UK shipbuilding needs to be quicker, report finds

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK naval shipbuilding needs to be quicker, independent report finds November 29, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy UK naval shipbuilding needs to be quicker, independent report finds An independent report into UK’s naval shipbuilding has concluded that the small Royal Navy fleet is a result of too long procurement cycles, late orders for new ships and the policy of retaining old ships in the fleet beyond their sell date.Sir John Parker’s Independent Report into naval shipbuilding also set out recommendations to transform the UK shipbuilding industry.One of the recommendations would see the bulk of Royal Navy ships being allocated to more shipbuilders. Parker proposed that the construction of new Type 26 and Type 31 frigates take place at more than one shipyard indicating that Babcock or Cammell Laird could bid for the construction of Type 31 frigates.Parker, who is currently chairman of mining company Anglo American, added that the Type 31 frigates should be built quickly to boost navy fleet numbers but also to have a competitive export product that could be designated as Type 31e.“The new Type 31e should not set out to be a complex and sophisticated warship based on traditional design approaches. It should be a modern and innovative design on a standard platform which should provide a menu of choice to support exports and beat the competition. It should be termed Type 31e. The ‘e’ means that export flexibility is inbuilt, not a variant,” Parker said.One of the opportunities that Parker identified was the way Scotland’s technology allowed for modular construction, in which ship components are produced across the UK before being assembled at a central Hub. The build of the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships, the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, has already demonstrated the success of such an approach, with multiple shipyards and hundreds of companies across the UK working together and benefiting from the aircraft carrier build.“This report will inform our National Shipbuilding Strategy to match the needs of the Royal Navy with the ability to design and build efficiently, maintain skills, and maximise export opportunities,” UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said welcoming the report.The UK government said it would publish a full response along with an implementation plan in spring 2017.“Should government, industry and the trade unions rise to the challenges I have set, I believe we can establish a new era of collaboration and success across the ‘total enterprise’,” Parker concluded.“It will create savings over the coming years for MOD, renew the Royal Navy fleet, position the UK for new export opportunities and create regional prosperity and highly skilled jobs across the UK in the shipyards and supply chain.” Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Teresa Freeborn receives 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In recognition of her passionate leadership and unwavering dedication to living out the credit union principle of “cooperation among cooperatives,” the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce Teresa Freeborn, President and CEO of Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif., as a recipient of the 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.Freeborn will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Award winners honored at the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Foundation at the Marriott Marquis on February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Tickets and sponsorships are available for this must-attend event by clicking here.“Teresa is a ball of energy who lights up any environment in which she engages,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The impact she has made upon credit unions she interacts with, as well as the whole of the credit union movement at large, is undeniable. Her leadership of the Open Your Eyes Campaign is just one, but a very important example, of her vision and her impactful leadership that has earned her this prestigious award.”center_img Teresa Freebornlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues

first_imgGovernor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues March 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Healthcare,  Latest News,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – As U.S. House members continue to debate the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in Washington D.C., Governor Wolf is reiterating his strong opposition to the bill in a letter to the Pennsylvania delegation, again urging them to vote no and stressing that the amendments that remove essential health benefits will have devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians.“The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy,” Governor Wolf said in a letter to delegates. “But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse.“Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage.”Governor Wolf has made protecting care for millions of Pennsylvanians, who could see their coverage eliminated or diminished by the AHCA, a top priority. The AHCA would also have wide-ranging negative impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy by increasing costs for older and vulnerable residents and sharply increasing the amount of uncompensated care provided by already struggling small and rural hospitals.Read the full text of the letter below:Dear Congressman,Thank you for your continued engagement this week as you consider the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As you prepare to debate and vote on the AHCA on the House Floor today, I wanted to take one last opportunity to urge you to vote no.The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy. But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse. Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage. Decisions about essential health benefits would be left up to states but significantly reduced federal funding will force states to make one of two decisions – offer the same benefits to a smaller number of people or offer a smaller benefit package to the same number of people. In either case, all the progress we have made to improve health outcomes, reduce the number of uninsured individuals, and serve people in better, more efficient ways will be reversed as benefits are cut and less people are served.It appears that the purpose of the legislative process, to engage in meaningful deliberations that determine the viability of laws and whether they make practical sense in implementation, has been lost in this debate. It has been replaced instead with piecemeal amendments intended to shore up individual votes that continue to strip coverage from more and more people. For the sake of the people of Pennsylvania, and for all Americans, I urge you to vote no on this hurtful and extreme piece of legislation.Sincerely,Tom WolfGOVERNORlast_img read more

SBC Leader Profile – Michael Brady – Bede Gaming – Growth Outside of the Box!

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 Share Share Michael BradyHaving formed one of the fastest growing technology companies within the betting and gaming sector, Michael Brady, CEO, of Bede Gaming tells SBC how his firm’s growth has been driven by thinking outside the box and working on new industry dynamics with its growing portfolio of clients… _______________________________ SBC: Hi Michael, Bede Gaming is one of the newer industry platform providers. How and why has your team gained noticeable and significant industry partnerships in a short space of time?                              Michael Brady: Primarily because we have taken a far more flexible and open approach to platform provision, particularly when compared to legacy providers. Bede was born out of our own frustrations with other providers not being flexible or fast enough to fit with companies’ digital objectives.  We identified an opportunity to offer a platform in partnership with operators, rather than simply rolling out a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone. This means sharing APIs with operators and allowing them to personalise and differentiate their offering to players. We aren’t restricting clients to only follow our path, they can follow their own direction and Bede’s APIs mean integration is lightning fast. We integrated the Kambi Sportsbook in 10 weeks for Rank, for instance. Through a single integration, operators can get access to nearly 2000 games across multiple providers. The result is a platform that gives operators the control to react swiftly to the challenges of the industry, whether they be adapting to new legislation or entering emerging markets.SBC: How does the development and planning of your operations and services differ from industry legacy platform providers? MB: I would say there is a fundamental difference in the way we develop. We are far more collaborative than legacy providers, many of which have achieved scale to an extent where they have lost touch with what operators want. We heard many operators telling us that they’d love to leave their legacy provider, but there was no viable alternative. Bede proves there is another way; we plan our offering around the demands of our clients, so that means building strong relationships. We’ve done exactly that with the likes of Rank Group, and it has been mutually beneficial for both sides. Feedback on our platform allows us to improve immeasurably and because we build on a single code base, all operators benefit from all updates. This open approach results in a scalable model rather than the silos created by some legacy providers.SBC: As an industry tech stakeholder, Bede is unique in offering three integrated services (platform, white-label and games content), how do you maintain an effective balance between each provision? MB: Increasingly, operators are looking for ways to bring these different components together without sacrificing quality, and that is at the heart of what we do at Bede. Having a truly open platform, like ours, allows customers to choose the suppliers they want to work with, as well as knowing they have access to the best-in-class providers already integrated with Bede. The three different services we offer gives operators the flexibility to pick the option that is right for them. As integration is such a straightforward procedure, we are able to build relationships across the board with suppliers and content providers, and in many cases offer a greater depth of integration than an operator could achieve if they went the direct route.SBC: Your team has placed a significant emphasis on client security and data protection? Why is this a core dynamic for your firm’s development and strategy?  MB: Security is a critical issue for operators today, and this will only increase when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law in May 2018. The GDPR places a greater level of accountability on data processors on issues such as information security breaches. It means that if an operator is not completely confident in the security of its data, it is playing a potentially catastrophic game. This was the motivation behind Bede applying for and achieving ISO 27001 certification, which verifies our platform to the highest security standards in the industry. Only a handful of providers have the certification, so it places us much higher than our competitors in that it marks us out as taking the right measures to protect our partners. With Bede, they are in safe hands.SBC: Looking ahead what new services and provisions does Bede want to bring to market in the coming months, what should industry stakeholders keep an eye out for? MB: We are always developing our core platform and also expanding our content aggregation service, Bede PLAY, with additional titles from the best games developers around the world. Operators are looking for this combination of flexible platform and world-class content provision to compete in the fast-changing gaming landscape of today. Bede PLAY brings together the best land-based and digital content and provides operators with Bede’s powerful marketing tools, all from a single integration. Legacy platforms simply don’t offer the level of control and speed to market operators are after but we are showing there is another way. It will only be those who can adapt to the challenges of newly-regulating markets that will succeed._______________________Michael Brady – CEO – Bede Gaminglast_img read more