first_imgGurugram: It was in the year 2017 that the initiative of creating forest within the city was first discussed In Gurugram. After two years, the Haryana government has begun taking action towards implementing the project. If all goes according to the plan, the state government will begin the implementation of the forest project in the city. The forest will be developed and conserved on the lines of Delhi’s ridge area.State Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh, who will initiate the plantation on Friday, claimed that the forest is the only solution to the critical air quality of Gurugram as the Aravallis can no longer solely bear the burden of urban air cleansing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We have identified the land. It will be a model to reckon with in NCR. Local trees and plants will be planted and taken care of as part of the central Jal Shakti Abhiyaan. This forest will be a compensation for the trees axed for urban and infrastructural development in Gurugram,” said Narbir. According to officials, it is also planning to build water bodies, arboretum, recreation centre, medicinal plant garden and a bamboo park surrounded by nature trails in the forest. The area will be fenced and a mass plantation drive will be carried out to increase the green cover. The city forest will be developed in the Aravalli hills and foothills in villages Sakatpur, Gairatpur Bas and Sikohpur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, the new city forest will be bigger than Aravali Biodiversity Park, which is spread across 300 acres, and a 7-km-long trail along Wazirabad Bundh. The department will encourage plantation of native tree species in the forest and only treated water will be used there. The project is a joint effort of the district administration, forest department and private companies. The authorities plan to also distribute these areas to companies interested in tree plantation and maintenance drives for at least four years. These companies will plant around 2,500 trees and other plants in the forest. A large part of the 1,000-acre land is protected under the Section 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The long road to replacing Canada’s aging fighter jets took a surprising turn Tuesday as the federal Liberal government added a caveat to its latest battle of the bidders: contenders deemed to be harming the country’s economic interests will find themselves at a “distinct disadvantage.”The plan is to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet of CF-18 with 88 sleek, modern new planes, Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told a news conference — a contract worth between $15 billion and $19 billion.But the economic-interests test, still in the development stages with the help of the aerospace industry, was an unexpected twist that appears to have raised as many questions as answers.The government also confirmed Tuesday that it is walking away from plans to buy 18 Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace firm Boeing amid a bitter trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier. Canada will instead buy 18 second-hand F-18s from Australia to deal with what the Liberals call a critical shortage of jets until the entire fleet can be replaced.While the full cost and delivery schedule are still being ironed out, the move will ultimately save time and money, Sajjan insisted.The deal must still be approved by the U.S. government, which originally sold the F-18s to Australia and retains control over the transfer of such arms.During question period Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to buy old, second-hand aircraft that are of a similar vintage to the planes the government is replacing.“If the prime minister is so keen on buying fixer-uppers, will he come over?” Scheer quipped. “I have an old minivan I would love to show him.”But it was the Conservatives themselves who made a hash of the fighter-jet file and created the need for an interim fleet, Trudeau retorted.Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada’s chief of the defence staff, was also on the dais at Tuesday’s news conference alongside Qualtrough, Sajjan, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Australian aircraft are safe and will meet Canada’s needs, he insisted.“Make no mistake, these aircraft will work fine and those aircraft are very much needed,” Vance said.The decision to walk away from the interim Super Hornets — which carried an estimated price tag of $6 billion — was hardly a surprise, considering the government’s recent anti-Boeing rhetoric. But it remains to be seen how Boeing will be impacted by the economic-interest test, since the Chicago-based aerospace giant has major operations in Canada.Boeing has already made it clear it’s eager to enter the Super Hornet into the competition, despite its chilly relations with Ottawa over Bombardier. Qualtrough said the competition would be transparent and open to all, and that the new test will apply to all major military purchases in future.But the ministers didn’t dispute the notion that Boeing could be already at a disadvantage.“The purpose of this new policy is to clearly demonstrate that anyone that wants to engage Canada, if they cause economic harm, will be at a distinct disadvantage,” said Bains.“That’s the objective. This is really about our national interest. Our economy. And good-quality jobs in Canada.”Boeing will review the government’s announcement, including the new economic-harm test, before deciding on next steps, company spokesman Scott Day said in an email.At the same time, Day noted that Boeing employs 2,000 Canadians, including many in Winnipeg, conducts business with 560 local companies, and contributes $4 billion to the economy each year.“If you look at Boeing’s record in Canada, I think you have to let our record speak for itself.”That touches on one of the main questions with the new test, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute: how the test is applied to companies like Boeing, which already have large interests in Canada.“That will be fascinating to see because there will be an extraordinary amount of subjectivity in that,” Perry said.“They have the trade action and complaint against Bombardier. But they also do billions of dollars of economic activity in Canada every year. How do you weigh those two things?“I think that will be extraordinarily difficult.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

11 March 2009Policymakers should consider the threat climate change poses to public health in setting their priorities for action and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations health agency told a conference in Copenhagen. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the health dimension of the issue at the three-day Climate Change Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions conference, which ends tomorrow.Based on research, WHO estimates that around 150,000 deaths now occur in low-income countries each year, with young children making up almost 85 per cent of these excess deaths, due to the effect climate change has on crop failure and malnutrition, diarrhoeal disease, malaria and flooding.Health hazards from climate change are diverse, global and difficult to reverse, according to WHO. They range from increased risk to safety from extreme weather events, to the effects of global warming on infectious disease and sea level rises leading to salinization of land and water sources. The agency contends that feasible improvements to the environment could reduce the burden on global disease, a large part of which is caused by energy consumption and transport systems, by more than 25 per cent.Outdoor air pollution accounts for 800,000 deaths annually around the world, traffic accidents for 1.2 million, physical inactivity for 1.9 million and indoor air pollution for 1.5 million, noted a press release issued by WHO.“Whether it’s the 70,000 excess deaths from the heat wave in Europe in 2003, or new malarial deaths in the central African highlands, the people at greatest risk for climate-related health disorders and premature deaths are the poor, the geographically vulnerable, the very young, women and the elderly,” WHO said.The populations WHO considered to be at greatest risk are those living in small island developing States, mountainous regions, areas with poor access to water, huge cities and coastal areas in developing countries, as well as poor people and those lacking access to health services. read more

The Indiana men’s basketball team’s Sunday win at Michigan clinched the outright Big Ten regular-season championship. By virtue of that result, Ohio State was denied a share of the title as well as almost $80,000 in bonuses paid to its four coaches. OSU coach Thad Matta would have received $20,000 for a share of the league’s regular-season title on top of his base salary of $3.2 million, as well as an additional year added on to his current contract, according to OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Matta’s contract expires in July 2019. The three OSU assistants – Dave Dickerson, Chris Jent and Jeff Boals – missed out on a combined $58,334. Each of Matta’s assistants would have received “supplemental compensation in the amount of one month’s salary” had OSU won a share of the Big Ten title, Wallenberg told The Lantern in a Monday email. For Dickerson, the team’s associate head coach and highest-paid assistant, a Big Ten title would have resulted an additional $21,667. Jent and Boals would have received $20,000 and $16,667, respectively. OSU, which defeated Illinois, 68-55, Sunday afternoon to improve to 23-7 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten, needed a Michigan win to claim a share of the regular season title for the fourth consecutive year. The Wolverines, which led by as many as five points during the final minute of play against the Hoosiers, collapsed down the stretch before eventually losing, 72-71, in Ann Arbor, Mich., hours after the Buckeyes defeated the Illini. Wallenberg did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Monday afternoon request for information regarding whether these or other bonuses would be awarded if OSU wins this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament. Matta, who is in his ninth year at OSU, has led the Buckeyes to two Final Fours and five Big Ten titles. He and the Buckeyes will chase their third Big Ten Tournament title in four seasons when the team, seeded No. 2, begins play Friday against the winner of Purdue-Nebraska. OSU’s game against either the Boilermakers or Cornhuskers is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

OSU senior forward Taylor Kuehl (6) takes a shot on goal during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team snapped a losing streak, but couldn’t find a win during its weekend series against the University of North Dakota.On Saturday, UND (6-7-2, 4-6-2) claimed a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 5-6-1-1).The Buckeyes outshot and outscored UND in the first two periods of play. Then, in the third period UND claimed the game by scoring three straight goals before OSU came within one with seconds to play.In the first period, senior forward Kayla Sullivan scored a goal at 6:18 to put OSU in the lead, 1-0. UND later tied the game at 1-1 after a goal before the end of the period.The Buckeyes took the lead back in the second period when senior forward Taylor Kuehl scored off a power play. The tally was Kuehl’s fourth goal in the last three games.UND started the third period down 2-1. They quickly responded with a goal from junior forward Shannon Kaiser, who scored her first goal of the season. Kaiser’s goal beat Buckeye redshirt-junior goalie Stacy Danczak to tie the game at two.Less than a minute later UND scored to put it up 3-2. The team extended its lead to 4-2 later in the period.The Buckeyes weren’t giving up though. With less than two minutes remaining OSU pulled Danczak for an extra attacker. With a six-on-five advantage, the Buckeyes scored.Senior defenseman Kari Schmitt scored with only 10 seconds remaining in the period. Without enough time for the Buckeyes to take the game, they fell short.OSU outshot UND, 27-21 and Danczak racked up a total of 17 saves.In the Friday evening game, OSU scored a goal with two seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.The Buckeyes went on to win a three round shootout, 1-0.Sophomore forward Claudia Kelpler kept the Buckeyes in the game when she scored the goal to bring the game back to even. Already having scored earlier in the period, this goal was Kepler’s second of the game and fifth of the season.UND took the first and second periods of the game. They scored one goal in each period to take a 2-0 lead over the Buckeyes.However, OSU was able to rally late in the third period to put it back in the game.The Buckeyes outshot UND 26-18.OSU is set to head back on the road once again for a matchup against Robert Morris. The game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa. read more

first_imgGeeks tend to have something of a love/hate relationship with Lucasfilm. Its namesake, the one and only George Lucas, brought us the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. However, he also brought us the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The news has just broken that Disney plans to acquire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. Not only that, but Star Wars Episode 7 is being planned for a 2015 release.Disney has been on a real tear in recent years. After a decade of mediocre movie performance, Disney backed Pixar early on. It later bought the animation giant for $7.4 billion in 2006. Disney also got in on the super hero fad in 2009 when it bought Marvel for $4 billion. In this new Lucasfilm deal, Disney is paying about half that $4 billion in stock and half in cash. Lucasfilm has a single shareholder: George Lucas. I expect he’s planning some renovations to Skywalker ranch now.Discerning sci-fi fans that have been down on what George Lucas has done with the Star Wars franchise in the last 15 years will be happy to hear that Lucas is stepping away from the company’s day-to-day operation. Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president of the new Disney-owned venture. Lucas won’t have any official decision making capacity, but is staying on as a “creative consultant.”While the Star Wars prequels were not received terribly well, it’s still a little sad to see Lucas handing off the franchise. He’s part of history, and even with different people leading the development of a new Star Wars story, fans might never be happy. There is already an established storyline for the post-movie Star Wars universe as laid out by dozens of novels like the awesome Heir to the Empire trilogy. It’s hard to say if these tales will be honored or overwritten.Make sure you keep an eye on coming developments as the first post-Lucas Star Wars movie takes shape. It’s an exciting time to be a geek.via ABC Newslast_img read more

first_imgOrigo dévoile une imprimante 3D pour les enfantsQuelques jours après que la firme japonaise Roland DG a présenté l’iModela IM-01, une imprimante 3D vendue 1.000 dollars, un modèle destiné aux enfants vient d’être dévoilé par la société spécialiste des jouets Origo. Un projet qui pour l’heure, n’en est qu’au stade du prototype.La firme Origo vient de dévoiler sur Internet un prototype du nouveau jouet sur lequel elle travaille : une imprimante 3D destinée à nos bambins. Dans une vidéo vantant les mérites de l’appareil, baptisé Origo 3D, la firme montre comment les enfants pourront bientôt créer leurs propres jouets en plastique en quelques minutes, et avec une dose d’imagination, grâce à une imprimante au design étudié.À lire aussiTopShot LaserJet Pro, l’imprimante qui scanne vos objets en 3DOrigo précise dans un communiqué adressé aux enfants, que l’appareil “aussi gros que trois Xbox 360 et au même prix que trois Xbox 360” a été conçu pour les bambins de dix ans et plus. “Je m’installerai sur ton bureau et donnerait vie à tes idées, tes dessins et tes rêves” promet l’Origo 3D.L’imprimante a été conçue par Artur Tchoukanov et Joris Peels, qui ont travaillé auprès d’enfants afin de répondre au mieux à leurs attentes. Plusieurs prototypes ont été réalisés avant que l’Origo 3D ne voit le jour. Aujourd’hui, la firme est en quête d’investisseurs prêts à miser sur son projet. Artur Tchoukanov et Joris peelings espèrent pouvoir lancer la commercialisation de l’imprimante d’ici un an et demi.Le 13 octobre 2011 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe introduction of Long-term Capital Gains Tax (LTCG) was pretty much factored in by the markets in the run-up to the budget. Yet there was a quick negative reaction when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a 10 percent LTCG. The Sensex, which is in the heat of a bull run, sank 450 points after the announcement was made.For retail investors, the move takes away one of the most immediate rewards of equity investment — the tax free returns if the investment is held for more than a year. The long-term capital gains tax was scrapped in 2005 as the dominant view was that higher participation in equity investment was needed.Will the re-introduction of LTCG have a tempering effect on the overheating stock markets? Where will the money flow even as investments in stocks are getting saddled with higher taxes in the future? Which sectors stand to gain? What will be the impact on investments in the mutual funds, which has seen a phenomenal rise in recent months?As per the budget proposals, LTCG over 1 lakh in a year will attract tax of 10 percent while short term capital gains remains at 15 percent. The capital gains accrued before January 31, 2018 will be exempted. Jaitley said this “modest changes” in taxations in equity returns will bring in a marginal revenue of Rs 20,000 crore in 2018-19. In perspective, a total amount Rs 3.67 lakh crore had been exempted from capital gains in 2017-18.It remains to be seen if the return of the LTCG tax will impact retail investment in equities. The immediate impact of the measure on the mutual funds investment boom is also to be watched for.The snap reaction to LTCG could be a sign of the raw nerves from this segment. It should be noted that the 2017 markets rally was propelled by retail investors and those who put in money into mutual funds through SIPs. The share of retail investors in equity markets in 2017 was Rs 153,310 crore, which dwarfed the Foreign Institutional Investment at Rs 51,252 crore. In comparison, net mutual fund investments in equity stood at Rs 115,837 crore.The fact that the government hasn’t withdrawn the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is a dampener too, now that LTCG has been brought back. Also equity-oriented Mutual Funds will now attract a dividend distribution tax of 10 percent, something that retail investors will have to take stock of.Realty boom?However, the re-introduction of LTCG will help a resurgence in other investment avenues, mainly realty, experts say. “Change in capital gains tax for equity could accelerate the shift of preference from equity to other investment assets like Real Estate. This would be a reversal of the trend we have seen the last 5 years. More investment could start to real estate,” said Joe Verghese, Managing Director, Colliers International India.Markets recouped the initial losses on Thursday. The BSE Sensex had fallen below 36,000 following the LTCG announcement and Nifty sank below 11,000. However both indices regained those levels in afternoon trade.last_img read more

first_img Interview: Dragon Quest XI’s Developers On How They Created a Living WorldGeek Plays: Dragon Quest XI I’m a fan of Japanese Role Playing Games but I’ve never gotten around to playing a Dragon Quest title. This is shameful considering how important the series is to the JRPG genre. This oversight has been corrected now that I’ve played Dragon Quest XI. Though I initially didn’t have it on my radar, it has become one of my favorite games of 2018. Ni No Kuni II and Octopath Traveller are fantastic, but this title gives me exactly what I want from the genre. Dragon Quest XI is not only the best JRPG of the year, but one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. As far as I’m concerned, it is a modern-day classic.Dragon Quest XI features turn-based combat, level-based progression, a world rooted in Medieval/Feudal fantasy, and a story about good versus evil. Basically, things you’ve seen in JRPGs a thousand times over. However, these tropes are delivered with a level of confidence and conviction few others can match. In a world where RPGs have grown ever more complicated, it’s refreshing to play something which focuses on the basics. As a guy who loves Budweiser beer, vanilla ice cream, and plain pizza, Dragon Quest XI’s simplicity is right up my alley.Like previous entries, Dragon Quest XI stars a silent protagonist destined to save the world from an all-powerful evil being. During his quest, he finds eccentric allies who share his goal of restoring peace to the world. This is the de facto hero’s journey tale, and one you’ve seen or read many times over, especially in other Dragon Quest games. This isn’t a problem, however, given how expertly this well-worn tale is presented.What Dragon Quest XI lacks in originality, it makes up for in personality. This is by far one of the most charming games I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I use the word “pleasure” on purpose because that’s exactly what I feel when playing. The most obvious thing that makes Dragon Quest XI so appealing is the distinctive art style of Akira Toriyama. I cannot forget the sweeping orchestrations of Koichi Sugiyama, which just add to the overall warm and inviting atmosphere. The presentation just makes you feel good.Unlike the original Japanese release of Dragon Quest XI, the Western version features full voice acting during cutscenes and cinemas. All of the actors do a wonderful job of bringing their respective characters to life. Every one of them feels like a real person. It’s clear no one phoned in their lines. English dubs of Japanese RPGs aren’t always pleasing to the ear but Dragon Quest XI‘s voice acting is exemplary.Dragon Quest XI uses Unreal Engine 4 to bring its world and characters to life. Visually, the art style is both simple and detailed. Characters, NPCs, and monsters are all cell shaded. However, they don’t have the simple textures found in other cell shaded titles. You can see details like the stitching in clothing, scales on a dragon’s hide, and even individual hair strands. The clean but meticulous art style makes for one of the most unique looking JRPGs out there.The same attention to detail applies to the overall world. From dense forests, sun-drenched deserts, snowy tundras, towering mountain tops, and vast oceans, the world is a visual marvel. Each town is also carefully constructed. I love how they’re all based on real-world cities, just with a JRPG twist. Town is further brought to life thanks to the citizens inhabiting them. Every NPC feels like they have a place in the world, and thus make the towns feel believable. Trust me when I say my words do not do the world of Dragon Quest XI justice. It is stunning to behold.Exploring the world is quite enjoyable. The reason is the amount of options available to players. They can jump on top of objects or climb ledges and ladders. Some areas are only accessible when riding on top of a monster. I don’t think I need to explain why using a defeated bad guy as a mount is awesome. Exploration in RPGs isn’t always simple since your characters have limited movement. Thankfully, that isn’t the case here. The game wants you to actively explore and gives you the tools to facilitate that.In most RPGs, monsters are simply things you kill for experience. You don’t exactly grow an attachment to them. That isn’t the case with Dragon Quest XI. Every single enemy: from adorable slimes to fearsome dragons, is a joy to look upon. It’s clear the art team went out of their way to give monsters distinct designs and animations. I always look forward to visiting new areas just to see the types of creatures inhabiting the land.Like its predecessors, Dragon Quest XI features turn-based combat. This might seem odd to some, especially since most modern RPGs have real-time battles. While real-time combat has its merits, I’m a fan of turn-based battles myself. There’s a level of strategy native to turn-based gameplay that real-time simply doesn’t possess. Given how Dragon Quest gave birth to the modern JRPG genre, it’s no surprise Dragon Quest XI’s turn-based battles are a thing of pure perfection.Despite the turn-based nature, battles feel incredibly dynamic. This is due in large part to the way the camera moves during combat. It zooms in, pulls back, and pans in a way that emphasizes each attack and action. The camera, both literally and figuratively, places you in the middle of the fight. Even though you’re taking turns, there’s a wonderful sense of tension and momentum in each encounter. The character and enemy animations also make every battle feel alive and vibrant.In addition to attacks and magic, every character has “pep” abilities. Pepped characters gain bonuses to strength, agility, magic, and so forth. If multiple characters are in pep mode simultaneously, they can unleash powerful attacks or give each other beneficial boosts. On top of that, there are the character-specific skills one can unleash. The various attacks and abilities one has to choose from keep things engaging. At the same time, players will never feel bogged down by an overabundance of options.Unlike most RPGs, you do not battle in an approximation of the surrounding environment. You fight enemies in the same spot you initiate combat (or close to it). What I like about this is that you can clearly see what’s around you. There were many times where I spotted a treasure chest or other points of interest during battle. You can also see other groups of enemies in the background, helping you strategize which foes to fight next. The large draw distance makes all of this possible. It’s probably a small thing for most, but being able to ascertain my surroundings during combat is a huge plus.In addition to earning levels, you also gain skill points. With these, you can select from some different skills to use in battle. Each skill has its own branching path. A character may have skill trees for swords, greatswords, magic, and so on. You can place points in every section, or you can focus on particular abilities. I find it best to have characters specialize in two or three categories. This way, you can better utilize their abilities. If a certain character is needed for a specific encounter, you can swap them in at any time. There’s no need to make anyone a jack-of-all-trades when specialists are substantially superior.If you’re not happy with the way a character is progressing, you can always go to a church and reallocate skills. This gives players an incentive to experiment with different weapons and abilities to see what suits them best. One must pay gold to reallocate abilities, but money isn’t exactly hard to come by. A lot of games force you into distinct roles for characters or punish you for not selecting the right skills. I appreciate how Dragon Quest XI truly lets players come up with their ideal builds. In keeping with the simplicity of the overall mechanics, redoing skills is relatively hassle-free.You’ll need to buy armor, weapons, and accessories to survive battles. Like most JRPGs, each town you visit has better (and more expensive) equipment than the last. It makes one wonder how the citizens of the final towns manage to afford living in them… but I digress. Like with other aspects of this game, selecting the items you need doesn’t require a master’s degree. If it has better stats, then you should probably buy it. There’s not a lot of thinking involved. However, like character progression, you can get more in-depth with equipment types if you want.Early on, you’ll receive the Fun-Size Forge. With it, you’re able to craft all kinds of items. It doesn’t require money, but you will need different materials and recipe books. Recipes are usually found within red books sitting on bookshelves. The forge is straightforward. You select what type of weapon, armor, or accessories you want to create. If you have the necessary materials, these items automatically go into the forge. Then you must “bang” the steel until it takes on the desired shape. The associated mini-game is interesting since you have to make sure you don’t strike a section too many times and create a dud. As you level up, so do your forging skills.Players who want to craft the very best pieces of equipment will no doubt love the Fun-Size Forge. While I definitely see the appeal of this feature, I rarely used it to make weapons. I found it easier to simply buy whatever I needed. Even though the Fun-Size Forge is very user-friendly, I personally saw no need for it. But like I said, if you want to make custom weapons and accessories then the forge is the way to go.Level grinding is an essential part of most JRPGs. If you don’t want powerful monsters wrecking you, then you’ll need to spend time fighting weaker creatures to become stronger. This is also true in Dragon Quest XI. Thankfully, level grinding doesn’t feel like a chore. Every new area has monsters which give you a decent return in experience points. It usually only takes an hour or two to gain three to four levels. Individual battles never last long, which makes grinding efficient. You also have the option to forgo level grinding (especially in the beginning) if you just want to play through the story. If you do need to gain more levels to progress, characters will let you know.RPGs, especially old ones, aren’t always user-friendly. That isn’t the case here. There are various quality-of-life features implemented to help streamline the experience. Players can save in churches found in each town. In the field, they can save by praying to statues and use nearby camps to restore HP and MP. When entering new locations, the game autosaves. One can instantly travel to previously visited areas by using the Zoom ability. Long cinemas are skippable, and when level grinding, you can set combat to Auto-Battle. None of these features are substantial on their own. Combined, they make life easier for the user and prevents things from becoming needlessly frustrating.Outside of the main quest, there’s a number of diversionary activities to partake in. You can spend time at a casino or participate in horse races. Each town has citizens who ask for favors, and there are dozens of hidden Small Medals to collect across the world. Completing side quests earns you gold or unique items. While there’s a good number of optional content, it isn’t an overwhelming amount. The focus is on the main adventure, after all. But if you want to indulge inside activities, there’s plenty to find out there. Keep in mind that additional quests open up after the credits roll. Needless to say, you’re getting your money’s worth regarding content.I’m very happy Dragon Quest XI was my introduction to this classic series. It really is one of the most pleasurable gaming experiences I’ve had this year. Amplifying this feeling is the fact I wasn’t expecting even to play it. I know previous Dragon Quest installments won’t give me exactly what this title delivers, but I do at least want to see what I’ve been missing. If you’re a long-time fan of Dragon Quest, then I don’t need to convince you of this game’s excellence. However, if you’re like me and have never played a title in the franchise, then I implore you to try out Dragon Quest XI. It is truly a special title.Dragon Quest is a beloved franchise both here and abroad. We visited a Dragon Quest convenience store in Akihabara. And Japan has honored the game with its own monument in Sumoto. If you own a switch try out Dragon Quest Builders, you’ll love it more than Minecraft. Plus follow all the Dragon Quest updates here.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img More information: K. A. Matveev and A. V. Andreev. “Hybrid Sound Modes in One-Dimensional Quantum Liquids.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.026803Also at: arXiv:1804.02369 [cond-mat.mes-hall] Ordinary sound waves—small oscillations of density—can propagate through all fluids, causing the molecules in the fluid to compress at regular intervals. Now physicists have theoretically shown that in one-dimensional quantum fluids not one, but two types of sound waves can propagate. Both types of waves move at approximately the same speed, but are combinations of density waves and temperature waves. Citation: Unusual sound waves discovered in quantum liquids (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The physicists, Konstantin Matveev at Argonne National Laboratory and Anton Andreev at the University of Washington, Seattle, have published a paper on the hybrid sound waves in quantum liquids in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”One-dimensional liquids have fascinating quantum properties that have been studied by physicists for decades,” Matveev told “Quite surprisingly, we have been able to show that even such an essentially classical phenomenon as sound is also very unusual in these liquids. Our work implies that even the simplest classical properties of a fluid can be strongly affected by its quantum nature.”Although classical fluids generally support just one type of sound wave (a density wave), one exception is liquid helium. As a superfluid, liquid helium can flow without friction, which gives it the ability to flow up the sides of its container, among other unusual properties. Unlike classical fluids, superfluid helium supports two types of sound waves—a density wave and a temperature wave—which propagate at different velocities.As the physicists explain, in some ways one-dimensional quantum fluids are similar to superfluid helium, as both fluids support two types of sound waves. In other ways, however, they are quite different: instead of one sound wave being a density wave and the other sound wave being a temperature wave, the two sound waves each combine characteristics of both density and temperature waves. This hybrid nature of sound waves in one-dimensional quantum liquids is different than the nature of sound waves in any other fluid, including liquid helium. In addition, the scientists showed that the two hybrid sound waves propagate at nearly equal speeds, with the difference in speed depending on the temperature.In the future, the physicists expect that these hybrid sound waves can be experimentally demonstrated in long quantum wires or atomic traps, in which one-dimensional quantum liquids are known to exist. Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths onlycenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Photograph by Hinrich Oltmanns, 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. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Apple managed to split opinions more widely than ever this year. The iPhone 7 lost the headphone jack, the MacBook Pro refresh was disappointing for power-hungry professionals, and the desktop line of Mac computers hasn’t seen any love for years, suggesting to some that Macs on the desktop may in fact be dead.Tim Cook put the record straight yesterday, however, and gave some hope to Apple fans desperate for a new desktop computer.  As reported by TechCrunch, as part of a wider post on an internal Apple employee message board, Cook was asked the question, “We had a big MacBook Pro launch in October and a powerful upgrade to the MacBook back in the spring. Are Mac desktops strategic for us?”Cook responded by reassuring employees that, “the desktop is very strategic for us.” He went on to point out that, “The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.” Most importantly, he confirmed that Mac desktops are not dead, “if there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.”There’s no detail beyond that. We don’t know when new Macs will be announced, and we don’t know if Cook is referring to the iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or all three. That’s a shame, as I think we’ve reached a point now where Apple is unfairly asking existing Mac owners to wait too long for their next hardware purchase.The last time the Mac Pro received a hardware refresh was Dec. 19, 2013. The iMac and Mac Mini were last refreshed on Oct. 16, 2014. Clearly they are all well overdue for new components to bring them in line with what non-Mac desktops offer in terms of performance in 2016. December 20, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 30, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Cybersecurity is on the minds of most businesses today, but there’s one area where companies often screw up: failing to protect their key executives when they’re on the move.In today’s environment, there are an abundance of well-funded and sophisticated hacking groups out there, many with nation-state or organized crime affiliations and interests, who are looking for any way possible to defraud or steal information from American business interests. Like any other criminal, hackers look for weaknesses in the security perimeter before they attack — and often, that sweet spot is to be found in the personal security of key company figures. One example is “Darkhotel,” the Korean-speaking hacking group that targeted countless business executives via hotel Wi-Fi from 2010 to 2015.As a former Secret Service agent, it was my job to protect the President from both physical and digital attacks. (Few realize this, but the USSS was one of the first federal agencies to develop a strong cyber defense and intelligence unit.) From a cyber standpoint, this meant implementing a robust security perimeter around the President’s personal devices and communications (e.g. stripping down the phone, limiting access, multiple layers of encryption, constant monitoring and defense), particularly when the President was outside of the White House.Businesses, from startups to Fortune 500s, need to adopt a similar mindset when it comes to their own commanders-in-chief, because cyber attacks are a low-cost, low-risk way to steal intellectual property, business intelligence and ultimately the company’s money — and the C-suite (along with other key figures, like a head engineer or programmer) is definitely a focal point for criminals.Related: 7 Habits of Highly Hackable EmployeesConsider these statistics:Business email compromise (BEC) scams on executives have grown steadily since 2010. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, this type of attack increased by 1,300 percent from January 2015 to June 2016. More than 14,000 U.S. companies fell victim, with total losses estimated at over $960 million, between 2013 and 2016.Spear-phishing criminals are honing in on smaller companies. In 2015, 43 percent of targeted attacks focused on small businesses, as opposed to 35 percent for large enterprises, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.American businesses lose $300 billion annually due to intellectual property theft, according to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.Cybercrime is on the verge of becoming the number one economic crime for U.S. businesses, reaching 54 percent of organizations reporting such a crime in 2016, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey.No business can be fully secure unless it is taking ample steps to protect the digital assets of its leadership. Here are six steps to take:1. Whitelist the email.Only a small, select group of people should be allowed to email key executives; all other addresses should be blocked. Known as email “whitelisting,” this greatly reduces the risk of phishing attacks on the executive.Additionally, use strong anti-malware and anti-phishing solutions to boost the executive’s email security.2. Use multiple layers of encryption. Every VIP should be protected by multiple layers of encryption. This acts as a fail-safe in the event that an attacker breaks through the other defenses.Every device that connects to Wi-Fi (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) must have a VPN, or virtual private network, which will encrypt all data in transit. Next, a full-disk or file encryption program should be used to secure data that is stored on these devices. Limit the executive’s communications to encrypted channels only, like PGP for email, or encrypted communications like Wickr Pro. All web sessions need to be done over HTTPS (SSL/TLS encryption); there are browser plugins like EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere that will force a secure connection on every website.Related: The Biggest Bounties Facebook, Microsoft and More Have Paid Hackers3. Strip down the phone.Just as the U.S. President uses a smartphone with very limited functionality, a business executive’s phone should also be stripped down as much as possible, with only essential functionality as needed. The more boring it is, the better.That means eliminating all non-essential apps, especially games, scaling back the phone’s connectivity options by disabling Bluetooth, disabling Wi-Fi auto-connect and turning off geolocation sharing for all apps (with the exception of “Find My Phone”). Social media can also pose a risk, but if your business depends on using it, at the very least make sure geolocation data is turned off in the app (there are online tools that can track a user based on this data) and be careful about oversharing, as sensitive information can be used against executives and employees in social engineering attacks. Also, use public Wi-Fi sparingly, even when a VPN is utilized.4. Use a burner device.Executives are most at risk when traveling overseas, particularly to countries like China and Russia. When making these trips, it’s important to be a little paranoid.Burner devices, or “phones to go,” are an effective way of reducing the risk from compromised devices. This isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the investment and inconvenience. Malware and man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks are more likely during foreign stays, so by putting aside the phone or laptop after a trip, the executive will prevent an infected device from getting “behind the firewall” after he or she returns.It’s also important to have a remote lock/erase feature installed on all devices in case they are lost or stolen.Related: Before You Use Public Wi-Fi, Read This5. Harden the home office network.Home offices can be an easy target for hackers, since they are likely to have less security than the corporate office.At a minimum, make sure a robust firewall and antivirus/anti-malware agents have been installed. Also, keep all devices (laptop, desktop, server, Wi-Fi router) fully updated on software/firmware settings, security patches, etc. Next, reduce the attack surface on the laptop or desktop by disabling Java, JavaScript and ActiveX, or by adding script-blocking plugins. Set up application whitelisting so that only pre-approved applications and processes can run on these machines. Eliminate Wi-Fi as much as possible by using an ethernet cable instead. It’s also wise to have two internet lines — one for the family and one exclusively for the executive. Use an outbound firewall to block any malware or malicious programs that do sneak in from being able to connect to the internet. DNS security tools (such as OpenDNS) will further protect the internet connection and block malicious or suspect domains.6. Contain the internet of things.Most executives have — or will have — “smart” devices in their homes, in addition to connected cars, wearables and other internet of things products.These complicate the security picture, as many IoT products have been found to be vulnerable to hackers. Limit IoT usage to only well established, trusted brands with a proven track record of security. Avoid installing IoT apps on the work phone. Also, keep these devices off the executive’s home Wi-Fi network — if you have two internet lines installed, relegate them to the all-purpose/family network.An executive’s personal security can be the Achilles’ heel of any company, from startup to Fortune 500, so it’s critical to implement a defense-in-depth approach that will keep their digital assets safe. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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This release… read more June 30, 2016 — A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.Methylene blue is used to treat methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which oxygen is unable to release effectively to body tissues, and as a surgical stain.Animal studies have shown a single low dose of methylene blue enhances long-term contextual memory — the conscious recall of the source and circumstances of a specific memory — and extinction memory, a process in which a conditioned response from stimuli gradually diminishes over time.“Although the memory-enhancing effects of methylene blue were shown in rodents in the 1970s, the underlying neuronal changes in the brain responsible for memory improvement and the effects of methylene blue on short-term memory and sustained-attention tasks have not been investigated,” said study author Timothy Q. Duong, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. “Our team decided to conduct the first multi-modal MRI study of methylene blue in humans.”Twenty-six healthy participants, between the ages of 22 and 62, were enrolled in a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial to measure the effects of methylene blue on the human brain during working-memory and sustained-attention tasks. This study was approved by the local ethical committee.The participants underwent functional MRI (fMRI) before and one hour after low-dose methylene blue or placebo administration to evaluate the potential effects of methylene blue on cerebrovascular reactivity during tasks. Mean cerebral blood flow was measured pre- and post-intervention.The results showed methylene blue increased response in the bilateral insular cortex — an area deep within the brain associated with emotional responses — during a task that measured reaction time to a visual stimulus. The fMRI results also showed an increased response during short-term memory tasks involving the brain’s prefrontal cortex (which controls processing of memories, the parietal lobe (primarily associated with the processing of sensory information) and the occipital cortex (the visual processing center of the brain). In addition, methylene blue was associated with a 7 percent increase in correct responses during memory retrieval.The findings suggest that methylene blue can regulate certain brain networks related to sustained attention and short-term memory after a single oral low dose.“This work certainly provides a foundation for future trials of methylene blue in healthy aging, cognitive impairment, dementia and other conditions that might benefit from drug-induced memory enhancement,” Duong said.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_img Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … U.S.: FDA approves GM Arctic Fuji apple … August 02 , 2018 You might also be interested in Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … center_img U.S.: Heavy flooding in Northern California vineya … The organization said expropriation without compensation and economic growth are “diametrically contrasted – and nowhere in the world has this worked in any shape or form.””Agrarian reform can only happen successfully working hand in hand, in partnership, with the private sector,” said Agri SA executive director Omri van Zyl.“We have seen this movie play out all over world – Venezuela, Russia – the promise for emerging farmers of tools, fertilizer, seeds and extension services are superficial – many have promised this as election ploys– and yet the outcome is always catastrophic for agriculture and food security.”Kriek added that this was “irresponsible electioneering” and that the country’s leaders should be more vigilant and responsible when it comes to the future of the economy and job creation. “We are a full and active participant in the upcoming ANC jobs summit – this position will not encourage us to invest in the sector to create more jobs,” he said.Van Zyl also labeled the decision as a “populist move” from the ANC and said there would be a dramatic effect on the country’s commercial, residential and property investment space. South African farming organization Agri SA has criticized government plans announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.The African National Congress (ANC) party had said in May it would “test the argument” that land redistribution without compensation is permitted under current laws.”It has become pertinently clear that our people want the Constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation as demonstrated in the public hearings,” Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in a recorded address to the nation.In a statement, Agri SA president Dan Kriek said the organization was currently in a consultation process where South Africans are participating in a process of review, and this week’s announcement “serves only to undermine the process underway”.”SA needs more black farmers and black farms. Constitutional amendments – and even worst-case expropriation without compensation – may make for good electioneering but it doesn’t make more black farmers,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 17, 2008 The music of Different Skies is exciting, accessible, imaginative, and fun for listeners of all ages and musical interests, from classical and jazz to modern ambient and meditation/healing music. Technology meets imagination to create an evening of amazing entertainment. Learn more about the artists at this year’s festival, and for a schedule of some of the jams and performances from this years workshop visit [Photo: sa & text: Cosanti Foundation, sa]last_img read more