Die Hard

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. Based on Roderick Thorp's 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, it was produced by the Gordon Company and Silver Pictures, distributed by 20th Century Fox; the film follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane, caught in a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve during a heist led by criminal mastermind Hans Gruber. Made for $28 million, Die Hard grossed over $141 million theatrically worldwide. Turning Willis into an action star, the film became a metonym for an action film in which a lone hero fights overwhelming odds; the film's success spurred creation of the Die Hard franchise, which includes four sequels, a number of video games, a comic book. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Die Hard has been named one of the best action and Christmas-themed films made; the film ranks No. 20 on Empire's 2017 list of the 100 greatest movies of all time.

On Christmas Eve, NYPD detective John McClane arrives in Los Angeles, intending to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, at the Christmas party of her employer, the Nakatomi Corporation. McClane is driven to the party by a limousine driver. While McClane changes clothes, the party is disrupted by the arrival of a ex-West German radical Hans Gruber and his team: Karl Vreski and his brother Tony, Franco, Marco, Eddie, Heinrich and James; the group seizes the tower, disables communication to the outside world, secures those inside as hostages except for McClane, who slips away, Argyle, who gets stranded in the garage. Gruber interrogates Nakatomi executive Joseph Takagi for the code to the building's vault and reveals that he plans to steal $640 million in bearer bonds, with the terrorist act a distraction. Takagi is killed. McClane secretly watches and sets off a fire alarm in an attempt to alert authorities. Eddie assures the fire department. Gruber sends Tony to investigate. McClane kills Tony, pocketing his weapon and radio, which he uses to alert the LAPD, who suspect McClane of making a prank call.

Sgt. Al Powell is sent to investigate. Gruber sends Marco to stop McClane, who kills them both. Powell arrives, finding nothing unusual, he prepares to leave, but McClane drops Marco's corpse onto his patrol car to gain his attention. Powell summons the LAPD. McClane steals Heinrich's bag containing C-4 detonators. James and Alexander use anti-tank missiles to disable a SWAT armored car before McClane drops C-4 attached to an office chair and computer down the elevator shaft, blowing up their floor and killing them. Holly's coworker, Harry Ellis, attempts to mediate between Hans and McClane for the return of the detonators. McClane refuses. While checking explosives attached to the roof, Gruber encounters McClane. Gruber masquerades as an escaped hostage. Karl and Fritz arrive. FBI agents take command of the siege. Gruber demands a helicopter on the rooftop for transport to the Los Angeles airport, but the FBI prepare to double-cross him by sending two helicopter gunships. McClane discovers that Gruber intends to detonate the explosives on the roof, faking the deaths of his team so they can escape with the bearer bonds.

While making final preparations, Gruber sees a news report by intrusive reporter Richard Thornburg that features McClane's children, deduces from a desk photo that McClane is Holly's husband. The criminals order the hostages to the roof, but Gruber takes Holly with him to use against McClane, who subdues Karl in a fight before heading up to the roof. After killing Uli, he sends the hostages downstairs as the FBI helicopters appear and shoot at McClane, believing him to be a terrorist. Gruber detonates the explosives, destroying one helicopter. Theo retrieves their getaway vehicle, an ambulance, before Argyle hits the ambulance with the limo and knocks Theo unconscious. A weary McClane finds Holly with Gruber and his remaining men and Kristoff. After knocking Kristoff unconscious, McClane confronts Gruber and is ordered to surrender his submachinegun. McClane does this to spare Holly, but distracts Gruber and Eddie by laughing, allowing him to grab a concealed pistol taped to his back that contains two bullets.

McClane wounds kills Eddie. Gruber makes a last-ditch attempt to kill the pair, but McClane removes Holly's wristwatch, Gruber falls to his death. Outside, McClane and Holly meet Powell. Karl attempts to shoot McClane, but is killed by Powell. Argyle crashes through the parking garage door in the limo. Thornburg arrives and attempts to interview McClane, but Holly punches him before she and McClane leave the area with Argyle. Bruce Willis as John McClane, a streetwise New York cop who has come to Los Angeles to reconcile with his wife Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, an extremist expelled from a West German political terrorist group, the leader of the terrorists Alexander Godunov as Karl Vreski, Hans's second-in-command and Tony's brother Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennero-McClane, John's estranged wife Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson, the Deputy Chief of Police De'voreaux White as Argyle, John's limousine driver William Ather

Ashishma Nakarmi

Ashishma Nakarmi is a Nepalese actress and singer. She is runner-up of Miss South Asia Texas 2012 beauty pageant, held in United States, she made her acting debut with Nepal Bhasa movie Nyalla Bya directed by Aryan Nakarmi, after the success of her first movie she got offer from director Deepa Basnet to do Nepali movie Antaraal in 2013. Nakarmi was born in Balambhu, Nepal, she hails from Newar community. Her father Mana Raj Nakarmi is famous tabala badak of Nepal, she did her school and higher education from Richmond Academy, for further study she went to USA for bachelor's degree in hospitality. She did acting course in USA from Texas. Inspired by her grandfather and father, who have been dedicated to the music field for a long time now, she learnt to play sitar at an early age of 13. Since, Ashishma has received classes, formal training and earned Junior Diploma in sitar; when at home, she spends time watching Oscar nominated movies based on drama and history. Moreover, while watching a good set of films she makes sure to learn and gain an insight on acting and film making.

Launching her first album ‘Nanu’ when she was a kid, Ashishma loves tuning to classical music and sings as a chorus to her father's composition and recordings. She is best known for playing the role of Timila, in Nepal Bhasha movie Nyalla Bya, she did several Nepal Bhasa movie like "Papu Madhu Ma Jhanga", "Taremam", Matina La Ana He Du. After the success of her movie she got chance to debut in Nepali movie Antaraal in 2013. Having starred in more than a dozen of Newari movies, Ashishma Nakarmi had entered the Nepali film industry with her first movie ‘Antaraal’ in 2013. Since, her acting career has been progressing and bringing movies into her kitty. Ashishma has played various roles in as many as 12 movies so far and is pursuing her master's degree in Rural Development

RNLB Mary Stanford (ON 733)

For the lifeboat which capsized in Rye Harbour in 1928 with the loss of its 17 crew, see: RNLB Mary Stanford RNLB Mary Stanford was the Ballycotton Lifeboat from 1930 to 1959. Ballycotton is on a trade route to the Americas. There are many dangerous shallows with on-shore prevailing winds. Ballycotton has a long tradition of life-saving. Mary Stanford saved 122 lives, she performed the notable Daunt Lightship rescue on 11 February 1936. After her withdrawal from service she lay for some years in a backwater of Dublin's Grand Canal Dock, but has now been returned to Ballycotton for restoration; the RNLI established a lifeboat station in Ballycotton in 1858. There is a long history of life saving at Ballycotton; the first to be acknowledged by the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck was when they awarded a silver medal in 1826. On 21 December 1825, the vessel Britannia was wrecked in Ballycotton Bay, her Master, the only survivor, lashed himself to a rock. There he remained for seven hours.

In spite of the danger, a local man, Dennis Cronen rowed out and rescued him and sheltered him in his cottage for four days. There were many early rescues by coastguards.. The need for a purpose-built lifeboat was evident; the boat was delivered in time for the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward in 1858. The lifeboats prior to the Mary Stanford were all powered by oars and sail; as ships became larger the need for a motorised craft was realised. On 12 December 1928, the RMS Celtic was wrecked at Cobh. At the time of her launch in 1901, she was the largest ship in her day, one of the "Big Four", the first to exceed 20,000 tons, dwarfing the Ballycotton Lifeboat, which came to the rescue; the Mary Stanford was named on 7 July 1930 by wife of President Cosgrave. The cost, £11,000, was donated by Mr. J. F. Stanford, of London. There was a previous lifeboat, named Mary Stanford. Two years earlier, it had capsized with the loss of all 17 crew in England; the new Mary Stanford would be more fortunate.

She would save many lives, including the famous rescue of the Daunt Lightship. Daunt Rock has always been a hazard to shipping; the first lightship was stationed there by the Irish Lights Board in 1864 following the wreck of the City of New York on the rock. Lightvessel Puffin took up this duty. There was a severe gale on 8 October 1896 and the Puffin vanished; the wreck was not found until a month on 5 November 1896. The remains of the crew were never located. In folklore they remain at their post, as a ghost ship, appearing to warn of impending danger. On 10 February 1936 a south-eastern gale, with snow, developed into a hurricane. Mountainous waves were crashing over the pier and breakwater transforming the harbour into a seething cauldron, the spray was flying over the lantern of the 196-foot-high lighthouse. At 8 am next morning an SOS was received: the LV Comet, on station at Daunt rock, had broken from her moorings and was drifting dangerously. Without waiting for orders, in horrendous conditions, Coxswain Patrick Sliney took Mary Stanford to sea.

Comet was not at Daunt rock, she was riding at anchor a quarter-mile away. Other ships dare not approach the Comet in such conditions. Lightships are not'lightweight', they are heavy: built for endurance; the Comet was being tossed around by the waves, were it to hit another ship, that ship would suffer serious damage. Mary Stanford made several attempts to get a steel cable aboard the Comet; every time they did, a terrible wave crashed the ships further apart and the cable snapped. When darkness fell, Mary Stanford headed for Cobh to get stronger cables; the Innisfallen and HMS Tenedos stood by. The Lifeboat crew had been, without food, they slept for three hours and received a change of clothing. Early next morning Mary Stanford returned to Daunt rock; the sea was just as stormy. It was now enveloped by a thick fog, it was impossible to effect a rescue. The lifeboat remained in all night; the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel ILV Isolda had arrived and stood by while Mary Stanford went to Cobh at 7 am to refuel, promptly returned.

That evening, the storm increased. Comet drifted closer to Daunt rock; when she was 60 yards from the rock, as darkness approached, the Coxswain decided the only option was to try to get alongside and for the crew to jump for the lifeboat. He knew the dangers. On the first attempt, one man got on the second attempt no one jumped; the lifeboat went in a fourth and fifth time, again no one was able to make it. Two men were still on board, clinging to the rails, too exhausted to jump. On the sixth attempt, as the Mary Stanford came alongside, the two were seized by the lifeboat crew and dragged aboard, they went to Cobh and disembarked the rescued at 11 pm and returned to Ballycotton. Mary Stanford had been away for 79 hours; the crew had only three hours sleep during the 63-hour rescue, they all suffered from colds, saltwater burns and hunger. A Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Patrick Sliney, Silver Medals to Second Coxswain John Lane Walsh and Motor Mechanic Thomas Sliney, Bronze Medals to Crew Members Michael Coffey Walsh, John Shea Sliney, William Sliney and Thomas Walsh.

This rescue became legend. It was depicted by marine artists, it featured in popular books. When a postage stamp was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the RNLI, this r