Something’s Here! See West Side Story’s Isaac Powell, Shereen Pimentel & More in These Exclusive Opening Night Portraits

first_img Amar Ramasar West Side Story celebrated its Broadway opening night at the Broadway Theatre on February 20. Director Ivo van Hove’s radical reimagining of the classic American musical from Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents stars Isaac Powell as Tony and Shereen Pimentel as Maria. The stripped-down revival, which imbues West Side Story with new choreography and exposes the raw energy of young Americans battling for love and turf, features 33 actors making their Broadway debut. See the cast on opening night, and take a look at these exclusive portraits below.  Kevin Csolak Dharon E. Jones plays Riff, a Jet and Tony’s best friend View Comments West Side Story Isaac Powell Related Shows Yesenia Ayala Thomas Jay Ryan Zuri Noelle Ford Elijah A. Carter plays Action, a Jet. Yesenia Ayala plays Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend from $49.00 Matthew Johnson View the Full Gallery Here Star Files Amar Ramasar plays Bernardo, a Shark and Maria’s brother. Daniel Oreskes Ahmad Simmons Pippa Pearthree Danny Wolohan Elijah A. Carter Dharon E. Jones Shereen Pimentel Jacob Guzman View All (15)last_img read more

Shawnee Mission teachers declare impasse after contract negotiations get hung up on pay

first_imgThe NEA-SM negotiating team at a session with district administrators earlier this summer.Negotiations between the Shawnee Mission School District administration and the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission, the union representing district teachers, broke down Tuesday after the parties could not come to terms on teacher pay for the 2019-20 school year.The main sticking point, said NEA-Shawnee Mission president Linda Sieck, was how much of the new money Shawnee Mission will be receiving under the K-12 finance plan approved by the Supreme Court should be allocated to teacher compensation. The district proposed a 1% base salary increase and a $45 per teacher per month contribution toward health insurance premiums. Teachers had countered by requesting a $2,750 raise per cell on the step-and-column salary schedule.Teacher movement along the salary schedule — which provides extra compensation for teachers who earn advanced degrees and rack up additional years of service — will cost $1.6 million for the 2019-20 school year regardless of any base salary increases. Coupled with the proposed $2,750 per cell raise, the teachers’ proposed package would have represented a 6.2% total compensation increase, district officials said. The district’s compensation package proposal would have amounted to a 3.2% total compensation increase.The step-and-column schedule for Shawnee Mission teachers for 2018-19 is available here.Shawnee Mission has historically offered the highest pay for teachers among its immediate peer districts – though the work load for many teachers here is higher than in Olathe and Blue Valley.Shawnee Mission is projected to receive about $9.8 million in new funding under the K-12 funding bill signed by Gov. Laura Kelly in April, a bill deemed constitutional by the State Supreme Court in June.The district says items like increased utilities costs, transportation costs, health insurance costs, and supplies and services costs will eat up a good portion of that revenue. Combined with plans to hire 28.44 full time equivalent positions — social workers, instructional coaches, paraeducators and teachers — nearly $5 million of the new money is already allocated.But, says Sieck, that spending plan fails to provide teachers with a meaningful compensation boost even after they have gone through lean years during the protracted K-12 funding battles in the legislature. Teachers who were not eligible for a pay increase on the step-and-column schedule received a one-time stipend equal to a 1% percent raise last year. So the 1% base salary raise proposed by the district this year would effectively hold pay the same for many teachers. With health insurance costs projected to increase 6 to 9% for many district employees this year, take home pay for teachers who wouldn’t see a step-and-column salary increase would be lower under the district’s proposal for this year than what they took home last year.“The $45 per month in health insurance premiums they proposed wouldn’t cover half of what the costs are going up this year for many people,” Sieck said.She said it was frustrating that the district’s proposal didn’t allocate more money to improving teacher pay and lowering classroom sizes.“It’s disappointing because the legislature worked really hard to get new money for the districts in Kansas,” Sieck said. “That money was intended to help improve teacher salaries and hire additional staff to address class sizes…Ultimately we knew our members would say no [to the district’s proposal]. We want to bring our members a contract they can support, and we knew they wouldn’t go for this.”With the teachers declaring impasse, the groups will now engage a mediator to attempt to reconcile the parties’ respective positions and finalize a new contract. Teachers will begin the year under the terms of the contract approved last summer. The last time Shawnee Mission administrators and teachers declared impasse was 2016.Though the negotiations broke down over compensation, the teams had agreed in principle to a handful of non-compensation related items over the course of their five sessions. These include:A day during the school year will be allocated for daytime parent-teacher conferences.Teachers who attend summer training sessions to get accredited to teach AP and IB course will receive a $100 per day stipend.Teachers who work toward the certifications necessary to teach College Now curriculum will be reimbursed for those costs.last_img read more

Flu vaccine shipments start for US market

first_imgJul 18, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Companies that make flu vaccine for the US market announced that they have begun shipping their first doses for the 2011-12 flu season, according to statements from four of the five companies.The flu vaccine for the upcoming season will contain the same three strains as the previous year, including the 2009 H1N1 strain. In May the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projected that manufactuers will make a record 166 million to 173 million doses for the US market the upcoming season. Last year the companies distributed 163 million doses.Also today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement that it has approved the flu vaccines made by the five companies.Sanofi Pasteur, which supplies the largest portion of US flu vaccine, said today that it has started shipping two of the three vaccine products, Fluzone for adults and children and Fluzone High-Dose, which is targeted to those age 65 and older.Distributors will be receiving regular shipments, and healthcare providers who have reserved vaccine will receive their first shipments by August, with orders completed by early October.The company projected that shipping for its newest product, Fluzone Intradermal, won’t start until late September in limited quantities. The intradermal vaccine was just licensed by the FDA in May. The vaccine features a novel microinjection needle that is 90% shorter than those for other flu vaccines. Sanofi says the product is designed to appeal to adults ages 18 through 64, a group that has the lowest immunization rates.Last season Sanofi reported limited supplies of the high-dose version of Fluzone, which was also in its first year on the market. However, it expects the vaccine to be widely available to seniors this year.The vaccine is formulated to increase antibody response to the vaccine in older adults, a group that is higher risk for flu complications and is known to have a lower antibody response following flu immunization. So far the CDC’s vaccine advisors have not made a recommendation about the formulation.Sanofi said it expects to make 70 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine for US customers.MedImmune, the maker of FluMist, the intranasal live-inactivated virus vaccine, said today that it has begun shipping the first of its 15 million to 16 million doses to US distributors that supply healthcare providers.Dr Steve Projean, MedImmune’s senior vice president of researcher and development, said in a statement, “MedImmune is committed to supporting public health efforts to initiate seasonal influenza vaccination as early as possible each year, greatly widening the window of opportunity for vaccination.”Novartis, maker of Fluvirin, announced Jul 15 that it began shipping the first of its more than 30 million doses to US customers, which it said will help healthcare workers to vaccinate high-risk groups such as seniors and pregnant women early.Dr Vas Narasimhan, president of Novartis’ US vaccine division, said in a statement that vaccine shipments are well ahead of schedule and in ample supply. “The early arrival of the influenza vaccine will allow public health professionals to administer vaccinations weeks ahead of their normal schedule, meeting an important public health need to help protect as many individuals as possible.”On Jul 15 GlaxoSmithKline also announced that it had released its first lots of FluLaval, one of the two influenza vaccines it supplies to the US market. FluLaval is indicated for adults age 18 and older. It said in a statement that it anticipates that shipment of its other vaccine, Fluarix, approved for use in adults and children aged 3 and older, will begin in the next several days.The company said it expects to supply the US market with 35 million to 37 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine.CSL Biotherapies, maker of Afluria, is expected to make 15 million doses for the US market, according to an earlier estimate. Information about shipping projections for CSL’s seasonal flu vaccine was not immediately available.On Jun 22 the FDA issued the company a warning letter related to a March inspection of its flu vaccine facilities in Parkville, Australia. The FDA noted several deviations from good manufacturing practices, and questioned what it said was a lack of detail in CSL’s response to the inspection report. CSL said it was in the process of preparing a more substantial response about the corrective actions it is taking to address the FDA’s concerns.See also:Jul 18 FDA news releaseJul 18 Sanofi press releaseJul 18 MedImmune press releaseJul 15 Novartis press releaseJul 15 Glaxo press releaseMay 11 CIDRAP News story “Record flu vaccine production expected again this year”Jun 22 CSL statementlast_img read more

Gemelli With Duck Confit

first_imgIngredients4 duck legs1/2 c sugar1 c salt1 Tbsp black peppercorns (ground)1 tsp star anise (ground)10 tomatoes2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin1/4 c olive oil1 lb dried gemelli pasta1 c mâche leaves (washed)Grated Parmesan1 c diced butternut squash1/2 c sliced leeks2 Tbsp butter1 gallon duck fat (or canola oil will work in a pinch)Salt and pepper to your likingDirectionsYou will start the night before you are going to serve this dish. The duck legs need to sit in the cure over night before you confit them. Start by mixing the salt, sugar, and spices together, then generously coating the duck legs. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.When you are ready to begin cooking, set your oven to 350 degrees. Wash the excess cure from the duck legs and pat them dry. Find a large, oven proof vessel to cook the duck legs in. Submerge them in the fat — either duck fat if you can find it, or canola oil will work fine.Place in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes, just to get the oil up to temperature. Reduce the heat to 275 and let the duck legs cook for three and a half more hours.While the duck legs are cooking, you can dice the leeks and squash. Go ahead and make your tomato sauce by first cutting the tops off of the tomatoes. Put them in the oven with the duck legs for 15 minutes.When you remove the tomatoes from the oven, allow them to cool for 10 minutes, then simply peel the skin off. Crush them with your hand. Then, on the stove top in a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil and garlic, but do not brown the garlic. Put the tomato into the pot and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.When the duck legs are ready, remove them from the oven and use a slotted spoon to remove them from the hot oil. Place them on a towel and let them cool until they can be handled. When they are cool, pick the duck meat.You are now ready to cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan. Add a bit of olive oil and sauté the leeks and squash. When the squash gets a bit of color, add the sauce, then the duck. When the pasta is cooked, add the pasta and the butter. Garnish with the mâche and grated cheese. Sharelast_img read more

Glamping In Cedar Point

first_imgAnd for the first time, founders Rebecca Martin and David Levine are staking their tents in East Hampton, right in beautiful Cedar Point County Park.“Suffolk County had been looking for an operator to bring in more visitors to the gorgeous park, and with its location right on Gardiners Bay and proximity to the town of East Hampton, I was eager to work with them too,” Martin explained. “It’s been a great fit, and we’ll be at the site for many years to come.”Prices start at $300 per night. Reservations at Sharelast_img

My digital life: Simon Hopkins

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Russian Railways orders EMUs

first_imgRUSSIA: Transmahsholding subsidiary Demikhovsky Engineering Plant has signed a 5bn rouble contract to supply 22 four-car Class EP3D electric multiple-units to Russian Railways from February.Four of the 25 kV 50 Hz units are to be allocated to Privolzhskaya Railway’s for use in Volgograd, and 18 to Severo-Kavkazskaya Railway for use in Rostov.last_img

From ‘blether’ to ‘wabbit’ – a Study of Galloway Dialect is underway

first_imgDr Burns saidThe aim of the project is to try to discover the extent to which people in the Galloway Glens area still use the local dialect. We hope to interview and record people of different ages to record how the language has changed over time. These interviews will also give insights into the changing history of the area. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThis week sees another of the Galloway Glens Scheme projects getting underway, with a study of the local Lowland Scots Dialect, how it is used and how this use is changing over time. McNabb Laurie, Galloway Glens Team Leader, said:“This project is a great opportunity to assess the use of the Lowland Scots Dialect across the Galloway Glens area and how this is changing over time. If you’d like to have a go at the ’50 Galloway words’ quiz, please do get in touch and we can send you a copy. In due course we look forward to publishing the results of the work.”center_img Language and dialects are always changing, reflecting a range of influences and developments in communication. There is an increasing homogenisation of language, as we become a better connected and more ‘global’ society. The Lowland Scots dialect was used by Robert Burns, a visitor to the Galloway Glens area and S.R.Crockett, the famous local author. It is recognised that the dialect is under threat due to a number of external influences, not least an increasing Anglicisation and Americanisation due to cultural and media pressures.The project is being undertaken by the Galloway Glens Team, with the support of local writer John Burns. Dr Burns will lead on data gathering through interviews and joining partners such as the NHS Health & Wellbeing team at reminiscence events. These events seek to address and halt memory loss and therefore provide an example of how involvement in such projects can impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities.The project has also published a quiz of 50 words from W.A.D.  Riach’s ‘A Galloway Glossary’ – seeking willing participants to see how many of these  words they know or use. The quiz is available on the Galloway Glens Scheme website, in hard copy from the Galloway Glens offices or by emailing Submissions are recorded anonymously.last_img read more

Joshua Francis Bows Out?

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 522 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNewsPolitics Joshua Francis Bows Out? by: – December 9, 2019 Share Following a massive loss suffered by the Opposition in the 2019 General Elections, Deputy Leader and Roseau South Candidate of the United Workers Party, Joshua Francis has taken to social media to express his humble gratitude to supporters hinting that that was his last foray into politics at this time.In a recent Facebook post, Francis stated that he had entered the political ring gracefully and shall exit with the same attitude.He further congratulated the newly elected MP for his constituency, Chekira Lockhart-Hypolite and wished her peace in her service.The former Roseau South MP assured that he fought a good fight, serving Dominica as a lecturer, attorney and as a politician.last_img read more

Nikiski Company Diversifies in an Effort to Keep Jobs

first_imgThe facility cost approximately $1 million to build and offers new environmentally friendly options. Fox: “We’ve always been able to withstand different climates and now with this newest asset, being able to wash tanks and vessels, it just helps us help our clients further.” Randy Fox with Peak said their newest asset of an industrial wash bay does just that. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Oil companies in Nikiski are working to diversify in order to keep jobs going since the downturn in oil prices.center_img Fox: “We’ll be able to wash different pieces of equipment, different tanks or vessels, whether they be oilfield related or hauling fuel or whatever, those kinds of things. What we have the ability to do is recycle our own water and recycle our own waste essentially not producing waste. We have a series of different filters and tanks and things that we’re able to process through to always stay as green as we can.” Fox said although many companies are laying off workers, Peak has been able to keep a majority of their work force.last_img read more