United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Anglican Communion, Mothers’ Union write UN on domestic violence during…

first_img [ACNS Digest] The Anglican Consultative Council and the Mothers’ Union have issued a joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights following a call for evidence from the UN’s Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović, on the increase of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.The submission highlights examples from around the world of good practice by governments and NGOs – including faith communities – in tackling the increased in domestic violence that has become apparent through extended lockdown periods; as well as sharing the experience of provinces working on this issue.A copy of the submission is available on the webpage of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations here. Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Gender Justice This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Jul 7, 2020 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Anglican Communion, Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, Mothers’ Union write UN on domestic violence during Covid-19 Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

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Goat’s milk supplier support FARM-Africa

first_imgInternational charity FARM-Africa and St. Helen’s Farm, the UK’s largest supplier of goats’ milk products, are partnering to help support the charity’s work in improving the lives of poor Africa farmers and their families. A limited edition range of cartons bearing FARM-Africa’s message will be on sale in Sainsbury’s and Tesco throughout May and June, and St. Helen’s Farm will donate one pence from every carton sold to the charity.Mike Hind, Sales & Marketing Manager at St. Helen’s Farm said: “St Helen’s Farm has admired the work of FARM-Africa for a number of years and has previously helped with sponsorship and offered support, in particular, to the Dairy Goat Project. We are delighted to be supporting the charity again and look forward to working with them in the future.”Tum Kazunga, Corporate Partnership Manager, at FARM-Africa said: “This on pack promotion will give FARM-Africa a great opportunity to connect with St Helen’s Farm’s customers and to show them that in the right hands their support goes a long way.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Goat’s milk supplier support FARM-Africa  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 16 May 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Policemen assaulted Abdelfattah Belaid

first_img May 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Policemen assaulted Abdelfattah Belaid RSF_en Policemen assaulted Abdelfattah Belaid, an Agence France-Presse correspondent and reporter for the French-language daily La Presse, while he was covering a protest in the capital. The police chased him into the headquarters of La Presse, beat him over the head with a metal bar and seized his two cameras and laptop. Newscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Servicer Match-Up: A Comparison of MSR Values

first_img Share Save Tagged with: Bank of America KBRA Ocwen Servicing Wells Fargo On Thursday Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) released its analysis of the current state of mortgage servicing rights (MSRS) in a paper title, “Mortgage Servicing Rights: Rising Yields Are Good.” According to the report, KBRA is unsure if the strength seen in MSR pricing in 2016 will continue into 2017 saying, “We expect to see plenty of volatility in the rest of 2017.” One bright spot for MSRs may be the new administration since KBRA reported that since the November election, “the prospects for MSRs and the firms that hold them improved enormously and with little warning.”As part of KBRA’s report, the rating agency delved into the MSR status of some of the nation’s top servicers including Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Ocwen. In terms of the nation’s largest mortgage servicer—Wells Fargo—KBRA reported that the bank saw the fair value mark of its single-family MSRS fall 8 percent quarter over quarter at the end of Q1 2016, ending up at $12.7 billion. By the end of the year however, Wells Fargo ended up at $13 billion due to the change in interest rates during Q4 2016.Like Wells Fargo, Citigroup also saw a boost to their year-end MSR value due to changes in interest rates. KBRA reported that the bank experienced a 23 percent jump in its fair value of MSRs in Q4 2016 from Q3 2016 and ending the year at $1.6 billion. As DS News previously reported, on January 30 Citigroup announced that they sold nearly $97 billion in servicing rights to New Residential Investment Corp. “Needless to say, the timing of the sale coming near the peak valuation for MSRs in the past three years was very propitious indeed,” said KBRA.JPMorgan continued the trend of the top banks ending their years with increases to the fair value of MSRS. The bank finished the end of 2016 at $6.1 billion, an uptick from $5.7 billion at the end of Q2 2016.According to KBRA, Bank of America has had some of the lowest MSR valuations out of the top four banks since the financial crisis. In 2016 the bank realized “less uplift in terms of the estimated valuation of the MSR than other top banks, including a downward $820 million adjustment to the fair value of the MSR,” KBRA reported. In response, the bank explained that this “Represents the net change in fair value of the MSR asset due to the recognition of modeled cash follows and the page of time.” Overall, the bank ended the year with a net $306 million increase in MSR value due to these same reasons. Because of this variance, KBRA said “there is no way for analysts or investors to anticipate or understand these adjustments based upon public disclosure from the issuers.”In its analysis, KBRA also looked at MSRs among non-banks, the largest being Ocwen Financial, which reported $1.1 billion valuation for all its MSRs at the end of 2016. “Most of Ocwen’s MSRs are carried at the lower of cost or market, so fair value is not necessarily the best metric for investors examining this issuer, but it is the closet to the presentation of other holders of MSRs. The “updated assumptions” discussed in the Q4 2016 earnings presenting showing a $2.2 billion MSR valuation is probably more relevant to investors in terms of true future worth to the enterprise,” the report noted.To read KBRA’s full report, including the MSR values of other banks covered, click here. Previous: Home Values Rising to Meet or Recover Previous Losses Next: Yellen States Fed Rates to Increase March 2, 2017 2,090 Views Servicer Match-Up: A Comparison of MSR Values in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies Related Articles Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Servicer Match-Up: A Comparison of MSR Values Bank of America KBRA Ocwen Servicing Wells Fargo 2017-03-02 Staff Writer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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Investors put people and pay before market share

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Investors put people and pay before market shareOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Acompany’s ability to attract employees is now a more important factor thanmarket share, a senior representative of oil giant BP told an internationalconference on HR last week.The linkbetween management of people and share prices is now so clear that matters suchas pay and recruitment systems have become major factors that influenceinvestors, said Roy Williams, senior HR adviser to the company. This meansexecutive stock options are forcing personnel issues into board discussions.“Senior non-executive directors and the CEO will all have looked at the stockprice this morning,” he said. “Ten years ago they took three things intoaccount – book value, earnings and things like image and reputation.“What isnow invested in is market value, which is about things that are not tangible –talent, intellectual capital, image, reputation and quality of leadership.”Even acompany such as BP has about three-quarters of its market value representingnon-tangible assets. In Microsoft and Coca-Cola the proportion is more than 90per cent.He tolddelegates to the ECA International annual conference that senior managers arereading Measures that Matter by Ernst & Young, which lists the most valuedand least valued non-financial data which influence investors. “It is whatanalysts based their judgements on,” said Williams. “They are full of peopleissues.”By PhilipWhiteley last_img read more

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It’s a family affair

first_imgSiobhanCummins looks at whether the issue of dual careers is driving organisations tochange their expatriate policiesDespite the recent downturn and periods of volatility in world economies,international assignments remain essential to the competitiveness and survivalof multinational organisations. Accepting an international assignment of three to five years can not onlyhave a major impact on a family’s lifestyle, but also disrupt the accompanyingspouse’s career and significantly reduce the family income. Most internationalassignees continue to be male, but the situation is gradually changing, withthe number of female expatriates on the rise (see Chart 1: Expatriatedemographics for the 21st century). To attract the best talent for an international assignment and ensure theexpatriate’s success in the assignment location, employers face increasingpressure to provide sufficient support (financial or otherwise) to theaccompanying spouse or partner. Organization Resources Counselors’ (ORC) fourthDual Careers and International Assignments Survey report focuses on thepolicies, practices, and trends of 300 multinational companies in managing dualcareers and international assignments (see Chart 2: Key Survey Findings). Almost 80 per cent of the survey respondents say they have a formalexpatriate policy in place which includes provision for some form of spousalassistance, recognising the need for such support as part of the assignmentpackage. This finding represents a significant change when compared withprevious ORC surveys in which formal spousal assistance was provided by only 19per cent (1992) and 38 per cent (1996) of respondents, and informal support by48 per cent and 42 per cent, respectively. A quarter of the survey participants have developed new international policiesand practices to take account of these dual-career concerns, whilethree-quarters intend to add a provision for spousal assistance to theirinternational assignment policy. This finding indicates another importantchange from the joint ORC-CBI 1996 survey, when only 17.6 per cent of companiesplanned to develop a dual-career policy. Clearly, increasingly more companies are taking the concerns of dual-careercouples more seriously and are also responding to these concerns by providingactual support. Although the type of assistance offered to a spouse or partner differs fromemployer to employer, movement in this direction is promising. Assistance Depends on Stage of Assignment While organisations generally provide spousal support during all stages ofan international assignment, the amount and type of assistance is typicallyhigher and more focused once the assignment has actually started rather than inthe period before the family relocates or when the family returns to their homecountry. For example: – The provision of cross-cultural orientation to the family is part ofpre-assignment preparation – Language training is available both before and upon arrival; careercounselling, work-permit assistance, CV/résumé preparation, and reimbursementfor further educational studies tend to be offered during the assignment andupon repatriation Based on policies reported by the survey participants, the following are theprevalent types of assistance in each stage of an expatriate assignment: – Before the assignment. All types of pre-assignment spousal support, withthe exception of company employment, have increased in the last 10 years. Themost routinely-provided assistance is cultural orientation for eligible familymembers, with language training a close second. This result represents asignificant change from the previous surveys, in which cultural orientation wasnot even viewed as a part of spousal assistance. Language training has alsomarkedly increased in recent years. The next most common types of supportinclude help with work permit applications, job search, career counselling, andCV/résumé preparation – During the assignment. Confirming the trend towards increased assistance,the level of support provided to the spouse or partner while living in the hostlocation has doubled in comparison with ORC surveys conducted in 1992 and 1996.Language training is by far the most common form of spousal assistance,followed by cultural orientation, payment toward further education, and workpermit and job search assistance. Companies also offer career counselling andCV/résumé preparation – Post assignment (repatriation). Job-search help, CV/résumé preparation,and career counselling are the most prevalent types of assistance when thefamily is returning home However, there has been a slight decrease in thenumber of organisations which offer support in these three categories. Thisresult is surprising, considering the following points: (1) according to thesurvey, employers recognise the significant impact that dual-career issues canhave on the success or failure of an overseas assignment, and (2) although theassignment may be over, repatriating the employee and spouse/partner continuesto be an important step in the overall process. Chart 3: Common types of assistance provided to spouses and partners, givesa more in-depth overview of the different types of assistance typically offeredto expatriate spouses and partners. Tackling the challenge: early repatriation and failed assignments With increasing awareness of dual-career issues and their impact oninternational assignments, more employers realise the importance of assignmentacceptance, but also successful completion. The desire to attract the rightperson for the job is accompanied by the need to prevent a failed assignmentdue to unmet business or career development objectives, or, perhaps, localproblems. Such local concerns might include, for example, difficulties in thefamily’s adjustment to the new location, different management or work styles,and issues arising over cultural and language differences. Consequently, employers are increasingly looking for alternative ways ofdealing with the dual-career issue, such as the use of shorter-termassignments. This trend is confirmed with three-quarters of the participantsreporting that they use short-term international assignments, which representsa significant jump from 1996, when only 25.7 per cent did so. Companies alsoreported using the following alternatives to the traditional long-terminternational assignment: – International business trips (57.2 per cent) – Unaccompanied assignments, whereby the expatriate’s family stays in thehome country (more than 50 per cent, compared with 23 per cent in 1996) – Commuter assignments, whereby the expatriate’s family stays in the homecountry and the employee returns home on a regular basis, often weekends (45.9per cent, compared with 19 per cent in 1996) – Virtual assignments, conducted from the home-country office, that do notrequire the employee to travel abroad (15.6 per cent) Proactivity increases the organisation’s appeal Unlike the early days of expatriation, success in attracting and retaining aglobal talent pool of employees, who are willing to accept an internationalassignment, depends greatly on the willingness, attitude, and circumstances ofthe employees’ spouse or partner. The new generation of expatriates, whosespouse or partner is very often employed in a professional position,exacerbates the need for support for both spouses and partners. While trying to find the right combination of assistance to satisfy employeeneed without being overly costly to the company, more and more employers arestarting to look at assignment options. Depending on employee circumstances,location, and business objectives, companies are offering alternative forms ofworking through short-term and more flexible types of assignment. In the future, companies will increasingly need to provide innovativesolutions to the dual-career issue, along with other family-friendly policies.Chart 1 – Expatriate demographics for the 21st century                                                                        Averagepercentage                                                            Maleexpatriate             Female expatriateMarried, accompanied                          67.5%                          38.1%Married, unaccompanied                      8.1                               7.2Unmarried, accompanied                      5.3                               4.4Unmarried, unaccompanied                   19.1                             50.3Chart 2 – Key survey findings– The percentage of femaleexpatriates is on the rise– More companies are formalisingspousal assistance within their expatriate policies– Spousal or dual-career issues arethe most common reasons cited by employees for rejecting internationalassignments– While all types of spousalassistance have increased in the pre-assignment and (substantially)on-assignment stages, organisations have reduced some of the services offeredon repatriation– Companies are proposing a varietyof alternative assignment types to overcome dual-career barriers, with asignificant increase in the number of short-term assignments that generallylast from a few months to a yearSource: ORC’s Dual-careers andInternational Assignments Survey    Chart 3 – Common types ofassistance provided to spouses and partnersPre-assignment            On-assignment              Repatriation      Stage                            Stage                            Stage    Career counselling                                                                    12.6%                         23.4 %                         17.6 %CV/r‚sum‚ preparation                                                              12.2                             23.4                             19.8Company Employment                                                              1.8                               8.3                               2.5Job search assistance                                                                14.4                             32.7                             19.8Retraining                                                                                 3.2                               11.9                             5.8Language training                                                                      59.0                             73.7                             5.8Cultural orientation                                                                    62.2                             39.6                             8.3Voluntary work assistance                                                        2.2                               11.5                             2.2Work permit assistance                                                             28.4                             34.5                             4.3Payment towards further education                                            7.2                               36.0                             5.8Payment towards business start-up                                            2.2                               4.0                               1.4Partial financial compensation for loss of spousal income            2.9                               10.8                             0.0Full financial compensation for loss of spousal income                0.0                               0.4                               0.0Other                                                                                       8.3                               14.7                             5.8Source: ORC’s Dual-careers and International AssignmentsSurveyThe authorSiobhan Cummins is managing directorof the London office for Organization Resources Counselors. (ORC) and directorof ORC’s International Compensation Services for Europe. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. It’s a family affairOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Microplastics in the Antarctic marine system: an emerging area of research

first_imgIt was thought that the Southern Ocean was relatively free of microplastic contamination; however, recent studies and citizen science projects in the Southern Ocean have reported microplastics in deep-sea sediments and surface waters. Here we reviewed available information on microplastics (including macroplastics as a source of microplastics) in the Southern Ocean. We estimated primary microplastic concentrations from personal care products and laundry, and identified potential sources and routes of transmission into the region. Estimates showed the levels of microplastic pollution released into the region from ships and scientific research stations were likely to be negligible at the scale of the Southern Ocean, but may be significant on a local scale. This was demonstrated by the detection of the first microplastics in shallow benthic sediments close to a number of research stations on King George Island. Furthermore, our predictions of primary microplastic concentrations from local sources were five orders of magnitude lower than levels reported in published sampling surveys (assuming an even dispersal at the ocean surface). Sea surface transfer from lower latitudes may contribute, at an as yet unknown level, to Southern Ocean plastic concentrations. Acknowledging the lack of data describing microplastic origins, concentrations, distribution and impacts in the Southern Ocean, we highlight the urgent need for research, and call for routine, standardised monitoring in the Antarctic marine system.last_img read more

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First Type 218SG AIP submarine launched, named Invincible

first_img View post tag: Type 218SG The Republic of Singapore Navy’s first Type 218SG submarine was launched and officially named in Germany on February 18.The 70-meter air-independent propulsion submarine was named Invincible during the ceremony at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ shipyard in Kiel.After construction and outfitting is completed, Invincible will undergo testing before being handed over in 2021.“Closely collaborating with our Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the RSN oversaw the design of the submarines, before jointly developing them with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems,” Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence of the Republic of Singapore said at the ceremony. “I am heartened by the cooperation and efforts of the Singaporean and German industries.”“This first boat of the Type 218SG will mark a next generation of submarines,” Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, commented. “They will possess an extensive range of vital capabilities and therewith become a highly capable strategic asset for Singapore and its Navy.”Invincible is the first in a series of four boats of the Type 218SG. The contract for the first two submarines was signed in 2013 and the contract for the second batch in 2017.After handing over the Invincible in 2021, the second submarine is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. The third and fourth submarines are scheduled to follow from 2024 onwards.Singapore’s four new Type 218SG submarines will replace the navy’s current Archer-class and Challenger-class submarines.The RSN has operated the current submarine fleet, built in the 1960s, for about two decades and gained operational experience in local waters. Type 218SG will be the first new-build submarine tailored to meet the RSN’s operating conditions. Manned by 28 sailors, new boats will measure 70 meters in length and displace 2,000 tonnes.Photo: thyssenkrupp Marine SystemsBroadened cooperation between TKMS and DSTAPrior to the launch of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s first Invincible-class submarine, Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Kiel to collaborate on new technologies such as additive manufacturing and data analytics for naval applications.Under the agreement, DSTA and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will explore the use of additive manufacturing as an innovative, cost-effective method for producing submarine spare parts. Both parties will work together on the design, engineering, and qualification of additive manufactured components, which could be tested and trialed on Singapore submarines. Photo: Photo: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems View post tag: RSN Share this article View post tag: TKMS View post tag: RSS Invinciblelast_img read more

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Connecticut’s Folk-Laced Funksters, Goose, Announces Extensive East Coast Tour

first_imgIf you haven’t heard of the funk-folk five-piece Goose hailing from Norwalk, Connecticut, you will soon. The group—composed of guitarist and singer-songwriter Rick Mitarotonda, keyboardist Kristopher Yunker, bassist Trevor Weeks, drummer Ben Atkind, and percussionist Aaron Hagele—has found a unique and captivating sound that is gaining traction across the U.S., combining catchy folk-inspired melodies with funky, danceable beats splashed with tinges of reggae, jazz, blues and rocks (it may sound like a bizarre combination, but trust us, it works).Goose’s extensive summer tour starts on May 31st in Baltimore, Maryland. From their the band will wind their way northward for a number of dates across New England, meeting up with Haley Jane and the Primates on June 2nd and The Nth Power on June 7th. By the end of June and into July, the group will dip south, marking Goose’s first sojourn into the Southeast market Across their tour, with multiple dates across Georgia, Florida, and North and South Carolina. The band will also perform at a number of festivals such as Soupstock, Mad Tea Party, Shadefest, Jerry Jam, Yasgur Road Reunion, and Disc Jam (where the group is featured as a band on the rise). As their summer tour winds to a close in August, Goose will start their month-long residency at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, New York.Disc Jam 2017: From The Little Festival That Could To A Massive Summer AffairThis new tour comes on the tails of their debut album, Moon Cabin, which was recorded in a snowy New Hampshire cabin, mixed and mastered at the Factory Underground in Norwalk, and released early last year. Goose’s Moon Cabin gives listeners a good introduction into what the band is all about—pristine three-part harmonies, huge hooks, adventurous improvisational solos, groovy beats, and melodies that will find their way into your ear and stay there. If Moon Cabin is an introductory lesson, then fans should stay tuned as Goose has a new album in the works and should try catch ’em during this upcoming tour. For more information about Goose, their tour, or Moon Cabin, head over to their website here. You can also check out their upcoming tour dates below as well as listen to Goose perform “Arcadia” to get a taste of the funk-folk magic this group throws downlast_img read more

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