Ryoko Yonekura Will Return to Broadway’s Chicago

first_imgRyoko Yonekura in ‘Chicago’ (Photo: Masahiro Noguchi) View Comments from $49.50 Chicago Related Showscenter_img Japanese superstar Ryoko Yonekura will return to Broadway’s Chicago this summer. The actress will play Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning revival for 11 performances only, from July 3 to July 13 at the Ambassador Theatre.Yonekura originated the role of Roxie Hart in the Japanese-language production of Chicago in 2008 and again in 2010. She then learned the role in English and made her Broadway debut in 2012. Following her return to Broadway this year, Yonekura will join the Chicago U.S. national touring company in Tokyo from August 2 to August 13 at the Tokyu Theater Orb.Yonekura’s other stage credits include Scarlett O’Hara in the Japanese stage adaptation of Gone with the Wind and Motoko Haraguchi in Kurokawa no Techo. Her films and television credits include the hit Japanese TV series Doctor X, The Negotiator, the Japanese version of Bewitched and more.Chicago currently stars Mel B as Roxie Hart (through February 19), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Star Files Ryoko Yonekuralast_img read more

Dutch pensions regulator criticised for ‘opening window during storm’

first_imgThe Dutch Pensions Federation, however, argued that pension funds would be even more susceptible to interest-rate movements after the UFR cut, which it likened to “opening a window during a storm”.It said the regulator’s decision to opt for a discount rate with an increased focus on financial markets was “illogical”, particularly when the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing policy was having such a strong impact on interest rates.Klijnsma, however, has made clear that the government is not looking to mitigate the effects of low rates.In a letter to Parliament, she said the government believed it was important that the interest rates applied by pension funds be “designed as accurately as possible”.The state secretary’s letter accompanied a report on the impact of the nFTK, the low-interest-rate environment and the new UFR on pension funds’ financial positions.One of the conclusions of the report was that the reduced UFR would lead to a 6% increase in the cost-covering pension contribution.However, the actual increase in premiums is expected to be limited to 1% next year, as many pension funds already charge a contribution above the cost-covering level.The report also concludes that the UFR’s impact on premiums will vary widely.For most workers, there will be no changes, it say.But it suggest that, for a small group of participants – particularly at schemes with a contribution that covers less than 80% of actual costs – increases could exceed 30%. The Dutch Pensions Federation has warned that the reduction of the ultimate forward rate (UFR) for discounting pension liabilities will serve to heighten volatility within the new financial assessment framework (nFTK). The industry organisation said the lower rate was “at odds” with one of the key stated aims of the nFTK – increasing stability – and that it wanted to discuss the matter with Parliament and Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs.Previously this summer, the Dutch pensions regulator (DNB) caught many in the industry by surprise when it cut the UFR for pension funds from 4.2% to 3.3%.At the time, it described the lower rate as being more “realistic, balanced, sustainable and fair”.last_img read more

Syracuse football tight end Tyler Provo medically disqualified

first_imgSyracuse tight end Tyler Provo has been medically disqualified and will not play this season, an SU Athletics spokesman confirmed. Scout.com first reported the story.Provo was slotted as the fourth string tight end coming out of spring practice. The redshirt junior only played against Rhode Island and Central Michigan last year (his redshirt sophomore year) on special teams. He found playing time in six games during the 2014 campaign. He has never recorded a statistic, however.The West Palm Beach, Florida native was rated the No. 5 fullback in the country by ESPN and Scout.com coming out of high school. Provo’s brother, Nick, played for the Orange from 2008 to 2011 as a tight end and holds the school career record for receptions by a tight end with 92. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 10: How SU’s tight ends will factor into this year’s offenseSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 8: Running back depthSyracuse football preseason player file No. 9: Parris BennettSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 9: 2nd outside receiverSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 9: How players adjust to revamped conditioning Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more