Heavy rain wreaks havoc in Kashmir Valley

first_imgTorrential rain resulted in the death of a boy, destruction of standing crops and disruption of traffic on highways in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday.Locals said Burhan Ahmad Malla, 6, a resident of Kupwara’s Khurhama area, slipped into a nullah and drowned due to heavy rain, which started early in the morning.“Rain also damaged standing crops in several parts the Valley,” an official said.“A few hours of downpour exposed the hollow claims of flood preparedness in Kashmir. A spell of heavy rain in the morning caused water-logging at many places in the Valley and Srinagar city,” said CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.Several areas in Srinagar, including Lal Chowk, got inundated due to rain, disrupting movement of traffic.Meanwhile, large-scale landslides on Srinagar-Ladakh and Shopian-Poonch highways forced closure of traffic on Thursday, an official said. Scores of vehicles, including those carrying essentials and tourists to Ladakh region, were stranded on both sides of the highways. Personnel of the Border Roads Organisation were working hard to open the highways, a police officer said.The rain, however, dropped the day temperature by several notches. According to the Met office, Kashmir will see more rain in the next couple of days.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018

first_imgSaudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events in three selected stadiums from early next year, the General Sports Authority said in a statement.The stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh are being prepared to accommodate families in early 2018, said the statement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency late on Sunday.Last month Saudi Arabia announced that, from June, women would be allowed to drive cars, ending the world’s only ban on female driving.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform program aims to open up Saudis’ cloistered lifestyles, shaped in part by a strict, conservative version of Sunni Islam that limits the role of women, and diversify the economy away from oil.last_img

Rajat Sharma pips Madan Lal for DDCA president’s post

first_imgVeteran journalist Rajat Sharma was on Monday elected President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) after bagging 54.4 percent of votes in his favour.Sharma beat former World Cup winning India cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to register his win.Sharma’s group swept all the 12 seats in the polls. The journalist bagged a total of 1,521 votes while Madan Lal could only poll 1,004. A third candidate, advocate Vikas Singh, got 232 votes.”I thank all members of DDCA who voted and reposed their trust in us. I now invite all the members to join hands to bring about transparency in the functioning of DDCA,” Sharma tweeted after his victory.Sharma’s faction included Rakesh Bansal who won the Vice President’s post with 48.87 per cent votes 1,364 votes.Among the other notable winners was former sports committee head Vinod Tihara (1,374 votes), who became Secretary defeating nearest rival Manjeet Singh by 376 votes.Tihara is expected to run the daily affairs of DDCA.The Joint Secretary’s post went to Rajan Manchanda (1,402), younger brother of former treasurer Ravinder who beat Pushpender Chauhan by 449 votes. Pushpender is the younger brother of Chetan Chauhan.For Treasurer’s post, Om Prakash Sharma beat Deepak Singh got 1,241 votes.Coach Sanjay Bhardwaj was elected for the Director’s post (first class cricketer) while Renu Khanna became the woman director.last_img read more

Wenger: Ozil gem was well deserved

first_imgMesut Özil Arsenal deserved Ozil’s decisive gem against Newcastle, says Wenger Nicholas McGee 03:27 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ozil-Cropped Getty Images Mesut Özil Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Newcastle United Newcastle United Premier League The attacking midfielder’s stunning volley helped his side return to winning ways, a result the coach believes their displays have merited Arsene Wenger feels Mesut Ozil’s stunning winner against Newcastle United was just reward for Arsenal as they brought an end to a run of bad results.Arsenal had failed to win any of their previous three league games but took the lead after 23 minutes on Saturday through an Ozil volley from just inside the area.Subsequent chances to put the game away were wasted, leading to a nervy conclusion to the 1-0 triumph as Newcastle spurned opportunities to level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger admitted it could have been a bigger win, but was happy to see Ozil play the pivotal role with a great strike.”We have created the chances to be comfortable and in the last five minutes we became a bit edgy.”We didn’t make a mistake at the back, you could see that necessity to win was playing a bit on the mind of our players in the end and the fact as well that we could not take our chances, you try to force it too much and to not play with enough freedom.”[The goal] was a gem to watch. I’m happy for Mesut because that’s what you want from him and he took it with decisiveness. It was a fantastic goal.”This win is dedicated to the many young guests at #AFCvNUFC charity matchday. Three icecold points remain at the Emirates today. Thanks for the support, Gooners. @Arsenal #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/sxhgXbKWkl— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 16, 2017Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle have now taken just one point from their last nine games, leaving them in the relegation zone – a point adrift of safety.Benitez said: “We had our chances. We were pushing and attacking. We had chances to draw. It’s a pity. We are learning. In some games we are one goal behind. The players are working hard.”We knew this could be difficult. Two or three games we could draw or win. We need to be competitive like today and keep going. We are a young team. When you’re not winning you lose confidence.”We have to keep working this way. Try to get a result. In January, try to bring in people.”The fans know the team will be tough. They also know we need something in January – that will help the current squad.”last_img read more

Cyclist set to finish record-breaking ‘around the world in 80 days’ cycle a day early

first_img Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp As of Wednesday, the team’s projected mileage total was eight miles short – so Griffiths improvised a detour to make up the shortfall. At one point during the ride, Beaumont’s phone buzzes. It’s Nicci, his wife and mother of their young daughters, Harriet and Willa, who he hasn’t seen since 2 July. “She told me she’s coming out to Paris on Sunday,” says Beaumont, before adding: “That suddenly sounds very close.”His next big challenge will be resuming “a normal, family life”. After living a daily routine defined by numbers – 16 hours cycling, 9,000 calories consumed, five hours of sleep – his team have prepared an extensive “decompression” strategy.“I’ve done very little walking during the past 75 days. I walked up some stairs at the airport and it really hurt. But I’m looking forward to getting on my bike without any targets or deadlines.”He also fully expects others to have a go at his record.“I sincerely wish them well,” he said. “There’s no reason it couldn’t be broken. After all, I’m hardly your typical cyclist – I’m 6’3” and 90 kilos. Someone who is 75 kilos and a ‘proper’ cyclist might do it faster. We shall see. “But I’ll always be the first who did it [in under 80 days]. No one remembers who was second up Everest.”• Mark Beaumont is an ambassador for Visit Scotland. Trevor Ward’s bicycle was provided by Cycling Rentals in Lisbon. Topics Fuel stop: Beaumont has to consume about 9,000 calories a day. Photograph: Courtesy of Trevor Ward Endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is expected to arrive in Paris on Monday 18 September, 79 days after setting off on his attempt to cycle around the world in 80 days.The Guardian joined Beaumont in Lisbon on Wednesday, where he arrived on an overnight flight from Halifax in Canada to start the final leg of his record-breaking challenge. Despite cycling an average of 240 miles over 16 hours every day since 2 July, he looked fresh and sounded upbeat as we ticked off more miles on our way to the Spanish border. Yet he admitted the ride has taken its toll on him, both mentally and physically.“I’ve been to some very low places and it’s reduced me to tears on four occasions, which has never happened on any of my other expeditions,” said Beaumont, who started his long-distance cycling exploits at the age of 11 when he rode 145 miles across Scotland. “It’s taken me to some strange places mentally,” he said. “I didn’t want to have any excuses to fail, that’s why I made the rule that I would ride four blocks of four hours every day without any breaks during them. It makes life a lot simpler when you don’t have any exit doors like that.”Barring disaster, Beaumont will smash the previous record of 123 days set by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, but still grapples with doubts about how he is viewed by the “mainstream cycling” fraternity.“I’m still not sure it has accepted me,” he says. “I know that my main fanbase is 40-year-old males in lycra and that’s great, but I still get complaints that I’ve sold out with all my corporate sponsorship, or that I’m not doing it in the proper spirit because I’ve got two support vehicles and am racing through at 240 miles a day.“But when I originally cycled around the world unsupported 10 years ago [setting a then-record of 194 days], I described myself as an adventurer. These days I’m an athlete. It’s all about the performance, it’s about making a livelihood from what I do and being able to support my family, just like Chris Froome makes his living from cycling. Yet he couldn’t do what I’m doing, and I couldn’t do what he does.”Beaumont’s support team has varied from continent to continent, but the key figures have been team leader and Falklands veteran Mike Griffiths, performance director and trans-Pacific rower Laura Penhaul, and mechanic/navigator Alex Glasgow, a veteran of unsupported cycle trips around the world.Penhaul had sent detailed instructions about personal hygiene in advance of the Guardian’s arrival, not wanting to risk exposing Beaumont to any infections while his immune system is vulnerable. She takes daily swabs of saliva to monitor his health.At one point Penhaul handed the Guardian a couple of paracetamol, saying: “Can you give these to Mark – he’s suffering a bit. His body is going into recovery mode.”Upon catching up with Beaumont, who rides each day at a steady 15mph, he said: “My whole body has been protesting since I got off the plane, especially the pressure points on my hands and feet. Laura had to dig out a callus on my foot in Canada. She also had to replace the filling in my tooth [the consequence of a crash in Moscow], and I’m so tired that I fell asleep while she was doing it.”While Penhaul has been overseeing Beaumont’s physical and mental welfare, with duties ranging from nutritionist and masseur to GP and counsellor – Griffiths and Glasgow have been constantly fine-tuning the route so that it satisfies Guinness World Records requirements.“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, a living, breathing project that has constantly flexed its muscles,” says Griffiths. “We keep revising the route so that we’ll hit the target of 18,000 miles without any waste. It’s alright to say, ‘Put in a fudge factor’, but it’s Mark who has to ride it. When he rode around the world last time he added an extra 300 miles just to be safe. Well, he can’t do that in 80 days.” Cycling … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share via Email Share on Messenger blogposts Share on Facebook Twitter Bike blog Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitterlast_img read more

The extraordinary reinvention of England’s football

first_imgPlay Video THE BARBS OF SEVILLEGareth Southgate went into England’s League Q Group 73 Matchday B3 encounter with Spain in September pointing out that the Ethics World Cup had gone quite well and Euro 2020 was just around the corner, so “we don’t want to waste time looking at new things”. And then Spain shellacked them in what was a pretty effective end to all that throwing beer all over Croydon Boxpark stuff from the summer.As a result, the policy of “not looking at new things”, has led to a system change, a host of new England call-ups (yet still Morris Dancing Fiver is marooned on the bench), and the extraordinary reinvention of football as an over-the-counter Temazepam alternative against Croatia on Matchday AX2+BX+π = 0. Still, at least a small section of England’s fans are not changing, having smashed up various bits of Seville on Sunday night in a historical re-enactment of the Moorish invasion of 712. The Fiver Pinterest Read more Here you go. Composite: LFC/Getty Images, FA/Rex/Shutterstock, PA Meanwhile, Scottish fitba has a Hall of Fame?Martin O’Neill seems to be writing cheques that his O’Ireland team can’t cash.Xherdan Shaqiri is presumably holding a jar to the Liverpool physio room door as Mo Salah finds out how long his unspecified muscle-knack will keep him out for.Football Federation Australia took little time in inviting Usain Bolt to turn up for a flamin’ drugs test after the former sprinter’s two-goal display in his second trial game for Central Coast Mariners. “How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet,” gasped Bolt.Chelsea boss Emma Hayes is feeling philosophical after watching her WSL champions get walloped 5-0 by Arsenal. “Being humbled occasionally doesn’t do us any harm,” she soothed. “Their top players played well.”Milan are considering cancelling Tiémoué Bakayoko’s loan deal and sending him back to Chelsea due to “defects in his game” rather than defects in their scouting setup.And Vincent Kompany has congratulated dad Pierre after the 71-year-old was elected as Belgium’s first black mayor in Brussels. “It has never happened before. It’s historic. We are all happy,” he cheered. STILL WANT MORE?Come get your Women’s Super League talking points, courtesy of Rachel Brown-Finnis. Big Eck one of the few to watch, at least. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.FIVER LETTERS“I can’t believe The Fiver is technical enough to change the email address it sends its daily missives from, but it does seem like you just did this in order to annoy Paul Thomas (Friday’s Fiver letters) and make him update his email rules” – Duncan Dyer.“Perhaps AI is already outstripping human intelligence. Google seems determined to stop me reading The Fiver, by dropping your email into the ‘Promotions’ folder. I have to regularly click the star icon to remind it that The Fiver is an important email to me. Oh. Oh dear” – David Madden.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Duncan Dyer.BITS AND BOBSAfter watching his Scotland side get thumped by Portugal’s U-12s, Alex McLeish says he needs to “stand up and be brave” to take his side forwards. “It’s never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend,” sniffed McLeish. “[Russia boss] Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I’ll always retain that determination.” Twitter Share via Email Goalkeeper scores spectacular injury-time equaliser in Belgium – video Facebook England face good-again Spain again on Monday evening at Estadio Benito Villamarín without the suspended John Stones and Jordan Henderson, and with an attack as out of shape as a drunken yogi. Southgate has blamed England’s woes on the Premier League season starting too early. “I didn’t really know why it started then,” he parped. “Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June.”As for Spain, they’ve taken the somewhat disturbing tack of shrugging off a nightmarish World Cup, playing well again and being oddly nice to England. “I like Southgate as a manager, what he brings,” cooed the Big Cup-winning former head coach of Barcelona, Luis Enrique, about, erm, Middlesbrough Gaz – before Sergio Ramos twirled his ‘tache, and suggested Harry Kane might be a good fit in La Liga. There are all sorts or permutations as to what the result in Spain would mean for League Q Group 73, which The Fiver has absolutely no interest or intention of looking into, save for one: it means we’re one matchday closer to the end of this interminable international hell.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Tom Bryant for hot MBM coverage of Spain 3-1 England in the Nations League from 7.45pm BST.QUOTE OF THE DAY“He was a hugely talented, knowledgeable, funny and, above all else, a good man. We will miss him” – Brighton & Hove Albion lead the tributes to former BBC, ITV, Football Italia, Sky and Pro Evo commentator Peter Brackley, who has died aged 67.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGHere’s the latest Football Weekly podcast for your aural pleasure.RECOMMENDED VIEWINGLast-minute goalscoring goalkeeper magic from Belgium. 0:33 Jake Clarke-Salter gets his chat on with Stuart James.Kirsty Linnett and Chris Wood get their chat on with Andy Hunter.Who’d be a referee, muses Michael Hann.Steven Pye sets the dial on his DeLorean to 18 February 1987 and takes us to marvel at Gary Lineker’s four-goal heroics in England’s 4-2 shellacking of Spain.Raheem Sterling is cool as a cucumber and confident he’ll discover his England shooting boots soon enough, writes Daniel Taylor.One shares a flat with his boss, another is known as the “big-picture man” – here’s a who’s who of Premier League No 2s.When former Cork, Hull and Blackpool defender Brian Lenihan left football in 2017 it was from despair, not injury, explains Barry Glendenning.Premier League fan verdicts so far: part one and part two.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!WEIRD UNCLE FIVER’S WORK PLACEMENT AT FENDI LOOKS TO BE GOING WELLcenter_img Football Topics Share on Messenger Pinterest Luis Enrique begins to succeed as Spain look to start a new dynasty Facebook Share on Facebook features Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Predicts When Country’s Top 8 Teams Will Lose Their First Game

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumWe’re now three weeks into the 2018 college football season, and the top eight teams in the nation, according to the AP Poll, are as follows:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaLSUStanfordNotre DameNone of those teams ranked above have lost a game – yet.When will the first losses be coming? Here are the predictions from ESPN’s Football Power Index:1. Alabama:  No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Nov. 32. Clemson: No lossMost-likely loss: at Boston College on Nov. 103. Georgia: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Oct. 134. Ohio State: at Penn State on Sept. 295. Oklahoma: No lossMost-likely loss: at West Virginia on Nov. 236. LSU: vs. Georgia on Oct. 137.  Stanford: at Notre Dame on Sept. 298. Notre Dame: at Virginia Tech on Oct. 13***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

Predicting The Polls After Week 10 Of The 2018 College Football Season

first_imgDana Holgorsen celebrating against the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)This week’s college football action featured dominant performances from Alabama, Clemson and Michigan and a handful of surprising upsets. Let’s see how it’ll all shake out in the polls on Sunday.Alabama, despite finally facing a tough opponent, rolled yet again – blasting LSU on the road. Clemson, meanwhile, hung 77 points on Louisville. Michigan looks like the class of the Big Ten after the way it dominated Penn State.As for the upsets – Florida, Utah and Iowa all lost. As such, we’re going to see a major shakeup yet again.This is how we think the Coaches’ Poll will look on Sunday morning:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateWest VirginiaUCFLSUWashington State (game not over)Washington (game not over)Mississippi StateSyracuseBoston CollegeKentuckyFloridaUtah State (game not over)Penn StateUtahTexasFresno State (game not over)WisconsinOregonIowaCollege football fans – do we have it right?last_img read more

Frontline Nets Financing for Eight Newbuilds, Eyes More

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline has secured a commitment for a senior secured term loan facility worth up to USD 328.4 million with China Exim Bank that will be used to finance eight newbuildings.Specifically, the facility will be secured by four Suezmax tankers and four LR2 tankers, it matures in 2029 and has an amortization profile of 18 years.This is in addition to a senior unsecured facility of up to USD 275 million from a company affiliated with Frontline’s largest shareholder, Hemen Holding Ltd, totaling in commitments for up to USD 603.4 million of new financing. The loan will be used to part finance the company’s current newbuilding program and potential acquisitions, Frontline said.The ship owner added that it has also received a term sheet and is in the process of obtaining a commitment for a second facility with China Exim Bank in an amount of up to USD 324.6 million. It matures in 2033 and has an amortization profile of 15 years. This facility is insured by SinoSure, will be used to finance eight of the company’s newbuildings and will be secured by four Suezmax tankers and four LR2 tankers.Six newbuilding deliveries expected in 2016“The company has thus far obtained commitments for up to USD 394.4 million of bank debt financing for six LR2 tankers and four Suezmax tankers and is in the process of obtaining further commitments for up to USD 324.6 million for four LR2 tankers and four Suezmax tankers. Assuming we receive commitment for a further USD 324.6 million of bank debt financing, the remaining unfinanced instalments for our newbuildings will be USD 573.9 million,” Frontline said.Based on committed and assumed bank debt of up to USD 1.05 billion, Frontline needs further USD 237 million to secure delivery of its current newbuilding program.Frontline achieved net income of USD 78.9 million, for the first quarter of 2016.“We are very pleased to report yet another strong quarter with net income attributable to the company of USD 78.9 million or USD 0.50 per share. Significantly, this was Frontline’s first full quarter following its merger with Frontline 2012 Ltd. Our performance, particularly in the VLCC segment was strong, despite some market weakness in February and March,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS commented.Total operating expenses of USD 124.3 million in the first quarter were higher than the previous quarter due to the significant increase in the fleet size as a result of the merger, which impacted the entire first quarter compared with only one month of impact in the previous quarter.Frontline took delivery of four LR2 tanker newbuildings in the first quarter and one LR2 tanker newbuilding in May 2016.An additional six newbuilding deliveries are expected in 2016, and the final 17 newbuilding vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017. “These vessels have the capability to transport both crude and refined products, and while our primary focus has always been on the transportation of crude oil, our increasingly diversified fleet also provides us leverage to create value in refined product trades and helps to maximize our chartering strategy,” he added.The company has ordered four VLCC newbuildings at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co (STX) shipyard which applied for court receivership last week, scheduled for delivery in 2017.“Frontline has refund guarantees in place from first class banks and the remaining commitments total USD 319 million. The company is following the situation carefully and has commenced discussions with STX,” the company pointed out.As of March 31, 2016, the company’s fleet consisted of 83 vessels, including newbuildings, with an aggregate capacity of approximately 15 million DWT.In terms of outlook, Frontline believes that it is in a “unique position to take advantage of a strong tanker market.”“Due to the size and diversity of our fleet, as well as our very low cash breakeven rates, we believe we will continue to generate solid high returns for our shareholders. We have a long track record of doing so, and we seek to carry on that tradition as we increase our leadership role in the market,” the company said.last_img read more

Tickets on Sale for Northeastern Export Rally

first_img guide to online shopping carts reducing risk exporting services globally getting products across the United States border using technology to enhance business transporting products Nova Scotia companies will gain exporting knowledge, learn about potential markets, and meet professionals dedicated to helping companies grow at the Northeastern Export Rally in Antigonish on Wednesday, June 2. The event is led by the organizations that make up Trade Team Nova Scotia in partnership with Community Business Development Corporation, StFX University, StFX Enterprise Development Centre and the Antigonish Regional Development Authority. The Export Rally is a one-day workshop that provides information to business owners about how they can increase sales by exporting. The event is open to product and service-based companies in all sectors, markets and stages of business. “Exporting is essential for the continual growth of a company,” said Mike McMurray, co-chair of Trade Team Nova Scotia. “The Export Rally is focused on educating business owners about how to take their business to the next level and reach their full growth potential.” Export Rally participants can choose from workshops including: Experts will share advice and information on hot markets, including Brazil. Participants can also take advantage of on-the-spot market research, and networking. In 2009-2010, three successful export rallies were held in Cape Breton, Wolfville, and Truro. Howard Selig, president of Valley Flaxflour, attended the event in Wolfville looking for advice on how to expand his business. “By attending the Export Rally, I learned about the useful resources that are available to me when I prepare to enter new markets. I now know exactly who to talk to and the right questions to ask.” Registration for the event is $35, which includes access to all of the workshops and lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.exportrally.ca . Trade Team Nova Scotia is a federal, provincial, and private-sector partnership dedicated to helping Nova Scotia companies export their goods and services globally. It ensures easy access for potential and active exporters to the wide range of services offered by its members.last_img read more

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🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ANon3aMTqf— 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