The Good Exchange removes fees for organisational funders & individual donors

first_img Melanie May | 1 October 2019 | News As of today (1 October) The Good Exchange is making its service free for organisational funders and individual donors, and will also provide a free Gift Aid collection service.The Good Exchange charges a platform service fee, but does not charge set up, monthly subscription or separate financial transaction fees. To determine the fairest way to collect the fee, The Good Exchange conducted two surveys; one through global research company Vanson Bourne to representatives from across the charitable sector, and one to registered users of the platform, asking where they felt responsibility for covering the cost of running online fundraising platforms should lie. Findings from both surveys showed the use of online platforms to be seen as a cost of fundraising, attributable to the charitable organisations benefitting from funds raised in this way. As a result, The Good Exchange has decided to make the platform free to use for funders and donors, with fundraising organisations receiving money through the platform holding ultimate responsibility for payment. However, funders and donors will also have the option to contribute to those fees when giving a grant or making a donation. The Good Exchange will continue to absorb all additional financial transaction fees and on-going running costs within the platform service fee, and will also now provide a completely free Gift Aid collection service. The Good Exchange has published a guide to explain the new fee structure via its website.Ed Gairdner, COO of The Good Exchange, said: “After taking into account views from across the charitable sector where it was clear that the use of online platforms is a cost of fundraising attributable to fundraising organisations, we’re delighted to be announcing this new approach to payment for using our online platform. Whilst we would love to provide a completely free service, to deliver our vision of closing the charitable funding gap, we must continually enhance our offering to attract new funders and donors – and this costs money.“Grant-givers and donors will be able to contribute all or part of the platform service fee for any fundraising project to which they give a grant or donation.”The Good Exchange recently celebrated its third year of operations, which saw the platform disburse over 1,200 grants, with a 74% increase in total grant value to over £2.1m, and a 117% rise in the number of applicant registrations.It has also welcomed a number of funders to the platform this year including County Durham Community Foundation and Sovereign Housing Association, and seen a 70% increase in projects achieving full funding in the last year including Basingstoke Voluntary Action fundraising for its 2018 homeless winter shelter, a radiotherapy centre for Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and a workshop dedicated to providing support for women who have come to the UK from Iraq.The Good Exchange has made a number of updates during the past 12 months. These include enabling grant-giving organisations to extract the information entered by charitable causes seeking funding via its single application form into their grant management/CRM systems, and introducing WhatsApp integration, allowing users to add a WhatsApp ‘share’ icon to their organisation and/or fundraising project page, which supporters of fundraising projects can then use to send instant links to their friends and family to drive donations and awareness. 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  314 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 The Good Exchange removes fees for organisational funders & individual donors Advertisement Tagged with: online fundraising sites  315 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13last_img read more

‘Ultimate’ college town left deserted amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgFacebook + posts Reagan Eyler ReddIt COVID-19 protocols remain up in the air for fall semester Former Fort Worth, TCU Police Department officer dies of COVID-19 and on-duty injury complications ReddIt Reagan Eyler COVID-19 impact on Las Vegas Linkedin Facebook Linkedin Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoodscenter_img printLike all college towns nationwide, social distancing in Boston has had a major impact on life for a city with nearly 15 percent of its population consisting of college students.More than 694,000 people live in Boston this year, according to the World Population Review. It is known to be a large, highly populated college town with 35 colleges and more than 100,000 students.In the state of Massachusetts as a whole, there have been over 15,000 cases of COVID-19 and 356 deaths, according to the CDC. Over 4,000 people have recovered. Having such a large population of college students can cause a different kind of impact from COVID-19.Kelsey Boch, a first-year contemporary theater major at Boston Conservatory has lived in the Boston area both in and out of college. “Boston is like the ultimate college town,” Boch said. “I think just having all of the students get up and leave in the middle of the semester is wild especially for a city like Boston where the student population is huge.”Luke Manory is a senior at Boston University who, like all seniors nationwide, will not get to have the traditional college experience during his last semester.“It’s been pretty miserable,” Manory said. “My senior spring in its entirety has been ruined.”Manory said one of the most noticeable changes for him is the city itself. “The atmosphere is somber and there are way fewer people on public transport and walking throughout the city itself,” he said. “Living next to the Fenway area, it’s shocking to see the number of restaurants that aren’t open and the people I’d expect to see walking around when opening day is ‘theoretically’ right around the corner.”Two women practice social distancing while talking on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston during the coronavirus outbreak Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Merrick Gregory, a Boston native who is home from her school, thinks the city is handling the situation well because of the city’s sense of community even during uncertain times.“Boston has such a general sense of community,” Gregory said. “I think that we are doing well and taking care of each other because we do genuinely care about each other and our city.” “The other day I went to get ice cream with my sister and a woman offered to pay for our ice cream which was such a little thing but so nice and representative of the type of people that live here.”Merrick Gregory, Boston nativeShe expanded on this by talking about small businesses as there are many in her area. Gregory added that Boston’s community has been represented through small businesses: they are adapting to the pandemic as everyone is rallying around and supporting them. When asked about how the city is doing with the pandemic, most people say it is doing well for the circumstances.Boch said her area has done a good job of social distancing. “There have been lots of signs on the roads to go home and police everywhere. A lot of people are out walking but they are keeping six feet apart,” Boch said.Although Manory does not have the opportunity to truly experience his senior spring, he understands why social distancing is necessary.“For all the complaining I’ve done, it is important to note that I believe this is what is best for the United States as a whole,” Manory said, “It is imperative that we all do our part to flatten the curve.”  COVID-19’s impact on Frog Camp, recruitment Buildings line the empty streets in downtown Boston, Saturday, April 4, 2020,. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Reagan Eyler Twitter Reagan Eyler What we’re reading: survivors return to Auschwitz, coronavirus outbreak sparks global economic fears Previous articleCOVID-19’s impact on Frog Camp, recruitmentNext articleHoroscope: April 8, 2020 Reagan Eyler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students reflect on impact of Ash Wednesday Twitter Reagan Eyler read more

Two years after Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill

first_img News February 12, 2021 Find out more The police enquiry into the murder of Sunday World reporter Martin O’Haganhas drawn a blank and his killers are still at large. O’Hagan, who wasgunned down on 28 September 2001, investigated links between the NorthernIrish police, military intelligence services, armed groups and drug gangs. Organisation RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Receive email alerts RSF_en United KingdomEurope – Central Asia News September 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two years after Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill March 23, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened On the eve of the second anniversary of the murder of Irish investigative journalist Martin O’Hagan on 28 September 2001 in Northern Ireland, Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the lack of progress in the police investigation, which has ground to a complete halt.In a letter to the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, the organisation urged the authorities to appoint a new team of investigators, independent of the police of Lurgan in County Armagh, where O’Hagan was gunned down outside his home, and to deploy all human and financial resources necessary to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation.”The impunity enjoyed by Martin O’Hagan’s murderers is an insult to the memory of this journalist, who was killed for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in the letter. “The feeling of impunity that has taken hold poses a real danger for Irish journalists, who are the target of increasing threats and harassment from the paramilitary groups,” he warned.”The inability of the police to identify those responsible is a threat to press freedom, and the growing vulnerability of journalists is liable to foster widespread self-censorship,” Ménard added.According to the police, eight suspects have been detained and then released for lack of proof. Thirty-two searches have also been carried out, but with no results to show for them. The investigation is at a standstill, but has not been closed.The police reject claims that senior security officials fear that their alleged links with the paramilitary groups would be exposed if O’Hagan’s killers were brought to justice. But some journalists claim that the investigation has been deliberately blocked because an informer or an agent for the security or intelligence services was part of the group that killed O’Hagan. Mick Browne, a former colleague of O’Hagan who has investigated the murder, maintains that an officer now in charge of the police enquiry was himself the target of an investigation by O’Hagan.According to the Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Seamus Dooley, death threats against journalists have increased since O’Hagan’s murder, most of them coming from loyalist paramilitary groups. Several journalists with the Sunday World, the Irish weekly O’Hagan worked for, and the Andersonstown News Group have been the target of intimidation. On 12 September, a photographer with the North Belfast News, a weekly that belongs to the Andersonstown News Group, received a death threat from a loyalist paramilitary gang. The group’s management said it followed a series of threats against journalists covering the gang’s activities.Aged 51 and the father of three children, O’Hagan used to write for the Sunday World about the links between the Northern Irish police, military intelligence units, armed groups and drug gangs, and he testified in a libel court case about allegations of collusion between the police and Protestant armed groups in the 1980s.The day after his murder, a caller to the BBC claimed responsibility on behalf of the “Red Hand Defenders,” a name used by loyalist paramilitary groups, especially the “Loyalist Volunteer Force” (LVF). O’Hagan had previously been the target of many threats as a result of his investigations aimed at proving that loyalist militia, especially the LVF, killed Catholics with the sole aim of covering up their drug trafficking activities. An abortive attempt to killed him in the early 1990s was attributed to loyalist terrorist Billy Wright. News Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing Follow the news on United Kingdom News Help by sharing this information United KingdomEurope – Central Asia to go furtherlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders, laureate of the International Association of Press Clubs Award

first_img June 4, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders, laureate of the International Association of Press Clubs Award Reporters Without Borders received on June 4, in Warsaw, the Freedom of Speech Award by the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC). This organization, representing thirty Press Clubs in twenty countries, awards this prize for the first time to “people or organizations” recognized for their “outstanding contributions to the defense or the struggle for freedom of expression, the creation of conditions to support freedom of speech.” Reporters Without Borders has been elected by the delegates of the Press Clubs among very prestigious nominees.The presentation ceremony took place in the Great Assembly Hall of the Royal Castle of Warsaw. Lech Wałęsa, the legendary leader of “Solidarity” movement and the former president of Poland were in attendance along with the chairman of IAPC. The award was collected by the president of Reporters Without Borders International Gerald Sapey and the organisation’s general secretary Christophe Deloire. A part of the award ceremony was the first public screening of scenes from the movie Wałęsa and a meeting with its director, Andrzej Wajda, who spoke about the limits on free speech in Polish cinema under communism .”We are very proud to receive this award from the International Association of Press Clubs, especially in a country, Poland, where we do not ignore the value of journalists’ courage against despotism. As the famous Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski once wrote, ‘silence is a sign of misfortune, and often crime’. Around the world, the forces of silence and propaganda are very powerful. This award encourages the entire team of Reporters Without Borders and our correspondents in 130 countries to continue our fight to defend dissent voices” said Christophe Deloire, general secretary of Reporters Without Borders.More information on : Organisation Help by sharing this informationcenter_img RSF_en Newslast_img read more

A look back at St. Patricks Day Parades in Limerick

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live HAPPY St Patricks Day!We had planned to be painting the town green, marching in the parades and watching loved ones perform, sing and dance down O’Connell street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But with all the cancellations we must get creative at home and have social distancing the theme at this years festivities.So while you gather costumes, tri colours and shamrocks we are going to take a look back at previous parades and events in Limerick City and County.2013 2013 the residents of Castleconnell breaking a world record2014 in Limerick City2014 – Thousands lined the streets for Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade2014 Macnas make their way down O’Connell Street in the Saint Patricks Day parade, Limerick.2014 From left: Keith Kane, David Fenton and Luke O’Shea all from Garryowen Limerick at the Saint Patricks Day parade, Limerick.2015 Christine McDonagh, Street Theatre Ireland and Giggles Entertainment in last year’s St Patricks Day parade. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.2016 Leah and Lana Mollica at the 2015 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade.2017 – David Costelloe Coughlan, at the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Limerick.Picture Sean Curtin True Media.2017 – The Pineapples from Spotlight Stage school at the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Limerick. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.2017 Clodagh Purcell 2 1/2 from the CBS Pipe Band at the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Limerick. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.2018 – Colour, culture and circus celebrations were throughout the Limerick St Patrick’s Day parade – Photo Cian Reinhardt2019 – Jennifer performing with Fidget Feet on St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Cian Reinhardt2019 – The Light and Firework Show at King Johns Castle, Limerick on Sunday night.Pic. Brian Arthur Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleVera’s Girls in Green Reinforcing 20×20 GoalsNext article“If She Cant See It, She Cant Be It” Meghann Scully Advertisement Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Print Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postpaddy dayparadeSt Patrick’s Day Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsA look back at St. Patricks Day Parades in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – March 17, 2020 229 last_img read more

Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Previous: The Most Affordable College Town Is … Next: Michael R. Bright Nominated to Head Ginnie Mae Share Save aging in place Consumer Sentiment Home Prices NAHB National Association of Home Builders remodeling Remodeling Market Index 2018-05-15 David Wharton  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment Related Articlescenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 15, 2018 2,240 Views Tagged with: aging in place Consumer Sentiment Home Prices NAHB National Association of Home Builders remodeling Remodeling Market Index Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Discovering why homeowners choose to remodel can reveal unexpected insights into attitudes and expectations about the current housing market. According to the latest Remodeling Market Index (RMI), released quarterly by the National Association of Home Builders, the number of homeowners who cite “desire to be able to age in place” as a reason for wanting to remodel their homes was trending upward in Q1 2018.With many homeowners facing surging home prices, increasing interest rates, and limited inventory, staying put in an existing home is likely gaining appeal for more people than it otherwise would. The Remodeling Market Index survey results suggest more homeowners are thinking about staying in their current homes rather than shopping around, so it makes sense that they would want to repair and revitalize that home for the long haul.“Aging in place” wasn’t the most popular reason given for wanting to remodel, however. That honor, according to the RMI, was the “desire for newer/better amenities.” The survey asked remodelers “to rate how often their customers cite particular reasons for remodeling on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 indicates never or almost never, and 5 is very often.” The “desire for newer/better amenities” received a 4.3 rating on the Q1 RMI.The next most-common remodeling reason cited was “need to repair/replace old components” at 4.1, followed by “desire/need for more space” at 3.8 and then “want to avoid moving/buying another home” at 3.5. The desire to age in place came in fifth with a rating of 3.4.However, while it might only be midway up the list, the desire to age in place is experiencing a surge in recent years. In 2012, only 32 percent of remodelers rated that reason as a 4 or 5. That percentage increased steadily over the years until it hit 42 percent in 2017—and then jumped up to 52 percent in 2018.“Repairing a damaged property” tied “want to increase value of home as an investment,” both with a rating of 2.8. Below that was “energy efficiency/environmental concerns” with a ranking of 2.4, “change the number of people living in the house” with a 2.3, and “to accommodate multi-generational living” with a 2.2. (That latter factor is a growing trend. According to the Pew Research Center, a record 64 million people lived in multigenerational homes in the United States.)The last two responses on the RMI top 12 were both more geared toward getting homes back on the market. “Getting an ordinary non-distressed property ready for resale” came in 11th with a 1.8 rating, followed by “getting a property ready for REO/short/other distressed sale” with a 1.4. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Private landlords letting without contracts

first_imgHome » News » Regulation & Law » Private landlords letting without contracts Private landlords letting without contracts14th April 20160867 Views New research by Direct Line for Business reveals that one in ten private landlords has no formal tenancy agreement in place with their tenants.Even where contracts are in place, landlords may unwittingly be asking tenants to sign documents that are not legally compliant. Of the landlords who don’t use a letting agent, 58 per cent used adapted tenancy agreements from either old agent contracts or other landlords (38 per cent) or an updated template they found online (20 per cent).Direct Line said that it appears that some landlords employ letting agents when they first rent out the property, then use the old contract template when agreeing a direct rental with new tenants or upon renewal with their existing tenants. The lack of professionally reviewed tenancy agreements may explain why more than one in eight (13 per cent) landlords have experienced disputes specifically arising from tenants’ rental contracts in the last two years.Also concerning is that nine per cent of landlords have not informed their tenants that their deposit is held in a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme (TDP).Nick Breton (left), Head of Direct Line for Business said, “Tenants and landlords need a contract in place to protect both their interests. Contracts, deposits and deposit protection all help to make clear what is expected from each party when renting a property, and which can help minimise disputes where possible.  If an old contract is adapted it may not comply with new legislation or be relevant for the current market. Given the volume of disputes arising from tenancy agreements it’s important to get the contract seen by a legal professional before it’s signed.”private landlords tenant and landlord contracts contracts tenants and landlords deposit protection deposits Direct Line 2016-04-14The Negotiator 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 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’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.last_img read more

CNO Stresses Versatility of Independence-Class LCS

first_img View post tag: Navy CNO Stresses Versatility of Independence-Class LCS Authorities April 2, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Versatility View post tag: LCS Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) stressed the versatility of the Independence-Class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) April 1 at a press conference on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.After touring the USS Independence (LCS 2) with the congressman, the CNO highlighted the value of the LCS’s ability to be repackaged for multiple missions.Greenert said:The thing that is of value about the LCS is that she has great volume, high speed, and is modular. What that means is you can change out packages to perform different missions.Currently the Independence is configured for mine countermeasures operations, but she can be reconfigured for other missions including maritime security or anti-submarine warfare. These packages could be forward-deployed around the world in hot spots, where in a matter of a few days, the ship could be changed as necessary to meet the demand.The ship has been testing its new anti-mine warfare technology in the Gulf of Mexico since Feb. 20, and will be docking between sorties at NAS Pensacola throughout its training operation.The CNO also addressed the pace of construction for these new ships.In the future I expect to see continued construction of the LCS platform. We took a pause and decided we need 52 of these ships. The Secretary of Defense asked us to take a look at this and see if we could make these more survivable and more lethal. We’ve done that and we are all guns ahead.[mappress mapid=”15561″]Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Independence Back to overview,Home naval-today CNO Stresses Versatility of Independence-Class LCS View post tag: class View post tag: CNO View post tag: americas Share this articlelast_img read more

India, Russia Conduct Naval Exercise

first_img INDRA NAVY is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian and Russian navies that was initiated in 2003.The 8th edition of INDRA NAVY is being conducted in the Bay of Bengal from December 7 – 12, 2015.The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability between the two navies and develop common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.The scope of INDRA NAVY- 15 includes professional interactions during the Harbour phase and a range of operational activities at sea across a spectrum of maritime operations.During INDRA NAVY-15, the Indian Navy is represented by INS Sahyadri an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay, a guided missile destroyer and INS Shakti a Fleet Support Ship.In addition, a submarine, INS Sindhuvir, the P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier short range maritime patrol aircraft, advanced jet trainer Hawk and other integral rotary wing helicopters are participating in the bilateral exercise.The Russian Federation Navy (RFN) is represented by VADM Ryabukhin Andrey Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet and ships from the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok. RFN ships cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, rescue ocean going tug Alatau and fleet tanker Boris Butoma arrived at Visakhapatnam December 6 to participate in INDRA NAVY-15.[mappress mapid=”17502″] India, Russia Conduct Naval Exercise Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today India, Russia Conduct Naval Exercise View post tag: Russian Navycenter_img View post tag: Indian Navy December 8, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

OHP frigates will not be reactivated, US Navy decides

first_img View post tag: US Navy Mothballed Oliver Hazard Perry frigates will not be reactivated, US Navy decides December 12, 2017 Authorities View post tag: SECNAV Back to overview,Home naval-today Mothballed Oliver Hazard Perry frigates will not be reactivated, US Navy decides The US Navy has decided not to reactivate old Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, according to an USNI News report which cites an internal service memo.The main driver for the decision is likely the cost of bringing the ships – the last of which was decommissioned in 2015 – out of mothballs.According to USNI News, the reactivation costs would be counted in the hundreds of millions.The idea of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates being used for anti-trafficking missions in the US Southern Command was first proposed by US Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer. Spencer suggested the frigates could be brought back into service as a low-cost platform for basic tasks like near-shore operations and drug interdiction.As the option has turned out to be less cost-effective than previously thought, Spencer is now suggesting the use of littoral combat ships and expeditionary fast transports for the drug trafficking roles. The internal memo quoted by USNI News reveals that the navy secretary called for at least four ships, equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles, to be deployed in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force next year. View post tag: Oliver Hazard Perry Share this articlelast_img read more