Steven Gerrard confident in-demand Rangers star will sign new deal

first_imgMorelos has scored six goals in 11 appearances for the Gers this term, and was this week rewarded with his first international call-up by Colombia.Gerrard has already had to rebuff a £3.75million offer for the 22-year-old within the last few weeks.And the Rangers boss is keen to ensure no-one else tries to lure the former HJK Helsinki striker away before Friday’s transfer deadline.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League crunch with Russian side Ufa, Gerrard said: “I’m delighted for Alfredo.“He’s a very confident player anyway, he always believes he can deliver so it was no surprise for me to see him get a call-up. Morelos’ red-hot goalscoring form has led to his first Colombia call-up 2 2 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is confident in-form striker Alfredo Morelos will sign a new deal to stay with the Ibrox club this season.The Scottish Premiership club are hoping to ward off interest in the frontman from several clubs as the summer transfer window comes to a close on Friday. Colombian ace Morelos is top scorer for unbeaten Rangers this season “He has been in fantastic form and we are all delighted for him. We hope he can go away and do himself justice and I believe that he will.“Yes, there has been progress with regards a new contract, we’ll have to wait and see how that pan out.“But he is in talks, it’s on-going. We’re hoping there is some good news to report soon.”last_img read more

Sir Alex: QPR’s dismay understandable, but Derry had to go

first_imgManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he understood QPR’s frustration after their 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.Rangers manager Mark Hughes was angered by the decision of referee Lee Mason to award a penalty against the visitors and send off Shaun Derry following a challenge on Ashley Young.But although Ferguson conceded that Young was in an offside position, he insisted his player did not dive to earn a spot-kick and therefore Derry had to be dismissed.“Ashley was a yard offside so I can understand Mark [Hughes] being angry and disappointed at that. You see these kinds of decisions every week though,” he said.“The boy’s just got a little tug on Young, not a great deal but enough to get us the penalty. And unfortunately he was the last defender and had to be sent off.“The sending-off didn’t help us at all. I was actually more confident before that in terms of the speed of our play and the movement of the team which was very good.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: United helped by officials as they see off 10-man RangersHughes urges QPR to recreate spirit of ’92Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashlast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Can the Warriors win without Kevin Durant?

first_imgHOUSTON — I knew the question was coming before I opened my Twitter timeline.What do the Warriors do without Kevin Durant? A fair and complicated question. After all, the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals despite Durant leaving late in the third quarter because of a strained right calf. But can the Warriors do this beginning with Game 6 tonight and possibly beyond?Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded optimistic both with that question and about Duran …last_img read more

Air Force goes hi-tech in flight training

first_imgRay Maota The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.(Image: Military Factory) The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, a French aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine.(Image: Eurocopter Southern Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Eurocopter Southern Africa+ 27 11 266 2600The first full-motion helicopter flight simulator to arrive in Africa will be used by pilots of the South African Air Force (SAAF) as part of their training programme.Located at aerospace manufacturer Denel’s facility in in Bonaero Park in the east of Johannesburg, the second-hand simulator was acquired by Eurocopter Southern Africa, and was previously used by the Swiss Air Force, originally commissioned there in 1993.Of the approximately 2 500 hours available for use by air forces on the simulator, the SAAF will use 1 000 per year.Eurocopter Southern Africa CEO Fabrice Cagnat said his company is able to provide a diverse range of training programmes by bringing the simulators closer to the pilots who need them for training.“We are confident that the simulator will add significant value, not just in terms of monetary savings for the SAAF, but in real terms, where the object is to save people’s lives.”The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.With the full-motion version, chopper crews have the chance to hone their skills in all conceivable types of potential emergencies, including some which would be too risky to try with a real helicopter.They can also train as if in mountain and search-and-rescue operations and can use night-vision goggles to make the scenarios as authentic as possible.“Positioning the simulator in Johannesburg, which is easy to get to, is an attractive proposition for all other Super Puma operators,” said Cagnat, adding that the company has noted strong interest from other African countries and further abroad.The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, an international aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine, while Eurocopter focuses on the marketing and sale of the simulator hours.“We could not have done it ourselves in a cost-competitive manner,” said Cagnat, referring to their decision to use Sim for training.Certification for civil use is not yet ready, but Eurocopter is working to achieve this.Improved training programmeThe SAAF currently does not operate the Super Puma, but utilises the locally built and very similar Denel Oryx – which is also developed by Eurocopter. The advantage for the SAAF is that the simulated training will cost 25% less than the actual training using actual aircraft.Up to now South Africa has had to send pilots to Europe to train on simulators there. This meant added budget spent on travel, accommodation and visa costs as well as a stipend for each person and no-show cancellation fees.Acting director for helicopter systems at the SAAF, Colonel Hardus Engelbrecht, said pilots who ordinarily use the Rooivalk and AgustaWestland A109 light utility aircraft will now get the opportunity to train on the simulator.“The current plan is that about 140 pilots and flight engineers will train on the system every year,” he said.SAAF crews need up to 12 hours of emergency training per year, currently all done on real aircraft. The force hopes to reduce these to three hours on the aircraft and nine on the simulator.The acquisition of the technology also coincides with the appointment of the SAAf’s new chief, Major-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang, who starts occupying his position in October.last_img read more

John Deere announces new software release for Operations Center

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The John Deere Operations Center provides value to growers with tools and features that enable them to easily access farm information to better manage their operations. They are able to see and analyze performance and collaborate with partners to gain insights, increase profits, and direct their plans with more precision in the field.Now, just in time for fall harvest, the new software release for the Operations Center offers a more complete solution with the addition of valuable features like Variety Locator, which automatically detects the crop variety being harvested and Harvest ID, Cotton Maps which make it easy to identify module locations and track cotton quality back to where it was grown.Also, introduced are the new Tillage Maps and Speed Maps which offer insights into which variables affect yield and help to round out operational data layers for performance analysis.“This latest release is a big step forward for our precision ag solutions,” says Ryan Borcherding, Product Manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. “These new features, coupled with the existing abilities to share data and collaborate with trusted partners, give the farmer more reasons than ever to manage their farm data online.”The new tools and features available in the Operations Center include those listed below and more:Variety Locator – Allows usage of Variety Locator information (documented when planting) to enable the John Deere in-cab display in the combine to automatically detect and document the crop variety being harvested.Tillage and Speed Maps – Assists in the evaluation of the performance of tillage operations with documentation maps on target depth (GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display only).  Enhances insight into which variables affect yield with speed maps for seeding and tillage operations.John Deere Harvest ID, Cotton Maps – Improves traceability of where each cotton module is harvested and leads to better correlation between input decisions and cotton quality.Draw Field Boundaries and Freeform Zones – Released in April, Operations Center now allows new fields to be added by manually drawing boundaries, which can be sent to the in-cab display as an operational boundary.  Also added to the Prescription Creator by Agrian® is the ability to create freeform zones when building prescriptions based off of soil or harvest maps.“To get the most out of the Operations Center, we highly recommend using JDLink™ Connect, which seamlessly connects the machine online and takes the burden of data collection and transmission off of the farmer.  It also rounds out agronomic data with machine data to give the full picture of what is happening on the farm,” explains Borcherding. “Our goal is to ensure that the job in the field happens exactly as planned and is documented with minimal effort, so growers spend less time managing data and more time doing what they love — farming.”For more information about the John Deere Operations Center and other precision Ag solutions, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit our web site at JohnDeereOperationsCenter.com.John Deere (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.  For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.last_img read more

Gavina sees potential as Rene Pacquiao gets quality numbers in debut

first_imgRene Pacquiao. PBA IMAGESFor someone who had little time to prepare for his debut game in the big stage, Rene Pacquiao came in and made the most of his opportunities.The second cousin of eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao impressed in his first try in the PBA, battling the likes of Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And with the famed Pacquiao in attendance, Rene did all he could to deliver for Mahindra, finishing with six points and a rebound in his eight minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his debut came with non-bearing consequences, as the Floodbuster closed their 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 94-80 defeat to Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pacquiao’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, with coach Chris Gavina admitting that he’s a fan of the 6-foot-5 big man.“Rene came in and was ready. Few guys can come in ready on a big stage against a team like Ginebra and go out there and be productive, so I give him a whole lot of credit for not shying away from the big moment and stepping up with the limited minutes he had,” he said. MOST READ Pumaren relishes GlobalPort’s unexpected crack at playoff berth Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pacquiao was drafted 25th in the 2014 PBA Draft by the franchise, but languished largely as a practice player before playing for a short while with MP Hotel in the PBA D-League.However, Gavina is adamant to the management to keep the window of opportunity open for the 30-year-old.“I told management to keep him in the active lineup,” he said. “Let me develop him, let our coaches develop him, and who knows? We may have a Pacquiao superstar in basketball as well.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

A Perfect Circle On Influences Collaboration Building Eat The Elephant

first_img Twitter A Perfect Circle Talk Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ perfect-circle-influences-collaboration-building-eat-elephant News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 25, 2018 – 7:27 am A Perfect Circle Talk ‘Eat The Elephant’ A Perfect Circle On Influences, Collaboration & Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ The influential rock group stopped by the GRAMMY Museum to discuss the impetus for their new music, their early influences and the creative process behind their big 2018 returnNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:30 am A Perfect Circleis the kind of band fans wait with bated breath to hear new music from, no matter how long they are away. In the case of Eat The Elephant, the band’s fourth album, the wait was a full 14 years. Still, the new material was met with much anticipation, a testament to the art. Email Back in October, we premiered a video for the title track from the album-length film the band made for Eat The Elephant. In the song, lead singer and songwriter Maynard James Keenan’s stark, haunting vocals creek and soar over lead composer and guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dynamic backdrop. During a recent visit to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles,as Keenan and Howerdel shared how they came to revisit the project after all these years away.”I think it was just time,” said Keenan. “I was really busy with Puscifer for quite a while. Then I was gonna get back into doing some Tool music, and they weren’t ready, so I was like [to Howerdel], “Hey, what’s up?”The time passed since their previous album, 2004’s Emotive, manifests itself on Eat The Elephant in the space within and around its songs, creating a new sonic environment from the band’s previous work. This had everything to do with how the songs’ foundations were built.”A lot of times on this record we had the song kind of almost complete, and then he put the vocals on top. It was pretty amazing,” explained Howerdel. “Maynard had a lot more input into the music this time, just to, you know, try to some things, because he knew where he was gonna go vocally. He wasn’t in the room when I was working on the music, so we’d kind of lightly steer in that direction. And I think it worked out because he just had something in mind and then was able to throw the solid final performance on top of it.”When it comes to architecting a vocal, Keenan does it like no one else. The genesis of his genius instincts begin with responding to the music, as he revealed during the conversation. “First and foremost, it’s a reaction to the melodies and structures and time signatures that the group of musicians are presenting me, whether it’s Mat Mitchell, or Billy, or Tool,” he said. “It’s all a reaction melodically to those rhythms, constructing it in a way that feels like an actual conversation. And I of course react better when they’re not in 4/4. I don’t speak in 4/4.””Then [I] figure out where that emotion is going, and then just look at your life experiences, what you’re experiencing at the moment, and attach a set of words or a circumstance to that set of rhythms and melodies to see if it opens up a whole story, because you know, human interaction, human experience from birth to death, there’s an infinite number of flavors and colors and bandwidths and emotions that come with those experiences.”Keenan also named an intriguing roster of early influences, providing a glimpse into his stylistic DNA. His early exposure to everything from Roberta Flack to Black Sabbath to Joni Mitchell led to an appreciation of Minor Threat, Killing Joke, Swans and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which in turn led him to Gillian Welch and PJ Harvey.”To me, there’s a sadness that’s captivating in that writing that’s essential,” Keenan says of Welch, Harvey and his tastes as they’ve evolved over the course of his life.A Perfect Circle has evolved, too. At its core, it’s a dynamic collaboration, which means Keenan and Howerdel cannot say what will come next.”It’s a marriage of sorts,” says Howerdel. “You have to make this more than just the sum of its parts, more than the sum of the two of us. That comes from the unknown of collaboration… Having collaboration is the magic of never knowing what’s coming next.”A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Facebook last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Wilmingtons K1 Speed

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Wilmington’s K1 Speed.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About CareOne At WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Trump accuses Comey of cowardice over leaks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Sunday accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.last_img read more