but I couldn’t go in. I was just sitting at home here, thinking to myself, “This isn’t happening.” I shut myself out to the world. Sitting here now and looking back you think, “It’s only a game of football.” But the decision I made was hard to take.”Four Kings by Philip Lanigan is published by Hero Books.More details can be found here18 signs you’re a sports fan from MeathGraham Geraghty is set to play in the Sigerson Cup…at the age of 40last_img read more

Vancouver church offers artistic illustrations with sermon

first_imgThe mention of a multimedia worship service these days might evoke images of a young preacher in jeans and Chuck Taylors, a backup rock band, high definition video and special effects lighting. But on a recent fall Sunday morning at Vancouver First Presbyterian Church, a very different scenario took place.Rev. Josh Rowley, 45, stood before his congregation donned in typical liturgical vestment, Bible in hand, backed by a green-robed chancel choir, and a set of metaphors from the Book of James to share.As he began his delivery, the congregation shifted their gaze to a figure moving before a large butcher paper-covered board. Jeffrey Thompson, 31, Rowley’s co-preacher that morning, began sweeping the surface with brown and blue painted shapes.As Rowley counselled his flock on the power of the tongue to either bless or curse, vibrant red-orange licks of fire emerged from Thompson’s brush.“How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire,” Rowley stated, “and the tongue is a fire.” Thompson worked quickly, applying strokes to the surface, sometimes using two brushes simultaneously.last_img read more

Chicharito aiming for second Mexico win

first_imgChicharito is targeting a victory over South Korea on today’s match in order to maintain their perfect start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.After defeating title-holders Germany 1-0 in their first game of the tournament, in which Chicharito assisted Hirving Lozano’s winner, El Tri will seek to reach six points to stay at the top of Group F, against a Korean side that lost 1-0 in its opener against Sweden.But it is expected that, after playing against the World Champions, Chicharito will again be present in the starting XI as the Hammer will be looking to score his first goal of the tournament, and his third in FIFA World Cups, after netting one against France in South Africa 2010 and another against Croatia in Brazil 2014.At the press conference before the match, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio expressed his confidence for his team to get the win, and not be overconfident in a match where they are considered heavy favourites.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I feel that the team is not going to fall into the comfort zone,” he said via club’s website“We know the challenge that we will face and we are very confident that we will get a victory. The team played a good game against Germany and we want to repeat it this time.”The match will be played in Rostov-on-Don at 6pm local time.last_img read more

Judge set to rule on Tidewater complaint against union

first_imgA judge in Portland is expected to decide as early as today whether to bar the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from interfering with the operations of Vancouver-based Tidewater Barge Lines when the union carries out pickets against Columbia Grain in Portland and United Grain in Vancouver.At issue is whether water-based pickets by the union, held as part of its yearlong contract dispute with Northwest grain handlers, should be allowed to impact ostensibly neutral companies that are moving cargo on the region’s waterways for the grain companies.U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken heard arguments Thursday, including from attorneys representing Tidewater and the ILWU, and from an official with the National Labor Relations Board. The hearing was in response to an Aug. 26 complaint filed by Tidewater with the NLRB. It alleges the union has damaged its business by picketing near the company’s facilities at sites along the Snake and Columbia rivers. The NLRB, which investigated Tidewater’s complaint, is asking Judge Aiken to prohibit the ILWU from conducting pickets that interfere with operations by Tidewater and other transportation companies.In defending its water-based pickets, the union is urging Aiken to deny the NLRB’s request, according to court documents. Attorneys for the union argue there’s no basis for it and that it would infringe on the longshore union’s free speech rights.Meanwhile, in a separate but related matter, Tidewater, an operator of tugboats and barges, has filed a lawsuit against the ILWU and its local units in Portland and Vancouver. The suit, filed on Oct. 2 in U.S. District Court in Portland, alleges the union, in its pickets against Columbia Grain and United Grain, has “coerced or restrained” Tidewater, the company’s employees and others in attempts to further its dispute against the grain companies. United Grain andlast_img read more

Mental Floss Shutters Print Magazine

first_img “While this is the final issue of mental_floss magazine, we’re hoping it’s not the last you’ll hear from us,” wrote Pearson and Hattikudur in the note. “We’ve loved creating a print product, but fighting for space on the newsstand and Pony Expressing issues to doorsteps are no longer the best ways to get you the stories you want. There are more than 20 million Flossers reading and watching mental_floss online, and for us, it feels like there are so many opportunities for new adventures.” The announcement comes months after the April departure of publisher Molly Bechert for The Washington Post. She was replaced by former publisher Amie Deutch, who was brought in to further capitalize on the brand’s growing digital presence and heavy expansion into video content. receives about 20 million unique monthly visitors, according to owner Dennis Publishing, more than doubling its traffic since 2015. Collins, as well as “some” of Mental Floss’s other longtime magazine staffers, will stay on as the brand goes all-digital, according to a statement. The title will continue as a digital-only brand, according to both an Instagram post by editor-in-chief Jessanne Collins and a note provided to Folio: from co-founders Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur, which will appear in the November/December issue, Mental Floss’s last. In 2001, Mental Floss magazine was launched from a dorm room. Fifteen years later, the Mental Floss mission hasn’t changed: we continue to deliver a compelling mix of knowledge and entertainment. Today, however, over 20 million readers engage with Mental Floss each month. The growth we have realized has come about as we’ve transitioned from our legacy Print product to a powerful digital & video Brand. And while we are incredibly proud of what the magazine has accomplished, we have decided to complete the transition to a digital company and will cease publication of the print magazine at the end of the year. This was not an easy decision, but we are forever grateful to everyone who’s ever been involved in producing it and equally grateful to all of our readers and advertisers. We are also pleased that our magazine editor, Jessanne Collins, and some of our other long-time magazine staff members, will be staying on with the company to help us continue to fulfill our mission. Update: A spokeswoman for Mental Floss has provided the following statement: Purchased by Dennis in 2011, Mental Floss earned a litany of industry awards over its 15-year print run, and was named a finalist for General Excellence-Print at the 2013 National Magazine Awards. According to Politico, current subscribers to Mental Floss will begin receiving The Week, another Dennis title, in its place. Mental Floss, the magazine that launched out of a Duke University dorm room in 2001 and subsequently grew into a 150,000-circulation bimonthly title, has announced the shuttering of its print edition after 15 years. Updated: Friday, Sept. 30 at 1:51 pm.last_img read more

Aleutian Islands ancient villages volcanoes slowly reveal their secrets

first_imgScientists flock to the Aleutians every summer to study the islands’ rich wildlife, long history and active volcanoes.University of Kansas archeologist Dixie West with Herbert and Cleveland volcanoes in the background. Photo courtesy Kristen Nicolaysen.For the past two summers, an interdisciplinary team has visited the Islands of the Four Mountains, in the central Aleutians, to study how resilient the earliest settlers had to be to live there thousands of years ago.Among many finds this summer, archeologists dug up two slate ulus (crescent-shaped knives) on one of their digs on Chuginadak Island. They think the find means these ancient seafaring people were somehow trading or acquiring goods from as far as Kodiak, 700 miles away. There are no known sources of slate in the Aleutians.“We think the source of slate is from Kodiak,” archeologist Virginia Hatfield with the University of Kansas said. “We know people of Kodiak were using slate to make ulus.”With their steep shorelines, limited freshwater and rumbling volcanoes, the Islands of the Four Mountains can seem a harsh place for human habitation. But what seems harsh to modern humans—like cliff-lined shores where landing a boat would be difficult—could have provided an advantage in the distant past.“You can stand on those high cliffs and you can survey for game. You can survey for other people,” University of Kansas archeologist Dixie West said. “It just depends on your point of view.”The earliest Unangan (or Aleut) people had to be resilient to survive volcanoes, tsunamis, fierce storms and a changing climate. Researchers are attempting to piece together how quickly people returned to villages once they were buried in volcanic ash.Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska president Tom Robinson said his ancestors picked their village sites carefully, facing away from the open Pacific Ocean, to avoid at least one kind of threat.“If you notice, all of our village sites are predominantly on the Bering Sea side and therefore were protected from tsunamis,” he said.Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska president Tom Robinson. KUCB/John Ryan photoThe Aleut RevoltArcheologists this summer also turned up likely evidence of one of the pivotal moments in Aleutian history: the Aleut revolt in the Fox Islands and the Islands of the Four Mountains and Russian fur traders’ brutal response.“The Russians came back in 1764 and, according to ethnohistory, they destroyed all of the villages in the Islands of the Four Mountains,” Dixie West said. “In one archeological site, we have found beads, we’ve found iron, and we’ve found a musket ball.”“We won the first round and they came back,” Tom Robinson said, “and that was the turning point of our history of what else happened to us along the way.”The Islands of the Four Mountains are uninhabited today, but they had been home to early Unangan people for at least 7,000 to 9,000 years. They remain sacred to people throughout the Aleutian chain.“It’s a regional spiritual area that we hold dear to our heart,” Robinson said.He said he had not heard about the researchers digging into his people’s past until asked about it for this story.“This is the first we heard about it,” Robinson said. “I checked with my staff, and we haven’t been consulted.”“If I was to dig up their ancestors, they’d probably have a problem with it,” he said.Virginia Hatfield with the University of Kansas said researchers got written permission from the landowner, the Aleut Corporation, and met with Ounalashka Corporation officials in Unalaska. She said they tried to contact the Qawalangin Tribe as well as people in Nikolski, the closest surviving village to the archeological sites, but received no response. Researchers also gave presentations at the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska before they started their work last year.University of Kansas archeologist Dixie West with Herbert and Cleveland volcanoes in the background. Photo courtesy Kristen Nicolaysen.Difficult FieldworkDoing archeology or geology is tough in the Islands of the Four Mountains—and not just because of the remoteness or the weather or the risk of a volcano exploding. You can’t use radio-carbon dating to pinpoint when something happened in the past if there’s no carbon-containing material around.“In the Aleutians, there are no trees, no shrubs in that area, so it’s very difficult for us to figure out when a particular volcanic eruption happened or when a particular tsunami happened,” geologist Kirsten Nicolaysen with Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, said.Nicolaysen said archeologists and geologists working together can answer those questions. They can find where ash covers an ancient village’s garbage pile—filled with organic material—and piece together enough carbon to date an eruption.The scientists have had to be a little resilient themselves. Cleveland Volcano on Chuginadak Island exploded while they were approaching it by boat. The big volcano kept rumbling while they were working in its shadow.“At night, when we were sleeping in our tents, we could hear that volcano moaning and groaning,” Dixie West said.She said it was unnerving, but there were no problems.“We’d been around volcanoes enough doing the research that we do to know when we should run or when we should hunker down,” West said.Once they were camped on the island, a big earthquake struck.“We’d just finished dinner, and suddenly this earthquake starts happening. It was incredibly exciting,” geologist Nicolaysen said.She said they very quickly turned their attention to the steam plume rising from Mt. Cleveland.“It was crucial for us to know, was that earthquake affecting the volcano or related to the volcano because if so, we needed to respond to that very quickly,” Nicolaysen said.Quick communication by satellite phone with the Alaska Volcano Observatory revealed that no evacuation was needed: The quake was driven by plate tectonics, not by the volcano they were having dinner on. Nor did it cause any ocean tsunamis.“It was very long lasting where we were and actually caused water in ponds and the fuel in the fuel drums to seiche back and forth, to shake back and forth, and we could hear this,” she said. “Little pond tsunamis.”Aftershocks kept giving them some trouble. Nicolaysen said the researchers couldn’t even feel some of them directly, but they’d get dizzy.“Sometimes when I was on quite steep cliffs, trying to obtain our geologic samples,” she said. “That was a little strange, writing in my notebook, “Very dizzy, feeling sick. Time to go.”Last year, members of the same research team helped AVO put the first seismic monitoring instruments on Cleveland Volcano. Now the region can have better warnings when that volcano explodes, as it did this summer.Still, very little is known about the volcanoes of the Aleutians. Mt Carlisle, Mt. Tana and Mt. Herbert—the other three main volcanoes of the Islands of the Four Mountains—had never been studied before the summer of 2014, when the interdisciplinary research team arrived there, according to Nicolaysen.“This is completely undiscovered territory and very exciting science to do,” she said.This summer, AVO scientists put a dozen new sensors on Cleveland Volcano and the first instruments ever on Herbert and Carlisle.The Qawalangin Tribe continues to aim for resilience in the face of environmental threats of uncertain severity. In September, the tribe advertised to hire a climate change planning coordinator. The goal: to help the tribe adapt to a climate that is changing much more rapidly than it did in prehistoric times.last_img read more

Juneau food bank opens doors to federal workers during shutdown

first_imgCanned goods on the shelf at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in March 2015. (Photo by Kevin Reagan/ KTOO)As the partial government shutdown enters its second month, more people than usual are stopping by the food bank in Juneau.Darren Adams is the manager of Southeast Alaska Food Bank. He said the shutdown took a lot of people by surprise.“There have been some individuals who have told me they never thought they’d be in this position,” he said.On Monday he will open the food bank beyond its regular hours. Between noon and 4 p.m., he’s inviting federal workers to come by and take home up to 50 pounds of food. All they need to show is federal identification.Adams said the longer the shutdown lasts, the greater the need becomes.“A lot of people think, okay I can make a week’s worth of groceries stretch for ten days if I need to, but you can’t make a week’s worth of groceries stretch for a month,” he said.He added that since the shutdown began, he’s heard from more people in Juneau who want to volunteer their time — including federal workers on furlough.Adams said he will continue to open the food bank to federal workers every Monday until the government is reopened.last_img read more

4 killed in clashes in Indian Kashmir

first_imgIndian army soldiers take a video with a mobile phone after an explosion in a residential house during clashes between suspected rebels and Indian forces in Chadoora, in Badgam district south of SrinagarThree civilians and one rebel were killed and at least 28 people were injured Tuesday in clashes between protesters and troops and police in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.The clashes started when soldiers cordoned off a house in a village in central Kashmir’s Chadoora area in which at least one armed militant—who was killed later in the day—was hiding, said Inspector General of Police, Javid Gillani.Hundreds of villagers, in a show of support for the rebels, threw stones at soldiers who had cordoned off the house.Three people were killed in the ensuing clashes in which government forces fired tear gas and ammunition to disperse the protesting crowds, Gillani told AFP.Another police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said at least 28 people were injured, including eight government forces personnel.One militant was killed in the operation and one weapon was recovered from the scene, said army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.Armed encounters between rebels fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmir and government forces have become more frequent since widescale unrest last year, sparked by the killing in July of a popular rebel leader.That unrest left more than 90 civilians dead and thousands injured.On Sunday two militants were killed when police ambushed their car in the southern Kashmir valley.With elections next month for two seats to the national parliament, security has been stepped up and the government has sent in 20,000 troops.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.Rebel groups have for decades fought Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.last_img read more

All Options Should Be on the Table for the BCPD

first_imgWhat the hell are we going to do about the Baltimore City Police Department? Seriously.Many of the sordid details of how seven Baltimore City police officers, five Black, two White (all living outside of Baltimore City), allegedly operated a criminal enterprise beneath the ubiquitous blue covering of the BCPD, have been made public since their arrest last week.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)The Department of Justice was investigating the BCPD in 2016, while these cops were allegedly jacking drug dealers and legit businessmen alike for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and simultaneously shaking down the City of Baltimore for hundreds of thousands of dollars in mostly fraudulent overtime pay.According to the DOJ, Det. Momodu Gondo, 34, on a salary of $71,400 collected $29,100 in overtime pay, which incredibly was the lowest amount collected by the seven last year. The largest amount of overtime pay went to Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 36, who on a salary of $85,400 nearly doubled his money with overtime payments of $83,300.“How easy it is to steal overtime from the Baltimore City Police Department and from the City of Baltimore,” said Stephen Janis a veteran investigative reporter with The Real News Network, and a recurring contributor to First Edition, during the, “Mod Squad,” segment.“This is one of the big parts of this indictment…with the overtime there is a lot of evidence that they actively, fraudulently put in for overtime and they weren’t there. Given the fact we have a $40 million budget in overtime, which is like $30 million over budget and a school budget deficit…it’s important to pay attention to this indictment, because it shows there’s no culture of accountability. They were doing whatever they wanted… it sounds like…there was never a time when it seems like a supervisor intervenes,” Janis added.To my knowledge, not one member of the BCPD, rank and file, command staff, outside of fired police commissioner Anthony Batts, was spotted leaving police headquarters carrying a box in the wake of the uprising in April 2015. And it was deja vu all over again in August 2016 following the release of the Department of Justice, “patterns or practice” report on the BCPD, one of the most scathing in the history of the DOJ. Again, nobody got fired (to my knowledge).So, who’s going down as a result of the latest BCPD scandal? If past is prologue, nobody. Nothing to see here. And that may be the real issue, what we see with this latest incident of misconduct is just the tip of the iceberg, according to all the people I’ve talked to in law enforcement and in politics.One draconian solution seems to be resonating with more people, disband the BCPD. And for those who believe tearing down the department and building a new one is absurd, it happened just to our north in New Jersey five years ago.In November of 2012, the city of Camden, New Jersey, which was being overrun by crime, disbanded their police department, laying off or firing hundreds of their officers and hiring a nonunionized force of 400 officers.Of course, there is a great disparity in size between the Camden Police Department and the BCPD, but many of the ills that plague Camden are the same that ravage Baltimore, poverty, substandard public schools, lack of affordable housing, lack of jobs, drug addiction and rampant police corruption.The DOJ says in order for the BCPD to correct course, the City of Baltimore will most likely have to invest many millions of dollars over the course of several years. But, we’ve been sinking more money into law enforcement for decades and how has that been working out for us?I’ve said publicly and privately on dozens of occasions, the vast majority of the men and women sworn to protect and serve the citizens of Baltimore, do their jobs professionally. I know some of them personally and they perform heroically day in and day out.But, I once asked Commissioner Kevin Davis, if a good cop turns a blind eye to corruption by his brothers and sisters in blue, can he or she still be a good cop. He said, no.So, how many good cops do we really have in the Baltimore City Police Department given the amount of corruption that so many believe is pervasive?Perhaps the time has come for Baltimore City residents to abandon the BCPD, (or at least implement a Serpico-esque purge of dirty cops) which seems dysfunctional on every level and start all over.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of, AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img read more

17yearold Kashmiri poet wins Urdu Cultural Academy award

first_imgMunawar Ali Hussainy, a 17-year-old poet from Jammu and Kashmir, has been named ‘Poet of the Year’ for 2014 by the National Urdu Cultural Academy here.Speaking over phone, Hussainy—who was awarded for his poem Zulm Ka Mara said, the academy every year invites five poems from a poet to be adjudged by a jury. “I submitted my best three poems,” said Hussainy, who has been writing since childhood. “Although I started reading Diwan-i-Ghalib since I was in primary school, I only recently started understanding the legendary Urdu poet,” he said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hussiany said he had his hopes pinned on Zulm Ka Mara. “The 20-stanza poem describes the life and death of children across the Muslim world,” he said.The poem sketches the conflict-hit life in Jammu and Kashmir, Palestine, Myanmar and Syria. Hussainy also writes short stories in English, but is confused about how to get his works published.“I have written a good number of poems now, but I don’t know how to get them published,” he said.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAsked about his mentors, he said, “Allama Iqbal is my ‘roohaani peer’ (spiritual guide) and Pakistan’s Mohsin Naqvi has been my great inspiration.”Hussainy said he has two ‘guides’ on social network Facebook who helped him improve his poetic skills, but he has never met them.“I have two Facebook friends who have always been suggesting corrections in my writings and if I have won any award, a share of credit goes to them as well.”Hussainy, a resident of Srinagar, has also cracked the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Entrance Test (JK-CET).last_img read more

Windows Defender Exploit Guard native EMET in Windows 10

first_imgWindows Defender Exploit Guard: native EMET in Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 8 commentsMicrosoft revealed new security features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update yesterday to improve Windows 10 device security.The company revealed a new set of tools, all build around Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and improvements to Windows Defender Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus Protection.Note: It is unclear right now if any of the new features will be made available to consumer machines running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or if they are all reserved to the Volume Licensing offers Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Windows 10 Education E5, or Secure Productive Enterprise E5 as referenced on the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection system requirements page. The articles are clearly aimed at a business audience.EMET’s development was put on ice by Microsoft, with the company claiming that Windows 10 made EMET something that users of the operating system would not need anymore. This was rebuked, but it did not stop Microsoft from announcing July 2018 as the month in which support for EMET would be dropped.Windows Defender Exploit GuardMicrosoft built some Exploit Mitigation Experience Toolkit protections into Windows 10 natively already. Windows Defender Exploit Guard is a native implementation of EMET that has been improved by Microsoft to include new vulnerability mitigations that are not part of EMET.Exploit Guard furthermore uses intelligence from ISG for intrusion rules and policies.Using intelligence from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (ISG), Exploit Guard comes with a rich set of intrusion rules and policies to protect organizations from advanced threats, including zero day exploits.Microsoft confirms that companies will be able to apply vulnerability mitigations to classic Win32 applications on Windows 10, just like it has been the case with EMET. Additionally, capabilities are added to block websites that host known malicious code automatically.With the addition of EMET technology, companies will be able to apply advanced vulnerability mitigations on legacy apps running on Windows 10 without the need to recompile them. Another powerful Windows Defender Exploit Guard capability will allow automatic blocking of websites known to host malicious code, by leveraging Windows Defender SmartScreen knowledge base.Windows Defender Application GuardMicrosoft announced Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge back in September 2016. The company planned to integrate it in the Creators Update, but did not go through with the plan at that time.Application Guard is a virtualization technology designed to “stop attackers from establishing a foothold on the local machine or from expanding out into the rest of the corporate network”.Basically, what Application Guard does is distinguish between a set of trusted resources and anything else that is opened in Edge. Trusted resources work like they have done before; untrusted resources on the other hand have Application Guard create a new “instance of Windows” with a copy of the kernel and minimum Windows Platform Service to run Microsoft Edge.Application Guard blocks access to memory, local storage, installed applications, corporate network endpoints, and other resources according to Microsoft. This means as well that this virtual copy of Windows has no access to credentials or user data.Microsoft notes that untrusted sites that are not malicious will work for the most part just like users would expect them to work. Users may print sites, use the clipboard for copy and paste operations, and perform many of the other operations that are commonly executed.Administrators may restrict some of the functionality however.Other security changesMicrosoft plans to integrate Windows Defender Device Guard into Windows Defender ATP to improve manageability and control.Device Guard offers a set of features designed to protect against common threats such as exposure to new malware or unsigned code. Administrators may set up a list of whitelisted software that is allowed to run, or use code integrity policies to block unsigned code execution.Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender ATP uses new intelligence in combination with data science and machine learning according to Microsoft that improves the protection of Windows 10 devices.Microsoft plans to add new Security Analytics capabilities for administrators on top of that in the Fall Creators Update.Here is a promotional video that Microsoft published that provides explanation of the new features in less than 5 minutes.Closing WordsMicrosoft plans to introduce several new security technologies in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. I’m most excited about the native integration of EMET and Application Guard, and hope that these will become available for all users of Windows 10 and not just Enterprise customers.Now You: What’s your take on these new features?SummaryArticle NameWindows Defender Exploit Guard: native EMET in Windows 10DescriptionMicrosoft revealed new security features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update yesterday to improve Windows 10 device security.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more