Shock as drink-driving, mobile phone and seatbelt offences increase across Donegal

first_imgThe number of detections for people not wearing seatbelts in Co Donegal has jumped by 70% this year compared to last year.Despite a number of horrific roads accidents on the county’s roads, Gardai have stopped an alarming number of motorists who were not buckled in.The head of the Garda Traffic Corps for Co Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that the trend for overall traffic violations in the county is baffling. He revealed that for the months of January and February this year a total of 41 people were arrested for not wearings seat-belts compared to 28 arrests for the same period last year, an increase of 70%.Drink-driving detections are also up from 43 detections in the first two months of last year to 68 detections for the first two months of this year.Inspector Michael Harrison. Pic by Donegal Daily.So far five people have lost their lives on Donegal’s roads this year, including the four friends killed in a single-vehicle crash in Gaoth Dobhair.Another shocking statistic revealed by Inspector Harrison is that the number of drivers caught driving while using a mobile phone has jumped by more than 200% from 24 for the first two months of last year to 77 for the same period this year. Inspector Harrison said the continual rise in detection of motoring offences in Donegal is simply baffling.“It has been proven that the non-wearing of seat-belts, drinking while driving and using mobile phones increase the chance of people being involved in a serious accident.“And yet here in Donegal people continue to take a chance on it. On a personal level, I simply cannot understand it. I simply do not have the answers,” he said.On the issue of seatbelts, Inspector Harrison added “I have seen first hand the devastation caused by people not wearing seatbelts and it is horrific.“Airbags are designed to go off when people wear seatbelts but the damage that happens inside a car when people do not wears seatbelts and are thrown about their cars is horrific.” The shocking rise in detections for seatbelt breaches and drink-driving in Donegal comes despite a huge effort by Donegal County Council and An Garda Siochana to enforce road safety.Donegal’s Road Safety officer Brian O’Donnell said people are simply not thinking of the consequences of flouting road safety laws.“I would ask the people who drink and drive and who do not wear seatbelts or speak on their phones to think of the other drivers on the road or pedestrians.“They are not only putting their lives at risk but they are putting so many other lives at risk,” he said. Mr O’Donnell added that he dreaded such weekends as the coming Bank Holiday Weekend when there will be more traffic on the road.“I get really nervous and I am just waiting beside my phone to hear the worst of news. Hopefully, I won’t get that phonecall this weekend,” he added.Shock as drink-driving, mobile phone and seatbelt offences increase across Donegal was last modified: March 18th, 2019 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:deathdrink drivingInspector Michael Harrisonmobilesseatbeltslast_img

ASTI Donegal hold retirement function in Letterkenny for recently retired teachers

first_imgThe Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) Donegal Branch held a retirement function in Letterkenny recently for recently retired teachers. The special occasion marked the end of wonderful careers for post-primary school teachers that have taught from across the county.The event was marked in the Silver Tassie Hotel by the ASTI Donegal Branch. Picture order: Back Row, left to right: Kevin Fitzsimons, Emily Boal, Katrina Mc Caffrey, Cabrini Friel, Neil Curran, Philomena O Donnell, Paddy Doherty, Charlotte Brewer.Front Row, left to right: Mary O Brien, Geraldine Mc Gee, Breda Lynch(ASTI President), Diarmaid de Paor (ASTI Deputy General Secretary), Bernie Curran, Padraic O Doherty (RTSA).ASTI Donegal hold retirement function in Letterkenny for recently retired teachers was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img

Should Joe Thornton’s workload be cut back this year?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton wants to use the Sharks’ final game of the preseason to continue to work on his timing and improve his in-game conditioning.The 82-game regular season that follows will show what Thornton is still capable of doing after enduring major knee surgeries in back-to-back years, and where and how much he’ll be utilized.“Every day he looks better,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Thornton. “Being off for eight months, he worked his ass off this summer in order to compete in …last_img

Dial SA for service

first_img12 November 2003As companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is well placed to become a favoured international location for outsourced call centres and business process outsourcing.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.World-class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English, a (still) favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry have all contributed to the growth of South Africa’s call centre industry.South Africa became an even more attractive location to set up these businesses when a second undersea fibre-optic telephone link with Europe, along the east coast of Africa, was established in February. Another fibre-optic link runs along Africa’s west coast.Dialogue UK opens shop in Cape TownIn March, British company Dialogue UK put R20-million into a call centre in Cape Town. The company’s investment is expected to rise to R70-million in the next three years, while the call centre’s staff complement is set to rise to 600 from 110 by early next year, reaching 1 500 by 2005.Dialogue UK’s local operation, Dialogue Communications, already services several multi-nationals operating in South Africa, including Shell, Pfizer and British American Tobacco, as well as a number of nationwide newspaper and other publishing groups.Since its acquisition of the local call centre, Dialogue UK has added a number of major UK names to its client list, including mail order business Truebell and Lexchatsafe, a company that monitors children’s use of the Internet in the US and UK markets.Dialogue chairman Jason Drew told the Business Day newspaper that South Afica has enormous potential to become a major destination for outsourced contact centres from the UK, the US and the Netherlands.Dialogue UK’s decision to invest in South Africa was prompted, among other things, by the “cultural fit” between SA and the UK, and what Drew described as South Africans’ “natural tendency towards service”.Drew told Business Day that, according to an international report on the industry across a range of countries, South Africa’s skilled call centre workforce worked harder than its international counterparts – 243 days a year at 42 hours a week, compared with an international average of 220 days a year at 36 hours a week.“Until recently the majority of UK companies outsourcing their customer contact services tended to look to companies in India, since operational costs are lower than in the UK and Europe”, Drew said.“However, continually interrupted power supply issues, the marked time differences and a productivity rate lower than in South Africa, are encouraging organisations to consider this country, which offers excellent value and is supported by high standards of local telecommunications, banking, financial services and IT.”According to Business Day, the call centre industry worldwide was predicted to generate an income of US$59-billion in 2003 to match the growing demand in areas such as financial services, home shopping, cellular telephony and healthcare.The paper reported South Africa’s share at an estimated R523-million, but noted that the country had the capacity to increase this share significantly as its full potential was recognised and more foreign companies established call centres offshore.Other globlal call centres in SAGlobalTeleSales, Lufthansa’s Cape Town call centre, was set by the German airline in 1999 to fulfill its “follow-the-sun” 24/365 phone channel strategy (“Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”, the company boasts on its website.) GlobalTelesales reportedly handles between 100 000 and 120 000 calls a month for Lufthansa.Active Contact Solutions was reportedly the first British outsource company to set up shop in Cape Town. The company has over 60 call centre seats in Cape Town servicing its UK customers. According to its website, the contact centre “has contracts with leading South African banks, a worldwide motor company, a leading South African FMCG company, and runs outbound debt chasing for a credit card company. It also runs several mail order contracts.” Offshore costs, according to the website, “are approximately 20% cheaper than those of UK call centres”.Swiss-based outfit Mindpearl (formerly known as Qualiflyer Customer Care Centres) runs a state-of-the-art facility in Cape Town. The call centre has 129 workstations, employs 125 poeple, and has the capacity to grow to 650 seats and 500 employees by 2005. According to the SA Technology Vanguard, while MindPearl’s clientele includes airline and travel companies, future operations will also be focused on the financial sector in South read more