first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Youth arrested in connection with alleged assault on female Garda Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] drivers, as with many more throughout the country continue to hold and use a mobile phone while driving despite a prolific public campaign highlighting the dangers associated with distractions during driving.In a national operation held over the Easter Weekend, gardai targeted and successfully detected a number of drink drivers and others found in the commission of motoring offences. To date, almost 10,000 drivers have been detected nationally and a percentage of those have been Limerick motorists.Again, Gardai will target motorists using mobile phones this Thursday and Friday.The aim of the two day campaign is to further highlight the dangers associated.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau said: “Intercepting such distracted drivers will modify driver behaviour, thus making the roads safer for all road users.In the first quarter of 2014, there has been a 300 per cent increase in the detection of the offence over the same period in 2013 and gardai say that it is apparent that holding a mobile phone whilst driving remains a significant issue.Gardai will focus on the enforcement of relevant legislation over the coming two day operation where detection of using a phone will result in two penalty points and a €60 fine payable with 28 days – increasing to four penalty points and €90 euro if paid with 28-56 days.Meantime, following the Easter weekend mandatory breath test operation, 153 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.“We made very public the fact there would be significant enforcement activity over the Easter period, especially for drink driving- yet 153 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving from Good Friday to Easter Monday. These are selfish acts by irresponsible people, and we will continue to target those who put themselves and others at risk”. Facebook Newcastle West Gardaí move Gardaí warn students of rental scams Previous articleTaylor looks for Limerick FC fans to turn up in numbersNext articleEuropol sneak thieves targeted elderly Limerick shopper Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Twittercenter_img Print Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 NewsCrime & Court153 drunk drivers arrested last weekend as motoring offences riseBy Staff Reporter – April 22, 2014 716 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSGarda Gardaí across Ireland take on viral dance challenge Linkedin Garda investigation launched into death of woman outside Limericklast_img read more

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first_imgIt will continue to manage €1.4bn of defined benefit assets of 2,975 deferred members and 6,900 pensioners.Earlier, NPF had concluded that continuing the IDC plan would not benefit the pension fund or its active participants.According to Dooren, the initial expectation that more Dutch subsidiaries of employer Maersk Group would join the IDC plan had not materialised.“Because the limited number of participants, and the fact we are an ageing and shrinking scheme, the IDC arrangements didn’t offer sufficient perspectives,” he pointed out.When the IDC plan was launched in 2015, it was a ground-breaking initiative, as it enabled workers to converse their pension capital – accrued through a tailor-made life-cycle plan with Robeco – into pension rights ahead of retirement.New legislation for defined contribution plans also complicated matters for the pension fund.As the concept of a drawdown pension was also introduced by other providers, more alternatives became available to Maersk subsidiaries that hadn’t yet joined NPF, Dooren explained.He said the pension fund wanted to continue independently as long this was financially attractive, as it pays €60m in benefits annually.At the end of December, the scheme’s coverage ratio stood at 121.3%. NPF granted its participants and pensioners a 2% inflation compensation as of 1 January.A year ago, the scheme’s pensions administration – running on the program Lifetime – moved to RiskCo, after the IT firm had taken over pensions provision from Aon.The move was initially meant for a one-year period, as NPF first wanted to get familiar with RiskCo as well as the company’s own administration system.However, the pension fund has now decided that it would assess the situation annually. “We are not in hurry, because we are content so far,” said Dooren. The Dutch Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds (NPF) said it would transfer the pension rights accrued in its individual defined contribution plan as well as further accrual for its active participants to insurer ASR.Frans Dooren, the pension fund’s director, said he expected the collective value transfer of €17m of accrued IDC assets of 500 workers and 300 deferred members to be completed in May.He added that the transaction was subject to approval of pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) as well as the scheme’s participants on details of the transfer.The value transfer follows the scheme’s decision not to extend the contract for pensions provision, and to close to new entrants as of 1 January 2020.last_img read more

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