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Phil Hardy

Philip Hardy is an English-born former Ireland under-21 footballer who played as a left-back. With Welsh club Wrexham from 1990 to 2001, he played more than 450 games under manager Brian Flynn, he was named on the PFA Team of the Year for the 1991–92 Fourth Division campaign. He picked up both a winners medal and a runners-up medal in the Welsh Cup, during his time at the club Wrexham reached four FAW Premier Cup finals, winning on three occasions, were promoted out of the Third Division in 1992–93, he played ten games for Port Vale, before leaving the professional game in 2002. Hardy started his career with Fourth Division Wrexham, signing professionally for Brian Flynn's side in 1990, he played in the Welsh Cup final at the Cardiff Arms Park in 1991, in what finished as a 2–0 win for Swansea City. An ever-present in the 1991–92 season, along with fellow full-back Andy Thackeray, he played in the club's giant-killing of Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round, they were defeated by West Ham United in the next round, following a replay.

For his performances, Hardy was named on the PFA Team of the Year. Following the creation of the Premier League, Wrexham spent the 1992–93 season in the Third Division. A second-place finish won the club promotion into the Second Division; the "Red Dragons" held their own in the third tier, remained in the division for the rest of Hardy's time at the club. He captained the side in the 1995 Welsh Cup Final victory over Cardiff City, in his second appearance in a cup final. Wrexham equalled a club record by reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1996–97, beating Colwyn Bay, Scunthorpe United, West Ham United, Peterborough United and Birmingham City on the way. Drawn against Chesterfield of the Third Division, a 1–0 defeat at Saltergate prevented the club from making a first-ever appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals; however Hardy was limited to just sixteen appearances throughout the 1996–97 season. He posted 39 appearances in 1997–98, picking up seven yellow cards. Wrexham became the inaugural winners of the FAW Premier Cup in 1998, beating Cardiff City 2–1 at the Racecourse Ground.

He played 42 games in 1998–99, at the end of the season Wrexham played in the 1999 FAW Premier Cup Final, losing out 2–1 to Barry Town. He played 45 games in 1999–2000, Wrexham won the FAW Premier Cup for a third time in 2000, following a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City. Over the course of the campaign he was sent off against Luton Town and Bristol Rovers, scored his first league goal with a penalty in a 1–0 win over Colchester United on 24 April, he made just fourteen appearances in 2000–01, as Wrexham reached the FAW Premier Cup final for a fourth time in 2001, beat Swansea City 2–0 at Vetch Field. He departed the club at the end of the campaign. Despite being granted a testimonial match for serving the club for more than ten years and playing over 450 games, financial problems from the 2001 season onwards meant that he never received the game. In June 2001 he signed with Brian Horton's Port Vale, he scored on his league debut for the "Valiants" on 25 August, helping Vale to beat Peterborough United 4–1 at Vale Park.

However, he was out of the first team picture by October, was transfer listed in November. Chester City expressed interest in signing him on loan the following month, he joined Luton Town on trial in January 2002, but manager Joe Kinnear decided that Hardy was too small for the Third Division. With ten appearances to his name in 2001–02, he left Vale in April 2002. In November that year had a trial with Mansfield Town; however the 29-year-old failed to find a contract at another Football League club, announced his retirement. Hardy earned three caps for the Republic of Ireland U21 side. On 29 May 1993, Hardy was a member of an Irish side which played Hungary in a testimonial for David O'Leary, coming on as a substitute for Steve Staunton. Although the rest of the Irish team were past or future internationals, the match has not been granted full international status. After retiring Hardy went on to a career in engineering, before becoming a driver for a factory in Ellesmere Port. Source: WrexhamPFA Team of the Year: 1991–92 Football League Third Division runner-up: 1992–93 Welsh Cup winner: 1995 Welsh Cup runner-up: 1991 FAW Premier Cup winner: 1998, 2000 & 2001 FAW Premier Cup runner-up: 1999

Cachée River (Mauvaise River)

The rivière Cachée is a tributary of the Mauvaise River flowing in the town of Saint-Raymond, in the Portneuf Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Capitale-Nationale, in Quebec, in Canada. The Cachée river valley is served by a few forest roads for the needs of forestry and recreational tourism activities; the main economic activities in the sector are forestry. The surface of the Hidden River is frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, but safe circulation on the ice is made from the end of December to the beginning of March; the water level of the river varies with the precipitation. The Cachée river has its source at the confluence of Lac Caché; the mouth of this lake is located at: 14.3 kilometres north-west of the confluence of the Cachée river and the Bras du Nord. From this confluence, the Cachée river flows on 9.1 kilometres towards the south-east and in the forest zone, with a drop of 248 metres, according to the following segments: 3.7 kilometres first on 2.4 kilometres towards the south in particular by crossing on 0.4 kilometres a small forest lake on 1.3 kilometres eastward across Lake Renversi, to its mouth.

Note: Lake Renversi has a marsh area in its western part, bounded by two opposite peninsulas. This lake receives on the west side the outlet of Lac No Good; the mouth of the Cachée river flows on the west bank of the Mauvaise River, to the south side of the hamlet "Rivière-Mauvaise". This confluence is located at: 1.2 kilometres north-east of a mountain peak (altitude: 490 metres. From the mouth of the Cachée River, the current flows successively in the following segments, over: 9.0 kilometres following the course of the Mauvaise River. The toponym Rivière Cachée was formalized on December 5, 1968 at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec. Portneuf Regional County Municipality Mauvaise River Bras du Nord Sainte-Anne River List of rivers of Quebec CAPSA. Plans directeurs de l’eau des secteurs d’intervention de la zone de gestion de la CAPSA: Sainte-Anne, Portneuf et La Chevrotière. Quebec. P. 691. "CAPSA"

2012 The National

The 2012 Pomeroy Inn & Suites National was held from January 25 to 29 at the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. It was the third Grand Slam event of the 2011–12 curling season and the eleventh time the tournament has been held; the purse was CAD$100,000. In the final, Glenn Howard held off Kevin Martin to win the game with a score of 6–5 and clinch his second Grand Slam of the year, his third career Grand Slam at The National, his tenth career Grand Slam overall. Due to a dispute with iSport Media, the Slam management organization, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, covering the Slams for four years, dropped their coverage of the 2012 National event at the last minute, it will make the first time since the 1962 Macdonald Brier that CBC will not be broadcasting curling. Final Round Robin Standings All times listed in Pacific Standard Time. Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 pm Thursday, January 26, 9:00 am Thursday, January 26, 12:30 pm Thursday, January 26, 4:30 pm Thursday, January 26, 8:00 pm Friday, January 27, 8:00 am Friday, January 27, 11:30 am Friday, January 27, 3:00 pm Friday, January 27, 8:00 pm Saturday, January 28, 8:30 am Saturday, January 28, 12:00 pm Saturday, January 28, 6:00 pm Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am Event Home Page Results from the World Curling Tour

Douglas Arthur Davies

Wing Commander Douglas Arthur Davies was an officer of the British Royal Air Force, credited with 10 aerial victories in World War I, served during World War II. Davies was born in Harrow, the first-born son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Davies. On 17 October 1915, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the Wiltshire Regiment. On 20 November 1917, he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps as a flying officer. By mid-1918, Davies was posted to 150 Squadron in Salonika as a Sopwith Camel pilot, he scored his first aerial victories on 12 June 1918, when he set one Albatros D. V destroyed another, his second successful day saw him become an ace, as he destroyed two more Albatros D. Vs in one dogfight on 17 July drove another down out of control an hour and a half later. Six days he teamed with John Preston to destroy another. On 8 August, he drove down two enemy fighters out of control. Ten days he rounded off his victory string by driving down another pair of Albatros D. Vs out of control, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his prowess.

It was announced in The London Gazette on 2 November 1918: "This officer sets a fine example of gallantry and courage, notably on two occasions. On the 12th of June he, single-handed, engaged four enemy scouts, one of which he shot down in flames and a second out of control; some weeks he led his patrol of four scouts against a formation of eleven hostile machines. All victories gained while posted to No. 150 Squadron based at Greece. On 10 October 1919, Davies was awarded the French Croix de guerre avec Palme. On 17 December 1919, he transferred to the Royal Air Force's unemployed list. On 30 September 1921, he surrendered his commission in his regiment. In May 1923, his engagement to Muriel Wilson was announced in Flight magazine. On 26 January 1937, he was commissioned as a pilot officer in the RAF Reserve. On 12 October 1940, Davies was confirmed in rank as a pilot officer, he was granted the war substantive rank of flight lieutenant, dating from 28 September 1940. On 1 January 1944, he was promoted to squadron leader in the Administration & Special Duties Branch of RAF.

On 1 November 1947, Davies relinquished his commission as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On 1 January 1948, he surrendered his war substantive rank of squadron leader in the RAF Volunteer Reserve while retaining the rank of flight lieutenant. On 10 February 1954, Flight Lieutenant Davies relinquished his commission in RAF Volunteer Reserve, retaining the rank of wing commander

Songs of Experience (U2 album)

Songs of Experience is the 14th studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 1 December 2017, it was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, Brent Kutzle, Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse, Declan Gaffney; the album is intended to be a companion piece to Songs of Innocence. Whereas its predecessor explored the group members' adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart; the album features guest appearances from several musical acts, including Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga. Songs of Experience was first conceived during the Songs of Innocence sessions and started with Bono writing songs while recuperating from a serious November 2014 bicycle accident. U2 began work on the album in earnest during the 2015 Innocence + Experience Tour, with the band members individually collaborating with the producers while on the road; the sessions continued into 2016 and wrapped up by the end of the year.

The group had planned to release the album in the fourth quarter, but after the shift of global politics in a conservative direction, highlighted by the UK's Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election, they chose to put the record on hold and reassess its tone. With the extra time, U2 re-recorded many of the songs as a group while remixing and exploring different production techniques. Bono rewrote his lyrics to reflect the political climate as well as a "brush with mortality" that he experienced in late 2016; the album was completed during the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Compared to Songs of Innocence's pervasive no-cost release through the iTunes Store, promotion for Songs of Experience was more traditional and understated. Several postal letters were mailed to fans to tease the album, while exclusive content was produced for digital platforms such as Amazon Music and Apple Music. Numerous promotional singles and remixes of tracks were released, including the lead single "You're the Best Thing About Me".

The record received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom believed it trod old ground for the band. Due in part to bundling with ticket purchases for the 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour, the album debuted at number one in the United States, making U2 the first group to top the country's chart in four consecutive decades. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number five. Songs of Experience was the sixth-best-selling album globally in 2017, selling 1.3 million copies. U2 supported the album with a sequel to their 2015 tour. On 9 September 2014, U2 announced their thirteenth studio album, Songs of Innocence, at an Apple product launch event, released it digitally the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost; the release made the album available to over 500 million iTunes customers in what Apple CEO Tim Cook called "the largest album release of all time." Apple paid Universal Music Group and U2 a lump sum for a five-week exclusivity period in which to distribute the album and spent US$100 million on a promotional campaign.

Produced by Danger Mouse with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney, Flood, Songs of Innocence recalls the group members' youth in Ireland, touching on childhood experiences and losses, while paying tribute to their musical inspirations. Lead vocalist Bono described it as "the most personal album we've written"; the record drew criticism for its digital release strategy. Chris Richards of The Washington Post called the release "rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail". Within a few hours of Songs of Innocence's release, Bono posted a note on U2's website indicating a companion release would follow: "If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience, it should be ready soon enough... although I know I've said that before."U2 embarked on the Innocence + Experience Tour in May 2015, visiting arenas in North America and Europe from May through December. The band began the tour with the intent to stage it in two phases, one with material taken from Songs of Innocence and one with material that would be from Songs of Experience.

The group structured their concerts around a loose autobiographical narrative of "innocence" passing into "experience", with a fixed set of songs for the first half of each show and a varying second half, separated by an intermission—a first for U2 concerts. The stage spanned the length of the venue floor and comprised three sections: a rectangular main stage, a smaller circular B-stage, a connecting walkway; the centerpiece of the set was a 96-foot-long double-sided video screen that featured an interior catwalk, allowing the band members to perform amidst the video projections. U2's sound system was moved to the venue ceilings and arranged in an oval array, in hopes of improving acoustics by evenly distributing sound throughout the arena. In total, the tour grossed US$152.2 million from 1.29 million tickets sold. According to guitarist the Edge, the band realised early during the Songs of Innocence sessions that they were working on what would become two separate albums. In a 12 October 2014 interview with The Observer, Bono recited lyrics to an in-progress song called "The Morning After Innocence", in which the song's protagonist asks his younger self for help.

On 16 November 2014, Bono was injured in a "high energy bicycle accident" in Central Park in New York City. He suffered fractures of his shoulder blade, humerus and pinky finger, requiring five hours o