New Delhi: A Sukhoi fighter jet of Indian Air Force crashed near Tezpur in Assam on Thursday evening, official sources said. Both pilots of the aircraft ejected safely and have been rescued, they said. The Su-30 aircraft was on a routine training mission from Tezpur and crashed in the local flying area, the sources said. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, they said.
A Halifax-area man accused of murder was allegedly one of the kingpins of a Colombian drug cartel before he was arrested on a Venezuelan beach and extradited back to Canada, officials in South America say.The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia said in a press release Wednesday that Steven Douglas Skinner, a former MMA fighter awaiting trial on second-degree murder, organized a drug trafficking network called Morfhox with Daniel “El Loco” Barrera.The attorney general said along with his accomplice — who he allegedly later killed before fleeing to neighbouring Venezuela — Skinner recruited drug mules to smuggle cocaine to Canada, the United States and EuropeThe alleged narcos targeted seniors, mothers and Venezuelans to illegally transport drugs by swallowing latex capsules filled with liquid cocaine.They bought the drug mules passports, airline tickets and clothing as well as paid for expenses abroad, promising a bonus payment when they returned to Colombia, the attorney general said.Skinner was arrested by Venezuelan law enforcement on Margarita Island in 2016, and was extradited to Canada the following year to face second-degree murder charges in the death of Stacey Adams in Nova Scotia.A photo released by Venezuelan authorities after his arrest showed the one-time fugitive in colourful swim trunks, with tattoos on both arms and his bare chest covered in sand.Skinner, who fought as a light-heavyweight at 205 pounds, had a 3-2 professional record, according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog.com.Police had issued an international warrant for Skinner’s arrest shortly after Adams was found dead in Lake Echo in April 2011.The RCMP worked with Venezuelan authorities for more than a year before Skinner was arrested.Colombian officials said the four-year investigation into the liquid cocaine smuggling cartel led to 27 arrests, including eight people responsible for the cartel’s logistics, and the confiscation of 46 properties, 12 vehicles and four commercial establishments.The bust also yielded cash, firearms, ammunition and several emeralds, the prosecutor’s office said.
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MONTREAL — Canadian softwood lumber producers will be hit only slightly less forcefully as the U.S. government reduced export duties for most Canadian producers after ongoing political talks failed to reach a deal.In its final determination released Thursday, the Department of Commerce said most Canadian producers will pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 per cent, down from 26.75 per cent in the preliminary determinations issued earlier this year.Unfair, unwarranted and deeply troublingForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the revised duties were issued after the United States and Canada were unable to reach a long-term settlement to the dispute.“While I am disappointed that a negotiated agreement could not be made between domestic and Canadian softwood producers, the United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada,” he said in a news release.“This decision is based on a full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process that defends American workers and businesses from unfair trade practices.”The Canadian government responded by saying it will continue to defend the lumber industry against protectionist trade measures.“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on punitive countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Canada’s softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a joint statement.“We urge the U.S. Administration to rescind these duties, which harm workers and communities in Canada. These duties are a tax on American middle class families too, whose homes, renovations and repairs will only be more expensive.”The ministers said the government will turn to litigation if required to defend the industry and expects to prevail as it has in the past.“We are reviewing our options, including legal action through the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization, and we will not delay in taking action.”Carr plans to convene the Federal-Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber in the coming days to discuss developments.The U.S. agency said Canadian producers have exported softwood lumber to the U.S. at 3.2 to 8.89 per cent less than fair value. It also determined that Canada is providing unfair subsidies to its producers at rates of 3.34 to 18.19 per cent.The preliminary duties forced Canadian companies to post hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits until a final ruling of harm is made by the U.S. International Trade Commission around Dec. 18.The duties have driven up the price of lumber to cover the extra costs, adding to the cost of building a home in the United States. Canadian unions and lumber companies fear the issue will eventually cause layoffs once prices and demand falls.The rate for Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products rises marginally to 17.9 per cent from 17.41 per cent and J.D. Irving inches up to 9.92 per cent from 9.89 per cent.West Fraser Timber will continue to pay the highest duties, but its total is being cut to 23.7 per cent from 30.88 per cent.Canfor is next at 22.13, down from 27.98, Tolko at 22.07 vs. 27.03. Irving will pay 3.34 per cent in countervailing duties and no anti-dumping tariff, down from 9.89 per cent.Lumber products certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board as being first produced in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island are excluded from any duties.Also excluded is U.S. lumber shipped to Canada for some processing and imported back into the U.S., certain box spring kits, and box-spring frame components.The United States imported US$5.66 billion worth of softwood lumber last year from Canada. Softwood lumber importers will have to make cash deposits with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection based on the final rates.
Dubai Police have confirmed that three people, including two Sri Lankans, died in rough seas at the weekend at Umm Suqeim beach near Burj Al Arab, 7days.ae reported.Officials from Dubai Police said that they tried to rescue three people from drowning. The victims, two people from Sri Lanka and the third from India, were drowned in separate incidents on Friday, despite warnings from the authorities telling residents to stay out of unusually rough seas. However, also on Friday, a 24-year-old Egyptian man was rescued after he and his friend got into difficulty in the water off Al Khan beach in Sharjah. His friend, a Somalian in his 20s, was later found dead. At sunset on Friday, five men were rescued after getting into difficulty off Al Hamriyah Beach in Sharjah. The men were taken to Khalifa Hospital in Ajman, but one, a Syrian national in his 40s, could not be revived. (Colombo Gazette)
The sacred Theravada Tripitaka has been declared a National heritage.It was declared a National heritage at a ceremony held in Matale under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena today. “To uphold the Sri Lankan heritage, reflecting values of Buddhism as an integral part that further sustains our culture, I’m declaring the Theravada Tripiṭaka as a national treasure of Sri Lanka,” the President said.
iman jamaliIran handballveszprem Iranian left back, Iman Jamali (23, left) got the Hungarian passport, announced his team MKB MVM Veszprem, earlier today. Jamali came to the center of Hungarian handball in 2011. He played more or less during the last two years, but in the current one, Iman is still out of the court due injury.In the past, some rumours speaking about the idea of his appearance for Hungarian national team.He didn’t play at the last big event for Iran, Asian Championship, on which Iran won the bronze medal and VISA for Qatar 2015. ← Previous Story Heidi Loke will play at Women’s EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Veszprém is still 100% in SEHA League
Short URL Friday 9 Jun 2017, 7:07 AM THE DAY BEFORE the election, many UK papers went on the attack against Jeremy Corbyn, but they adopt a more conciliatory tone today as the nation reacts to the result.The Conservatives lost their majority in parliament, with the decision to hold an election backfiring on Prime Minister Theresa May. Labour and Corbyn, meanwhile, have surged and increased their vote share by 10 points.Here’s what the papers in the UK are saying about the historic result:The Daily Mail says that Theresa May is “on the ropes” and said that Corbyn’s surge “leaves Britain on a knife edge”. It also has a sly dig at former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, with the line “humiliation for loser Clegg”. Source: Daily MailThe Daily Mirror runs with a picture of a smiling Jeremy Corbyn with the headline “Cor Blimey”. Share173 Tweet Email 48 Comments 35,565 Views https://jrnl.ie/3434763 ‘Theresa Dismay’: Here’s how the UK papers are reacting to the historic election result The papers are united in their shock at May failing to win a majority, with many calling it a disaster. By Sean Murray Source: Daily MirrorThe Sun heavily backed the Conservatives and appears dismayed by the result judging by its front page with lines such as “chaos of a minority govt” and “poll sparks fear on Brexit”. It also calls May’s decision to hold an election “a disaster”. Source: The SunThe Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times all take similar lines on the shock for Theresa May that she didn’t retain the Conservatives’ majority. Source: The Guardian Source: The Daily Telegraph Source: The TimesAnd this headline from the Metro shows the value of having a good pun in reserve, just in case. Source: MetroRead: May’s gamble backfires as Corbyn surge sees hung parliamentRead: As it happened: Theresa May’s gamble fails as Tories lose seats and UK faces hung parliament Jun 9th 2017, 7:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
SocialDeck : Google rachète un éditeur de jeux pour smartphonesÉtats-Unis – Google continue de construire son empire afin d’élaborer un réseau social pouvant mettre à mal Facebook. Le géant américain a ainsi réalisé sa sixième acquisition du mois avec le rachat de SocialDeck, un éditeur de jeux pour smartphones.SocialDeck appartient désormais à Google. L’entreprise a créé des jeux comme Pethero ou Shake & Spell. Sur son site, un message à l’intention des internautes : “Nous sommes vraiment ravis d’annoncer que quelqu’un a trouvé nos jeux sociaux aussi amusants que vous, ce “quelqu’un”, c’est Google.”La firme de Mountain View a racheté plusieurs éditeurs de jeux afin de proposer un réseau social basé sur le gaming. Elle n’a pas souhaité commenter ce rachat, mais Eric Schmidt, son PDG, a assuré qu’il ne fera pas un “copier-coller” de Facebook avec GoogleMe : “Le monde n’a pas besoin d’une copie de la même chose.”Le 1 septembre 2010 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
A Portland man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison in the slaying of his boyfriend, whose body was found near Dougan Falls in April 2017.Benjamin C. Serrato, 41, was convicted by a Skamania County Superior Court jury in April of first-degree domestic violence murder in the killing of Christopher M. Libert, 40, of Portland. Libert’s body was found April 1, 2017, near a bridge at Dougan Falls; an autopsy found he had been shot in the head and stabbed at least 10 times, court records say.As part of their verdict, jurors also found firearm and deadly weapon enhancements, as well as an enhancement for being a family or household member.Serrato was sentenced to 364 months in prison and 36 months of community custody, online court records show.At trial, Serrato testified that he stabbed and shot Libert once at his Portland apartment and shot him again after taking him to Dougan Falls. He claimed it was self-defense, according to Skamania County Special Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson.Skamania County sheriff’s deputies arrived around 9:15 a.m. at Dougan Falls for a report of a death. Nearby campers and residents said they heard a gunshot in the area early that morning. One resident heard a vehicle drive away several minutes after hearing the gunshot, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Recommended for you Telecommunications Commission marks 10 Years Five from TCI to represent at regional Music, Model & Talent Showcase set for Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Telecomms companies in the Turks and Caicos are losing at the very least, tens of thousands of dollars due to over the top services like WhatsApp, Netflix and Skype. As the TCI Telecommunications Commission celebrates a decade of existence in the Turks and Caicos, there was a late day workshop Wednesday at the Palms Resort where talk turned to how these services are digging into the profitability of companies like LIME, Digicel and PTV.John Williams, Chairman, Telecommunications Commission: “We believe in freedom of information and yet to block such services, what would we be doing? Stopping the flow of information and so it is a difficult issue to deal with as we know that many of our operators are really hurting because of persons who are not licensed here are actually taking revenue from their area here in the islands where they are paying all of the fees and providing all of the infrastructure; so it was a discussion that was needed.”A founder of the Commission, Stuart MacPherson returned to TCI and led the panel discussion where he said he had hoped for more robust engagement on the issue, because it means these companies will have to be extremely creative if they are going to remain relevant. Stuart McPherson, Consultant: “Obviously TV, people doing streaming services and so on, especially in relatively small markets like this that is going to be a big problem for the small cable companies and so on.”It was agreed that while the change in how people communicate and are entertained will not necessarily drive these companies into extinction, MacPherson said it will alter how they make money. Related Items:John Williams, Netflix, skype, stuart macpherson, TCI Telecommunications Commission, whatsapp Cabinet Approves NEW government board members Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Sgt. Jason D. Peto’s spirit of brotherhood and sacrifice was celebrated Saturday in a funeral Mass for the Vancouver Marine.Peto, 31, died on Dec. 7 of wounds suffered about three weeks ago in Afghanistan.On Nov. 24, Peto led his squad to the scene of an explosion to help evacuate a Marine who’d been caught in the blast. Then another hidden bomb went off, severely injuring Peto. He died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.Peto — born on Jan. 28, 1979, in Montebello, Calif. — was remembered as an adventurous youngster who matured into a brave young man.During Saturday’s Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Brian Moore shared memories of his cousin riding motorcycles and teaching younger kids in the family how to fish. Moore recalled Jason enjoying his first BB gun with a day of target practice in the desert. And when the guys headed back to where Jason’s grandfather was tending the campfire, Jason couldn’t resist one final target: his grandfather.The family moved from California to Vancouver when Jason was about 10. Peto attended Mountain View High School and Clark College, and joined the Marines in 2004.“He was my best friend and my brother,” said Marine Sgt. Leroy Prior, who also shared some personal remembrances during the service.“They let me come me come back for this,” said Prior, who will be heading back to Afghanistan.Prior noted how Peto served two deployments in Iraq. Four years ago, Peto was wounded in Ramadi during a combat tour and received the first of his two Purple Heart awards.And after that, “He re-enlisted,” Prior said.“He became a trainer,” Prior said. After two years of teaching young Marines how to handle the hazards of combat, “he decided it was time to join them on the front lines.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Want to learn more about podcasting at Wilmington Community Television?WCTV is holding a Media Meet-Up on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 7pm for both beginners and advanced users. Learn how the studio is set up and get tips from other local podcasters about how they produce their programs.WCTV has a LOT of great podcasts right now. Read more about them HERE.To learn more about the event and to RSVP, contact Lisa Kapala at firstname.lastname@example.org.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Stay on target November’s going to be a pretty exciting month, but not because of all of the holidays coming up. Nor for the feast your family may be having near the end of the month. I’m not talking about Pokémon Sun and Moon, either. No, we’ll be looking to the sky for all the rest of the month, as it brngs meteor showers, visible planets, and even a supermoon, one of the biggest and most impressive in almost seven decades.Moon and Mars — November 5This is coming up fast, so make sure you pay attention after sunset for a crescent moon next to Mars. It’ll start to the right of Mars and then slowly rise above the planet the next day.AdChoices广告Taurid Meteor Shower — November 11If you dig meteor showers, you’ve got plenty to love here. The Taurid meteor shower will begin late this night and carry into the next morning and peaking around 5 AM in the morning.Supermoon — November 14This is the second in a trilogy of supermoons, which essentially means the full moon is coming closer to the earth so it appears much larger than it actually is. This month’s will actually be the closest and thus the largest relative to the Earth since 1948. You definitely won’t want to miss out on it, especially if you’re a big astrology fan.Bull’s-Eye — November 15This one is a bit of a two-for-one. Late at night on both November 15 and 16, you can find the moon near the constellation Taurus. The “eye” is the red giant star Aldebaran, which is actually 67 light years from earth.Leonid Meteor Shower — November 16This is an important event to be on the lookout for, especially if you’re into meteor showers. It’ll occur in the early morning hours, so you’ll want to head to bed early the previous day if you want to see everything with a decent viewing angle.Beehive Open Star Cluster — November 18The Beehive open star cluster, alternatively known as Messier 44, can be viewed using binoculars if you look to the upper right of the moon.Lion’s Heart — November 21The constellation Leo’s Heart will be seen in the southeastern sky in the morning hours next to the crescent moon.Mercury and Saturn — November 23You’ll be able to see Saturn right beside Mercury if you utilize binoculars, but it may be a little tricky to see it with the sunset glaring into everything.Moon and Jupiter — November 25No, we’re not talking about Sailor Moon. Get up about an hour before sunrise and turn your sight southeast for the crescent moon below Jupiter. They will have a very small distance between them, so you should be able to easily distinguish between the two. Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant ImagesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 28, 2016 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Last June Microsoft showed off its HoloLens tech that created holograms from live video. Now it’s putting that into practice and giving it an official name: Holoportation.It uses multiple 3-D cameras to capture a subject from all angles, creating a “temporally consistent model” that can mimic the feeling of someone being in a room with you. During a TED Talk, Alex Kipman used it to virtually meet with a colleague in front of a Mars backdrop, but this lab demo from Microsoft Research shows something a bit more realistic. That is, so long as you’re wearing one of the $3,000 augmented reality headsets.The setup is in an incredibly controlled environment (the remote location and where the video hosted by Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadai are laid out pretty similarly), but it definitely shows the potential of using the device as a means of long-distance communication. You can even record a portion of a holoportation session and play it back, shrinking it down to size to fit on your coffee table. It’s pretty neat! But it’s still incredibly early. Artifacts resulting from compression or motion tracking are still present, a reminder that this is still a prototype, and break the illusion a bit.Check out the picture-in-picture shots and you’ll see the somewhat flickery and translucent images that go part and parcel with the headset at this point. Despite that, it’s hard to not get at least a little excited for a future where real-time holographic meet-ups with a loved one (or a zombie) exist. Enroll Now for Free
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Sagittal intermediate-weighted fat-saturated image post-surgery shows substance loss of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus (large arrows) and concomitant cartilage loss at the central medial tibia and femur (small arrows). Image courtesy of Imago Systems A horizontal tear of the posterior part of the meniscus of the knee.December 4, 2014 — According to research presented at RSNA 2014, decision for knee surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset.The new study focused on the meniscus, a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage in the knee that acts as a shock absorber between the femur and tibia. The two menisci in each knee also play an important role in joint stability. Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to alleviate pain.Frank W. Roemer, M.D., and colleagues examined data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, a large, ongoing observational study of knee osteoarthritis incidence and progression for the study. Patients were on average 60.2 years old and predominantly overweight, with a mean body mass index (BMI) of 28.3. Approximately two-thirds of the patients were women.The researchers studied magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams of 355 knees that developed osteoarthritis during a five-year period, and a control group that was matched for age, gender, arthritic severity in both knees and BMI. Of all knees, 31 underwent meniscal surgery during the year prior to the arthritis diagnosis, and 280 knees had signs of meniscal damage on MRI but did not have surgery. Also part of the analysis were control cases with no meniscal damage. The researchers assessed the risk of developing arthritis and cartilage loss during the following year for the different groups.All 31 of the knees that underwent meniscal surgery during the prior year developed osteoarthritis, compared with 165 (59 percent) of the knees with meniscal damage that didn’t have surgery. In addition, cartilage loss was much more common among knees that had undergone surgery: 80.8 percent of knees with surgery showed cartilage loss, compared with 39.5 percent of knees with meniscal damage and no surgery.An alternative to surgery is conservative management where physical therapy is prescribed to help maintain and restore muscle strength and range of motion. Symptoms are commonly treated with ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.Co-authors on the study are Ali Guermazi, M.D., Ph.D.; C. Kent Kwoh, M.D.; Michael Hannon, M.A.; Jason Grago, M.A. and David J. Hunter, M.D., Ph.D.For more information: www.RSNA.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A horizontal tear of the posterior part of the meniscus of the knee. News | December 04, 2014 Study Presented at RSNA Says Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients Coronal proton density-weighted image shows another example of a tear, which represents a vertical tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus (arrow). Related Content Sagittal intermediate-weighted fat-saturated image post-surgery shows substance loss of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus (large arrows) and concomitant cartilage loss at the central medial tibia and femur (small arrows). 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Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 123PreviousNext News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Coronal proton density-weighted image shows another example of a tear, which represents a vertical tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus (arrow). Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Sagittal intermediate-weighted fat-saturated image shows a typical horizontal-oblique meniscal tear of the posterior horn reaching the undersurface of the meniscus (arrows). News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more
Imagine a watch without a watch face to indicate the time. An interface provides important information to us, such as time, so that we can make informed decisions. For example, whether we have enough time to get ice cream before the movie starts. When it comes to games, the User Interface (UI) plays a vital role in how information is conveyed to a player during gameplay. The implementation of a UI is one of the main ways to exchange information with the player about moment-to-moment interactions and their consequences (for example, taking damage). However, UIs are not just about the exchange of information, they are also about how information is provided to a player and when. This can range from the subtle glow of a health bar as it depletes, to dirt covering the screen as you drive a high-speed vehicle through the desert. There are four main ways that UIs are provided to players within a game, which we will discuss shortly. The purpose of this article is to prime you with the fundamentals of UIs so that you not only know how to implement them within Unity but also how they relate to a player’s experience. Toward the end, we will see how Unity handles UIs, and we will implement a UI for our first game. In fact, we will insert a scoring system as well as a Game Over Screen. There will be some additional considerations that you can experiment with in terms of adding additional UI elements that you can try implementing on your own. This article is a part of the book titled “Unity 2017 2D Game Development Projects” written by Lauren S. Ferro & Francesco Sapio. Designing the user interface Think about reading a book, is the text or images in the center of the page, where is the page number located, and are the pages numbered consecutively? Typically, such things are pretty straightforward and follow conventions. Therefore, to some extent, we begin to expect things to be the same, especially if they are located in the same place, such as page numbers or even the next button. In the context of games, players also expect the same kinds of interactions, not only with gameplay but also with other on-screen elements, such as the UI. For example, if most games show health in a rectangular bar or with hearts, then that’s something that players will be looking for when they want to know whether or not they are in danger. The design of a UI needs to consider a number of things. For example, the limitations of the platform that you are designing for, such as screen size, and the types of interaction that it can afford (does it use touch input or a mouse pointer?). Physiological reactions that the interface might give to the player need to be considered since they will be the final consumer. In fact, another thing to keep in mind is that some people read from right to left in their native languages, and the UI should reflect this as well. Players or users of applications are used to certain conventions and formats. For example, a house icon usually indicates home or the main screen, an email icon usually indicates contact, and an arrow pointing to the right usually indicates that it will continue to the next item in the list or the next question, and so on. Therefore, to improve ease of use and navigation, it is ideal to stick to these or to at least to keep these in mind during the design process. In addition to this, how the user navigates through the application is important. If there is only one way to get from the home screen to an option, and it’s via a lot of screens, the whole experience is going to be tiresome. Therefore, make sure that you create navigation maps early on to determine the route for each part of the experience. If a user has to navigate through six screens before they can reach a certain page, then they won’t be doing it for very long! In saying all of this, don’t let the design overtake the practicality of the user’s experience. For example, you may have a beautiful UI but if it makes it really hard to play the game or it causes too much confusion, then it is pretty much useless. Particularly during fast-paced gameplay, you don’t want the player to have to sift through 20 different on-screen elements to find what they are looking for. You want the level mastery to be focused on the gameplay rather than understanding the UI. Another way to limit the number of UI elements presented to the player (at any one time) is to have sliding windows or pop-up windows that have other UI elements present. For example, if your player has the option to unlock many different types of ability but can only use one or two of them at any single moment during gameplay, there is no point in displaying them all. Therefore, having a UI element for them to click that then displays all of the other abilities, which they can swap for the existing ones, is one way to minimize the UI design. Of course, you don’t want to have multiple pop-up windows, otherwise, it becomes a quest in itself to change in-game settings. Programming the user interface As we have seen in the previous section, designing the UI can be tough and requires experience to get into, especially if you take into consideration all the elements you should, such as the psychology of your audience. However, this is just halfway through. In fact, designing is one thing; making it work is another. Usually, in large teams, there are artists who design the UI and programmers who implement it, based on the artists’ graphics. Is UI programming that different? Well, the answer is no, programming is still programming; however, it’s quite an interesting branch of the field of programming. If you are building your game engine from scratch, implementing an entire system that handles input is not something you can create with just a couple of hours of work. Catching all the events that the player performs in the game and in the UI is not easy to implement, and requires a lot of practice. Luckily, in the context of Unity, most of this backend for UIs is already done. Unity also provides a solid framework on the frontend for UIs. This framework includes different components that can be easily used without knowing anything about programming. But if we are really interested in unlocking the potential of the Unity framework for UIs, we need to both understand and program within it. Even with a solid framework, such as the one in Unity, UI programming still needs to take into consideration many factors, enough to have a specific role for this in large teams. Achieving exactly what designers have in mind, and is possible without impacting the performance of the game too much, is most of the job of a UI programmer (at least using Unity). Four types of UI Before, moving on, I just want to point out a technical term about UIs, since it also appears in the official documentation of Unity. Some UIs are not fixed on the screen, but actually, have a physical space within the game environment. In saying this, the four types of interfaces are diegetic, non-diegetic, meta, and spatial. Each of these has its own specific use and effect when it comes to the player’s experience and some are implicit (for example, static graphics) while others are explicit (blood and dirt on the screen). However, these types can be intermixed to create some interesting interfaces and player experiences. For Angel Cakes, we will implement a simple non-diegetic UI, which will show all of the information the player needs to play the game. Diegetic Diegetic UIs differ from to non-diegetic UIs because they exist in the game world instead of being on top of it and/or completely removed from the game’s fiction. Diegetic UIs within the game world can be seen and heard by other players. Some examples of diegetic UI include the screens on computers, ticking clocks, remaining ammunition, and countdowns. To illustrate this, if you have a look at the following image from the Tribes Ascend game, you can see the amount of ammunition remaining: Non-diegetic Non-diegetic interfaces are ones that are rendered outside of the game world and are only visible to the player. They are your typical game UIs that overlay on top of the game. They are completely removed from the game’s fiction. Some common uses of non-diegetic UIs can represent health and mana via a colored bar. Non-diegetic UIs are normally represented in 2D, like in the following screenshot of Star Trek Online: Spatial Spatial UI elements are physically presented in the game’s space. These types of UIs may or not may be visible to the other players within the game space. This is something that is particularly featured in Virtual Reality ( VR) experiences. Spatial UIs are effective when you want to guide players through a level or to indicate points of interest. The following example is from Army of Two. On the ground, you can see arrows directing the player where to go next. You can find out more about implementing Spatial UIs, like the one in the following screenshot, in Unity by visiting the link to the official documentation at: Meta Lastly, Meta UIs can exist in the game world but aren’t necessarily visualized like they would be as Spatial UIs. This means that they may not be represented within the 3D Space. In most cases, Meta UIs represent an effect of various actions such as getting shot or requiring more oxygen. As you can see in the following image of Metro 2033, when the player is in an area that is not suitable for them, the view through the mask begins to get hazy. When they get shot or engage in combat, their mask also receives damage. You can see this through the cracks that appear on the edges of the mask: To summarize, we saw the importance of UI in game development and what are the different types of UI available. To know more, check out this book Unity 2017 2D Game Development Projects written by Lauren S. Ferro & Francesco Sapio. Read Next: Google Cloud collaborates with Unity 3D; a connected gaming experience is here! Working with Unity Variables to script powerful Unity 2017 games How to use arrays, lists, and dictionaries in Unity for 3D game development
Share Friday, September 2, 2016 Cindy Sosroutomo << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — “Ask questions. A lot of them.” This is the single most important lesson that Craig Landry has learned in his first eight months as President of Air Canada Leisure Group (ACLG). Although having already been part of the Air Canada family for the past 22 years, Landry admits that stepping into his new role from his previous post as Vice President of Marketing was a “big change,” especially since as President, he now oversees two major arms of the company: Air Canada Vacations (ACV) and Air Canada Rouge.“The tour operator business is an inherently commercial business so you’re dealing with product and pricing, distribution and marketing, but the context and challenge of business is very different from what I’ve done previously,” he says. “Rouge is also a big departure because it’s very operational. It’s about integrating new aircraft into the fleet, getting those aircraft retrofit and entry into service, recruiting large numbers of flight attendants and pilots, and getting them properly trained and qualified. And with the rapid expansion that we’ve been in, the operational requirements are very heavy and significant. There’s been a lot to learn and a lot to do.”So you ask questions, a lot of them, because according to Landry, “this business is moving very quickly and we aspire to change with the times, and the only way you get to do that is by being curious.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIt is this sense of curiosity and desire to learn that has perhaps inspired ACV to launch a brand new Travel Advisory Board. Beginning this month and managed by Vice President of Sales and Partnerships George Platanitis, the Board is expected to include anywhere from 20 to 30 members across the country who will provide insight into relevant industry issues.“We understand that the perspective on our product, the market and on consumers is different in different parts of the country, so it’s important that we have representatives from the west coast, central Canada, eastern Canada and so on,” adds Landry. “The idea is to bring together a group of folks and ask them to help us be a better partner to them. It’s very clear in our mind that when the travel agency community is successful, then we as a business is successful.”Landry, who says that approximately two-thirds of Air Canada Vacations’ bookings are made by travel agents, anticipates a number of issues to be brought up by the Board, primarily regarding ways to improve agent interaction. “One of the things we hear from the travel agency community,” he says, “is that agents are looking for us to make their lives as easy as possible, and we are of the same mindset.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”ACV’s Sales Team has sent out invitations to chains, consortia and independents in the hope of acquiring 20-30 members in total. Launching this month, the company plans to share the names of board members on Sept. 7, the first day of its cross-country Product Launch.The Board will meet monthly for the first six months, after which it will meet quarterly at ACV’s Toronto and Montreal offices and via conference calls.To read the full article, check out the Sept. 1 issue of Travelweek, click here to see the digital edition.To subscribe to Travelweek, click here. ACV’s new Travel Advisory Board will make company a better partner, says Landry Tags: Air Canada Vacations Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019
Lonely Planet recently named Scotland as one of the top three hottest travel spots to visit in 2014. Source = ETB News: P.T. Earlier this year a public forum was opened to the world asking ‘What makes Glasgow?’ and the resounding response was that ‘People make Glasgow’; the basis for the current marketing campaign. VisitScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau gathered Australian media and industry partners in Sydney this week to celebrate the upcoming 2014 Homecoming and Commonwealth Games. Homecoming – last celebrated five years ago in 2009 – invites travellers with Scottish ancestry or those that are Scottish at heart, to return to the country and re-discover their roots. The Ryder Cup will also be held in Scotland next year at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire between 23-28 September. The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August 2014. Homecoming 2014 will encompass a year-long programme of events and activities, showcasing Scotland to the world; including festivals and arts, cultural and ancestral heritage to explore. “It’s about feeling the pull towards a certain country or place… in this instance, Scotland,” VisitScotland consumer public relations manager Clair Coer said. 50 million people around the world claim Scottish ancestry, which is 10 times the population of Scotland, while 1.5 million of these descendants reside in Australia.