Keller Williams has been on a roll with his newest creation, KWahtro. After years performing primarily as a solo artist, Williams has built up a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians in the business. By teaming with Gibb Droll, Rodney Holmes and Danton Boller, Keller’s new four-piece has been taking the country by storm.Last week, on November 3rd, Keller brought the KWahtro to Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, performing a hits-filled show with classics, covers and more. Thanks to Brandon Weil, we have photos and a video from this great night of music!Watch a clip of Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World” streaming below.Keller continues to tour with KWahtro and more throughout the fall, and just announced an exciting winter tour with the great Leo Kottke. Read more about that here, and see the full gallery from Hermosa Beach below. Load remaining images
“Any regulation,” Carberry said, “which hurts employers’ financial capacity to stand by their pension promises only increases the likelihood of a scheme to enter into pension scheme welfare systems and risks a reduction in the income savers receive in retirement.”He said requiring full funding of future accrual was “wrong-headed”.“A pension is a benefit, created and guaranteed by the employer in recognition of service,” he said. “It is not an insurance policy purchased on the open market that therefore needs to be regulated like a financial product.”He said it was important to ensure pensions continued to be viewed “as the social security benefit that they are”.“Because of this, the CBI and [sister industry group] BusinessEurope are calling for full funding requirements to remain off the table,” he said. Additionally, Carberry said it was important to respect the EU’s principle of subsidiarity and allow individual regulators to decide the regulatory environment for schemes.Hayes’s draft report proposed the introduction of full funding on the sector as a whole when “a new or an additional scheme” was launched, rather than on an ongoing basis, as with cross-border IORPs.He has since rewritten his amendments to avoid accidentally including schemes changing accrual rates. Concerns have remained over the potential for new requirements to be imposed at a later date, but Hayes has sought to reduce the risk by removing the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s ability to draft any further technical standards.ECON is set to vote on Hayes’s report on 25 January, following which a compromise draft of the Directive is set to be decided in negotiations among the Commission, Parliament and member states. European parliamentarians have been urged not to back any draft of the revised IORP Directive requiring full funding of pension fund liabilities, ahead of a crucial vote to decide the chamber’s final negotiating position.The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK employer association, said it wished to see the debate around full funding “ended once and for all”, arguing it was a major concern to business as it could entail “considerable” costs.Neil Carberry, director of employment, skills and public services at the industry association, said requiring full funding would undermine sponsors’ ability to stand by their pension funds.The call comes ahead of a vote by the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), which is set to approve the final draft of rapporteur Brian Hayes’s report on the revised Directive.
By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas replaced retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes yesterday, with Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to take the Finn’s seat at Williams.Appearing at the factory with team boss Toto Wolff, Bottas promised to push new teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton as hard as possible.“I’m sure we are going to be close and both pushing each other forward,” said the 27-year-old, who has yet to win a grand prix in four years at Williams but has appeared on the podium nine times.Wolff, who helped guide the Finn’s early career and also has close ties with Mercedes-powered Williams as a former shareholder, said Bottas would fit in well.“He’s very fast as a driver, and he shows our values,” added the Austrian, who has had an unexpectedly busy winter following Rosberg’s shock decision to quit 45 days ago, less than a week after winning his first championship.“He’s modest, humble and hard-working.”Williams had earlier announced that Massa, who left at the end of last season at the age of 35, had agreed a one-year contract to end the shortest of retirements.Mercedes have been dominant for the last three years, winning both the drivers and constructors’ titles, and will start as favourites again despite major aerodynamic rule changes.MAIN MANWhile Hamilton, 32, can expect to be the team’s main man – with many tipping the Briton to romp to a fourth title after winning 10 races in a rollercoaster 2016 – Bottas can be a genuine contender.“Now it’s time for the next level, to see how he can step up to challenge for race wins and for Championships,” Wolff said.“We know that we are already behind the curve in terms of preparations for the new season, so we’ve got a busy programme to get him integrated into the team. One thing is for sure: as I know Valtteri, he will give it everything.”Massa, a former race winner with Ferrari and 2008 world championship runner-up, will partner 18-year-old Canadian rookie Lance Stroll at Williams.“I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve,” said the Brazilian, who made a tearful farewell to his home crowd last November.“I certainly have not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing and I’m extremely motivated to be coming back to drive the FW40.”Sauber earlier set the day’s merry-go-round in motion by announcing that German driver Pascal Wehrlein, who was the Mercedes reserve and Bottas’ main rival to replace Rosberg, would race for them this year.Wehrlein, 22, drove for struggling Manor as a rookie last year but Mercedes felt they needed a more experienced replacement.Bottas’ arrival means Mercedes will have no German driver in their line-up for the first time since the German carmaker bought the former Brawn GP team at the end of 2009 and returned as a constructor.Rosberg was partnered by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher until Hamilton arrived in 2013.Mercedes said Rosberg had accepted an ambassadorial role with the team for 2017, with his first commitment an appearance with Hamilton on Tuesday for watch sponsor IWC Schaffhausen.The day’s announcements left tail-enders Manor, who are in administration and seeking a rescuer, as the only team with any potential driver vacancies for the season starting in Australia on March 26.
Deep into the weekly slug of college football, the routine has become monotonous. We have the weeklong predictions and analysis after nightly practices leading up to a full day dedicated to a game that lasts more than three hours. But luckily, we have a reprieve coming.Football season is filled with lots and lots of great things — weekend road trips, the Fight Song being seared into your memory and the camaraderie that comes from 70,000 people joining forces in the Coliseum chanting “We are ’SC.” Basketball season is quickly approaching however, and with it a break from the tiresome routine of football season. Sure, USC doesn’t have the reputation for being a basketball school, but last year the team did well enough to garner large crowds at their conference home games.With basketball comes as many exciting opportunities as football season does, including a more personal experience with DJ Malski, the ability to make signs that are throwing major shade and of course the slam dunks that make your head spin.Basketball’s official season begins around the country this weekend as Midnight Madness takes the scene. Oh, what I would give to have Midnight Madness at USC. Ok, fine. We have our version of it, though Trojan Tip-Off just doesn’t compare to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness — but I would hardly expect it to.Midnight Madness is a long-standing tradition in the college basketball world originating from the time when teams would practice together for the first official time at the earliest possible date. Since then, it has become more of a celebratory kickoff to the season, but it still includes drills, practices and scrimmages for both the men’s and women’s teams for many schools, including at USC. At Kentucky, students and fans camp out to get tickets for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. USC’s event is scheduled for Oct. 22, a Saturday, beginning at noon. Of course, this is the football team’s bye week so maybe students will still be interested in meeting the teams? Who knows? Why not capitalize on last year’s hype and start this season off with a bang by doing a real Midnight Madness event?Needless to say, with the “official” start of the basketball season less than two days away around the country, it should be a hopeful time for USC fans. After being a consistent cellar team in the Pac-12, USC had a breakout year, losing only two games at the Galen Center and being selected to the NCAA tournament (the best sports tournament in the world) for the first time since 2011.A young team, the Trojans bring back three starters from the tournament, but also return their most dynamic bench players. Despite an early exit in the tournament and a lot still to prove to critics around the country, I believe in this team.Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu was named a breakout player of the upcoming year by Fan Rag Sports. Metu averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while consistently being good for at least one highlight reel play each game — either an eye-popping dunk on offense or a stalwart block on defense.Metu is just one of several players who contributed to what was an exceptionally explosive USC team. Sophomore guard Bennie Boatwright, junior guard Elijah Stewart and redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron could regularly be seen competing in a dunk contest during warm-ups for fans who were lucky enough to come to the games early. Expect the same thing this year.With another year of experience under their belt and with a taste of what success can bring after a disappointing end to the season, the men’s basketball team should be ready to take the next step and consistently compete at a high level.Even though the football team has turned it around, no end-of-the-season result will ever appease the ravenous football fans of USC. For the basketball team though, things are different, and the genuine enthusiasm for the team that is shown by people who really care should be cherished.The fact that the football team is suffering a dramatic and rough year only opens the door for the basketball team to make a greater impact, especially if they can capture the same energetic, and plain old-fun playing style that they had last year. I guess we’ll find out when the clock strikes midnight — or rather — noon.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.