Odds & Ends: Neil Patrick Harris on John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig Return & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. NPH on John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig Return “I miss it a lot,” Neil Patrick Harris admits about his Tony-winning performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, however he’s looking forward to the show’s co-creator and original off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell returning to the role. Harris told Billboard: “getting to watch him do it is gonna be nothing short of hilarious because it’s a grueling ride that we’ve created. It’s much more physical than what he did initially, and now he’s going to have to do it. So we’ll see what scaffolding he’ll actually climb!” Mitchell begins performances at the Belasco on January 21. Go Into the Woods at Home Time for an update on Rob Marshall’s big-screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods. After a strong start, the movie has now grossed $105 million in the U.S and more than $120 million worldwide, Box Office Mojo reports. If you haven’t yet been able to get enough of Meryl Streep James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford’s performances in movie theaters, the film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 24. Gloria Estefan to Play Broadway  The rhythm is gonna get the Minskoff Theatre! Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine: A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway will take place on September 14. It’s all in aid of The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway initiative, an audience development partnership with the Hispanic community to help bridge the world of the Great White Way with Latino audiences around the country. Worried you won’t be able to make that date and still wanting to conga? Estefan’s new musical On Your Feet begins previews on October 5 at the Marquis Theatre.. Josh Gad & Rosie O’Donnell’s Frozen Challenge The below video is utterly hysterical. Tony nominee and Frozen star Josh Gad recently stopped by The View and ended up playing “So You Think You Know Olaf” with honorary Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell. Turns out O’Donnell knows Gad’s character from the hit Disney movie intimately. Enjoy and happy hump day! View Commentslast_img read more

PensionDanmark, Danica invest $300m in new ship leasing fund

first_imgDanish pension funds PensionDanmark and Danica Pension have backed the launch of a $300m (€279m) shipping fund run by Navigare Capital Partners.PensionDanmark has put $200m into the vehicle, it said. Navigare has also invested in the fund – Maritime Investment Fund I – which will buy, lease, and sell ships.Jesper Langmack, investment director at Danica Pension, said: “We are investing in a strong and experienced team with a broad set of skills, and this – together with the attractive price on new as well as secondhand vessels – is a key reason why we see this as a good investment.”Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark, told IPE that because the investment is very different from its other infrastructure assets, the pension fund is creating the new asset class of shipping within its overall €26.4bn portfolio in which to categorise the fund. “The returns will probably be more volatile on a yearly basis than infrastructure investments, and will be heavily correlated with the world trade cycle, but over a business cycle we will generate a high return,” he said.“From a risk point of view, it has more in common with private equity, but it is difficult to put it in one particular box, so we have decided to create the new asset class of shipping.”PensionDanmark already has exposure to the shipping sector via its equities investments, he added.“If this turns out to be a success over the coming years, we will be willing to put more into [the fund],” Möger Pedersen said.With capital from the three founders, the new fund, Maritime Investment Fund I, will build a diversified portfolio of maritime assets including dry bulk, product, and container ships, as well as crude oil and chemical tankers. These will be leased out to operators on contracts of varying lengths.The ships will be sold after a period of ownership depending on market conditions, PensionDanmark said.The three parties said the fund would eventually invite other institutional investors to participate.Möger Pedersen said the fund’s launch was the result of several months’ work.“PensionDanmark has been in discussions with a range of parties within the shipping industry with regard to a cooperation in the maritime sector,” he said.Infrastructure was the strongest performing asset class for PensionDanmark in 2016, generating 10.9% compared to the pension fund’s overall investment return for the year of just over 7%.last_img read more

Court rejects mismanagement investigation of Dutch sector scheme

first_imgThe court largely blamed the VO for the troubled relationship with the pension fund’s board.“The conclusion is that the VO is unwilling to contribute to a workable relationship with the board as well as the supervisory board,” it said.Although the court said it was unfortunate that the pension fund had placed an unofficial version of its annual report on its website, it concluded that this was not a valid reason to question the scheme’s policy.In a response, the VO called the verdict “unsatisfactory” and said it also disagreed with the limited role the corporate court saw for the VO.“This way, it is no more than a discussion group,” commented Hans van Meerten, the pensions lawyer representing the accountability body.In his opinion, the upcoming evaluation of new governance legislation would be a good moment for the political parties to clarify the VO’s role.Van Meerten said that the VO was considering further legal steps, as the verdict could still be challenged at the high court (Hoge Raad).The pension fund’s board said it was pleased with the conclusion of the corporate court.Last September, it warned that the VO’s decision to ask for a court’s assessment of the board’s work could “seriously delay” the scheme’s plan to join PFZW as well as the implementation of its pension plan. At the time, Rob van Leeuwen, Tandtechniek’s chairman, said that the board’s decision to liquidate and transfer pension rights to PFZW was supported by its independent internal supervisors (RvT).“And our annual reports have always been approved by both the RvT and the external accountants,” Van Leeuwen added.Four years ago, the VO accused the board of “substandard performance”, such as relying too much on its pensions provider and asset manager Syntrus Achmea, and waiting too long to introduce a strategic interest rate hedge as well as a dedicated risk committee.At the time, it noted that the combination of necessary rights cuts and lack of indexation had caused participants to lose 30% of their pension rights.At the end of November 2017, funding of Tandtechniek stood at 92.2%. As a consequence, the scheme’s participants are most likely facing another significant rights cut when Tandtechniek joins PFZW. The Netherlands’ corporate court will not instigate an investigation into possible mismanagement at the Dutch pension fund for dental technicians (Tandtechniek).It rejected the demand for an investigation by the scheme’s accountability body (Verantwoordingsorgaan, or VO), concluding that the VO’s interpretation of its own role was “too liberal”.Last year, the VO brought the court case – the first ever initiated by an accountability body – as it was dissatisfied with the pension fund board’s policy. The accountability body also asked the court to sack the board and replace it with an administrator.However, the court verdict said the VO had failed to appreciate its role, explaining that case law showed the accountability body was meant to advise on decision making and policy rather than take action directly.last_img read more

West Genesee boys tennis goes 2-1, falls to B’ville

first_imgMekker and Ty Lisi paired up to rally past Phil Fiorentino and Connor Tutor 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, just as Good and Paoli overcame a brutal start to win, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Colin Savage and Clayon Speach.But though Mannara dominated Eric Smith 6-1, 6-0 in singles, the Bees claimed the other singles matches, including one that went to a third-set tie-breaker before Joyce lost, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 to Leonardo Vona.Then Atanasov and Ruston saw their own lead slip away in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Max Funicello and Nick Licciardello, while Puma and White lost, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to Hunter Dukat and Christian Treichler.Skaneateles proved successful in last Monday’s match against Chittenango, topping the Bears 4-1. Nate Fouts and Andrew Neumann blanked David Seale and Nate Smith 6-0, 6-0, with Chris Burgher and Jack Panasci defeating Devon Hardy and Brian Schermerhorn 6-1, 6-1.In singles, Duncan Raddant lost a 6-2, 0-6, 7-2 battle to Evan Edwards, but the Lakers made up for it by having Luke Lynn and Trevor Knupp each win 6-0, 6-0 matches over, respectively, Evan Smith and Sean Larsson.A day later, Skaneateles beat Phoenix 5-0. Raddant and Lynn both had go to three sets, Raddant defeating Ryan Lange 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 and Lynn surviving a third-set tie-breaker to beat Evan Baldini 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8).Otherwise, Knupp did handle Logan Chapman 6-1, 6-0, with the doubles teams of Fouts-Neumann and Hatcher Gutchess-Marcus McClanahan both needing just two sets to prevail.Marcellus got in four matches last Monday against Manlius-Pebble Hill before the rains showed up, with the Mustangs taking a 3-1 defeat to the Trojans.Andrew Kammer, in singles, defeated Dan Braverman 6-4, 6-4, but Tyler Guerrina fell to Charlie Mann 6-2, 6-1, and the doubles teams of Nick Hahn-Tyler Szalach and Dan Fox-Joe Perleoni both lost in two sets.But the Mustangs did beat Chittenango 3-1 on Thursday. All the points came from singles, with Kammer and Barbaro easily winning and  Guerrina, in three sets, outlasted Anthony Roberts 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for the clinching point.Westhill roared past Bishop Grimes 5-0 last Tuesday, with D.J. Caloia blanking Zed Weigand 6-0, 6-0 as Ryan Rolince beat Jeff Wang 6-2, 6-1 and Jackson Bradley beat Harry Hu 6-0, 6-2. The doubles teams of Tom Chaddock-Mike Ferrara and Noah Dematties-Kyle Hagrman also won in two sets.A 4-1 win over Onondaga followed a day later, with Jaideep Dhamoon losing in singles, but Bradley and Caloia winning as Chaddock and Ferrara beat Paul Okhman and Ty Zych 6-0, 6-2, with Dematties and Hagrman handling Michaela Germain and Nate Hay 6-0, 6-1The win streak ended with Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Mexico. Caloia and Rolince topped Jacob Hill and Connor Shaffer 6-2, 6-1, but the Tigers claimed every singles match in two sets and went on, a day later, to beat Skaneateles 4-0.On that same Friday, Westhill got another 5-0 victory, this one over LaFayette, with Caloia, Hargman and Dan Ferrara all winning in singles, Caloia and Hagrman not dropping a game.Rolince and Bradley paired in doubles and rolled past Mark Humphrey and Adam McIntyre 6-0, 6-1. Chaddock and Mike Ferrara won, 6-1, 6-1, over Scott Heath and Mason Shute.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Boys tennisMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill The West Genesee boys tennis team would plunge into the heart of its Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division schedule as long as the weather held up.In last Monday’s match against Syracuse East, the Wildcats won big, 7-0, as in singles Noah Ruston and Ryan Joyce had equal 6-0, 6-3 wins over, respectively, Hanh Duong and Matt Houck, with Ben Paoli handling Devin Kha 6-2, 6-1.WG also took the quartet of doubles matches, with Cade Duda and Greg Fey surviving a third-set tie-breaker to complete its rally and beat Freddy Butler and Curran Shannon 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.center_img Matt Mannara and James Plunkett blanked Kyle Giardine and Thomas Moore 6-0, 6-0, with David Puma and Michael White topping Yasin Hassan and Salimo Musa by those same scores. Stefan Atanasov and Max Mekker won, 6-0, 6-2, over Chris Edmunds and Devin Murphy-Stanley.Another 7-0 shutout followed on Wednesday, this one over Liverpool, as WG got singles wins from Plunkett and Mannara, along with Paoli, who beat Austin Huntress-Kennedy 6-3, 6-1.In the closest of the four doubles matches, Atanasov and Ruston paired to beat Aiden Barbour and Ben White 6-2, 6-3.WG went for three in a row Thursday at Baldwinsville, and nearly got there, only to get turned away in a tense 4-3 defeat to the Bees where five of the seven matches went to three sets.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Jaylon Ferguson reportedly uninvited from combine after background check

first_imgJaylon Ferguson has had his 2019 NFL combine invitation rescinded.The Louisiana Tech product’s background check revealed he was convicted of simple battery after a fight at a McDonalds during his freshman year of college, according to an NFL.com report. From me and @TomPelissero: #LaTech pass-rusher Jaylon Ferguson, the NCAA’s all-time sack leader, had his Combine invite rescinded. It stems from a fight at @McDonalds. Our story: https://t.co/mOwXwBryRj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019The NFL told teams last month a player would be barred from attending the combine “if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence,” according to the report.Ferguson recorded an NCAA-record 45 sacks in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech and could be a first-round pick. Although the case was not made public, NFL teams were aware of the incident, the report says.Ferguson may not be attending the combine, but he has reportedly begun the process of scheduling visits with teams. NFL Draft 2019: Lions haven’t ruled out selecting quarterback with No. 8 pick, GM sayscenter_img Related News NFL Draft 2019: Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons tears ACL while traininglast_img read more