Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileMutual Benefits Assurance Plc is a general and life insurance company in Nigeria providing services for underwriting and risk management as well as retail and microfinance banking. General insurance covers the protection of assets and indemnification of other parties; and Life insurance covers risk of premature death, disability, critical illness and other accidents. The company also offers property insurance, fire and special perils insurance, professional indemnity, liability/bond insurance, goods-in-transit insurance, personal insurance, keyman assurance and mortgage protection. Mutual Benefits Assurance has business interests in real estate development and management and operates a Microfinance Bank which provides retail and microfinance banking services at a community level. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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In spite of the likely economic gloom ahead of us, I think all could prove great additions, over time.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…ISA having some of that!The first stock has been on my watchlist forever. Irn-Bru owner AG Barr (LSE: BAG). To be sure, Barr won’t escape the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown. With pubs, bars and cafes closed, it’s been dependent on supermarket sales to keep going. This, however, should prove a short-term blip. The company is sound and has a great portfolio of brands, including Funkin cocktail mixers and Rubicon to support sales of its legendary orange beverage. Returns on capital employed are reassuringly decent and the firm’s balance sheet also looks solid. Barr’s stock rarely goes on sale. Having more than halved in value over the last year, however, it’s changing hands for less than its average valuation over the last five years (18 vs 21 times forecast earnings).No investment is without risk, and current predictions could still prove optimistic. Nevertheless, I suspect the margin of safety is such that now is the time to at least start adding it to my ISA. Down but not outWhile AG Barr is a new holding, I’ve also been adding to my existing stake in high street baker and FTSE 250 member Greggs (LSE: GRG).Some may think this a strange choice, particularly if a second coronavirus wave puts an end to the lifting of lockdown restrictions. There’s also a possibility revenue and profits don’t recover as swiftly as first thought, due to the prolongation of social distancing.But let’s get real. Greggs surely has a better chance of coming out of the coronavirus storm than most on the high street. A firm selling low-ticket baked treats is unlikely to be impacted as much as those selling discretionary items. A new TV or phone purchase can be postponed. I’m not convinced people will apply the same rationale to a steak bake. Now factor in Greggs’ strong brand, history of savvy marketing, and excellent free cash flow.This is why I expect to continue holding this company in my ISA for many years to come. Gaming for growthA final ISA purchase I’ve made is actually a fund. Notwithstanding this, I do think it could generate returns to rival the stocks mentioned above. The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports UCITS ETF tracks the performance of 25 companies. All derive a large proportion of their revenue from this hot sector. As I’m sure you know, gaming has been immensely popular over the lockdown period.Although small, the fund is arguably a safer option than buying a single developer. The latter’s fortunes can be highly dependent on only a few titles at any one time. With this ETF, an investor can mitigate that hit-and-miss risk.At the end of April, the VanEck fund had returned 27.5% since its inception last June. It is, of course, unlikely to deliver this consistently. Nevertheless, the industry’s strong growth prospects make me sufficiently bullish to add it to my ISA. The fund has a total expense ratio of 0.55%.
63 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 March 2015 | News Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Home Retail Group in £3m partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Support is partnering with home and general merchandise retailer Home Retail Group in an initiative that should raise £3 million for the charity by March 2017.Macmillan was selected by Home Retail Group colleagues to be their new UK charity partner following a staff vote. The company owns Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The partnership was launched with a ‘Go Mad Go Green’ fundraising day in offices and branches of these stores.In Ireland the partnership is with the Irish Cancer Society.National fundraising eventsThe Group and its 47,000 staff are committed to supporting Macmillan’s national fundraising events Night In and World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. In addition they have planned fundraising activity linked to key trading periods for the business such as seasonal launches.Homebase will also involve Macmillan in the launch of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden in May this year as part of the partnership.Macmillan will also work with Home Retail Group to share cancer awareness messages via the company’s internal and customer facing communications channels.Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said:“We are all absolutely delighted to be launching a new partnership with Home Retail Group today. Our year one fundraising target of £1.5million could pay for over 55,500 Macmillan nursing hours, enabling us to provide a phenomenal amount of dedicated and specialised cancer care. The opportunity presented by our new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3million to help the 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today is one I know will make a great deal of difference to Macmillan’s ambition which is to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.” Advertisement 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Linkedin Live Blog: Medical School Receives Preliminary Accreditation ReddIt ReddIt Megan Guter Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter printA display of 22 pairs of combat boots – representing the number of veterans who commit suicide every day – sat in front of Frog Fountain.Silence filled the TCU Commons Wednesday night while around 60 people held lit candles to remember the lives lost to suicide.Since 2010, seven TCU students have died by suicide, said Eric Wood, associate director of Counseling and Mental Health.During the candlelight vigil, Rev. Todd Boling tearfully read a message from a student and veteran who was directly affected by suicide when his friend and fellow veteran took his own life.Brenna Wolfskill, a first-year nutrition major, went to the vigil to pay respects for fallen veterans and family members.“My dad is a veteran and he hasn’t gone through anything, but it’s important to be here and support veterans and let them know we care,” Wolfskill said. “My cousin also committed suicide, so I know the importance of mental health and suicide awareness.”TCU community holds vigil during 2018 National Suicide Prevention Week. Photo by Megan GuterThe vigil was the last event during National Suicide Prevention week and offered students a time to mourn their losses.“Tonight is a time to reflect and remember,” said Brad Stewart, associate director of TCU’s Wellness Center. “It’s important to see groups of individuals here for the same cause knowing that you’re not alone.With National Suicide Prevention week coming to a close, Stewart wants to remind students of the resources on campus.“The Need to Talk is on the back of every student ID, that is linked to TCU resources,” Stewart said.If you or someone you know are dealing with thoughts of suicide or in need of mental health counseling, contact the 24/7 counseling hotline at 817-257-7233 or go to the counseling and mental health center website. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution The Leap: Which TCU faculty member are you? Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Facebook Linkedin Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Review: Christian Bale goes above and beyond in Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Facebook Review: Ali and Mortensen bring the ’60s to life in Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ Previous articleSouth Africa study abroad sparks conversation on cost of programsNext articleHoroscope: September 14, 2018 Megan Guter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU community holds vigil during 2018 National Suicide Prevention Week. Photo by Megan Guter + posts Megan Guter is a senior journalism major and FTDM minor from New Orleans, Louisiana. Megan is an aspiring fashion icon and pop culture enthusiast. She loves reality television, boybands, and New Orleans to an extreme level. She is also a co-host at TCU’s one and only celebrity entertainment podcast, Celebrity Dish. Geaux Frogs!
Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Gatherings The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Celebrated Grand Opening of Chuan Spa STAFF REPORTS | Photography by RUPERT THORPE/SOCIAL PHOTO EVENTS Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 7:02 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News On Wednesday, June 18, The Langham Huntington unveiled its luxurious new Chuan Spa with a star-studded evening. The invitation-only soiree was attended by Los Angeles and Pasadena tastemakers as well as Hollywood celebrities from popular TV shows including Pretty Little Liars, Dexter, and Vampire Diaries.The celebrated evening highlighted the unique offerings at the spa with demonstrations from Mistral LHE, PRIORIÂ®, Kerstin Florian, HydraFacial MDÂ®, Deborah Lippmann and La Bella Donna that took place in the Salon area. Guests enjoyed hand massages, make-up refreshers, eye de-puffers, and cutting-edge laser demos. Fans of Chuan Spa included Melody Thornton who loved testing the Mistral LHE and raved about the companyâ€™s Neova product line. Bethany Joy Lenz took advantage of being pampered at the event with a Deborah Lippmann hand massage. She also discovered her Chuan element by filling out the five element questionnaire that determines whether you are wood, fire, earth, metal or water. Following the event, Bethany enjoyed a casual dinner with her daughter at the hotelâ€™s Terrace restaurant that overlooks the pool.During the evening, guests dined on light bites from the Chuan Lifestyle menu including Roasted Sweet Corn Bisque, Asian Mushroom Ramen, Trio of Carrot and sipped healthy juice shots from Pressed Juicery that will be available at the spa.The event featured a silent auction that benefitted the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund where guests bid on luxe prizes including gift sets from Kerstin Florian, PRIORIÂ®, ZIRH, Mistral LHE products and Deborah Lippmann as well as a private shopping party at JOIE, â€œA Day in the Sunâ€ package with swimwear from Gottex and Ondademar as well as overnight packages featuring spa treatments at Chuan Spas around the world at The Langham, London; The Langham, Melbourne; The Langham, Xintiandi in Shanghai; The Langham Place, Mongkok in Hong Kong; The Langham, Chicago and The Langham Huntington in Pasadena.The Langham Huntington was proud to raise more than $4,000 from the silent auction!The Langham Huntington Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 568-3900 or visit pasadena.langhamhotels.com. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeauty 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website
News Updates2008 Malegaon Blast Case Hearing To Resume On Day To Day Basis From December :NIA Informs Bombay HC Nitish Kashyap25 Nov 2020 5:56 AMShare This – xThe National Investigation Agency informed the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that the Special NIA Court will resume hearing in the 2008 Malegaon Blast Trial on a day-to-day basis in December and the next date of hearing before the trial court is November 26, i.e. tomorrow.A Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik was hearing an application filed by Nisar Ahmed Haji…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Investigation Agency informed the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that the Special NIA Court will resume hearing in the 2008 Malegaon Blast Trial on a day-to-day basis in December and the next date of hearing before the trial court is November 26, i.e. tomorrow.A Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik was hearing an application filed by Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, a victim of the blast who also lost his son to the blast which killed five others and injured more than a hundred people. The victim seeks to intervene in accused Lt. Colonel Prasad Purohit’s petition challenging the sanction given to prosecute him as an accused in the case.Victim’s lawyer Senior Advocate BA Desai asserted the victim’s right to be heard in the petition. “Have you been allowed to intervene in the trial court?”,Justice Shinde asked.”Yes, your lordship, I have been allowed to intervene before the trial court as well as other matters before the Supreme Court related to this case”, Desai submitted.Appearing on behalf of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Adv Neela Gokhale opposed the intervention application and submitted that her client’s petition is regarding the sanction granted to prosecute him and whether he was discharging his duty as an army officer in the case. “He may be of assistance in the trial court but not in the High Court. The learned Additional Solicitor General (For NIA) can ably assist the Court”, Adv Gokhale argued.Responding to that, Desai submitted that the accused number 1 is Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, (Bhopal MP from BJP), she is not getting prosecuted despite several charges against her. Adv Gokhale intervened stating that Lt Col Purohit is accused number 9 in the case. Court told Desai that the compilation of judgments submitted by him has been received and order in his application will be passed on Friday, November 27. The bench then asked the counsel for National Investigation Agency Advocate Sandesh Patil what was the stage of the trial.”Out of the 400 witnesses, 140 have been examined. The trial got stalled as the presiding judge was transferred and the new judge has not been able to take charge because of Covid-19. However the trial is set to resume on a day to day basis in December. The next date is November 26″, Patil told the Court.Finally, the bench said it will pronounce the order on the intervention application on November 27 and the plea filed by Lt Col Purohit will be heard on December 3.Previously, arguing on behalf of Purohit in his plea, former Attorney General of India Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted -“Gross injustice has been done to my client, the petitioner, being an officer of military intelligence. He was framed in this case and after spending eight years in jail he was released by the Supreme Court.He was infiltrating ‘these groups’ on behalf of the military intelligence branch and no prior sanction to prosecute Lt Col Purohit was taken before the cognizance of offence was taken. After being released on bail he was reinstated in service. Whatever he was doing, he was simply discharging his duty.”Next Story
As demand grows for rented homes, supply is, in many areas, short to non-existent. So rents are rising, not desperately quickly, or by huge amounts, according to HomeLet’s research and not everywhere.However, some people have to blame someone and who better than the letting agents?It is certainly an easy call for EasyRoommate, which looked into its data to provide a report of the flat-share market for Q2 2016.They say: “crucial figures regarding the evolution of flat share market (price evolution, average age of the UK roommate, top 10 of the priciest cities to rent a room) and the analysis of Albin Serviant, CEO of EasyRoommate.They report three main noticeable trends stand out from this new report:Flatmates have increased (up to 27 per cent) their budget in four years due to higher rental prices over the years.Agencies are at very heart of the housing boom.For young professionals, flat share is the cheapest alternative to classic rental.Albin Serviant, CEO, says, “Letting agency fees in England are totally unregulated. Every time you are using an estate agency to find your next accommodation, you might incur extra fees. Meanwhile, Scotland decided to ban those hidden fees… in 2012! So what are we waiting for? Rent fees needs to be regulated!”Meanwhile, others are grumbling about the Government’s plans to improve the energy efficiency of rented housing, saying that it will increase rents for tenants.New laws mean that from 2018 it will be illegal to rent out property with the worst energy efficiency levels, but the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that having removed all support for landlords to fund this, the impact will be to raise rents for tenants.Nearly a third of private rented housing was constructed before 1919 making them some of the hardest to treat properties for energy efficiency improvements. With fuel poverty a bigger challenge in the private rented sector as a result, the RLA argues it is remiss that the Government’s consultation, closing this week, on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) makes no reference to the private rented sector.RLA Policy Consultant, Richard Jones, said, “Whilst we all want to see improvements in the energy efficiency of homes to rent, that cannot come at the expense of driving up rents.“The Government’s proposals will amount simply to another tax on tenants.”Peter Armistead, a property investor with 100 properties in Manchester, said the Government should be providing alternative support, now the Green Deal has ended, to help fund energy efficiency improvements. “Landlords have been bombarded with new tax measures over the last 12 months and this is yet another cost that some landlords will have to face. Landlords can’t be expected to absorb all these new taxation measures and just stand back and watch their profits being eroded. Unfortunately, it will be tenants that will have to bare the brunt of these costs through higher rents.”And finally, Paul Smith (left), CEO of haart estate agents, commented on last week’s ONS Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, “Today’s data shows UK private housing rental prices increased 2.6 per cent on the year as affordability issues in the sales market push up demand and therefore prices in the rental sector. While the number of properties available to rent surged following a rush from buy-to-let investors in advance of the stamp duty changes on the 1st April, we are now seeing a decline in stock as investors withdraw from the market. Ironically, the government’s efforts to help first-time buyers by penalising investors, could end up hindering them as a shortage of rental properties will drive up rents in the long term, making it more difficult to save up for a deposit.”HomeLet research letting agents estate agents flat share market flatmates August 15, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Letting agents under attack again previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agents under attack again“Estate agents are really roofless! We all hate estate agents, now here’s another reason,” says a flatsharing websiteThe Negotiator15th August 20160632 Views
View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Endurance View post tag: Bluefin Bluefin Robotics, a Quincy-based provider of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), announced that the company, in support of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has successfully completed a long-endurance UUV mission from Boston to New York totaling over 100 hours with NRL’s Reliant “Heavyweight” UUV.The multi-day mission exercised UUV autonomy methods and demonstrated the capability of a high capacity energy configuration. Further, the endurance test was designed to push the boundaries of traditional UUVs with the objective to uncover the challenges and requirements for significantly extending UUV endurance for new applications. The exercise is part of a series to support NRL’s research in UUV-based technology for the US Navy.Reliant, is an advanced version of the Bluefin-21 vehicle and, when equipped with a Low Frequency Broadband (LFBB) sonar payload, is the prototype SMCM UUV Knifefish system for the US Navy. The vehicle navigates using a fiber-optic gyro-based INS along with supplemental data from a GPS and a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) to enable precise navigation underwater for long endurance missions. Reliant utilizes Bluefin’s modular vehicle design that enabled the team to easily remove the payload section and add additional energy sections increasing the system’s energy capacity to nearly 40 kWh of power. Configuration took place over only a few days at Bluefin’s headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts.The team mobilized the vehicle on the Boston Harbor Cruise’s, M/V Matthew J. Hughes, and deployed it outside Boston Harbor. To optimize for endurance and range, the vehicle traveled at an average speed of 2.5 knots at 10 meters water depth, resurfacing every 20 kilometers for navigation updates over GPS. Team members on M/V Matthew J. Hughes and onshore were able to receive vehicle status information over Iridium satellite system. While the support vessel was available, it did not provide navigational updates to the UUV, leaving the system to travel completely autonomously. After 109 hours of operation and transiting over 500 kilometers through strong currents, the system successfully reached its end point in New York Harbor with 10% of its battery life remaining.The overall effort was funded by the Office of Naval Research.[mappress]Press Release, October 31, 2013; Image: Bluefin Robotics View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Mission View post tag: NRL View post tag: Long View post tag: Round Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bluefin, NRL Round Off Long-Endurance UUV Mission Equipment & technology Share this article View post tag: usa October 31, 2013 View post tag: UUV USA: Bluefin, NRL Round Off Long-Endurance UUV Mission
Roads media enquiries Roadworks are the bane of drivers’ lives, causing delays and costing the UK economy £4.3 billion a year. Permit schemes are proven to reduce the length of roadworks, allowing motorists to have fewer disrupted journeys and reducing the burden on businesses. More councils should look at adopting permit schemes, as well as lane rental schemes in due course, to help drivers get to work and visit friends and family quickly and safely. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 An evaluation report, by Ecorys, published today (June 18 2018) by the Department for Transport shows permit schemes – where companies apply to highways authorities to carry out works – help reduce the length of disruption from roadworks by more than 3 days. It also showed these scheme cut the number of overrunning roadworks.Permit schemes cover works on all local roads and can be complemented by lane rental, where utility companies are charged daily for digging up the busiest roads at peak times. Lane rental guidance will be issued later this year.Around 65% of authorities now have in place these schemes, which are making a real difference. The remaining 35% are being asked to introduce them so that their local communities can benefit from this positive impact on journeys.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Permit schemes, which were introduced in 2010, give councils more control over roadworks. Local authorities can also add conditions to the roadworks, such as the time when works can start and end, limits on the number of days they can be in place and where equipment should be stored, to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Councils may charge a fee to cover the administration costs of permits.This follows the announcement of a national rollout of lane rental schemes later this year which will see companies charged up to £2,500 a day to carry out works on busy roads. Pilot lane rental schemes in London and Kent have seen congestion on the busiest roads drop, saving drivers time and boosting the economy.It also comes after Transport Secretary called on companies to carry out works on pavements, where possible, instead of under roads to avoid any disruption to motorists. More details will be revealed in due course.
Chicago-based jam outfit Mungion (pronounced Mung-Yin) has been turning heads since bursting onto the scene in the spring of last year. With excitement building from their exploratory live outings, Mungion’s steadily growing fan base has been eagerly awaiting the band’s first full-length studio offering, Scary Blankets, released today on iTunes and various other platforms. Despite high expectations, the album does not disappoint, delivering a satisfying taste of their wide-ranging abilities and influences. The ambitious eight-track set serves as a sort of sonic resume for the fledgling act. With time allotted for showing off the well-trained musical abilities of each individual band member, as well as the complex compositional abilities of the band as a whole, Scary Blankets never loses hold of your interest and attention over its entire hour-long run time. The album begins with the 13-minute jazz-fusion epic “Beneath The Shallows,” featuring jazz-inspired composed instrumental sections, sunny, note-perfect vocal harmonies, a slow-burning piano vamp, and a ripping guitar peak with shades of Derek Trucks’ signature tone. The next track, “Myrtle,” brings out the funk, as up-tempo percussion and chunky, wah-drenched keyboard grooves segue into jazz-infused rock with the help of some economically utilized digital delay before a hypnotic, Abbey Road-esque close-harmony vocal vamp brings the song to a close.The inspiration of their jam scene peers is evident throughout. “Schvingo” and “Hindsight,” built from catchy, strolling bass lines and prog-guitar wailing both deliver handily, displaying the influences of well-loved acts on the band, from Pat Metheny to Frank Zappa to Jimmy Herring and beyond. These influences are perhaps most obvious on songs like “Nuthead,” a character-based, multi-movement composition that inevitably reminds of another “-head” from a certain legendary Vermont quartet. While their influences and stylistic tendencies are pretty obvious throughout, it’s clear that the band sought to create a set of music that was rich, varied and immersive — not just a collection of tunes, but a cohesive, complex sonic story that keeps the listener on their toes. Over the course of the album’s 57+ minutes, the group manages to simultaneously sound enjoyably familiar and refreshingly original. Scary Blankets is an impressive first installment for a band that continues to show tremendous potential. Mungion has officially arrived, and from the way things sound, we’ve only just scratched the surface of what they have to offer. You can check them out live in their hometown this weekend, where the band is set to play a Phish afterparty at Chicago’s Tonic Room on June 24th.Stream the whole album via SoundCloud below: