COUNCIL URGED TO USE ITS POWER TO REDUCE SPEED AT ILLISTRIN NS

first_imgDonegal County Council is being urged to reduce a speed limit outside a local primary school.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghLetterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said he welcomes the confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, that local authorities have the power to reduce speeds, in respect of a national road in an area surrounding a place such as a school.He said he is now calling on the council to address this very serious issue and respond accordingly by implementing a reduction of the road speed limit at Illistrin National School. Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “I have been repeatedly raising the issue regarding Illistrin National School and the danger of an exit from the school grounds onto a busy national road. I submitted a Parliamentary Question to Minister Varadkar for clarity regarding the issue of variable speed limits in respect of a national road.“The Minister has confirmed that where is it considered necessary and appropriate, the onus is on local authorities to take responsibility for any special speed limits which they set.”Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said himself and Deputy McHugh have met with parents from the school as they have been highlighting the dangers for students entering and exiting the school grounds and campaigning for a change to the speed limit and safety for their children.“The important thing is that we avoid anyone getting hurt and we urge Donegal County Council to move swiftly to reduce the speed on the road at the school. “The reduction in speed limits can be periodic to reflect school opening and closing hours and when the school is closed for holidays etc. The setting of special speed limits could also be appropriate at many other National Schools in the county, the safety of our children is paramount” COUNCIL URGED TO USE ITS POWER TO REDUCE SPEED AT ILLISTRIN NS was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdeputy joe mchughDonegal County CouncilIllistrin NSspeed limitlast_img read more

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SA’s public sector wage bill ‘stabilising’

first_img23 October 2013 South Africa’s biggest employer – the government – is committed to ensuring that the growing public sector wage bill does not threaten the country’s expenditure ceiling, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting his medium term budget policy statement in Cape Town, Gordhan said that, while the compensation of public servants now accounted for 39.4% of the budget of non-interest spending and would continue to outpace inflation, it would grow at a slower rate than over the past three years. Public sector wage increases have begun to align more closely with inflation, following the conclusion of occupation-specific wage dispensations and the three-year wage settlement reached in 2011, he said. While the average level of wage settlements grew at about eight percent in 2010, when inflation was running at about four percent, they had grown at about seven percent in 2012, slightly above inflation at about six percent. Gordhan said the increase in the public sector wage bill had been driven by the implementation of occupation-specific wage dispensations designed to raise public-sector salaries for skilled and experienced staff. Since 2005, more than 250 000 additional public servants – mostly nurses, teachers and police officers – were added to the government’s payroll at both national and provincial level. Of the over 1.2-million public servants, 485 370 or 38.8% are in the education sector, with 318 756 or 25.5% in health care and 275 154 or 22% in policing and criminal justice. Over R350-billion is currently spent on government salaries. Gordhan said there was growing concern about managerial and administrative staff increases across government. He said the government aimed to maintain current staff numbers over the next three years, and that senior officials would have to provide compelling reasons for hiring additional personnel. To this end, the National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration would work hand-in-hand to monitor wage bill trends and to enforce discipline in hiring, Gordhan said. The government was also working towards reaching a sustainable public-sector wage agreement. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Expedia Removes American Airlines from Its Ticket Listings

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#search#web Online travel company Expedia removed American Airlines from its flight searches this weekend. The action is the culmination of a series of disagreements between the airline and online travel booking companies over fees. American has pressed for travel sites to cut the fees they charge in order to book flights on the airline’s behalf.Last month, American pulled its listing from Orbitz over a similar disagreement. And following that move Expedia tweaked its search module, effectively burying American flight listings. Customers could still book flights on American – if they could find them – but after this weekend, no longer. American Airlines flights are gone from the site.In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, American Airlines said that “Customers looking to compare flights or fares online should visit other travel sites such as Kayak or Priceline for the most accurate and up-to-date information.” And, of course, they can book via the airline’s own site.American Airlines is the third largest carrier in the U.S., but as with all the major airlines has faced continued financial losses and sought to cut costs. These savings measures have included attempts to renegotiate booking agents’ fees. According to the Journal, American is at “the forefront of an industry effort to reduce the cost of ticket sales that has brought it into confrontation with parts of the travel agent sector, as well as the online sellers.”Whether the move hurts American Airlines or Expedia in the long run, it does serve as a reminder about the struggles for control over flight information and booking services – something that will likely be on the FTC’s mind as they weigh Google’s acquisition of ITA software, something that will further shake travel search. audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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