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US Navy contracts Raytheon for F/A-18 ATFLIR pod repairs

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy contracts Raytheon for F/A-18 ATFLIR pod repairs US Navy contracts Raytheon for F/A-18 ATFLIR pod repairs View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: F/A-18 The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $56.4 million contract for repair works on the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared System used on the navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets.ATFLIR is a targeting pod used on F/A-18s for electro-optical/infrared imagery and target detection for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support.It provides the capability to detect, classify, and track, both air-to-air, and air-to-surface targets utilizing a third-generation mid-wave infrared detector.The system is used for precision strike warfare employing laser-guided bombs, global positioning system-guided weapons and freefall bombs, forward air control (airborne), close air support, low altitude night navigation and battle damage assessment.Raytheon will perform most of the work under the contract in McKinney, Texas and work is expected to be completed by December 2018. January 26, 2017center_img View post tag: ATFLIR Authorities View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

News story: Reformed Plug-In Car Grant extended into next decade

first_img the changes to the grant announced today will mean: See Plug-in Car Grant: changes to grant level November 2018 for more details of what support is available via the PICG, and how we will implement the changes to the grant. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Category 1 – CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles Category 2 – CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles Category 3 – CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 new grant rates will come into effect on Friday 9 November – if sales are higher than expected, we may reduce grant rates earlier than this date a new grant rate for category 1 vehicles will be set at £3,500 to reflect the recent reductions in the price of electric vehicles – Category 1 vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112 kilometres (70 miles) without any CO2 emissions from the tailpipe at all Switchboard 0300 330 3000 the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles will move from £4,500 to £3,500 Category 2 and 3 vehicles will no longer be eligible for the grant News desk enquiries supported the purchase of over 160,000 new cars. 100,000 of which are plug-in hybrids seen over half a billion pounds of investment in the cars of the future ultra-low emission vehicles are already placed into different categories on the basis of their CO2 emissions and their zero emission range: The government has today (11 October 2018) announced changes to funding to support purchasing the next 35,000 of the cleanest vehicles.For the last 7 years, the Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) has provided a discount to the price of over 160,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles.These changes to financial incentives reflect the ongoing success of the PICG in increasing uptake of electric vehicles, a key part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy.The PICG has helped the plug-in hybrid market become more established, and the government will now focus its support on zero emission models like pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars.The changes to the grant announced today will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles will move from £4,500 to £3,500 and Category 2 and 3 vehicles will no longer be eligible for the grant.The PICG was first introduced in 2011, designed to help stimulate the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles.So far it has supported the purchase of over 160,000 new cars. With plug-in hybrid models like the Mitsubishi Outlander becoming popular among consumers the government is focussing its attention to zero emission models such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.Plug-in hybrid vehicles are among the cleanest on the road, and can deliver significant CO2 savings compared to petrol/diesel cars. These vehicles will continue to receive support through lower car tax rates, grants for charging infrastructure and local incentives (such as free parking).Following the success of the PICG scheme the government has rolled out Plug-In Van, and Motorcycle grants, available to both private and business buyers across the UK.Following the Last Mile call for evidence, and in light of evidence from other countries, a £2 million fund is planned. The funding will contribute 20% of the purchase price of new e-cargo bikes up to the first £5,000 of any purchase price. This gives a maximum grant of £1,000 per bike, regardless of the purchase price of the bike. Funding will be conditional on individual businesses following a code of cycle safety good practice.This new fund will help to cut congestion and improve air quality, encouraging companies to replace older, polluting vans with a zero emission alternative to create a cleaner, greener future. Money will be split between larger fleets and smaller operators to ensure benefits are available to and spread between all sizes of business.Furthermore, the department has separately set aside £100,000 for capacity building in the industry, and will be reviewing opportunities and potential measures to encourage commercial leasing of e-cargo bikes in order to support widespread uptake over the longer term.We are investing in the design, development and infrastructure needed to speed up the uptake of green vehicles. We are providing £1.5 billion for ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020, and creating a £400 million fund to invest in the roll-out of charging point infrastructure, in partnership with industry.Further informationSince its introduction in 2011 the PICG has:last_img read more

Preservation Hall To Receive SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award In February

first_imgOn February 1st, SFJAZZ will host its 2018 Gala benefiting the organization’s artistic and education programs, during which Preservation Hall will be honored with a SFJazz Lifetime Achievement Award. Preservation Hall has always been a staple of New Orleans jazz and the greater music community at large, with the venue hosting countless musical legends over the years and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band bringing the jubilant sounds of New Orleans to audiences around the world since the group’s inception in 1963. During the gala, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is set to perform in addition to artists like Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Chucho Valdés, SFJAZZ Collective, Pedrito Martinez, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Big Freedia, Daymé Arocena, Saul Williams, Airto Moreira, and more.Phil Lesh, Nikki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, Preservation Hall Band, & More Make Magic In NJ [Videos/ Photos]Preservation Hall’s SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award is meant to honor the venue as a pillar of New Orleans music and culture. As SFJazz Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline explained, “Preservation Hall is a model of how a cultural institution can become an integrated part of a city’s identity – an idea that inspires us, and a goal that we continually work towards. … Though the environs of Preservation Hall and the SFJAZZ Center are as physically different from each other as can be, we recognize that they have a rare quality in common: as places where the beauty of the moment can be felt and the soul of this music comes to life.”Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”Tickets for the SFJazz 2018 Gala are available now. VIP Packages include an intimate, seated dinner for 150 guests along with featured artists and an exclusive pre-event further honoring Preservation Hall. Luminary tickets include a private cocktail hour featuring a performance by the SFJazz High School All-Stars Combo and featured celebrity artists, while Gala tickets include a New Orleans-inspired reception. Tickets for the gala’s after-party, featuring performances by Galactic and The Original Pinettes Brass Band will also be available to the public. For tickets, contact Emily Everding (415-283-0342, [email protected]) and for more information about the event, visit SFJazz Gala’s website here.last_img read more

Tweaking the universe

first_imgScientists with the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite program released findings last week that refined our understanding of the universe, showing it to be a little older, containing a bit more mysterious dark matter, and expanding a tad slower than previously thought. The satellite, launched in 2009, provided the most precise map so far of what scientists call the “cosmic microwave background,” the faintest echoes of the universe 370,000 years after the Big Bang, the originating cosmic explosion. That later time represents a key moment in the universe’s history, when the hot gas from the Big Bang finally cooled enough to become transparent, allowing radiation to escape for the first time. In a question-and-answer session, Gazette Staff Writer Alvin Powell talked with Harvard Astronomy Department Chair Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science and a theoretical astrophysicist studying the early universe, about the findings.GAZETTE: What can you tell us about the Planck satellite and the data that was released last week?LOEB: This experiment is the most precise map that we have ever had of the temperature fluctuation of the cosmic microwave background. The bottom line is not really revolutionary or paradigm-changing, however. Basically, it’s a confirmation of the standard model of cosmology, but with much better data than we had.GAZETTE: What is the cosmic microwave background?LOEB: The cosmic microwave background is the radiation left over from the universe’s early hot, dense phase.The universe became transparent to this radiation about 370,000 years after the Big Bang. Prior to that, the gas was much too hot to make atoms. Free electrons in the gas were able to scatter the radiation very effectively. As soon as the universe cooled below a few thousand degrees, electrons and protons combined to make hydrogen atoms. Once electrons were trapped in atoms, radiation was able to stream freely.What we see from the cosmic microwave background is that there were small differences in the temperature or the brightness of the radiation from one region to another, and that’s what we’re trying to map.GAZETTE: Why does the temperature of the early universe matter, and how is that related to the universe today?LOEB: Variations in temperature in the microwave background represent variations in the density of matter in different regions. That’s how objects were made. The Milky Way galaxy, for example, was made from a region that had higher-than-average density that ended up collapsing on itself.So when we look back in time at the microwave background, what we’re looking at is the initial conditions that led to the formation of structure we see today in the universe.That’s why it’s so important, because it teaches about the early conditions in the universe that led to the formation of structure and complexity in the form of galaxies and groups of galaxies today.It is sort of like a Rosetta stone. By reading it off, by reading those maps and statistically measuring the level of variation, we can actually decipher what the initial conditions in the universe were.It’s also important for fundamental physics, because the nature of dark matter and dark energy, as well as the question of what produced these variations in the density of matter from one place to another, remain a puzzle.GAZETTE: What revisions did the new measurements make in our understanding of the universe?LOEB: It made the universe a little bit older than we thought, 13.82 billion years old instead of 13.75 billion years. It’s not a major revision.If you look at the cosmic pie in terms of the budget of matter in the universe today, the amount of dark energy went down. It was previously 72 percent and is now 68 percent. Ordinary matter stayed at 4.5 percent, and dark matter is now 27.5 percent. These are very small changes. Overall, the picture remained the same.The other thing that changed is the Hubble constant, the rate of expansion of the universe. The best value for it now is 68; previously it was close to 70 kilometers per second per megaparsec.The other thing was that in recent years there were suggestions for revisions to the standard model of cosmology. Some people suggested there was a fourth generation of neutrinos (low-mass subatomic particles). We know of three neutrino species in particle physics, but there may be evidence in some data sets for a fourth neutrino. The need for a fourth neutrino was removed with the Planck data.Planck also addressed questions about whether the geometry of the university is flat or curved. According to Einstein’s theory of gravity, space-time can be curved. Planck found that the universe is flat.Early on, the universe inflated from very small to a huge scale. That inflation served as a cosmic iron. It basically flattened any ripples that were imprinted on space because it took a small region and stretched it, just like when you take a balloon and blow it up. When a balloon grows very big, the radius is so huge that when you’re sampling a small portion, it appears very flat.That’s what inflation did; it inflated the universe to have a very flat geometry. We know that to the precision of a tenth of a percent now.So basically what Planck is doing is tightening the error budget that we have on all the cosmological parameters, but it doesn’t change the standard cosmological model.GAZETTE: There was some mention in reports of the data showing the universe being lumpier than initially thought. What about such anomalies?LOEB: The microwave background is lopsided slightly … the statistics of the variations of the temperature in one hemisphere is different from the opposite hemisphere. I would say the evidence is sort of marginal. It doesn’t make the entire community say, “Oh, something is fundamentally wrong with the standard model.”On the other hand, it’s on the borderline of being peculiar, and so some people are thinking about it. Maybe it does give us a hint of something beyond the standard model of cosmology.Then there’s a cold spot in one region of the sky, which was also known before, though Planck showed us the crispest image we have. If you ask yourself, “What’s the chance of seeing a cold spot of this size,” it’s not negligible; it’s quite possible that this is just random.There is another anomaly. On large scales, the microwave background sky appears to be smoother than we expect. On small scales, it seems to be perfectly matched to the standard cosmological model. But on very large scales, it seems to be smoother than expected. Again, it makes some people uneasy, but it’s still marginal.A reasonable cosmologist would sleep well and say it’s just a fluctuation and random deviation, but there are some who are thinking about it. It may be possible that it tells us something about physics beyond the standard model.GAZETTE: So what are the overall lessons from the Planck data?LOEB: The big picture is that it confirms what we thought about the standard model of cosmology.The truth, though, is that we still don’t understand what the dark matter is, and we don’t know what dark energy is. So even though we can pat ourselves on the back that we know the composition of the universe to a very high precision, and we sort of understand how to describe statistically the initial conditions of the universe on the microwave background sky, we still have gaping holes in our understanding of the substance of these components, and that remains unanswered by the Planck data.To answer those questions, we need more data in cosmology, or maybe laboratory experiments that will reveal the identity of the dark matter and, possibly at some point in the future, what dark energy is made of.It sharpens our ignorance about the nature of the dark matter and dark energy. It makes it even more exciting to figure out what they are.last_img read more

Will Fox Give Romeo & Juliet the Glee Treatment?

first_imgHollywood being Hollywood, the success of Glee and The Sound of Music Live! could only mean one thing: a rush to jump on a bandwagon that we already know is fabulous: musicals. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romeo & Juliet: The Pop Musical is currently being developed for Fox. While we wait for all of this to turn up on our TV sets, let us re-live Audra McDonald’s rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” for The Sound of Music Live! Just because. Romeo & Juliet is just one of a number of classic titles that Boardwalk Entertainment Group and RCA Records have teamed up to produce as event TV series and possibly staged musicals (if everything works out). Other musical adaptations, with original songs, being worked on include Robin Hood, King Arthur and Jack the Ripper.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: It’s Only a Play Continues to Shatter Box Office Records

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. If/Then (62.47%) 4. This Is Our Youth (61.82%) 3. Side Show (61.76%) 2. On the Town (60.81%) 1. The Last Ship (58.73%) The star-packed It’s Only a Play broke the house record at the Schoenfeld Theatre for the third time since it began previews there in August. Three of its big-name players, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and Rupert Grint will play their final performances on January 4, 2015, with Martin Short, Katie Finneran and Maulik Pancholy in the wings to replace them, respectively. We will continue to keep an eye on the comedy’s numbers as the show welcomes new faces. Meanwhile, the Tony-winning tuner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder celebrated another milestone this week, becoming the highest-grossing production at the Walter Kerr Theatre, bringing in a total of $39,455,756 in it’s 59-week (and counting) run. While The Last Ship still brought in less-than-desirable numbers, we have a feeling the tides will shift once its Grammy-winning composer Sting takes the stage beginning December 9. View Comments Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,919,765) 2. Wicked ($1,814,918) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,734,478) 4. Aladdin ($1,516,840) 5. It’s Only a Play ($1,424,039) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 7: *Number based on seven regular performances **Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performance UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Honeymoon in Vegas ($410,775) 4. Disgraced ($410,321) 3. Love Letters ($409,785)* 2. Rock of Ages ($373,834) 1. This Is Our Youth ($262,663) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. The River (100.79%) 3. The Elephant Man (100.26%)** 4. Beautiful:The Carole King Musical (99.93%) 5. It’s Only a Play (99.19%)last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Lion King Reigns at the Box Office Now & Forever

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Lion King became the third-longest running show in Broadway history this past week, surpassing another show about a herd of felines (titled—appropriately enough—Cats). And even after over 7,500 performances, the Mouse still has the boards on lockdown. The Disney tuner claimed the top spot in the grosses, earning $1,640,663. Joining it in the top five were usual suspects Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Aladdin. The Tony-winning Jersey Boys celebrates a milestone of its own this week as it reaches its tenth anniversary; though it has appeared in the bottom five by capacity in recent weeks, buzz around this achievement may pick it up, albeit temporarily.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 1:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,640,663)2. Hamilton ($1,595,089)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,377,010)4. Wicked ($1,346,650)5. Aladdin ($1,243,826)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Fool for Love ($332,883)4. Sylvia ($295,650)**3. Spring Awakening ($287,833)2. Dames at Sea ($143,007) 1. Hand to God ($142,966)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.39%)2. Hamilton (101.50%)3. China Doll (99.20%)*4. The Lion King (97.01%)5. Aladdin (96.08%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (62.84%)4. Dames at Sea (62.56%)3. Les Miserables (56.89%)2. Spring Awakening (51.21%)1. Hand to God (36.63%)* Number based on seven preview performances** Number based on one preview performance and seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League The Lion King from $75.00last_img read more

Long Island Country Club Sales Upswing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Multiple independent Long Island country clubs were sold off to corporations in the past year as part of a growing trend that may continue due to the factors of changing demographics and increased competition.In October, the Muttontown Club in East Norwich was acquired by Concert Golf Partners, according to Peter Nanula, a spokesman for the corporation. Just days before that, in September, the board of directors at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor voted to sell its assets—including its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, pool and clubhouse—to RXR Realty, the largest commercial real estate owner on LI, which plans to keep the club open but signaled that it plans to develop part of the 210-acre property. That news came five months after Weiss Properties and 2020 Acquisitions bought the 109-year-old Woodmere Club in Woodmere.The purchase of the Muttontown Club was part of a recapitalization deal, unanimously approved by the club’s board of directors and by a 96-3 vote of its members, under which Concert Golf paid off the club’s debt, lowered equity member dues and infused $1 million into the club. according to the corporation. Not clear was the purchase price.“Terms were confidential,” Nanula says.An update on the Engineers deal wasn’t available and RXR declined to comment for this story. Before those three transactions, in 2015, the 125-acre Cedarbrook Club in Old Brookville was put up for sale, the 107-acre Woodcrest Country Club in Muttontown sold for $19 million in 2010 and the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head was purchased for $12.5 million in 2009.Also in negotiations for sale and partial development was the 168-acre Cold Spring Country Club. Matt Tucker, that club’s general manager, declined to comment.A deal to acquire Cedarbrook Club fell through early this year, according to David Rafiy, its director.“We’re looking to build up the membership and catering business, and we’ll consider other alternatives as well,” he says, noting that membership is “up significantly.”Driving the issue is the fact that many younger parents don’t have much time to play golf, the number of courses has expanded, especially on LI — where private clubs now compete with new, “high-end” municipal courses — and certain clubs have rising debt and declining membership, Rafiy says.“They had high standards, spent a lot of money on renovations and they had big loans,” he says. “Rather than continue to pass along the deficits to their members, they decided to sell.”One bright spot is that the number of people interested in golf seems to be “on the upswing,” he says.Although he expects the number of local country clubs being put upfor sale will “level off,” he predicts “there are probably a few more clubs that will change hands.”While member-owned Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich is flourishing as a “fullservice, family centric country club” with amenities including an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course, “a lot of other clubs are kind of going into the golf club” business and moving away from “top-level service” to save money, says Brian Lau, general manager.Others trying to maintain high-end services are drastically slashing membership fees to be more competitive with other local clubs — “a slippery slope” because they’re “bringing [members] in at substantially less revenue,” he says. “That equation just doesn’t work.”It also remains to be seen how clubs that were once member-owned will fare now after being bought out by corporations that start making all the decisions, he says. Experts say they must figure out ways to attract younger members to survive.“The cost of living is going up substantially on Long Island,” he says. “Everything is going up. So, it’s really, really, really tough for young families to join a country club.”last_img read more

New Capacity Lifts DONG Energy’s Wind Division

first_imgDONG Energy has recorded a 32% increase in earnings from operating offshore wind farms in the first half of 2017 as compared to the same period a year earlier.Power generation from offshore wind increased by 34%, to 3.9TWh in H1 2017, as a result of newly constructed and commissioned offshore wind farms in Germany and the UK – the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension and the 582MW Gode 1 and 2. Offshore wind power accounted for 45% of the company’s total power generation.The 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm in the UK produced its first power during the period as well.Revenue in the company’s Wind Division stood at DKK 10.9 billion (EUR 1.5 billion) in the first half of 2017, with gross investments reaching DKK 5.9 billion.The division’s underlying operating profit (EBITDA) for the period was DKK 6.3 billion, as compared to DKK 5.2 billion reported in H1 2016.Wind conditions were close to the norm in the first half of 2017, DONG said, and the availability of offshore wind farms was high, resulting in solid earnings from the company’s existing wind farms.Following the agreement to divest 50% of the company’s ownership interest in the German offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 in 2017 instead of in 2018, DONG raised its 2017 EBITDA guidance for the continuing operations from DKK 15-17 billion to DKK 17-19 billion. This corresponds to an underlying growth of 18-32%.The company’s gross investments for 2017 are still expected to amount to DKK 18-20 billion.”Within one to two years we will likely have excess investment capacity compared to the target rating of BBB+/Baa1, assuming the current dividend policy, the current farm down model, the current Wind Power build out plan as well as the ambition of a 1 GW per year offshore wind build out from 2021-2025 are continued,” Henrik Poulsen, DONG Energy’s CEO and President, said.”The likely excess investment capacity materialises as more and more Wind Power assets come on line and start generating cash flow and has recently been positively impacted by the experienced decline in the build out cost per MW (LCoE). Value-enhancing, green growth opportunities beyond the current investment plan will thus be explored against tight strategic and financial criteria. This could naturally include additional opportunities within offshore wind – which remains our core focus – as well as other renewable technologies and within our downstream, customer-facing business.”Following the farm down of Borkum Riffgrund 2 and the expected farm downs of Walney Extension and Hornsea 1, DONG Energy will only consider farm downs subject to substantial value creation and risk diversification, Poulsen said.last_img read more

Van Gaal set for United bow

first_img Several hints about how Van Gaal’s plan for United will be gleaned from the friendly, which is the opening encounter in a two-and-a-half-week long tour that takes in Denver, Washington DC and Detroit. The Dutchman has been using a 4-3-3 formation in training this week and it will be interesting to see if he adopts the same tactics against the Galaxy. Whatever system he selects, the players on show will be keen to impress their new manager. This tour is effectively an audition for the players. If they needed a reminder they are playing for their futures, then Ed Woodward delivered it in an MUTV interview at the weekend when he said there would be incomings and outgoings over the next few weeks. Fringe players like Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfried Zaha will be under the spotlight most. Great things were expected of Zaha when he arrived at United last summer following his £15million move from Crystal Palace, but he soon fell out of favour with David Moyes and he was loaned to Cardiff for the second half the season. The England international is one of many players hoping to make an impression on Van Gaal. “It’s great to be back,” Zaha told manutd.com. A crowd of over 70,0000 will pack into the Pasadena Rose Bowl to watch Van Gaal’s United take on the Los Angeles Galaxy. The match may be taking place over 5,0000 miles away from Manchester, and it may start at 3,30am, but United fans will closely watch every move Van Gaal makes. A new era will begin in the early hours of Thursday morning when Louis van Gaal takes to the dugout as Manchester United manager for the first time. “There’s a nice vibe, everybody’s working hard and we’re looking forward to the new season. “For me, I definitely feel like this is a clean slate. “All I’m trying to do is impress the new manager and get into his squad. All I can do is give my all. There’s a new manager and I want to make sure I show him what I can do.” When Moyes named Zaha in his Community Shield team last August, many expected the winger to hold down a first-team place for the rest of the season. The 21-year-old did not start a league match for United though after Moyes decided the player was not good enough. After a 13-game loan spell in Wales, Zaha feels he has improved. “Going to Cardiff was a really good experience for me,” he said. “I managed to get quite a few games under my belt at Premier League level, which was good, and I feel like I’ve come back a better player. “I’ve realised there are things about my game I need to work on and concentrate on and I know this is the best place to be if I want to improve. I really want to make myself a better player.” There will be a familiar face in the opposition starting XI at the 92,000-capacity Rose Bowl. Robbie Keane, now in his third year at the Galaxy, used to play against United on a regular basis for Tottenham and Liverpool. Keane spent a month on loan at Aston Villa two years ago, but he opted against returning to the Premier League last season despite interest from several clubs. The Republic of Ireland captain is happy in California and does not miss the Barclays Premier League. “I don’t hanker for England, not at all,” the striker said. “I speak to a lot of players in England, but my routine has completely changed. “My summer is playing now and I have Christmas off. “That is quite nice. I spent my first time in Ireland for 17 years at Christmas. “I look forward to it again this Christmas. It has completely changed for me. “Going back is not something I have looked into too much.” Press Associationlast_img read more