Fortnite Will Support 4K 60fps on PS5, Xbox Series X, 1080p 60fps on Series S From Day 1

first_imgWill Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. On all three consoles the loading times have been reduced allowing players to get into matches faster. Texture loading times have been improved as well. Split-screen on the Xbox Series X, Series S, and the PS5 now supports 60fps.Further, the developers explain that players who have been playing Fortnite on now last-gen consoles will be able to continue their progress on the next-gen consoles with all their cosmetics. Players will need to download Xbox Series X, Series S release of the game, and PS5 users can just download Fortnite from the PlayStation Store and log in with their Epic or PlayStation Network account.Lastly, Epic is also offering players a free Throwback Axe Pickaxe from Chapter 1 starting November 4 to all players and it will be available through January 15 next year.- Advertisement – The updated version will be available for download from Day 1 and this is a new native build for the consoles to harness the power of the new systems, and not just a tweaked last-gen build. The PlayStation 5 will be launched on November 12 while the Xbox Series consoles will launch on November 10.On the PlayStation 5, players will be able to play Fortnite at 4K 60fps from Day 1 and experience dynamic visuals including grass and trees that react to explosions, all-new storm and cloud effects, and enhanced fluid simulations for smoke and liquid. Additionally, PS5 players will be able to select a game mode right from the home screen be it Solo, Duos, or Squads. Epic has also taken in account the new and improved haptics of the DualSense controller for the PS5. The new build of Fortnite brings haptic trigger feedback for ranged weapons on the DualSense controller, as well as different vibrations for the different guns.Fortnite on Xbox Series X will run at 4K 60fps as well and players will experience the same dynamic visuals as on the PS5. Xbox Series S, being the toned down version of the Series X, will run the game at 1080p 60fps and will support most of the visual improvements that will be available on the other two more powerful consoles.- Advertisement – Fortnite developer Epic has announced a “next-gen version” of the game for the upcoming PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S consoles. Epic says that it has developed fresh native builds for the three consoles and it’s not just a tweaked last-gen build. Fortnite players will be able to continue their progress and the next-gen version will be available for download from Day 1, which is next week when the new consoles launch. Additionally, Epic is offering a free Throwback Axe Pickaxe from November 4 to all players.Epic posted on its website that the developers have prepared a next-gen version of Fortnite for the upcoming next-gen consoles including the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Federal Prosecutors Push Back on Barr Memo on Voter Fraud Claims

first_img– Advertisement – “It was developed and announced without consulting nonpartisan career professionals in the field and at the department,” the prosecutors wrote of the memo. “The timing of the memorandum’s release thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics.” The Washington Post earlier reported their letter.On Thursday, a top career prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said in an email sent to Mr. Barr via Richard P. Donoghue, an official in the deputy attorney general’s office, that the memo should be rescinded because it went against longstanding practices, according to two people with knowledge of the email.The prosecutor, J.P. Cooney, also said that the fact that Richard Pilger, a longtime department employee who oversees election fraud crimes, chose to step down from that position over the memo was deeply concerning, the people said.- Advertisement – Others inside the department pointed out that Mr. Barr’s memo was carefully worded and contained caveats that made it unlikely that a prosecutor could meet the threshold to open a case and begin investigating.“Specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries,” Mr. Barr wrote in his memo. “Nothing here should be taken as any indication that the department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election.”Department lawyers often engage in heated debates over policies, investigations and prosecutions, but they rarely put their criticisms in writing and then send them to top officials.But Mr. Barr’s memo churned up rancor among prosecutors who work on election fraud, in large part because Mr. Trump himself was making false claims about widespread voter fraud. Even the specter of such an investigation into votes for the presidential race could shade the integrity of the election.Mr. Pilger, the prosecutor who oversees election fraud at the department’s headquarters in Washington, stepped down from his supervisory role in protest a few hours after it was issued; and other lawyers affected by the memo began to devise plans for how to push back on Mr. Barr’s authorization and what to do should a U.S. attorney announce an election-related investigation, according to three people with knowledge of these discussions.Even as the department’s officials and career prosecutors argued about the memo, Mr. Trump’s legal cases related to the election began to unravel on Friday. A state judge in Michigan rejected an attempt by Republicans to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, pending an audit. And lawyers for Mr. Trump withdrew election-related lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Arizona. On Friday, 16 federal prosecutors across the country who were assigned to monitor elections for signs of fraud wrote to Mr. Barr that they had found no evidence of “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” They also asked him to rescind the memo, saying it thrust the department into partisan politics and was unnecessary because no one has identified any legitimate suspicions of mass voter fraud.The memo “is not based in fact,” the monitors wrote.Issued Monday amid the president’s efforts to falsely claim widespread voter fraud, the memo allows prosecutors to investigate “substantial allegations” of fraud before the results of the presidential race are certified, disregarding longstanding department policies intended to keep law enforcement investigations from affecting the outcome of an election. WASHINGTON — Career Justice Department prosecutors pushed back this week against a memo by Attorney General William P. Barr that opened the door to politically charged election fraud investigations, saying in a pair of messages that Mr. Barr thrust the department into politics and falsely overstated the threat of voter fraud.The protests were the latest rebuke of Mr. Barr by his own employees, who have in recent months begun criticizing his leadership both privately and publicly. They argued that Mr. Barr has worked to advance President Trump’s interests by wielding the power of the department to shield his allies and attack his enemies.- Advertisement – In response, Mr. Donoghue told Mr. Cooney that he would pass on his complaint but that if it leaked to reporters, he would note that as well.A department spokeswoman declined to comment about Mr. Cooney’s message. Asked about the prosectors’ letter to Mr. Barr, she said that his memo directed prosecutors to “exercise appropriate caution and maintain the department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality and nonpartisanship.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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HHS adds Relenza to state stockpile program

first_imgJul 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will allow states to add the influenza drug zanamivir (Relenza) to their federally subsidized antiviral stockpiles.The contract, worth $16,833,000, paves the way for 50 states and 9 other jurisdictions to purchase up to 15.5 million Relenza treatment courses from GSK at a federally negotiated price, with a 25% federal subsidy. HHS has already offered the same subsidy for states to purchase up to 31 million courses of the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as part of preparations for a potential influenza pandemic.HHS’s goal is to enlist the states’ efforts in building antiviral medication stockpiles so that treatment courses will be available for 25% of the US population. The federal government will purchase 44 million treatment courses for the national stockpile and hopes the states will assist by adding 31 million treatment courses to their individual stockpiles.”Today’s announcement is another example of how we all must share in the responsibility to prepare our nation and its communities to respond to a pandemic flu outbreak,” said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release.On Jun 30 HHS announced a contract with Roche to sell up to 31 million treatment courses of Tamiflu to the states at a federally negotiated price. But today’s announcement appeared to signal that up to half of the 31 million courses that HHS wants in state stockpiles could be Relenza. HHS officials could not be reached for clarification in time for this story.Relenza is approved for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza in patients aged 7 years and older, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The drug is in a powder form that is inhaled from a breath-activated plastic device twice a day for 5 days. Tamiflu is an oral medication that can be administered to patients ages 1 year and older. Both drugs are neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs).Many experts consider stockpiling NIs an important strategy for limiting the impact of an influenza pandemic. The H5N1 avian influenza virus has been shown to be susceptible in vitro to both drugs, but most governments that are stockpiling antivirals to prepare for a pandemic have ordered Tamiflu.States have until Aug 1 to indicate if they want to participate in the antiviral medication subsidy program. So far, few states have notified the HHS that they intend to purchase the subsidized medications.See also:Jul 20 HHS press release on zanamivir (Relenza) drug purchaseJul 18 CIDRAP News story “States slow to sign up for Tamiflu subsidy”last_img read more

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FAO concerned about H1N1 poultry outbreak in Chile

first_imgAug 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that the recent novel H1N1 influenza outbreak in turkeys in Chile points up the possibility of poultry outbreaks elsewhere, increasing the risk of H1N1 mixing with the more deadly H5N1 avian flu virus.Chilean authorities told the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Aug 21 that the H1N1 virus was found on two turkey farms near the seaport of Valparaiso. The turkeys’ egg production dropped, but no increase in mortality was seen. A later report from Chilean officials said the virus was identical to the one circulating among humans in Chile.The FAO said the discovery does not pose any immediate threat to human health, and turkey meat can still be sold after veterinary inspection and hygienic processing. But it does raise the possibility of outbreaks on poultry farms elsewhere in the world, the agency said.The FAO stated that the novel H1N1 strain is highly contagious but “no more deadly than common seasonal flu viruses. However, it could theoretically become more dangerous if it adds virulence by combining with H5N1, commonly known as bird flu, which is far more deadly but harder to pass along among humans.””Chile does not have H5N1 flu. In southeast Asia where there is a lot of the virus circulating in poultry, the introduction of H1N1 in these populations would be of a greater concern,” said Juan Lubroth, the FAO’s interim chief veterinary officer, in the agency’s press release.In an Aug 23 report to ProMED, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, a Chilean health official said the Chilean finding marked the first known case of transmission of the novel H1N1 virus from humans to birds. (The Aug 21 report by Chile to the OIE said the turkeys had been exposed to people with respiratory symptoms.)The Chilean official, Julio Garcia Moreno, MD, MSc, of Chile’s Institute of Public Health, also remarked on the risk of an H1N1 reassortment with H5N1. “This is a concern vis-a-vis the possibility that this may happen in Asia or Africa under the conditions of co-infection with H5N1 virus,” he wrote.Another animal health expert, Dr. Les Sims of Asia Pacific Veterinary Information Services in Australia, told CIDRAP News recently that he regarded the chance of an H1N1-H5N1 reassortment event as low.Sims, who is a consultant to the FAO, said he wasn’t surprised by the news of the turkey outbreak. He added, “It was always a possibility that turkeys would be susceptible, albeit one that I had not considered as a threat in Asia given the limited number of turkeys reared in this part of the world.”We cannot rule out the possibility of an H5N1 and H1N1 reassortant emerging, but my assessment is that the probability of such an event occurring remains low,” Sims said.The FAO statement said the risk of reassortment is one of the reasons FAO encourages improved monitoring of animal health and good farming practices, including protecting farm workers if animals are sick and not allowing sick workers near animals.The agency noted that Chile is the fourth country investigating the spillover of the 2009 H1N1 virus from farm workers into animals. Swine have been infected in Canada, Argentina, and, most recently, Australia.See also: Aug 27 FAO press releasehttp://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/29532/icode/Aug 21 Chilean report to OIEhttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000008389_20090821_200818.pdfAug 23 ProMED reporthttp://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:2260318530546386::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1010,78910last_img read more

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CDC cites more evidence of H1N1 targeting the young

first_imgOct 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials presented more evidence today that pandemic H1N1 influenza primarily targets young people, reporting that more than half of recently hospitalized patients and close to a quarter of those who died were younger than 25.In 4,958 hospital cases of H1N1 reported from 27 states, 53% of patients were younger than 25, while 39% were between 25 and 65, and another 7% were elderly, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data cover the period from Sep 1 to Oct 10.”This is really, really different from what we see with seasonal influenza,” Schuchat said at a news teleconference. “With seasonal flu, about 60% of hospital cases occur in people 65 and over, and here we’re only seeing about 7% of hospitalizations in that age-group, illustrating that this virus is disproportionately affecting the young.”The age distribution for deaths reported in that same period was slightly older. Of 292 deaths reported from 28 states, 23.6% were in people younger than 25, while 65% involved those between 25 and 64 years of age and 11.6% involved those 65 and older, she reported.”Again, this is dramatically different than what we see with seasonal flu,” in which elderly people account for 90% of the deaths, she said.The latest figures on hospital cases are comparable with numbers reported in a recent New England Journal of Medicine article on 272 hospital cases in May and early June. Forty-four percent of those patients were younger than 18, 50% were between 18 and 64, and 5% were older.Vaccine supply edges upwardMeanwhile, the supply of vaccine to protect people from H1N1 continues to climb slowly, Schuchat reported. As of yesterday evening, a cumulative total of 12.8 million doses had become available, and states had ordered 10.8 million of those, she said. Those numbers compare with 9.8 million doses available and 5.8 million ordered a week ago.The flow of H1N1 vaccine thus far has been well below earlier CDC predictions, which had envisioned the availability of 45 million doses by mid October. “I wish that we had more than we have right now, but I do want to let you know that we do have more coming out every day,” Schuchat said.More than half of the doses supplied so far are the injectable formulation, she said. The earliest doses released were the nasal spray vaccine made by MedImmune, which is approved only for healthy people aged 2 to 49 years and cannot be given to pregnant women, who are among the high-risk groups.Schuchat said there has been “tremendous demand” for the H1N1 vaccine in many states, though reports have been mixed overall.She also promised that more seasonal flu vaccine is on the way, amid many reports of local shortages. She reiterated previous statements that about 82 million doses have been distributed so far and that the CDC expects to see a total of about 114 million doses.”We have seen a lot of demand for seasonal flu vaccine,” she said. Calling on the public to be patient, she said supplies are likely to improve in November.Antiviral use encouragedFollowing up on guidance that the CDC issued yesterday, Schuchat made a point of urging clinicians to use antiviral drugs for suspected H1N1 patients who are severely ill or have risk factors such as pregnancy, asthma, or diabetes, or are under 2 years old.”If you get a rapid test and it’s negative, you can’t really rely on that,” she said. “If you suspect flu, it’s very important to provide those antivirals quickly.” The World Health Organization gave similar advice about antiviral use last week.In response to a question, Schuchat said clinicians haven’t been reluctant to use antivirals, but the testing is “a little bit new,” and some may not recognize that a negative test doesn’t necessarily rule out the infection.She was also asked about a report suggesting that up to 60% of people infected with H1N1 will have no symptoms. She replied that the CDC is conducting serologic studies but does not yet know how many asymptomatic infections may be occurring.”But I can say that the vast majority of people are susceptible to this infection . . . and vaccination makes a lot of sense,” she said.See also: Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “Two reports offer new data on severe H1N1 cases”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/oct0809hospital.htmllast_img read more

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A new calendar of Croatian holidays and commemorations has been confirmed in Parliament

first_imgIf someone was looking forward to having more non-working days a year, they will unfortunately be disappointed. There is no increase in the number of working days, but it is still a total of 13 non-working days. Below you can check out what that calendar will look like next year. It is now up to you to prepare interesting offers and motives for coming, in order to attract citizens to visit your tourist destination as part of an extended weekend. Last month, the Government of the Republic of Croatia sent amendments to the Holidays Act to a public consultation. The said proposal was approved by the Croatian Parliament today. According to the proposal, Statehood Day should again be celebrated on May 30, and the current Independence Day, October 8, should be a commemorative and working day in the future. Croats are known for combining holidays with extended weekends. According to the proposal, almost all holidays fall during the week, so we can certainly count on the fact that this year, fortunately for all tourism workers, it will be popular to combine holidays for an extended weekend. Source / photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia; Pixabaylast_img read more

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Adopted strategy for tourism development in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada

first_imgAt the last session of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism in the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada in the period from 2018-2025 was adopted. years. “The tourism development strategy aims to define guidelines for future development with concrete measures, aimed at increasing the number of visitors by raising the quality of content, creating a new tourist offer and connecting all stakeholders, which would increase the overall benefits for the entire destination”Said Mayor Marko Ferenac, emphasizing that the focus was on quality, not quantity. Numerous citizens, craftsmen, family farms, ie persons who are in any way connected with the tourist activity in the area of ​​the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, were involved in the development of the strategy, and it was developed by the company Key Consulting doo from Poreč. Also, the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the said document was adopted, which showed that it will not have significant impacts on the components of the environment. Unfortunately, for now the tourism development strategy in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada is not publicly available, but we sincerely hope that it will see the light of day for the general public, so that everyone can align with it and be aware of the direction in which Vižinada-Visinada will develop as a tourist destination. Photo: TZ Vižinadalast_img read more

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We learn from others how to improve our business. Now is the time to plan

first_imgChanges in trends through real data  Arival Online is a series of webinars that will last officially until April 12, but earlier webinars can be found and viewed on request. Also, new webinars are planned. Although the ITB was canceled, I visited Berlin, had the opportunity to talk to colleagues who had been on an unofficial a few days before Arivalu. A completely different visit to Berlin, but this visit had one positive connotation. They talked openly, without strong sales stories. Without the need for make-up, it has already been seen how we can continue to do better together. Therefore, I would like to present you with a list of great references that I warmly recommend. Since we work in tours and attractions sector, most references are related to companies that organize tours, excursions, and activities, but I’m sure some business development webinars can help anyone. Chris Torres is also one well-known name from the travel marketing sector. He works as a marketing consultant for tour companies, mostly for smaller companies, leads Digital Tourism Show podcast, and decided to share the recently published book “Lookers into Bookers” besplatno. In a situation where the work has stopped, we should take advantage of the awkward situation, look at what we can do better in the future, and look at constructive and objective (or as objective as possible) ideas, suggestions, projections that follow us further. Peter Syme is a world famous name in the promotion of technology in Tour & Activity sector and offers free one-hour counseling. With us, this way of communication is still new, but you can literally contact him via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petersyme/ He also released a free version of another shorter e-book: Coronavirus – Marketing Battle plan: https://tourismmarketing.agency/coronavirus-marketing-battle-plan  Arival is a conference that is held several times a year on different continents, and the target audience is tour and excursion organizers, tourist guides, organizers of tourist events, online travel agencies.  Sawyer’s Travel Marketing Blog Author: Ivan Ilijašić, Orioles Peter is a long-term consultant, he has several tour companies, multi-day trekking tours in Asia, rafting tours, before tourism he worked in the army and you can contact him directly without any environment. Warm recommendation and let us know your impression! The previous lecturers are Douglas Quinby, founder of Arivala, Chris Torres, Director of Tourism Marketing Agency, Tao Tao, COO GetYourGuidea, Peter Syme, veteran of travel tech consulting), Kelsey Tonner, author of courses on how to be a better tourist guide, I’m Drew, the new CEO of Viator. Free consultations for business strategy development Arival Online – webinars, interviews In these webinars you will be able to see that you are not alone in this situation. Lookers into Bookers – a free book for marketing and introducing technology to the tour business. On their website you can find weekly and daily reports, news from tourism:https://adara.com/traveler-trends-tracker/ What positively surprised me in recent weeks is that our tourism industry has opened up and today it is possible to find a lot of great sources of information, webinars that can help us look ahead, plan, share knowledge.  Sawyer and ADARA are data-driven tourism consulting companies whose job is to track trends and help analyze that data to ultimately offer tourism the best possible tourism experience. Tourmageddon – news, ideas, recovery plans Behind this page is Alex Bainbridge, a veteran of the travel tech sector, who has been in this business for 20 years and on the site www.tourmageddon.com offers free ideas, tips, concrete examples from practice, without the environment.It is important to emphasize, most of these references are people who have had the opportunity to develop more jobs in their careers, work on big projects, develop destinations and definitely have something to say and give us ideas on how to better plan our business. With all that, I recommend LinkedIn. The above colleagues, in particular Peter, Chris, Shane Whaley (www.tourpreneur.com) initiate constructive discussions on a daily basis that can give everyone ideas on how to move forward. In recent weeks, we’ve been more concerned with how to survive for months, while business planning has fallen into the second or third plan.last_img read more

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