MOORPARK – Schools Superintendent Frank DePasquale, seen as somewhat of a bridge-builder between the school district and community, will retire in March after 25 years as the area’s chief educator. DePasquale submitted his letter of retirement last week to the board of the Moorpark School District. His decision to leave the school system is based on a desire to spend time with his wife, Diann, and family, he said, plus “the time is right.” “There’s a certain point in your career when the voice inside you says, now is time,” said the Ventura resident, an educator for 35 years. “I am very fortunate to be able to exit when things are going so well.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week DePasquale said he takes pride in leaving at a time when many of the Measure R $33 million bond projects are near completion, the district’s 11 schools are functioning at a high academic level and many have received Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon School honors. Moorpark schools surpassed the state’s Academic Performance Index target with an overall score of 803. The district will likely run under an interim superintendent for a short period, DePasquale said, but he expects the five-member board to appoint a new person to the post by September. Trustee David Pollock said board members were caught by surprise and will be sorting through their options as they begin the hiring process. “We were all shocked,” he said. “We weren’t expecting him to retire so soon, but understand his reasons. “It’s safe to say the board is wanting to continue the momentum. We like the direction Frank has the district going and want nothing less.” DePasquale began his career in Moorpark as principal of Flory Elementary School (now a magnet) in 1981. In 1987, he was named Campus Canyon School principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction in 1992. He was named superintendent in March 2000. Through the years, he saw the district flourish from 2,000 students to more than 7,600, Moorpark High School go on to claim Academic Decathlon state and national titles, and The High School at Moorpark College program established. For now, the father of two looks forward to being with his family, doing some traveling and teaching at the university level. But he’ll still be around from time to time. “I’ll be around for the big events,” he said, adding that he’ll miss the excitement of football games and the Academic Decathlon competition. “I’ll always have fond memories of Moorpark and leave a piece of my heart here.” Moorpark Mayor Pat Hunter said DePasquale’s retirement will create a void not easily filled. “He clearly understands that our children represent our greatest investment,” he said. “He will leave with my respect, my admiration and my sincerest appreciation on a job well done.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Wireless video can streamline your film set. Whether it’s for focus-pulling or a client’s monitor, here’s how to add wireless video to your set for cheap.One thing that has always bothered me about shooting on a gimbal is the inability to effectively pull focus. You need a lot of wireless functionality to do it right, and that stuff isn’t cheap. For one, you need a wireless follow focus, but you also need wireless video to send an image to a remote focus puller. Or you can grow an extra arm and use that.Another pain-point on set is when you’re setting up your video village (client/director monitor) and that HDMI or SDI cable only reaches so far, and now your client is sitting right on top of you all day, watching your every move, and there are cables in the way running everywhere. It’s so much easier to just plug in a wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver and be fully mobile.I’ve done an extreme amount of research on this and used multiple units, and this is what I’ve learned: there are absolutely zero options that feel professional enough under $1,000. There are some that work, but they aren’t as reliable — and in key moments, you need reliability.The System I BuiltThis is a fantastic video from Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter. As always, he provides a great and affordable solution to a common on-set issue.When I first came across this video, I had finally purchased my first wireless follow focus system and had spent all of my money on that. So I needed a cheap way to get wireless video, so that I could, you know, use the follow focus I just bought. This video ticked all the boxes, and it was affordable enough to give it a shot. This was the most professional-looking option that I could find with the budget I had.This build uses the Nyrius Aries Prime (or pro) system in conjunction with some cheap cell phone batteries and rigging parts to build a pretty decent-looking handheld director’s monitor setup. When I built mine, I was able to rig the wireless follow focus transmitter directly to the rig as well.Sam And Niko over at corridor have a similar build using the Nyrius as well.While both of these builds tick the boxes of affordability and professional appearance, I had a whole lot of trouble with mine. That’s not to knock their builds, but I just really struggled with my Nyrius unit in particular.When it was working, it was working beautifully. The freedom combined with a remote focus puller was just so much fun and creatively exciting that when it wasn’t working, I was all the more frustrated.There are a few drawbacks to the Nyrius approach. The main one is that the signal would drop or be unavailable about 50% of the time. The thing that was perplexing was that when I’d remove all of the Nyrius hardware from the rig that I built, the signal would work fine. It almost seemed like the metal of the rig was creating some sort of interference.Also, wrangling and keeping all of those cell phone charger-style batteries was somewhat of a struggle.In both of the above videos, however, it seemed that they weren’t having quite these issues. Which leads me to my conclusion: it’s just a cheap solution, and not really a professional one, which they admit in both videos. Your mileage will vary, and that is the problem. You need reliability.Other OptionsUnfortunately, aside from the Nyrius systems and a bunch of cheap aftermarket Amazon alternatives that I’ve never tried myself, you get a steep jump into the $1,500-$3,000 range.CAME-TV makes what looks like a decent kit for about $700, but I haven’t used this one myself. Video review below.There are a ton of other options in this same price-range as well. You have units from Teradek, Paralinx, Ikan, and others. All of these seem to be priced based on the range they offer and other factors like battery life and latency. However, to me, once the latency gets low enough that someone can pull focus, most of the price differences aren’t as indicative of the quality of the product.The only other option in the sub-$3,000 range that I have used myself is the CINEGEARS Ghost Eye system, and it worked fantastically with no signal issues or latency whatsoever.So, my point is that once you get into the higher price range, they all seem to work pretty well. That’s why they’re expensive.The Future Of Wireless VideoEarly in 2018, SmallHD announced that they had partnered with Teradek to create their new line of monitors with built-in wireless systems. In my opinion, this is definitely the next logical step for wireless video monitoring — systems that include built-in wireless functionality, and leave it to SmallHD to be the pioneers.SmallHD now offers built-in wireless options for their 703 monitor as well as some wireless options for their Focus line (both of which run around $1,300).Looking for more video production tips? Check these out.7 Ways To Light A Face Using Quasar Science LEDsRoundup: 5 Cutting-Edge Apps for the Modern Filmmaker5 Actually Useful Wrap Gifts Your Crew Will AppreciateSpeed Up Your Workflow with Adobe’s New Project RushUsing Canon 5D mk IV’s Auto-Focus While Shooting Video
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January priceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have informed Juventus they can sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The midfielder, off contract in June, is understood to have settled pre-contract terms with Juve.The Wales international has agreed to a €6.5m-a-year deal.And Gazzetta.it says Arsenal have told Juve they can sign Ramsey immediately for £20m.Juve’s board are now weighing up whether to match Arsenal’s valuation.
Aubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in line for a new pay-rise at Arsenal.Sport says Arsenal have opened negotiations with Aubameyang over a new contract at the club.Aubameyang has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Emirates, but the Gunners are keen to secure his future through to 2023.Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances for Arsenal. The Gabon star has made it clear he’s happy with the Londoners. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights In this regard, he encouraged them to do everything necessary to ensure that its potential continues to be maximised. Tourism, Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government remains committed to Falmouth’s sustainable development, noting that the facility has the potential to evolve into one of the Caribbean’s best cruise-ship destinations. Mr. Bartlett said that in the Falmouth Port, residents of Trelawny have the biggest and most attractive facility of its kind, “this side of the hemisphere”. Tourism, Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government remains committed to Falmouth’s sustainable development, noting that the facility has the potential to evolve into one of the Caribbean’s best cruise-ship destinations.Mr. Bartlett said that in the Falmouth Port, residents of Trelawny have the biggest and most attractive facility of its kind, “this side of the hemisphere”.In this regard, he encouraged them to do everything necessary to ensure that its potential continues to be maximised.“We are committed to build out the experiences that the cruise visitors require when in Falmouth. We are also committed to ensure a safe, seamless and secure destination where our visitors can move around in a wonderful and peaceful environment. We have been working on the ground with our local tour guides so as to ensure everyone is on the same page,” he told JIS News.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Port was also built in anticipation of the cruise industry’s growing demands, and the fact that bigger ships are being built.Additionally, he said given the facility’s proximity to the home ports of Florida, Jamaica is a year-round cruise destination and a mainstay on western Caribbean itineraries.Mr. Bartlett contended that in order for Jamaica to compete with other ports of call in the region, it was imperative that a port of Falmouth’s calibre be built, to afford the country the opportunity to accommodate mega liners.“We can now look back and say that the deal with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) to construct [the Port] was very significant. For this, I want to single out the Port Authority of Jamaica and its leadership for their vision,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said the partnership with RCCL has been seminal over the years, noting that “it is the largest we have been able to forge”.“Indeed, it is a partnership that has resulted in the largest port of entry in the English-speaking Caribbean and one that has taken our cruise tourism to greater heights,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said it is symbolic that Falmouth continues to host some of the biggest ships in the world, adding that it will greatly enhance the growth in tourism and increase the likelihood of visitors returning for longer stays.The Port of Falmouth is located on Jamaica’s north coast, approximately 43 miles east of Montego Bay and 59 miles west of Ocho Rios.From Falmouth, visitors can access most of the tours currently offered from both locations
New Delhi: The process of setting up of over 1,000 fast-track special courts across the country to deal with pending cases of rape is likely to begin on October 2, the Law Ministry has said.The Department of Justice in the Law Ministry had proposed to set up 1,023 fast-track courts at a total budget of Rs 767.25 crore. The central support of Rs 474 crore for one year will be funded under the Nirbhaya Fund. The fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder of a student in Delhi, to support the initiatives of governments and NGOs working towards the safety of women. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a letter to the Cabinet Secretariat on August 8, the Department of Justice has said after the recommendation of the expenditure finance committee on July 11 and approval of the law minister, the case has been forwarded to the finance minister for approval. A statement from the Women and Child Development Ministry had earlier said that in the first phase, 777 such courts may be set up in nine states, and in the second phase, 246 courts will be set up. Parliament had recently approved amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The law deals with the sexual abuse of children. The changes to the law include enhancement of punishment to include the death penalty for child sex abuse.
Kolkata: To commemorate the occasion of International Women’s Day, Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee led a rally on Friday, organised by her party’s Mahila wing.The rally, which began at Shraddhananda Park at around 12 pm, continued with much fanfare as it traversed through the streets of North Kolkata, before it finally concluded at Dharamtala where she addressed the crowd. The procession which witnessed a footfall of thousands, was also attended by various women party leaders and ministers of the state including Chandrima Bhattacharya, Shashi Panja, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Smita Bakshi, Nayana Banerjee, Ashima Patra and others who walked along with the Chief Minister to mark the occasion. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersApart from a strong message on women empowerment, there were cultural programmes on the same theme that were performed by various women groups who also took part in the procession. Numerous placards highlighting the various state government projects such as Kanyashree, and Rupashree among others were also displayed at the march. While addressing the crowd at Dharamtala where the rally finally concluded in the afternoon after a long walk, the Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister reminded people of the Women’s Reservation Bill for parliamentarians and said that her party is the only one in the country which has 35 percent elected women members in the 16th Lok Sabha. “While the Women’s Reservation Bill has not yet been passed in #Parliament, I am proud that our party @AITCofficial has 35% women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. We have also reserved 50% seats in local bodies for women candidates #IWD2019,” she tweeted on the occasion. “The party will ensure this happens and this is our commitment,” the Chief Minister said. Further contending that women of Bengal are the “backbone of the state”, she added: “Our state has done exceptionally well in all regards and it ranks number one in terms of women empowerment. “Bengal has 50 percent reservation for women in the Panchayats and municipalities. “We have increased child care leave for women to almost 730 days and have also instituted scholarships like Kanyashree and Sikshashree for students all across the state.” While speaking about the launch of the recent health scheme ‘Swasthya Sathi’, Banerjee said the smart cards which are being issued under the scheme are being given to a woman member of the family, recognising her as its head. Banerjee also added that a record 48 percent women have participated in the 100 days’ work scheme under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year as people unite to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.
New Delhi: A Delhi court has ordered attachment of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s properties in Bengaluru in a case relating to FERA violations. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat issued fresh directions after the Bengaluru Police, through Enforcement Directorate’s special public prosecutor N K Matta and advocate Samvedna Verma, sought more time to execute its earlier order in this regard. The court directed the state police to attach the properties by July 10, the next date of hearing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Bengaluru Police had earlier informed the court that it had identified 159 properties belonging to Mallya, but had not been able to attach any of them. Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on January 4 last year for evading its summons in the case. The court had on May 8 last year directed the attachment of Mallya’s properties in the case through the Bengaluru Police commissioner and sought a report on it. It had declared Mallya a proclaimed offender for evading summons in a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FERA) violation case after noting that he had failed to appear despite repeated summonses. It had on April 12, 2017 issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the liquor baron. Unlike a non-bailable warrant, an ‘open-ended NBW’ does not carry a time limit for execution.
Los Angeles: After months of hinting that new music was on the way, singer Madonna has finally revealed the name of an upcoming project. She has given her fans a sense of what her new tunes may sound like via some tantalising social media posts, reports forbes.com. The singer uploaded a video to both Instagram and Twitter on April 14, in which she shared that she has decided to name her new album Madame X, though she doesn’t state when it may arrive. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe name seems to refer to a character, or perhaps an alter ego that Madonna has created, who she describes as “a secret agent / travelling around the world / changing identities / fighting for freedom / bringing light to dark places”. Madonna then shares a list of descriptions that seem to fit this Madame X character, including calling her “a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint and a prostitute”. The first list of descriptors was posted on April 13, while a handful of videos, including the one where she shares that Madame X is indeed the name of what will be her next full-length, went up on April 14. The visual is soundtracked by what is likely a song featured on the album, where Madonna sings: “The thing that hurts the most / is that I wasn’t lost,” with autotune added for special effect.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes their clash with Tottenham will give them an indication of their current strength under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar SolskjaerThe Red Devils have won all five of their games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month at Old Trafford.But Jones, who has started four times under the Norwegian, warns that Spurs will likely give them their toughest challenge yet on Sunday.“Spurs is a good test,” Jones told the club website.“We are in good form and have some momentum going. We have steadied the ship a bit.“We have not done anything yet, we have not achieved anything, but we need to keep it going. Possibly Spurs will be an indicator for us and how far we can go but it is a game we need to win.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They are in good form and doing well and we need to have a good week, train well and prepare for a tough game. Hopefully, the momentum can carry us on to win that match.”The 26-year-old insists Champions League football remains the target with United now just six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea after four successive wins.“Of course we should be in the Champions League next season and that is the aim but we have done nothing yet. I know it is a cliche but it has to be game by game,” said Jones.“I don’t really want to think about the top four, or the Champions League or the FA Cup.“It has to be game by game. Tottenham is tough and we aim to see where we are after that.”Jones has made seven league appearances for United this season.