Members Of Umphrey’s McGee, Zappa Band Join Forces For Frank Zappa Tribute [Gallery]

first_imgA full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Shadow Defies Gravity With Success

first_img An unmanned aircraft system in the Army’s fleet today is defying gravity, soaring ever higher in performance and zooming down on cost. And, in a budget-conscious Department of Defense, exceeding performance and cost goals are enough to make the RQ-7B Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle a target for recognition. Such was the case last fall when Shadow won the prestigious Performance-Based Logistics Award from the Secretary of Defense. According to the award nomination package, the Shadow PBL contract achieved exceptionally high readiness with the system, while simultaneously reducing its costs and improving its reliability. But such recognition doesn’t mean the Shadow is coasting on its merits. Rather, its government-contractor team is honed in on even better performance and cost savings. “We’ve taken cost very seriously and we’ve indoctrinated a lot of things into Shadow to bring those costs down. We’ve also decreased incident rates,” Todd Smith, deputy product manager for Shadow, said of the 43 Redstone Arsenal-based employees whose work is centered on product development, sustainment, cost, scheduling, performance and other life cycle management issues pertaining to Shadow. Described as the “workhorse” of the Army’s unmanned aircraft systems, Shadow has exceeded 600,000 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan since it was introduced to the Army fleet in 2003, flying missions for the first time during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Army has fielded 98 Shadow systems, and the Marines 11. Its mission in unmanned, over-the-horizon reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition has made it a forerunner in providing situational analysis to Soldiers on the battlefield. Even so, those early Shadow years did present challenges. “The Shadow has been the Army’s first and most successful unmanned aircraft program of record,” said Col. Gregory Gonzalez, project manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Program Executive Office for Aviation. “The program followed on the heels of other UAS programs that tried to do too much, too soon, failing in the process,” Gonzalez explained. “Shadow’s initial success was based on getting a simple capability quickly into the hands of the Soldiers.” Unfortunately, the simplicity in design caused problems with reliability, Gonzalez said. Early accidents of the Shadow system reached a rate of more than 400 per 100,000 flight hours. “Even as the first systems were fielded to warfighters, the product manager embarked on a strategy to improve the capability and reliability of the system,” Gonzalez said. “Early reliability improvements were easy to identify and fix. Over time it became much more difficult to build in reliability in a cost effective way, but the Shadow team pressed on and has done a miraculous job. The cumulative impact of these improvements is monumental.” For the quarter ending in December 2010, the Shadow fleet achieved the lowest accident rate in its history, approaching 29 incidents per 100,000 flight hours. “It continues to fly unprecedented flight hours in theater,” Gonzalez said. By Dialogo March 09, 2011last_img read more

Chelsea forward snubs club’s latest contract offer

first_img Loading… Abraham has seen a string of players pledge their allegiance to the Blues with Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour all signing up for the long-term.However, Abraham has seen the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi cash in big-style in the past 12 months and is determined to hold out for a deal around that level.Hudson-Odoi agreed a new contract with Chelsea last September which was worth an estimated £180,000-a-week.Abraham, 22, has scored 15 goals already this season and has forced his way into the plans of England boss Gareth Southgate.He has two years left to run on his current contract, so there is no immediate rush but with the clock ticking Chelsea have a decision to make on how highly they rate the striker. Read Also: Chelsea celebrate Abraham after claiming prestigious awardsAbraham has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge, continuing the form that saw him plunder 26 goals in 40 games in all competitions on loan at Aston Villa last season.But he has struggled for fitness of late with an ankle problem, which has seen Olivier Giroud profit from a run in the team under Frank Lampard.Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they bid to consolidate their position in the top four and remain at Europe’s top table next season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The England star is looking for parity with the club’s other stars before committing his future to the club.center_img Tammy Abraham has turned down Chelsea’s latest contract offer.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhat Secrets Is The Great Wall Of China Hiding?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

The Curragh and Killarney host today’s Irish meetings

first_imgThe Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George will be the star attraction in the Group 3 Palmerstown Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh.That’s the feature race in a seven-race flat card that gets underway at 1.40pm.Meanwhile, the final day of the Killarney August festival will get going at 1.20 this afternoon.last_img