Pooches invited; puffers are not

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The Simi Valley Town Center is welcoming shoppers who bring along their pooches, but cigarette-puffing patrons are finding themselves in the doghouse. Mall officials recently introduced two new policies: One bans smoking at the open-air center. The other allows folks to bring their dog for a day of shopping. “I think it sucks,” said Raul Cervantes, 19, a smoker. “If it was indoors, it would be different. It’s outdoors. People shouldn’t be told where they can or cannot smoke. We should be able to smoke here.” The new regulations are the result of a survey using a sampling of 350 people, which indicated customers want a smoke-free, pet-friendly mall. “I don’t like it,” the 20-year-old Simi Valley man said, smoking a cigarette outside one of the stores last week. “It’s ridiculous. People are always telling other people what to do.” In comment cards since the mall’s opening last October, shoppers repeatedly complained about smokers lighting up, while others hated the idea of being asked to leave because of their pets, Lenners said. Kim Perez of Simi Valley said she takes her soft-coated wheaten terrier, Kenna, everywhere she goes, and that she was removed from the mall before the recent rule change. “I respect people,” she said. “The dog is not hurting anybody. I don’t take her to the (food court). If she was aggressive, I would not have her here.” The news also was well-received by Barbara McLaren and her 5-month old puppy, Rozella. “I want her to come out with me (to) places and meet people, … socialize,” she said. “This is great.” City Councilman Glen Becerra said the mall appears to be responsive to what its customers want. While he applauds the smoking ban, he has concerns with the change in pet policy. “Would I feel comfortable walking with my children when someone is coming down the pathway with an 80-pound dog at their side?” Becerra said. “If they are toy dogs people carry in purses, I’d have less concern.” Lenners said mall officials plan to enforce the rules by posting no-smoking signs throughout the shopping center. The issue of pets will be addressed in the code-of-conduct guidelines displayed at each of the mall’s entrances. Smokers now will only be allowed to smoke in the mall’s parking lot and in restaurants that allow it in their outdoor seating areas. Pets must be on a leash and cannot be left unattended. If the animal is overly aggressive or is believed to be a threat to the public, its owner will be asked to leave. Mall officials are also considering installing stations with bags for waste cleanup. For owners who don’t pick up after their pets, “housekeeping staff is ready and prepared to handle anything that might be missed,” Lenners said. Jamie Santos, a Simi Valley mother of three, said while she is not surprised at the decision to snuff out smoking at the mall, she dislikes the idea of dogs strolling the trellised and covered walkways. “Not all dog owners clean up after their pets,” she said. “I can see how you can clean the poo, but how can they get rid of the pee odor?” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’re simply responding to what the community is telling us,” said Greg Lenners, the mall’s general manager. “It’s a positive thing.” The Mediterranean-style shopping center, with the slogan “A Breath of Fresh Air,” is the first regional mall to be built in Ventura County in a quarter-century and features more than 120 specialty stores, sit-down restaurants and a food court. The no-smoking rule comes on the heels of an ordinance passed by the Calabasas City Council strictly regulating smoking in public places. The change also was spurred by new research designating secondhand smoke a toxic contaminant, Lenners said. “That helped in making the decision,” he said. But Eddie Corner feels differently. last_img read more

NCS Championship Preview: St. Bernard’s embracing underdog role entering D-4 title game vs. Cardinal Newman

first_imgARCATA >> During his time as both a head coach and an offensive coordinator in the North Bay, Matt Tomlin became well aware of what Cardinal Newman is all about.Tomlin’s respect for Paul Cronin is about as maxed out as it can get, describing the Cardinals’ longtime head coach and his coaching staff as “the best coaching staff in the entire state of California.”Now for the second straight season, Tomlin’s Crusaders have the chance to bring a section title from the Bay Area back to Eureka. Up a …last_img read more

Raiders sign veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson, the team announced Wednesday night.Lawson has played for the Lions since 2014 and joins a young Raiders cornerbacks group led by 23-year-old Gareon Conley and 24-year-old Daryl Worley. Lawson, who turns 28 in April, started 46 of 47 games he played in for the Lions over the last three seasons (46 regular season games and one playoff game).He registered 18 …last_img read more

Bob Myers wrestling with where the Warriors stand in the West next season

first_imgOAKLAND – As they drove across the bridge from San Francisco to Oakland to stop at the Warriors’ facility on Monday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr had plenty of time to reflect.They had time to mourn the departures to Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. They had time to answer the question marks on how well the Warriors can sustain another playoff run next season. The Warriors will have all of next season to process how those variables play out. It …last_img read more

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: In the foreground is the ore loading facility with the waste dump and conveyor system behind at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Miners’ changing rooms at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Miners’ changing rooms at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Underground lamps at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Rescue packs at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Loco lamp storage at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The latest technology for the detection of unsafe gases underground at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 19: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Storytelling competition to find South Africa’s “Story Bosso”

first_imgResearch shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement. (Image: Mal’ibali)This September, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first “Story Bosso”.Aimed at reawakening a love of storytelling and reading among South Africans of all ages, the competition will connect the public to ideas on how to tell stories and read aloud to others, showcase a range of local stories (in all South African languages), and identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country.Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), Carole Bloch, said storytelling does not only develop children’s curiosity and imagination, but also their sense of empathy and belonging. “Storytelling and reading aloud allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning.”Research shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement; they create the neural circuits that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning in young children.Children who read for pleasure also perform better in the classroom, not just in vocabulary and spelling, but in maths and science too. Stories get children interested in books and reading – right from birth.According to Nal’ibali campaign driver, Smangele Mathebula, South Africans have a deep and respected history of storytelling that instills morals and values. “Those most fortunate among us will remember being enchanted as young children by the stories told to us by our gogos, parents and other family members. Stories were told to teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories.”During this year’s literacy month in September, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition and showcase the age-old art of story-telling.COMPETITION CAN MAKE EVERYONE BETTER STORYTELLERSWhile we don’t all need to become professional storytellers, being a good storyteller or reader needs work. The ability to captivate and hold your audience while you weave a tale that will appeal to a varied audience and finish with flair takes practice.The Nal’ibali Story Bosso competition aims to not only seek out talented entertainers, but to highlight and share the tips and techniques that can help make everyone a better storyteller and get our children excited about books and reading.Running throughout September, which is Literacy Month, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition.Participants must send in a video or audio clip of themselves reading or telling a story. Entries can be submitted in any South African language, and can be original stories made up by the participants, retellings of stories heard before, an extract from their favourite book or a sample story provided by Nal’ibali.For those unable to record clips, Nal’ibali Literacy mentors and partner organisations will be running a series of pop-up auditions and events to source stories directly from communities nationwide. Pop-ups will also be taking place as part of National Book Week, the Jozi Book Fair, the Open Book Festival and at select Bargain Books stores.In addition, Nal’ibali will be setting up pop-up libraries at these events where people can collect books to take home with them, as well as story cards in a range of South African languages that have been specially produced by the campaign for parents and caregivers to enjoy with their children long after the pop-up events. A full line up of events will be available from the Nal’ibali web- and mobisite from 1 September 2015.CELEBRITIES JUDGING THE ENTRIESA host of South African celebrities have signed up to help select the shortlisted clips. These include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; founder of the South African Reading Foundation and its division ReadabookSA, Tebogo Ditshego; author, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sizulu; comedian, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and radio personality, Elana Afrika.The winner will not only receive the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso and a visit from a participating celebrity judge, they will also get a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. Two runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign and the ‘Story Bosso’ competition, visit www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi or search for nalibaliSA on Facebook and Twitter.Source: Nal’ibalilast_img read more

Google Africa sets up mentorship programmes for tech designers, entrepreneurs

first_imgGoogle Launchpad and Google Play South Africa were launched in November 2017 to boost African technology start-ups and develop a unique African design aesthetic.Google’s Africa operations partner with several tech hubs across the continent to help local start-ups thrive. (Image: Google Africa)CD AndersonThe two initiatives will be based entirely in Africa, including in South Africa, and will offer budding and experienced tech entrepreneurs and designers hands-on and direct access to the Google brain trust, which will help them develop their ideas.Google LaunchpadThe Google Developers Launchpad Africa Space was opened on 13 November in Lagos, Nigeria. It will interact directly with tech entrepreneurs in that country, as well as offer support and software tools to help build sustainable tech business ideas from the rest of Africa.The Lagos operation is the first of its kind to be established outside the United States. The programme is accepting applications for its first onsite and online courses, beginning in early 2018.Applications are open to tech start-ups with their own seed funding from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Those chosen to participate in the three-month programme will receive more than $3-million (R42m at today’s exchange rate) in equity-free support, working space, travel and public relations support, as well as access to Silicon Valley tech business experts over three years.Google’s sub-Saharan Africa regional manager, Andy Volk, said Google had been looking for ways to get more involved in African tech businesses for a number of years. With an increasingly favourable tech business climate and a surge of unique technology ideas coming out of the continent, the time was right to begin building business relationships.“Anyone who spends time in the African technology space knows that the continent is home to some exciting innovations,” Volk told IOL News. “[Google’s small-scale engagement with African start-ups so far] has been able to tackle everything from healthcare, education and streamlining e-commerce to improving the food supply chain.”It was now time, he said, to step that up and open opportunities to more African ideas: “We are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of innovators for Launchpad Africa and continuing to work together to drive innovation in the African market.”One example of the Google effect on African tech innovation is the South African start-up Jumo, a financial services platform aimed at emerging markets. The company was the first and so far most successful start-up to go through the Launchpad accelerator.Company founders and some staff attended an intensive two-week boot camp at Google headquarters in California in July 2017. The two weeks were aimed at building the business and developing tools that would increase its footprint in offering easy-to-use financial services on mobile platforms.The company received a $50,000 funding boost, and benefits from ongoing support and mentorship.For more information about the Google Developers Launchpad Africa Space, click here. Opening Google Play to South African designersGoogle’s online app store, Play, this month opened to South African app developers and designers, no matter how small or inexperienced.In addition to gaining a virtual marketplace for their apps, designers are able to access Play’s development and commerce tools that will help them to monetise their products and access a market of millions of global users.Apps for Play are limited to Android operating systems, but unlike competitors Apple, Google Play accepts all types of apps, with the aim of helping to develop and streamline app design for the benefit of the consumer and designer. This means that even the most novice and rudimentary app idea has access to and can get help from the global Google brain trust.Developers in South Africa can get started right away by signing in to Google’s Developer Console and setting up a Google merchant account. If existing apps are already published as free, designers can choose to monetise them by adding in-app products or subscriptions.Armed with fully developed apps and in-app products, developers can price them in any available currencies, publish, access financial and marketing data, and get pay-outs in South African rand.“There have been plenty of amazing apps built in South Africa,” Luke McKend, director of Google South Africa, told IOL News at the announcement of the programme, “[but] the process of monetising them was never as smooth as we knew it could be.“By allowing local developers to monetise their products on the Play Store, we’re underscoring how serious we are about digitally empowering South Africans.”While the programme is currently limited to South African app development, success in this first stage of the project may lead to expansion into the rest of the continent over the next few years.For more information about accessing Google Play and the Google Developer Console, click here.Source: IOL News, AFK Insider, Google AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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NRC wins consensus, but not Citizenship Bill

first_imgThere has been political consensus in Assam that an updated National Register of Citizens, as mandated by the Supreme Court, will help identification of Bangladeshi migrants, who are staying illegally in Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971, and their expulsion in accordance with the Assam Accord. However, the actual number of illegal migrants in the State will not be known till the claims and objections of all those excluded in the final draft are settled by the NRC authorities.Migration after marriageThe verification of the NRC for the subsequent draft will also decide on the applications from 29 lakh women, who have submitted certificates issued by Gaon (gram panchayat) secretaries and executive magistrates to support their claim of residency after migration post-marriage. The Supreme Court allowed these documents after setting aside an order of the Gauhati High Court which declared these documents “invalid” and “ineffective in the process of the verification of claims for inclusion in NRC”.Also Read Congress seeks transparency on NRC revision process  The Supreme court, however, clarified: “The certificate issued by the G.P. secretary, by no means, is proof of citizenship. Such proof will come only if the link between the claimant and the legacy person (who has to be a citizen) is established. The certificate has to be verified at two stages. The first is the authenticity of the certificate itself; and the second is the authenticity of the contents thereof. The latter process of verification is bound to be an exhaustive process in the course of which the source of information of the facts and all other details recorded in the certificate will be ascertained after giving an opportunity to the holder of the certificate.”The publication of the first draft of the NRC came close on the heels of ruling coalition partner Asom Gana Parishad threatening to snap ties with the ruling BJP if the Centre pushed for passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis, who have entered Assam illegally post-1971.All Opposition parties, including the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front, and student and youth organisations have opposed identification of illegal migrants on the basis of religion. They have demanded withdrawal of the Bill on the ground that if made into an Act, it would render the updated NRC and the entire process of updating the citizenship register infructuous.With the BJP pushing for passage of the Bill,the question of identification of foreigners in accordance with the Assam Accord may not be answered even after the final draft is published.last_img read more

2007 CANBERRA CUP COMMENCES TODAY

first_imgThe Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Touch Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Canberra Cup this weekend from 2-4 November 2007 at the Deakin playing fields.Canberra’s biggest event on the touch calendar has attracted 19 teams from South Australia, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Sydney, and Dubbo.ACT Touch Association President Colin Spence believes the Canberra Cup is a fantastic opportunity to showcase touch football in the ACT. “With all of the local talent and a number of international touch representative and National Rugby League players paticipating, it is bound to be a top class spectacle and very worth while for anyone interested in coming to Deakin to check it out,” Spence saidOne of the most anticipated clashes of the tournament will be the match between Vawdon Cup  big guns Western Suburbs and Canberra City 2. The Western Suburbs team comprises several current New South Wales and 2007 Australian World Cup representatives, while the Canberra City 2 attack is led by St. George-Illawarra halfback, Jamie Soward.Australian Men’s Open World Cup representative Matt Curran, captain of local hopes the Woden Eagles, is looking forward to the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world.“It’s going to be a great chance to play against some quality opposition. Some of the teams that are coming down have a few internationals in their side, and it will be great to test ourselves against them.” Curran said.With so many teams visiting from other states ACT Touch Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton has labelled the event as an “invaluable experience for our local players.”“To have the New South Wales and Australian players here add another dimension to the competition. It is a perfect opportunity for our local stars to play with and against players they can learn enormously from,” said Tarlinton.Teams will be battling it out this weekend in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, as well as the Social Mixed division.Grand Finals wil be played on Sunday 4 November 2007 with the showcase Open Grand Finals in Women’s at 2.30pm, and the Men’s Final at 3.30pm.last_img read more

a day agoLALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal return

first_imgLALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal returnby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveA round-up of this week’s LaLiga news, including a new award for Leo Messi, a high-profile retirement and a very special comeback.BARCELONA CLIMB TO TOP OF TABLEThere’s new team at the top of the table and it’s a familiar face. Reigning champions Barcelona jumped into top spot with an impressive 3-0 victory away at Eibar. For the first time ever, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in the same game for Barcelona, while Frenkie de Jong also stood out and was even applauded off the pitch by the Eibar fans when substituted.LUUK DE JONG GETS OFF THE MARKThe other de Jong in LaLiga Santander also had a weekend to remember. Sevilla’s summer signing Luuk de Jong scored his first goal for his new club and it was an important one, as his late effort secured a narrow 1-0 win over Levante.A MEMORABLE NIGHT IN MALLORCARCD Mallorca hosted Real Madrid for the first time since dropping out of the top flight in 2012 on Saturday night. A special occasion for the newly promoted islanders became extra special as they secured an unlikely 1-0 win over Zinedine Zidane’s side. And, as sign of just how solid this ‘new’ Mallorca project is, the only goal of the game was scored by Lago Junior, who’s been at the club throughout their journey from the third tier to LaLiga Santander. SPAIN QUALIFY FOR EURO 2020 WITH GOALS FROM LALIGA SANTANDER STARSSpain’s ticket to Euro 2020 was mathematically clinched during the international break, thanks to 1-1 draws in Norway and Sweden. The Spanish goals came from a couple of LaLiga Santander favourites: Atlético de Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno.AN EPIC DRAW AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANOFollowing their international break heroics, Saúl and Rodrigo’s sides then met over the weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano. Injury kept Rodrigo out of the action, but he’ll have cheered as Dani Parejo’s wonderful freekick was able to cancel out a Diego Costa penalty for a 1-1 draw between Atlético de Madrid and Valencia.MESSI RECEIVES SIXTH GOLDEN SHOELionel Messi picked up the European Golden Shoe, the award given out each year to the top scorer in European leagues, for the sixth time in his career to mark the 36 goals he scored last season. He attended the ceremony with his wife and sons in Barcelona on Tuesday.CARLOS CUELLAR HANGS UP BOOTSSpanish defender Carlos Cuellar has announced his retirement from football. Cuellar played for Numancia, Calahorra, Osasuna and Almería during his career, spending four seasons in LaLiga Santander while at Osasuna.GIUSEPPE ROSSI IS BACK AT VILLARREALVillarreal’s all-time top scorer Giuseppe Rossi is back training with the club as he looks to return to full fitness. Rossi, who scored 82 goals for the Yellow Submarine between 2007 and 2013, has long-suffered injury problems but is looking to follow in the footsteps of Santi Cazorla by rehabbing with the club and then returning to action. SEVEN LALIGA PLAYERS ON THE GOLDEN BOY SHORTLISTThe 20-player shortlist for the Golden Boy award, the annual prize given to the top player under the age of 21, has been announced. There are seven LaLiga players on the list, with Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Valencia CF), João Félix (Atletico de Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid), Kang-In Lee (Valencia CF) and Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid, on loan from Real Madrid) making the cut.GETAFE TAKE THE SOUTHERN MADRID DERBY BRAGGING RIGHTSIt was derby day in southern Madrid on Saturday as Getafe hosted neighbours Leganés. Jose Bordalas’ Europa League hopefuls ran out comfortable winners, with ‘Geta’ picking up a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Angel Rodriguez. TagsTransfersOpinionLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more