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CES 2016: OLED monitors lead Dell honorees

first_imgBy Brian T. Horowitz, Editor and Contributing WriterOLED and phone streaming were big hits in displays at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and Dell’s new monitors with these features were among nine Innovation Awards the company earned.The company highlighted some of its honorees and how they can handle the heavy workloads of workers at a Jan. 5 press conference at CES hosted by actor Josh Brener (above, left) of the HBO show “Silicon Valley.”Dell’s new UltraSharp 30 Ultra HD 4K OLED Monitor, which the Consumer Technology Association honored in the Computer Peripherals category, will help meet the needs of users that require crisp graphics and photography.Organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology uses organic semiconductors to create thin light-emitting panels that differ from conventional monitors because they create their own lighting. By being thinner and smaller, they can offer sharper black levels and contrast levels. In addition to OLED technology, it features an Ultra HD 4K resolution and an ultra-fast response time of 0.1 millisecond.“It’s so beautiful, people just want to see it and reach into it,” said Kirk Schell, vice president and general manager for Dell’s commercial PC group, at a Jan. 6 press conference.“Getting that frame in front of you is very important” for workers in graphics-heavy fields, such as content creation and health care as well as for gamers, said Jeff Clarke (above, right), vice president of operations and president of Client Solutions.In addition, the USB Type-C cable allows users to connect power, video and data to another device with a single cable and stream content from a smartphone.“You’re charging, you’re connected, you’re productive, and you’re on your way,” Schell said.The UltraSharp 30 hits the market March 31 on starting at $4,999.In addition to the UltraSharp 30, Dell introduced its first wireless monitors on the market. The monitors let users mirror content wirelessly from Windows laptops and Android phones.Both units will be available March 31. The UltraSharp 24 starts at $469, and the Dell 23 Wireless Monitor starts at $429.A 2-in-1 that’s really a 3-in-1Another Innovation Award honoree, the new Latitude 12 7000 Series UltraBook, features a Gorilla Glass display and is really a 3-in-1 unit rather than just a 2-1 because it can dock to multiple monitors, Schell said.You can latch a tablet to an UltraBook with one hand, he noted.The Latitude 12 7000 Series will be available in early February on starting at $1,049.Latitude offers top security and a carbon-fiber designThe CTA also honored Dell in the Computer Hardware and Components category for the new Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series.“It’s the smallest 13-inch notebook in the marketplace,” Clarke said.It features a unidirectional 40-ton carbon-fiber design used in spacecraft. Security features include multi-factor authentication and compatibility with smart cards.The Latitude 13 7000 Series will be available March 8 starting at $1,299.Dell Precision mobile workstation, Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet and XPS honoreesThe Precision 15 5000 Series (5510) mobile workstation, starting at $1,399, was also honored in the Computer Hardware category and is a good fit for financial analysts, according to Clarke. Many engineers, architects and creative designers are designing products and infrastructure, as well as editing and producing video projects on the system as well.It features a PremierColor 4K InfinityEdge display with more than 8 million pixels and is able to make use of Thunderbolt technology and the Dell Thunderbolt Dock, which was announced this fall. Thunderbolt connects displays, mice and external keyboards for power users and traditional workstation clients.In addition, the CTA honored the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet in the Tablets & E-Readers category. This ruggedized tablet, which starts at $1,849, meets the needs of workers in harsh environments, where extreme temperatures, vibrations and other variables exist. It features compression sealing to allow it to withstand exposure to sand, dust and liquids.Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 13 was an honoree last year, and at the 2016 show, the XPS 12 was honored in the Computer Hardware category. The XPS 12, starting at $999.99, uses a magnetic connection to allow users to switch easily from tablet to laptop. In addition, it’s the first 2-in-1 to feature an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD display.With notebooks and workstations being honored at CES, it’s a sign that PCs are “far from dead,” Clarke noted.“You can’t be an end-to-end solution provider without PCs,” he said. This post originally appeared on the PowerMore web site and was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but  opinions are the author’s own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.last_img read more

Alumnus recalls March in Selma

first_imgIn March of 1965, to protest the lack of voting rights for African American citizens and violence against civil rights activists, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) planned a 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery to talk to Alabama Governor George Wallace. Wallace promised he would prevent the demonstrators from marching, but despite his warnings, they set off from Selma on March 7, 1965.They made it to the Edmund Pettus Bridge before they met state troopers equipped with nightsticks and tear gas. The ensuing violence, which became known as Bloody Sunday, was broadcast on national television and prompted a condemnation of the brutality from then president Lyndon B. Johnson.Two days later, another march began, this time led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The SCLC had asked for a court order preventing the the police from stopping the march, but since it had not yet gone through, the marchers turned back at the bridge. That night, a Unitarian Universalist minister by the name of James Reeb was beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan. He died two days later.Over the next two weeks, demonstrations took place across the country, and Johnson presented a voting rights bill to Congress. Soon after, a judge ruled that the marchers had a First Amendment right to demonstrate. Johnson federalized the National Guard and sent troops to Alabama to oversee a final march.On March 21, 300 people set off from Selma, protected by the National Guard and media attention. Over the next four days, their numbers grew, and by the time they reached Montgomery on March 25 — 50 years ago today — they were 25,000 strong.Among them was Jim Muller, class of 1965, a senior pre-med student at Notre Dame.Muller, an Indianapolis native, had not been involved in the Civil Rights Movement, but voting rights for African Americans was a prominent issue at Notre Dame. Few black students attended the University, but University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh was on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and he had imparted his vision of equality on many of his students.Muller said Reeb’s murder spurred him to action.“We were all horrified that a minister would be beaten to death just because he was helping a minority group get voting rights,” Muller said. “So a call went out from the march for people to join them, and that’s what I heard.”Muller took a bus from South Bend to Indianapolis, where he, his brother John, class of 1969, and his sister Joanne, a student at Maryville Catholic College, headed to the Greyhound bus station. There, they received a crash course on nonviolent civil disobedience.“The trainer said, you might get attacked by dogs and beaten, and the best thing for you to do is get in a pile,” Muller said “That way, only the people on the outside of the pile will be bitten by dogs.”The bus traveled through the night, arriving at the City of St. Jude on the outskirts of Montgomery on March 25. Having been told to dress properly, Muller and his siblings donned dapper apparel.Thousands of people filled the City of St. Jude’s athletic field, preparing for the final march to the governor’s mansion. National guardsmen ringed the edges. Muller said he remembered looking up into a sky full of helicopters. Muller said in spite of the National Guard’s protective presence and the media’s close coverage, he did not feel entirely safe.“I felt there was some risk involved, but people do many things with risk when there’s a benefit to doing it,” he said. “So I accepted that risk, but I was a little afraid.”It helped, Muller said, to see King a ways away, conferring with the other march leaders. He also saw a group of young African American girls, unafraid, singing “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails.”“I thought, if those girls are doing this, then I shouldn’t be afraid,” he said. “That helped me as we walked down the street that day with lines of guardsmen with guns.”The crowd marched from the field to the state Capitol building, where King gave his “How Long, Not Long” speech. They then marched to the governor’s mansion to deliver a petition to Alabama Governor George Wallace.After that, the Muller siblings boarded a bus, and Jim Muller was back at Notre Dame by the morning of March 26.“I think [my classmates] were glad that we went,” he said. “They were glad that Notre Dame was represented.”During the summer of 1965, the Voting Rights Act that Johnson had proposed in March was passed, though voter registration remained difficult.“We were exposed to some danger, but the good part was that the march led to voting rights, and that changed many, many things and gave a voice to African Americans in the South in the political process,” Muller said.Muller had no further involvement in the Civil Rights Movement after that last leg of the final Selma march. Even so, Muller said the same concern for social justice that led him to board the bus to Selma motivated him years later to campaign against nuclear war — and win a Nobel Peace Prize.Muller had studied Russian at Notre Dame, and at John Hopkins Medical School, he became more aware of the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1980, he and several other Soviet and American doctors formed the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which worked to educate governments and the public about the impact of a nuclear war.“If one side loses 10 million people and the other side loses 20 million, then the side that loses 10 million is the winner,” Muller said. “That was policy, that if necessary, we would fight a nuclear war and win it. The way the medical story came into play was, we tried to help people by helping the public and the Pentagon planners understand just what 10 million deaths would look like.”The organization, and Muller through it, won the 1985 Peace Prize. Over the next several decades, Muller also started Voices of Faith, a Catholic discussion group born from outrage over priest sexual abuse scandals. A cardiologist, Muller also started a company, Infraredx, which manufacturers spectrometry systems to identify plaques that might cause heart attacks.“I have chosen to help with other large social problems,” he said. “The way I’ve put it, I’ve had the privilege of working against nuclear war, child abuse by priests and heart attacks. Those targets are things that are good to work against, and they’re motivating, and I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of good people on those projects.”Tags: Jim Muller, Martin Luther King, Selma, Selma marchlast_img read more

FTT department to draw inspiration from playwright María Irene Fornés

first_imgFor its 2019-2020 season, Notre Dame’s Film, Television and Theatre department (FTT) will draw inspiration from the Cuban-American playwright and Obie award winner María Irene Fornés to present plays and musicals around the theme of “developing new voices.”The season will begin with staged readings of four of Fornés’s plays from Oct. 2 through Oct. 13. The production of Notre Dame professor Anne García-Romero’s play, “Staging the Daffy Dame,” will follow, with showings from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24.  Two new one-act plays written and directed by Notre Dame students for ND Theatre NOW will premiere next semester, from Feb. 20 to March 1. The season will conclude with a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from April 1 to 5. Kevin Dreyer, associate professor and director of theatre, said the idea of “developing new voices” is related to FTT’s goal to present more diverse casts and represent more voices in their shows, giving space to individuals who might not otherwise feel included on campus. The FTT department has a unique connection to Fornés: she was a mentor to García-Romero, who then taught the two students who wrote the plays for ND Theatre NOW, Dreyer said.The season serves to commemorate the life and work of Fornés, who died in 2018. Notre Dame is not alone in celebrating her over 2019-2020 season, though. In her memory, the Fornés Institute — of which García-Romero is a founding member — started Celebrating Fornés, which encourages universities and theatre companies to dedicate a school year or season to productions of Fornés and her works. Notre Dame is one of 22 participating organizations.“It kind of happened by synchronicity and kismet that the trajectory of the season is [based on] my mentor, Fornés,” García-Romero said. “We’re doing her plays, then we’re doing a play of mine, then we’re doing my students’. … It wasn’t an intentional objective initially to do this sequence, but I’m really happy the way it [has] turned out.”She studied under Fornés at the Yale School of Drama and at the Padua Hills Playwrights’ Festival for two summers. Fornés’ own teaching was influenced by her background as a painter, such that her writing is very focused on creating character first, followed by language and then structure, García-Romero said.García-Romero said Fornés had a huge influence on not only her teaching but also her writing.“Her methodology is very innovative and has influenced the way I teach playwrighting, the way I write plays,” García-Romero said. “ … She had a unique gift to help writers find their voice and encourage their voice to take shape in whatever way it needed to take shape, with the goal to be as authentic as possible.”Dreyer said García-Romero employs similar means of teaching students at Notre Dame.“We’re looking really at the lineage and heritage of developing a dramatic voice or a theatrical voice,“ Dreyer said. “Many of the same techniques that Fornés used when she approached her own writing are what Anne teaches her students. We’ve got three generations of dramatic voice that have all been kind of focused on the same sort of approach to writing.”Dreyer said when it came time to choose which of Fornés play to perform, though, the department ran into difficulties.“What I realized in looking over her material and talking with Anne further about it is that one of the things about [Fornés] is that, stylistically, her plays change a lot,” Dreyer said. “To pick one piece was not representative of her as an artist … but if we’re going to be celebrating her legacy, it seems wrong to pin it on one play.”While the department couldn’t afford to produce four full plays with sets and costumes, they instead decided to do staged readings of four of her plays to put the emphasis on the text itself.  The FTT department not only produces several productions each year, but also teaches and instructs students, so many of the productions are centered around curricular connections, García-Romero said. Four different directors are directing the staged readings, she added. Two of them are Notre Dame professors and two are visiting directors from Chicago, giving students an opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals.Similarly, students applied last semester to direct or have the play they wrote produced for ND Theatre NOW. The four chosen will take a class this semester to prepare them for producing a new show next semester.Tags: FTT, new voices, Playwrightlast_img read more

Environmental Education Certificate

first_imgFrom teaching neighborhood children about wildlife at local parks to helping campers identify tracks at a mountainside summer camp, more and more of today’s educators are using the natural world to inspire their students.To prepare future educators for the growing field of environmental education, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are launching an environmental education certificate program this fall.The deadline for applications for the fall 2017 certificate program is March 1.The certificate, which can be added to any UGA degree, will require a total of 18 credits. Students enrolled in the certificate program will gain new environmental and life sciences content knowledge, develop communication skills, engage in innovative evaluation strategies and practice teaching in the community.CAES Associate Professor Nick Fuhrman and Warnell Senior Public Service Associate Kris Irwin developed the interdisciplinary certificate’s plan of study with the help of students in Irwin’s “Foundations of Environmental Education” service-learning class.Irwin’s students surveyed the UGA student body to determine the level of support for the new certificate program and what the program needs to include to be successful. They found that 90 percent of the UGA students surveyed campuswide supported the new certificate program.The UGA University Council approved the interdisciplinary undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Education on Sept. 21, 2016.As classroom teachers include more outdoor lessons and as students and parents search for new educational experiences to enhance what their students are learning in school, the demand for environmental education certification has been growing at UGA, Irwin said.“This certificate is going to give them (students) additional tools and the confidence they need to start their careers,” Irwin said. “They know they’ll have a lot to learn still, but they will have a solid foundation.”Through the new environmental education certificate, students will be prepared to pursue jobs at summer camps, 4-H centers, nature centers, museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, state and federal natural resource agencies, and municipal and county parks and recreation departments.The certificate program will help students develop science and communication skills that will enhance their teaching abilities and their ability to communicate about the natural world.“This certificate is also going to boost the skills of students not necessarily pursuing a career in a zoo or aquarium, but those who are interested in classroom teaching as an agricultural education or environmental science teacher,” Fuhrman said. “When I think of a classroom teacher who has the science content knowledge and the teaching skills to engage students in place-based, outdoor educational experiences like those in school gardens, for example, I envision a superstar educator.”The requirements for the program are aligned with the professional development standards established by the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia certification.Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater to apply. The deadline for applications for the fall 2017 cohort is March 1. Those with questions should visit or contact Irwin at [email protected] or Fuhrman at [email protected]last_img read more

Operation Martillo reviewed at regional security conference

first_imgBy Dialogo April 07, 2014 GUATEMALA CITY– Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), praised all 14 countries for participating in Operation Martillo, a multinational effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. “Martillo has been a success … because of your participation, your leadership, and because of your partnership,” he said at Central American Regional Security Conference (CENTSEC 2014) that was held in Guatemala City from April 1-3. “We couldn’t do this without you; and looking ahead, we’ll be relying on each other more and more to capitalize on our strengths in this fight.” CENTSEC 2014 marked the first time the annual meeting of regional defense and public safety leaders focused on a single, multinational operation. Operation Martillo includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. However, representatives from Chile, the Dominican Republic and Mexico also attended CENTSEC 2014, where the results and future of Operation Martillo were reviewed. Guatemalan Chief of National Defense Maj. Gen. Rudy Ortiz supports Operation Martillo, saying international narco-trafficking is “a generator of other ills” that has “planted itself at the core of our societies.” “We should support every initiative and operation aimed at dismantling criminal organizations [and] improving control along our borders, territorial waters and airspace to prevent these delinquents from using our national territories for their illicit activities,” he said at the conference. During the first day of CENTSEC 2014, the U.S. State Department provided an update on the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), a broader security assistance effort that includes governmental agencies, international partners and help from the public and private sector. One of main objectives of CARSI, which has received US$642 million in U.S. funding since 2008, is to support Operation Martillo. CARSI helps the region’s law enforcement agencies and security forces in their fights against crime and narcotics. Kelly and Ortiz also met with representatives of the Guatemalan human rights NGO Grupo Apoyo Mutuo (Mutual Support Group) and Guatemala’s ombudsman for human rights. center_img “People like us that wear the uniform of our country are in the business of protecting human rights,” Kelly said. “Conceptually, I don’t think any rational and decent man or woman on the planet can disagree with human rights as being fundamental to the way we treat each other and our citizens.” U.S. Air Force Col. Willie Berges, chief of SOUTHCOM’s Political Military Affairs Division, also briefed attendees on the Cooperative Sensor and Information Integration (CSII) system, a new information-sharing mechanism that allows countries to selectively share radar and sensor data on suspected air, sea and land traffic while collaborating during counter-illicit trafficking operations. The second day included an update on Operation Martillo by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Stephen Mehling, the commander of JIATF-South. “Before Operation Martillo, we were conducting several iterations of bi- and multi-lateral operations around the [region],” he said, adding the operation is “a great neighborhood watch for the Western Hemisphere.” Mehling said Operation Martillo is a team effort. “To me, it’s trust, interoperability, innovation, communication and that individual actions just displace the problem, so we need to make sure that we do this collectively,” he added before a moderated discussion about Operation Martillo was held. CENTSEC’s final day included an executive discussion among senior leaders and delegation meetings. Between the launch of Operation Martillo in January 2012 and the end of January 2014, the effort confiscated 278,611 kilograms of cocaine and 27,556 kilograms of marijuana during its 444 events that led to 620 arrests and 205 seized vessels. Operation Martillo has removed more than US$5.6 billion in narcotics and equipment from the global drug trade. Operation Martillo’s success continued in March, when crewmembers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa seized 680 kilograms of cocaine with a wholesale value of US$23 million from a go-fast boat moving swiftly across the Caribbean Sea.last_img read more

Building the ultimate credit union marketing database

first_imgThe era of “big data” is upon us, especially in the financial services industry where there is a wide range of products are delivered in a variety of channels and marketed through multiple media. Financial marketers have been caught a bit flat-footed regarding how to best capture, understand and utilize the rich and abundant data available to them, but are quickly making up ground.The evolution of sophisticated technologies that enable identity matching — coupled with limitless storage capacities and improved analytics capabilities — gives financial institutions the power to leverage data in ways that can fuel highly relevant conversations with both their customers and their prospects.Achieving a new level of consumer insight is crucial. As marketing budgets are more heavily scrutinized and increasingly require more justification, it’s essential that you collect the right data and use it appropriately. These are the three major categories of data that you should focus on: customer data, channel interactions, and media habits. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Remember the 90s?

first_imgDo you remember the 90s? A Google search on highlights of the 90s include great topics such as:The Budweiser “Wazzup” adsBill Clinton and Monica LewinskyThe Music – the birth of grunge, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc.Michael Jordan and the dominance of the Chicago Bulls in the NBAThe flannel shirt and grunge lookThe Walkman (precursor to the iPod if you don’t know what a Walkman was)Preparing for the end of the world – aka Y2KAnd so much more.All of these are long gone, some thankfully, some missed.But the one thing that left and now seems to be coming back is the re-emergence of the first time home buyer. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Deliver a convenient employee experience

first_imgConsumers’ lives are moving faster than ever, and their demand for convenience puts increasing pressure on credit unions to improve the experience they deliver. While this convenience economy is evolving outside your credit union, have you ever stopped to think about its impact on the inside, specifically on your employees?As you add convenient channels and services, it’s important to consider how you’re preparing your staff to engage with members through these new opportunities. But how you train can be just as important as the topics your cover. Remember, your employees are also consumers, and they bring this same convenience mindset to work each and every day.Compounding the challenge is today’s multi-generational workforce, with five generations in the workplace for the first time. Given this incredible diversity, both in terms of experience and expectations, it’s easy to see that the standard approach to training is no longer the answer.When you make training stimulating, personal, fun, and convenient, your workforce is more engaged and more attuned to your business objectives. Engaged employees ultimately perform better, eager to help your members find the right solution as they pursue financial security. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ireland earn point in Romania

first_img Romania had 16 shots to the visitors’ seven in Piatra Neamt, where Alin Carstocea had the first chance of the night after 11 minutes. He then tested Aaron McCarey four minutes later, before Ireland ventured forward and Derrick Williams saw a shot blocked before goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu denied Sean Murray. The visitors were soon on the backfoot again, though. Mihai Roman and captain Stefan Popescu both attempted to find the breakthrough before half-time, with Murray missing the target as Ireland looked to grab the lead. The visitors returned for the second half rejuvenated, with Murray seeing a shot blocked four minutes after the restart. Anthony Forde forced Branescu into a save moments later, but Romania soon came back into the match. McCarey denied a Roman free-kick and then a Alexandru Cretu effort, before Andrei Ciolacu and Romario Benzar missed the target. Claudiu Bumba and substitute Alexandru Dan saw shots blocked in the final 10 minutes, while another change, Martin Madalin, missed the target as Romania upped the ante. McCarey denied Cretu’s efforts on goal in the 86th minute and was called into action again to prevent Ciolacu securing victory in stoppage time. Press Association Ireland Under-21s secured a hard-fought 0-0 draw in their European Championship qualifier in Romania.center_img The Green Army came into the match off the back of a 4-0 home defeat to Germany and without manager Noel King, put in interim charge of the senior side after Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure. Ireland responded well under caretaker manager Harry McCue, earning earn a draw from their Group 6 clash at the Stadionul Ceahlau. last_img read more

Morrison still hopeful for England

first_img Having seemingly overcome a troubled start to his professional career, the 21-year-old midfield livewire finally came to the fore for the right reasons this season. Morrison shone for West Ham after breaking into the first-team, scoring a fine solo goal in the 3-0 win at Tottenham, and quickly became an important player for the England Under-21s. Press Association Morrison will wear the number four shirt for QPR and is in line to make his debut against Charlton on Saturday. His arrival may well prove a timely shot in the arm for Harry Redknapp’s side, whose tilt at an immediate return to the Premier League has begun to stutter. The Hoops’ 3-1 home defeat to Reading on Sunday leaves them four points off the automatic promotion spots, while their loan move from Morrison covers the possibility of the play-offs. West Ham do have the option to recall their player after 28 days, but Redknapp hopes to keep him for the entire loan period as he believes he can make a “big difference” for the Rs. “Ravel is fit and ready to play and I’m hoping he can come in and make an impact,” the Rangers boss said. “He’s got fantastic ability, there’s no doubting that. He’s got great pace, can dribble and score a goal. “If we can get the best out of him, he could make a big difference.” Getting the best out of Morrison is not always easy – just ask Sir Alex Ferguson – but Redknapp is confident of doing just that. The QPR boss has spoken in length to Birmingham counterpart Lee Clark about how to utilise the livewire’s talents, having spent the 2012/13 on loan at the second city club. “I spoke with Lee and he absolutely loves him,” Redknapp said. “He said he’d take him back tomorrow if he could. “He’s certainly a talented footballer – he’s just got to step up now. He’s got to come here and show what he can do consistently. He’s got everything. We’re pleased to have him here.” Such performances saw the Manchester United academy graduate’s stock rise markedly, with England boss Roy Hodgson saying just before the turn of the year that he had “great faith” in him and “enormous admiration” for his ability. However, less than two months on, Morrison’s lack of playing time has seen him step down to the Championship to join QPR in a 93-day emergency loan and looks to have seen any World Cup chances go up in smoke. The attacker, though, is not giving up and when asked if he can still make the plane to Brazil said: “Hopefully. It is a bigger step than it was, but hopefully it can happen, yeah.” To do that Morrison will need the game time denied to him at West Ham, with speculation rife as to why that dried up under Sam Allardyce, especially having rejected overtures for him from Fulham in January. “I just want to help QPR get to the Premier League – that’s my only objective during my time here,” he told the club’s official website, “If we manage to do that, it would be great for everybody connected with the club. “All I want to do is play football. I just want to show everyone what I can do week in, week out. “The aim here is to get the club promoted and I want to contribute in helping QPR to get there.” Ravel Morrison will spend the rest of the season trying to help QPR get out of the Championship – a move he does not believe will put a late call-up to England’s World Cup squad beyond him.last_img read more