Business leaders back universal payroll giving scheme idea

first_imgBusiness leaders back universal payroll giving scheme idea According to research carried out for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the majority of company directors would support the government’s introduction of a universal payroll giving scheme, which would enable all PAYE employees to give tax effectively to charities.Currently only 44% of PAYE employees have access to a payroll giving scheme but nevertheless over £100 million is given to charity this way each year.GFK carried out the research for CAF in November, contacting the CEOs, MDs, COOs, and Presidents of 100 companies with no fewer than 500 employees, operating in a range of industries including legal, manufacturing, property, finance, manufacturing, retail and transportation. Advertisement Seventy per cent of those surveyed, all of whom operate a community investment programme, back the idea of a universal payroll giving scheme.Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at CAF, said: “A universal scheme could really help encourage many more people to get involved in regular giving and to continue to give when they move jobs.“We will be discussing with more businesses, charities and government how a universal scheme could work. Payroll giving has existed since 1987 but its full potential has never been realised and if it was millions more could be raised for charities.”Heads of companies that already offer a payroll giving scheme felt it made staff more engaged and nearly two-thirds (65%) said that offering the scheme fulfilled a basic employee demand.www.cafonline.org 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. Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation legacies payroll givingcenter_img Howard Lake | 7 December 2009 | News  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Selby litter bins become collection pots for charity

first_img Melanie May | 13 March 2017 | News Selby District Council is taking part in an initiative that turns rubbish bins into charity collection pots.For three months, all bins within a defined target area, such as a high street, are transformed into charity collection pots featuring a new local charity or cause each month. The more litter that goes into the bins, and the less on the ground, the more money the featured charity/cause receives from an allocated budget.The project is funded by The Wrigley Company and delivered in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy and local land managers of the locations where the initiative takes place. Selby is supporting St Leonard’s Hospice this month, with Asthma UK and Macmillan the first charities to benefit during January and February. The Hospice was chosen by public vote. Monitoring of the scheme in January has shown a 39% reduction in the amount of litter dropped on the floor in the town centre, compared to December 2016, while Asthma UK received a £300 donation.Bin it for Good piloted in 2014, in Rayleigh, Essex, which saw a reduction in litter of over 42%, with three local charities receiving more than £1,300 in donations as a result.  240 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31  241 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31center_img Tagged with: Charity Fundraising Ideas Community fundraising corporate Selby litter bins become collection pots for charity 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.last_img read more

Tourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped into

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement Previous articleUL to encourage medical students to travel to GhanaNext article‘Beer Naturally’ aims to revaluate Ireland’s favourite drink admin Email Linkedincenter_img Killaloe/Ballina to exploit natural heritage and cultureRESIDENTS in the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina have set up a group to meet the current recession head-on.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A cross-section of the communities have formed the Ballina-Killaloe Business Association.The aim is to attract new enterprise to both River Shannon towns and promote local annual activities, and encourage community groups and business concerns in the towns and their hinterlands to interact and help each other.The idea was the brainchild of Killaloe businesswoman Colette Hanley, who told the Post that “even if it was my idea the people have enthusiastically warmed to the concept and we are now up and running.“If the structures are in place, that will be the first step in our efforts to attract new enterprise into the area.“It will enable us to approach the statutory agencies such as Shannon Development, the Clare Enterprise Board and our local Dail deputies and County Councillors to put our problems and plans” said Colette, owner of Clare Tipp. Properties in Killaloe who is now chairperson of the new Business Association.She went on: “We are trying to get all the businesses under one banner to try and brand both towns with a common goal.“For example, the hotels, taxis, photographers and hair and beauty salons could market themselves collectively under a brand name. Hopefully, it will spread to other areas of business”.The meetings have attracted up to 100 business representatives, including corporate personnel who live in the area and who have offered their expertise and advice.Said committee member Douglas Hyde, co-owner of Satmya, a traditional medical clinic in Killaloe: “People who have come here to live love it and want to see the Lough Derg towns and their surroundings thrive and prosper.“Besides bringing in new people, the aim of the Association is also to help existing businesses to network and work together.“Basically, we want to ride the current recession and sustain and protect what we have in the line of our natural heritage and culture,” he concluded.Business and tourism concerns in the River Shannon/Lough Derg catchment area believe that Killaloe/Ballina are a potential tourism ‘jewel’ yet to be tapped fully.With its Brian Boru tailor-made connections and amenities, the area is ripe for promotion up the tourism ladder.And to add to its attractiveness its proximity to Shannon Airport makes it a major selling point. A champion of Shannon Airport is comedian Brendan Grace.He lives in Florida, and his daughter, Amanda and husband local man Martin, run the Brendan Grace pub in Killaloe. Brendan brings in groups of American’s every year to visit the region and uses his home beside the lake as his Irish base when he is performing here.“Killaloe is where I hang my hat in Ireland” he declared and considers Shannon “the gateway of Irish tourism”.The walls of the pub are covered with photographs of the entertainer with the famous, including Bill Clinton, former U.S. President “one of my dear friends”, the late renowned Italian tenor Pavarotti, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) of Dallas fame and Sir Alex FergusonThe Business Association, as part of its activities, is helping to promote the National Power Boat Championships hosted by the Mid-West Power Boat Club on Saturday and Sunday April 18 and 19, on the River Shannon. Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsTourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped intoBy admin – April 6, 2009 694 last_img read more

City pursues transportation plan

first_img Local NewsGovernment City pursues transportation plan Pinterest Home Local News Government City pursues transportation plan WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By admin – May 23, 2018 center_img The Odessa City Council tasked an engineering firm with crafting a long-term transportation plan to guide future roadwork, including the city’s approach to road maintenance, identifying transportation needs and seeking state funds for major projects.It will cost about $460,000 total and take about 15 months. But city officials say the expense is worthwhile because the plan should save money on costly transportation projects such as road maintenance and construction.“The point is to plan out in the future and see what all we are needing to address and to focus on what we do to try and maximize the dollars for the best effect,” Public Works Director Tom Kerr said, adding the review would help the study identify road problems before they become severe while also guiding development of new roads. “Are our streets being built the best way and in the most efficient and effective way so that they’ll last a long time?”The Odessa City Council unanimously approved paying more than $445,000 to the engineering firm Kimley-Horn, now tasked with crafting a plan meant to guide future road work, including the city’s approach to road maintenance, identifying transportation needs and seeking state funds for major projects.The city administration has already given the firm a smaller contract of $15,000 so the contractor could begin analyzing downtown parking before the school year ends and traffic in the area thins out.“It’s a lot of money but in the big scope of the picture when you look at what you are trying to accomplish — Odessa is growing huge,” District 5 Councilman Mike Gardner said.A wide ranging study by Kimley-Horn is expected to include a review of road upkeep, road conditions, traffic volumes and accidents, traffic signals, and how the city prioritizes and pitches road projects funded by other entities.One resident, Dallas Kennedy, objected to the study during the Tuesday council meeting, saying the money could be better spent elsewhere and pointing to frequent work by the same engineering firm that the city has commissioned, including the University Boulevard widening project underway.Kerr said the study would include valuable cost estimates, and enable staff to better “focus on what we do to try and maximize the dollars for the best effect.” Kerr said the study had not developed a long-term transportation plan in almost 20 years.“The fact is that Odessa is growing in different areas today than it was at that time,” Kerr said. “And so what the consultants do is they evaluate where we are seeing the growth, because that is where you are pressed to do your infrastructure.”City transportation officials also say the study will help in planning projects such as redeveloping downtown, where goals include greater pedestrian traffic and improved lighting.District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and Mayor David Turner were absent from the Tuesday meeting.More InformationIN OTHER BUSINESS, THE CITY COUNCIL:>> Approved minutes from City Council meetings on May 8, May 10 and May 15.>> Authorized the city to apply for and spend a federal grant that would provide a partial payment for bullet proof vests.>> Authorized the Odessa Police Department to buy leather firearm carriers for more than $61,000, using donated funds.>> Approved awarding a more than $242,000 bid to Fab Tech Wastewater Solutions LLC for reconstruction of a wastewater clarifier at the Bob Derrington Water Reclamation Plant.>> Approved an update of the list of officials who can authorize the use of city funds, reflecting recent turnover.>> Approved the more than $114,000 purchase of a bucket truck.>> Opened a public hearing and approved for the first time a request by Shanti Thangam for original zoning of Retail-One on about one acre of vacant land to accommodate a jewelry store east of the intersection of the Highway 191 service road and Rocky Lane Road. Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Previous articleSuspect found in hit and run caseNext articleCOLLEGE SIGNING: Nine ECISD athletes sign letters of intent to continue careers admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Facebook Daylon Swearingen competes in bareback riding during the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at Ector County Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Southern Style Potato SaladTexas Fried ChickenUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Gardai & family increasingly concerned for missing Seamus McCarney

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – August 11, 2020 Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Gardai & family increasingly concerned for missing Seamus McCarney The family of an Omagh man who has been reported missing from Portsalon are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. Seamus McCarney was last seen by Gardai on Friday afternoon in Milford and was heading in the direction of Ramelton on foot.Gardai have received subsequent reports that the 24 year old was seen at Illistrin on the outskirts of Letterkenny later that evening.Garda Niall Maguire has been giving a detailed description of Seamus and says Gardai are very keen to trace his whereabouts:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/missisdfsdfsdfngomagh1pm.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleTwo arrests over aggravated burglaries in DonegalNext articleGarda warning over traffic mayhem at Donegal beauty spots News Highland Google+last_img read more

Rotarians experience ‘Cajun’ culture

first_img Boudreaux told of how he and a friend were mistaken for religious fanatics as they held up warning signs on a busy roadway.Boudreaux’s sign read, “The End is Near!” and his friend’s sign cautioned, “Turn Yourself Around!”Some vehicles heeded the warnings but one car roared on by and a loud crash was heard as it plunged into the river.“Maybe we should have had just one sign that said, ‘Bridge Out,’” Boudreaux said in his thick Cajun accent. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Christopher Barrow sentenced for homicide, 2011 burglary Christopher L. Barrow was sentenced to five years in prison for vehicular homicide and 115 months for third-degree burglary in… read more By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen “Rev Ed” was the program guest of Rotarian Chip Wallace at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday. The “good ol’ Methodist preacher” had the Rotarians slapping their legs in laughter at “Boudreaux the Cajun,” the most requested of Shirley’s characters.Shirley speaks “pert near like a true Cajun” but the jokes, although cleaned up, are still funny.Boudreaux the Cajun entertained the Rotarians with a bushel bag of stories. By Jaine Treadwell Rotarian Lamar Steed thought the Brundidge United Methodist Church preacher was “just a good ol’ Methodist preacher.”Steed thought wrong.The Rev. Ed Shirley is much more than a “good ol’ Methodist preacher.” He’s an accomplished impersonator and a very entertaining showman. Email the author Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Rotarians experience ‘Cajun’ culture Boudreaux the Cajun sang a couple of Cajun songs and ended with “The Cajun Gospel” to the appreciative applause of the Rotarians.Henry Moore, the Club’s immediate past president, said he had no idea that Shirley was so many characters rolled into one.“He’s different, unique,” Moore said with a smile. “He was funny. I mean funny. This preacher has a hidden talent. It was a good program. We all enjoyed him.”Shirley’s characters are many and varied. Among them are the Awakening Preacher, Jonathan Edwards, the Apostle Peter, Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, John Newton and Bishop Francis Asbury.Shirley also portrays another comedic character, Pastor Pugh Hopper. And, he impersonates Elvis, as well as Neil Diamond and Ray Price. And, yes, the preacher can sing, too. 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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

Good day: ‘Many people wondered if this day would ever come’

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Troy and Pike County officials joined representatives of the Pike Animal Shelter Coalition and the PIke County Humane Society for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the much-anticipated shelter. Fundraising efforts for the shelter have been underway for more than eight years, anad the project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016.Dreams came true Tuesday morning, as ground was broken for the long awaited Pike Animal Shelter.A large crowd gathered on the cold, windy February morning to applaud the efforts of private/public partnership that made the dream a reality.Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves said the reality of the Pike Animal Shelter is due to the persistence and dedication of an exceptional group of people who worked hard to get it done. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Good day: ‘Many people wondered if this day would ever come’ Sponsored Content “Many people wondered if this day would ever come,” Reeves said and added laughing that Chris Schubert said some thought it would be a cold day somewhere if it ever happened. “Well, it’s a cold day in Pike County today.”Reeves said the Pike Animal Shelter is the result of the efforts of the entire community coming together, of people who believed in an idea.“I didn’t have a burning desire in the gut about the project until Ed Stephens came to me and said that we need to do better about the animals. He gave me the vision.” Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 10, 2016 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 HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Reeves thanked Walt and Debbie Stell and Andy Murphree for donating the property for the animal shelter and to the city council for its support.“Today, we broke ground on the Pike Animal Shelter. The next time we come together, it will be to cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art animal shelter,” Reeves said.Joey Jackson, Pike County Commission chairman, said the Pike Animal Shelter has been the dream of many but it has taken dedication, persistence and the willingness to work together to make the animal shelter a reality.“It took people putting aside their own interests and working together for common purpose to make this dream come true,” Jackson said. Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Inspiring: Leadership conference seeks to inform, inspire community Above, the youth choir performs during the conference. The 2015 Leadership Conference at Troy University closed at noon on Saturday… read more Jack Rainey, Humane Society of Pike County president, said the groundbreaking day was a great day for all Pike County.“We, at the Humane Society of Pike County had done all we could do and the Pike Animal Shelter Coalition had done all it could do but the Pike Animal Shelter would not have been a reality without the City of Troy floating the bond issue that carried us over the top,” Rainey said.Donna Schubert, chair of the Pike Animal Shelter Coalition, said the belief was always that “this day would come.”“We had all worked hard but we knew that no one could do this alone,” she said. “We knew that the community would have to come together.”Schubert said the coming together of the private and public sectors is the reality of the Pike Animal Shelter.“It was all of us working together,” she said. “It was every child who had a birthday party and said not to give gifts to them, to give to the animals. It was all of us.”The idea for an animal shelter in Pike County originated with Schubert’s public relations class at Troy University in 2007.The students took the idea and ran with it. The baton has been passed to many over the years. With a collective breasting of the tape, the race is done. The celebration of the life of animals has begun. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skiplast_img read more

Firms need educating on disabled staff

first_imgFirms need educating on disabled staffOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Seventy-six per cent of employers in the UK have never had an opportunity toemploy disabled people. This is according to a survey of more than 1,000 employers on employingpeople with disabilities, published to coincide with the launch ofjobability.com, a website designed to help disabled people into work. The study also finds more than a quarter of employers in the hotel,restaurant and retail sectors are reluctant to employ disabled people becauseof other people’s attitudes. Nearly half of the respondents are not aware of any policies or guidelinesat their company relating to employment of disabled people. Almost 30 per cent of respondents said they do not have the requiredfacilities to employ disabled people, despite the fact that employers mustremove or alter any physical barriers to access for disabled people by October2004 under the Disability Discrimination Act. But the survey finds that almost two-thirds of companies employing disabledpeople incurred no extra costs as a result of making the necessary adjustments.Steve Harvey, director of people, profits & loyalty at Microsoft, whichhelped establish jobability.com in partnership with Leonard Cheshire andTotaljobs.com, said: “The findings show there is still a long way to gotowards educating employers and improving employment opportunities for disabledpeople. “At Microsoft, we believe everyone should have the opportunity torealise his or her potential and that means providing disabled people with workopportunities in all our workplaces.” www.jobability.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scotland unlocks £62m fund to support North Sea energy transition

first_img The UK’s latest targets would remove more than nine million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from its operations over the next decade (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Erik Christensen) Policymakers in Scotland have revealed a £62m Energy Transition Fund designed to help the region make low-carbon investment a major part of its post-coronavirus recovery.The funding, to be released over the next five years, will focus on the north-east of the country, particularly Aberdeen, where North Sea oil and gas is a key industry, but one that has come under significant pressure amid the oil price crash that has unfolded in recent months.Several net-zero projects are being considered for acceleration, including a hub for underwater technology in Aberdeen, an energy transition business park and the creation of a hydrogen-fuel manufacturing zone.Scotland’s economic secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Aberdeen is recognised globally as a centre of excellence in oil and gas, and this funding will help ensure that the knowledge, skills and expertise it has to offer will play a vital role in the energy transition.“It is vital we move quickly to seize the opportunity to take forward a green, low-carbon recovery and support the workforce as the energy sector diversifies.“Now is an opportune time to re-imagine the Scotland around us and to begin building a greener, fairer and more equal society and economy focused on wellbeing.”While the UK has set a legally-binding target of reaching net-zero by 2050, Scotland has advanced its legislative timetable to 2045 – with an interim target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030. Developing a hydrogen-fuel infrastructure in north-east Scotland will be a key investment priority of the energy transition fund Energy development fund will help to support transition of North Sea oil and gas sector in ScotlandThe North Sea oil and gas industry, based largely around the city of Aberdeen, is a crucial part of both Scottish and UK economies, but intensifying environmental scrutiny, the gradual exhaustion of offshore reserves, and now the coronavirus-triggered oil market crisis have placed it under growing pressure to change.Trade body UK Oil & Gas (OGUK) warned recently of up to 30,000 jobs being at risk in the UK industry as a result of the crisis, many of which would be based around Scotland’s offshore industry.OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The support from the Scottish government today is good news for jobs, supply chain companies and energy communities.“This significant funding recognises the essential role of Scotland’s offshore oil and gas industry in realising a net-zero Scotland by 2045.”Hyslop added: “This is an extremely difficult time for our business community and we recognise the need to do all we can to help the recovery of key sectors of the economy and Scotland’s regions.“This package of investment for the north-east will support our energy sector as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19 and will help us make significant progress as we move towards net zero.”One of the more notable ambitions of the Energy Transition Fund is to transform this region into a model of developing and using hydrogen – with the Acorn project to create the clean-burning fuel using the region’s abundant natural gas, while using carbon capture and storage technologies to remove emissions and store them under the North Sea floor.Earlier this year, Acorn was awarded £2.7m ($3.5m) by the UK government to advance development of its technology – one of several hydrogen-focused ventures to receive financial backing.last_img read more

UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise

first_img UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise View post tag: Richmond Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Multinational View post tag: HMScenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise August 28, 2013 View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: leads Having arrived at Cape Verde (19th August), the crew of HMS Richmond did not waste any time in putting the theory learnt from the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) (MAOC(N)) briefings (received previously in Lisbon, Portugal), into practice with an intensive training programme.A significant amount of work was conducted with the Cape Verde Coast Guard (CVCG), Marine Police and Judicial Police including boat drills, damage control and fire fighting techniques and also engineering briefs to support improved inter-operability.In addition to a mentoring visit to CVCG cutter N/P Guardiao, a period of sea training was undertaken with HMS Richmond’s boarding teams working closely with their Cape Verde counterparts to develop techniques and procedures.Commenting on the capacity building effort, HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre stated:“The Cape Verde Coast Guard work with the Cape Verde Municipal Police and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) to conduct many of their operations.“As such we are delighted to be able to support this very important work and continue the Royal Navy’s enduring fight against illicit drugs smuggling.”During the training package, HMS Richmond took the opportunity to incorporate the Dutch tanker HNLMS Amsterdam into the exercise for the benefit of all parties.HNLMS Amsterdam was routing through the area and, as the Netherlands form part of the 7 EU member MAOC(N), were delighted to contribute to the exercise.Rolling straight from boarding training with a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from Cape Verde Police, into a flying serial, HMS Richmond’s Lynx conducted a number of deck landings with HNLMS Amsterdam as well as transfer of personnel.The ships then closed to conduct ship handling manoeuvres, before undertaking boarding and counter-narcotics work. This included an historic opportunity to photograph HMS Richmond in company with N/P Guardiao and HNLMS AmsterdamHMS Richmond has worked with the Dutch Navy on numerous occasions since her refit, including during Basic Operational Sea Training, Norwegian Submarine Command Course, Joint Warrior and Directed Continuation Training. This is, however, the first opportunity to work with the Cape Verde authorities.[mappress]Press Release, August 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defencelast_img read more