Odds & Ends: Cheyenne Jackson’s Singing at the Grammys & More

first_img Tony Winners & More Tapped for Broadway Backwards Tony winners Len Cariou and Brian Stokes Mitchell, as well as On the Town’s Tony Yazbeck and Jackie Hoffman, You Can’t Take It With You’s Florence Henderson, Tituss Burgess, Ann Harada, Aaron Lazar, Florence Henderson and more will take part in Broadway Backwards, the annual benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the LGBT Community Center of New York. The special 10th Anniversary edition, set for March 9 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, will also feature favorite moments from years past (so, uh, please bring back Norm Lewis singing “Home” from The Wiz?). Our Social Media & Musical Theater Obsessions Combine Tony winner Karen Ziemba and Broadway vet John Bolton, who starred together in Curtains, will reunite for an industry reading of Social Life in February. The new musical features a score by Jeremiah Rosenthal, a book and lyrics by Ricky Dunlop and Alex Kantor, plus additional material by creator Chris Myers. Among those joining them is Ethan Slater. The tuner explores a social media-dominated world, where tweeting at the dinner table, vlogging and more are the norm. ‘Something’s Coming’ to the Grammys… Cheyenne Jackson! Could it be? Yes, it could! Great White Way alum and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winner Cheyenne Jackson will perform at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on February 8. The Broadway fave, now officially a Grammy nominee, can be heard on the recording of the San Francisco concert presentation of West Side Story, which is up for Best Musical Theater Album. Tune in online to catch his performance before the televised ceremony! Come Listen to the Freaks It’s been less than a month since Side Show shuttered on the Great White Way (for the second time) and honestly, we’re still trying to cope. Fortunately, we’ll soon be able to relive the belting, mixing and everything else that happened in that show with the new cast recording, which will now be available on February 24. While you wait, here are the production’s headliners Emily Padgett and Erin Davie performing the show’s signature number, “I Will Never Leave You.”center_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Commentslast_img read more

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PFA, PensionDanmark lift H1 returns with all asset classes positive

first_imgIn the first half of this year, the bond portfolio produced around 5% in return, PFA said.“This was particularly due to the foreign bonds, which represent a total value of well over DKK100 billion in the portfolio,” it said.Overall, assets dipped to DKK411.2bn at the end of June from DKK417.5bn at the end of December.PFA said the gains in foreign bonds were mainly due to its exposure to emerging markets and underlying, strong-performing portfolios, which yielded almost 7% during the first six months of 2014. On top of this, the falling level of interest rates during the first half had led to positive returns on bonds and interest rate hedging, it said.Equities returned around 9.5%, it said, mainly due to the focus on Danish shares, which increased by more than 20% in the period.Alternative investments had grown by more than 10% in the first half, it said, adding that it was increasingly investing in non-listed companies now.Property generated around 4.3%, it said.The pension provider’s investment returns translated into a return of between 5.5% and 7.5% for customers with unit link pensions, compared to an average rate of 2.3% in the same period last year, according to the interim report.Customers with traditional with-profits pensions would get an 8.0% return compared with a 2.2% loss in the first half of 2013.Meanwhile, labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark posted a first half return of DKK9.9bn —higher than the entire 2013 return of DKK9.1bn, and beating the DKK2.2bn return generated in the first six months of last year.The 2014 first half investment return led to scheme member returns of between 6.5% and 6.6%, the pension fund said, adding that these returns had increased since the end of June to 8.3% and 8.4%.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark, said: “This is a satisfactory result, which reflects the fact that there have been positive returns on all asset classes.”He said it was unusual in markets to have rising equities prices and falling interest rates at the same time.“We are trying to put together a balanced portfolio that can do well both when the sun shines and when it rains,” he said.Contributions had increased in the January-to-June period to DKK6.8bn from DKK5.2bn, PensionDanmark said, boosted mostly by DKK1.8bn of transfers from other pension funds due to job changes.Total assets increased to DKK165bn at the end of June from DKK152bn at the end of December. Denmark’s PFA reported an investment return of DKK24.7bn (€3.3bn) for the first half of the year, bouncing back from the DKK4.9bn loss it booked in the same period a year ago, with results boosted by a high proportion of foreign bonds.The results came as PensionDanmark also published half-year results that saw investment income for the first six months outstrip income from all of 2013.PFA, the commercial mutual pensions provider said: “This year, PFA obtained its historic high return based on its successful interpretation of the markets on several fronts.”The provider has explained the loss recorded in the first half of 2013 by saying it had not recognised the operational risk charge due to the increase in interest rates during the reporting period.last_img read more

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Firefighter injured battling house blaze in Charles City

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A firefighter has been injured after battling a house fire in Charles City on Wednesday night. The Charles City Fire Department says they were called to 200 Kelly Street at about 9:30 last night. On arrival, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home as well as observed fire on the second story of the residence. The department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. The Fire Department says one firefighter sustained a minor injury and refused treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The home is owned by Michael Vanderslice. Nobody was in the house at the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office being called in to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

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