Toys-R-Us announces comeback in time for Christmas

first_imgWashington D.C. — A group of investors is planning a comeback for Toys R Us, in the latest twist for the troubled retail brand.The group, made up of secured lenders, said Tuesday it’s scrapping an auction for intellectual property assets because it didn’t receive any bids that were better than its own.The investors said they’ll work with potential partners to develop new ideas for stores in the U.S. and other countries “that could bring back these iconic brands in a new and re-imagined way.”The reorganized company will control trademarks, e-commerce assets and data related to the Toys R Us and Babies R Us brands.Toys R Us liquidated its U.S. business earlier this year, after filing for Chapter 11 reorganization following a leveraged buyout that hobbled the company.(Associated Press)last_img read more

Flash play surprises students

first_imgUSC students, faculty and visitors received a surprise in the courtyard behind Doheny Memorial Library Thursday afternoon in the form of a “flash play,” put on by USC Libraries in partnership with the School of Dramatic Arts.Flash act · Students, alumni and an actress perform in a surprise flash play in the courtyard of Doheney Memorial Library on Thursday. afternoon. – Isabella Sayyah | Daily TrojanThe play, directed by Oliver Mayer, associate professor of dramatic writing, was performed by a group of four students and alumni, as well as Dallas actress Marlene Forte, Mayer’s wife.“I love the idea of agitprop, which is what really made a difference back in the day, so when I heard about the flash plays I was like, ‘I want to be in one,’” Forte said.The group put together the first flash play last year in front of Doheny, and is planning on holding three or four more this semester.“We’re doing one for Lewis Carroll because that’s a big thing that they do around Alice in Wonderland; one for the ONE collection, which is the LGBT archive; one we think we’re going to do in the Engineering [Library], because it’s the most used library and one in [the] Fine Arts [Library],” Mayer said.Though the play focused specifically on Doheny and the different libraries within it, the group also described Thursday’s play as an introduction to the libraries in general.“It’s a remount of the premier of the original one we did in the spring,” said Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, a recent graduate and the director of the flash play. “We remounted it with some adjustments and another cast to celebrate it again and to remind everyone [the libraries] are here.”Though, true to its name, the flash play was a surprise, some people were tipped off that it would happen. Around noon, many Doheny librarians and staff descended to the courtyard because they had heard that “something” was about to happen there.For those who do not work at the library, USC Libraries tweeted, and USC retweeted: “Can you keep a secret? Something special might happen today around noon outside Literatea. #USC.”Others, however, remained in the dark about the approximately five-minute performance, which interrupted their work.“I was here with a student having a conference, so I was a little bit annoyed that they were interrupting,” said Jessica Harmon, a graduate student in linguistics and a Writing 140 lecturer. “I thought it would be good that a student was there who maybe didn’t know about the libraries and [would] hear about stuff that he wouldn’t necessarily know from living on campus.”Mayer said that in the future, the plays will be teased through Twitter and Facebook.Future plays may also have other special guest performers.“I’m the one who tries to get people who are on TV to do [the plays]because I think that makes it a little fun for everybody,” Forte said.last_img read more

UEFA Sanction Everton And Hadjuk Split Over Crowd Trouble

first_imgRelatedSerial Offenders! Everton Nab UEFA Fine AgainNovember 22, 2017In “England”PSG, AC Milan and Bayern Munich Escape with UEFA FinesJanuary 11, 2019In “UEFA”UEFA Charge Arsenal & Cologne For Crowd TroubleSeptember 15, 2017In “England” English Premier League (EPL) side Everton and their Croatian counterparts Hadjuk Split have been sanctioned by European football’s governing body, UEFA, following the crowd trouble that marred the UEFA Europa League (UEL) play-off game at Goodison Park last month.The game ended 2-0 in favour of Everton but the match was soiled with violence after Hajduk fans surged towards the pitch and threw objects forcing play to stop in the 33rd minute on August 17, 2017.The Croatian club have been fined £35,348 by UEFA, while Everton will also have to pay £8,837 for their part in the crowd trouble.The Merseyside club eventually qualified for the UEL group stage after winning 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw on the 2nd leg in Croatia.Aside the fine, Hajduk have also been ordered to contact Everton within 30 days so as to pay “for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters”. A lot of seats were damaged while the crowd trouble lasted.In a related development, Russian side Spartak Moscow have been fined £53,000 and also banned from selling tickets to fans for the next UEFA Champions League (UCL) match at Sevilla on November 1, 2017 as punishment for the flare that was fired at the centre referee during the club’s 1-1 draw at Slovenian side Maribor on September 13.Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo also came under the heavy hammer after he was suspended for one UCL match following his dismissal for throwing the ball away in the Spanish side’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool on September 13.last_img read more