Bralirwa Limited (BLR.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Bralirwa Limited (BLR.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bralirwa Limited (BLR.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bralirwa Limited (BLR.rw) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileBrasseries et Limonaderies du Rwanda (Bralirwa) produces and distributes beer products and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for Rwanda and international export. The company operates in two segments: beer and soft drinks. Beer brands include Primus, Mutzig, Turbo King, Amstel, Legend Extra Stout and Heineken brands. Soft drinks include a selection of popular Coca-Cola brands. Bralirwa was established in 1957 and is a subsidiary of Heineken NV. Its head office is in Kigali, Rwanda. Bralirwa Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange
Should Manu Tuilagi be banned from playing in the World Cup? (Poll Closed) Yes 60.33% No 39.67% Create Your Own Poll Should Manu Tuilagi be banned from playing in the World Cup?Here are the facts: England head coach Stuart Lancaster has banned Manu Tuilagi from playing for his country during the upcoming Rugby World Cup, following the centre’s conviction for assaulting two female police officers and a taxi driver in April.He will not be considered for England until January 2016.At his Leicester Tigers club, director of rugby Richard Cockerill has said that Tuilagi would undoubtedly be fit in time for the World Cup, but regardless, the player will not be playing for the hosts in the competition. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are plenty of opinions circulating about the incident and fallout. World Cup-winning winger Ben Cohen has stated that he feels Tuilagi should never play for his country again. Others feel the length of ban is spot on. Last outing: Manu Tuilagi last played for England against New Zealand However, we want a simple YES or NO from you. Do you think the centre should miss out on the World Cup? Simply tick a box above and register your opinion. We are simply interested in finding out if you want him in the white of England again in this year of all years, or if you think Lancaster was right to ban him.The results from this poll will be published in the July edition of Rugby World magazine.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Verifone reaches £1m for charity with Pennies Melanie May | 3 August 2016 | News Verifone has now raised £1m with digital charity box Pennies through its participating retail partners, which include ASK Italian, Zizzi, Notcutts, and Evans Cycles.Approximately 37,000 donations are made each week via Verifone’s merchants, with an average donation value of 23.5p. To date, over 4,400,000 micro-donations have been made across the partnership totaling more than £1 million. The funds have supported more than 20 charities so far including Cancer Research UK, Together for Short Lives, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and Cyclists Fighting Cancer.Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies said:“Verifone has helped Pennies to collect more than 4 million micro-donations through its retailers such as Zizzi, ASK Italian and luxury brand Gieves & Hawkes. We’re currently working with Verifone to integrate the digital charity box into the next generation of in-store payment devices. We’re thrilled with all we have achieved so far, and look forward to giving more digital small change a big purpose for millions more customers.” 103 total views, 1 views today Advertisement 104 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: microdonations payment Pennies Foundation About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The Massachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium (Consortium), made up of 35 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), today announced that it has been awarded the only grant given in New England by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase telemedicine capacity in community health centers statewide. The $3.1 million grant is part of the FCC’s Connect Care Pilot Program, designed to help eligible healthcare providers defray the costs of providing telemedicine and study how the FCC’s Universal Service Fund can help support the trend toward connected-care services. The Consortium will use its grant funding to increase bandwidth at member health center sites and provide mobile hotspots for patients. This capacity will allow for the delivery of mental health services and substance use disorder treatment to more than 75,000 Massachusetts health center patients through remote patient monitoring, video visits and other connected services. “We are thrilled that the FCC has recognized us with this funding,” said Michael Curry, Consortium Co-Founder and President & CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. “These technologies could be a game changer in providing lower-income patients and communities of color access, choice, and control over their participation in healthcare.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has not only made telehealth a necessity in providing care, it’s also underscored just how essential connected care services are to lower-income patients and communities of color in accessing health care,” said Christina Severin, Consortium Co-Founder and President and CEO of the health-center-based accountable care organization, Community Care Cooperative (C3). “This grant will help us better serve health center communities with telemedicine — now and after the pandemic.” The FQHC Telehealth Consortium was launched by C3 and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in the early days of the pandemic to ensure continuity of care for health center patients in communities that bear some of the highest rates of positive COVID-19 cases and greatest health disparities. This is the second grant the FCC has awarded the Consortium in the last six months to support sustainable telehealth capacity across Massachusetts’ health centers. To date, telehealth services have been well-received by Massachusetts health center patients with 93 percent rating their experience as ‘good or excellent.’ Behavioral health showed the highest rates of adoption and satisfaction among telemedicine offerings. In addition, 50% of Asians, 49% of Latinx and 42% of Black Americans have high interest in continuing with telemedicine for check-ups and urgent care, post-pandemic. However, availability of connected care devices and access to broadband remain significant challenges. The FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program, funded through its Universal Service Fund, is making up to $100 million available over a three-year period for selected pilot projects for qualifying purchases necessary to provide connected-care services, with particular emphasis placed on serving low-income and veteran patients. Community Care Cooperative (C3) is a 501(c)(3) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that leverages the proven best practices of ACOs throughout the country and is the only ACO in Massachusetts founded and governed by Federally Qualified Health Centers and exclusively focused on advancing integrated and coordinated community-based care for MassHealth members. C3 works to strengthen health centers across the state, and continued growth enables C3 to better serve MassHealth members across the Commonwealth. To view a list of C3 health centers, click here. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers(the League) is a 501 (c)(3) statewide membership organization supporting and representing the needs of the state’s 52 community health centers, which offer primary and preventive care to more than one million state residents. The League serves as an information resource on community-based primary care to policymakers, opinion leaders and the media; and provides a wide range of technical assistance to its health center members, including advocacy on health policy issues, support for workforce development, clinical care and technology initiatives, and guidance to state leaders and community-based organizations seeking to open health centers in their communities. 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The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago July 31, 2018 2,731 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Home Flipping Investment WalletHub Subscribe House-Flipping Hot Spots Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Home Flipping Investment WalletHub 2018-07-31 David Wharton Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Previous: Freddie Mac Announces Q2 Results Next: Real Estate Development vs. Climate Change Share 1Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago House-flipping can be a lucrative endeavor. According to a WalletHub report released Tuesday, flippers made average gross profits of about $68,000 in 2017.But not all markets afford equal flipping opportunities. Midwestern cities and markets in states bordering Canada, for example, offer better flip-for-profit conditions than markets on either coast.Overall, the best market for flippers, per the report, is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, followed by Nampa and Boise, Idaho. These cities ranked best in return on remodeling and renovation costs, which, coupled with high quality-of-life scores, give flippers the best odds of selling a property for a decent profit.However, in terms of pure profit percentages, the Rust Belt can be quite good to flippers as well. According to WalletHub, Pittsburgh, despite having one of the lowest percentages of homes flipped, has the highest average gross return on investment at 145.45 percent. That’s 24.5 times higher than in Montgomery, Alabama, which had the lowest gross ROI at just under 6 percent.Alabama does offer some advantages to would-be flippers, however. At $50,000, Mobile has the lowest metro median purchase price for buyers in the country. That price is 14.6 times lower than in San Jose, where the median purchase price is $730,000. Montgomery is the second-most-affordable buy-in, followed by Cleveland; Columbus, Georgia; and Memphis.Meanwhile, Little Rock, has the lowest average full-home remodeling costs, coming in at just shy of $76,000. That’s five times lower than in Atlanta, where average full-home renovations run almost $376,000.Memphis, which landed in the middle of the study’s 172 markets, has the highest share of home flips, according to WalletHub. The city’s 12.76 percent share is almost times higher than in Albuquerque, where flipped properties are a genuine rarity. Just 1.35 percent of homes in that city are flipped. Flipping is also rarest in Bridgeport and New Haven, which each ranked near the bottom in terms of quality of live and remodeling costs, according to the report. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Journal, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / House-Flipping Hot Spots Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
Broward Sheriffs Office(POMPANO BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida officer was arrested on Tuesday after video appeared to show him slamming a female student to the ground at a school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.Surveillance footage released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Willard Miller, who was working as a school resource officer at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach, grabbing a 15-year-old student by the neck and throwing her to the ground. Miller, 38, turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with one count of child abuse without great bodily harm, a felony, according to the sheriff’s office, which released video of the Sept. 25 incident on Tuesday.The office’s Internal Affairs Division launched an investigation “upon immediate review of the video” on Sept. 27 and placed Miller on restricted administrative assignment, the office said in a statement.After further investigation, detectives formally presented the case to the State Attorney’s Office on Oct. 23. Miller was suspended without pay on Oct. 28.Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said it was unclear what may have led to the physical encounter, but there was no excuse for the officer’s “deplorable” behavior.“Whatever type of verbal dialogue was going on, it makes no sense and it wasn’t necessary,” Tony told reporters Tuesday.He said school district officials uncovered the video by chance while investigating an unrelated matter. It’s unclear if witnesses reported the incident.“Totally not even looking for it,” Tony said. “Looking at some other school matter issues and it popped up on the screen and they said we need to get this over to BSO.”Broward County Public Schools said it is still investigating the incident to ensure that “policies and procedures were followed.”“Upon becoming aware of the incident involving the Broward Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Cross Creek School, the District’s Special Investigative Unit immediately contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” a district spokesperson said. “We are also investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident to ensure all proper District policies and procedures were followed.”Tony also acknowledged previous accusations of excessive force by deputies and promised to improve its internal investigation process.“I don’t want to spend time standing here about disciplinary action for a very small population of people who break out side of what they’re supposed to be doing,” Tony said. “What needs to happen from our standpoint is to make sure that we hold them accountable and we do look at what’s occurring as a cultural standpoint and changing that and I think we’re on the right track.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 97.5 million people worldwide and killed over 2 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 22, 8:21 pmCases falling week-over-week in most states: COVID Tracking ProjectCOVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are going down across the country.In 44 states, the seven-day average of new cases has dropped over 10% since last week, The COVID Tracking Project reported Thursday. Daily cases are rising in only one state — Virginia.In 24 states, the number of current hospitalizations decreased by more than 10% from a week ago, it found. Everywhere else in the nation, hospitalizations are relatively flat.Jan 22, 6:50 pmUnited CEO wants to make vaccines mandatory for employeesUnited Airlines’ top executive said he would like the airline to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees.“I think the right thing to do is for United Airlines, and for other companies, to require the vaccines,” CEO Scott Kirby said during an employee town hall Thursday. “That said, we have to have the logistic challenges worked out … and we need some others to show leadership, particularly in the health care industry.”Kirby told employees that if other companies mandate vaccines, “You should probably expect United to be amongst the first wave of companies that do it as well.”For now, United is urging employees to get the vaccine as soon as possible, according to an internal memo obtained by ABC News.On an earnings call yesterday, an executive said the company has been working with local governments “to move our employees up in prioritization of essential workers for vaccination, both for their safety and the safety of our customers.”-ABC News’ Gio BenitezJan 22, 2:49 pmNew Jersey confirms 1st cases of UK variantTwo people — a man and a child — were identified as the first cases of the United Kingdom variant in New Jersey, officials said. The Ocean County man, who is in his 60s, had no travel history or clear exposures to others who were ill, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Judy Persichilli. He developed symptoms on Dec. 29 and was tested one week later. His “symptoms have since resolved and he was never hospitalized,” Persichilli said.The child, who had traveled to northern New Jersey, was tested on Jan. 11 in New York City and is asymptomatic, she said.ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.Jan 22, 2:30 pmCalifornia reports highest daily death tollCalifornia reported its highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic with another 764 lives lost.The state reported 23,024 new cases on Friday.Jan 22, 2:01 pmSevere allergic reactions rare but possible with Moderna vaccineA CDC report released Friday indicates that the risk of severe allergic reactions with Moderna’s vaccine is low. Severe, life threatening allergic reactions were seen in 2.5 cases per million people receiving the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the report said. Of the 4,041,396 first doses given as of Jan. 10, there were 1,266 (0.03%) reports of “adverse events,” the report said. Among those, 108 “adverse events” were considered as possible cases of severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis. Ten cases were determined to be anaphylaxis (a rate of 2.5 anaphylaxis cases per 1 million doses) including nine people with a documented history of allergies or allergic reactions, the report said.Jan 22, 1:43 pmUK variant may be associated with higher mortality, Boris Johnson saysMore people are testing positive for the United Kingdom’s variant of the coronavirus, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday “there is some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality.”U.K. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty stressed that the data is uncertain and there is a chance the new variant is increasing infections and mortality.The U.K. has seen record daily death tolls several times this week.There were 1,401 deaths in the last 24 hours.Jan 22, 1:00 pmNew York running out of vaccines today but more on the way: CuomoNew York state has used 97% of its allocated vaccine doses so far (for weeks 1 through 5) and will run out of doses by the end of the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Week 6 doses are currently being delivered, the governor said.New York’s positivity rate has fallen to 5.65%, Cuomo said. Hospitalizations are also on the decline.Jan 22, 10:32 am‘Patient No. 1’ in US is now ‘back to his normal life’On Jan. 20, 2020, the first COVID-19 patient in the United States, known as “patient No. 1,” was brought to a Washington state hospital.Dr. George Diaz, the head of infectious diseases at Providence Regional Medical Center in Seattle, treated that patient. Diaz would later learn how to isolate COVID-19 patients properly, how to protect hospital staff and how to treat the illness.“We used Remdesivir, which was a new anti-viral at the time. He was the first patient to receive this drug in the world, and he had a good response to treatment,” Diaz told ABC’s Nightline.“Patient No. 1” was treated for five days before being released from the hospital, Diaz said. One year later, he is “doing great,” Diaz said.“He’s fully recovered and back to his normal life,” Diaz said. “Many people survive the illness but have lots of medical problems afterwards. Fortunately, Patient One recovered well.” Jan 22, 10:10 amFrance to require negative COVID-19 test for all arrivals by boat or planeFrench President Emmanuel Macron announced that all travelers arriving by boat or plane will have to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the country.The new measure, which goes into effect Sunday, includes visitors from within the European Union as well as those outside the regional bloc. They must take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test up to three days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel, according to a statement from Macron’s office released late Thursday.People traveling for essential reasons, such as cross-border or ground transportation workers, will be exempt from the requirement. People arriving from other EU member states by train or car will also be exempt.France has the sixth-highest tally of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The European nation of 67 million people confirmed another 22,848 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with an additional 358 fatalities from the disease. That brings the cumulative totals to 2,987,965 cases and 71,998 deaths, according to the latest data from France’s public health agency.Jan 22, 9:03 amFauci says lack of truthfulness from Trump administration ‘very likely’ cost American livesWhen asked during an interview Friday on CNN’s New Day about whether the Trump administration’s lack of truthfulness in some cases regarding the coronavirus pandemic had cost American lives, Dr. Anthony Fauci said “it very likely did.”“I don’t want that, John, to be a soundbite, but I think if you just look at that you can see that when when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s John Berman. “Particularly when you’re in the situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have — when you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful.”Fauci, who was a member of former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, had disagreed with Trump on how to approach the pandemic. At one point, Trump suggested he was considering firing Fauci.“There’s no secret, we’ve had a lot of divisiveness,” Fauci, who is now the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, told CNN. “We’ve had facts that were very, very clear that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.”Jan 22, 9:00 amNFL invites vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl The National Football League announced Friday that it’s inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend the Feb. 7 Super Bowl in Florida “to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic.”Jan 22, 6:12 amReports that Japan is looking to cancel Tokyo Olympics are ‘categorically untrue,’ government saysReports that the Japanese government has privately concluded that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled are “categorically untrue,” according to Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat of the Headquarters for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.“The renewed schedules and venues for the Tokyo 2020 Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony on July 23 this year, were determined at the IOC Session in July last year. All parties involved are working together to prepare for the successful Games this summer,” the cabinet secretariat said in a statement Friday. “We will implement all possible countermeasures against COVID-19 and continue to work closely with the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in our preparations for holding a safe and secure Games this summer.”The statement follows a report published Thursday evening by British newspaper The Times, which cited “a senior member of the ruling coalition” who said there is agreement that the Games are doomed and the focus now is on securing the event for the Japanese capital in the next available year, 2032.The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in Tokyo last year on July 24. But in late March, amid mounting calls to delay or cancel the upcoming Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan’s prime minister announced that the event would be held a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Games are now scheduled to open in Tokyo this summer on July 23, but doubt has surfaced as Japan — and much of the world — grapples with a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.Jan 22, 5:21 amUS reports over 188,000 new casesThere were 188,952 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Thursday’s case count is lower than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 new cases, which were confirmed on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 3,955 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Thursday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holiday weekend and earlier holidays.A total of 24,631,890 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 410,349 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.Jan 22, 4:26 am‘There is no plan B’ for Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief saysDespite rising COVID-19 infections in Japan, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Thursday that there is “no reason whatsoever” to believe the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on July 23 as planned.“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these games safe and successful,” Bach told Japanese news agency Kyodo in an interview Thursday.However, Bach admitted he could not guarantee that the stands would be full or rule out the possibility that the Games would be held without spectators, according to Kyodo.The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in Tokyo last year on July 24. But in late March, amid mounting calls to delay or cancel the upcoming Games, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister announced that the event would be held a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic.Now, Japan is facing a resurgence of COVID-19. The country of 126 million people reported the highest number of new cases in the Western Pacific region last week. The infection rate — currently at 32.8 cases per 100,000 people — increased by 4% over the previous week, according to the World Health Organization’s latest COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update.The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed 5,662 new cases of COVID-19 as well as an additional 87 fatalities from the disease on Thursday, bringing the cumulative totals to 348,646 cases and 4,829 deaths.Japanase Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and 10 other prefectures due to climbing case counts and growing death tolls.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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The US Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland (LCS 24), will be christened in Mobile, Alabama, on June 29.“The christening of the future USS Oakland marks an important step toward this great ship’s entry into the fleet,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said.To be homeported in San Diego, the future USS Oakland (LCS 24) is the third US Navy ship named for the city in California.The newbuild is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.With a displacement of 3,200 tons, LCS 24 has a length of 127.4 meters and a beam of 31.6 meters. It can reach a speed of 40+ knots.The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. Photo: LCS 24. Photo: US Navy View post tag: LCS 24 View post tag: USS Oakland View post tag: US Navy Share this article
The psychedelic style of Animal Collective is in full force on their new video, leading up to the release of a new EP titled The Painters this Friday, February 17th. Animal Collective has been very active of late, since their 2016 full-length release of Painting With. The new video is an amalgam of shapes, colors, letters and cosmic imagery, beautifully drawn together to support the new single release. Check out the new video below and prepare to be amazed!