Co-op has been an integral part of the Halo franchise right from the original game, but only now is it coming to Halo Infinite, and even then, it’s only with the Campaign Network Co-op Test Flight. It’s expected to go live today, Friday 15th July, with the ability to sign up for the test now live in Xbox Insider.
This will allow you to finally play the campaign in up to four player co-op, as well as try out the Mission Replay feature to let you revisit previously completed missions from the campaign.
Here’s how to get it.
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This isn’t the full and final version of Halo Infinite co-op, but should be equivalent to the full experience, which is expected to release for the full game in the next couple of months, hopefully in August. For now, the Campaign Network Co-op Test will run until 1st August across Xbox and PC.
This is a standalone version of the game, a separate install required to the main game, and with no save data transferred between them. You will also need to either own Halo Infinite or be signed up to Xbox Game pass in order to take part.
Aside from that, the only requirement is that you be an Xbox Insider on Xbox consoles. Steam players will have needed to sign up in advance and should look for an invite email with a dedicated get code. Windows 10/11 users via the Windows Store are not a part of this test.
Here’s the step by step:
At this time, the client being downloaded is a placeholder at around 285MB. The community advice at this time is to restart your console, which will hopefully trigger the ability to get the full game build at around 50GB.
The Halo Infinite Campaign Network Co-op test will feature the full Halo Infinite campaign, now playable in a squad of up to four players online – couch co-op is planned, but won’t be available for some time. Halo Infinite’s campaign co-op will have separate save files and progression for all players in a lobby, so you won’t simply be progressing one person’s play file. The game will compare save files and dynamically mark missions that all players have finished as complete, while anything where at least one player has not finished it will be marked incomplete. There’s similar concessions for collectables, and other unlocks.
One feature to be aware of is the “Area-Of-Operations”. This is a player tether within the open world that will restrict how far you can move away from your buddies. At around 800 feet, you’ll receive a warning, and at 1000 feet, you’ll be killed and respawned at the nearest teammate. In stream that actually looked to be a pretty decent distance, though you really don’t have fullfreedom to explore and battle independently.
Lastly, the Mission Replay feature will be introduced and will work via the Tac-Map. This will now show completed missions that you can select and then choose to replay. You’ll be able to then select difficulty and activate any game modifier Skulls you or your teammates have collected. This will reset the mission and teleport you and your fireteam to that point. This includes replaying the very first mission in the game, Warship Gbraakon, which you previously could not return to in order to grab any missed collectables.
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Overindulged at dinner? Yoga for digestion could help alleviate some of your discomfort and even Boost symptoms of IBS.
A narrative review from Digestive Diseases and Sciences (opens in new tab) concluded that yoga is beneficial for IBS patients. And a 2018 review published in Frontiers in Psychiatry (opens in new tab) suggested that yoga could have a wider impact on stress responses and influence bowel function.
Gabriella Espinosa, yoga teacher at Movement for Modern Life, explains how it works: “Our gut is known as our ‘second brain’ because of a communication network of nerves that form the gut-brain axis.
“The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in our body. It originates in the brain stem and connects to organs like our gastrointestinal organ, influencing our digestion. Research suggests that stimulating the vagus nerve using yoga could be an effective way to stimulate the gut-brain axis.”
Dodgy digestion can be deeply unpleasant and debilitating but finding ways to Boost gut health (opens in new tab) can help. Below, our experts explain how the physical benefits of yoga for digestion may boost your gut health (opens in new tab), as well as some simple poses to try.
According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (opens in new tab), a staggering 60-70 million people suffer from some degree of digestive disorder. But while there are many contributing factors (like diet and disrupted sleep), Eve Kalinik, registered nutritional therapist, gut health specialist, and owner of Kalla Probiotics (opens in new tab), believes stress plays a vital role.
“We know that stress hormones like cortisol can lead to increased inflammation in the gut,” says Kalinik. “This stress can damage and compromise the gut barrier and the balance of 'good' versus 'bad' bugs, so we start to experience more systemic inflammation in the body.”
She also adds that all too often we lean towards blaming food as the cause for bloating, but stress can have just as much of an impact. “I call it the mind bloat,” she says. “The release of stress hormones can impair the breakdown of food and alter motility in the gut, which affects how and when we poop. Managing our psychological stress is a key part of helping to manage bloat and digestion.”
A study published in Pain Research & Management (opens in new tab) found that adolescents with IBS who practiced yoga reported significantly less gastrointestinal symptoms than those who didn’t, and regular practice helped them manage their IBS symptoms. Another study published by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine (opens in new tab) also found a significant reduction in symptoms of IBS patients and suggested that a 12-week remedial yoga module could be an effective treatment or integrative option for IBS patients.
Kalinik also believes yoga can be an incredibly helpful tool for supporting gut health. “Yoga may help alleviate digestive symptoms like gas and bloating,” Kalinik tells us.
“Diaphragmatic belly breathing can have a marked impact on reducing stress levels by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a key part of supporting gut health,” she says. Kalinik also explains that the meditative aspect of yoga lowers stress levels which positively affects the gut-brain connection, reduces cortisol, and supercharges overall gut health.
If you’re looking for ways to soothe your digestive suffering alongside optimal sleep hygiene (opens in new tab)and a balanced diet, give this seven-move restorative yoga sequence a try.
This yoga for digestion sequence uses a series of breathing techniques, twisting asanas, and calming restorative poses to aid digestion.
How it works
Your diaphragm is the main muscle responsible for respiration. Using your diaphragm to breathe fully gently massages the intestinal organs and stomach, reducing pain and supporting digestion.
How it works
Cat-Cow mobilizes areas that stimulate the Vagus Nerve, which then switches on the parasympathetic mode of our nervous system. Synchronizing breath and movement also relieves stress.
(Do not perform during pregnancy or if you suffer from a condition that makes abdominal pressure uncomfortable.)
How it works
Crocodile pose stretches and relaxes the paraspinal muscles, strengthens the respiratory diaphragm, and stimulates the connective tissue of the stomach, which activates the Vagus Nerve and lowers heart rate.
How it works
Twists create movement around your spinal muscles and digestive organs, which stretches your back muscles and gently stimulates the gastrointestinal organs. Twisting also stimulates blood circulation and releases abdominal muscle tension. It also creates intra-abdominal compression, which delivers fresh blood flow and oxygen to digestive organs.
How it works
This yogic squat facilitates ‘elimination.’ It increases blood flow to your kidneys and intestines, creates space in your lower back, and stretches and relaxes your pelvic floor. This combination reduces stagnation and bloating, and stimulates digestive flow.
How it works
The forward fold action massages the digestive organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and intestines. This improves blood circulation and improves the functional capacity of these organs.
How it works
As the name suggests, this gentle stimulating pressure releases tension from your stomach and massages the intestinal organs. This increases oxygen and blood flow to muscles and your digestive system.
This article is not meant to offer medical advice and readers should consult their doctor or healthcare professional before adopting any diet or treatment.
Private lender Axis Bank on July 25 reported a better-than-expected 91 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in its net profit for the April-June quarter helped by a sharp decline in loan-loss provisions and a healthy topline.
An average of estimates from eight brokerages polled by Moneycontrol had expected Axis Bank to report a 66.6 percent rise in net profit YoY to Rs 3,597.7 crore. Here are the five takeaways from the private lender's Q1FY23 earnings:
1 Strong net profit
The bank’s standalone profit after tax grew to Rs 4,125 crore in the April-June quarter, up from Rs 2,160 crore in the same quarter of the previous financial year. Most banks have reported a healthy profit growth in the first quarter. ICICI Bank, for instance, reported a 50 percent rise in net profit in the June quarter.
2 Decline in provisions
Axis Bank’s provisions and contingencies declined sharply year-on-year to Rs 359.36 crore in the April-June quarter, down from Rs 3,302 crore in the year-ago period. Provisions for the June quarter were also lower than Rs 987.23 crore reported in the January-March quarter.
Specific loan loss provisions for Q1FY23 were, however, higher at Rs 777 crore compared to Rs 602 crore in the January-March period.
On an aggregated basis, provision coverage ratio, including specific, standard, additional and Covid provisions stood at 134 percent of the gross non-performing assets (NPA) as on June 30. Credit cost for the quarter stood at 0.41 percent, down 129 basis points (bps) YoY. One basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point
3 Healthy topline
Axis Bank’s net interest income, or the difference between interest earned and interest expended, rose 21 percent year-on-year to Rs 9,384 crore from Rs 7,760 crore a year ago. The street's estimate for NII was Rs 9,186.6 crore.
Net interest margin (NIM) expanded to 14 bps YoY to 3.60 percent and was up 11 bps sequentially.
4 Improved asset quality
The bank has shown an improvement in asset quality and a decline in bad loans on both sequential and yearly basis.
Net non-performing asset ratio declined to 0.64 percent on June 30, from 0.73 percent in March 31. Gross NPA ratio fell to 2.76 percent in June, down from 2.82 percent in March and 3.85 percent in the same quarter of the previous financial year.
5 Robust balance sheet
The bank’s balance sheet grew 14 percent YoY and stood at Rs 11.53 lakh crore as on June 30. Retail loans grew 25 percent YoY and 3 percent sequentially. Retail loans constituted 59 percent of the loan book.
Total deposits grew 14 percent YoY on the quarterly average balance (QAB) basis and 13 percent YoY on the period-end basis.On July 25, the stock closed 0.56 percent lower at 726.65 on the National Stock Exchange.
Axis Bank on Monday said its net profit nearly doubled to Rs 4,125 crore in the April-June quarter of FY23, helped by decline in bad loans.
The private sector bank had registered a net profit of Rs 2,160 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.
Total income of the bank rose to Rs 21,727.61 crore during April-June quarter of the current fiscal, compared to Rs 19,361.92 crore in the year-ago period, Axis Bank said in a regulatory filing.
The lender’s asset quality improved as gross Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) declined to 2.76 per cent as on June 30 this year, from 3.85 per cent a year ago.
Net NPAs or bad loans slipped to 0.64 per cent of net advances furnished by June-end from 1.20 per cent a year earlier.
As a result, provisions other than tax and contingencies declined manifold to Rs 359.36 crore as against Rs 3,302 crore in the same period a year ago.
On a consolidated basis, Axis Bank posted a 84 per cent jump in net profit to Rs 4,389.22 crore for the reporting quarter as against Rs 2,374.50 crore in Q1 FY22.
Atmos Platform Recognized for Innovation in Security Service Edge Platforms
SAN MATEO, Calif., July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Axis announced today that it has been named Most Innovative Security Services Company at the 2022 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards ceremony. Atmos, the company's Security Service Edge (SSE) platform, was recognized for its ability to elegantly sync authentication, authorization, and connectivity across the workforce, partner ecosystem, and hybrid cloud infrastructure.
"This year has been a big year for us at Axis. We unveiled Atmos, our SSE platform, in April and launched our first Summer Release just last month," said Gil Azrielant, Axis Security co-founder and CTO. "We are grateful that the judges have not only recognized this innovation, but have rewarded it. The award only pushes us further to continue to work with our design partners to accomplish our mission to elevate secure access, and ensure that we power a modern workplace for our customers where people, and technology, can work in harmony.
Short for "Atmosphere," Atmos by Axis is the SSE platform designed to help IT avoid the need to connect users to the corporate network, reduce exposure to ransomware threats, and make setup simple for IT, while delivering a seamless end user experience. The cloud-native service extends secure connectivity out to the user's location through 350 Atmos edge locations running on the global backbone of AWS Global Accelerator, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle. Atmos sits inline empowering IT to inspect all traffic, easily brokering surgical, one-to-one, connections based on identity and policy, and to perform end-user experience monitoring. Customers can then provide end users with secure access to business applications from anywhere, provide safe access to the internet and SaaS apps, and boost user productivity.
Atmos artfully integrates the four key SSE modules - ZTNA, SWG, CASB and Digital Experience monitoring - into one platform wih a single pane of glass:
Learn about the Atmos Platform.
About the Globee Awards
Globee Awards are conferred in ten programs and competition: the American Best in Business Awards, Business Excellence Awards, CEO World Awards®, Cyber Security Global Excellence Awards®, Disruptor Company Awards, Golden Bridge Awards®, International Best in Business Awards, IT World Awards®, Sales, Marketing, & Service Excellence Awards, and Women World Awards®. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind their success, the Globee Awards recognize outstanding achievements and performances in businesses worldwide. Learn more about the Globee Awards at https://globeeawards.com
About Axis Security
Axis' vision is to bring harmony to workplace connectivity and that the sooner IT adopts zero trust, the sooner we can witness a world where the exchange of information is always fast, seamless, and secure. With 350 Axis cloud service edges across the world, Axis helps IT leaders enable their employees, partners, and customers to securely access business data without the pitfalls of network-centric solutions or application limitations that every other zero trust service faces. Through its world-class research and development and founding team which hails from Israel's acclaimed Unit 8200, Axis aims to accelerate the world's transition to a modern workplace where hybrid work is made simple, digital experience becomes a competitive advantage and business data remains protected from cyber threats even as it moves to the cloud. For more information, visit www.axissecurity.com. Follow us on Twitter and on Linkedin.
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