Steven Spielberg Recruits Tony-Winning Choreographer Justin Peck for West Side Story Film Remake

first_img Tony-winning choreographer Justin Peck has joined the production team of the new film version of the Broadway musical West Side Story, to be directed by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg. Peck, the resident choreographer and a soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, won a 2018 Tony Award for his choreography in the Broadway revival of Carousel.”This is a total dream come true,” said Peck in a statement. “Getting a chance to work alongside such an illustrious and inspiring team to present a West Side Story for today’s audience is something I never imagined I would experience. The original West Side Story was one of the guiding forces that led me to dance in the first place, so I feel very honored on a deeply personal level.”Peck has danced the role of Bernardo in Robbins’ ballet West Side Story Suite, and this past spring he choreographed the Leonard Bernstein piece Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for the New York City Ballet. His Tony-winning work on Carousel marked his Broadway debut.As previously announced, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.An unrelated stage revival of West Side Story, directed by Tony winner Ivo van Hove and choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, is slated to premiere on Broadway in 2020. Justin Peck(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentslast_img read more

Siebert Field takes next step forward

first_imgSiebert Field takes next step forwardThe athletic department hired a contractor and design team for the new Siebert Field project. Andrew KrammerFebruary 27, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers baseball took the next step Friday in replacing its 40-year-old Siebert Field.The University of Minnesota’s athletic department announced the selection of DLR Group as the design team and PCL Construction Services Inc. as the general contractor for the construction of the new baseball stadium, which will be built where Siebert Field currently sits.“It’s been a long time coming,” Anderson said. Since the early 1990s, John Anderson, the winningest coach in Big Ten history, has advocated for a new stadium and watched as the Sports Pavilion, Mariucci Arena, Baseline Tennis Center, TCF Bank Stadium and others were built.Anderson, entering his 31st season with the Gophers, said his number one goal has been to leave the program better than he found it.“I’m an alumni as well,” Anderson said. “I think for us to have a competitive program for the next 30 years, we need a new facility.”The University took the initial step in mid-January, when it put out a request for proposals to find an architect and contractor.“This means a great deal to the baseball program that has been playing in a facility that is a little out-of-date,” associate athletic director David Crum said in January.Constructed in 1971, Siebert Field has had maintenance issues since the early 1990s.The field — with its dilapidated grandstands and shoddy field conditions — has lagged behind in an athletic department that prides itself on infrastructure.Minnesota boasts some of the top facilities in the nation for its sports like the University Aquatic Center and Ridder Arena. It has struggled at times to keep up with the arms race across the country which has put pressure on constantly updating and replacing facilities.“Everybody’s got new facilities in our league,” Anderson said. “In our region of the country it’s also impacting recruiting. We have to have new facilities if we want to be competitive and this is the start of it.” The athletics department also announced Friday the beginning of its grassroots fundraising campaign to help fund the new field. Gophers baseball supporters can now contribute at any monetary level to the Golden Gopher Fund to help build the new field.The Golden Gopher Fund has received a number of six-figure contributions as well, including a $2 million dollar gift from the Pohlad Family Foundation — the family that owns the Minnesota Twins.The fund, which is the nonprofit branch of the University’s athletic department in charge of fundraising, has secured commitments for a little more than $7 million toward the project. The field is expected to cost $7.5 million in its first stage.“Our job is to get [Gopher baseball] a facility that is comparable to other Big Ten facilities so they’re on a level playing field,” Crum said in January.The estimated completed cost is about $15 million. That will still be cheaper than other recently constructed Big Ten baseball facilities.Purdue University’s Board of Trustees approved last year a contract to build a new $21 million baseball stadium that is expected to be completed by April 1. Pennsylvania State University replaced its outdated field with a $31 million baseball stadium that opened for the 2007 season.For the past decade, the Gophers baseball team has had to play its home games intermittently off-campus at the Metrodome. After the December 2010 collapse of the Dome’s roof, the team scrambled to schedule home games, which resulted in a bulked up road schedule and a slew of cancellations.The team played four weekend series at Target Field and a pair of games at Siebert while the rest were either played on the road or cancelled altogether.In 2004, the University had to schedule 24 of 35 home games in the Metrodome because Siebert Field was in such disrepair — the first time since 1970 that a majority of the home games were played away from Siebert.“It’ll be nice to have the same place to practice and play on and use year round,” Anderson said. “I’ve felt in recent years our program has been on wheels. We move around kind of like an orphan.”The Gophers will play their final game at the old Siebert Field on May 1. Thirty-seven of the Gophers 39 home games will be played at the Metrodome, but the May 1 game was moved back to Siebert Field to serve as the memorial last game at the historic field.-Sam Gordon contributed to this report.last_img read more

Getting a dog reduces stress in caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Email An article published this April in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests man’s best friend can significantly reduce stress in the primary caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).In the study, 38 primary caregivers were given a pet dog, and were compared to 24 caregivers who were not given a dog.The researchers had parents complete the Parenting Stress Index three times: before getting the dog, after getting the dog, and 25-40 weeks after getting the dog. Parents’ stress levels at each of these times were compared, and the researchers found that on average, the stress of parents who were given a dog was reduced from clinically high levels to normal levels of stress. The stress levels of parents who did not get a pet dog remained the same across all three assessments. In addition to reductions in parents’ overall stress on the Parenting Stress Index, results showed that the dog owners had lower scores on the Difficult Child subscale, which assesses the child’s overall behaviors (e.g. “My child seems to cry or fuss more often than other children.”). Reductions were also observed on the Parental Distress subscale (e.g. “I often have the feeling that I cannot handle things very well.”).The authors also pointed out that it’s possible that the dog itself may not be what is causing stress reduction—instead, stress reduction may be happening more indirectly, possibly through increased physical activity, outdoor activity, or spending more time away from the child. However, the researchers believe this is unlikely considering that a 1991 study found that being around a dog reduces stress more than being around a friend.“It is likely that different factors are important in different contexts and while this may pose challenges for assessing or inferring the mechanism behind the changes noted; from a clinical perspective this may indicate that dogs are particularly useful, since their nature means they may provide a personalised and socially valid intervention with the minimum of clinical effort,” the researchers wrote.“In this context, voluntary dog acquisition offers a flexible intervention that is economically effective, integrates well into the family, making them potentially very useful for the varied symptoms of ASD, which is highly individual in nature.”Not only do these findings have important implications for the health of parents of children with ASD, these findings also have important implications for parents of children with ASD, since researchers believe that parental stress levels play a large role in the success of ASD therapy programs.This study adds to the growing evidence for the benefits of dog ownership. The results of this study are very important for parents of children with ASD, who are prone to experiencing higher stress, anxiety and other negative outcomes like depression and social isolation. The researchers suggest that it is possible a dog acts as another form of social support, and it will be important for future research to compare dog ownership to other programs for parents of children with ASD (e.g support groups).last_img read more

Mindfulness meditation alters neurophysiological characteristics that are linked to anxiety and depression

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Sharecenter_img Mindfulness meditation training is associated with changes in resting-state brain activity, according to new research conducted with elementary school students. The study, published in the Journal of Psychophysiology, provides new insights into why mindfulness meditation could be effective in improving symptoms of anxiety and depression.“Our interest in the topic primarily resulted from a desire to identify alternative methods for attenuating anxiety and depression during preadolescence, a stage of development where children are particularly susceptible to internalizing symptoms due to increased social demands and a lack of psychological and neurological maturity to effectively cope with such demands,” said study author Nancy Aaron Jones an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University and director of the WAVES Emotion Lab.“Children in this age-range have traditionally shown less responsiveness to traditional treatments such as medication and talk therapy compared to adults, and therefore we wanted to evaluate the potential of mindfulness meditation intervention in reducing neurological symptoms of anxiety in this age range and serving as a protective factor against later development of disorders. “A second goal was to further understand the relationship between internalizing behavioral symptoms and resting-state brain activity measures in children of different age-ranges. This knowledge is valuable for understanding how the neurological mechanisms involved in anxiety and depression may fluctuate as a function of age.”The researchers examined the impact of a mindfulness meditation training program on 66 elementary school students. The mindfulness meditation program occurred in class for 15 minutes once per day for 10 weeks.The students completed self-reported assessments of depressive symptoms, anxiety, and mood before and after the mindfulness training program. The researchers also recorded the students’ electrical brain activity before and after the program.Jones and her colleagues found that self-reported depression scores declined after the mindfulness meditation training program. Using electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, the researchers also found that the program was associated with alterations in brainwave activity.In particular, they observed increases in EEG alpha wave coherence throughout the entire cortex. The researchers also observed increases in theta, alpha, and beta power in the frontal and central areas of the brain.“We hope that this study will shed light on the potential of mindfulness meditation to serve as a buffer against anxiety development in children by demonstrating that a daily mindfulness training program significantly altered neurophysiological characteristics that signify risk for anxiety and depression, namely frontal and central power as well as frontal and parietal coherence were increased following the training,” Jones explained to PsyPost.“In the broader scope, we hope that parents, teachers, and superintendents concerned with the mental health of children recognize the helpfulness of short duration daily exercises for reducing stress, such as physical activity, music/art, or mindfulness meditation.”However, two common EEG measures linked to anxiety remained largely unchanged.“A major caveat of this study is that the participants were not formally diagnosed with anxiety or depression and therefore, we can not conclude that the same results would occur with clinical participants,” Jones said.“In addition, we did not include a control group, which leaves open the possibility that other factors may have led to the reduced neurophysiological risk for anxiety in the preadolescent participants.”“Additionally, the long-term effects of mindfulness are less well-understood, so future studies should evaluate the effects of mindfulness longitudinally with multiple time points at different stages of development. We feel one possibility is that mindfulness reduces anxiety by increasing cognitive control so it would be interesting to directly test that mediation factor,” Jones explained.“We hope that this study and others will shed light on the appropriateness and effectiveness of short-duration mindfulness meditation training for school-wide implementation. In addition to lowering anxiety, mindfulness may strengthen cognitive skills that are beneficial for school performance.”The study, “Mindfulness Meditation Intervention Alters Neurophysiological Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Preadolescents“, was authored by Nathaniel A. Shanok, Carol Reive, Krystal D. Mize, and Nancy Aaron Jones. Pinterestlast_img read more

Barbados COVID-19 Screening Enhanced With Full-Body Scanners

first_img The Health Minister also stated that the scanners would also “go a long way towards the reopening of the hospital to visitors, and for us to be able control and contain any eventuality that results from the reopening [of the country]”. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC As he thanked Sagicor on behalf of the Government and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he said efforts would continue to ensure the health and safety of staff and patients, after the pandemic. You may be interested in… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic and officials watching the full-body thermal imaging scanners at work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday. (C.Pitt/BGIS) He said the devices would make the process of conducting temperature checks at the ports of entry less tedious for personnel stationed there. The personnel were using hand-held scanners during initial stages of the island’s COVID-19 screening efforts. “With the planned reopening of this island’s borders, the threat of COVID-19 is ever present, so we are certain [the scanners] will be an asset to our medical teams,” Mr. Inniss concluded. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Executive Vice-President and General Manager designate of Sagicor Life Inc., Paul Inniss said the donation of the three scanners was part of a greater strategy to assist with the COVID-19 response. (C.Pitt/BGIS)center_img “We’ve been seeing cooperation across ministries, right across government, the public sector, the private sector.  We’ve received support and cooperation from churches, mosques, and temples, [as well as] the ordinary man in the street,” he said. Oct 16, 2020 One scanner has been installed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and the other two at the Grantley Adams International Airport. Executive Vice-President and General Manager designate of Sagicor Life Inc., Paul Inniss, said the donation was part of a greater strategy to assist with the COVID-19 response, noting that the company has been working alongside the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs to help the vulnerable in society. Oct 16, 2020 Minister Bostic also used the opportunity to praise all of those involved in the response effort, noting that it collaboration was key in the fight against COVID-19. “The COVID-19 response, which is still ongoing, has been a very demanding effort on the part of all. From day one, the policy of the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Government of Barbados was to try everything possible to keep COVID out of our hospitals; [the QEH] and the district hospitals which house our elderly care patients. And that is something that will remain,” he assured. Share this on WhatsApp He added that the scanners, valued at BDS 300,000, “will assist with identifying potential carriers of the virus”. Speaking at the official handing over ceremony held in QEH’s auditorium on Tuesday, Barbados Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, said the donation was timely, as “we are now at the stage of reopening our country to receive international visitors”. Barbados’ COVID-19 surveillance has been further strengthened with the donation of three full-body thermal imaging scanners to Government, by Sagicor Life Inc.last_img read more

Oh! Just What I Wanted!

first_imgRemember the golden age of school lunches? Nirvana was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and there was no better jelly than Welch’s grape. I’d wager there weren’t many, if any, grapes in the jar back in the day, but no one cared. Put it on bread with peanut butter, or cream cheese, or butter, and that sandwich became the soft, soggy concoction that was a staple of our school lunches for years. Put it in your Davy Crockett lunch box with a pint of whole milk and you were good to go.Pretty soon we expanded our horizon: strawberry, raspberry, blueberry. These were called jellies, or jams, or preserves. To this day, I’ll bet most of us don’t know the difference. By any other name, it was still good old PB&J, every day.Someone gave me chutney as a Christmas gift this year. It was obviously re-gifted, which is OK, I guess. I mean, it wasn’t as bad as the electric nostril hair remover I got one year from B.T. Sneed. “Are you trying to tell me something?” I asked him.“Just that they were out of the nasal hairbrush and comb set,” he replied.I have never ingested chutney, but it made me wonder enough to read the definition: “a condiment made with fruit.”Then why didn’t we have PB and chutney growing up? If you would have asked the average kid 20 years ago what chutney was, nobody would have known. “It’s a city in India near Istanbul,” I would have said authoritatively. Then again, I thought a condiment was a thing you kept in your wallet to keep girls from getting pregnant.I opened up my gift: small jars of chutney with flavors like Avocado-Ginger Raita, Green Cilantro and Cumin, Spicy, Sweet and Sour Pineapple-Jalapeño Relish, Tart Apple and Coconut Chutney and so on. What, no liver?Where were all those things when they were making all the good jelly, like Welch’s?Imagine what it is like to be a chutney farmer. All the producers of jelly, jam, preserves, and chutney go to the wholesale market every morning. The Welch’s guy buys up the grapes; meanwhile, the team from Smuckers is trying to corner the raspberry market. The big pie chains are in a furious war over the apples and the peaches. Blueberries are flitting around, flirting with jam and jelly buyers and the popover people.Soon the folks from Kraft, Polaner, and Knott’s Berry Farm have filled their trucks with every sweet fruit on the warehouse floor. All the pie makers are loaded up with cherry and peach and exotic fruits like Boston Cream. Then, and only then, a few stragglers meekly come out of the shadows, combing the nearly empty shelves and the floor.These are the chutney people.They gather up the beetroot and the brown bananas and the bitter apples; they mix in the green teas and weird herbs and spices.Last but not yeast (yes, I mean yeast) the rhubarb buyer comes out, picks some off the floor or out of the garbage, and sneaks away.Did this ever happen to you as a kid? Your uncle takes you to the luncheonette for some pie á la mode. You dream of what flavor ice cream you’ll order, on what kind of pie. You walk in and all the other kids have apple crumb with chocolate ice cream or cherry with vanilla and so on. But when you sit down, the gum chewing waitress says, “I only have rhubarb!” WTF?Rhubarb, as near as I can figure, is leaves that fell off the trees in the backyard a month ago, the ones the dogs have been playing with (and going on) ever since. Or maybe rhubarb is something you string atop the steel fences in penitentiaries. It’s not a reward, it’s a punishment.I can still hear my mom. “OH NO MISTER, NO APPLE PIE FOR YOU. NOT AFTER THAT LITTLE STUNT YOU PULLED. YOU GET A PIECE OF RHUBARB PIE WITH THE POOPY ICE CREAM AND THEN GO TO YOUR ROOM!”They ship out the chutney to the place where all the other crappy gifts earmarked for regifting go. Ho, Ho, Ho.Hey. It takes a little selling, but it works. I gave Tom McMorrow, our beat reporter, the prune chutney. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” I Sharelast_img read more

Lisa Lampanelli At Bay Street

first_imgIndependent/Courtesy Bay StreetComedian, writer, and actor Lisa Lampanelli will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The one-night-only special event, “Fat Chance: An Evening of Conversation and Story” will be held on Saturday, October 19, at 8 PM.The evening will showcase the former insult comic — “You’ve ruined more models’ lives than bulimia,” she once told Donald Trump during a Comedy Central Roast — at her new best.“About a year ago I retired from standup and decided to do storytelling shows,” Lampanelli told The Independent. Eight-and-a-half years ago she also underwent weight loss surgery, losing and keeping off more than 100 pounds. She has since become a life coach, helping others with specialized workshops. But the former “Queen of Mean” is still here to make you laugh. “I have something to say on this issue. What we go through with body image, liking ourselves at any size and any age, it never ends . . . We can still make them laugh at the same time.”The show addresses issues about weight “without making the audience want to kill themselves because it’s all too serious,” said the Grammy-nominated comic, who has been a regular on the “The Howard Stern Show,” and also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” From her food obsession to her physical transformation, Lampanelli — with the help of comedian Frank Liotti — will tell all in a way her audience has never heard.The no-holds-barred entertainer is truthful, vulnerable, and as hilarious as ever. The show not only includes humorous storytelling, but a lively Q&A with audience members.“The Q&A goes pretty deep,” she said. She described it as a “a life coaching class with humor.” She wants attendees to think, “If Lisa’s still working on her s**t, we can work on our s**t,” she said.After the Bay Street performance, she will take the show on the road across the country, performing in major theaters. “We all have the worst self-esteem on the planet,” she said, mentioning that she was surprised by the caliber of venues booked. “It’s really great to be accepted at a second thing in my life, instead of just the first,” she noted.“Bay Street is the first of the classy places,” she said. “I love Bay Street. I love the vibe there. It’s Hamptons but not pretentious Hamptons. We’re kicking it off with a nice style.”She previously performed her off-Broadway play “Stuffed” at the venue in 2016. “There’s a fondness I have for the area,” she said. “I only have that one experience, but it really hit me well.”And what would she like audience members to take away from the show?“The biggest goal is for people to not feel like they’re alone,” she said. “They’re not the only one struggling with this stuff. If I’m out there telling the truth about what I work on — weight and food-wise and body image-wise — along with some of the other storytellers, people will say, ‘Oh my God, they’re doing this and they’re looking at it with a sense of humor and not letting it beat them.’ I feel like that’s what I want people to come away with. But also, I’m a comic. And I definitely want them to laugh and I definitely want them to have a good time.”“It’s my calling at this point,” said Lampanelli.Tickets are $40 to $75 and are on sale now at or by calling the box office at Sharelast_img read more

Law firms launch new support service for solicitors

first_imgTwo law firms have joined forces to launch a new support service for solicitors experiencing regulatory, conduct, practice or business problems. The Lawyers Defence Group (LDG) has been set up by national firm Richard ­Nelson and London firm Murdochs to provide all lawyers – solicitors, barristers, legal executives – and support staff with advice and online information on the issues they may encounter in legal practice. The two firms are backed up by a panel of other solicitors, barristers and consultants. By registering on the website, users can receive newsletters, regulatory bulletins and precedent documents dealing with policy and practice management. Duncan Finlyson, a solicitor at the Birmingham office of Richard Nelson and manager of the LDG, said: ‘We have seen an increase in the degree of regulation, an increase in the severity of penalties imposed and an increase in the uncertainty within the profession about what the rules are.’ He said there is a general lack of understanding among solicitors of the processes of the most frequent regulatory activities of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. ‘There’s a degree to which people feel the rules are being made behind closed doors,’ Finlyson said. ‘They are unaware of the impact of any rule changes and do not have the time to find out because they are busy trying to run a practice. ‘Our aim is to become the first port of call for all lawyers with practice-related, regulatory or employment problems.’last_img read more

Some room for optimism to be found in the Experian forecast

first_imgStay 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 To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN 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 community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

BIM: Is this the beginning or the end?

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 community 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 now for unlimited accesslast_img read more