On the 100th anniversary of Lufthansa's founding, Lockheed Super Star & JU 52 to go on exhibit – Breaking Travel News

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In a global tipping point, 52% of car buyers now want to purchase an EV – here’s why

The number of consumers looking to buy electric vehicles has hit 52%, according to the latest EY Mobility Consumer Index (MCI). This is the first time the number has exceeded 50%, and it represents a rise of 22 percentage points in just two years.

EV buyers are on the rise

The MCI survey has tracked consumer mobility patterns and buying intentions since the start of the pandemic in 2020. EY writes:

While overall levels of travel reported remain lower when compared to the pre-pandemic benchmark, the number of consumers who say constant access to a personal car is very important to them is rising, and for the first time more than half of those surveyed, 52%, who intend to buy a car say they intend to choose either a fully electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicle.

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In a survey of 13,000 people in 18 countries, car buyers in Italy (73%), China (69%), and South Korea (63%) are the most committed to buying an EV. Consumers in Australia (38%) and the US (29%) are the least committed.

Environmental concerns are cited as the main reason for respondents to buy an EV (38%), and rising penalties on gas vehicles appeared for the first time as a key concern (34%). The Russian invasion of Ukraine and supply chain disruption is impacting the latter concern.

The survey also shows that 88% of consumers are willing to pay more for an EV, and 35% are willing to pay a premium of 20% or more, in keeping with the MCI 2021 survey’s findings. 

Range anxiety is dropping

The MCI survey also shows that EV owners are less worried about range anxiety or EV chargers. The top motivator for second-time EV buyers is that “EVs now have longer ranges,” and just 27% of EV owners were concerned about charging infrastructure, compared to 36% of those currently without an EV.

Randy Miller, EY Global Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Leader says:

The old issues of worrying about charging infrastructure and the range of EVs will soon come to an end. We know that the vast majority of journeys are relatively short, and as charging infrastructure continues to grow and battery quality continues to increase, we will start to see these concerns fade. It is also clear that those who own EVs know this already.

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Gaudreau, Markstrom help Flames beat Blackhawks 5-2

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CHICAGO — Johnny Gaudreau keyed a fast start for Calgary, and Jacob Markstrom closed it out.

The Flames are building up some momentum ahead of the playoffs.

Gaudreau, Dillon Dube and Blake Coleman scored in the first period, and Calgary beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Monday night.

The Flames clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, and then celebrated with a 9-1 victory over Arizona. They traveled all day on Sunday, yet still had enough to hold off the struggling Blackhawks.

“It’s a hard game to play,” coach Darryl Sutter said. “It’s a game where the kids on the other side are going to come out and try and show their worth, and they did.”

Markstrom made 22 saves as Calgary (47-20-9) won for the seventh time in eight games. Gaudreau and Oliver Kylington tacked on long empty-netters for the Pacific Division leaders in the final 1:32.

“The guys battled to the end, the whole third period,” Markstrom said.

Chicago (25-40-11) lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Tyler Johnson and Alec Regula scored, and Kevin Lankinen made 30 stops.

“I didn’t mind our effort. It wasn’t a 5-2 game for us,” interim Blackhawks coach Derek King said. “The first period we were sleepy, spotted them a couple of goals. After that we were all right.”

The Blackhawks played without Mackenzie Entwistle after the forward departed in the first period with a right shoulder injury. King said Entwistle will not travel with the team on its three-game road trip.

Chicago was down 3-1 when Regula’s long shot from the top of the left circle appeared to go off Markstrom and into the net 12:54 into the second period. It was the first career point for the defenseman in his 13th NHL game.

But that was it for the Blackhawks against Markstrom and Co. Markstrom made a glove save on Reese Johnson with 4:09 left in the third, and the two empty-netters put it away for Calgary.

Markstrom “kept us in the game. Made some huge saves,” Gaudreau said, “like he’s done all year.”

The Flames got off to a fast start behind Dube, who redirected Noah Hanifin’s shot past Lankinen just 22 seconds in. It was Dube’s fourth goal in his last three games and No. 14 on the season, extending his career high.

Gaudreau then made it 2-0 when he circled the offensive zone before finding a wide-open shot in the right circle, beating a screened Lankinen high on the goaltender’s stick side at 6:23.

It was Gaudreau’s career-best 37th goal and his 600th point. He had two goals and two assists during Saturday night’s 9-1 victory against Arizona.

Gaudreau nearly picked up another point when he set up Calle Jarnkrok with about eight minutes left, but Lankinen made a great right pad stop.

Coleman’s 16th goal on a well-placed tip at 14:41 lifted Calgary to a 3-1 lead after one. The Flames outshot Chicago 14-6 in the opening period.

“They’re a really good team,” Regula said. “We had good moments, had bad moments.”

Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach missed his second straight game with a right shoulder sprain. King said Dach will not travel with the team for its road trip.

“It’s day by day,” King said. “Not sure where this is going, but hopefully he’s back soon so he can play some games for us.”

The return of Connor Murphy likely will be up to the defenseman, King said. Murphy hasn’t played since March 12 because of the NHL’s concussion protocol, and the seventh-place Blackhawks have six games left this season.

Flames: At Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks: At Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.

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Russia plans to restart international flights with 52 ‘friendly nations’ after April 9

Russia plans to restart international flights with 52 ‘friendly nations’ after April 9

Russia is planning to restart international flight services to and from 52 countries post-April 9. This was stated by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in a statement.

He added that the country will be resuming flight services to and from Argentina, South Africa, and other ‘friendly countries’, which indicates those that have not joined the latest wave of Western sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow refers to as a ‘special operation’ to demilitarise its neighbour.

As reported earlier, Russia imposed broad travel restrictions at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, many of which are still in force. However, the country has gradually expanded the list of countries that have been deemed safe for air travel.

As per the reports, other countries with which Russia will be resuming flights after April 9 include China, Algeria, Peru, Lebanon, and Pakistan. Mishustin also added that Russia would be lifting travel restrictions across the land border between Russia and China.

Reportedly, Russia closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries, including all those 27 members of the European Union, in response to Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector. This also led to Western firms terminating leasing contracts with Russian airlines for more than 500 aircraft.

The sanctions that have been imposed also prevent Russian airlines from buying aircraft parts or maintenance services from the United States or Europe, further adding pressure on the world’s 11th largest aviation market from a ban on flying over North American and European airspace.

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Morant Dunks Over 7-Footer, Scores 52 as Grizzlies Top Spurs | Sports News

By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant threw down a massive dunk over 7-footer Jakob Poeltl and scored a career-high 52 points, lifting the Memphis Grizzlies over the San Antonio Spurs 118-105 Monday night.

The arena was still buzzing from Morant’s fast-break slam late in the second quarter when Steven Adams delivered a length-of-the-court pass to Morant, who knocked down a buzzer-beater from the left baseline for a 68-58 halftime lead.

Morant added 13 consecutive points during the fourth quarter to break the game open, following up a career-best 46 points in a win Saturday at Chicago by connecting on 22 of 30 from the field. He hit all four 3-point tries as Memphis won its second straight.

De’Anthony Melton added 15 points for Memphis, while Tyus Jones scored 13.

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Morant’s performance was the first 50-point game in Grizzlies franchise history.

Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 22 points, and Dejounte Murray added 21 points and eight assists before being ejected late in the fourth quarter. Poeltl finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs loss left coach Gregg Popovich one game short of tying Don Nelson for the most regular-season wins by an NBA coach.

The Grizzlies built the lead to 13 early in the fourth, their largest of the game at that point, but the Spurs were within 104-99 near the midway point of the fourth. That’s when Morant scored 13 straight.

Morant had 29 points in the first half on 12-of-15 shooting.

Spurs: G Doug McDermott, listed as questionable with right knee soreness before the game, was available. … San Antonio went 4-4 on its annual Rodeo Road Trip. … Walker came off the bench and scored 11 points in six minutes of the first quarter. … Poeltel and Keldon Johnson, who sat out Saturday’s loss to the Heat with lower back soreness, returned to the lineup.

Grizzlies: F Brandon Clarke, who was listed as questionable with a left eye abrasion, was available. … Have won five straight over San Antonio. … Adams had 14 rebounds.

Spurs: Entertain Sacramento on Thursday

Grizzlies: Travel to Boston to face the Celtics on Thursday.

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About Last Night: Canes fall 5-2 to Panthers, lose perfect record

The Carolina Hurricanes tasted defeat for the first time on Saturday night, and they were dominated from start to finish.

From allowing four goals in the first period to an injury to backup netminder Antti Raanta, it would only be truthful to classify the game as an overall disaster.

Carolina broke its nine-game winning streak and is now 9-0-1, still tied for second in the league. A loss at some point was inevitable— it just would’ve been nice for the Canes to see it play out in a different fashion.

With that being said, let’s keep it short and sweet and talk about last night:

A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start

Frederik Andersen made his ninth start of the season last night. He’s been phenomenal so far, but the first period was definitely not his best showing.

But let’s not pretend that the play in front of him was good. It wasn’t. The defense struggled big time and puck possession was a real issue during this first period.

But unfortunately, Andersen was the one in net last night and he suffered the consequences of bad special teams play.

In the first 20 minutes, he allowed four goals on 15 shots, three of which were during the Canes penalty kill. He looked choppy and his rebound control was less than stellar. This was unprecedented for Andersen in this year’s sample size. Before last night’s game, his GAA sat first in the league at 1.50 and his SV% was a phenomenal .949 (second in the league). He has been the Canes hero thus far this season.

So when Andersen had a rough start, he was given the benefit of the doubt. But after four goals allowed in the first period, Brind’Amour pulled him and Antti Raanta was put in for his second time on the ice this season.

He played well, saving all four shots he faced, until he and Ryan Lomberg of the Panthers had a dangerous collision and Raanta headed off the ice.

After the game, Brind’amour said that Raanta seemed fine, but it’s likely that he’s concussed.

Andersen returned after the injury to Raanta, and was back to his old self, making leaping saves left and right and stopping every shot he faced for the rest of the night.

“He actually gave us a chance to come back in the game,” Brind’amour said.

He ended the game saving 23 of 27 shots faced, with an .852 SV%. It was not what Canes fans are used to seeing from their netminder, but they can’t expect perfection from Andersen, especially with his heavy workload so far.

Special teams disappointment

Before last night’s game, no one could disagree with the fact that the Canes had one of the best special teams in the league. Their penalty kill was ranked third in the league at 90.24% and their power play was ranked fifth at 26.47%. It was impressive.

Last night did not follow that same trend, as the team took six penalties and allowed three Florida power play goals, for just a 50% success rate. This was a drastic decline that proved to heavily impact the course of the game.

The Canes are also taking too many penalties, period. This has been a source of concern all season, but their PK units have been strong enough to take care of business. This game highlighted many of the underlying issues that have yet to be addressed, specifically regarding special teams.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we’re staying out of the box, and that’s something that we’ve struggled with as a team over the past couple seasons, so just making sure we’re disciplined in that area,” said Jaccob Slavin.

Another newbie debut

Defenseman Brendan Smith, who signed a one-year deal with Carolina this past offseason, made his Canes debut last night. While he didn’t end up on the score sheet, his presence was clearly noted. He was a key part of the special teams from the start and ended the game with one shot and three hits in 11:48 of ice time.

“He’s a physical presence on the ice and he plays a hard game,” Jaccob Slavin said.

While Smith didn’t make many mistakes on the ice, Brett Pesce’s absence was clear as day. Injuries are hindering this team’s success, and Pesce is one key player that is much-needed.

Playing from behind

From 2:28 into the game to the very last second, the Canes trailed. This was just the second time this season that the Canes were behind by two goals or more, and at one point last night, Carolina let in four unanswered goals. This was the sixth time this season that the opposing team scored the opening goal of the game. It’s normal for the Canes to start slow— just not this slow.

“We can’t dig ourselves in that kind of hole,” Slavin said.

The Canes struggled to capitalize on power play opportunities, which was largely due to Panthers rookie goaltender Spencer Knight, who played a superb game. Jesper Fast was able to get the Canes on the board seven minutes into the second period with the help of a beautiful pass from Slavin, and Vincent Trocheck was able to score a gritty tip-in off Andrei Svechnikov’s puck to make it 4-2, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

“It’s a 60 minute game, not 40, so we’ve got to come out a little better than we did,” Trocheck said.

This marks the end to a historic season-opening win streak for the Canes, as they fell one victory shy of tying the all-time record, which was set by both the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

Jarvis impresses in first few games as a Hurricane

There wasn’t much to see as a positive from last night’s game, but rookie Seth Jarvis’s play was definitely a bright spot.

“He’s competitive and makes plays,” Brind’amour said. “He’s been solid, really solid. Three games in and he’s looked good pretty much every shift. He’s done what we’ve asked him to do and that’s why he got more and more ice time tonight.”

In his first three games, he’s scored one goal on four shots, and currently has a +13 corsi.

He doesn’t just pass the eye test, his stats reiterate what we’ve seen on the ice.

Looking Forward

The Canes don’t have to travel far, as they remain in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-2) on Tuesday to finish off their road trip. With a few days of rest, hopefully the Canes can get back on track and end the excursion with a win.

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52 Essential Tips and Tricks – Monster Hunter Rise Wiki Guide

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This page is part of IGN’s Monster Hunter Wiki guide and details a comprehensive list of tips and tricks that will help not only beginners, but also many returning veterans of the Monster Hunter series.

Whether you’re looking for general quick tips, crafting and buddy related tips, or even combat, armor, and weapon based tips, we have you covered in our detailed Tips and Tricks page below. Got a tip that you think we should add? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for a specific tip or trick? Click the link below to jump to…

Quick Tips and Tricks

  • Village Quests can only be done solo, Gathering Hub is for multiplayer – so they’re a bit harder! 
  • Make Item Loadouts so you don’t have to manage your inventory every time in between quests. Item box – Manage items, transfer item tabs to get perfect loadout and then create an item loadouts.
  • Configure your radial menu to use items fast! 
  • The hunter’s notes weapon tutorials basically need to be read to understand a weapon, just pressing buttons at random without knowing the combos / flow of a weapon won’t be very efficient (and it’s super hard to pick up on naturally).
  • Make sure to always have the optional subquests selected to build up kamura points and armor spheres.
  • There’s a Cahoot nest up a tree in the Buddy Plaza – check it to find free stuff like Steel Eggs, Lagia Apples, and Trap Tools. 
  • Take advantage of endemic life
  • It’s totally normal to take a little while on your hunts, especially if you’re exploring and collecting on the way! Taking ten minutes or more is normal for solo Village Quests. 

  • Stock up on items when they’re on sale, like trap tools and bombs. 
  • There’s no fall damage! So if you’re in need of getting somewhere below you quickly, simply jump straight off the edge, and you’ll land safely without taking any damage – the same goes for your buddies!
  • Once you’ve completed a quest and entered the rewards screen, you can collect your quest rewards by pressing and holding A to take all of your loot quickly. This is a quick and easy alternative to scrolling down and pressing Take All.
  • As you progress through the game, it’ll quickly get tiresome having to travel to your main camp constantly. Thankfully, while exploring the region, you may be lucky enough to stumble across a sub-camp location. These are often relatively well hidden, and while they may not be usable straight up, they can become handy as not only can you fast travel to them, but you can also eat, change equipment, and use the Buddy Board. Unfortunately, you won’t have access to supply boxes, and items cannot be delivered for delivery quests. You can learn more on how to find and unlock each of the different region’s sub-camps here.
  • Once your Village Quest level is four stars or higher, you’ll receive what is known as Special License Tests. Upon completing these quests, you will increase your Gathering Hub Quest level by 1 rank. So if you’re looking to bypass some of the earlier star levels, try waiting for these Special License Tests to appear.
  • Constantly refer to your Hunter Notes as it will be continually updated as you progress throughout the game and defeat more monsters. Hunter Notes will detail everything you need to know about a monster, whether it be their characteristics, known habitats, threat level, weaknesses, statistics, ailment effectiveness, and even the percentage chance of receiving each of the materials that they drop. Hunter Notes should essentially be treated as your monster bible – it’s really that helpful, trust us.
  • Forgot to eat before heading out on a quest? Use the tent at your base camp to cook up your favorite Dango.
  • Low on supplies such as traps, bombs, and potions? Remember to always restock your inventory at the Item Box before heading out on a Quest.
  • Let’s face it, getting the hang of the combat in Monster Hunter Rise can be a little challenging, so why not utilize the handy lock-on feature that can make attacking monsters just that much easier. There are two ways that you can lock onto monsters; firstly, you can use the default Target Camera option, which can be activated by simply pressing the right stick and selecting the monster you want to lock onto in the top left corner and then pressing L. This will allow your camera to turn in the direction of the monster automatically. 
  • Next, we have the Focus Camera, which can be activated by pressing the + button and heading to the Options menu. From here, head down to the Camera settings and then change your Camera Style to Focus Camera. The Focus Camera is an excellent option for any beginner, as not only will your camera turn in the direction of the monster you’re focusing but your reticle will also always stay on the monster. While it may take a little getting used to, definitely consider trying out the two different camera options to find what works best for you and your playing style.
  • When the time comes, don’t forget to claim your free Great Wirebugs from the Senior Hunter Hanenaga – he can be found just in front of the bridge that leads to the Buddy Plaza. Don’t go using them all at once though as they are limited and in order to get more you’ll need to complete several quests, so use them sparingly.
  • Upon arriving in the area of your new quest, be sure to always collect any items that are available from your Supply Box. There will usually be a handful of free healing potions and other helpful items that’ll help you on your hunt. If you’re playing with others, just remember to not be greedy and to keep some stacks of items for others as the box is shared.
  • When using the menu system, press Y to bring up a detailed look at your map. Here you will find several options that allow you to zoom in and out of specific areas, fast travel to your Main Camp, and even search for specific items/materials. To bring up the complete Icon List, simply press X and you’ll be able to search the map for every available item. This is a fantastic way to narrow down the exact location of certain items that you’re looking to collect such as Materials, Endemic Life, and even Hunting Helpers.
  • Your Item Pouch is limited on space, so remember to transfer any unwanted items that you have managed to collect to your Item Box. Before defeating your required monster, make sure you have some spaces free in your Item Pouch, as you will only have a short period of time to carve for materials before you are transported back to the village. So don’t go wasting this time emptying your pouch as you may miss out on collecting some valuable materials
  • Unless you’re quick at defeating your monster, the effects of your food will eventually wear off over time or should you happen to faint. If this is the case, you can grab another meal by heading to your Base Camp. 

Crafting and Gathering Tips and Tricks


  • If you’re looking for a particular item to gather, you can sort through everything while looking at your detailed map, and see exactly where everything is.
  • Collect random stuff like plants, mushrooms, bugs, and mining spots as often as possible. Basically, every time you pass and it’s easy to just press the A button, just do it. Trust me you’ll need it .
  • Also hire new Buddies and keep them trained up at the Dojo! Switch them out with your Meowcenary and Argosy helpers – the higher their levels, the better they’ll do. 
  • Some items are exclusive, or at least much more common, in different locales
  • Once you’ve slain a monster, you’ll have the opportunity to carve materials from them – carving materials is a must-do activity if you’re looking to upgrade weapons, armor, and even more.
  • Looking to explore or simply gather materials? Try out Expedition Tours! These quests allow you to freely explore a region without a time limit. As you start exploring a region, you’ll even begin to encounter small monster outbreaks and surges in resources. More information on the different regions within the game can be found here or by checking the in-game Quest Info or Quest Board.
  • Looking for a specific resource? Open your world map and view the detailed map for tons more information.
  • Keep in mind that all items, materials, and Endemic Life will respawn overtime in the same location in which you had found them. 
  • Don’t be afraid to collect absolutely everything! There’s no disadvantage to collecting items as you travel by them on the go and let’s face it, you never know when you’re going to need some extra supplies.

Buddy Tips and Tricks

  • Please consistently use the Meowcenaries and the Argosy for exclusive materials you can use to make super unique awesome armor and buddy armor – like Halloween Armor, Magical Girl Palico, and Pegasus Palamute.

  • The Argosy’s rare finds are occasionally sold for 10k + (after 5 star quests are unlocked) 
  • Don’t forget to frequently check in at the Buddy Board, which can be found near the Village center. Here you will be able to manage your Buddies and even equip several helpful skills. As you level up your Buddies, new tiers and skills will unlock so it’s important that you remember to check these skills quite frequently to ensure your Buddy is always up to date.
  • Tired of having to wait so long to mount your Palamute? Head to the Options menu in the settings and select Controls. Here you will find a setting called “Button Hold Settings”. Upon changing this setting, you’ll either increase or decrease the time in which it takes to mount your Palmute and skip cutscenes.
  • Reward your Palamute and Palico with some attention when using the wait command on them. Upon using the command, you’ll now have the option to pet, play, shake, high five, or even give them a treat.

Combat and Armor Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t use your armor spheres to upgrade the basic armor. Save them until you have a piece with a skill you *really* like that’s uncommon. Like Kulu-Ya-Ku’s chest piece with Horn Maestro – you won’t find this skill again for quite a while. 
  • Having trouble? See what weapons or armor you can upgrade to. Do some extra hunting to get it if needed. Once you’ve got the required materials, visit Smithy to begin the upgrading process.
  • Is there a limited time-only Dango available now you really like? Save it to a “Usual Order” set and you can get it whenever you want! 

  • Keep in mind that when trying to eat, you’ll need to have sheathed your weapon. This can be done by pressing Y but, depending on your weapon, sheathing it isn’t always instant, so definitely take this into account when you’re in the middle of a heated fight. There is an exception, though, as the Sword and Shield can be held while consuming your healing potions. 
  • Notice those bright yellow numbers that pop up when you’re attacking a monster? These indicate a monster’s weak point! You’ll want to make sure that you’re targeting these areas for the most damage. 
  • As you attack monsters your weapon will lose sharpness over time! That’s why it’s important to set up your radial wheel with a Whetstone for quick access. Using a Whetstone will help restore your weapon’s sharpness and ultimately prevent your attacks from bouncing off the monster’s hide. 
  • It’s okay to mix and match armor! Don’t feel like you’re stuck wearing just one particular type, as you’ll want to mix different pieces together to help find a combo that matches your playstyle.
  • While it’s okay to mix and match armor, do keep in mind that some sets do offer a Set Resistance Bonus once you’ve equipped more than 3 pieces of a set. 
  • Want to practice your skills or even try out a brand new weapon? Don’t be afraid to head to the Training Area, which can be accessed via the Buddy Plaza. Speaking from a complete beginners perspective, the Training Area significantly helped me understand the combat system in Monster Hunter Rise as well as how to properly utilize each weapon to their full potential. You can even adjust some of the facilities in the Training Area by speaking with Sekirei the Trainer or simply head to the Training Options in the Start Menu. There’s also no need to worry about using up ammunition or coatings as they won’t be used up while training in the area.
  • Monster Hunter’s combat system is all about making good, strategically timed attacks. If you opt for a more button mashing approach, it’ll be easy to mistime attacks and ultimately take unnecessary damage that could have been prevented. 
  • Try studying the monster’s different attacks and movements; this will help you better judge and prepare your attacks accordingly. Don’t be afraid to spend a few moments circling the monster as you learn its attack pattern and any key movements that you can take advantage of, such as dodging in a particular direction to avoid a monster’s swinging tail. 
  • Listen for your Hunter’s callouts as they’ll often let you know if a monster is about to perform a strong and powerful attack.
  • With up to 14 different weapons to select, you’re probably wondering just which ones are the best to use? Well there aren’t really any bad weapons to use in Monster Hunter Rise, as your weapon choice ultimately comes down to your preferred playing style. While we do recommend both the Dual Blades and the Sword & Shield as great starter weapons, there really is no right or wrong weapon to select. So don’t forget to check out our Best Weapons and Armor guide to see which weapons will work best for you and your playstyle.
  • Need a bit of a breather? Dung Bombs are known to be particularly odorous and will often cause monsters to flee to another area in the map. 
  • While it may seem fairly obvious, don’t go spending too much time grinding materials for low-tier armor. More often than not, the low-tier armor will quickly become outdated, especially as you begin to unlock more Key Village Quests at Star Level 2 and above.

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Today’s coronavirus news: Kenney bans all non-business travel outside Canada for Alberta government officials; Death toll reaches 52 at Tendercare; U.S. hits 20 million mark in coronavirus cases

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Friday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

4 p.m.: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has ordered all cabinet ministers and senior government officials not to travel outside Canada unless it’s for government business.

He says he made an error by not issuing a clear directive earlier that they should not be abroad because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says any United Conservative government officials who were away during the holidays are now back in Canada or they are heading back.

Kenney adds that because they did not break any official rules and followed safe travel guidelines, they will not be sanctioned.

The Opposition NDP has called for the resignation of Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard after it was revealed she took a vacation in Hawaii over the holidays.

Kenney says Allard left on Dec. 19 and continued to work while on holiday, but he only learned of her trip on Tuesday and he asked her to return.

He says she has apologized for her lack in judgement.

3 p.m.: Crowds are discouraged from gathering as people plunge into icy Canadian waters to ring in 2021, but the pandemic hasn’t frozen the charitable spirit behind the annual events.

Organizers of “polar swims” across the country are inviting people to participate in COVID-friendly dips with backyard adaptations or physically distanced events.

Keith Jolie said it’s disappointing that the usual crowd of more than 400 swimmers – and even more spectators – can’t gather on Toronto’s Sunnyside Beach this year.

2:30 p.m.: Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting two new cases of COVID-19 on New Year’s Day.

Officials say the new cases were identified in the Fredericton region and involve one individual in their 60s and one in their 70s.

Both patients are currently self-isolating, and the source of their infections is under investigation by public health.

The province is also reporting four new recoveries — today’s active case count is 24, down from 28 reported a day earlier.

The latest diagnoses also come a day after the province announced the ninth death related to the virus.

New Brunswick reported Thursday an individual in their 40s died in the Moncton region as a result of “underlying complications” including COVID-19.

1:45 p.m. At least 52 residents of a Toronto long-term care home have died due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

Tendercare Living Centre says the outbreak has sickened 122 residents and 56 staff as of Thursday.

It says there are 78 active cases remaining in residents.

The Ontario government announced earlier this week that North York General Hospital would be taking over management of Tendercare.

The province says the arrangement will help address the outbreak and stabilize the situation.

Ontario will not release new COVID-19 data today but will have two days’ worth of updates on Saturday.

1:33 p.m. The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has surpassed 20 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

That’s nearly twice as many as the No. 2 country, India, and nearly one-quarter of the more than 83 million cases globally.

The U.S. continued to surpass other countries in COVID-19 cases as it reached 20 million at the start of the new year, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University.

COVID-19 deaths have also increased in the country, now totalling more than 346,000.

India and Brazil trail behind the U.S. in coronavirus cases at over 10 million and 7 million, respectively.

The increase comes as officials race to vaccinate millions of Americans but have come off to a slower and messier start.

President-elect Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration Tuesday for the pace of distributing COVID-19 vaccines and vowed to ramp up the current speed of vaccinations. However, Biden acknowledged that it “will still take months to have the majority of Americans vaccinated.”

12:45 p.m. An Oregon health care worker has been hospitalized after having a severe allergic reaction to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The Oregon Health Authority says the employee at Wallowa Memorial Hospital experienced anaphylaxis after receiving a first dose of the vaccine this week.

The health authority said vaccines for COVID-19 can cause mild to moderate side effects in some people. This can include pain and swelling on the arm and sometimes fever, chills, tiredness and headache. In rare cases, some people have experienced severe allergic reactions.

Health officials will continue to track adverse reactions.

12 p.m. Italy added another 462 virus deaths on Friday for a known pandemic death toll of 74,621, the highest in Europe.

Italy’s daily death toll remains stubbornly high more than two months into restrictive measures and in the second week of a modified lockdown.

The number of new positives dipped by 5% from a day earlier, to 22,211, while 15% fewer tests were administered, according to Health Ministry statistics. Italy is launching its vaccine campaign and is first targeting residents of nursing homes and medical personnel.

11:13 a.m. Ravers at an underground, curfew-violating New Year’s Eve party that drew at least 2,500 people in western France attacked police units sent to shut them down, torching a vehicle and injuring officers with bottles and stones, officials said Friday.

Hundreds of vehicles carrying party-goers started converging on hangars in Lieuron, Brittany, on Thursday night, the regional government Friday said in a statement.

Gendarmes and their vehicles were attacked when they tried to stop the ravers from installing their party gear. Some officers suffered light injuries, the statement said. On Friday morning, 2,500 ravers from France and abroad were still partying, circled by a reinforced police presence.

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8:30 a.m. Israel says it has vaccinated 1 million people against COVID-19, more than a tenth of its population, as it rolls out one of the world’s earliest and most rapid inoculation campaigns.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on hand when the millionth Israeli received a vaccination in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. Netanyahu called it a moment of “great excitement.”

Arabs make up around 20% of Israel’s population and have been slow to embrace the vaccination campaign. They have Israeli citizenship and the right to vote but face discrimination in housing and other areas, contributing to widespread mistrust of authorities.



Netanyahu said “it’s important for me that the Arab public in Israel will get vaccinated quickly,” because “it’s saving lives.” He delivered the same message at a vaccination centre in Tira, another Arab town, on New Year’s Eve.

8:15 a.m. If anything is certain about the future of movie theatres in 2021, it’s that nobody can be certain about anything.

After a year that saw Canada’s film exhibition industry roiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry observers say the country’s cinemas are sitting at a critical juncture with no clear path forward.

Most theatres across the country were dark over the usually bustling holiday movie season, as they were for the majority of the year in many major markets. The few screens that continued operating did so at a fraction of their usual capacity.

Some say sustained closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could spell doom for the movie theatre business, which has been battered in recent years as ticket sales declined and streaming giants like Netflix chased the same audience.

“There were enormous challenges to this industry long before COVID ever forced us into lockdown,” says Jason Gorber, a film critic based in Toronto.

“But it’s really easy to be cynical and think movie theatres are dead. I don’t think that’s the case at all… There’s a real opportunity for change and for theatres to actually come back, bigger and better in some ways.”

However, Gorber and other industry experts recognize a happy ending for Canada’s movie exhibitors is far from certain at this point.

They predict the road ahead for 2021 will be riddled with crucial developments, and potentially setbacks, that could set the trajectory for the future.

Among the most urgent questions is the speed of a nationwide vaccine rollout that could determine how quickly moviegoers return to theatres.

Several anticipated blockbusters are lined up for later this year, including much-delayed James Bond entry “No Time to Die,” in April and “Fast & Furious 9” in May. After a year of schedule reshuffles, none of those release dates seem certain, especially if lockdowns continue or moviegoers lack the confidence to return to theatres en masse.

7:20 a.m. Florida health authorities late Thursday reported finding evidence of the latest U.S. case of the new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain first seen in England, saying it was detected in a man with no recent travel history.

The case, disclosed in a Florida Health Department statement tweeted on its HealthyFla site, comes after reports in recent days of two individual cases of the United Kingdom strain of Covid-19 discovered in Colorado and California.

Florida’s health statement said the new virus variant was detected in a man in his 20s in Martin County, which abuts the Atlantic Coast above densely populated South Florida. The health department did not give further details, such as releasing the man’s medical condition or how the strain was detected.

7:15 a.m. Tens of thousands of people were walking on the casino-lined Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve by early evening despite a plea from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak that people reconsider their plans to go out and celebrate.

While shopping, gambling, drinking yard-long frozen cocktails and gawking at the sights, most everyone out in Sin City was wearing a face mask, though not all had them covering their mouth and nose, as recommended by health experts.

Casinos have abided by state rules by spacing out chairs at slot machines and installing acrylic partitions separating people standing around craps and blackjack tables, but inside the casino corridors that snake past the gambling floors there were many areas where there were too many people strolling through to abide by social distancing guidelines.

7:13 a.m. The Thai capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment parks as coronavirus cases continue to spread.

Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday including two deaths.

Seven provinces including Bangkok have been designated red zones where places including entertainment venues, boxing rings, gyms and flea markets are ordered closed. Restaurants are allowed to serve only takeouts.

The restrictions are in place until mid-January.

Friday 7 a.m. British medics warned Friday that hospitals around the country face a perilous few weeks amid surging new coronavirus infections that have been blamed on a new variant of the virus.

A day after the U.K. posted a record 55,892 new infections and another 964 coronavirus-related deaths, concerns are mounting about the impact on the overstretched National Health Service. Field hospitals that were constructed in the early days of the pandemic but that were subsequently mothballed are being reactivated.

The Royal College of Nursing’s England director, Mike Adams, told Sky News that the U.K. was in the “eye of the storm” and that it was “infuriating” to see people not following the social distancing guidance or wearing masks.

A leading physician also warned of burnout among health workers on the front line of the outbreak in hospitals, while also urging people to follow the rules.

Thursday 7:51 p.m.: A since-fired Wisconsin hospital worker was arrested for removing more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from refrigeration, causing them to spoil, police said Thursday.

A statement from police in Grafton, near Milwaukee, said the suspect was charged after “tampering with and causing the destruction of 57 vials containing approximately 570 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine.”

The name of the person charged has not been released.

Advocate Aurora Health initially reported that 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine were tossed after an employee “inadvertently” removed them from the fridge at the Grafton center and left them out overnight. The employee, however, admitted to doing it deliberately, officials said.

Dr. Jeff Bahr, Aurora Health Care Medical Group president, said Thursday that the FBI and Wisconsin state police had joined the ongoing law enforcement investigation. He added that the individual’s motive remained unclear.

The worker was fired Wednesday.

The vaccine must be stored in a freezer between minus 13 degrees and 5 degrees Fahrenheit, then thawed in a refrigerator for 21/2 hours or at room temperature for an hour.

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