Welcome Back Concert exhibits new artists

first_imgThe class of 2020, transfer students, and others new to USC had their first opportunity to attend a university-wide event at the annual USC Welcome Back Concert, which took place on Saturday in McCarthy Quad.The show was headlined by Mike Will Made It and LANY, and there were guest appearances from iLoveMakonnen, Lil Dicky, Jeremih and Eearz.The concert was hosted by the Concert Committee, and although the official numbers for this year have not been released, last year’s concert drew 5,000 attendees.“[For] freshmen, this is most likely their first big event on campus,” said Concert Committee Associate Director Caitlin Harriford. “We get the opportunity to hopefully bring in an artist that they are familiar with and enjoy.”To warm up the crowd, the first performance was by LANY, a pop band based out of Los Angeles.They were named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists to Know.” The group performed for about 45 minutes during their set.This year, the event was headlined by Mike Will Made It. Mike Will, an Atlanta based producer, is known as one of the most successful producers in the music industry, particularly rap. The list of collaborating artist include Rihanna, Gucci Mane, Kanye West and Future among many others.Mike Will has also had 23 songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd and “Formation” by Beyoncé.During the performance, Mike Will brought out four acts to perform along with him. The first act was Eearz, who is signed under Mike Will’s record label Ear Drummer Records.Lil Dicky followed up with a performance of his hit song “Save Dat Money.” The crowd took very well to the Philadelphia native as he ended up freestyling toward the end of his performance.The third performance was by iLoveMakonnen, a Los Angeles-born and Atlanta-based rapper, who performed his hit songs “Tuesday” and “Swerve.” iLoveMakonnen also debuted a newer song off his latest mixtape, titled Red Trap Dragon.Finally, Jeremih came on to perform his hit songs “773 Love,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em” and “Planez” to end the hour and a half-long performance.Attendees such as Xavier Garcia, a junior majoring in neuroscience, were surprised by the lineup and pleased with the way the concert turned out.“I am a fan of [iLoveMakonnen] particularly so it was great to see him for free,” Garcia said. “I was not sure who to expect since I knew that Mike Will was a producer. I heard some rumors but they didn’t turn out the way I thought.”Others, such as Nate Repasky, a sophomore majoring in business administration and accounting, thought that bringing on lesser-known artists was a poor choice.“I had no clue who the first artist was at all,” Repasky said. “The second was better, but we could afford better names than we did.”last_img read more

Northern California woman who slipped, died at Lake Tahoe’s Eagle Falls ID’d

first_imgEMERALD BAY — A woman who died at Eagle Falls was identified as 35-year-old Dina Stephanie Espinosa from the Bay Area, according to authorities.Espinosa was sitting in a pool of water near the waterfall Friday when she slipped while reaching for a branch, and was swept away in fast-moving waters, according to a statement from the El Dorado County Sheriff.A search and rescue team and dive team recovered Espinosa’s body, who was found deceased, according to the sheriff’s department.A GoFundMe …last_img

Alaska rookie Jesper Ayaay no pressure in PBA debut

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte RR Pogoy lifts TNT over Magnolia in OT View comments MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ayaay, however, was different since he said that his much-awaited debut was just another game for him.“It was a normal feeling and I felt that I was just playing in an outside league,” joked Ayaay after the Aces’ 85-72 loss to Rain or Shine. “I just don’t put any pressure on myself and I just did the best I can when I was called off the bench.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I just focused on what I can do especially on defense.”Ayaay was the ninth overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft in a stunning selection since he was a role player with the Pirates for most of his stay in the NCAA and it was this humble upbringing at Lyceum that ultimately molded his mindset.center_img The rookie wingman said he’s not putting much focus on his offensive game, let alone being the focal point of the system, but he would rather be that one guy that works hard in practice and help his teammates get better.“I’m a rookie so I’m here to work hard and challenge my teammates in practice,” said Ayaay, who had six points and two rebounds in his first professional game.“I never really look at the offensive numbers I put up and I just look at what I can do on defense and on what I can do to help my team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Debuts usually leave a lasting impression on anyone especially if it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream.Alaska rookie Jesper Ayaay experienced that one on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena when he played his first PBA game after spending his collegiate days with Lyceum.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

a month agoGermany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Germany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Kloppby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Germany job could be a future option.While Marc Kosicke’s claims the local weather could force Klopp to leave the Reds have been denied, the agent has also admitted succeeding Jogi Low is an ambition.He told Die Welt earlier this year: “Jürgen himself once said that in the event that Jogi Löw would not want to be a national coach anymore and the constellation was such that he could do that, this would be an option for him.”For now, however, Klopp is focused on the Reds and winning the Premier League.Kosicke told Spox: “That’s right, there are these six top teams in the league. Jürgen recently said so nicely: Our biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.” last_img read more

CBS controlling shareholder fires back over board vote

first_imgDOVER, Del. – CBS Corp.’s controlling shareholder fired back Tuesday over a board attempt to dilute the shareholder’s stock voting power, the latest move in an escalating legal battle for control of the media company.In complaint filed in Delaware’s Chancery Court, National Amusements Inc. argues that a CBS board vote to approve a dividend that would drastically reduce NAI’s voting stake in CBS was invalid. NAI claims the vote violated CBS’s bylaws and corporate charter, and that CBS board members violated their fiduciary duties to stockholders. It also argues that the vote was based on recommendations of a special board committee that had exceeded its authority.“It is undisputed that the director defendants’ actions are unprecedented under Delaware law,” NAI attorneys wrote.The filing comes after CBS asked a Chancery Court judge last week to declare that the board vote was “effective and permissible.”“Today’s reactive complaint from NAI was not unexpected,” CBS said in a statement. “The amended complaint filed last week by CBS and its special committee details the ways in which NAI misused its power to the detriment of CBS shareholders, and was submitted after careful deliberation.”The legal dispute centres on a special dividend approved by the CBS board that would decrease NAI’s voting stake in CBS from roughly 80 per cent to about 20 per cent.The board vote came only after NAI, led by the daughter of billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone, submitted documents to CBS decreeing that any dividend must be approved by a “supermajority” of its 14-member board, a threshold that was not met.CBS contends that NAI’s purported bylaw amendments are invalid and, under federal securities law, were not effective at the time of the board meeting.CBS, led by CEO and Chairman Les Moonves, is pushing back against pressure by National Amusements to merge with Viacom, which also is controlled by NAI. National Amusements argues that CBS’s actions are based on unsubstantiated claims that NAI was interfering with company management, and purported threats of a forced merger based on unsourced media reports and conjecture.“The only cogent, but manifestly improper, explanation for the director defendants’ unprecedented action is that Leslie “Les” Moonves, CBS’s long-time CEO, has tired of having to deal with a stockholder with voting control,” NAI attorneys wrote.“Mr. Moonves apparently gave the director defendants an ultimatum: Either you remove NAI’s voting control, or I resign,” they added. “This ultimatum came against the backdrop of a $180 million “golden parachute” in Mr. Moonves’s employment agreement that had been adopted without discussion or approval of the full board, with the intended purpose of entrenching Mr. Moonves in his position as CEO.”The CBS board vote came after the company unsuccessfully sought a restraining order in conjunction with a May 14 lawsuit alleging that NAI was breaching its fiduciary duties to CBS and other shareholders and trying to undermine the authority of its management and board of directors.CBS and Viacom were once part of the same company, known as Viacom, but were split in 2005 into separate entities, both controlled by Sumner Redstone. Shari Redstone has been pushing to reunite the companies under one corporate umbrella, but a CBS special board committee concluded that a merger would not be in the company’s best interest.In refusing to grant CBS a restraining order, Chancellor Andre Bouchard — who called the dividend proposal an “extraordinary measure” — noted that the company could still file a court challenge if NAI takes actions inconsistent with its fiduciary obligations to the company and to other shareholders.last_img read more

Netflix named The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK — Netflix has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press.The streaming service started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers and went on to win its first feature-film Oscar. It briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company and lured the likes of superstar show runners Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, not to mention Barack and Michelle Obama.Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the company is ‘humbled’ by the honour.Netflix topped other candidates including Donald Glover, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper and Michelle Obama, among others.___For more on the biggest moments of 2018, visit: https://apnews.com/2018-TheYearinReviewMark Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img

City of Fort St John councillors to be sworn in on Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding their inaugural council meeting on Monday.To start the meeting, there will be the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office which will be conducted by The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge.Two new councillors,  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky will be among the six councillors to be sworn in. The night will also include the introduction of the 2018-2022 members of city council, the Mayor’s inaugural address, and farewell statements from outgoing council members.The city of Fort St. John inaugural council meeting is on Monday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.For a full schedule of the inaugural meeting, you can visit https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/92285last_img

Yes Banks balance sheet cleanup to strain profitability in next 1218 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The balance sheet clean-up by Yes Bank will strain its profitability in the next 12-18 months as it makes provisions for stressed assets, Moody’s Investors Service said Tuesday. On April 26, the bank reported its first-ever quarterly loss since its inception in 2004 at Rs 1,506 crore in the January-March quarter. Nevertheless, the bank is profitable on a full-year basis, with a return on assets of 0.5 per cent as of March 31, 2019, as against 1.4 per cent a year ago. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “We estimate that the bank’s overall stressed assets are about 8 per cent of its gross loans… The balance sheet clean-up will strain the bank’s profitability in the next 12-18 months as it provides for the stressed assets,” Moody’s said in a report. The March quarter loss of Yes Bank was driven by higher credit costs for non-performing loans (NPLs) and the creation of a contingent provision against a pool of identified stressed assets. “Despite near-term weakness, we expect the change in corporate behaviour under new bank leadership will be credit-positive after the de-risking is complete,” Moody’s said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Reacting to the result, the bank’s shares on Tuesday slumped over 30 per cent to Rs 165.30 apiece on the BSE in the early trade. The scrip ended the day at Rs 168, down 29.23 per cent on the BSE. The March quarter results of Yes Bank were announced after close of market hours on Friday. Stock markets were closed on Monday on account of polling in Mumbai. In late-January this year, the bank appointed Ravneet Gill as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), after the Reserve Bank of India restricted the bank’s founder and long-time managing director and CEO Rana Kapoor’s term until January 2019. In the next three financial years, the bank may slow loan growth to about 20-25 per cent annually, compared with an average loan growth of 34 per cent a year between 2013-14 and 2018-19, Moody’s said. “The bank will increase the focus on the retail segment and small- and medium-sized enterprises and reduce dependence on corporate lending,” Moody’s said. It added that a reduction in loan concentration to large corporate groups will be credit-positive, as these types of loans have lent volatility to the bank’s asset performance in the recent years. The bank’s board has approved an equity capital raising plan of up to USD 1 billion, which, once complete, will help improve loss-absorbing buffers while supporting asset growth, it added. The lender’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) doubled to 3.22 per cent of loans as on March 31, 2019, from 1.28 per cent at the end of March quarter in 2017-18. At the end of March 2019, the bank’s tier-I equity capital ratio was 8.4 per cent, compared with 9.7 per cent at the end of March 2018.last_img read more

Manchester United plan backroom restructure

first_imgManchester United are planning to appoint a director of football as part of the club’s restructuring, according to The Guardian.United are looking to install a director of football position for the first time in the 140-year history of the club. There’s is a recognition among the club’s hierarchy that times have changed in the game of football and appointing a director of football would help the club get to the next level.The move is expected to help the club continue their football style and ethos, as well as provide a more streamlined transfer policy.United had a disappointing transfer window this summer with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign a new central defender and club Chief Executive Ed Woodward refusing to spend exorbitant amount on that position in the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United gaffer targeted Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin but Ed Woodward was reluctant to shell out money on either as he believed they won’t be an upgrade on the current crop of defenders at the club.A director of football is expected to act as the middleman between the club and manager with a preference on maintaining the club’s style and ethos. This would provide the club with a blueprint of how to recruit future managers and players.It remains unclear as to how Jose will react to the club’s proposal to appoint a director of football, especially if it takes place during his tenure.There’s understanding that the club’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward would remain in charge of transfers should United appoint a director of football.last_img read more

Puel discusses Vardys international future

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Jamie Vardy could still play for England for the next three years.The striker announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday to focus on his family and his club career.However, Puel believes the 31-year-old could have continued to represent his nation.Puel said, according to Sky Sports: “It was, for me, the same thing when he was an international player and he played for us. He can continue a lot for two or three seasons (for England) but it’s his decision and I respect this.”“He is a fantastic player but his first quality is his desire and fighting spirit. He likes running, to win battles and he’s a fantastic player.”“With this good attitude will you perform in the future, of course. Am I surprised? I don’t know, I think it’s personal. The player feels at the moment to stop and to continue his (club) career.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have to respect this. It’s so difficult to manage a career with his club, his international games, travel, competitions. If he can continue with his club to keep his desire it’s a good choice.”Vardy remains open to a return to help if Southgate suffers an injury crisis – along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill who has also stepped down – and won 26 caps, scoring seven goals.“We are happy to have Jamie because he is a great player and great goal-scorer who is always there when we need him. I think it is a personal decision for him. I don’t see the benefit of him standing back or not.”“He can be proud he played for the national team and we are proud how he performed at the World Cup in the squad, like the same as Harry.“Having him around full-time is good because the banter will grow, we are happy to have him.”last_img read more