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Further cuts to garda resources expected

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFurther cuts to garda resources expectedBy admin – May 2, 2012 589 GARDA resources are set to be further cut in Limerick in the next 12 months, with preparations already underway to cope with additional pressure on the force. Chief Superintendent, Dave Sheehan said that the division had no choice but to meet the extra demand on resources following cuts. “We know where numbers are set to fall in the next 12 months and have made plans to cope with them,” he told the meeting, attended by cllrs, TDs and senior garda members. “It’s difficult but there’s nothing we can do”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí in Limerick have already had to face the closure of two rural stations, a reduction in patrol cars and an embargo on recruitment.And Chief Supt. Sheehan said the closure of further garda stations could not be ruled out.He also praised the work of the garda reserve unit.“Even now preparing rosters is difficult; We are acutely aware of government policy and have to use the resources we have in the division to provide the service.“The garda reserve takes off a bit of the pressure.“In the course of the college rag weeks and Thomond Park events, we couldn’t cope without them”.Cllr James Collins highlighted the vacant position of superintendent in Askeaton and queried the policy in the case of a serious crime in the vicinity.“We have a fallout situation in the case of an emergency that is not dependent on having a superintendent in Askeaton,” the head of the Limerick garda division replied.“Inspector Eamon O’Neill is currently acting supt. and in the case of a crime scene, whoever’s on call will attend as all superintendents cannot be away at the same time”.Cllr Kevin Sheahan called for less Joint Policing Committee meetings for the individual authority and for more at a district level.“Once a year for these meetings is enough; I hate to see individuals and resources overstretched”.Chief Supt. Sheehan agreed, saying that the meetings should be more strategic in content and that issues “such as wandering horses” should be dealt with at local level. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Print Facebook Linkedin Previous articleNo fun when playground parking goes wrongNext articleAIB supporting initiatives at the Limerick Institute of Technology adminlast_img read more

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Govt sets up checkpoints to monitor people’s mobility between cities, provinces amid ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgRegions across Java have set up checkpoints to monitor the flow of vehicles between cities and provinces, following the government’s ban on Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), which started on Friday.The Transportation Ministry has prepared a number of checkpoints in areas surrounding Jakarta, including Tangerang in Banten, as well as Bekasi, Bogor, Sukabumi and Cikampek in West Java, to prevent people from leaving or entering the capital for the annual tradition.“We are gradually preparing [the checkpoints] on toll roads, national roads, provincial roads, even down to the so-called jalan tikus [alleyways] in districts,” the ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, said in a press conference on Thursday. Read also: Indonesia suspends all passenger travel across cities to prevent Ramadan exodusThe checkpoints for land routes will be activated from Friday to May 31, in accordance with Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020 regarding transportation use control during this year’s mudik period to prevent wider contagion of COVID-19 in the country.Under the regulation, the ministry has set restrictions on all passenger vehicles entering and leaving regions that have imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), including Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung in West Java.The roads, however, remain open, to accommodate vehicles carrying logistics and essential needs.Millions of Indonesians return to their hometowns every year – often traveling from urban centers to the countryside – to celebrate Idul Fitri, including those from capital Jakarta, a city where many people have migrated to from around the country in search of work.With Jakarta being the country’s epicenter of the outbreak, public health experts have warned that mudik could cause the contagious respiratory illness to spread rapidly across Java.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo subsequently announced a ban on the Idul Fitri mudik on Tuesday after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey that said 24 percent of the country’s 270 million people still planned to travel to their hometowns and that 7 percent had already left.The ministry held a meeting on Thursday with regional heads from Java, Bali and Lampung in Semarang, Central Java, to discuss preparations for monitoring the potential mudik flow.Read also: Recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java urges people not to ‘mudik’Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said the province had prepared 83 inter-regency monitoring checkpoints and inter-provincial monitoring checkpoints spread across the region.“For inter-provincial supervision, there are seven checkpoints, namely at Tegal terminal, Pejagan toll gate, Losari Brebes goods terminal, Wanareja terminal, Pungkruk toll gate, Klonengan Slawi Tegal rest stop and Dukuh Salam terminal,” Ganjar said after the meeting.The provincial administration will also add three checkpoints in its easternmost regencies as Surabaya and its neighboring regencies, Sidoarjo and Gresik, in East Java would start imposing partial lockdowns on Tuesday.Ganjar said he was reviewing plans to ensure the social security of people from the region who lived outside the province, especially those in Greater Jakarta, as they could not return to their hometowns due to the mudik ban.“If [the government] cannot guarantee [their social security], please let us know. We will set up public kitchens in Jakarta to help them,” he said.Read also: ‘I need to protect my family’: Jakartans nix homecoming trips following COVID-19 ‘mudik’ banGanjar said he had asked the Transportation Ministry to be flexible with the monitoring at checkpoints. “If there is a violation, just tell them to go back and if they disobey, they are to be quarantined,” he said.Acting transportation minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who is also the coordinating maritime affairs and investment minister, said regional governments were allowed to improvise and determine how strict they wanted to implement the monitoring, as long as the policy did not contradict the prevailing regulation.“The [transportation] ministerial regulation was formulated to accommodate but regional leaders are allowed to make adjustments. I have asked the land transportation director general to communicate with Central Java. We want to save lives,” Luhut said. (syk) In Tangerang, the ministry has readied a checkpoint at the Bitung toll gate to monitor vehicles heading from Jakarta to Merak, Banten, and vice versa. In Bekasi, a checkpoint has been established in areas bordering Karawang.The ministry has also prepared a checkpoint at Puncak Pass, a tourist destination bordering Bogor regency and Cianjur in West Java. In Sukabumi, meanwhile, a checkpoint has been set up in Cigombong, the border of Bogor regency and Sukabumi.A checkpoint has been set up at the 31-kilometer point on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road on the border of Bekasi and Karawang, where authorities stood by to conduct inspections on vehicles passing the area.Private vehicles leaving Jakarta for West Java will be asked to make U-turn and return to the capital from West Cikarang.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Buck: FFP rules go too far

first_img Chelsea insist they are on course to meet UEFA’s measures, having in 2011/2012 posted a small profit of £1.4million for the first time since Roman Abramovich’s takeover with the owner’s £166.6million loan converted into equity and as such leaving the club debt free. Buck, though, believes the issues over how the Premier League’s new financial restrictions are to be implemented leave a lot of unanswered questions, such as how massive sponsorship deals or naming rights are taken into account. “Football had a problem and football has a problem which is that there are some clubs who spend money they do not have,” Buck said at the Leaders in Football event, hosted by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. “We felt that football should do something from a rule-making perspective, but our approach was really financial stabilisation, in other words rules which would require clubs to pay their taxes and would not permit them to spend money they did not have. “The problem we have identified with Financial Fair Play is that it goes a long way to preserving the status quo, and one of the great things about football in this country is that if you are in last place in League Two, you can still hope that some day you will win the Premier League. That is now difficult if not impossible due to Financial Fair Play. “Financial Fair Play will now have to wrestle with issues like: are certain sponsorship agreements really bona fide? Insularly revenues, is it appropriate to put those into the equation? “We would have preferred something which really dealt with the issue of stabilisation regulations. “We feel that what we have is we had a broken finger, so we cut off the arm. “Having said that, Financial Fair Play at the UEFA level is in effect, we all want to play in UEFA competitions, so we will all do what we have to comply.” Buck continued: “It took us three or four years for us to realise we had to change our (business) model and be more frugal, more conservative and have a structure for the future. that is what we are doing now. “Hopefully for the long-term, we will be successful in breaking even or better “We will comply with UEFA’s form of Financial Fair Play, but we have a lot of work (to do) into that.” Chelsea are expected to make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title this season following the return of Jose Mourinho as manager. Buck revealed he was enjoying having the popular Portuguese coach back in the dugout. “This has been a very relaxed season for me to be honest, because we hired Jose back which is what our fans wanted,” he said. “I don’t have to explain to the fans who might come up to me on the Fulham Road asking, ‘Why is this player not playing?’ or ‘Why is this player playing?’ “We have the manager they want, and it is for him to do.” Press Association UEFA has already implemented its own financial controls aimed at stopping clubs spending more than they earn, with sanctions including a possible ban from European competition coming into effect from 2014 for those posting losses of more than £36million over three seasons. The English Premier League, meanwhile, is set to bring in regulations which prohibit a loss in excess of £105million aggregated across to 2015/2016, with restrictions on wage increases above a level of £52million and on up to £60million in those three seasons. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck believes the Barclays Premier League’s Financial Fair Play regulations are like ‘cutting off an arm when you have a broken finger’.last_img read more

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