‘Not a peep’ on Donegal driving tests backlog two years ago

first_img ‘Not a peep’ on Donegal driving tests backlog two years ago A Donegal County Councillor says there wasn’t a word nationally about the massive backlog in driving tests waiting times when it was confined to Donegal. It comes as new figures show that the waiting time to get a driving test is now 25 weeks compared to six weeks this time last year, with 64,000 people across the country waiting to sit their tests.The pandemic is said to be root of the major backlog and it’s thought it may not be cleared until next year.However learning drivers in Buncrana faced a wait of 26 weeks to sit their tests over two years ago, with Cllrs lobbying the RSA then to employ extra instructors to bring the waiting time down.Cllr Nicholas Crossan says it’s regrettable to see how little Donegal seems to matter on the national stage:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/nicholasraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp By News Highland – February 9, 2021 Previous article21% increase in penalty point notices for speeding last yearNext articleCalls for joint meeting over future plans of Letterkenny News Highland WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Canadian Forces assist in seizing more than US$145M in narcotics

first_imgBy Dialogo December 06, 2012 OTTAWA, Canada – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa is currently conducting a 44-day deployment in the eastern Pacific with resounding operational success. On Nov. 28, the Esquimalt-based frigate was patrolling in international waters southeast of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica when the vessel assisted a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment team to board a suspect fishing vessel in an action that netted 36 bales of cocaine weighing 1,086 kilograms (2,394.2 pounds) with an estimated wholesale value of more than US$29 million. Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which focuses on curtailing illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. HMCS Ottawa is the latest ship deployed in Operation (Op) Caribbe, the Canadian Forces’ participation in the U.S.-led multinational effort to strengthen security in the Western Hemisphere. Under Op Caribbe, the Canadian Forces provide naval and air capabilities to support U.S. law enforcement measures against illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean Basin. As well as warships, the Royal Canadian Air Force has also contributed to Op Caribbe by providing five CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft to fly critical surveillance sorties in the region. Between Nov. 18-29, CP-140 Aurora crews from 19 Wing, Comox and 14 Wing, Greenwood assisted in seizing, through surveillance and detection, 144 bales of cocaine weighing 4,300 kilograms (9,479.8 pounds) with a wholesale value of more than US$116 million. “We are proud to support the multinational effort in the Caribbean region to combat the trade in illicit drugs, which contributes to crime and erodes regional stability,” said Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. “We are also steadfast in our commitment to build and sustain enduring relationships with our regional partners, with whom we have shared interests and security concerns.” While deployed in Op Caribbe, RCN ships are strictly in a supportive role. While operating in international waters, their tasks are to locate, track, approach and potentially intercept suspect vessels in order to allow the USCG law enforcement detachment (LEDET) personnel to board and conduct law enforcement operations. “The Royal Canadian Navy continues to work alongside our allies and whole-of-government partners to help suppress criminal activity at sea and interrupt the flow of illicit drugs destined for our shores,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We are taking the fight to the narco-terrorists in their backyard, denying them freedom of movement at sea, enforcing the rule of law and making the streets of our Canadian cities safer for our children.”last_img read more