The Toronto stock market was higher Wednesday amid further positive news from China, while the release of minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting did little to shake the conviction that the Fed is in no rush to end its current economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index was down from early highs because of rising losses in gold stocks but late in the morning was still ahead 43.79 points to 12,527.84 while the Canadian dollar gained 0.19 of a cent to 98.59 cents US.U.S. indexes also rose as the minutes showed that some Federal Reserve officials favoured an end to the bond buying program known as quantitative easing as early as this summer.Several others thought that if labour conditions improved as expected, the Fed could slow purchases later in the year and stop them by year-end. However, that meeting took place well before a dismal employment report for March was released last Friday.The Fed released the minutes early after discovering that some copies had been sent by mistake to Capitol Hill staffers and trade groups on Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 124.44 points to 14,797.9, the Nasdaq composite index climbed 49.34 points to 3,287.2 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 15.91 points at 1,584.52.Customs data showed that China posted an unexpected trade deficit of US$800 million in March as imports rose 14.1 per cent after having grown five per cent in the combined January-February period. The report suggested Chinese manufacturers and consumers might be buying more, raising hopes for stronger performance from the world’s second-biggest economy. Traders had expected China to post a $15.3-billion surplus for last month.“While the data has been volatile of late due to holiday distortions, it is clear that the underlying trend in imports is gaining momentum,” said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian FIC Strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.The TSX ran ahead 139.5 points Tuesday after other government data showed China’s consumer prices rose at a 2.1 per cent rate in March. That was down from the previous month’s 3.2 per cent and well below the official target of 3.5 per cent for the year.The showing gives China some leeway in being able to take further measures to stimulate growth, which came in at 7.9 per cent in the three months ended in December, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4 per cent.“I think China and the emerging markets in general will continue to grow at high single-digit rates,” said Paul Vaillancourt, managing director of Fiera Capital Canadian Wealth Management. “And with inflation numbers coming in confirming that there is no sort of hard landing in China, that is very positive. And I think we will continue to see some strong demand coming from the region. That obviously impacts raw materials like copper and other metals a bit more.”The financial sector led advancers, up 1.15 per cent with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) up 79 cents to $58.16 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ran ahead 28 cents to $14.54.The telecom sector was ahead 0.9 per cent.Three of Canada’s smaller mobile phone carriers have jointly announced they’re withdrawing from the industry’s main lobby group. Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity accuse the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association of consistently taking positions that favour Canada’s three older, bigger carriers — Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).Commodity prices were mixed following initial strong gains in the wake of Tuesday’s Chinese inflation data.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early declines to edge up three cents to US$94.23 a barrel as data showed crude supplies rose much less than expected last week in the U.S. Inventories grew by 300,000 barrels, against the 1.4 million barrels that economists had expected.The energy sector rose 0.8 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 34 cents to C$32.38.The base metals sector turned negative, off 0.24 per cent following a strong advance Tuesday as May copper dipped three cents to US$3.41 a pound. Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) slipped seven cents to C$2.64.The gold sector led declines, down 3.1 per cent as June bullion in New York fell $17.40 to US$1,569.30 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) slipped 28 cents to C$6.56.Alacer Gold Corp. (TSX:ASR) fell 27 cents to $3.73 even as it announced that a special dividend from the sale of its 49 per cent interest in the Frog’s Lake mine in Australia will be paid at the end of the month. The payment of about 24 cents U.S. per share in cash is part of a plan to distribute about US$70 million from the sale, which closed recently.European bourses advanced as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 1.45 per cent while Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 climbed about two per cent.In other corporate news, Valeant Pharmaceuticals has settled a patent lawsuit between its Medicis subsidiary and generic giant Actavis Inc. The lawsuit related to Actavis’ version of two Medicis products — Ziana, a acne topical antibiotic, and Zyclara, a prescription drug for premalignant skin problems. Valeant (TSX:VRX) will receive a share of the proceeds from generic versions of products to be launched by the U.S. firm (NYSE:ACT). Valeant shares advanced 67 cents to $73.96.
The Government today blamed the LTTE for the extensive damage caused to property in the north during the war.Minister of Housing Sajith Premadasa, speaking in Parliament today, refused to accept claims made by the Tamil National Alliance that the army was responsible for houses damaged during the war. He said that the army took every effort to protect the people and their property during the war and that it was the LTTE which damaged civilian homes and property in the area. The Minister also said that when providing houses to the people in the country, the Government will not provide houses based on race or religion. Premadasa also said that the one year anniversary of the silent revolution on January 8 will not be celebrated with pomp and pageantry but by giving assistance to the public. (Colombo Gazette)
TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate hike means higher borrowing costs for consumers with variable-rate mortgages, loans or lines of credit, but it is also good news for savers and future homeowners.The decision to increase its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 per cent on Wednesday prompted all of Canada’s Big Six banks to raise their prime rates, thereby passing the rate increase along to their customers.Those with variable-rate mortgages will now face higher interest payments, a concern for many Canadian households that are already saddled with hefty debt loads, said Samantha Brookes, chief executive officer of brokerage Mortgages of Canada.Bank of Canada raises rates as Poloz’s tale of recovery from Great Recession finally comes trueBank of Canada raises interest rate: Read the official statement“Increasing rates just really limit how much they have available to them on a monthly basis,” she said.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans. Wednesday’s rate hike was the central bank’s first interest rate move in six months and lifted the trend-setting rate to 1.5 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent. It also marked the bank’s fourth increase over the last 12 months and the first time the rate has been this high since December 2008.The central bank’s move was driven by the strength of Canada’s economy, which it expects will remain resilient despite headwinds from trade tensions with the U.S. After the central bank’s announcement, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank all said they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase raises the cost of borrowing for customers with variable-rate loans, but people with money socked away in savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates will benefit, said Scott Hannah, the president and chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society.“It helps seniors who depend on interest income to help fund their retirement expenses,” he said. “And the rate hikes are keeping Canadians focused on the need to curb their appetite for debt and pay down the debt they have.”Higher interest rates, along with stricter mortgage rules, have also helped to cool down the country’s real estate markets, helping future homeowners, Hannah said. It’s unwelcome news, however, for those looking to renew their mortgages this year, he added.Overall, the impact of the latest rate hike will be modest for consumers, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. The rate hike is in reaction to a healthy Canadian economy, which is beneficial, he added.Rates are slowly on the way up, but remain relatively low historically, Grauman added.“On balance, it’s still probably a positive for the average household, for the average business.”
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 24, 2016 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2016 at 10:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 11, 2016, file photo shows the Ford logo on display at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, the company is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem. The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America, including 7,353 in Canada, because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem.The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. All have 3.5-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engines.The 3.5-litre Ford Flexes and Lincoln MKT were build at Ford’s plant in Oakville, Ont., between Sept. 12, 2011 and May 31, 2015.Ford says the fuel pump control modules can fail, and the engines may not start, or they could stall, leaving drivers without the ability to restart them. The company says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem.Dealers will replace the control module at no cost to owners.Ford says it’s working with parts makers to ship new modules quickly. The company will notify customers to bring their vehicles in for repairs starting the week of Oct. 17.Concerned owners can go to Ford.com and click on “safety recalls” near the bottom of the page to see if their vehicles are part of the recall. They’ll have to key in the vehicle identification number. Those whose vehicles are in the recalled and are concerned about stalling should contact their local dealer, the company says.— With file from The Canadian Press Ford recalls over 88K vehicles due to stalling problem
The new digital tool compiles data from law enforcement databases and prison incident reports.The speech comes a day before the Government’s record on prisons comes under further scrutiny with the publication of an annual report by Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons. 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. The proposal is based on Lord Farmer’s report last year that found good family relationships were crucial to reducing rates of reoffendingCredit:PA The announcement on in-cell phones is part of a £30 million package to improve safety, security and decency across the prison estate following several years of surging levels of violence, self-harm and drug use.In another step, every prisoner will be given a “risk rating” under plans to limit the influence of criminal figures behind bars. Inmates will be assessed according to their chances of taking part in violence, escapes, disturbances and gang activity. Prisoners are to be given phones in their cells to stop violence and crime in jail, David Gauke will announce on Tuesday. In a speech on prison reform, the Justice Secretary will unveil plans to invest £7 million on introducing in-cell telephones in England and Wales.While the scheme is already in place at 20 establishments, plans are under way to extend it to another 20 over the next two years.Currently, most prisoners queue for public phones on the landings, which can be a trigger for violence or fuel demand for illicit mobile phones, according to the Ministry of Justice.However officials emphasised that in-cell phones were subject to strict security measures. All calls are recorded, users can only call a few pre-approved numbers and active monitoring can be introduced if there is any suspicion the service is being abused for crime. Prisoners will continue to pay to make calls, the ministry added.The move forms part of efforts to improve inmates’ ability to maintain ties with relatives after they are jailed, which is seen as a key factor in reducing the chances of returning to crime.Last year a report by Lord Farmer found that good family relationships were “indispensable” to prison reform plans.In his speech today, Mr Gauke will say: “Decency also extends to how we treat prisoners fairly and consistently, with time out of their cells and opportunities to maintain family relationships.”
Bangladesh : 21% des décès dus à l’arsenic contenu dans l’eauBangladesh – Selon une étude de l’université de Chicago et publiée dans la version en ligne de la revue médicale britannique The Lancet, plus d’une mort sur cinq au Bangladesh serait due à l’arsenic contenue dans l’eau de puits. Habilul Ahsan, professeur à l’université de Chicago, et son équipe ont suivi pendant six ans l’état de santé de 11.746 adultes au Bangladesh et notamment le taux de concentration d’arsenic dans leurs urines. Durant cette période, 407 des participants sont décédés. Il s’est avéré que les eaux contenant au moins 10 microgrammes d’arsenic par litre étaient particulièrement meurtrières et que de façon logique, plus cette quantité était importante, plus le nombre de décès était élevé.Ainsi 21% des morts au Bangladesh seraient liées à une consommation d’eau de puits contenant de l’arsenic en plus ou moins grande quantité. 24% des décès liés à des maladies chroniques lui seraient également dus. Depuis les années 1970 et l’installation de puits afin de tirer de l’eau de la nappe phréatique, la moitié de la population du pays, soit 77 millions d’habitants, serait exposée à des niveaux toxiques d’arsenic. Il s’agit pour l’OMS (Organisation mondiale de la santé) du “plus important empoisonnement de masse d’une population dans l’histoire”.Les scientifiques ne savent pas quelle quantité d’arsenic peut être sans conséquence sur l’organisme humain. L’OMS parle de 10 microgrammes par litre d’eau mais des décès ont été rapportés dans cette étude qui a porté sur des quantités de cet ordre.Actuellement, de l’eau potable issue de puits contaminés par de l’arsenic est également consommée en Argentine, au Chili ainsi que dans certains États américains comme le Nevada et le Nouveau-Mexique. Le 21 juin 2010 à 11:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A champion racing pigeon named Armando was sold for a world record $1.4 million (€1.2 million) in auction on Sunday, making it the most expensive bird sold in auction.The auction house Pipa, which oversaw the online auction for Armando, said the pigeon is the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time” with a record that is unmatched.“In football terms you have [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo — it’s that level,” Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, Pipa founder and chief executive, said.The 5-year-old Armando, who is now retired and has already fathered a number of chicks, was sold to a buyer from China, where bird racing enjoys growing popularity.Before this sale, the record for a pigeon was $429,000 (€376,000), but Armando beat the record within a day of being put up for bids, according to Pipa.Image Credit: Pipa“In our wildest dreams, we had never hoped for a price like [€1.2 million],” Gyselbrecht told the BBC. “We hoped for around €400,000 to €500,000, and we only dreamed of €600,000.”Joël Verschoot, Armando’s owner, told the Guardian the record-breaking sale price was “the crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport.”Armando’s last races were the 2018 Ace Pigeon championship, the 2019 Pigeon Olympiad, and the Angoulême, all of which he won. He will reportedly be bred with a hen waiting in China.More on Geek.com:‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life Up for AuctionWhy Are Pigeons So Good at Surviving Cities?This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever (And It Was Wearing a ‘Backpack’)
Facebook Google+ 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Sasha Banks Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Snoop Dogg Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Twitter WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Videos Articles 5/8 WWE NXT Results: Largo, Florida* Big Cass def. Elias Sampson.* Marcus Loui def. Steve Cutler.* Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder def. The Vaudevillians.* NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch.* Barcon Corbin def. Solomon Crowe.* Bayley & Carmella def. KC Cassidy & Jessie McKay.* Angelo Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton def. Bull Dempsey & Tucker Knight.* NXT Champion Kevin Steen def. Tye Dillinger.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About ConcussionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 8/24 NXT Live Results: Tampa, FL (#1 Contender Battle Royal, NXT Title Match)
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An explosion in Valencia Park that sent a 38-year-old man to the hospital is now linked to a suspected homemade meth lab, said Drug Enforcement Administration officials.Police and firefighters responded to an explosion Friday night that hospitalized a man with burn and shrapnel injuries. Police say it happened in the backyard of the home, which is located near an elementary school. They believe the man was holding the object that exploded in his hand, which resulted in injuries to his face, arms and upper body.Officials said that when the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department got to the scene they found meth lab materials and bomb-making materials inside the home. They also found drugs and weapons.Overnight, neighboring residents were evacuated as the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, SDFD and several Federal agencies investigated the scene. The bomb squad has since blown up several unstable devices and materials.The man remains in the hospital and is expected to recover. KUSI Newsroom, Explosion in Valencia Park linked to homemade meth lab Posted: June 22, 2019 Updated: 10:18 PM June 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
I hope you are enjoying the pleasant temperatures this week, with predicted highs around 80 degrees or so, plus or minus. Remember last year at this time? We were in a record-breaking heat wave, with highs of 103, 106 and 108 on July 27, 28 and 29. The 106-degree reading was of course Vancouver’s all-time high temperature — a record that lasted one whole day.We also had 10 days in a row of 90 degrees or better, ending on August 4th with a cool 85 degrees. One noteworthy item is that the overnight lows, while the days were over 100 degrees, were around 70 degrees. Goodness, we had to struggle to make that for our highs not so long ago. We have had five days so far this month with highs below 70 degrees.So, not much new in the forecast with fairly “normal” weather and seasonable highs, depending on any cloudiness that may filter inland. We just managed to bump 90 degrees on Sunday for our fourth day at that heat. Normally we get about 10 days with highs of 90 degrees or better during the summer.With August just around the corner, I don’t see another heat wave in the offing — just downright nice summer weather the next 15 days or so. That means we would have to get some late-season warming to tally up some more 90-degree days. Stay tuned.Meanwhile, the rest of the country is sweltering in high heat and humidity, not to mention some good summer storms and heavy rainfall. You heard of the 15 inches of rain in just 48 hours over the weekend in Iowa. Arizona and New Mexico are experiencing their summer “monsoons,” with some pretty good storms scattered about.
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Enjoy a fun family weekend from June 3-4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW. The event will include live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including vibrant galleries, art-making activities, an instrument petting zoo, interactive storytelling, and a free film screening among other attractions. The event is scheduled to feature Janell Gill, David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel, Donato Soviero Trio, Donvonte McCoy Quartet, and John Lee Trio. The event is free and open to the public.
Stay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Much like last year, 2018 is starting off strong with a slew of kick-ass games. One of the biggest titles is Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World. The infamous beast-slaying franchise has garnered a large audience in Asia, but the same can’t be said of the West. With Monster Hunter: World, the series is poised to reel in a larger, more global audience. It’s a great example of how a series can change just enough to entice new users while still pleasing its long-time supporters. This is a Monster Hunter for everyone.Monster Hunter: World takes place in “the new world.” As a member of the Fifth Fleet, it’s your job to explore this vast, virgin land. This isn’t your only objective, however. An enormous, mountain-sized leviathan called Zorah Magdaros has made landfall in the new world and you must discover why. The setting allows for the introduction of a variety of new creatures to hunt. The story has a great sense of adventure that makes every discovery immensely exciting.Since Monster Hunter: World is built for current-gen systems, the developers can introduce mechanics that help bring the world to life. The environment is no longer just a backdrop. Savvy players can use their surroundings to incapacitate prey in a number of unique ways. These include trapping monsters in vines, blinding them with light from fireflies, or making them step on poison plants. Yes, you can simply strike monsters until they die. However, there is a great deal of satisfaction in using the world around you to complete hunts.Seeing two (or more) monsters fight each other is a perfect example of the dynamic world in action. There were numerous times where I’d face off against a monster only for another beast to jump into the fray. In other instances, my prey would wander into another creature’s territory and get into a turf war with it. This can help in taking monsters down quicker, but you must be careful not to bring the wrath of the opposing beast on you. When monsters begin to brawl, it’s best to hang back, sharpen your weapon, and enjoy the kaiju-on-kaiju action. As Ken Watanabe’s character says in 2014’s Godzilla: “Let them fight.”With so many different types of monsters to slay, the game provides a nice variety of weapons for players to use. These range from sword and shields, buster swords, hammers, and lances. Some weapons like switch axes and gun lances have two different modes. Certain weapons deal massive damage but take longer to strike. On the flip side, weapons that strike fast don’t take much energy from monsters. With so many tools of destruction to choose from, it’ll be hard for players to not find something they like. A training area gives users a place to try each of the game’s weapons and see which fits their playstyle best.If you want to successfully complete missions, you’ll need decent armor and weapons. At first, the game only offers leather or chainmail armor and some basic weapons. As you progress, you’ll have access to increasingly better gear. Every armor part (head, chest, legs) has a unique look depending on the monster it comes from. The same is true for weapons. You can either have a matching set of armor or mix and match different pieces. It depends on the stats you want or the look you desire. Both weapons and armors can be upgraded beyond their base stats by using Armor spheres or materials found in the world or from monsters.Monster Hunter: World‘s core gameplay loop consists of killing monsters, using their parts to craft better gear, then facing tougher monsters to craft even better gear — so on, and so on. Repeatedly hunting the same type of monster for parts may sound monotonous. However, this activity never actually gets boring, especially given the dynamic nature of the game. There is a great deal of satisfaction derived from getting all the pieces necessary to craft the armor and weapons one desires. Moreover, you must attack specific parts on beasts to get certain parts. This gives each repeated hunt a sense of purpose.Monster Hunter: World features several different locales to explore. From forests, deserts, swamps, coral reefs, mountainous terrain, and more, there is no shortage of interesting locales to visit. As you would expect, every location has its own set of monsters to slay and environmental hazards to avoid or exploit. None of the areas are connected to each other, but they are immense; featuring a great deal of routes and hidden passageways. Curious players will almost always find something worthwhile, whether it be crafting materials or new monsters to kill.One can certainly have a good deal of fun playing solo. However, completing quests with others is where the game truly shines. There is no greater feeling than taking down a particularly nasty monster with a squad of hunters. The game adjusts the difficulty level depending on the number of players in a party (a maximum of four). This ensures teams can’t obtain an easy victory through sheer numbers. Playing with others is also nice for whenever you or an ally needs to grind for monster parts. It certainly removes any potential tedium from such an activity. I was personally able to find and craft some truly impressive gear thanks to teaming up with friends and random players. It is to your benefit to play online as much as possible.Monster Hunter: World features a number of graphical options on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. Users can choose between favoring resolution, frame rate, or graphics. The high-resolution option is for those with 4K TVs who want the most detailed textures possible. Enhanced graphics lower the resolution to 1080p but offer better shadows, lighting, and environmental effects. Higher performance unlocks the framerate. This lowers the graphics slightly, but provides a smoother gameplay experience. No matter which graphics setting one chooses, they’ll enjoy a gorgeous looking game across the board (even on the base PS4 and Xbox One).As a person who never particularly cared for Monster Hunter, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying Monster Hunter: World. I emphasize “enjoying” because there’s so much content I’ve still yet to see. Even as thorough as this write up is, it doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount of content Capcom was able to squeeze into the game. Monster Hunter: World is the culmination of everything that has been introduced into the franchise over the years. The result is an exceptional experience that will easily bring in new audiences while pleasing the current fanbase. Monster Hunter: World is without a doubt the year’s first must-have title.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
© 2017 Phys.org 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. Journal information: Science Explore further Design of mechanochemically generated conjugated polymer. (A) Insulating CBE mechanophores connected with π systems, designed to rearrange to continuously extended conjugation under force. (B) Thermally unstable CBEs with sp2 carbon substituents at the 3 and 4 positions. (C) Ladderene-based mechanophore, which would undergo tandem mechano-cycloreversions to give conjugated oligoene. (D) Natural -ladderane fatty acid (5) from anammox bacteria. (E) Design of mechanically active polyladderene via ROMP of ladderene. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2797 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used mechanical force to transform a molecule from one form to another—from a nonconductive state into a semiconductor. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the process they developed and possible applications. As the researchers note, using mechanical force to change a molecule from one form to another (by prying open their bonds) has been a popular research subject over the past decade, leading to a new field now known as mechanochemistry. In this new effort, the researchers used a physical force to “unzip” a nonconducting polymer, transforming it into a semiconductor.In their work, the team studied chunks of cyclobutanes to learn more about their structure. In their natural state, they exist as a polyladderene molecule with the appearance of stairs leading from a low point to a high point, and walls holding them in place. The team thought that if they could pull the walls apart, effectively unzipping the staircase, they could transform it into a zig-zag-looking polymer known as a polyacetylene, which is a semiconductor.The cyclobutanes were placed in a solution and subjected to sonic waves exerting opposing forces on the molecule, causing it to unzip and stretch out into nearly a flat structure (into alternating C=C double bonds). The group reports that the solution, which was initially clear, slowly changed to blue, and eventually became dark as it was filled with a mesh of nanowires. The researchers note that the material could be used as a means for measuring stresses in other materials. It could also be used to mimic human senses in a robot because it is able to use a mechanical force to convert a material into a wire capable of carrying an electronic signal. But before that can happen, the team acknowledges that more work needs to be done to make the structures simpler, as they are now they are too complex for industrial applications. Citation: Ultrasonic vibrations force a polymer to be a semiconductor (2017, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ultrasonic-vibrations-polymer-semiconductor.html More information: Zhixing Chen et al. Mechanochemical unzipping of insulating polyladderene to semiconducting polyacetylene, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2797AbstractBiological systems sense and respond to mechanical stimuli in a complex manner. In an effort to develop synthetic materials that transduce mechanical force into multifold changes in their intrinsic properties, we report on a mechanochemically responsive nonconjugated polymer that converts to a conjugated polymer via an extensive rearrangement of the macromolecular structure in response to force. Our design is based on the facile mechanochemical unzipping of polyladderene, a polymer inspired by a lipid natural product structure and prepared via direct metathesis polymerization. The resultant polyacetylene block copolymers exhibit long conjugation length and uniform trans-configuration and self-assemble into semiconducting nanowires. Calculations support a tandem unzipping mechanism of the ladderene units. New algorithm finds the optimal bond breaking point for single molecules
“Experienced growers believe the product quality is the best since the period 2008 to 2010 when the drought was impacting to produce fantastic almond kernels. The hot and dry conditions currently being experienced in the production regions are ideal for almond harvesting.”It notes the U.S. – whose crop size and shipment data is crucial to world pricing – will likely come in a little under 2.3 billion pounds. Despite the tariff increases in China and Turkey, U.S. shipments are 3.5% up compared to last year and have recovered from the slow early season figures resulting from the tariff impositions in early 2018, it adds.”Pundits believe the inventory at the end of the U.S. marketing year in August 2019 will be similar to that of 2018,” it says.”The pollination period in California, critical in determining crop potential for the 2019 U.S. crop, has been less than ideal with a delayed bloom and much colder than average daytime temperatures, and heavy rain events being experienced.” March 15 , 2019 U.S.: California’s almond acreage on the rise … You might also be interested in Australia is expecting its highest quality almond crop in a decade following favorable weather over recent months.The Australian Almond Growers Association says the crop is estimated by processors and marketers to be 93,000 metric tons (MT) this year.”The dry seasonal conditions have led to outstanding quality in terms of flavour and colour with size grading similar to last year,” it says. Chile opens for Australian almonds …
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