All-Star Chris Cornell Tribute Adds Fiona Apple, Josh Homme, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, More

first_imgOn January 16th, 2019, an all-star cast of musicians will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.Event organizers have added Fiona Apple, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Miguel, and Brandi Carlile have been added to the impressive lineup.Billed as “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” the tribute show will also feature members of Cornell’s three most notable bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog—several of whom are now best known as members of other groups like Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine.In addition, the special tribute show will feature Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).Watch Chris Cornell And Eddie Vedder’s Final “Hunger Strike” Duet From Bridge School Benefit ’14Though the show comes almost two years after Cornell’s shocking suicide, the music world still feels the pains of his untimely death. In addition to countless live tributes by a bevy of artists, the Museum of Pop Culture in Chris Cornell’s native Seattle, WA recently unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of the grunge hero. Cornell’s estate also recently announced a new posthumous LP and retrospective box set simply titled Chris Cornell, which will be released on November 16th—the same day tickets to “I Am The Highway” go on sale.Tickets for “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” at The Forum are on sale now. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head here.last_img read more

EIOPA chairman calls for debate on past pensions promises

first_imgUnder German law, it is nearly impossible to make changes to pension benefits members have already earned based on their number of work years. Employers have argued that they suffer as a result of this.Pensionsfonds were given some flexibility to relax minimum guarantees under what has become known as the Lex Bosch law.More recently, the German government has proposed a pensions reform that would introduce industry-wide pension funds without guarantees, either within existing schemes or new vehicles to be set up by social partners.Addressing the Dutch pension sector’s objection to having to apply low discount rates for liabilities, EIOPA’s chairman said low rates were “just reality”.Bernardino, however, sought to put the problems of the Netherlands into perspective by noting that many other countries, contrary to the well-funded Dutch pensions sector, lacked private pensions, adding that “Europe is facing an enormous pensions deficit”.Bernardino also warned against insurers selling pension products with a guaranteed interest rate for the very long term.“In my opinion, this is not possible, or sufficiently attractive to clients, in the current economic climate,” he said. The Netherlands is discussing changing its predominantly defined benefit system into a more sustainable set-up, which is scheduled to come into force from 2020.At the moment, the Social and Economic Council is weighing the possibility of individual pensions accrual, as well as a “target contract” – with both being combined with collective risk-sharing.A new government is set to make the final decisions on any new pensions system, following national elections in March. Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at European supervisor EIOPA, has called for a public debate on the issue of past pension promises becoming untenable as a result of the low-interest-rate environment.In an interview with Dutch news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), he argued that a public discussion was necessary to avoid friction between the younger and older generations.“Some generations getting privileges at the expense of others will not work well forever, and risks won’t just disappear by ignoring the issue,” the FD quoted him as saying.Bernardino said benefit guarantees were a growing challenge for traditional pension funds in the current economic climate, with those in Germany being a case in point. last_img read more

“Daily Beast” editor-in-chief discusses politics, culture

first_imgUSC’s Visions and Voices hosted Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN political analyst John Avlon Thursday. The event took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. and was an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the history of the United States, journalism and politics. John Avlon photographed by Wanting He | Daily TrojanAfter graduating from Yale University, Avlon quickly became involved in politics. From being a speechwriter for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to preparing an address for the United Nations General Assembly in regard to counterterrorism, he became an acclaimed political journalist and author. Avlon has written several political books, including his latest, Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations published in January last year.Before Avlon came on stage, President C. L. Max Nikias gave an introduction and brief biography of Avlon. “He’s one of America’s lead journalists, a passionate believer in American democracy and a stellar choice for our Visions and Voices event tonight,” Nikias said in his introduction. “As this evening’s distinguished speaker, he continues a tradition of celebrating thinkers, artists and leaders who have found their way to our stage and will bring the arts and humanities to our community.”After the introduction, Avlon talked about the importance and historical context of George Washington’s farewell address, the subject of his latest book. Avlon said the address provides a parallel between the past and the present-day United States. Avlon classified the speech as one of the most influential in American history, and said Washington’s advice still endures.“In our difficult days with storm clouds on the horizon, with great deep polarized debates about politics and policy and personality, imagine if we had the benefit of a memo, written to us by the first founding father,” Avlon said. Avlon continued by talking about his understanding of liberty and its importance for American society. He said that while liberty is seen as synonymous with freedom, it has a deeper meaning that America’s founders understood. “Liberty is what is required to really erect an independent republic,” Avlon said. “It is not simply doing whatever we want at any given time. It’s keeping in mind your responsibilities to your community, your family and the future generations. It’s about something you can inculcate as a culture. In this self-governing society, it is essential for survival.”Avlon wrapped up his talk by comparing former President Barack Obama’s farewell address to Washington’s. “President Obama quoted [Washington’s speech] in his farewell address,” Avlon said. “And what struck me was the warning that Obama put forward was that we could not take our democracy for granted. He was articulating some of the same ideas that Washington was, not only in the section where he quoted it directly.”Following his speech, Avlon answered questions from the audience about his book and his role as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook pens heartfelt goodbye to OKC after trade to Rockets

first_imgIt was a great run for Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.After being drafted as the fourth-overall pick in 2008 by the then-Seattle SuperSonics, Westbrook spent his entire career in Oklahoma City after the team moved before his first official year. Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul Westbrook won the MVP in 2017, averaged a triple-double each of his last two years and made eight All-Star teams.He has good memories with the organization and he penned a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram on Friday. Related News “I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now,” he wrote. “It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I came here, I was 18 years old, bright eyed, and completely unaware of all the amazing things that would soon take place.”I grew up in Oklahoma with an amazing bunch of people. The people here are what makes this place so special. From the fans, my coaches, my teammates, the entire Thunder organization, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my friends, and everyone in the entire community. You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I’ve loved playing here all of this time.”You have supported me through all of the ups and the downs, and stood by me through the good times, and tough times. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many amazing people who have helped shape me into the man that I am today.”I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma community as much as Oklahoma has made an impact on me and my family. I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many friends and so much gratitude. I could never thank you all enough for sticking with me. It’s been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT.”center_img James Harden on Russell Westbrook trade: ‘It’s going to be a lot of fun this year’ Westbrook was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in a package for Chris Paul.He rejoins former teammate James Harden in Houston after the two played the 2009 to 2012 seasons together in Oklahoma City.last_img read more

LAUSD, Antonio to team?

first_img“That may be a possibility for an opportunity for not only the mayor but for other people who have great proposals to propose something to the district and have us take it on as a pilot,” Canter said. “I think it’s important that we clean the slate … We both know that we’re better off together than we are apart. I feel very strongly that today is a new day and that today we will begin the walk together to create the kind of partnerships that I know we can so that all kids succeed.” Partnership Villaraigosa said at a Wednesday morning news conference that he hopes to get a cluster of schools to oversee and – regardless of the results of the May runoff – wants to partner with the district. “I think the school board and I are clear that a partnership is inevitable. We’ve got to figure out what it looks like,” he said. “I fully expect a tough campaign … Regardless of that, you’re going to see my effort and I think an effort on their part to work together.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District officials heralded a new era of collaboration Wednesday, even as they braced for a bruising and costly school board runoff in just eight weeks. With a measured primary win by the mayor in his bid to gain influence on the school board, both sides quickly began finessing collaboration with aggressive pushes for their own candidates to prevail in May. And in a post-election nod to the mayor, LAUSD school board President Marlene Canter said the board is now considering offering Villaraigosa his own long-sought cluster of low-performing schools to oversee. Canter said the move comes after Villaraigosa offered a pre-election “olive branch” to school board members in private phone calls. And she said she hopes to begin discussions with the board soon on an “innovation district” developed with Superintendent David Brewer III. Canter said Villaraigosa called several board members Tuesday and struck a collaborative tone. “He said, `Consider this an olive branch,’ and he said `I want to meet with you and I want to start fresh,”‘ Canter said. “I said I’ve been waiting for this since the day I became president and I’m there any time that you want to meet so I’m looking forward to starting the conversation again and working together.” Brewer echoed Canter’s openness for collaboration and said that even if the mayor gets his slate elected to the board, he doesn’t believe it will be divisive. “I think there’s going to be collaboration. With or without (legislation), it does not matter to this superintendent. I get along with the mayor, I get along with the board,” Brewer said. “I just look forward to working with whomever the people of Los Angeles elect.” Mayor’s slate did well The cooperative comments come after an election campaign in which 11 candidates raised more than $4 million vying for four seats on the school board. While the mayor’s slate fared well, it was far from a resounding victory. Yolie Flores Aguilar captured the District 5 seat, but his other two candidates – Richard Vladovic and Tamar Galatzan – are headed for runoffs. And with incumbent Marguerite LaMotte’s victory over charter leader Johnathan Williams – considered an ally of the mayor’s – Villaraigosa now needs Vladovic to win the South Gate seat and Galatzan to prevail over incumbent Jon Lauritzen for the San Fernando Valley seat if he is to secure a majority of four votes on the school board. Although he said he is looking forward to a new partnership with the district, Villaraigosa will continue to aggressively support Galatzan – a campaign into which his Partnership for Community Excellence committee poured more than $1.13 million. Galatzan captured 44 percent of the vote and Lauritzen 40 percent in an election that drew less than 10 percent of the city’s voters. Louis Pugliese, who said Wednesday that he has not yet decided which of the two candidates he’ll support, got 16 percent of the vote. Lauritzen has called Pugliese, and Mike Trujillo, Galatzan’s campaign manager, said they look forward to meeting with him. In the South Gate race for District 7, the mayoral-backed candidate, Vladovic, won 46 percent of the vote, while opponent Neal Kleiner got 33 percent. UTLA might endorse Former California Teachers Association employee Jesus Escandon got 22 percent of the vote, and said Wednesday that he would encourage his supporters to vote for Kleiner. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said it’s possible that union membership might decide to endorse a candidate in that runoff. “I think everybody is tired of this struggle and from my perspective, everybody now understands … that a partnership is really what needs to happen,” he said. But even as Villaraigosa struck a collaborative tone Wednesday, some said it could be an effort to hedge his bets because legislation that would give him partial control over the LAUSD is stalled in court and the May election results remain uncertain. Meanwhile, the school board may have realized that Villaraigosa is not giving up, and a partnership makes the best political sense for both. “The school board doesn’t want to look like obstructionists … and there’s a recognition that you can’t go back to the politics of before-Antonio,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They can’t hide from the fact that there’s a new sheriff in town and he is going to continue to be a force to be reckoned with, no matter what. And the mayor wants something out of this and he wants the best deal he can cut.” naush.boghossian (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img