Coffee and céad míle fáilte for Syrian families as Loreto students lead the way

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are to hold a coffee morning in the Regional Cultural Centre on Friday to help provide ‘Welcome Packs’ for families from Syria who will make Letterkenny and Ballybofey their new home.The Transition Year students would like everyone to enjoy a free coffee and, if possible, bring along a donation for the ‘Welcome Packs’.Spokesperson for the Young Social Innovators group, Liena Yousif, said: “The packs are to make the families feel welcome and to show that the people of Donegal care. “Our group, F.R.E. E. (For Refugees Entering Éire),have been working on this for a while and we’ve had a great response already.“Our ‘Welcome Packs’ will include gifts for the home and a board game translated to Arabic from our colleagues in the mini company Hotspots.”The students are also hoping to include a bus tour of Donegal for the Syrian families as well as holding a Culture Week.Donations for the Welcome Packs must be in New or Nearly New/Excellent condition. They would like: cuddly toys, candles, money, framed artwork, and any other gifts for the home.The Coffee Morning takes place this Friday, March 16th, at the Regional Culture Centre from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and céad míle fáilte for Syrian families as Loreto students lead the way was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by John2Share 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 read more

Lower traffic fines to take effect starting next month

first_imgFines for traffic violations will drop by an average of 0.88 percent starting in January, thanks to a decrease in the inter-annual inflation recorded this year, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) said in a public statement.The slight change means the current highest fine of ₡309.574 will drop ₡2,724 (some $5).The lowest fines, currently at ₡22,187 ($40) will be ₡195.25 ($0.35) cheaper. These smaller sanctions are applied, for example, to those who violate the vehicle restriction that prohibits drivers from entering the capital’s downtown area once a week, on a day assigned according to the final digit of the license plate.Carlos Rivas, the legal director of the Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI), said the new fines will take effect during the first week of January. Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said in the statement that he does not believe the reduction will prompt an increase in traffic violations, as it is not a significant change.Approved finesCosta Rica’s Traffic Law divides traffic fines into five categories, ranging from A to E, according to the severity of the violation.Category A fines are the most severe and will drop from ₡309.574 to ₡306.850 ($555-550). They include sanctions for, among others, exceeding the speed limit at 120 kilometers per hour, driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, passing in a no-passing zone or making an illegal U-turn.Fines in the B category will go from ₡209.200 to ₡207.359 ($375-372) and will penalize drivers for ignoring stop signs or traffic lights, altering license plates, or transporting children under 12 without a car seat. Motorcyclists carrying children under five also fall under this category.Fines in the C category will go from ₡104.600 to ₡103.679 ($187-185). Fines in this category apply to motorcyclists not wearing reflective clothing and helmets, drivers carrying excess loads, the incorrect use of roundabouts, or bus and taxi drivers transporting more passengers than allowed.Category D fines will drop from ₡51.771 to ₡51.316 ($93-92). These infractions sanction those who disrespect yield and other traffic signs or driving without a seat belt.Fines in the E category will go from ₡22.187 to ₡21.992 ($40-39). These fines apply, for example, to motorists who fail to present all the required vehicle documentation, those driving without license plates or violating the vehicle restriction.COSEVI invests funds collected from traffic fines in equipment and resources for the Traffic Police, in road safety devices, traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and road safety campaigns. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidents Taxi protest against Uber snarls traffic across Costa Rica Legislative Assembly approves new traffic fines Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deathslast_img read more