first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (818) 719-2397. Family Day Care Association meeting will feature Brenda Cox of Books on Wheels, 7 p.m. at The New Apostolic Church, 28877 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Debbie Estes at (661) 296-9885. Lions Club Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Movie Day will feature the film “Racing Stripes,” 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest” by Christopher Paolini, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Valley PC Group will meet, 6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Healthy Homecoming will welcome previous patients and their families, noon-2 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8060. Business workshop titled “How To Start a New Business,” 9-11 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 702-9049. Nonprofit Leaders Council will meet, 3:30-5 p.m. at the SCV Resource Center in the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3730 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385 or visit www.scvquiltguild.org. Moms mixer, to celebrate being a mom, 7-9 p.m. at the home of Liz Hodson in Valencia. Call Hodson at (661) 255-6044. Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. in the upper classroom at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Old Town Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. at 29222 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4347. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Corduroy the Bear story time, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Grand opening of Santa Clarita Valley Medical Plaza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway in Valencia. Call (888) 432-5464. Thanksgiving story time and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Authors Jule Selbo and Laura Peters will sign their book, “Pilgrim Girl,” 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Paws 4 Healing dogs will be available for read-aloud sessions with children, 1-3 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Workshop for aspiring filmmakers, 2-4 p.m. at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 286-4037 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Bone marrow drive, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call Heart of the Canyons Church at (661) 255-7246. Fiction Light Book Club will discuss “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.True to Ag Leader’s traditional “color-blind” approach, the electric drives will be built to install on most major planter brands on the market. Additionally, the electric drive motor isn’t tied to a specific brand or type of seed meter, making it flexible to work on existing meters and with multiple planter setups. Further, the system is ISOBUS compatible and can be used with any VT Task Controller display.“Our core company focus is precision farming technology, producing tools for growers that give them an immediate payback, across many farming activities and mixed equipment,” stated Roger Zielke, Product Manager. “The coming advancements to our reputable SeedCommand line are a perfect example of that.”Electric drives will be added to the SeedCommand line with a limited release this spring and full production in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED 8/31/2011 with a new blog linkDr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, has released a new letter explaining the reasons why PHI decided to sever all relations with the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). The International Passive House Association refers to Feist’s latest letter as a “statement of reassurance.” RELATED ARTICLES The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistPassivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak Out“Passive house” is not a trademarkOn August 24, 2011, the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt issued a new document, Passive House and the United States. The document states:“Course providers worldwide may choose to use any materials they like in preparing their students for the international Passive House Designer exam and indeed, those wishing to take the exam may prepare themselves through self-study. For interested course providers, however, PHI offers its Passive House Designer course materials, available in a variety of languages. This material is based on the CEPH course materials, which resulted from an EU-funded project by the same name involving several partners. … Interested parties may sign a licensing agreement allowing use of the Passive House Designer course materials as a complete course for the purposes of preparing students to take the international Passive House Designer exam. Due to the material’s roots as an EU Project, course providers must provide the complete course and the slides may not be adapted. Course providers are encouraged, however, to add their own slides to the course so as to cover regional specifics.”“PHI is currently working with a local US developer to include a metric-imperial conversion tool in the updated PHPP which should be available early next year. With this newly updated software, no conversion of PHPP files will be required as both the metric and imperial units will be simultaneously visible.”“The PHPP is available for sale by multiple resellers worldwide. New contracts for qualified US resellers are currently being negotiated. Resellers must have an intimate knowledge of the PHPP and be able to support users. Organizations fulfilling these criteria that are interested in becoming distributors of the PHPP software may contract directly with the PHI to discuss becoming licensed resellers.”“The PHI has always encouraged an open market, having never trademarked ‘Passive House’ nor granted regional monopolies or territories.” (For more information on the trademark issue, see Can ‘Passive House’ Be Trademarked?) Craziness and illegal salesIn his latest letter, Feist makes the following points:“Although provoked – I’m only human, after all – I’ll refrain from responding to all the craziness that currently abounds, as I believe a deeper look at the recent communications from both organizations speaks for itself.”“The fact is that our relationship to PHIUS was based on two contracts … These contracts, eagerly demanded by PHIUS some time ago, were both signed and standing.”“At no time did PHIUS have a contract to even sell PHPP, let alone to adapt it (no, this is not merely about imperial versus metric – PHI fully understands and supports the needs of American designers to use numbers with which they are familiar, and is currently working on a solution). Nothing has changed except for the fact that PHI has now demanded PHIUS discontinue the illegal sale and adaptation of PHI’s property.”“PHIUS would like far further reaching control of what is happening in the North American Passive House scene than it currently has. These ambitions conflict with the open approach chosen by the Passive House Institute, which makes a point of publishing all its research and offers assistance to all organizations wanting to collaborate in a decent and honest way. I am convinced that geographical monopolies are neither expedient nor possible.” More commentary from the blogosphereThe latest blog post on the issue is this one from Roger at the EdgewaterHaus blog.last_img read more

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first_imgThe interview is an important aspect of documentary filmmaking. Check out these must-know interview tips before starting your next project.Top image via Pat MillsThe importance of conducting a solid interview can’t be overstated when it comes to documentary filmmaking. But every filmmaker is different in terms of how they approach and capture that interview. The way Errol Morris conducts an interview is vastly different from the way Werner Herzog conducts an interview. With that said, let’s run through a few interview tips every documentary filmmaker should know.1. Prepare Accordingly, but Remain AdaptableImage: documentarian Laura Poitras researching, via The New York TimesResearch is an absolute must before ever attempting to produce a documentary film, let alone an interview. For example, I researched my last documentary film for nearly a year before we ever rolled on a camera. By researching your film, you’ll be better able to intelligently adapt your questions to match your subject’s responses.2. Avoid “Yes” and “No” QuestionsImage: documentary filmmaker Nel Shelby and crew during interview, via Nel Shelby ProductionsWith research and planning done, it’s time to craft questions for the interview. For this you’ll want to ensure that you have a solid dialogue going with your subject before the interview. Just be mindful not to prep them — you want their responses to be real and authentic, and that doesn’t happen if you conduct a preinterview.Develop your questions from your research and correspondence with your subject. The key to creating these questions is to ensure that they aren’t “yes” or “no” questions. Your questions need to be structured and framed in such a way that they invite the subject to talk and give quantitative responses. We also want to ask them to restate the question before answering.The secret to asking revealing questions is to ask about the subject’s “feelings and emotions” and to ask the subject to tell you a story full of details. – The Wild Classroom3. Ensure Your Subject Is ComfortableImage: Fredrick Wiseman’s crew before filming National Gallery, via DVDExoticaWith a foundation based on research and expansive questions, you’re ready to actually conduct the interview — and while you may be completely comfortable around running cameras, your subject might not be. Because of this, you need to ensure your subjects are comfortable before you ever start rolling.I’ve found a technique learned from filmmaker Scott Thurman to be helpful for this. Thurman recommends giving your subject your undivided attention while the crew prepares the gear and set. Make small talk and chat about anything. Ease their mind and make them feel as comfortable as possible. When you’re finally ready to go, they’ll feel much more at ease with the process. Be respectful of your subject and remember they are accommodating you, so be sure to accommodate them.4. Be Engaging With Your SubjectImage: documentary Filmmaker Errol Morris during an interviewYour subject is feeling positive, confident, and ready to roll. You hit record. Now, it’s absolutely crucial for you to remain engaged with both energy level and eye contact. If your energy level is good, your subject’s is likely to be as well. Having an engaged subject can make a huge difference for your interview.One quick note about eye contact. I like to maintain eye contact with my subject throughout the interview. There will be moments when you write a note about something they said, but try to bring eye contact back immediately. If the filmmaker doesn’t maintain eye contact, the subject’s eyes will drift around the space and likely become disengaged.5. Leave Spaces to BreatheImage: documentarian Clio Barnard on set of The Arbor, via IMDbFinally, we have solid questions, an engaged subject, and rolling cameras. This is the perfect mix for a great interview, minus one thing — breathing room. When conducting an interview, you need to make sure you leave plenty of space for edits. I like to tell my subjects to give me a beat or two before starting in with their answer. Then when they finish, I’m going to let there be an awkward pause — a place for the interview to breathe.This technique is, of course, for the editing phase of the film. Don’t feel that you need to stop recording immediately after you finish your questions. I’ve been able to capture some of the best bits of my interviews during post-question conversational moments.What approach do you take to interviews? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more