NewsCrime & CourtUp to a third of all court prosecutions for speeding struck out by courts in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – October 7, 2019 344 UP to a third of all court prosecutions for speeding were struck out by the courts in Limerick on the grounds that summonses were not properly served.According to figures from the Court Services, 1,453 out of 4,033 prosecutions in Limerick were struck out between January 2017 and May 2019.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This represented 36 per cent of all summons issued. Gardaí must satisfy the court that a person who has not paid the fixed €80 fine and has been summonsed to court is aware of the court date.Otherwise, the court can strike it out. But in many cases, the address of the owner of the car has changed and many drivers had addresses outside of Limerick. The figures apply to both Garda prosecutions and fines issued through GoSafe vans. Twitter Email WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleNew IDA manager to drive employment in the Mid WestNext articleWhistleblower law Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print
As the stakes for standardized tests continue to rise, a new nonprofit organization will offer free preparation courses to disadvantaged high school students in Los Angeles in the hopes of improving their college opportunities.SEE College Prep — which provides SAT preparation programs to low-income students through partnerships with existing college programs — hopes to use USC as its base of operations.SEE hopes work with USC students to help students gain entrance into four-year colleges. The organization will be coordinating with a federally funded program that offers grants to poor students.“Our hope is that USC will more or less be the hub of [SEE] in the Los Angeles area,” said Garrett Neiman, the Stanford student who founded SEE and scored a 2400 on his SAT.SEE has already established programs in other parts of the state, with partnerships at Stanford University and UC Irvine. SEE offers a five-week, 42-hour program and curriculum designed by students from Stanford, according to the programs website.“This last summer we helped over 500 students,” said Austin Hay, a USC sophomore majoring in environmental engineering and SEE’s vice president of programs. “The average improvement score was 240 points.”As SEE expands into Southern California, Neiman hopes USC students will be a driving force in the program, both as tutors and volunteers.The main obstacle to finding volunteers is their test scores, Hay said, because SEE requires students to score in the 99th percentile across the board. As a result, many applicants are ineligible from the beginning.But Hay said he is still attempting to gather interest for the launch next summer. SEE is currently seeking tutors, recruiters, managers and advertisers.“Students would find it fulfilling to help [other] students, who are not as privileged, get into a school like USC,” Hay said.Laura Welch, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she knew students who didn’t take the SAT because of the cost, and said she would be interested in helping kids in similar situations by working as a tutor for SEE.“Especially since we’re so fortunate to be here,” Welch said. “[By taking SEE], it doesn’t matter where you come from or your financial situation.”According to Neiman, SEE also helps the communities where students take the nonprofit classes by recruiting the program’s top graduates as tutors.“By bringing back role models from those communities, we give students access to peers who really made it,” Neiman said.
Mohit Singh with his host family member Glennis Zimmerman.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Mohit Singh, a 23-year-old farmer from India, spent three weeks with Jay and Glennis Zimmerman of South Haven this past month as part of an exchange program through IFYE – formerly known as International 4-H Youth Exchange.Singh was here to learn about farming – American style and figure out ways to make his family farm back in India more profitable. His first trip to the United States included visits to Kansas farms in Sumner, Scott, Allen and Ness Counties before heading to Virginia for a similar tour there. He will be in Kansas through the State Fair in early September.â€œI decided against the tourist destinations in California, so I can study farms in Kansas in the heart of the country,â€ Singh said. â€œKansas is the heart of America and that is what Iâ€™m most interested in.â€Singh is part of a farming family in Agra, India which is the home of the iconic Taj Mahal. He comes from a family that owns about 200 acres or 80 Hectares.While that is modest for a small American farming family, it is huge in India, where individual farmers can no longer own more than 13 hectares which equate to 32 acres. So huge, that his multi-generational family, is considered one of the most wealthy farming operations in India. So much so that when President Bill Clinton came to visit India during his time in office, governmental officials would showcase the family farm.Before India started a land allotment program that limited the size of farms, the Singh family had already procured its sizable 200-acre farm. They were able to keep these acres by allocating ownership through several family members. The uncle would own some, the aunt, the father, etc. They then farmed together.Mohitâ€™s family also have traveling abroad experience, which is unusual for farmers in India. His grandfather came to the United States in 1966. It was here that his grandfather learned the American way of life in farming and told stories to his family. Mohit wanted to come to the U.S. to see for himself. The Zimmerman farm was the first of his many stops at different U.S. farms.As always, the size of the farms of America impress the foreigners. We have bigger tractors, bigger combines, bigger plots of land. Singh came in time for the tail end of wheat harvest and got to ride on Jayâ€™s combine.While we have agriculture issues in the U.S., it is not nearly as severe as in India where farmers are incurring such high debt and poor crop conditions, that they canâ€™t pay back loans and feed their families. The limited size of the farms contributes to the problem. Suicides amongst farmers in India have reached epidemic proportions with nearly 300,000 farmers ending their lives in the past 20 years.Although the Singh family is not close to the economic devastation of many India farmers, times are tight for the family as well. And that requires them to look at new forms of revenue. This is why observing American farms was so much more important to Singh than say visiting Disneyland. Singh hopes his trip here brings him knowledge that will help the economic opportunity of his family farm back home.The Singh family has recently started a fish growing operation. In India the demand for fish is high. But the rivers are so polluted that the fish out of the river are not edible. So his familyâ€™s fresh fish will be in high demand there.Singh was here through July 10 where he then left for Scott City. He was here through the Kansas Wheat Festival and ended up being a judge at the quilt show held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington.The American culture is most certainly different, Singh said. For example, he is struck at how multi-generational families donâ€™t live together.â€œThe first thing he asked us is if Jay and I were lonely living in a big house by ourselves,â€ Glennis said. â€œI said â€˜heck, no.â€™ I love my kids but I sure in the heck donâ€™t want them living with me.â€Singh is a Hindu and Hindus donâ€™t eat beef.â€œWeâ€™ve learned to eat a lot of chicken and fish over the last couple of weeks,â€ Glennis said.Singh is part of the IFYE program that links young adults with host families in other countries. About 4,000 Americans have lived in 116 countries and a like number of young people from those countries have come here.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 210 weeks ago I met him while he was here, such a great guy… Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Paula Tatum · 210 weeks ago Thanks so much for a terrific story. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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