Kick 2 to go on floors next year

first_imgMumbai: Superstar Salman Khan will soon be back as Devil in Kick 2, which is expected to go on the floors next year. Kick released on Eid 2014, and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala shared an update about the second installment of the film. “It’s a nostalgic day today. It’s been five years to Kick today and I have started penning down the second installment. The first draft is concluded,” Nadiadwala said. “The second draft is in its initial stage and I am personally excited for this journey to begin, as much as fans are to witness it. The Devil will return soon,” he added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe film will mark the return of Salman as Devil (Devi Lal Singh), a thief with a purpose. The first part also featured Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “Sajid and his writing team is taking things extremely slow, to ensure that part two lives up to expectations,” said a source close to the development. According to a source, Salman’s character in the film is deeply layered, and “there’s a lot about him that has been left to explore”. “Devil’s character is extremely unpredictable. That is precisely what makes his role unique. Sajid will explore this side of the character in part two,” said the source.last_img read more

Canadian mining employee kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso local officials

first_imgMONTREAL — Burkina Faso’s security minister says a Canadian national has been kidnapped in the country’s northern Sahel region.Clement Sawadogo says in a statement that an employee of Vancouver-based mining company Progress Minerals was abducted from the Mansila area near the Niger border on Tuesday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian officials are aware of the report and are reaching out to the person’s family.The news comes soon after a 34-year-old Quebec tourist and her Italian travelling companion were reported missing in Burkina Faso.Sawadogo’s statement refers to the disappearance of Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto last month as a kidnapping.He says certain areas of Burkina Faso have been targeted by terrorist activities and that foreigners should use extreme caution when travelling.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minister of Public Safety responds to Sapers Report saying they only target

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government only targets criminals and Aboriginal peoples are likely to be victims of crime so they’re “taking action” to ensure their safety said the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews when asked to comment on the Sapers report.“Our government is taking action to ensure our correctional system actually corrects criminal behaviour. The only identifiable group that our tough on crime agenda targets are criminals,” said Julie Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Toews. “Fact – Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to be victims of crime. We are taking action to ensure that all Canadian communities are protected.”Howard Sapers released his long-awaited report Thursday that found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population. One of three female inmates are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.Critics don’t agree with the Toews’ office and slammed the government for inaction.But Carmichael said “our government’s action to date” includes a recent announcement to fund Aboriginal police forces for the next five years.She also pointed to “bringing in stronger laws to keep our streets and communities safe including mandatory minimum penalties for serious crimes, cracking down on people who sell drugs to children, eliminating house arrest for serious crimes, ending the faint hope clause and eliminating two for one sentencing credits.”last_img read more

Cadillac brand will return to Michigan from New York

first_imgDETROIT – General Motors is moving its Cadillac brand headquarters from New York back to Michigan, four years after heading to the big city to become more cosmopolitan.The move to the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, across the street from GM’s giant technical centre, will take place in April.The company said Wednesday the brand’s workers need to be closer to engineers and designers because Cadillac plans to launch a new vehicle every six months for the next three years.The move comes five months after GM ousted Cadillac brand chief Johan de Nysschen, who thought a New York headquarters would give the brand more sophistication when Cadillac moved to New York in 2014. Cadillac sales fell 8 per cent last year but were up 5.4 per cent during the first half of 2018. GM replaced de Nysschen with Steve Carlisle, who ran GM’s Canadian operations.Spokesman Patrick Morrissey said GM learned a lot about the brand in New York, but circumstances changed since 2014 with Cadillac being part of GM’s technology and electric vehicle push. About 70 per cent of the workers in New York were recruited from the city, bringing GM new talent, Morrissey said.All 110 workers at the headquarters in the Manhattan’s SoHo district will be offered jobs in Michigan.De Nysschen was hired away from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand with much promise and named president of Cadillac in August of 2014. A few months later he moved the brand’s headquarters from Detroit to New York.New York’s economic development agency approved a $1 million grant to Cadillac to help with the $12.7 million renovation of the Manhattan headquarters.Morrissey said GM did not draw down any of the incentive funds “but we are thankful and appreciative of the support we got from New York.”Jason Conwall, spokesman for Empire State Development, New York state’s main economic development office, said the state is disappointed in the move, but understands “this is a business decision being made by GM to co-locate the Cadillac headquarters with the rest of its corporate headquarters.”He confirmed that the state did not disperse any of the $1 million performance grant to GM.last_img read more

Scotiabank Q1 net income slips 4 to 225B amid significant market volatility

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS) TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia hiked its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit slipped to $2.25 billion from $2.34 billion a year earlier.Canada’s third-largest bank raised its quarterly payment to common shareholders by two cents to 87 cents per share.The Toronto-based lender’s earnings for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 amounted to $1.71 per diluted share, compared with $1.86 a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the bank reported first-quarter net income of $1.75 per diluted share, down from $1.87 per diluted share a year ago.That was below the adjusted earnings of $1.82 per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Scotiabank chief executive Brian Porter said while “significant market volatility” impacted some of the lender’s business, it was a “solid start” to the year with strong earnings in international banking and wealth management.“While significant market volatility impacted some of our business lines, we still experienced strong growth,” Porter said in a statement.“In addition, credit quality remains strong and in line with recent quarters.” read more

Communitybased sentence for man with mental health issues

Having debated what to do with a man with both an acquired brain injury and mental health issues, a Regina judge has determined a community-based sentence is the best approach.But Regina Provincial Court Judge Doug Kovatch warned Jessie Ahenekew (also spelled Jesse Ahenakew) he faces the likelihood of eventual jail if he doesn’t get a handle on addictions issues that have served to land him in trouble with the law.The 38-year-old man returned to court on Tuesday, having previously pleaded guilty to offences that included assault, mischief and failures to appear in court. Given Ahenekew’s existing criminal record, which includes some violence, the Crown requested a nine-month jail sentence.But defence lawyer Tony Orlowski petitioned the court in July for a sentence that would allow his client to serve his time in the community — thereby ensuring he has access to needed programming.Kovatch had observed the Crown wasn’t out of line in requesting the sentence it did, but decided he wanted some additional information in the form of a pre-sentence report looking into Ahenekew’s problems and what options might exist for him.Orlowski’s colleague, Andrew Hitchcock, appeared with Ahenekew on Tuesday, noting the report observed that while Ahenekew has had trouble following a community treatment order in the past, he has also struggled with side effects from his medication.And Ahenekew, speaking for himself, told the court his ABI — which he has had for 13 years — has been “shifting again,” causing further problems.“It’s like a disease,” he explained. “It doesn’t stop growing.”Ahenekew expressed a desire to take addictions treatment, and Kovatch agreed that, in combination with mental health programming, is likely the best approach — as long as Ahenekew follows directions. If he doesn’t, the judge explained, there will be consequences, possibly in the form of a jail sentence.Kovatch imposed a four-month conditional sentence order to be followed by 12 months probation. Both orders include conditions intended to help Ahenekew with his addictions and mental health issues.The mischief and assault incidents for which Ahenekew was sentenced took place in October and March respectively.In the first incident, Ahenekew attended city police headquarters, where he claimed the police chief had made off with the bulk of his lotto winnings in 2011. Court heard Ahenekew had tried unsuccessfully to lay the complaint in the past and, as on those occasions, police didn’t take the complaint. Angry, Ahenekew kicked over and damaged a ticket dispensing machine in the lobby. He was arrested following a struggle.He was back in trouble in March, when he was confronted by a security officer in a Regina liquor store. Court heard the intoxicated Ahenekew threw a bottle over a clerk’s head, then punched and pushed the officer to the ground.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP read more

Somalia Security Council discusses revised UN presence in Mogadishu

“This period of transformation, with its opportunities and challenges, requires a step change in the United Nations support to peacebuilding in Somalia,” the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, told the Council. Mr. Zerihoun supported Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation in his latest report to establish a broader peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu “to simultaneously provide enhanced support to peacekeeping and to meet other development and humanitarian objectives.” The new mission would include good offices, advice and assistance on security, peacekeeping and state-building, the preparation of elections, human rights and the rule of law, and assistance for the coordination of international assistance, Mr. Zerihoun said. The recommendation follows an integrated strategic assessment conducted late last year, building on discussions with Somali authorities, the African Union, civil society and international partners in Somalia and Kenya.The UN entities working on Somalia, including the UN Political Office (UNPOS) and UNSOA, which provides logistics for the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM), are due to steadily relocate to Somalia over the next six to 12 months, Mr. Zerihoun said. Last month, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with key Somali and UN officials during a visit to the capital, Mogadishu. He said Somalia was undergoing a “profound transformation” and needs a better coordinated and coherent response from the international community. Also speaking to the Council today, Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fawzia Y. H. Adam, reiterated her Government’s “strong position that there must be an integrated mission” in Mogadishu to assist the humanitarian situation, which remains critical for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting. Ms. Adam also requested that the Council lift the 20-year-old UN arms embargo to allow Somali Defense Forces, supported by AMISOM, to fight Al-Shabaab and other militant groups. “Getting rid of the remnants of the Al-Shabaab is a top priority for us,” emphasized Ms. Adam. She added that the Government would put in place necessary mechanisms “to ensure that armaments do not fall into the wrong hands.” Mr. Zerihoun had said that relaxing the arms embargo “would take a calibrated approach based on all the factors,” including support for the Somali forces while avoiding proliferation of uncontrolled weapons. Somalia marked a historic political watershed last August when it swore-in the first formal parliament. The event ended a so-called “transition” phase which had begun with the 2004 launch of a UN-backed interim government after Somalis had been without a functioning government since the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.“There is now a tangible sense of security and optimism in Mogadishu,” Mr. Zerihoun said. He cautioned, however, that the security sector needs development in parallel with enhanced support for the judiciary and respect for human rights, in particular to deal with ongoing threats to journalists and the incidents of sexual violence. read more

Syria Outraged Security Council condemns ongoing violence targeting civilians

In a press statement issued at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemned all violence directed against civilians. “They expressed outrage at all attacks against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks, including those involving shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs, which were reportedly dropped on a displaced persons camp in Idlib governorate on October 29, leaving many dead and injured, including children.”Through its statement, the Council recalled that all obligations under international humanitarian law must be respected in all circumstances. The 15-member body recalled, in particular, the obligation to distinguish between civilian populations and combatants, and the prohibition against indiscriminate attacks, and attacks against civilians and civilian objects. The Members of the Council reiterated their call on all parties to immediately implement in full the provisions of Council texts urging an end to the violence, respect for international law, and increased humanitarian access, among other terms, set out in resolutions 2139 (2014) and 2165 (2014), and of the Presidential Statement of 2 October 2013.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process with a view to full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012,” said the statement, referring to the United Nations-backed six-point plan six-point plan aimed at ending the violence and moving the Syrian parties towards a political settlement. read more

Prepare to be Entertained at the Emery County Fair

PAUL DRAPER (MENTALIST)Paul Draper is a comedy mind-reader seen on television stations such as History, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Travel and HGTV as well as shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, Mindfreak and House Hunters. In Las Vegas, he has headlined for casinos including the Orleans Casino and Planet Hollywood and served as the house magician for seven years at the Venetian.Paul will be performing at the Emery County Fair on Sat., Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.JEFF CIVILLICO Come watch this amazing juggler and comedian at the Emery County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 3 p.m.Jeff Civillico is a Las Vegas headliner, TV host personality and philanthropist. He has been a Las Vegas headliner with Caesars Entertainment for seven years, having performed 1,000+ shows at The LINQ, The Flamingo and now at The Paris Hotel & Casino. He will be AMAZING!!!!! read more

Brock Wind Ensemble kicks off holiday season

The Brock University Department of Music Wind Ensemble will present an evening of captivating melodies Tuesday, Dec. 5 in St. Catharines.Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the University Wind Ensemble features the talents of 70 musicians drawn from Brock University, high schools across the region, and the broader music community.On stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the ensemble will perform a spectacular range of works from the past and present including Kernen’s Latin Mood, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Alford’s The Purple Carnival, Whitacre’s Ghost Train, Gorb’s Awayday, Kositsky’s Suite Canadienne, Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby and a medley from the musical Frozen, featuring four-year-old Khloe Kalman.The concert also includes musicians Michael Hindrichs, Peter Macdonald, David Pearson and Graham Young from the Hamilton Symphony on the Bay, Patrick Beard from the Niagara Symphony and high school students from three area schools.Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission or $5 through the eyeGo high school program. Free tickets are available to current MIWSFPA students. Tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722,  online at firstontariopac.ca, via email at boxoffice@firstontariopac.ca  or at the door. read more

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Matt Forte has been a rock-solid running back for the Chicago Bears for years, and the team has just not gotten around to showing its appreciation of the Pro Bowl running back.The sound and reliable Forte agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth roughly $32 million,The Bears had placed their franchise tag on Forte in March and the sides had until 4 p.m. today to reach an agreement. Without a long-term deal, Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under the $7.749 million tender or sit out the season.The deal is a sign of respect for Forte. He has been under-appreciated most of his career and when he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City — shelving him for the season — it would not have been a surprise if the Bears held back on a new deal.Forte went into last season looking for an extension, but was disappointed when the sides could not did not reach an agreement with the Bears. There was a point where he believed he would be playing his last year in a Bears’ uniform because they could not come to terms.But look at him now. Forte got rewarded with a multi-year deal even though the team had not seen how he fared after the injury.Without Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears struggled down the stretch and finished third in the NFC North, missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record.Still, Forte was so strong before his injury that he still got his first Pro Bowl selection. He finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Forte was the first Chicago running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. read more

RNLI volunteers sacked in dispute over mugs adorned with naked women

Two RNLI volunteers have been sacked and four fellow crewmen have quit over a dispute surrounding mugs adorned with images of naked women.The men from the Whitby station in North Yorkshire exchanged jokey Christmas gifts, which included a mug with a picture of a naked woman on it and one of the crew’s faces superimposed onto the model’s head. But a female superior found the mugs in a cupboard and Joe Winspear and his colleague Ben Laws were dismissed. Navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes have now walked out in protest, according to The Sun, and a source told the paper: “The mugs were just banter, a bit of fun.“One of the sacked men served 15 years. He’s saved people’s lives and recovered those who were not so lucky. He should be given a medal, not his marching orders.“Two of the crew are women and told the managers that they were not offended. It’s overkill by the RNLI.”Initially, Mr Winspear and Mr Laws were reportedly told if the mugs were destroyed they would face no further action. But in March, bosses told them they had breached safeguarding protocol, citing they could have been seen by visiting schoolchildren.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Both were dismissed in a phone call on Tuesday, according to The Sun.  As they prepare to appeal, The RNLI told the paper: “Two volunteers have been stood down. We are waiting to hear if they wish to challenge this decision. Others have resigned.“The investigation focused on the production of inappropriate material of a sexual nature and social media activity directed at an RNLI staff member. This was not a trivial matter.” read more

Can you help Emma Rafferty has been missing for the last two

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE launched an appeal for help finding a 33-year-old woman last seen on Wednesday in Newry.According to the police service, Emma Rafferty has “close connections in the city as well as in Carlingford” in Co Louth.Emma is described as being of slim build, approximately 5’3″ tall, and with long bleached blonde hair with brown dip-dyed ends.When last seen, in the Sandys Street area of Newry, she was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.Anyone who knows her whereabouts is being asked to contact Ardmore Police Station in Newry on 028 302 65500.Read Israel rejects John Kerry ceasefire proposallast_img read more

Arctique Shell obtient le feu vert des EtatsUnis pour forer en Alaska

first_imgArctique : Shell obtient le feu vert des Etats-Unis pour forer en AlaskaEn fin de semaine dernière, Shell a obtenu le feu vert des autorités américaines pour mener quatre forages dans l’océan Arctique, à une trentaine de kilomètres au large des côtes de l’Alaska. Des forages exploratoires, qui ne pourront toutefois pas être menés sans l’accord de plusieurs organisations environnementales.Shell vient d’obtenir l’autorisation de réaliser des forages exploratoires en eau peu profonde dans l’océan Arctique. Les autorités américaines ont en effet donné leur feu vert au géant anglo-hollandais, rapporte Radio Canada. Cette autorisation concerne quatre forages, qui devraient être réalisés à une trentaine de kilomètres au large des côtes de l’Alaska, dans la mer de Beaufort.À lire aussi”De Pôle en Pôle : un Monde qui Disparait”, découvrez les photos à couper le souffle de Sebastian CopelandToutefois le feu vert des autorités américaines est soumis à conditions. Avant de pouvoir lancer son projet, le groupe pétrolier devra obtenir l’autorisation de plusieurs agences environnementales, et notamment celles de la Protection de l’environnement, de la Préservation de la faune, et de la Gestion des ressources marines. Si ces trois organismes accordent à leur tour, le feu vert à Shell, l’entreprise anglo-hollandaise pourrait commencer ses quatre forages dans moins d’un an, à savoir en juillet 2012. Mais les écologistes s’insurgent contre ce projet. C’est notamment le cas du Sierra Club, du Centre pour la diversité biologique et de la Ligue de défense de la nature d’Alaska, qui jugent cette décision “dangereuse et décevante”. Comme le soulignent les défenseurs de l’environnement, les conditions climatiques sont extrêmes dans la mer de Beaufort. Le vent, les glaces et le brouillard de la région pourraient s’avérer dangereux, et rendre très difficile le nettoyage d’une éventuelle marée noire. Or, un tel accident serait une catastrophe écologique, menaçant les animaux de l’Arctique et notamment les ours blancs, les baleines et les morses.Le 8 août 2011 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New to Monster Hunter World Here Are Some Tips to Help You

first_img ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… Monster Hunter: World is finally out in the wild. No longer restrained by outdated technology, the developers were able to create a rich and vibrant world that truly feels alive. Thanks to new mechanics, a dynamic environment, and releasing on current-gen systems, the game has the potential to reach an even broader audience. For many, Monster Hunter: World serves as the introduction to the long-running franchise.The first few hours of Monster Hunter: World may seem intimidating to newcomers. There are certainly a great deal of tutorials to digest before you get to slaying beasts. Even then, there are certain things the game doesn’t exactly spell out. With that said, things aren’t as overly complicated as they appear. There’s a lot to learn, but Capcom does an admirable job of making things relatively user-friendly for beginners.If you’ve picked up a copy of Monster Hunter: World today and are new to the franchise, these tips will help you survive the first few hours of the game.Don’t Let Text Scare YouMonster Hunter: World is the most user-friendly entry in the series. However, players will still have to deal with several text-heavy tutorials in the early hours. It is best to carefully read through everything as there is a lot to learn. You can skim over tutorials if you want since you can always view them later. Monster Hunter games reward players who take the time to learn its intricacies so don’t completely ignore tutorials. They really are quite helpful.Clean Your Plate!Preparation is important in Monster Hunter: World, and one of the key things is eating meals. Meals give you stats boosts like extra health and stamina. Even your little cat-like palico friend gets bonuses from meals. You can eat meals either in Astera or at camp sites. I cannot understate the importance of eating before a hunt. Venturing out into the world on an empty stomach is unwise. It can mean the difference between victory and defeat. I suggest getting the Chef’s Special since it almost always has the best stat boosts.Track Your PreyHunting prey involves more than just killing big monsters. You’ll have to actually find your quarry first. Thankfully, you have scout flies that make tracking easy. You can examine or pick up anything in the environment that has a green glow over it. This includes monster tracks. Interacting with monster tracks leads to other tracks, mucus, or even dung. Eventually, your scout flies will pick up the monster’s trail and lead you directly to it. Trust your scout flies!Carve for MaterialsAfter taking out a monster, do not forget to carve it for parts. This sounds like a no-brainer, but there are some who may not realize this. Completing quests nets users rewards, but you’re going to need to carve game in order to get additional items. You can use these to craft better armor which you’ll need in order to take down more powerful prey.Attack Specific Parts of MonstersThere is a random element to the parts monsters drop. To raise the chances of getting the exact pieces you need, you’ll have to attack individual body parts like the head, tail, or other appendages. The game lets you know when you’ve broken a monster part, so keep whacking away at a specific body part until you do so. It’s also worth noting that, aside from parts you need, attacking certain areas of the body can hamper a beast’s movements and its ability to attack.Try Every WeaponThe game gives you wide variety of weapons to choose from at the beginning. It is in your best interest to head into the training area in your living quarters and try them all out. Some weapons like the sword and shield are rather basic, but something like a switch-axe with its multiple modes takes some practice. Players who love to do flashy combos may want to opt for the Insect Glaive. Those who like to deliver a ton of damage may want to go for the Buster Sword. I can’t say what weapon is the best since it’s all down to personal preference. Spend time training with every weapon, try them out in the field, and see which one suits you.Do SidequestsYou don’t receive an overabundance of sidequests during the first few hours of Monster Hunter: World. Some players may want to save them for later and focus on getting far enough in the story to open up multiplayer. I would encourage beginners to complete every side quest possible. This way, they can learn how to play while acquiring rewards necessary for upgrades. Hunting monsters, using their parts to forge gear, and upgrading said gear is at the game’s core. Completing side quests early on gets you into the habit of doing every quest available so you’ll always have items to craft and upgrade.Use Your HeadThe game’s earliest monsters aren’t exactly a huge threat. This means you can learn the basics of taking down more dangerous game by hunting these beasts. You can’t simply run at monsters while swinging a weapon and expect to win. You’ll take damage and your weapon will become dull over time. Because of that, you have to consider when to hang back to heal or to sharpen your weapon. The best time is when your palico distracts the monster with its attacks. Monsters can prevent you from healing or sharpening your blade by attacking you, so keep a safe distance. Play smart!Play With VeteransOne of the best experiences I had with Monster Hunter: World was playing the beta with a friend who is a long-time fan of the series. While the game does a decent job of bringing new players up to speed, there is a lot it doesn’t teach you. This is where having an experienced hunter in your party to show you the ropes comes in handy. The Monster Hunter community (as I’ve learned) is very welcoming and loves to teach new players how to become experts. There’s even a website dedicated to this called Adopt-a-Hunter you may want to check out. Exploit the knowledge of seasoned veterans whenever possible.Use Nature to Your AdvantageA true hunter knows how to use nature to get the drop on prey. Hiding in brush is a great way to remain undetected and avoid combat until you’re ready. Certain insects can heal you while others can emit a flash of light that blinds foes. You can drop giant boulders on monsters, or lead creatures over vines to trap them. Every area has something you can use to your advantage so always keep an eye on your surroundings.Let them fight!Like I said in my impressions piece, monsters will eventually fight each other. The best thing to do in this instances is to step back and enjoy the show. Yes, you can go in and attack your specific prey while it’s being attacked, but you’re putting yourself at risk since the other monster may decide to attack you instead. If you’re lucky, the monster you’re after will take significant damage during a fight; making it easier to take out.Have fun!Complexities aside, Monster Hunter: World is a true joy to experience. Yes, it can be intimidating but don’t overthink things while you play. Take everything at your own pace and you’ll slowly learn the ins and outs of the game’s mechanics. Play with others at every turn possible and collect a wealth of monster parts to build different types of armor and weapons. Mix and match different gear, and try out every weapon in the game. Explore every nook and cranny in each of the game’s vast zones. Stop and appreciate the gorgeous visuals. Just have fun, damn it! Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Antigovernment activists property to go on block

first_imgo Previously: Anti-government activist David Darby does not acknowledge the government’s authority to levy taxes. Since 2009, he has not paid property taxes to Clark County.o What’s new: After more than a year of legal wrangling, a Clark County Superior Court judge said the county had the authority to sell Darby’s property at auction, scheduled for Sept. 16.o What’s next: Darby said he would not vacate his property when the county sells it. He plans to appeal the court decision granting the sale in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.Clark County will auction property belonging to anti-government activist David Darby later this month, potentially capping a multiyear dispute arising over more than $20,000 in unpaid property taxes and fines.But Darby, who describes himself as a “sovereign citizen” who doesn’t recognize the county’s authority, said he won’t go willingly. And whoever buys the property, officials say, will be responsible for getting Darby to leave.last_img read more

Campaign to build 1837 Babbages Analytical Engine

Campaign to build 1837 Babbages Analytical Engine

first_imgGraham-Cumming said he was initially worried there would not be enough supporters for building a computer driven by steam, with only 1 k of memory and “13,000 times slower than a ZX81”, but so far over 3,100 people have pledged support and donations of $10/₤10/€10 each to the non-profit Plan 28 campaign. About 50,000 supporters donating a total of around $640,000 are needed by the end of January 2011 to get the project off the ground. If the Engine is built, it will be donated to a museum such as the Science Museum. (PhysOrg.com) — A campaign based in the UK is hoping to construct Charles Babbage’s steam-powered Analytical Engine, a prototype computer around the size of a steam locomotive, which Babbage designed in 1837. While elements of the engine have been constructed in the past a complete working model has never been built. Citation: Campaign to build 1837 Babbage’s Analytical Engine (2010, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-campaign-babbage-analytical.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Trial model of a part of the Analytical Engine, built by Babbage, as displayed at the Science Museum (London). More information: blog.jgc.org/center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The idea was the brainchild of author, science blogger and programmer John Graham-Cumming, who wrote the Geek Atlas. He said the Engine was inspirational, since it was designed long before we had computers as we know them today, but he said that Babbage’s papers show the Engine was the first real general purpose computer, having an expandable memory, a central processing unit (which Babbage called the “mill”), microcode, and a printer and plotter. The computer was to be programmed via punch cards to carry out a variety of tasks.Babbage, an engineer and mathematician, designed the Analytical Engine to be constructed of iron and brass. It was a successor to the Difference Engine, a massive machine made of brass, but which was a calculator rather than a true computer. Several versions of the Difference Engine have been built, including one at London’s Science Museum, made in the 1980s. Babbage created many designs for the Analytical Engine, and the current campaign is to construct the design named Plan 28.The Analytical Engine would be built after Babbage’s blueprints, held at the Science Museum in London, have been digitized and fully deciphered. A three-dimensional simulation would then be created on computer to allow any problems to be overcome before physical construction begins.Graham-Cumming said the machine would be a great educational resource that would help people understand how computers work. He also envisages holding competitions for people to write programs to run on the Engine. He said building the Engine would be a celebration of Charles Babbage’s achievements, and it would also be fantastic to use it to execute the code written especially for it by famous Victorian mathematician Ada Lovelace, who worked with Babbage on the Engine. Her code is intended to calculate the Bernoulli sequence of numbers, which she worked on until 1843, and is the first computer program. X-ray named top achievement by British museumlast_img read more

Astronomers discover a dense hot Jupiter exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star

Astronomers discover a dense hot Jupiter exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star

first_img More information: EPIC 220504338b: A dense hot-Jupiter transiting a solar analogue, arXiv:1611.07614 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1611.07614AbstractWe present the discovery of EPIC 220504338b, a dense hot-Jupiter discovered using photometry from Campaign 8 of the Kepler-2 (K2) mission and high-resolution spectroscopic follow up obtained with the FEROS spectrograph. The planet orbits a V=13.68 solar analogue in a P=5.81771+0.00004−0.00004 day orbit, has a radius of 0.91+0.10−0.07RJ and a mass of 1.28+0.11−0.12MJ. With a density of 2.08+0.66−0.57 gr/cm3, the planet is among the densest systems known having masses below 2 MJ and Teq>1000, and is just above the temperature limit at which inflation mechanisms are believed to start being important. Based on its mass and radius, we estimate that EPIC 220504338b should have a heavy element content on the order of ∼ 110 M⊕ or greater. Explore further Jupiter-like planet discovered in a distant star system Artist’s impression of a “hot Jupiter”. Credit: Ricardo Cardoso Reis (CAUP) © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a so-called “hot Jupiter” exoplanet transiting a distant sun-like star located some 1,800 light years from the Earth. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 220504338b, was found using NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. The findings are presented in a paper published Nov. 23 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers discover a dense ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star (2016, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-astronomers-dense-hot-jupiter-exoplanet.html EPIC 220504338b was first spotted by K2 as a planetary candidate during the spacecraft’s Campaign 8 in mid-2016. To confirm it as a planet, a team of researchers led by Nestor Espinoza of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile conducted follow-up observations using ESO’s Fibre-fed, Extended Range, Échelle Spectrograph (FEROS) at La Silla Observatory in Chile. FEROS observational campaign was carried out in August and November 2016.FEROS is a bench-mounted, high-resolution, environmentally controlled, astronomical Échelle spectrograph with high efficiency, large wavelength range and high resolution. The instrument enables conducting a large variety of stellar and extra-galactic spectroscopic observation programs requiring high spectral stability high-resolution.Recent FEROS spectroscopic observations allowed the team to perform radial velocity measurements that confirmed EPIC 220504338b is a dense “hot Jupiter” transiting a solar analogue as well as provided initial stellar parameters of its host star.”In this work, we have presented the discovery of EPIC 220504338b, a new hot Jupiter orbiting a metal-rich solar analogue discovered using photometry from Campaign 8 of the K2 mission and follow-up radial velocities using the FEROS spectrograph,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The so-called “hot Jupiters” like EPIC 220504338b are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.According to the research, EPIC 220504338b is about 10 percent smaller than Jupiter and approximately 30 percent more massive. The exoworld orbits its 6-billion-year-old sun-like parent star every 5.8 days. Notably, with a density of nearly 2.1 gr/cm3 and an equilibrium temperature of about 1,160 K, the planet is one of the densest “hot Jupiters” below two Jupiter masses known to date.The researchers explain the newly discovered planet’s mass and radius by the amount of heavy elements in the planet, which should be on the order of at least 110 Earth masses.”The mass and radius of EPIC 220504338b could be explained in terms of the amount of heavy elements in the planet. (…) Based on its mass and radius, we estimate that EPIC 220504338b should have a heavy element content on the order of about 110 Earth masses or greater,” the paper reads.The team also derived fundamental parameters of the host star EPIC 220504338. The observations indicate that this star has a mass to that of the sun, with a radius of about 1.05 solar radii. It is also approximately 23 percent more dense than the sun.However, EPIC 220504338 shows a high metallicity, which significantly deviates from the sun. Therefore, this star was classified as a slightly metal-rich solar analogue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Manaku The one who entered Gods world

first_imgThe lives of exponents of Pahari paintings are shrouded in mystery. Those who are interested in paintings of Hindu religious epics are well aware of Nainsukh, the younger son of the painter Pandit Seu but only a handful are aware of the conservative painter and the older brother of Nainsukh.After documenting ‘Nainsukh of Guler,’ Dr. B N Goswamy – a distinguished art historian and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Punjab University, Chandigarh – intrigued by Manaku, reconstructed whatever little is known of his life in ‘Manaku of Guler.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Most of the painters have remained uncelebrated and it has been an obsession of mine to try and do something in terms of going back to the painters themselves; see what we can learn about them or just try and reconstruct the way they thought about things,” sighed the author with despair on the anonymity of many such great Indian painters. Manaku came from an obscure little town in the hills of northern India – home to his singularly talented family – and yet his vision knew almost no limits. Endowed with soaring imagination and great painterly skills, this man – with a name that literally means a ruby, was capable of painting giant rings of time upon timeless waters, envisioning the world of gods and demons, littered with cosmic battles and earthly triumphs, but also gazing, with tender eyes, upon the world of two lovers in which there is tortured loneliness at one moment but, in the next, ‘her garlands fall on his chest and glisten like white cranes on a dark cloud’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt least three great series were painted by Manaku – ‘the Siege of Lanka’ which took forward the narrative of the Ramayana from the point where his father, the gifted Pandit Seu, had left it; ‘The Gita Govinda’ – Jayadeva’s immortal 12th century Sanskrit lyric – which he completed in 1730; and ‘The Bhagavata Purana’, that remarkably extensive text, revered and recited by millions to this day, which he set about to negotiate with his brush in ca. 1740–45. After careful observation of Manaku’s paintings, Dr B N Goswamy believes that through his paintings of Hindu religious relics, “he entered the world of the gods.” He further says, “Manaku had the ability to look gods into the eye and converse with them as if they were colleagues. He never used any honorifics to describe a god. It was as if he had the absolute ability to talk to the gods without any formality and turn what they were doing into paintings. This ability of him; to just close his eyes and see that this is what must have happened between Ram and Raavan or Krishna and Radha, and depicting it so beautifully is what intrigued me to write this book”.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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DoseWatch Delivers Effective Dose ManagementGE Healthcare Services is showcasing the latest version of its DoseWatch software, which delivers a brand-new, intuitive and modern user interface; a dose comparison analysis tool where users can efficiently compare doses between facilities, across systems and among protocols; a handful of IT enhancements where customers can take advantage of new log capabilities that can reduce bandwidth requirement across the hospital network and more. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more “The scanner user interface presents the operator with the different clinical protocols,” said Myron Pozniak, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of the Section of Abdominal CT, UW. “Once selected and the scout image is obtained, the technologist selects the body size-specific protocol based on patient measurements and runs with it. No time is wasted experimenting with the settings, and they are done right.” Smart Technologies and ASiR-VSmart Technologies is a suite of intelligent computed tomography (CT) tools designed to help GE Healthcare clinicians deliver diagnostic confidence with lower patient dose levels. The Smart Technologies suite includes tools to help improve productivity (Smart Flow), increase cardiac imaging reliability and repeatability (Smart Cardiac), make spectral imaging routine (Smart Spectral) and acquire high-quality images at lower dose (Smart Dose). Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more “While the Brilliant program is focused on multiple aspects of getting the right image at the right dose, the training class has become a measurable part of the job of the 70-plus OEC Clinical Imaging Specialists,” said Carrie Eglinton Manner, CEO, GE Healthcare surgery. “We have a clinical competency model that measures our CIS team on how well they train customers on dose reduction. Our experts are working side-by-side with customers to help them maximize their OEC equipment and be safer in the process.” Training Focuses on Getting Right Image at the Right DoseC-arm users are becoming smarter about how to reduce the amount of radiation they receive. In fact, users of OEC C-arms are becoming “brilliant” through a unique and customized training program (the Brilliant program) by GE Healthcare in which OEC-dedicated radiologic technologists do onsite training for their customers. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. New CT Protocols Developed by University of WisconsinGE Healthcare and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW) announced that the university developed validated protocols soon to be available for GE Healthcare CT systems. The protocols were designed and optimized for multiple, very specific, clinical applications. 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News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more DoseWatch retrieves, tracks and reports the radiation dose administered to patients during medical exams and automatically organizes the data for hospital leaders so they can easily and effectively monitor dose delivery in their institution. The system collects data in different ways — including by imaging device and by the individual operator or by protocol — so it can compare and contrast the dose being administered in one exam to another. The latest in this suite, ASiR–V, is the next iteration of GE Healthcare’s iterative reconstruction CT technology, which already has 3,600 installations worldwide and has provided more than 31 million patient scans to date. ASiR-V combines the speed of ASiR with the capabilities of Veo full model-based iterative reconstruction. Designed to significantly reduce dose relative to filtered back-projection (FBP) for both body and head modes, ASiR-V improves low contrast detectability, spatial resolution and image noise, and has the capability to reduce low signal artifacts such as streak artifacts when compared to FBP. December 10, 2013 — GE Healthcare showcased several new offerings that enable low-dose imaging procedures and help clinicians track and measure dose at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013).  Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more “I believe that many would be surprised to see the impact that an effective dose management tool can have,” said Jan Casselman, M.D., St. John’s Hospital, Belgium. “Since implementing a dose management program, including DoseWatch, St. John’s has seen a 30-40 percent reduction in CT dose compared with the dose used on CT before the implementation. The system means that we are not only increasing awareness, but we are also starting to drive behavioral change. Going forward, all hospital personnel know that when they administer an exam, it is being monitored and that adopting low dose behavior is now the rule, not the exception.” News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 As an approved quality supplier to GE Healthcare, believed to be the first non-commercial organization to meet this rigorous standard, UW will continue to develop and improve the protocols and end users will receive regular updates as improvements are made. Technology | December 10, 2013 GE Healthcare Focuses on Dose Management Strategy at RSNA 2013 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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