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Apex Legends season 10 is arriving this week and gamers will be intrigued to find out that the Prowler gun will return as floor loot.

When a new season arrives, we always see quite a lot of changes when it comes to weapons. This typically includes new weapons coming in, other guns being vaulted and a complete shuffle of the floor loot in Kings Canyon.

Sometimes the floor loot can be the most important start. If you find a powerful weapon straight away, you immediately increase your chances of victory.

The upcoming season in the battle royale game is set to be the best one yet, with a great new Legend, new weapons and huge changes coming to King Canyon.

The Prowler gun was one of the original weapons to be implemented as floor loot in Apex.

The submachine gun was available as either a burst gun or an automatic. It has a very good rate of fire and requires heavy ammo.

There is one slight change between this Prowler and the one that will be coming back in season 10, and that is to do with how it can be fired.

Apex Legends News, the people who told us that the gun would be returning, also reported that the Prowler would only be available as a burst-fire weapon this time around, which means they have disabled the ability to change it to an automatic.

This will definitely be a disappointment for the Apex community, as many felt the Prowler was only viable when utilised in automatic mode.

The Prowler wasn’t the best, so this news won’t excite players massively. The good point to note is that if this gun is returning then we could see other classic weapons return as well.

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Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence: Prowler has been confirmed to return as floor loot

Fox News 02 August, 2021 - 01:00pm

Apex Legends season 10 is arriving this week and gamers will be intrigued to find out that the Prowler gun will return as floor loot.

When a new season arrives, we always see quite a lot of changes when it comes to weapons. This typically includes new weapons coming in, other guns being vaulted and a complete shuffle of the floor loot in Kings Canyon.

Sometimes the floor loot can be the most important start. If you find a powerful weapon straight away, you immediately increase your chances of victory.

The upcoming season in the battle royale game is set to be the best one yet, with a great new Legend, new weapons and huge changes coming to King Canyon.

The Prowler gun was one of the original weapons to be implemented as floor loot in Apex.

The submachine gun was available as either a burst gun or an automatic. It has a very good rate of fire and requires heavy ammo.

There is one slight change between this Prowler and the one that will be coming back in season 10, and that is to do with how it can be fired.

Apex Legends News, the people who told us that the gun would be returning, also reported that the Prowler would only be available as a burst-fire weapon this time around, which means they have disabled the ability to change it to an automatic.

This will definitely be a disappointment for the Apex community, as many felt the Prowler was only viable when utilised in automatic mode.

The Prowler wasn’t the best, so this news won’t excite players massively. The good point to note is that if this gun is returning then we could see other classic weapons return as well.

You can find all of the latest Gaming News right here at GiveMeSport.

Apex Legends Season 10 patch notes

Washington Times 02 August, 2021 - 11:53am

Looking for the Apex Legends Season 10 patch notes? That's right, Apex Legends: Emergence is about to drop, and now we have a full idea of everything that's changing, from weapon updates and ability changes to a revamped World's Edge, a new LMG, and a whole new Legend. Below you can find the full patch notes for Apex Legends Season 10, so get scrolling!

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Summon microdrones to emit a focused, delayed blast that goes through walls, revealing enemies (and their health bars!), plus interrupting their actions.

Create a sphere of microdrones that reveal the footsteps of enemies moving quickly or firing their weapons within.

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After months of aggressive mining by the Harvester on World's Edge, the land is overmined, overburdened, and pushed to its limit. The earth has fractured and erupted as nature is reclaiming what’s hers. Hammond is scrambling to contain the damage they’ve caused using weather-controlling machines: the Climatizer rapidly cools the surrounding area to subzero temperatures, and a Lava Siphon stabilizes the caldera. Fight for control of the always-moving gondolas in Climatizer and Lava Siphon, traverse the bubbling hot lava with caution, and show everyone what Legends are made of!

Rampart’s latest creation, the Rampage LMG, blasts onto the scene and has absolutely no chill. This high-powered heavy ammo LMG takes its time but packs one hell of a punch. The Rampage excels at mid-range combat but struggles up close with a slower fire rate. Not one for just accepting weakness, Rampart managed to modify the Rampage’s internal combustion mechanism with, what else? Thermite! Loading a thermite grenade into the Rampage’s special chamber overclocks the fire rate and lets Legends go on a, well... rampage!

With the launch of the Emergence update, Respawn are introducing Ranked Arenas! You begin your journey through Ranked Arenas in 10 placement matches where your performance will determine your initial Match Marking Rank (MMR) and your starting rank. MMR variance is wider initially, so your first 10 matches might be stomp-or-get-stomped until your MMR defines your placement.

Arenas is a head-to-head fight between two teams of three, so awarding Ranked Arenas Points is more cut-and-dry than in the 20 team Battle Royale. This means there is no entry cost and no AP for kills. Everything comes down to getting the win.

For more information on the game mode, check out our guide to the Apex Legends Arenas.

This season the Prowler returns to floor loot and taking its place is the M600 Spitfire. In addition to the Spitfire this season another weapon will be joining the supply drop: the Alternator SMG. See how each weapon changes down below, or consult our Apex Legends best guns tier list for up-to-date weapon stats.

Reload speed increase associated with magazines has been moved to the equivalent stock rarity tier.

Time Between Burst increased from 0.2 to .24.

Reload speed from Stocks is increased.

Care package changes apply to arenas: the Prowler and Rampage replace the Alternator and Spitfire in the Arenas shop.

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US Coronavirus Cases: Republican panel indicts China for virus leak as cases surge in US | World News - Times of India

Times of India 02 August, 2021 - 11:06am

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NEW DELHI: The Chinese government's "lies, cover-up, and oppression of whistleblowers" during the early days of Covid pandemic led to hundreds of thousands of fatalities around the world, said a recent report by the US Republicans. The report, released on Monday, said the Chinese Communist Party

US Coronavirus Cases: Republican panel indicts China for virus leak as cases surge in US | World News - Times of India

New York Post 02 August, 2021 - 11:06am

NEW DELHI: The Chinese government's "lies, cover-up, and oppression of whistleblowers" during the early days of Covid pandemic led to hundreds of thousands of fatalities around the world, said a recent report by the US Republicans. The report, released on Monday, said the Chinese Communist Party

Coronavirus News: Thousands of lives lost due to China's Covid cover-up: US Republican report | World News - Times of India

Times of India 02 August, 2021 - 08:25am

WASHINGTON: Not that it ever went away, but the Covid-19 pandemic is back with a vengeance across the world, with renewed focus on China, which is again locking down towns and municipalities following fresh outbreaks. A report released by a US Republican Congressional Panel, citing copious open

Amid efforts to probe Covid origins, Republicans push report claiming lab leak

Hindustan Times 02 August, 2021 - 08:14am

A preponderance of evidence proves the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, said a report by US Republicans released on Monday, a conclusion that US intelligence agencies have not reached.

The report also cited "ample evidence" that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists - aided by US experts and Chinese and US government funds - were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans and such manipulation could be hidden.

Representative Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the report by the panel's Republican staff. It urged a bipartisan investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4.4 million people worldwide. (Graphic on global cases and deaths) https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi

China denies a genetically modified coronavirus leaked from the facility in Wuhan - where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in 2019 - a leading but unproven theory among some experts. Beijing also denies allegations of a cover-up.

Other experts suspect the pandemic was caused by an animal virus likely transmitted to humans at a seafood market near the WIV.

"We now believe it's time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source," said the report. "We also believe the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from the WIV and that it did so sometime before September 12, 2019."

The report cited what it called new and under-reported information about safety protocols at the lab, including a July 2019 request for a $1.5 million overhaul of a hazardous waste treatment system for the facility, which was less than two years old.

In April, the top US intelligence agency said it concurred with the scientific consensus that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified.

US President Joe Biden in May ordered US intelligence agencies to accelerate their hunt for the origins of the virus and report back in 90 days.

A source familiar with current intelligence assessments said the US intelligence community has not reached any conclusion whether the virus came from animals or the WIV.

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U.S. Republican report says coronavirus leaked from Chinese lab; scientists still probing origins

Yahoo News 01 August, 2021 - 11:05pm

The report also cited "ample evidence" that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists - aided by U.S. experts and Chinese and U.S. government funds - were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans and such manipulation could be hidden.

Representative Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the report by the panel's Republican staff. It urged a bipartisan investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4.4 million people worldwide. (Graphic on global cases and deaths) https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi

China denies a genetically modified coronavirus leaked from the facility in Wuhan - where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in 2019 - a leading but unproven theory among some experts. Beijing also denies allegations of a cover-up.

Other experts suspect the pandemic was caused by an animal virus likely transmitted to humans at a seafood market near the WIV.

"We now believe it's time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source," said the report. "We also believe the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from the WIV and that it did so sometime before September 12, 2019."

The report cited what it called new and under-reported information about safety protocols at the lab, including a July 2019 request for a $1.5 million overhaul of a hazardous waste treatment system for the facility, which was less than two years old.

In April, the top U.S. intelligence agency said it concurred with the scientific consensus that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified.

U.S. President Joe Biden in May ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to accelerate their hunt for the origins of the virus and report back in 90 days.

A source familiar with current intelligence assessments said the U.S. intelligence community has not reached any conclusion whether the virus came from animals or the WIV.

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Wuhan lab report raises further questions about possible COVID-19 lab leak

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Rich Edson reports live from the State Department on report from House Republicans on Wuhan lab questions.

Months ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab requested bids for major renovations to air safety and waste treatment systems in research facilities that had been operational for less than 2 years, according to a new congressional report on the pandemic’s origins, obtained by Fox News. 

"Such a significant renovation so soon after the facility began operation appears unusual," said the report from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Republican staff.  The projects for air disinfection, hazardous waste and central air conditioning systems "all raise questions about how well these systems were functioning in the months prior to the outbreak of COVID-19." 

The true reason for the procurement posting is unclear, as is when or if the work was even initiated.  It adds another circumstantial element to the controversial argument that the pandemic began in a Wuhan lab, including suspicious behavior and obfuscation from China’s government and signs the pandemic began months before previously assumed. 

Only weeks ahead of President Biden's deadline for the intelligence community’s review into the origins of the pandemic, Republicans will release their most detailed case yet arguing that researchers in Wuhan could have genetically manipulated the virus and that "the preponderance of evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory." 

Staff for Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will include this information as an addendum to their September report.   

Over the past several months, more public health experts, scientists and government officials have called for an investigation into a possible lab leak, along with examinations into whether the virus began naturally.  They’ve called for a thorough, independent investigation, in China, into the origins of the pandemic, though the Chinese Communist Party has denied access. 

Without cooperation from China’s government, there is significant skepticism any of the handful of U.S. government investigations will provide a concrete narrative into how the pandemic originated.  Beyond the Biden administration’s ongoing review, the State Department, under the previous administration, published a declassified report days before leaving office.  At the time, it offered the most detailed case yet that the coronavirus had leaked from a lab. 

Citing the ongoing intelligence community review, Democratic leaders have shown little interest in congressional investigations, leaving Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce Committees to conduct their own reviews.  Democrats control Congress, and its committees, and Republicans alone, therefore, have no subpoena power. 

Using project announcements published on the Chinese government’s procurement website, along with other open-sourced data, interviews with former administration officials and scientists, research papers and international press reports, Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee have built their argument on a timeline that claims the virus escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology "sometime prior to September 12, 2019." 

On that day, the Wuhan University, less than a mile from the WIV’s headquarters, issued a notice for laboratory inspections.  Hours later, the WIV’s viral sequence database disappeared from the internet. Later that evening, the institute published an announcement for bids for "security services" at the lab "to include gatekeepers, guards, video surveillance, security patrols, and people to handle the ‘registration and reception of foreign personnel,’" according to the report. 

Citing testimony from "a former senior U.S. official," the report claims Major General Chen Wei, an expert in biology and chemical weapon defenses, took control of the Wuhan Institute’s biosafety level-4 lab in late 2019.  That timing demonstrates the Chinese Communist Party "was concerned about the activity happening there as news of the virus was spreading," according to the report.  "If she took control in 2019, it would mean the CCP knew about the virus earlier, and that the outbreak began earlier." 

Satellite imagery of Wuhan in September and October 2019 showed a significant increase in hospital visits and internet searches for COVID-19 symptoms.  The report also claims that mapping data suggesting researchers at the lab likely used the Wuhan shuttle bus and city metro for their daily work commute, spreading the virus throughout the city. 

The committee also used an interview in Bloomberg with Dr. Danielle Anderson, an Australian virologist, to establish some of the lab’s commuting patterns.  Anderson is the only foreign scientist to have undertaken research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, according to Bloomberg.  She also told the publication that entering and exiting the facility was carefully choreographed, and included requirements to take precisely timed chemical and personal showers.   

In that June interview, Dr. Anderson maintained she knew of no one at the Wuhan institute who was ill towards the end of 2019 and said she believes the virus most likely came from a natural source

Around that time, the Republican researchers said there’s evidence the virus was spreading throughout central Wuhan, just ahead of the World Military Games which, "became an international vector, spreading the virus to multiple continents around the world." 

In October, Wuhan hosted the 2019 Military World Games, which drew thousands of military personnel to compete in Olympic-style events.  International press reports cite athletes claiming events were conducted without fans and that Wuhan was a "ghost town."  Athletes from several countries complained of COVID-like symptoms and four countries that sent athletes have confirmed the presence of COVID-19 in November and December of 2019, before the outbreak became public, according to the report. 

The committee staff also build their argument on the possibility viruses can be genetically modified without leaving evidence of manipulation.  They cite an Italian publication’s interview with Dr. Ralph Baric, who studies coronaviruses at the University of North Carolina and collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in which he claimed that scientists can engineer a virus "without leaving any trace. Dr. Baric told the MIT Technology Review that "We never created a supervirus." 

Republican staff also cite a 2017 dissertation from a doctoral student working at the WIV that claimed coronaviruses could be manipulated without leaving any trace sequences.  They said they also interviewed "scientists and current and former U.S. government officials" who questioned whether the virus developed naturally because of its highly infectious nature, lack of intermediate host discovered, and its highly efficient binding to human ACE2 receptor. 

Some scientists have pointed out it often takes years to determine the origins of naturally occurring virus.  They cite Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which was first discovered in 2003.  That same year researchers discovered the intermediate host though it took until 2017 to trace its origin to bats. 

As calls to at least investigate the lab-leak theory have gained traction internationally, Chinese government propaganda has become much more aggressive to dispel it – the latest in a pattern to obscure information about the pandemic since its onset. 

On February 27, 2020, Health Times, published an interview with Yu Chuanhua, the Vice President of the Hubei Health Statistics and Information Society, who has compiled a database of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  He cited a patient who became ill September 29 and that "There were two cases in November, and the onset time was November 14 and November 21, 2019." 

"Before the interview was published on February 27th, Yu called the reporter and tried to retract the information regarding the two sick patients in November. It is likely that this was done to comply with the China CDC gag order that was issued two days prior," according to the congressional report. 

In a January 2021 email, Dr. Shi Zheng-li, a senior scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was asked about the lab’s public database disappearance from the internet.  Shi, according to the report, had previously "given several conflicting answers" as to why the database was taken down, and responded:  "I’ll not answer any of your questions if your curiosity is based on the conspiracy of ‘man made or lab leak of SARS-CoV-2’ or some non-sense questions based on your suspicion."  

"No trust, no conversation," she said. 

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