first_imgDISSIDENT terrorists have a milk churn bomb in Donegal which they plan to detonate during the G8 Summit in Fermanagh in eight days time, a newspaper reports today.The Irish Sun says anti-terror officers on both sides of the Border are “frantically searching for the device” after receiving intelligence it had been dumped somewhere along the Donegal and Fermanagh border.Gardai fear the Real IRA — along with their cohorts in Oglaigh na hEireann — have hidden the device in a cream churn as it’s half the size of the milk containers previously used by gangs to conceal bombs. The major economic conference will be held at the luxury Lough Erne resort on June 17 and will be attended by the world’s top political leaders, including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.Read more: IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT TERRORIST G8 ‘BOMB’ – REPORT was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT BOMB AIMED AT G8 SUMMIT – REPORTlast_img read more

Dikembe Mutombos Charity Work Makes Him More Than Deserving

Dikembe Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging former NBA all-star center, was named as a finalist for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame class. It is debatable if he should get the call based on his 18-year career. But if humanitarian deeds were the criteria, he’d be a unanimous choice.The 7-foot-1 Congo native arguably has done more off the court for his country and Africa than perhaps any athlete has ever done for his native land. That alone should get him in the Hall. How can one not vote for a man who has been so committed to serving others, including in the United States?Mutombo showed the moment he joined the NBA in 1991 after a stellar career at Georgetown that he was cut from a special and unique cloth. He understood the value of his position and supported his troubled homeland as soon as his significant paychecks started being deposited.He’s done so much for so long that his basketball career would be considered secondary, except that basketball gave him a global platform and the resources to reach the masses. You’d think he graduated from Georgetown with a degree in humanitarian work instead of the double degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.In 2007, through his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, he opened a hospital in Kinshasa—a hospital—called the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital. Named after his mother, it is a 170-bed facility that cost $29 million to build. It’s the first new hospital there in 40 years. Futhermore, Mutombo raised money through his rich friends and fellow former Georgetown centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning as well as others. He also donated about $8 million of his own money to have it built.In his deep, hoarse voice with a heavy African accent, Mutombo told the Wall Street Journal that he was pained visiting the Congo and seeing his people suffer.The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinsasha, Congo“I got sick and tired of seeing people dying at a young age,” he said. “It hurt me a lot. People were dying from diseases that were treatable. I thought I could be part of the change and contribute to society and to mankind.”In 1994, Mutombo, Ewing, Mourning and others from the NBA office took a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, where they helped build basketball courts and speak to youths about achievement. Mutombo was the most comfortable person in the contingent. The Black South Africans were wowed by his height and connected to him because of his heritage.“These are my people,” he said back then. “We’re all from Africa.”Those who did not see Mutombo play in the NBA know him from the Geico commercials, where he blocks people’s attempts to discard things—and then waves his finger (as he did in the NBA) before running out of the scene.He is second all-time in blocks in NBA history, which is his strongest basketball case to make for the Hall. On the offensive end, Mutombo worked hard but was not a fluid or big scorer. But he was extremely fluid in business and charity.Here’s some of what he does: He’s active with Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Christmas toy drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For the past 12 years, Mutombo has been one of the leaders of Basketball Without Borders/Africa, the NBA and the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young African basketball players from across the continent to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.He’s been a spokesman for CARE and on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Mutombo has received numerous honors and awards including the 32nd Annual Thurman Munson Award, the Goodermote Humanitarian Award, the President’s Service Award from President Clinton, Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City Achievement in Public Service Award, the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, and the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. Mutombo is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2014. And that’s not half of what he does.Mutombo recently spoke in Atlanta about ending human and sex trafficking in Africa and America.“It’s not hard, because I love my job,” Mutombo said of being so charity-driven. “I thank the NBA organization for putting the trust in me to carry on this mission of social innovation worldwide. We’re having such a huge impact to our youth with our game of basketball. We invested more than $200 million in social innovation to improve health and literacy.”He said playing in the NBA has helped him see how important his work is.“It taught me how to be a good leader, a good competitor and how to win,” he said to the Journal. “It’s not easy to teach a child how to win. I’m glad I had a great mentor. [John Thompson] told me, ‘I know you want to be a doctor, but you can go out to make a lot of money and go out to save lives at the same time.’“I think it was the right choice, and I don’t regret that I didn’t go to medical school. I can go to medical school today if I want to. What I’ve done now is more than just treating people today—I’ve treated future generations to come.”Mutombo name might not be called when inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame are announced in April. But no one who makes it can claim to have done more good for more people than Mutombo. read more

Army Secretary Optimistic Service Will Achieve its LongTerm Recruiting Goals

first_img ADC AUTHOR Army Secretary Mark Esper remains confident the service will meet its goal for about 500,000 active-duty soldiers and about 500,000 more in National Guard and Army Reserves, Army Times reported Thursday.In 2018 the Army had flatline recruiting results, closing out the year with no end strength gains.Esper said service leaders believe they will reach their long-term growth target, and it could possibly go higher.“I can’t tell you what the Army end strength will be. I know it has to be above 500,000.  I know it has to be above 500,000 in the regular Army – and I’ve always said associated growth in the Guard and Reserve, he said.  “But our war games could come out and tell us – in two years, or a year and a half – that we really need 504,000. Or it could come out and tell us that we need 540,000,” he added.Esper’s Army Vision statement proposes 500,000 in end strength in 2028, but past interviews, testimony and documents detail the growth plan for 483,500 at the start of 2019, with another 4,000 added yearly until the end of 2022.The Army’s 2018 recruiting included a shortfall of 6,500 recruits, while another 1,000 soldiers separated, ending the year even at about 476,000. DOD photo by Edward Lopezlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame star Zoe Saldana on James Gunns comeback

first_imgGamoraGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Instagram (guardiansofthegalaxy)James Gunn is rehired by Disney to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans of this series are excited that the production of this movie will finally start after such delay. Movie’s star, Zoe Saldana has recently opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn.James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after there was outrage over his tweets from a decade ago. In those tweets, Gunn joked about rape and paedophilia and many considered that the best way to punish the acclaimed director is to fire him from the franchise.Guardians’ cast member like Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and others wrote a heartfelt open letter. Over the last couple of months, a lot of director’s name surfaced who would be replacing James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s writer-director but in the end, Marvel and Disney decided to rehire Gunn, who is currently busy with DC’s reboot to Suicide Squad.Zoe Saldana, who was last seen as Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, has now opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Avatar movie star praised the studio for showing “redemption is important.” Director James Gunn attends The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Getty Images”I’m proud of him. I’m happy that he’s coming back. I’m so proud of Disney, actually, that all the leaders right now behind that big corporation decided to lead by example, and spreading the word and the message of redemption is important.”After James Gunn’s dismissal from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seemed in dark. The movie was supposed to release before Avengers: Endgame and there were several speculations that the story of Guardians 3 will somehow affect the plot of Avengers: Endgame.Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana’s character, Gamora, was “sacrificed” by her father, Thanos, in order to get the Infinity Stone in 2018’s release, Avengers: Infinity War. There are several theories that suggest that we will get to see some time travel in Avengers 4. and If that happens then there are chances that Gamora will get to live again. Since Saldana has to reprise her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie, there are chances that these time travel or reversing theories would be accurate.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs to cut 30 investment banking jobs in Asia Report

first_imgGoldman Sachs has joined Barclays to slash investment banking jobs in Asia, citing slowdown in business activity in the region. The American investment bank is planning to cut as many as a third of the 300 jobs in its investment banking operations in Asia, excluding Japan, prompted by a 11 percent fall in investment banking revenues to $1.79 billion in the June quarter. Those working in Singapore, Hong Kong and China are likely to be the most affected.The axe will fall on those working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equity and debt capital markets deals, Reuters quoted two sources as saying. The move is part of the overall plan to save about $700 million in job cuts in the wake of a drop in revenue. In January this year, Barclays had said that it would slash about 1,200 jobs in Asia this year in its investment banking division to cut costs and focus more in the US and the UK, the BBC had reported earlier, adding all offices of the bank in Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand will be closed down. However, those working in its offices in India, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and China were not part of the cost-cutting exercise.The agency said that M&A deals have declined 30 percent to $572.9 billion so far in 2016 from $745.7 billion during the corresponding period last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.last_img read more

Dangal drives PVR Q3 earnings SRKs Raees Hrithiks Kaabil to boost Q4

first_imgMany sectors took a beating in November and December as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision, but showbiz almost bucked the trend. The latest Hindi blockbuster Dangal starring Aamir Khan, which was released on December 23, has done well and is poised to beef up PVR’s Q3 earnings, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL).The spend per head (SPH) actually grew about 5 per cent and advertisement income rose by about 10 per cent, MOSL said in a note.”Hindi film Dangal reported stellar net box office collection (NBO) of ~INR2.4b (Rs 240 crore) until 31-December 2016 in India, which is expected to aid PVR (~20% market share, according to management) in the current quarter.”In 3QFY17, we broadly expect average ticket prices (ATP) to remain flattish, given poor content overall (except for Dangal), SPH improvement of ~5 per cent, and advertisement income increase of 10-11 per cent,” analysts Niket Shah and Chintan Modi wrote in their sector update.PVR shares were trading at Rs 1,178 around 12.30 pm on Wednesday (Jan 4) on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The stock has fallen from Rs 1,284 on November 9, translating into an erosion of 8.25 percent since demonetisation.The analysts said that PVR is positioned well to see a similar buoyancy in Q3 revenues with two blockbuster releases this month — Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.Valuations “We expect the impact of demonetisation to be lower than our previous estimates. We thus increase our earnings estimates by 22% for FY17 (was mainly cut because of impact on operating leverage in view of demonetization) while broadly maintaining FY18 estimates. The movie pipeline also appears strong with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ scheduled to be released on 26-January 2017 along with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’,” analysts said.Movies that were released during Q3 or at the end of Q2 included Dear Zindagi, Befikre, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shivaay, MS Dhoni and Kahaani 2.In related news, MOSL quoted the PVR management as saying that the integration of DT Cinemas with PVR is now complete, which is set to take the total screencount to more than 600 by the end of the current fiscal, with the addition of 32 screens of DT Cinemas. PVR’s listed rival Inox Leisure was trading at Rs 233, up 0.26 per cent from its previous close. The stock had closed at Rs 245 on November 8, 2016, the day PM Modi announced the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that accounted for about 86 per cent of the total currency in circulation in value terms.Cinepolis India, the Indian arm of Mexican multiplex chain Operadora Cinepolis SA de CV, operates about 240 screens and had indicated at plans to increase it to 400 by December 2017. It also plans to open new screens under the Fun Cinemas brand it acquired last January.last_img read more

Red Cross Launched Home Fire Preparedness Campaign as MLK Day of Service

first_imgRed Cross volunteers. (Courtesy Photo)The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region joined forces with regional organizations and their leaders to participate in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign as part of the National MLK Day of Service.The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It asks for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.The goal of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent in five years. Home fires kill an average of seven people every day, and every 40 minutes an injury from a home fire is reported. Roughly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to a home fire.The local Red Cross MLK Day of Service began at three local communities with remarks from partner organizations and Red Cross leaders. Volunteers and staff then canvassed door-to-door to talk with residents about the importance of fire safety and having escape plans for their households. Participants asked residents if they have working smoke detectors, and if a smoke detector was needed the team installed alarms free of charge. The American Red Cross set a goal of installing a minimum of 75 smoke alarms over four hours of service in each region: Prince George’s County, Washington D.C., and Alexandria.last_img read more