Inside the neo-Nazi hate group ‘The Base,’ which is the center of an FBI investigation

first_imgkrblokhin/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A wide-ranging domestic terrorism investigation of the “The Base,” which authorities say is a neo-Nazi group, has culminated in the arrests of seven alleged members last week and has provided extensive new details about the inside operations of an organization that allegedly advocates for a “violent insurgency” to overthrow the U.S. government.The investigation comes amid an increased focus on domestic terrorism and white supremacy in the United States and fear that such groups are joining forces with like-minded individuals overseas. And it came to light in the context of a controversial Richmond, Virginia gun rally where three alleged members of The Base plotted to attack police officers and civilians.According to a review of court documents released in cases out of Maryland, Georgia and Wisconsin over the past week, investigators believe the group was founded “in or around July 2018” by white nationalists who look to promote and plot acts of violence with an overarching goal of inciting a race war to create “a white ethno-state.”“Members of The Base communicate with each other through online platforms and encrypted online messaging applications and chat rooms,” FBI special agent Jessica Krueger wrote in an affidavit filed in a Wisconsin District Court last week. “In these communications, they have discussed, among other things, acts of violence against minorities (including African Americans and Jewish Americans), Base military training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices.”Three alleged members of the group were arrested in Maryland and Delaware on federal gun and immigration charges. Three others were arrested in Georgia on state gang charges and conspiracy to commit murder. Another man was arrested in Wisconsin and charged with conspiracy to vandalize a synagogue.According to a court filing Tuesday in Maryland, The Base’s leaders are “particularly interested in applicants with military and explosives backgrounds.”“Applicants submit an application form, which includes questions regarding the applicant’s current associations with white supremacist organizations; the applicant’s military, science, and engineering experiences and training; and the applicant’s race and gender,” the filing said.It’s not entirely clear, based on the court filings, how many followers the group has — though investigators have identified what they say is a clear leadership structure and found that members had divided into several separate “regional chapters.”For instance, one such chapter in Wisconsin is identified as the “Great Lakes cell,” whose members organized an armed training session after passing out recruitment fliers at Marquette University in July of last year, according to the court filings.“The Base cells have a significant degree of autonomy regarding their activities, and criminal conduct is typically not centrally coordinated in order to foster “plausible deniability” among those not directly involved,” an FBI affidavit said.The FBI says it gained access to The Base’s encrypted online messaging application in July 2019, when an undercover agent participated in an online vetting interview and then personally met with members of the group in Georgia.For months, according to the FBI, the agent continued meeting and participating in weapons training exercises with three members of The Base, who were arrested on state charges last week after the agent revealed their alleged plot to assassinate two members of the radical group ‘Antifa.’From those interactions and The Base’s online messaging, investigators say they believe members participated in such training exercises in preparation for “The Boogaloo,” a moniker that, according to the authorities, the group’s members use to “describe the collapse of the United States and subsequent race war.”One alleged member of the group arrested last week, former Canadian army reservist Patrik Mathews, had allegedly invoked “The Boogaloo” in connection to an attack the group planned to conduct on a pro-gun rights rally that occurred in Richmond over the weekend, according to the FBI.“You want to create f—– some instability, while the Virginia situation is happening, make other things happen, derail some rail lines… like shut down the highways… you know, you can kick off the economic collapse of the U.S. within a week, after the boog starts,” Mathews said in a conversation federal agents say was recorded in his Delaware residence.During a so-called ‘sneak-and-peek’ search of his residence prior to Mathews’ arrest, agents took pictures of items used to assemble assault rifles, “go-bags” with military-supplies like ‘Meals-Ready-To-Eat’ (MREs), and found several videos of Mathews in a gas-mask where he discussed killing people “in furtherance of the movement,” according to an FBI affidavit“If you are not getting physically fit, if you are not getting armed, if you do not acquiring weapons, ammunition, and training right… now, then you should be preparing to do what needs to be done,” Mathews said in one video, according to FBI documents. “Derail some [sic] trains, kill some people, and poison some water supplies.”A magistrate judge in Maryland ordered Mathews to remain in detention pending his trial, in which he has not yet entered a plea on federal gun and immigration charges, related to an alleged illegal entry into the U.S.At a hearing Wednesday, Matthews’ lawyer defended his client.“One man’s domestic terrorist can be another man’s exercise of his First Amendment rights,” said the lawyer, Joseph Balter.“This is a very dangerous person, espousing very dangerous beliefs,” the judge said Wednesday.According to authorities, Mathews’ alleged involvement in The Base, after they say he entered the country illegally in August of last year, underscores their concerns that its influence stretches well beyond the U.S.According to court filings, investigators say the group has been “building” a coalition “within the United States and abroad” and specifically mentioned members communicating with individuals in the United Kingdom and at least one member who discussed traveling to Ukraine, “to fight with nationalists there.”Just last week, the Justice Department’s top terrorism coordinator said that the threat facing the U.S. from potential domestic terrorists is shifting in nature and becoming an increasingly transnational issue, with law enforcement seeing more Americans engaging and finding inspiration from overseas right-wing extremist groups — in some cases even traveling abroad to meet with their members.“This issue in many respects has become transnational in nature,” DOJ’s counsel for domestic terrorism Thomas Brzozowski said during an event at George Washington University. “Some folks cite one another, others gain or gather support from another, use the same contacts and techniques without any demonstrable connection that would constitute conspiracy or things of that nature.”Brzozowski specifically pointed to the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen, whose members have traveled to train with right-wing groups in Ukraine and eastern Europe. According to prosecutors, some Atomwaffen members have also joined ranks with The Base.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Tame Impala Announces 2019 North American Tour Dates Including Madison Square Garden

first_imgOn Monday, Tame Impala announced a number of new summer 2019 North American tour dates. The new announcement comes after Tame Impala (a.k.a. Kevin Parker) finished a two-weekend headlining stint at Coachella 2019. You can watch Tame Impala perform new song “Borderline” at Coachella below:Tame Impala – “Borderline” [Pro-Shot] – Coachella 2019[Video: Coachella]The newly announced run of dates will kick off in Toronto on July 26th and include stops in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., in addition to a performance at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on August 21st. Tickets to the new dates go on sale this Friday, April 26th at 10 a.m. local time.In addition to the headlining dates at Coachella, Parker is set to headline a number of festivals including Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA (May 5th), Boston Calling in Boston, MA (May 25th), Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain (May 31), Glastonbury in Glastonbury, U.K. (June 26th), Splendour In the Grass in his native Australia (July 19th–21st), and Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL (August 1st–4th).You can check out a full list of Tame Impala’s upcoming tour dates below. For more information, head here.Tame Impala 2019 Tour DatesNewly added dates boldedMay 02 – Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, TNMay 03 – ExploreAsheville.com Arena – Asheville, NCMay 05 – Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GAMay 06 – St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FLMay 07 – Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach FLMay 11 – Corona Capital Festival – Guadalajara, MEXICOMay 25 – Boston Calling Festival – Boston, MAMay 31 – Primavera Festival – Barcelona, SPAINJune 01 – We Love Green – Paris, FRANCEJune 05 – Garden – Gotenberg, SWEDENJune 06 – NorthSide – Aarhus, DENMARKJune 08 – 02 Arena – London, UKJune 21 – Hurricane Festival – Sheebel, GERMANYJune 22 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen ob eck, GERMANYJune 24 – Empress Ballroom – Blackpool, UKJune 26 – 3Arena – Dublin, IRELANDJune 26 – Glastonbury – Pilton, ENGLANDJuly 19-21 – Splendour In The Grass – Wooyung – AUSTRALIAJuly 26 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Ontario, CANADAJuly 27 & 28 – Mo Pop – Detroit, MIJuly 30 – Surly Brewing Festival Field – Minneapolis, MNAugust 01-04 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, ILAugust 13 – Parkbühne Wuhlheide – Berlin, GERMANYAugust 08 – Oya Fest – OsloAugust 09 – Flow Festival – Helsinki, FINLANDAugust 14 – Pukkelpop – Hasselt, BELGIUMAugust 15 – La Route Du Rock – Rennes, FRANCEAugust 16 – Lowlands Festival – Walibi Holland, NETHERLANDSAugust 21 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NYAugust 23 – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PAAugust 24 – The Anthem – Washington D.C.TOUR DATESMay 02 – Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, TNMay 03 – ExploreAsheville.com Arena – Asheville, NCMay 05 – Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GAMay 06 – St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FLMay 07 – Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach FLMay 11 – Corona Capital Festival – Guadalajara, MEXICOMay 25 – Boston Calling Festival – Boston, MAMay 31 – Primavera Festival – Barcelona, SPAINJune 01 – We Love Green – Paris, FRANCEJune 05 – Garden – Gotenberg, SWEDENJune 06 – NorthSide – Aarhus, DENMARKJune 08 – 02 Arena – London, UKJune 21 – Hurricane Festival – Sheebel, GERMANYJune 22 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen ob eck, GERMANYJune 24 – Empress Ballroom – Blackpool, UKJune 26 – 3Arena – Dublin, IRELANDJune 26 – Glastonbury – Pilton, ENGLANDJuly 19-21 – Splendour In The Grass – Wooyung – AUSTRALIAJuly 26 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Ontario, CANADAJuly 27 & 28 – Mo Pop – Detroit, MIJuly 30 – Surly Brewing Festival Field – Minneapolis, MNAugust 01-04 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, ILAugust 13 – Parkbühne Wuhlheide – Berlin, GERMANYAugust 08 – Oya Fest – OsloAugust 09 – Flow Festival – Helsinki, FINLANDAugust 14 – Pukkelpop – Hasselt, BELGIUMAugust 15 – La Route Du Rock – Rennes, FRANCEAugust 16 – Lowlands Festival – Walibi Holland, NETHERLANDSAugust 21 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NYAugust 23 – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PAAugust 24 – The Anthem – Washington D.C.View Upcoming Dateslast_img read more

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A new grasp on robotic glove

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlKDBUToPzc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/wlKDBUToPzc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by Conor Walsh and a team of engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering could someday help people suffering from loss of hand motor control regain some of their independence.Most patients with partial or total loss of their hand motor abilities due to muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or incomplete spinal cord injury report a greatly reduced quality of life because of their inability to perform many activities of daily living. Tasks often taken for granted by the able-bodied — buttoning a shirt, picking up a telephone, using cooking and eating utensils — become frustrating, nearly impossible feats due to reduced gripping strength and motor control. The stage is now set for that to change, however, thanks to Walsh’s expertise in soft, wearable robotic systems and a development approach that involves the glove’s potential end users in every step of testing and development. The holistic approach ensures that technology development goes beyond simple functionality to incorporate social and psychological elements of design that promote seamless adoption by its end users.“From the start of this project, we’ve focused on understanding the real-world challenges facing these patients by visiting them in their homes to perform research,” said Walsh, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab at SEAS, and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute. A team of undergraduate students contributed to an early glove design as part of his ES227: Medical Device Design course.Wyss Technology Development Fellow Panagiotis Polygerinos and Kevin Galloway, a mechanical engineer at the institute, incorporated patient feedback at every stage of development in an effort to maximize the glove’s potential for translation.“Ultimately, patients have to be comfortable with wearing the glove,” said Galloway. “In addition to glove function, we found that people cared about its appearance, which could have a big impact on whether or not the glove would be a welcome part of their daily routine.”Walsh’s team adapted the mechanics to make the glove feel more comfortable and natural to wearers. Over several iterations of design, the actuators powering movements were made smaller and were modified to distribute force more evenly over the wearer’s fingers and thumb. The resulting soft, multisegment actuators, which are composite tubular constructions of Kevlar fibers and silicone elastomer, support the range of motions performed by human fingers. The glove’s control system is portable and lightweight and can be worn using a waist belt or attached to a wheelchair.Now, the team is working to improve control strategies that will allow the system to detect the wearer’s intent. One potential solution is to leverage surface electromyography using small electrical sensors in a cuff worn around the forearm. The electromyography sensors detect residual muscle signals fired by motor neurons when the patient attempts a grasping motion and could be used to directly control the glove.“We are continuing to test the design of the soft robotic glove on patients, in relation to making it customizable for the specific pathologies of each individual and understanding what control strategies work best — but we’re already seeing a lot of exciting proof-of-concept experimental results,” said Walsh. “The current goal is to refine the overall system sufficiently so we can begin a feasibility trial with multiple patients later this year.”Walsh and his team have been helped in their work by George Whitesides, Harvard’s Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, and SEAS’s Robert Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who are also Wyss core faculty members.The design of the glove has been published in the journal Robotics and Autonomous Systems and the team also recently presented it at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation. In August, the team’s electromyography control work will be presented at the International Conference on Robotics Research in Singapore.Down the road, the team is interested in developing the glove into a rehabilitation tool for various hand pathologies, and in extending the glove’s assistive functions beyond the joints in the hand toward the development of soft robotic systems that aid impaired elbow and shoulder movements, as well.last_img read more

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Kieran Tierney provides injury update for Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Oct 2019 11:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.2kShares Advertisement Kieran Tierney teases injury return for Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette Advertisement The Gunners duo could soon be on the pitch together as the Frenchman nears a return (Picture: Getty)Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has teased the possibility of Alexandre Lacazette returning from injury after posting a picture of the pair in training.Lacazette has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the north London derby against Tottenham, missing the last seven matches in all competitions, but has been scheduled to return to action after the international break.And Tierney dropped a hint that the French striker is nearing full fitness, posting a picture on Instagram of both of them out on the training pitches at London Colney.ADVERTISEMENTA return to on-field rehabilitation would be a huge boost for Arsenal and Lacazette, and he appears to be on course to return to full contact training with the rest of the team next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementIf Lacazette’s recovery holds up and he avoids any setbacks, he could be available for Arsenal’s trip to Sheffield United on October 21, their first match back after the international break.Tierney, meanwhile, has been building up fitness and will be looking to make his Premier League debut in that same fixture.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySo far, the Scot – who was not called up to the latest national squad – has turned out for the Gunners against Standard Liege and Nottingham Forest, while he was an unused substitute against Bournemouth.Despite dealing with a number of injury problems since the start of the season, Arsenal currently find themselves in third place in the table. Lacazette hasn’t played since scoring against Spurs at the start of September (Picture: Getty)They sit just a point behind reigning champions Manchester City, though Liverpool – who have a 100% record – are eight points clear at the summit.After taking on Sheffield United, Arsenal have two more favourable fixtures in the Premier League, hosting Crystal Palace and Wolves, while they have two Europa League clashes with Vitoria and a Carabao Cup tie against Liverpool, providing plenty of opportunities for game time for Tierney and Lacazette.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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Ramos breaks Ronald Koeman’s La Liga goal record

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has broken Ronald Koeman’s La Liga goal scoring record with his 68th league goal in the 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.Advertisement Read Also: Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kickRamos now has 93 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid, with 114 goals for club in country across a stellar 16-year top flight career.He is now up to fifth on the list of all time goal scoring defenders, at domestic and international level.center_img The veteran defender opened the scoring from the penalty spot against Imanol Alguacil’s side, before limping off injured in the second half.That strike brings Ramos above Barcelona legend Koeman, as the Spanish top-flight’s highest scoring defender, according to the front page of Monday’s edition of Marca.Ex Dutch international Koeman enjoyed a successful stint in Catalonia between 1989 and 1995, winning four La Liga titles and one European Cup.He still holds the record the most league goals scored for a single La Liga club, with Ramos currently on 66 for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with two for former club Sevilla. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

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Jason Collins discusses his experiences as a gay athlete

first_imgJason Collins has thrown the first pitch at Fenway. He’s introduced the first lady. And he’s talked on the phone with President Obama and Oprah — on the same day.Proud · Jason Collins is the first male athlete in the National Basketball Association to have publicly come out as gay. – Daniel Rothberg | Daily TrojanBut on Thursday, Collins, who came out as the first openly gay male athlete in a major professional sport, shared stories from the 33 years leading up to his announcement, and his life since, during a conversation at the Keck School of Medicine.The event, which was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, focused on Collins’ experience coming out, the reaction that followed and his new place as a role model within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. For over an hour, Collins spoke in a conversation with Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School.Until this year, Collins, an NBA player for 12 years, said he had never revealed his sexuality to another person.“For 33 years, I never told another soul,” Collins said. “I had a lot of great conversations with my German Shepherd, Shadow, sitting around watching TV.”During the conversation, Collins spoke about what it was like being gay in the culture of athletics.“People will just associate the worst stereotypes with being gay,” Collins said. “And, yeah, I heard a lot of conversations in the locker room.”Collins said he took that as reason to play more intensely.“It made me play that much harder, so if and when the day came that I did have the courage to speak up, it would challenge all of those teammates as far as what it means to be gay.”Collins was a fitting speaker, Puliafito said, because discrimination can be an obstacle in the workplace.“It’s great to have an opportunity to talk to someone like Jason Collins who’s really a role model for people dealing with who they are and being honest with who they are without fear of disrespect,” Puliafito said.Collins first came out in an email to a trainer who he saw in an “It Gets Better” video. He sent the email the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during the 2011 NBA lockout.“It was the first time where basketball really wasn’t part of my life,” Collins said. “I’m training, but I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to go through the rest of my life like this?’”About an hour after he clicked send on the email, Collins said he found out that the lockout had been lifted.“I was like ‘Oh, dear God, what have I done?’” he said as members of the audience laughed.Collins likened coming out to taking off a mask, a phrase he first heard Oprah use. Collins said he no longer had to lie about girlfriends or censor what he said for fear of it sounding stereotypically gay.“I don’t have to go through that any more and mentally, I think I will be even better as a player.”Collins said when he came out publically in Sports Illustrated last April he wasn’t sure, as a black player, what type of response to expect from the black community.“As far as support from the African American community, traditionally, it has been harder to accept being gay,” Collins said. “But I think slowly, as more of us step forward and take it from being some abstract thing … then people identify with, ‘We know them, we have some familiarity.’”Vincent Vigil, the director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center, said that Collins serves as an important role model, both as an athlete and as a minority. During the event’s question and answer portion, Vigil said that when he met with incoming athletes, he asked them if they knew who Collins was.“Every incoming athlete at USC raised their hand [to signify they know] who Jason Collins is,” Vigil told the audience. “You are truly making a difference and an impact in the lives of our youth but also changing the culture for the LGBT community.”In an interview with the Daily Trojan after the event, Collins emphasized the importance of coming out to a trusted person rather than hiding one’s sexuality as he did for 33 years.“I had the toughest time verbalizing it, just saying the words, ‘I’m gay,’” Collins said. “You have to tell someone so you have an ability to really be your true self with someone. And you’ll be shocked that your true self is actually pretty similar to [your] persona, [it’s] just that you don’t have to pretend to have a girlfriend or make up some story.”Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielrothberglast_img read more

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Chelsea thrashed 3-0 by Bournemouth

first_imgThe result leaves Chelsea just two points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, who beat Manchester United at Wembley on Wednesday night. 0Shares0000The result leaves Chelsea just two points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, who beat Manchester United at Wembley on Wednesday night.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – Chelsea’s desperate need for attacking reinforcements was laid bare at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening as they were humbled 3-0 by a stunning display from Bournemouth.With new signing Olivier Giroud sitting on the bench following his arrival from Arsenal, Chelsea’s blunt attack failed to trouble the Cherries before second-half goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake settled the score. More to follow…0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROVE LETTERKENNY HAS ‘SOUL’!

first_imgA CAMPAIGN has been launched to prove Letterkenny does have Soul!After the Lonely Planet Guide 2012 described Letterkenny as having ‘no soul,’ Andrea McGowan has set out to prove them wrong.“Letterkenny’s Got Soul” on March 23rd will prove to the world that the town has a thriving soul within our community, she says. The event in The Cavern, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny will bring soul music and soul food to the town, and at only €10 a ticket, all of the proceeds will go to charity. Food on the night will include fried chicken, cornbread, barbecue ribs, apple pie, Mississippi mud pie and pecan pie, giving us a real taste of Southern soul!There will also be a raffle with a chance to win a 4* hotel break on the night.“Like most Letterkenny people, hearing that the Lonely Planet Guide 2012 has slated Letterkenny for having ‘no soul’ was a painful experience!” says Andrea,  “so I’m setting out to prove them wrong, and all in the name of a good cause.”As part of her ‘Give Time 2012’ campaign to promote volunteering in Ireland by volunteering with a different group for each week of the year, Andrea joined the Irish Wheelchair Association on their ski trip to Livigno, Italy on the 21st of January. Andrea will need to raise a minimum of €2750 to help the charity in return for her place on the ski trip, and the ‘Letterkenny’s Got Soul’ event will go some way to raising that amount.Andrea is calling on local residents to come along on the night to support this great cause. You can turn up on the night, from 9pm, but if you would like to book tickets, at €10 each, contact Andrea on 085 1254 158, by email [email protected], on twitter @Cloud_Ireland or visit givetime2012.wordpress.com. Tickets are also available from Link2 in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre. In case you’ve forgotten The Lonely Planet Guide 2012 stated: “Ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era, Letterkenny is a market town run amok. Mindless development has resulted in numerous faceless retail parks lining the roads, traffic problems and a complete lack of soul. However, as Donegal’s largest town, it’s buzzing with students and young professionals, and there’s a good choice of restaurants and accommodation.”CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROVE LETTERKENNY HAS ‘SOUL’! was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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:CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROVE LETTERKENNY HAS ‘SOUL’!last_img read more

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Spurs midfielder Jenas ‘can join QPR’ as Kenny speculation continues

first_imgTottenham have told midfielder Jermaine Jenas he can join QPR, according to the Daily Express.The England international is one of several players tipped to leave White Hart Lane this summer, with Rangers reported to be interested in him.Like the Express, The Sun claim that Rangers want to sign Taye Taiwo following his loan spell at Loftus Road but are likely to be snubbed, with Benfica tipped to buy the Nigerian from AC Milan.The Sun also report Paddy Kenny’s desire to discuss his future with QPR amid reports the club could sign another keeper.Related West London Sport story: QPR to discuss future of keeper KennyKenny has been strongly linked with a move to Leeds as he played under Elland Road boss Neil Warnock at Rangers, Sheffield United and Bury.The Yorkshire Post suggest Leeds’ apparent bid to sign him is in doubt because Rangers are reluctant to sell before acquiring another keeper.Click here for Tuesday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Imperial in €270m German acquisition

first_imgLehnkering operates in defensive customer industries, focused mainly around chemicals, and will provide Imperial with an ideal opportunity to expand into global emerging markets that are served by German exports. South African industrial group Imperial is to acquire German logistics firm Lehnkering from Lukas Sweden AB for €173-million, in order to grow and diversify its international logistics business and strengthen its position in Germany, its second home market. The transaction will also see Imperial assume debt of €97-million, taking the total enterprise value to €270-million. Lehnkering also provides outsourced services where it synthesises, mixes and packages chemical products on behalf of its clients. The effective date of the acquisition is expected to be at the end of 2011 or in the first quarter of 2012, subject approval from the necessary regulatory authorities. 3 October 2011 “The management team of Imperial Logistics International is highly experienced and competent players in the European logistics market, and as a result, our base in Germany is ideally suited to be the hub of our international activities outside Africa,” Imperial said in a statement last week. “The Lehnkering acquisition will further improve Imperial’s competitive position in European inland shipping, ports and terminals operations, warehousing and distribution and contract logistics,” the company added. Imperial has experienced a similar evolution in its contract logistics business, Panopa, which started as purely a logistics service provider and over the years became more entrenched in its customer base through sub-assembly on behalf of motor manufacturers. Outsourcing in the chemicals industry SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The trend to outsourcing in the chemicals industry is expected to grow as chemicals suppliers tend to focus on their core business of product development and marketing. “Imperial wished to increase their presence in this industry based on the know-how and experience we have in shipping, contract logistics, distribution and warehousing.” The acquisition will be funded from new euro denominated banking facilities secured for the acquisition for a period of five years. Imperial has in addition obtained permission from the South African Reserve Bank to fund a portion of the acquisition from its South African operations. “The German operations have traditionally delivered excellent returns on capital for the group.”last_img read more

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