MERSEYSIDE PROVES TO BE MORE THAN JUST A DROP IN THE OCEAN FOR THE
THE Merseyside branches of
Yorkshire Building Society have played their part in raising a
record figure for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Their efforts and the support of customers and members of the public
helped the Merseyside branches raise a fantastic £1,976 for the
This is part of a total £350,000 donation made by the Yorkshire
Building Society Group to the RNLI and marks the end of its most
successful charity partnership in its 150 year history.
In 2012 the Society launched its 'Come Rain or Shine' Charity of the
Year campaign for the RNLI and in total raised £200,000 - which
included a significant contribution from the Yorkshire Building
Society Charitable Foundation.
Due to the success of the campaign it continued into 2013 where
colleagues committed to raising even more, contributing to amassing
a further £150,000 in total through their efforts.
The money raised by the Society will be used to help the RNLI train
even more vital lifesaving volunteers. The £350,000 donated to the
charity over the two years will train 278 RNLI volunteer crew
Pauline Rylands, Yorkshire Building Society's Merseyside area
manager said:- "Across our 2 year partnership with the RNLI,
the commitment that our staff and members have shown in helping us
raise nearly £2,000 proves that this is a charity which resonates
with people across all communities. This has especially been
highlighted in the last few months of horrific weather where we have
seen the key role the RNLI has played in supporting those affected
by the flooding."
The branches held numerous events to raise money for the charity
that saves lives at sea. They also sold raffle tickets to win a
cruise and and limited edition RNLI items to customers to help raise
Pauline continued:- "Our partnership with the RNLI has been a
memorable and fantastic one and I am proud to have achieved our goal
in helping the RNLI increase trained volunteers."
RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, said:- "As a charity, the
RNLI relies on generous donations to continue its lifesaving
service. We are extremely grateful to Yorkshire Building Society,
its members and colleagues, for their outstanding support. Their
dedication and enthusiasm over the past two years has resulted in a
fantastic fundraising achievement. Only 1 in 10 of the RNLI's
volunteer crew members comes from a maritime background, so the
rigorous training we provide them is essential. The donation from
Yorkshire Building Society will fund training for 278 crew members;
meaning they can head out to sea confident in how to rescue others
and take care of themselves in whatever conditions they may face."
Tesco under fire
for selling 'dirty' tuna in Liverpool
PEOPLE in Liverpool have "exposed" local Tesco
stores that are "selling the controversial brand of tuna singled out
for heavy criticism by Greenpeace" and by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Fish Fight programme watched by millions recently on Channel 4.
As part of a nationwide hunt for tins of Oriental and Pacific across
the UK, a brand of tuna dubbed as one of the 'dirtiest on
supermarket shelves' by Greenpeace, people from Liverpool took
part in the Greenpeace investigation. They discovered local stores
to be stocking the dodgy tuna which is caught using fishing methods
that can kill sharks, rays and turtles.
The supermarket is singled out for criticism from both Greenpeace
and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, for re-introducing unsustainable
tuna on to its shelves after a successful public campaign to remove
'dirty' tuna from supermarkets in the UK in 2011. Campaigners see
this move as undermining their public promise to clean up their act.
Greenpeace has released a league table of the 10 major tuna brands
in which Tesco are at the bottom of the leading supermarkets.
Oriental and Pacific comes last in the league table overall because
it's the most unsustainable tuna available to consumers in the
Ariana Densham, Greenpeace UK Oceans Campaigner said:- "Tesco
is at the bottom of the pile of supermarkets because as soon as they
achieved their bold promise to use 100 per cent pole and line tuna
in their own-brand tins, they immediately started refilling their
shelves with 'dirty' tuna that is caught in a way that can kill
turtles, sharks and rays. Oriental & Pacific is 100 per cent dodgy
with zero per cent effort to clean up their act. This is pure
hypocrisy from Tesco - the supermarket that promised to be totally
up front about where the food that they sell us comes from is now
rolling back their pledge to protect the oceans."
Greenpeace praise Sainsbury's as a 'Top Tuna Supermarket'
having remained at the forefront of tuna sustainability for many
years. Nearly ¾ of all the tinned tuna Sainsbury's
sells is sustainable which is more than any other retailer.
Ariana Densham continued:- "Sainsbury's, remains a market
leader on tuna sustainability. For many years, their tuna has been
100% pole and line which is great news for sharks, turtles and rays.
If Tesco wants to catch up with the front runners and win back
consumer confidence, they must take this dirty tuna off their
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said:- "The Fish Fight and
Greenpeace tuna campaign has been a huge success - our supermarkets
and big tuna brands all told us they didn't want their names on
unsustainable tuna, but a number of them are finding new ways to
keep 'dirty' tuna on the shelves. Tesco made one of the biggest
commitments of all to sell the most sustainable tuna, but as our new
Fish Fight programme shows, they now stock a new brand called
Oriental and Pacific, which is caught using methods that
accidentally catch and kill endangered animals like turtles, rays
There's no information on Oriental and Pacific tins to tell shoppers
how the tuna was caught. If they really care about our oceans then
Tesco should take this tuna off the shelves today, and other
supermarkets must follow suit."
businessman jailed for £1.1m cigarette fraud
A businessman has been
jailed today after over 5.5 million smuggled cigarettes were
discovered at a Huyton industrial unit.
Stephen Nicholas Riozzi, 53, of The Park, Huyton, was found at the
industrial unit in December 2011 by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
investigators. The unit contained 20 pallets of cigarettes smuggled
from China and over 182kgs of counterfeit hand rolling tobacco (HRT)
worth an estimated £1.1 million in evaded tax.
Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC,
said:- "Riozzi has profited from the illegal trade in
smuggled cigarettes and counterfeit tobacco and now faces a full
investigation of his assets in the UK and abroad. We urge
anyone with information about the sale, transport, or storage of
suspect alcohol or tobacco in the Merseyside area to contact us on
0800 59 5000. You can also report suspicious trading, tax evasion or
smuggling via our website to help us tackle organised crime in the
When Riozzi was arrested, he gave investigators a false address and
denied any knowledge of the illegal tobacco products. However, HMRC
officers found over £56,200 and 6,310 euros in cash hidden in wash
bags in his wardrobe at his real address. After being presented with
the evidence of his illegal business activity, Riozzi pleaded guilty
at Liverpool Crown Court in January 2014.
The seized cigarettes are branded Golden Seaglles, which are
manufactured in the Far East solely for smuggling by organised
criminal gangs and are not legitimately for sale in the UK. The
cigarettes and HRT have been recycled to fuel the National Grid.