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Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2019 Winter Tour, Reveals Upcoming Concert Re-Creations

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced their first stateside dates of 2019. The 12+ dates will bring DSO throughout the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.Ahead of all that, Dark Star Orchestra will host their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, taking place January 15th through 19th, 2019, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Featuring a beachside stage and located at an all-inclusive resort, the destination festival boasts four nights of Dark Star Orchestra plus two sets of The Wailers and three sets from Green Leaf Rustlers.Tickets for winter tour go on sale Friday. Head to the band’s website for more information. Dark Star Orchestra Winter Tour 2019Feb 7 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox At the MarketFeb 8 & 9 – Portland, OR – Roseland TheaterFeb 11 – Eugene, OR – McDonald TheatreFeb 12 – Ashland, OR – The Historic Ashland ArmoryFeb 13 – Paradise, CA – Paradise Performing Arts CenterFeb 15 & 16 – San Francisco, CA – The WarfieldFeb 17 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harrah’s & Harveys Lake Tahoe South Shore RoomFeb 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFeb 21 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee TheatreFeb 22 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San DiegoFeb 23 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban TheatreView All Tour DatesIn addition to the band’s 2019 dates, Dark Star Orchestra has announced a handful of show re-creation themes for their upcoming fall tour on the east coast. While typically not announced in advance, these show re-creation themes will certainly get you excited on what’s to come from DSO. Check it out below! Head to the band’s website for more information.Dark Star Orchestra Fall Tour ThemesNov. 11 – Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA – the band is recreating a historic Massachusetts show (while celebrating the 21st year since the first-ever Dark Star Orchestra performance on 11/11/97 in Chicago, IL)Nov. 15 – State Theater – Portland, ME – the band is recreating a historic Portland, Maine area showNov. 16 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT – the band will recreate the infamous May 5, 1977 performance from New HavenNov. 17 – Palace Theater – Albany, NY – the band is recreating a classic Albany area showDec. 1 – The Anthem – Washington D.C. – the band is recreating a classic DC area showView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

The building blocks of planets

first_imgThis is the fifth in a series of stories about Harvard’s engagement in Latin America.“We don’t send anyone through here without a personal guide,” joked Matt Holman as he led a visitor through a maze of corridors and crossways at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge.But a personal guide of sorts is exactly what a group of astronomers, with help from Holman, a lecturer on astrophysics at Harvard, and his collaborators at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Colorado will be happy to have in two years while piggybacking on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spaceship that is racing to the farthest edges of the solar system.Scientists tend not to joke when it comes to navigating their celestial territory, and that includes Holman and Alex Parker, a former postdoctoral fellow at the CfA’s Institute for Theory and Computation, who are part of a mission to find an object in the far-flung Kuiper Belt. They’ll work on that with the help of SwRI’s Marc Buie and a number of massive telescopes, including two large Magellan telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.“The Kuiper Belt objects are the building blocks of planets,” explained Holman, senior astrophysicist with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and associate director of the CfA’s Theoretical Astrophysics Division, who specializes in the study of extrasolar planetary systems. “They are relatively primordial, and this may be our only opportunity for us to see one of these objects up close.”To do that, Holman’s team is hitching a ride on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which will blaze past Pluto on its exploratory mission of the dwarf planet sometime in 2015 at more than 30,000 miles per hour. After completion of the Pluto mission, Holman’s SwRI partners, including New Horizon’s principal investigator, Alan Stern, will give NASA the green light to fire the ship’s rockets. They will redirect the craft by roughly one degree, and blast into unexplored territory past an object in the distant Kuiper Belt, a vast region composed of icy fragments, leftovers from the solar system’s creation 4.5 billion years ago.Mounted on the back of the Clay telescope is Megacam, a giant digital camera whose construction was led by CfA astrophysicist Brian McLeod. Megacam will be used to help identify a Kuiper Belt object that scientists will then explore with the help of NASA’s spacecraft New Horizons. Courtesy of Brian McLeodThese fragments could reveal much about the makeup of the universe, but finding one is no easy task. Before the NASA craft makes its pass by Pluto, the research team has to pinpoint where to direct the vehicle.“Magellan comes into play because it has superb image quality,” said Holman, referring to the twin 6.5-meter telescopes located 200 feet apart on a remote mountaintop in Chile’s southern Atacama Desert. The telescopes, christened Baade and Clay after astronomers Walter Baade and Landon Clay, a Harvard graduate and philanthropist, are part of the Magellan Project, a collaboration among Harvard University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Magellan’s sophisticated design includes main mirrors consisting of 21,000 pounds of borosilicate glass supported by a lightweight honeycomb structure.One of the massive telescopes is equipped with what sounds like a superhero gadget: Megacam, a giant digital camera whose construction was led by CfA astrophysicist Brian McLeod. Mounted on the back of the Clay telescope, it’s armed with a 24-foot-by-24-foot field of view and offers researchers 36 times as many pixels as a high-end consumer digital camera.In short, it snaps really, really good pictures.“It doesn’t matter that you can take a picture that’s extremely sharp if you don’t have a camera that has enough pixels to record that image quality,” said Holman. “Megacam really makes that possible.”Parker has developed a means of subtracting stellar light from the pictures captured by Megacam, which in turn allows researchers to home in on the faint moving objects and track their exact locations. Over the past couple of years, he has been busy trying to identify Kuiper Belt objects.“Once you’ve measured an object’s location over a period of time, you can measure its orbit around the sun. And that’s what we need,” said Parker, who this month became a planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, but will continue to work on the Kuiper Belt project. “We need to know its orbit around the sun so we can predict where it will be in the future and whether or not our spacecraft will fly to it.”Like Magellan’s finely tuned instruments, the telescopes’ location will also factor in the team’s success. The site’s mountaintop setting, perched on the edge of the ocean, far removed from a major metropolis, sets up an astronomer’s dream: “good seeing.”Researchers are limited to searching only a fraction of the sky that will be close to the craft’s altered trajectory. In addition, the objects they are looking for are fainter and “necessarily smaller because there aren’t that many big ones” in the Kuiper Belt, said Holman. Complicating their efforts is the fact that Pluto is currently emerging from its proximity to the Milky Way, whose billions of glowing stars make tiny, faint moving objects in the nearby Kuiper Belt even harder to see.Any amateur stargazer knows that light pollution dramatically hinders observations in the night sky. Las Campanas’ remote locale means it’s unencumbered by excess light. The region’s drier climate also means less water vapor in the air, and the breeze off the ocean, undisturbed by preceding mountain ridges, flows smoothly. Such weather conditions greatly reduce the chance of atmospheric interference, an astronomer’s worst fear.While beautiful to most, twinkling stars are “bad news” for the researchers, said Holman. “It means [the light] is dancing around in the atmosphere. That twinkling means how much light you are getting is changing and its position is changing, and that means that if you take a picture, it’s going to be more blurred. At Las Campanas … image quality can be fantastic, the seeing can be wonderful, and that’s really helpful when you want to look for fainter objects.”Thus far, Holman and his colleagues have identified a handful of faint objects in the Kuiper Belt that might be in the right patch of sky when New Horizons passes by Pluto in 2015. In the coming months, they will analyze their data “to refine our understanding of their orbits to be sure that they are good candidates,” said Holman.“We are hoping the data we collect in the next month or so,” he added, “will really turn up what we are looking for.”last_img read more

New treatment for depression shows immediate results

first_imgIndividuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) show immediate and substantial mood improvement, McLean Hospital researchers report in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry.“LFMS is unlike any current treatment. It uses magnetic fields that are a fraction of the strength but at a higher frequency than the electromagnetic fields used in TMS [transcranial magnetic stimulation] and ECT [electroconvulsive therapy],” explained first author Michael Rohan, a physicist at McLean Hospital’s Brain Imaging Center and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.According to Rohan, although other brain stimulation treatments like ECT and TMS are often effective for the treatment of depression, they typically take longer to impact mood, and ECT is associated with side effects such as memory loss.Similarly, while antidepressant medications can be highly effective for treating depression, it can take between four to six weeks before mood changes are detected.“Importantly, LFMS appears to have an immediate effect on mood and thus has the potential to provide relief in emergency situations,” explained Rohan, who first reported the potential use of LFMS to treat depression in a groundbreaking study in 2004. “In addition to providing quick relief from symptoms, the other exciting piece about LFMS is that no side effects have been observed.”Using a portable tabletop LFMS device that Rohan designed, the researchers studied 63 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 65. All participants had been diagnosed with either major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder and had been on a regimen of antidepressants or mood-stabilizing medications for at least six weeks. Of the study participants, 34 actively received LFMS, while the other 29 went through the process but did not actually receive any brain stimulation. Since neither the patients nor the researchers knew which participants had actually received the treatment, the true effect of the LFMS could be measured.Each participant rated his or her mood before and after the single 20-minute treatment using two common self-assessment tools: a visual analog scale and the positive and negative affect schedule. Participants who received the LFMS treatment indicated a marked improvement in their mood, while those whose brains were not stimulated reported no change in mood.“We observed immediate improvement in mood following relatively brief exposure to LFMS,” noted Rohan. “Although larger research studies are needed, we think LFMS could be a powerful tool as a rapidly acting treatment for depression, either alone or in combination with medication.”Biological Psychiatry also published commentary from experts on brain stimulation who said Rohan’s work on LFMS is exciting and shows great promise.“If the results described in this study are replicated in larger studies and the effects are shown to be durable, LFMS would be a welcome addition to the clinical armamentarium in the treatment of depression, may find application in other psychiatric and neurologic diseases, and may help to inform and guide us toward future directions in neuromodulation,” wrote Mouhsin Shafi, Philip Stern, and Alvaro Pascual-Leone.According to Rohan, additional research is already underway to find the best parameters for LFMS use in the clinical treatment of depression. He has also started a research study to evaluate the effects of multiple rather than to single treatments, and measure how long the antidepressant effects last following treatment.McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.last_img read more

NCUA oversight hearing moved up to Thursday

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services subcommittee hearing at which NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz is slated to testify has been moved to tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern.The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing, chaired by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, is expected to focus on NCUA’s budget, efforts to bring greater transparency to the agency’s budget process and recent rulemakings, such as the current risk-based capital proposal. The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday.This hearing will mark Matz’s first appearance as a congressional hearing witness since 2011.Matz has expressed concerns about the bipartisan, NAFCU-backed H.R. 2287, the “NCUA Budget Transparency Act,” sponsored by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz. The bill would require NCUA to make its draft budgets publicly available and submit them for publication in the Federal Register, and it would require that the agency hold public hearings on its budget. H.R. 2287 is focused on budget transparency and would not alter the NCUA Board’s authority to set and administer the agency’s budget. continue reading »last_img read more

Registration open for CUNA CECL training Sept. 5-6

first_imgTempe, AZ continue reading » Registration is now live for the CUNA Current Expected Credit Loss School, a live training event designed to prepare credit unions for the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard going into effect Dec. 15, 2021. The CUNA CECL School will take place Sept. 5-6 in Tempe, Ariz.“The content offers a good overall understanding of the complexity and possible solutions for managing CECL requirements,” said Joe Hyatt, EVP/COO, DFTC, Inc.“For a smooth CECL transition it’s best to start early,” said Amanda Schumacher, instructional design manager at CUNA. ” Implementing FASB’s new accounting standard requires assessing your data management strategy and making the necessary changes to ensure that you’re collecting the right data to make the new CECL standard work for your credit union.”center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The renaissance of legacy media: Three old school mediums making a comeback

first_imgSources:1The ANA/DMA Response Rate Report, 2018,“5 Myths About Millennials and Mail,” USPS,“Direct Mail ROI – What Are Common Returns on Direct Mail Campaigns?” 2018, Postalytics,“What’s Driving Subscription OTT Growth?”, eMarketer, Findings based on the Global Media Intelligence Report 2018,“Ad Receptivity and the Ad-Supported OTT Video Viewer,” 2018, IAB, As marketers, we’re continuously stressing the importance of digital media. And while it’s a major component in any solid marketing strategy today, our digital tunnel vision might cause us to abandon former tried-and-true practices too early. Don’t give up on legacy media so soon! Below we revisit three old-school strategies proving just how valuable they still are — especially when integrated with your credit union’s digital plans.TELEVISION REIMAGINEDAlthough traditional cable and satellite viewers are dwindling, television is, in fact, booming thanks to Over The Top (OTT) TV.We’re cutting the cord, moving away from traditional channel surfing in favor of apps which allow you to conveniently stream content from virtually any device with internet access. According to a recent global media intelligence report, ad-supported OTT subscriptions in 2019 reached more than 181.5 million monthly users, equating to 63.9% of the US population.4The report, provided by eMarketer, notes the immense value for brands with increased investment in ad-supported OTT, proving that streaming services are not only redefining the way we view TV shows, but also commercials.OTT video viewers are much more receptive to advertising than TV-Only viewers. In fact, a study by IABregarding ad receptivity discovered that 1 in 3 users find ads via OTT more engaging, unique, and relevant, and will complete 98% of video ads compared to traditional television commercials.5Through OTT services, businesses can leverage collected consumer data like geographic area, age, gender, and ethnicity in order to tailor their ads to specific audiences. Using data insights allows you to create ads with messages that address the unique challenges, concerns, and needs specific to your target consumer. This strategy helps communicate initiatives more effectively as well as saves resources that would have otherwise been wasted on the wrong market.OTT works especially well alongside digital strategy, bringing current content like banner ads to life and helping to create a cohesive, well-rounded marketing plan.SNAIL MAIL RESURGENCEToday’s marketing strategies focus heavily on digital communication, pushing consumers to the brink of email burnout. Our inboxes overflow with generic promotions, advertisements and spam — many of which are sent straight to the trash. To avoid getting lost within the email promo pileup, your credit union might want to reconsider the good ole’ snail mail days.Digital ads are now so commonplace that receiving direct mail feels like a refreshing change of pace. According to an ANA/DMA report, direct mail response rates are on the rise, with house lists boasting an average rate of 9% — nearly doubling the previous year’s figures.1Sending someone a tangible piece of mail provides a personal element that — when done right — can leave a lasting impression and create rapport with your members. In fact, 82% of millennials viewed brands’ print advertisements as more trustworthy than digital marketing materials.2That stat makes even more sense when you think about how quick many of us are to download ad-blockers onto our computers to achieve uninterrupted internet use.On average, direct mail offers a 29% return-on-investment.3To make the most of the medium, try incorporating an interactive element that gives mailer recipients a reason to visit your website or physical branch. An example might be a branded postcard or flipbook, highlighting favorable perks that make your credit union unique. Include a token, voucher or code within the mailer which can be redeemed for a reward, like a free tote bag or hat. Having that redeemable incentive is a great way to track the ROI of your efforts, and the branded swag will increase your credit union’s visibility. With the amount of physical mail an average person receives on the decline, there’s much more room for businesses to stand out within consumers’ mailboxes.If you want to give your direct mail strategy a modern twist, bring in a social component. Encourage recipients to post a photo of the mailer to their social media channels for a chance to win a prize, like a gift card. Be sure they tag your credit union and any specific hashtags. Contests like this are simple to arrange and will boost your member engagement as well as social media presence.GET OUTSIDEAmid today’s noisy digital landscape, outdoor advertising makes a triumphant return. Similar to direct mail, Out-Of-Home (OOH) platforms like billboards, wall murals, and public transport stations provide a refreshing break from the internet and lets brands create campaigns with more artistic flare. Today’s ads look less like ads and more like “visual stories” that enhance a brand’s narrative or values. Enter a New York subway and you’ll find cars outfitted with lively, eye-catching banners. They often boast stylish or entertaining content, witty slogans, rhymes, even brain teasers and puzzles.Plus they know how to speak to and connect with the local community. Thanks to advancements in data collection, businesses can use demographics and trend insights to better target their audience, making it easier to market to consumers on a personal level. For example, popular food delivery app Seamless launched an OOH campaign across public transport platforms “awarding” NYC neighborhoods with superlatives based on their unique food orders. Awards included “Hottest Neighborhood” to SoHo based on orders for extra hot sauce and Dyker Heights for “The Neighborhood That Never Sleeps,” due to their large number of night-time coffee orders. The ads were fun and witty, and most importantly relatable to their target New Yorker audience.Since credit unions are so ingrained within their neighborhoods, OOH campaigns are great opportunities to use specific community knowledge in a fun and exciting way that will personally resonate with members.Who Said Legacy Media’s Dead?While it’s important to always stay current within our digital media landscape, sometimes dusting off the old playbooks can make a big impact on your overall marketing strategy. Whether you’re fully embracing new media or kickin’ it old school, don’t be afraid to revisit your old ideas— they might be the key to unlocking some new ones. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Who Won The Election? It’s a Biden, Trump Stalemate for Now

first_imgIn Georgia, as Biden mentioned in his speech, Democrats are feeling bullish. Many more votes are yet to come in from the Atlanta area; in DeKalb County, for instance, one of the state’s largest, early in-person votes had not even begun to be counted until last night. In many of these still-uncalled states, Trump holds the lead in terms of ballots counted — but that could easily change as more mail-in ballots and some in-person votes continue to be tabulated.- Advertisement – But Democrats also picked up two Senate seats, in Colorado and Arizona, and close races remain uncalled in North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Maine — most of them potential Democratic pickups. The party’s path to a Senate majority may have narrowed somewhat, but the fate of the chamber, it’s safe to say, still hangs in the balance.Where we’re atBased on the states that have already been declared, Biden needs 43 more electoral votes to get to the golden number of 270, and Trump needs 57.The three Northern states that flipped for Trump in 2016 — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — remain uncalled. So do North Carolina and Georgia, both of which went for him in 2016 but have been heavily targeted by Democrats this cycle, and both of which are double-whammies: They have contested Senate races hitched to the presidential contest. Nov. 4, 2020, 6:08 a.m. ET “I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election,” he said. “We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote, it was going to take a while. We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”Republicans yesterday did win closely contested Senate races in at least two states, Alabama and Iowa, and flipped at least six House seats, giving them a four-seat net gain in that chamber so far.- Advertisement – Updated – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Murray haunted by 2016 Roland Garros final loss to Djokovic

first_img Djokovic triumphed in Paris, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to capture his first and only French Open title. Loading… On Friday, Murray and Djokovic shared an Instagram Live chat where they discussed a rivalry which began in childhood and is still going strong in their early 30s.“If I could change one result, I obviously would have loved to win the Australian Open or the French Open, but as a challenge for me, because clay was such a tough surface for me throughout my career,” Murray told the world number one during the link-up.“Just in the terms of the way I played on clay it was the hardest one for me to adapt to.“That would have been my biggest achievement for me if I would have won the French.“Australia has been pretty painful for me thanks to you over the years. If I could change one I would take the French Open off you.”Djokovic has long had the upper hand on Murray.He leads their head-to-head 25-11 and has 17 Grand Slam titles to the Briton’s three.However, Murray does possess two Olympic gold medals from London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.He defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals in London on his way to the title.“I felt like a played well overall, but you beat me in the London Olympics in the semis, 7-5, 7-5,” Djokovic said.Old rivals: Andy Murray and Novak DjokovicRead Also: Drogba joins effort to distribute aid to poor in Ivory Coast“I still felt like we both played very well, I felt the quality of the match was pretty good, you were just better in the decisive moments of the sets.“Of course I was devastated when I lost because it was Olympic Games, but I was happy with the way I played.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of Dolphins7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World Andy Murray admits that his Roland Garros final defeat in 2016 to lifetime rival Novak Djokovic remains one of his most shattering losses.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spring Break Season Opener next for Independence Motor Speedway

first_imgBy Bucky DorenINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The 2017 racing season is set to drop the green flag this weekend at Independence Motor Speedway. The Spring Break Season Opener features a $1,000 to win payday for IMCA Modifieds.Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 with hot laps slated for 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 and pit passes are $25.On the card in addition to IMCA Modifieds are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Also racing will be Indee Cars sanctioned under XCEL 600 Micro Mods as well as INEX Dwarf cars.The IMCA Modified main will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. IMCA Stock Cars race for $500 to win. IMCA SportMods battle for a $400 winner’s check while the IMCA Hobby Stocks have a $250 check for the winner.Driver entry fees are set as follows: Modified $30; Stock Cars: 25; SportMods $20; and Hobby Stock, $20. No entry fees for Indee Cars and INEX Dwarf cars, and they will race for the normal weekly purse.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be award on April 8. All classes will a draw/redraw show. Track points will not be awarded for any class.For more information, visit the Independence Motor Speedway at read more

Saints reaffirm Schneiderlin stance

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin is not in the right frame of mind to play against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but insists the midfielder will not be sold. “As a teammate I always want him in front of me – he has more interceptions and more tackles than anyone else and he runs miles. “He is a great player. As the manager says, it is a difficult situation. “For us, we want him in the team and we will do everything we can to make him happy so he stays here and achieves great things.” Southampton have taken steps towards replacing those who have left with the signings of Saphir Taider, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand. Saints are chasing Argentina and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, while a deal is understood to be close for Steaua Bucharest defender Florin Gardos. “We are interested in Gardos but until now they haven’t told me it is signed or done – but we are interested, that is true,” Koeman said. “We are interested in Rojo but the transfer is a question for the chairman and (executive director) Les Reed. “These two players are both on our list.” Southampton have let six first-team players go so far this summer and Koeman admits the squad needs bolstering ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Liverpool. “It is not about a specific number but we need more competition in the squad than we have now,” Koeman said. “Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three because we have to be prepared. “I’m very happy about the quality in the squad but the season in the Premier League is long and we need more players of Premier League level to have real competition. “To achieve that more players will come into the team.” The France midfielder held talks with Koeman and Saints chairman Ralph Krueger on Friday morning where he was again told he would not be allowed to leave. Schneiderlin trained with his team-mates this week, albeit spending two days separately as he regains fitness following an extended rest after the World Cup. “The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult,” Koeman said. “I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed – we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that. “Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more, mentally prepared for tomorrow. “On one side I can understand that. We told him to take the weekend off and think about the situation. Koeman added: “He will continue as a football player of Southampton. Now it is up to him.” Schneiderlin has attracted strong interest from Tottenham and Arsenal this summer and the 24-year-old has expressed his anger at not being allowed to join other key players in leaving St Mary’s. Saints defender Jose Fonte will not be departing. The 30-year-old has signed a new contract until 2017 and he hopes Schneiderlin will also remain at the club. “It is very simple. Schneiderlin is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League,” said Fonte, who will also captain the team on the pitch this season. Press Associationlast_img read more