Community Court drops $400 tickets against boys

first_img“If they had been cited at 1 a.m. I doubt it would have been dismissed,” Scieke added. The boys had been studying together and took a break, videotaping stunts in a Valencia park across the street from the home where they had gathered. The citations are the first to be handled this way since the court was established in January. Nine curfew cases, out of 200 this year, have been sent to Community Court. Four hundred tickets were issued in 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The city dropped the curfew tickets issued to five Valencia boys cited for playing after 10 p.m. in a neighborhood park during a break in a study session, officials said Monday. Of hundreds of $400 curfew tickets these were the first to be dropped, sheriff’s and city officials said. The action followed a Daily News story on the incident. In a 6-month-old Community Court program for first-time offender juveniles, a city official reviewed the cases and determined that the tickets did not need to go to court. “These kids were very honest and accepted responsibility and they were cited 10 minutes after 10 p.m.,” said community court coordinator Bob Scieke. last_img read more

Future 49ers in the national championship? Here are five

first_imgIf you’re a 49ers fan still desperate for football in the Bay after season’s end, college football’s national championship comes to Levi’s Stadium on Monday. If advance scouting is your thing, too, there may even be future 49ers on the field.Here are five players on Alabama and Clemson to keep an eye on as college football season ends and draft season begins.Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DE, No. 99The redshirt junior will either be the second or third edge rusher taken in the draft. He’s atop the …last_img

Crafts partnership empowers women

first_img16 March 2012The lives of rural women in parts of KwaZulu-Natal are changing for the better now that their arts and crafts are being properly marketed and sold, with help from the Siyazisiza Trust.The Trust, started in 1987, operates in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, and opens up distribution channels for the women. It also provides the women with training and financial literacy.The Trust works with affiliate organisation Khumbulani Craft, which provides job skills and practical business training to crafters in the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa visited Nongoma on Monday to see for herself how women are trying to eradicate poverty and sustain their lives through their art.Xasa urged the women to persevere with their businesses because apart from financial gains, their craft also told stories about the country’s history and culture.Phumla Mnganga, chairperson of the Siyazisiza Trust, told BuaNews that illiteracy rates among rural women were high, “so they don’t always understand the concepts of costing. We provide organisational capacity and help them create proper structures for their work.”Some of the women’s work has been used to decorate the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, and had it not been for the Trust, they would not have had such an opportunity, despite being highly skilled in their craft.Tourism company Tourvest is another distribution channel made possible by the Trust.“We are aware that often such partnerships tend to be exploitative,” Xasa said. “We are assured that, through the involvement of the Siyazisiza Trust, the women receive a fair price for their crafts.”Xasa said the partnership was a great example of how, through socio-economic development, rural craft women were being empowered.The government has prioritised the development of a culture and heritage strategy for South Africa, which will identify ways of turning culture and heritage into sought-after attractions.“We also are looking at unlocking the economic development of these products,” Xasa said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Busy Day for Geocaching HQ’er MissJenn in Bowling Green, Kentucky

first_imgUnfortunately MissJenn couldn’t bring this Corvette back with her to Geocaching HQ.I had the pleasure of attending the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This exhibit has been the torque of this town (get it?). See it while you can. It will be there until May 4, 2014.Many of us took advantage of this very rare opportunity to have a so-called “Busy Day of Geocaching” – a day in which you can find a full dozen different cache types. The eager community fastened their seatbelts to geocache across Bowling Green. Up for grabs were a CITO event, a regular event, some experimental Lab caches, a Wherigo cache, as well as the Maze Exhibit itself. At least one Bookmark List detailed the possibilities. The Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club (MTGC) came out in full force to support this Busy Day with a cheery group of volunteers clad in blue t-shirts made just for this day.Corvette Lab Caches.We are most grateful to Melinda of the 6Lindseys, a Bowling Green local and veteran geocacher, who was instrumental in making all of this happen—and all on her birthday! She and the MTGC secured a generous stack of door prizes that filled up an 8-foot table: boots, GPS devices, unactivated trackable items, swag for cache containers, area souvenirs and much more. Thank you to these organizations that support the geocaching community so generously.The 10 Lab Cache containers were judiciously painted with colors relevant to that portion of Corvette design history, matching the cars displayed as each Lab Cache’s cover image. Additional decoupage treatment completed the iconic look of each one. I was tempted to take one these attractive containers back to Geocaching HQ with me. It’s a good thing that I didn’t: rumor has it that these 10 will re-appear nearby in another Corvette-related project.And now, it’s time for some photos:As soon as you drive up to the Corvette Museum’s expansive grounds, you are greeted by this enticing mockup of the early Corvette body style. This was made even more enticing because parked right behind it was one of the Lab Caches. MonkeyBrad and SalPal make the find.AbbysGrammy admired this 2014 Torch Red Convertible displayed at the lobby while awaiting pickup from its owners, Jim & Kay Gooderham.The area reviewers who attended were bold enough to take the stage to answer questions from the audience, as well as to give tips and advice on how best to submit appropriate geocaches. Pictured from left to right are: Doctor Teeth (KY), IronHorseReviewer (KY), Bluegrass Reviewer (KY), Thunder-Chicken (KY), TheScarlettReviewer (IL), Hoosier Reviewer, (IL), NCreviewer (NC) and Dogwood_Reviewer (NC). Serving as emcee and working the crowd was The Seanachai (TN), not pictured. SharePrint Related Editors Note: We’re very sorry to hear about the sinkhole that opened up in the museum. We’re incredibly glad that no one was hurt in the disaster and incredibly sad that 8 beautiful Corvettes were destroyed.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Cold Floors and Warm Ceilings

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members During the winter, the air near your floor is cold, while the air near your ceiling is hot. Similarly, during the summer, the air conditioner keeps your first floor comfortable, while the rooms on the second floor are unbearably hot. What’s going on?The usual answer is, “Heat rises.” But that explanation isn’t quite accurate. (It’s true that hot air rises by convection. But heat travels in all directions, including sideways and downward, by conduction and radiation.)The scenarios I’ve described are variations on the theme of temperature stratification — problems caused when indoor air temperatures are layered horizontally, with cold air down low and hot air up high, like layers in a parfait.Let’s start with a simple example: a single-story slab-on-grade house with temperature stratification problems. The thermostat is 48 inches above the floor, and it’s set at 72°F. On a winter day, when you are sitting at your desk, the air near your feet is at 65°F. Up near the ceiling, the air is at 79°F. Why?There are two main causes of this phenomenon.Air leaks coupled with the stack effect. The most important factor in this type of stratification is air leakage. Holes near a home’s ceiling allow warm interior air to escape into the attic. As this air escapes, it pulls in cold exterior air through cracks near the floor — for example, cracks near the threshold of an exterior door. The engine for this type of air movement is the stack effect. Since the warm interior air near the ceiling is at a positive pressure with respect to the outdoors, it wants to escape. Since the cool interior air near the floor is at a negative pressure… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more