NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgNMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileNMBZ Holdings Limited is a registered financial-services holding company in Zimbabwe; operating in the retail and commercial banking sector aswell as treasury, international banking and corporate finance through its principle subsidiary NMB Bank Limited. A second subsidiary, Steward Holdings (Private) Limited, is an equity holding company. Formerly known as National Merchant Bank of Zimbabwe Limited, NMB Bank Limited was established as a retail banking institution in 1992 by a group of Zimbabwe entrepreneurs who had held senior positions in renowned international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It was granted a commercial banking license in 1999 which enhanced its funding capacity and extended it product offering. NMB Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Summer tours: France see a chink of light against Argentina

first_imgThe French pack also won the breakdown battle, slowing up Argentine possession and defending around the fringes with a ferocity that unsettled the Pumas. True, a tired, indisciplined Argentina were a shadow of the side that reached the World Cup semi-final last season, but they were out-muscled upfront and in their second Test their backs rarely got the ball to test the tourists outwide.3. Back-rowThe French front-five will be a test for anyone next season but the weakness in the pack remains the back-row, particularly on the flank. Louis Picamoles at No 8 is top-class, and the move to Northampton will sharpen his fitness and make him even more of a threat from the base of the scrum. Come together: France rallied after a First Test less to run out convincing winners Trinh-Duc has left Montpellier for Toulon and it may be that coming under the tutelage of Diego Dominguez will iron out the flaws in his game; but with Trinh-Duc the flaws are more mental than anything. Failing that, there’s always Clermont’s Camille Lopez. But France’s fly-half cupboard continues to be worryingly bare.5. Gael FickouFickou won his first cap for France a fortnight before he turned 19 and in the three years since he’s had his ups and downs in the Test arena. For a time he was moved to the wing, by both the then France coach Philippe Saint-Andre and his Toulouse boss Guy Noves.Classy operator: Gael Fickou is maturing into a fine No 13 The predictions of doom and gloom were premature. Far from a Tour of Hell, France’s two-Test series in Argentina ended all-square and offers Les Bleus some hope for next season. RW runs an eye over France’s form against the Pumas…1. New FacesDeprived of several of his leading players because of the Top 14 semi-finals, coach Guy Noves took a raw 28-man squad to Argentina and seven new caps were selected for the first Test against the Pumas. Three stood out in particular: 21-year-old scrum-half Baptiste Serin, second-row Julien Ledevedec and hooker Remi Bonfils.Experimenting: Guy Noves introduced a number of new faces to the France squad Bare cheek: Louis Picamoles loses his shorts but is a class actBut none of Raphaël Lakafia, Loann Goujon or Kevin Gourdon made much of an impact against Argentina. The trio are Top 14 flankers – big, bruising men but without the athletic, creative dynamism required at international level. In last season’s Six Nations Guy Noves went through Damien Chouly, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Antoine Burban and Bernard Le Roux in his search for quality flankers but the hunt will continue next season.4. Fly-halfThe stage was set for Jules Plisson in the first Test. The Stade Francais fly-half was named captain but he failed to rise to the occasion as the Pumas ran out 30-19 winners. Noves dropped Plisson for the second Test, replacing him with Francois Trinh-Duc, but the veteran fly-half produced the sort of mediocre inconsistency that has characterised his eight-year international career.Mixed bag: Francois Trinh-Duc’s performance was inconsistentcenter_img Rumours of France’s demise have been premature, after levelling the Series against Argentina, we assess reasons for hope in the Les Bleus camp Selected again for the second Test, the trio made the step up from club to Test rugby look easy, and while France are already well served at scrum-half and hooker, the emergence of Ledevedec (at 30 a late bloomer) will offer Noves more options next season in a position where France have few quality players.2. ScrumTogether with veteran lock Yoann Maestri, Ledevedec dominated the line-out battle in the 27-0 thrashing of the Pumas in the second Test, losing just one of their 12 throws and pinching five of their hosts’. It was a similar story in the first Test as the French pack bossed the scrum and line-out.Power up front: Jefferson Poirot was part of an improved scrum effort from France Fortunately Noves, now he’s coaching Les Bleus, understands that Fickou’s best position is at 13, as he showed in his strong showing in the second Test against Argentina. Still only 22, Fickou is maturing physically as well as emotionally, and his vision, strength and deceptive speed will be a potent weapon for France next season.last_img read more

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 16 of Super Rugby

first_imgTuesday Jun 2, 2015 The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 16 of Super Rugby It was another jampacked weekend of rugby, so if you missed any of the Super Rugby action, the guys at the Shortball have stepped up to put together their recap of all the best action.As always, there’s the Try of the Week, which is a beauty from the Hurricanes, some big hits and a few funnies. Watch the Laurie Weeks punches on Jannie du Plessis here.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Volunteers needed for Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run #Limerick

first_imgNewsHealthVolunteers needed for Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run #LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 22, 2016 1350 The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run that started at the award winning People’s Park surrounded by Georgian Limerick and wound its through the historical, sporting and cultural sites, such as The Living Bridge at the University of Limerick, The Treaty Stone and Thomond Park Stadium, before finishing on Limericks O’Connell Street.Picture: Sean Curtin FusionshootersORGANISERS of the seventh annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run are calling on volunteers to help make this year’s event another amazing success on Sunday May 1, 2016.The biggest participation event outside of Dublin, the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run (BHGLR) includes a marathon, half marathon, relay-marathon and six mile race. BHGLR organisers say this year’s event will build on the success of 2015 and promises to be even bigger and better.Putting out the call for volunteers, race director John Cleary explained that volunteers play a crucial and winning role for the event to operate smoothly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run could not go ahead without the amazing support of the local community in Limerick on the weekend of the event,” said Mr Cleary.“We are looking to get volunteers for a number of sectors of the event. Volunteers are required for the day of the race as well as at our Expo event on Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30 in the University of Limerick Arena,” he announced.Volunteer roles will range from manning water stations along the BHGLR route to the distribution of medals and refreshments at the race end.  At the Expo volunteers roles include handing out t-shirts and goody bags to participants. Every volunteer will receive a certificate from the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run acknowledging their participation in the event as well as a volunteer t-shirt and food and refreshments on the day. Health and safety training will also be provided prior to the race.For more information on how to volunteer email [email protected] Daragh [email protected] Email Previous articleSoccer: Russell expecting challenge from Cobh as Limerick get EA Sports Cup run underwayNext articleUse your seat belt appeal launched for Easter Weekend Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Print Twitterlast_img read more

Foreclosures, Delinquencies Drop Year-Over-Year

first_img April 11, 2017 1,320 Views  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosures, Delinquencies Drop Year-Over-Year On Tuesday, CoreLogic released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for January 2017, which analyzes rates of delinquency and foreclosure. Overall, delinquency rates saw steady drops year-over-year. In January 2017, 5.3 percent of mortgages were delinquent by 30 days or more, a 1.1 percent percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate year-over-year.“The 30-plus delinquency rate, the most comprehensive measure of mortgage performance, is at a 10-year low and rapidly declining,” said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “While late-stage delinquencies remain in the pipeline in selected markets, early-stage delinquency performance is stellar and the lowest it’s been in two decades. The continued improvement in mortgage performance bodes well for the health of the market in 2017.”The foreclosure inventory rate in January 2017 dropped year-over-year as well, from 1.1 percent in January 2016 to 0.8 percent in January 2017. Additionally, the serious delinquency rate, or loans 90 days or more past due, dropped from 2.4 percent to 2.1 percent year-over-year.Another drop was seen in early-stage delinquencies, or those that are 30-59 days past due. Early stage delinquencies dropped year-over-year from January 2016’s 1.2 percent to 0.9 percent“Steady job and income growth, combined with full-doc underwriting, has led to low early-stage delinquencies,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “January’s 0.9 percent transition rate for current to 30 days late is lower than a year ago and much lower than the 1.5 percent average from 2000 and 2001, during which the foreclosure rate was, conversely, lower than it is today.”CoreLogic additionally analyzed transition rates, as it states “early-stage delinquencies can be volatile.” 0.9 percent of mortagges went from current to 30 days past due in January 2017, another year-over-year drop, as that rate was 1.2 percent in January 2016. The transition rate previously peaked in November 2008 at 2 percent.Read more from CoreLogic’s report here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Delinquency Foreclosure Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Wells Fargo Reclaims $75 Million from Execs Next: Consumers Slowly Getting Savvier About Finances in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News About Author: Seth Welborn Foreclosures, Delinquencies Drop Year-Over-Year Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Delinquency Foreclosure 2017-04-11 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill loses High Court challenge to SIPO investigation

first_img Previous articleCouncillor Frank McBrearty strongly rejects Fianna Fail ‘intimidating’ email claims – view the emailNext articleHospital manager says chapel will be retained, but not necessarily in the same location News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has lost his High Court challenge against an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into alleged duplication of expenses claims.The case relates to an investigation concerning travel and subsistence claims made by Mr Ó Domhnaill between 2006 and 2007, when he was a member of Donegal County Council.The commission was due to begin a public session concerning the expenses matter last June, but that did not proceed after Mr Ó Domhnaill secured leave from the High Court to bring his challenge.He wanted it heard by a commission comprising of bilingual members, who were able to conduct and understand the proceedings without the assistance of an interpreter.Judge Desmond Hogan today ruled against the Senators challenge stating that a ruling will be made about the costs of the challenge at the end of the month. WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twittercenter_img Facebook Twitter Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill loses High Court challenge to SIPO investigation Pinterest News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 13, 2014 last_img read more

Stories, sweet potatoes and spirituals

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Jaine Treadwell is features editor of The Messenger. Contact her at [email protected] Book Nook to reopen You Might Like The time for action is now Imagine this. You’re floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a small boat with no food and no… read more Recently, my thoughts have been on the influence members of the black community had on my life – on who I am.My granddaddy had a farm with a long row of tenant houses just behind ours. Some of my best childhood friends – Oralene, Tince and Louise – lived in those houses.Eunice, Amos, Lizzy, Pink, Aunt Beaty, Uncle Fox and Booley lived there, too, and they were the ones who fostered my love of storytelling, spirituals and sweet potatoes.Some of my fondest memories are of afternoons and early evenings spent sitting on the front porch of Amos and Eunice’s house listening to the stories and tales they told and eating a cold, baked sweet potato from the oven of Eunice’s wood stove.There was something magical about being there, serenaded by crickets and katydids and watching lightning bugs flicker.Sometimes we would just sit and listen to Aunt Beaty sing or Booley play the jaw harp. I learned to love the plaintive songs that I first heard on the front porch at twilight and the simple stories about simple people and simple life.Mama often told me about the time she heard Amos’ car leave. She knew Eunice was with him and their house was empty.When I didn’t come right home, Mama started calling me but I didn’t answer. She called louder and Mama could call loud. Finally, I answered.“Where are you?” she hollered.“Just sittin’ over here with Booley.”Because I had not answered the first time Mama called me, she had a peach tree switch waiting for me when I got home.But I didn’t want to stop listening to Booley’s story. I never wanted to stop the stories, the songs, I heard on the front porch of that ol’ tenant house. Those days, those nights, those gentle, caring people are a part of me. My life is richer because of them.Alabama author Fannie Flagg wrote: “Alabama is a state where, being so poor and living so close together, there were thousands of kindnesses between the races – both white to black and black to white. Kindnesses and sweetnesses that will never be known or believed because of the unending dark cloud of our past.”As we celebrate Black History Month, perhaps the greatest sadness of all would be if the kindnesses and sweetnesses such as those I have known are not remembered, or even worse, not believed. Perhaps, it was because of labor disputes, organized crime, the Great Depression and resistance to American soldiers dying in distant rice paddies and jungles. Perhaps, Americans were too busy burning bras and flags and smoking pot to notice. Perhaps the growing pains of a young country were the reasons – the blame.But, for whatever reason, America has moved ahead and is working to correct the injustices that were done. However, the issue of slavery seems to surface and resurface to hold this country in bondage.Who was to blame for slavery? Email the author Stories, sweet potatoes and spirituals Skip Sponsored Contentcenter_img February has been designated Black History Month and it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments by and contributions of African-Americans, past and present.It’s also a time to remember the sacrifices and struggles that have brought African-Americans to the place they are today.Why it took our country more than 100 years to recognize people of the black community as more than second-class citizens is a mystery. Perhaps, the focus of the young country was directed toward a long, difficult period of Reconstruction after the War Between the States, then two World Wars, a “conflict” and an undeclared war in Southeast Asia. Was it the warring chiefs in Africa who sold their own people into slavery? Was it those who herded black men and women onto ships and brought them into slavery? Was it those who sold them on the auction block or those who bought them?The blame probably belongs all up and down the line.Sadly, some form of slavery has existed since the beginning of mankind and, even sadder, it continues today in some places, in some forms.Thankfully, America is a different country than it was a hundred years ago, even 20 or 10 years ago. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Published 8:21 pm Friday, February 14, 2014 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Hurricane Dorian lashes Florida as storm makes its way up US coast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian continued to amble its way up along Florida’s east coast early Wednesday morning, lashing the Sunshine State with heavy rain and gusty winds. Dorian has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 105 mph, but forecasters warn the slow-moving storm still poses a threat to the southeastern United States and could possibly make landfall as it inches closer to the Carolinas.The eye of the storm has remained offshore of Florida but is starting to collapse, causing the outer rain bands to extend even further away from the center and strike coastal communities. Tropical storm force winds are reaching a whopping 175 miles away from the center. Wind gusts near 70 mph were reported Wednesday morning in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, according to ABC News meteorologists.Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5, the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record. The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, leveling dozens of buildings, flooding roads and submerging an airport. At least seven people were killed on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas, where the storm made landfall.Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis took an initial air tour of the devastation on Tuesday but said authorities haven’t been able to make a full assessment on the ground yet. He described the islands as “decimated” and the destruction “unprecedented.” “We can expect more deaths to be recorded,” Minnis told reporters Tuesday. “Our priority at this time is search, rescue and recovery.” The British Royal Navy was expected to deliver food to the hard-hit Abaco Islands Tuesday evening, according to the Bahamian prime minister. The U.S. Department of State said it is also providing humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it has rescued dozens of people there.Theo Neilly, the Bahamas consul general to the United States, said the greatest need is for water, non-perishable food, generators, tents and tarp poles. “We’re receiving supplies and we’re looking for people who can assist with shipping,” Neilly told ABC News on Tuesday.Dorian finally began to pick up some speed Tuesday morning and slowly moved away from the Bahamas toward Florida’s east coast, along which it’s moving on a parallel. Hurricane warnings and watches stretch from northeast Florida to North Carolina. Meanwhile, tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued from central Florida to southern Virginia. Flash flooding, storm surge and tornadoes are all possible for the southeastern U.S. coast this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.Evacuation orders were in effect for dozens of coastal communities from Florida to North Carolina. Well over 3,000 flights within the United States have been cancelled this week due to the weather. Dorian is forecast to pass Savannah, Georgia, early Thursday morning and then come close to Charleston, South Carolina, that afternoon as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds near 100 mph. From there, the storm will approach North Carolina’s coast and possibly even make landfall on the state’s barrier islands, Outer Banks, by early Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph.Dorian is expected to make a turn back out to sea by Friday evening. Until then, the storm is expected to dump up to 10 inches of rain on the coastal Carolinas, as much as 6 inches from Florida’s Daytona Beach to the Georgia-South Carolina border, and another 6 inches on southeast Virginia. As much as 15 inches of rainfall may accumulate in certain isolated locations, according to the National Hurricane Center. South Carolina’s coast will be particularly vulnerable to dangerous storm surge, which could reach 8 feet above ground from Isle of Palms to Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branches

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branches previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branchesFarrell Heyworth is now listing 2,000 properties on the portal just months after announcing it was adopting a ‘hub’ approach.Nigel Lewis23rd December 20200497 Views Leading North-West independent estate agency Farrell Heyworth has officially re-joined Zoopla.The 29-year-old agency caused a stir during the pandemic when it announced that it establishing seven ‘hub’ and ‘super-hub’ offices in Preston, Garstang, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Lancaster, Chorley, Clevelys and Morecombe.These are the branches left after the company cut its original network by 60% during the pandemic from 18 branches following a review that was begun in June. Zoopla, like Rightmove, charges per branch so Farrell Heyworth brings a lower number of offices to the portal than it would have a year ago.Farrell Heyworth appears to have been planning the move for some time; in February it advertised for a marketing manager to help manage both its Rightmove and Zoopla accounts as part of the job description.The agency had previously listed with Zoopla before quitting, but the portal says this was not related to an OTM membership and its ‘one other portal’ rule, as is often the case.ChangesJeremy Collins, Group Director at Farrell Heyworth, says: “This year we have made a lot of changes at Farrell Heyworth consolidating [the] branch network… while still operating in all of our North West markets.“Returning to Zoopla will help support our super-branch proposition, offering vendors and landlord’s properties the widest possible exposure to the market.“2021 will be our 30th year helping clients move and find a new home in the North West, our theme for the new year is ‘Let’s make 2021 the best year ever’ so re-joining Zoopla is part of that ambition.”The agency has already begun uploading its 2,000 properties to Zoopla.jeremy collins farrell heyworth Zoopla December 23, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Service

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Service “These are indeed exciting times”, 723 Squadron Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Shand told the assembled guests as the Royal Australian Navy marked the introduction of the Bell 429 helicopter into service with a ceremony at HMAS Albatross on 5th June.“Since 1953, when 723 and the RAN received its first helicopters, 723 Squadron has continuously operated rotary wing aircraft including, Sycamores Scouts, Wessex, Iroquois, Kiowas, Squirrels and the A109.” Commander Shand said. “During this process I believe 723 has evolved into a rotary wing training centre of excellence and today this tradition continues with the latest incarnation, the very contemporary 429.“Raytheon Australia secured the contract to provide the Navy with three Bell helicopters under the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI).Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Peter Laver said the RMI was a very successful program. “It’s ensured our junior aircrew are able to develop their aviation skills prior to operational conversion to front line aircraft types, specifically the MRH90 Taipan and S-70B-2 Seahawk. The introduction of the Bell 429 will expose crews to some of the most advanced technology in rotary wing aviation today.”LS Aaron Smits of 723 Squadron intends to take full advantage of these exciting times and the opportunities the Bell 429 will provide. “I’ll be trained as an aircrewman in the Bell”, he said, “so while I’ll be doing the same utility evolutions I’ve been doing in the Squirrel, it’s obviously going to be in a bigger aircraft with a bigger winch and the ability to pick up a lot more people, so the Bell is going to advance my capability and my training which will great for my career.”“The Squirrel was a nice challenge”, LS Smits said, “but the Bell will be a bigger challenge, it’s state of the art, the bees knees with everything you’d want, so it will be really exciting to be in such a capable aircraft and go away and do all the things we need to do in the navy”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 7, 2012; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Australian Industry news View post tag: 429 View post tag: Bell View post tag: News by topic Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Servicecenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Royal June 7, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Service View post tag: into Share this articlelast_img read more