first_imgPromoter Paul Peck has a new endeavor in the works for this Spring. Named the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, the event will take place March 4-6 at Florida’s Sunshine Grove and will feature 80+ artists, bands and DJs across five different stages.Bonnaroo Reveals Dates For 15th Anniversary Celebration In 2016Okeechobee will feature a unique SuperJam set involving artists from all across the festival bill. COO of Soundslinger and former curator of the Bonnaroo SuperJam, Paul Peck, is heading up the effort. Peck explains, “We believe that the festival culture in the US is at a crossroads. People are looking for meaningful festival experiences and events where they can connect with a true sense of inspiration and community. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will offer something truly special. Sunshine Grove is the most naturally beautiful festival site in the country and we’re transforming it into a magical new world of music, food, art, and creativity. I can’t wait to share with fans what we’re cooking up.”Check out this great introductory video posted by the festival below and stay tuned for more details from Okeechobee: Note: An earlier version of this article claimed that Paul Peck was a promoter of Bonnaroo. Later, we learned that, while Peck curated the Bonnaroo SuperJams for many years, he is no longer involved with that festival.last_img read more

first_imgA 30-decade Salt Lake City firefighting veteran has been named chief of the department.Brian A. Dale, deputy chief since 2009, was appointed chief on Monday by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.Dale, a Salt Lake City native, joined the fire department in 1986 as a firefighter and paramedic. In 2006, Dale became division chief over “medical services and incident safety,” according to a news statement by Becker’s office. He developed the department’s first automated, electronic patient care reporting system, according to the release.“Our community is very fortunate to have one of the premier fire departments in the country and a team of leaders that is second to none,” Becker said. “I’m proud to appoint Brian Dale as our next fire chief. Brian brings a stellar body of experience and knowledge to this important post and I know he will serve our residents very well.”The Salt Lake City Council will review Dale’s appointment.last_img read more

first_imgStuart Ward and Dani De Waal will make beautiful music in the national tour of Once. The pair will play Guy and Girl, respectively, in the Tony Award-winning musical when it hits the road on October 1 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The tour is scheduled play 29 cities, including Boston, Miami and Pittsburgh. Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Ward and De Waal will be joined on stage by Ray Bokhour as Da, Matt Deangelis as Švec, John Gardner as Eamon, Donna Garner as Baruška, Evan Harrington as Billy, Ryan Link as Emcee, Benjamin Magnuson as Bank Manager, Alex Nee as Andrej, Erica Swindell as Ex-Girlfriend, Kolette Tetlow as Ivanka and Claire Wellin as Réza. The ensemble includes Estelle Bajou, Stephen McIntyre, Zander Meisner, Tina Stafford, Tiffany Topol and Matt Wolpe. Ward has performed the role of Guy in the West End production of Once. His other London credits include Donmar Warehouse’s The Recruiting Officer and Playhouse Theatre’s Dreamboats and Petticoats. He made his New York stage debut in The Hired Man off Broadway. De Waal made her Broadway debut in last season’s revival of Picnic and has appeared in the West End in Mamma Mia!center_img Based on the 2006 film, Once features a score by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The production, directed by John Tiffany, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before opening at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012. The show won eight Tony Awards, including honors for Tiffany and Best Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Public Service Department and Green Mountain Power have agreed on a 5.02 percent rate increase for 2018, with a tradeoff of returning $18.2 million to ratepayers and lowering the rate of return for the next two years. The total rate base increase will be about $80 million. Any deal must be reviewed and approved by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to hand down a decision on or about December 15.The agreement was made public this month by Montreal-based Gaz Metro, the parent company of GMP and Vermont Gas Systems.In April 2017, GMP proposed a 4.98 percent rate increase for 2018 and an average rate base of $1,458 million, a $105 million increase from the 2017 rate case. The rate case also includes a provision whereby $18.2 million, corresponding to 50 percent of the synergy savings resulting from the CVPS merger, will be returned to GMP’s customers. The public hearings on this filing were held in the fall of 2017. Regulators approved the CVS-GMP merger in June 2012.Also in this rate case, GMP filed a cost-of-service proposal for fiscal 2018 with the VPUC, providing for a 9.5 percent authorized rate of return on common equity and a common equity ratio of 48.6 percent, to take effect as on January 1, 2018. Unlike in prior years, the period covered by the 2018 rate case will be from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.On November 9, 2017, GMP and the Vermont Department of Public Service entered into an agreement on the 2018 rate case. The agreement provides for an overall rate increase of 5.02 percent and sets the authorized rate of return on common equity at 9.1 percent for 2018 and at 9.3 percent for 2019. The agreement also provides for an average rate base of $1,433 million, which is below the initially anticipated rate base given the postponement of certain property, plant and equipment investments.The agreement reflects $20 million of capital voluntarily removed from GMP’s 2018 budget.In total, the final deal between the PSD and GMP represents $25 million less than the original proposal.This comes after a fully litigated, traditional rate case over eight months that culminated in the November agreement.GMP Vice President Kristin Carlson sent VBM this statement regarding the rate case: “GMP is committed to keeping costs as low and stable as we possibly can by being extremely efficient even as pressures continue to call for higher rates. Like many utilities in the region, GMP is experiencing increased transmission, regional capacity and net metering costs. These uncontrollable costs add up to approximately 6 percent in rate pressure, which GMP off-set through operational efficiencies and by delivering additional merger savings to customers. This follows stable rates for several years, including two bill decreases, and even with this rate filing, GMP will have the third lowest overall rates in New England.”Compared to electric utilities across the nation, GMP also has a relatively low investor rate of return.Source: Gaz Metro.last_img read more

first_imgVermont State Police Interstate 89 north, in the area of Mile Marker 95 (Colchester) the left lane is blocked and impassable due to a vehicle crash.Troopers and emergency responders are on-scene and are working to reopen the roadway as quickly and as safely as possible.  Motorists should expect delays.  Specific details are not yet available and updates will be provided as appropriate.,Yeslast_img

first_img WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: People gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza to celebrate former Vice President Joe Bidens victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election near the White House on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier this morning several news outlets called the election for former Vice President Joe Biden after a multi-day delay in the results while the country waited for four contentious states to finish counting ballots. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) People climb a Metrobus stop on 16th street near the White House after major networks called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joe Biden. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Thousands gather around a woman in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as she holds up her cellphone playing President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaking from Delaware on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. News outlets announced today that Joe Biden had reached the number of electoral votes needed to win the election and become the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) People watch and react to a victory speech by President-elect Joe Biden while celebrating at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Previous A mother and daughter wearing t-shirts supporting President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 7. (Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography) Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography Signs at the entrance of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 7. (Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography) Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography As night fell on D.C., thousands of people continued celebrating the news that former Vice President Joe Biden had become President-elect earlier Saturday.WTOP’s reporters were out in the city all day, and as the evening hours progressed, they said a beer, champagne and music-fueled party dominated the streets close to the White House.In the same neighborhood, just five months earlier, social justice protesters had been forcibly removed from Lafayette Square as President Donald Trump walked two blocks to St.John’s Episcopal Church to take a photo with a bible.WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez was on the street in late May, and he was out again on Saturday. He said it was a different atmosphere five months later. While the party raged, there was still one aspect of protest: a banner read “Arrest Trump.” change volume AP/Jacquelyn Martin Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Thousands gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House to watch President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak from Delaware on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. News outlets announced today that Joe Biden had reached the number of electoral votes needed to win the election and become the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) People celebrate the announcement of Joe Biden being elected as the next president. (WTOP/Andrea Cambron) Scott Gelman/WTOP Some people brought Champagne to enjoy in the streets as they celebrated Biden’s projected win and one jumped onto the roof of a nearby car. WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez, Dick Uliano, Scott Gelman, Melissa Howell, Sarah Beth Hensley and Dan Friedell contributed to this report. WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Traffic has ground to a halt for blocks around the White House as people drive around honking their horns and some even standing out of windows waving flags and signs to celebrate the announcement that former Vice President, Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. As votes continue to be counted in the race against incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, people have begun to congregate in cities across America after news outlets announced Joe Biden had reached the number of electoral votes needed to win the election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) WTOP’s Dick Uliano said a brass band started playing for crowds that gathered at McPherson Square. Alvarez, walking close to Black Lives Matter Plaza, said much of the Champagne cork-popping had left a sticky-sweet residue of alcohol along the blocks close to the White House. Getty Images/Samuel Corum Getty Images/Samuel Corum Getty Images for MoveOn/Leigh Vogel WTOP/Andrea Cambron AP/Alex Brandon A D.C. metrobus had “Joe won” on its display on Saturday. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) Share on Facebook. Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag/Kent Nishimura WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Representative Eleanor Holmes-Norton reacts to the CNN announcement that Joe Biden has been named President-Elect during the Count Every Vote Rally In Washington D.C. at McPherson Square on November 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for MoveOn) Messages spray-painted on concrete barriers at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 7. (Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography) WTOP/Sarabeth Hensley Previous WTOP/Scott Gelman WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Thousands gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House to watch President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak from Delaware on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. News outlets announced today that Joe Biden had reached the number of electoral votes needed to win the election and become the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Getty Images/Samuel Corum Next Police block a road near the White House as crowds fill the streets after Joe Biden was announced the president-elect. Scott Gelman/WTOP WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez WTOP/Kate Ryan Cars are gridlocked at Dupont Circle after Joe Biden is announced as the president-elect. On Northeast D.C.’s H Street, cars blasted their horns and pedestrians celebrated in the street shortly after the news spread at 11:30 a.m. One man walked down Florida Avenue NW carrying an American flag, yelling “Biden!” every few seconds, as cars driving by honked in affirmation. November 7, 2020 | LISTEN: Mariachi band plays in downtown D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) Getty Images/Samuel Corum WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets outside the White House after the announcement of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamal Harris winning the election on , Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2020 in Washington, DC People watch a victory speech by President-elect Joe Biden while celebrating at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza react to the presidential race being called in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Getty Images/Samuel Corum Crowds flock outside the White House on Saturday as they celebrate the announcement of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) A woman is seen coming out of the top of a car as traffic is stopped in D.C. after Joe Biden was announced the president-elect. WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez center_img AP/Jacquelyn Martin A man skateboards down K Street, NW, with a Joe Biden flag in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 7. (Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography) change volume A man climbs a stoplight at the intersection of 16th and H streets with a Biden-Harris banner after major networks declared his victory over incumbent President Donald Trump. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez) Share via email. toggle audio on and off Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden wave signs at the entrance to Trump National golf club in Sterling, Va., Saturday Nov 7, 2020. Trump was at the facility. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) People react to a victory speech by President-elect Joe Biden while celebrating at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Getty Images/Samuel Corum The only time the music in the plaza, which ranged from D.C.’s famed Go-Go to the horns of a Mariachi band throughout the day, came when someone connected a speaker to their phone in order to play President-elect Biden’s victory speech from an outdoor stage in Delaware.With anxiety high in the District during the few post-election days this week, many residents were ready to party Saturday after having spent multiple hours sitting on the edge of their seats and checking their smartphone for election news.Here’s how it unfolded:Biden’s victory hailed by dancing and blasting hornsShortly after former Vice President Joe Biden was announced president-elect, crowds rushed out to celebrate on D.C.’s streets, and thousands gathered near the White House.At 15th Street and K Street NW, people were inspired to dance due to the likely election outcome.WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez said the crowds started at the White House and branched off throughout much of the city. download audio Reaction in MarylandWTOP’s Kate Ryan spoke with those on the streets of Takoma Park, Maryland along New Hampshire Avenue on the border of Maryland and D.C. on Saturday afternoon. One resident, Gabra Moussa, originally of Cameroon, said he was not able to vote because he’s not an American citizen, but he was optimistic that Biden’s election would elicit some change, in spite of some hard work ahead.“The last four years have been a lot of upside-down,” Moussa said. “Joe Biden has to bring the whole country together, and it’s difficult work.”Glennys Medina said the election of Joe Biden, and the elevation of Sen. Kamala Harris to Vice President is inspirational. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)Glennys Medina, one of a number of women who own businesses in the neighborhood, said the Biden ticket, and with it, the elevation of Sen. Kamala Harris to Vice President will serve as an inspiration for women of color.“I hope that she can make it to the presidency, those are my hopes,” said Medina, who owns Emma Hair Salon, near the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue.Nora Portillo, of El Alazan Western Wear, said Biden’s election has her hopeful about change ahead.“It’s going to be like a 180,” she said.Reaction in CharlottesvilleAbout 120 miles southwest of the District, residents of Charlottesville, Virginia reacted to the news. The city, which is home to the University of Virginia, saw itself in headlines the first summer of President Donald Trump’s term after Heather Heyer, a counter protester during a white supremacist group’s rally was killed.On Saturday, Don Gathers, the Deacon of First Baptist Church, said an impromptu celebration gathered on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. He talked with WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.He said he was “exhilarated, exhausted and rejuvenated,” among other things. “Like minded people,” Gather said, heard a call via social media “to celebrate, and dance in the streets. … It’s been a long, arduous, four-year journey.”The Charlottesville dance party was not far from where Heyer was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters.Hawes Spencer, a reporter in Charlottesville, said “these people are trying to put some things behind them, and it looks like Charlottesville is in one piece.” Passengers in a car in D.C.’s DuPont Circle hold up signs celebrating Kamala Harris’ promotion to Vice President elect with Joe Biden’s electoral college victory projection on Saturday. (WTOP/Scott Gelman) Reaction on Capitol HillWTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley, reporting from Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park, spoke to a group of D.C. residents who were celebrating Biden’s victory.“For people who’ve lived here a really long time, this feels like the end of a long four-year nightmare,” said Michael Wallace. “I got a text from a friend abroad who put it really well: ‘normalcy may now resume.’”People having a picnic in Lincoln Park in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood celebrate Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Saturday. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)Becky Pfordresher, who was part of the picnicking group, said “the trust in institutions and systems is really important, and I feel like a figure like Biden, who is a trusted source, is very grounding, very anchoring. It helps to feel like there’s a solid foundation underneath you again.”By midafternoon Saturday, WTOP’s Alvarez said another block in D.C. had been cut off to traffic – 17th Street NW, and the extra street open to pedestrians had eased the crunch along 16th Street.Back on the streets near the White House, WTOP’s Dick Uliano said the party-like atmosphere continued at dusk, as he saw a Mariachi band playing at an intersection was just five months ago two blocks from the epicenter of protests in D.C. Share This Gallery: (1/31) change volume download audio Print. People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza, react to the presidential race being called in Joe Biden’s favor, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) toggle audio on and off download audio WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez walks the streets of D.C. as thousands celebrate Joe Biden being named president-elect November 7, 2020 | LISTEN: Night falls at Black Lives Matter Plaze (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez) Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography toggle audio on and off AP/Steve Helber Getty Images/Samuel Corum AP/Alex Brandon Alvarez describes the scene as “one massive party with the amount of people yelling and honking downtown and more headed in.” Uliano spoke with revelers in downtown D.C. for a report as the afternoon wore on in the square, just a few blocks Northwest of the White House. The theme seemed to be celebrating a return to normalcy after four years of Donald Trump. Getty Images/Samuel Corum download audio WTOP/Dave Dildine LISTEN: Cars and trucks honk horns to celebrate Biden win announcement. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) November 7, 2020 | LISTEN: Celebrating a return to normalcy in McPherson Square. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) Share on Twitter. People having a picnic in Lincoln Park in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood celebrate Joe Biden’s electoral college victory on Saturday. (WTOP/Sarabeth Hensley) toggle audio on and off toggle audio on and off WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: People gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza to celebrate former Vice President Joe Bidens victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election near the White House on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier this morning several news outlets called the election for former Vice President Joe Biden after a multi-day delay in the results while the country waited for four contentious states to finish counting ballots. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Next Scott Gelman/WTOP AP/Alex Brandon change volume change volume WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Two women embrace each other as they cry in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House while watching President-elect Joe Biden speak from Delaware on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. News outlets announced today that Joe Biden had reached the number of electoral votes needed to win the election and become the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) download audio A visitor to Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 7. (Courtesy Shannon Finney Photography) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Fireworks explode above Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as thousands wait to hear President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak from Delaware on November 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. 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first_imgCase counts of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in Johnson County and health officials have been giving increasingly urgent warnings about the need to slow down community transmission in order to preserve the area’s already strained hospital system. On Monday, Johnson County imposed new countywide restrictions that include earlier closing times for restaurants and bars and an extension of mask orders.Schools have also played a central role in the debate over how best to tackle the pandemic in Johnson County.County health officials say, so far, schools have done a good job of limiting transmission within their buildings. But rising community spread is still creating extreme stress on teachers and students. Dozens of teachers in Shawnee Mission Schools have either resigned, retired or gone on medical leave since the start of the year. More than 180 other teachers are also currently in isolation or quarantine after being diagnosed with COVID or being exposed to a positive case.On Wednesday, East Antioch Elementary School was closed to in-person learning temporarily after multiple individuals connected to the school had been exposed to the coronavirus.Shawnee Mission Schools this week announced that middle and high school students will return to remote learning after Thanksgiving and will stay in that mode through the end of the first semester. Meanwhile, elementary students in SMSD, at least for now, will continue to attend school in person, but Fulton suggested they could also be switched to remote if COVID conditions in Johnson County continue to worsen.What has it been like in schools and classrooms over the past few weeks, as teachers and students have tried to carry out lessons and learning in these unprecedented times? Three Shawnee Mission teachers recently spoke with Post editor Kyle Palmer about their experiences teaching in a pandemic.You can watch the entire interview at the Post’s Facebook page or in the embedded link below. And you can read some of their edited responses. On social distancing in schoolsGenie Scruton (6th grade, Mill Creek Elementary): We kind of knew what was coming, but I agreed to teach in person. I want to see my kids, be with kids. Remote was hard. But being in person is not the same. I have 23 kids and they are three feet apart, that is pushing it. I have to take extra time out to make sure they wash their hands before and after leaving my room. We have this new vernacular: “Sanitize your hands! Sanitize your hands!”Bins that a teacher at Pawnee Elementary uses to keep her students’ supplies separated from each other. Photo credit Rosalie Schard.Amanda Dirks (1st grade, Crestview Elementary): I have 18 first graders. One went back to remote recently. I have one of the biggest classes at Crestview. My kids are also sitting three feet apart. We sometimes go to the carpet because kids can’t sit in a desk all day. My line [when the kids line up] is like a U shape. It goes down one wall and curves back around. It is a struggle. But I really enjoy teaching in person. Remote does not work well for six-year-olds. But it is hard keeping kids socially distance, and when we walk in the hall, the kids have to have their arms out so they know they are distanced.Jill Johnson (math, Shawnee Mission North High School): I have a pretty small classroom. I have 15 students. My in-person classes have 30 but we’re in hybrid, so I have 15 one day and 15 the next. Still, with that, I can’t get them much further than four feet apart. Having to remind students to keep their masks up: sometimes, they try to get by with having it down below their nose. You have to monitor the hallway, make sure they take sanitizer when they come into your classroom and when they leave.On hand washing and student behaviorJohnson: Just keeping the students six feet apart when they go from class to class. That’s such a hard thing to do. You can’t follow them to their next class. And North is a huge school, and we try to get them to separate. They’re not trying to be mean about it, they just forget. We say we’re socially distancing. Yeah, but it’s not always happening.Dirks: The hand washing takes a long time. I’m very fortunate in that I have a bathroom in my classroom and have an additional sink. I can do all the hand washing in my room. That does take a good amount of our time. With 18 kids, I’ve been able to cut it down to 5 minutes for all kids to wash their hands. Sometimes, it’s more of a spot check, trusting that they’ve washed their hands. I went out and bought soap because the soap the district bought is not great.Scruton: I bought a 20-second timer on Amazon so the kids could know and kind of train them. It’s longer than they think. This is a routine I never necessarily thought I’d do for sixth graders. My kids all have numbers, and it carries over to when they line up for lunch, where they sit and when they wash their hands. They go in order 1 to 23 when they’re called.On teaching in person versus remoteGenie Scruton teaching a lesson to her sixth graders last year. Photo courtesy Genie Scruton.Scruton: Starting the year remote was hard. Now that we’re back, it’s made things easier. As teachers we read the room a lot, and you can’t do that as well online. There has been some learning going on, but not as much as would be in a normal school year. They can’t work in groups, they can’t share supplies and that’s limited a lot of what we can do.Johnson: For high school, we’re doing a block schedule. So, the kids who come in person, on Mondays they go to four classes, and then on Tuesdays they go to the other four. So I actually see my in-person students just one day a week in person for an hour-and-a-half. I actually end up teaching two lessons, but I almost feel like I’m seeing my hybrid [in-person] kids less. Learning is happening, but I wonder how much is happening versus the remote-only kids.Dirks: Personally, I don’t want to go back to remote. Remote is hard for six-year-olds. I feel like we are getting a lot of work done. When I was doing remote it was frustrating. I had to keep my kids on mute while I taught because it was so loud, them talking or moving their laptops around. So, it felt like I was talking and teaching to a brick wall.On whether they feel safe at schoolJohnson: I have students who definitely seem nervous. They seem nervous to come into the room. I often walk around the room and when I pass, they sometimes tense up, and I try to tell them I’m just checking on their learning. I have colleagues who say they have kids show up with symptoms, multiple in one class. That doesn’t make me feel safe.Scruton: I felt more safe earlier on than I have in the last couple of weeks. Now that cases are skyrocketing in the community, that worries me. We had a pretty good run before of not having kids out, but in the last week or two I’ve had multiple students out having to quarantine. And I have other students who have come and then left part way through the day. It’s starting to get scary, and I’m getting nervous. I travel to multiple classes a day, so I’m exposed to more kids. And our paraprofessionals and aides work with hundreds of kids a day, and they’re getting scared. It’s gotten to the point where kids are dropping like flies, and it’s making us nervous.Dirks: The numbers are very scary, they’re terrifying. I haven’t had any issues in my class yet. ‘Yet’ being the keyword. No students have come with any symptoms. I and my kids are cleaning the room at the end of each day with Clorox wipes. I don’t feel unsafe right now. Nothing really has happened a lot where I teach, but that could change. Honestly, I’m more scared of going remote than I am of the numbers.On parents’ supportDirks: My parents, I met with all but two [for recent parent-teacher conferences] online. I felt supported by all the parents during those conferences. They’re very appreciative of everything. I did bring up the fact that there was a chance we would go back to remote. And the looks on their faces were one of terror. You know, the little [students] need someone next to them helping them. But my parents have been extremely supportive of everything that has been going on.Scruton: We also had conferences. They were appreciative, thanking us for putting ourselves in this situation, though they also noted that maybe we didn’t have a lot of choice. But some have said we’re putting our lives at risk to teach their kids. I’ve had people drive by during dismissal, and say, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing.’ And they say they’re very grateful. But we had the same conversations about possibly going remote and that hopefully it might be better this time. We know the kids better now, what kids need extra help. If we go remote, it should be easier.On community spreadScruton: I hear kids all the time talking about going out. You know, going to parties or hanging out our going to gymnastics practice or something like that. We’ve already had kids and families take vacations, travel and this is before Thanksgiving coming up. We can’t control what they’re doing outside of school. It’s tough to hear things like that. We’re already seeing kids being absent, you know, because they picked [COVID] up during a sport or extracurricular activity or a family member was exposed. But we’ve already heard of families leaving for break, missing days this week, and it’s worrisome that some people don’t seem to be taking it seriously.Dirks: I’m really hoping people listen [to advice not to travel or have big gatherings for the holidays.] I’m worried we’re going to see a spike in cases. And our principal has already said that we should look at Dec. 10 as the window for when we might know [if community spread is getting worse.] Personally, I usually travel for Thanksgiving, but our family this year is keeping it very, very small. It will be just me and my two kids and husband and his parents.  That’s tough, but we need to do it.Johnson: I do hope, too, that people and students listen to public health officials. If they are to get sick and can’t attend our class remotely, you miss one class on a block schedule is like missing two classes. And then it’s hard to get caught up when you’re learning remote [which middle and high schoolers will be doing after Thanksgiving.] I just hope I don’t have a lot of absences after the break.last_img read more

first_imgCassidy Turley* announced Monday that Los Angeles based Regent Properties, a multi-faceted real estate investment company, has acquired 90 Mountain View, a 183,644 square foot office project located at 9977-9999 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale, Ariz., for $34.6 million ($188.41 per square foot). The seller was Principal Real Estate Investors, one of the largest institutional real estate managers in the United States.Senior Managing Directors Bob Buckley, Tracy Cartledge and Steve Lindley with Cassidy Turley’s Capital Markets Group and Executive Managing Director Jeff Wentworth and Vice President Sean Spellman with Cassidy Turley’s Office Group brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller.“The project’s architectural appeal, functional layout and location in Scottsdale, one of Arizona’s most desirable submarkets, ensures the continued track record of success for 90 Mountain View,” said Buckley.In 2005, Wentworth and Spellman secured eBay as the anchor tenant for 90 Mountain View, and then subsequently sold the property to Principal Financial. They have been retained by Regent for the marketing and leasing assignment.“We are excited to be working with Regent Properties,” said Wentworth. “They are one of the premier owners of commercial properties in the country with an excellent reputation in the real estate community working effectively with both tenants and brokers.”Built in 2000 and 2005, 90 Mountain View includes two class-A office buildings ideally located in one of metro Phoenix’s most sought after office markets. The Phase One building is 91,982 square feet, and Phase Two is 92,562 square feet. The building features intricate architectural designs with striking concrete and reflective glass facades. The project includes both covered and underground parking structures. Located at the northeast corner of 90th Street and Mountain View Road, the project is just east of Loop 101 and between two four-diamond interchanges. Current tenants at the property include PayPal, Cardno and Hard Dollar Corporation. The project was 82.3% leased at the time of sale.*Cassidy Turley announced in a press release on Sept. 22 that it has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of DTZ Investment Holdings, backed by TPG, PAG Asia Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (the Consortium that agreed to acquire DTZ), to sell 100% of the equity interests of Cassidy Turley. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is dependent on Cassidy Turley’s combination with the operations of DTZ Group (DTZ) to create a global, full-service commercial real estate services company. The Consortium’s acquisition of DTZ closed Nov. 5, 2014. The acquisition of Cassidy Turley is expected to close Dec. 31, 2014.last_img read more

first_imgSep 21, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – French researchers have found a significant link between one 2009 H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy in adults, a finding that is likely to prompt some countries to take a fresh look to see if adult cases have surfaced in the wake of pandemic vaccine campaigns.The French findings are part of a larger investigation under way through the Vaccine Adverse Event Surveillance and Communication (VAESCO) Consortiu led and funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The data are from a case-control study that was partially included yesterday in a detailed technical report from the ECDC that explored the vaccine-narcolepsy link in eight European countries, including some that didn’t report the problem.Full findings from the French case-control study appeared yesterday on the Web site of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM), a group that is similar to the US Food and Drug Administration.Only one vaccine has been linked to the narcolepsy cases, Pandemrix, a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) product that contains its AS03 adjuvant. The vaccine was not used in the United States during the 2009 H1N1 vaccine campaign, but several European countries used it alone or alongside other vaccine formulations. Canada and Brazil also used a very similar GSK pandemic vaccine containing the AS03 adjuvant.Yesterday’s ECDC report confirmed the link between narcolepsy and pandemic 2009 vaccination in Finnish and Swedish kids, and reported that a sensitivity analysis found a narcolepsy link to vaccinated adults when data were pooled from countries that hadn’t already noted an association.The ECDC said more data and case reports will be needed to better understand the link between narcolepsy and the vaccine.The French researchers used a study protocol that was developed by VAESCO for use in the larger ECDC investigation. However, they noted that the study periods used by the wider study and the analysis specific to France are different, with the French study period starting 6 months later and ending 10 months later.In the report yesterday, French investigators said 51 cases of narcolepsy were reported in French patients who were immunized against the pandemic virus; 47 received Pandemrix, but only 3 received Panenza (a nonadjuvanted vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur), and 1 received an undetermined product. All of the narcolepsy cases were confirmed by sleep study tests, and 38 involved cataplexy episodes.During France’s pandemic vaccine campaign, about 4.1 million doses of Pandemrix and about 1.6 million vaccinations with Panenza were administered, according to the report.Researchers found that 22 of the narcolepsy cases were in people 16 years old and older and 28 were in children 8 to 15 years old. Symptom onset occurred from 2 days to 15 months after vaccination. Eight patients—6 adults and 2 teens—had a medical or family history that might explain the condition.The investigators reported that overall the same signal seen in Finnish and Swedish children was found in French children, but the link between Pandemrix and narcolepsy was also detected in French adults.They cautioned that the findings don’t show a causal relationship and that a more thorough investigation should be conducted to explore the link further, including possible environmental or genetic factors.ECDC spokesman Giovanni Mancarella, in response to queries from CIDRAP News, said France is the only country in which an association between the pandemic vaccine and narcolepsy has been observed in adults, most of them younger adults. Though other countries have submitted adult cases to the wider ECDC study, based on the new French findings, they may reinvestigate them.There are more than 100 suspected narcolepsy cases in adults reported in the European Medicine Agency’s EudraVigilance database, the ECDC said.Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said today that it is conducting further study on adult cases, according to a statement in Finnish posted on the group’s Web site. It said the investigation will focus on 40 to 50 adult narcolepsy cases that were diagnosed between 2009 and 2011. About half of the patients had received the pandemic vaccine.It’s not clear why France is the only country that has found the association, Mancarella said, noting that with the data so far, it’s impossible to show a causal relationship between the vaccine and narcolepsy in adults.Yesterday’s technical report included only part of France’s data, and now that complete results have been submitted, Mancarella said, the ECDC will use it to look at the VAESCO case-control data again, with results expected in October.See also:Sep 20 ANSM statement and study (in French)Sep 21 THL statement (in Finnish)Sep 20 ECDC press releaseSep 20 ECDC technical report summarySep 20 ECDC full technical reportSep 20 CIDRAP News story “ECDC studies shed new light on narcolepsy and H1N1 vaccine”last_img read more

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