In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, players can obtain Technical Machines (TM), a type of data disc that help Pokemon learn new moves. TMs are a quick and easy way to learn a new move without too much grinding or waiting. Close Combat is one of these useful Technical Machines. Find out how to get Close Combat (TM 167) and Pokemon that can learn it – Scarlet and Violet.
TM 167 teaches a Pokemon the move Close Combat. Close Combat is a Fighting type move. It is a high power and good accuracy move. This move lowers the defensive stats (both regular defense and special defense) by one stage.
Here are the stats for Close Combat:
Close Combat can be obtained in Starfall Street after the defeat of Team Star Fighting Leader Eri. It can then be crafted using the following: 12000 LP, Makuhita Sweat x3, Riolu Fur x5, and Crabrawler Shell x3.
The move is super effective (x2) on Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, and Steel, type Pokemon. It has an average effect (x0.5) on Poison, Psychic, Bug and Fairy type Pokemon. Close Combat has zero effect on Ghost types.
All eligible Pokemon learn by Level up or TM. Staraptor can learn by Evolution. Check out this list of all the Pokemon who can learn Close Combat via TM.
That’s it for this particular Technical Machine and how to obtain it. We hope that has helped you teach your Pokemon the move you require. Let us know if you have any more hints or tips in the comments below. Next up, why not check out how to get Dragon Claw in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? Good luck!
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have been around for a few weeks now, and that means players have finally started to learn all the tricks that can help make the game much easier for them.
One way you can make your Pokemon more effective is to stock them up with great moves, which can be learned using the TM system. One of the most powerful new TMs you can get is the Tera Blast, which allows your Pokemon to unleash a powerful attack against your opponents.
Tera types are a new system introduced in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. When activated, they essentially allow your Pokemon to take on a different type (or the same type) and unleash more powerful attacks. It can be really handy for dealing with some of the toughest challenges facing you in the Victory Road storyline, as well as the various Tera Raid events that go on.
To get the Tera Blast TM, you're going to need to complete one of two requirements. First, you can get the TM by defeating five gym leaders. This will cause Geeta to reward you with the Tera Blast TM, allowing you to throw it into a Pokemon's moveset at any point.
If you want to unlock another one without crafting it, you can also complete each of the main storylines and then reach the end game where you travel into the Great Crater of Paldea. If you make your way to Research Station 4 (the last station that you need to complete to unlock the lab), you'll be able to find the TM in a nearby cave.
Leave Research Station 4 and then jump down to the area at the bottom of the crater. From here, look for a cave situated next to a crystal jutting out of the wall. Enter the cave and you'll find a Pokeball with the Tera Blast TM waiting in the middle of the room.
Once you've added the Tera Blast TM to your TM Machine, you can craft as many as you want. However, you will need to gather a few important ingredients. First, you're going to need League Points. These can be acquired by taking on Pokemon trainers around the map. The other thing you're going to need is Glimmet Crystals, which are acquired by defeating various Pokemon called Glimmet, which are found throughout the Paldea region.
If you're still needing help, you'll also want to get the Amulet Coin, which allows you to make money easier in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Contrarily to my recent publication which was about shorting oil stocks, this thesis is about trading oil futures, and for this purpose, I use the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF (NYSEARCA:SCO) which, as its very name implies, enables traders to profit from bearishness.
My objective is to assess whether there is a window of opportunity in trading SCO which has just delivered a five-day upside. Also, I make sure to provide details about factors that determine the price of oil, in order to reduce the probability of losing money when shorting with two times (2x) inverse leveraged ETF, whose fund managers charge fees of 0.95%.
I start by providing insights into the holdings, from the demand-supply perspective.
First, supply mainly comes from three different places, the U.S., Russia, and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) led by Saudi Arabia as I will elaborate upon later. As for demand, it comes from the largest economies in the world like America, China, and Europe. Then, there are other large economies that do not have a supply of their own like India and Japan. The balance between demand and supply determines the price of crude oil.
In this respect, the two most popular benchmarks are WTI (West Texas Intermediary) and Brent crude. As for SCO, it holds futures from WTI as pictured below.
The price of WTI varies widely and trading oil futures is a way to speculate on the evolution of oil prices without ever having to own the physical asset. Now, trading oil using SCO is different from investing using the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE). Moreover, when trading, you can take advantage of both bull and bear markets, because you speculate exclusively on price movements via oil contracts.
In this case, oil futures are contracts on which you agree to exchange a set amount of oil at a pre-agreed price and date. As such, futures contracts are primarily used by buyers to fix the price of oil at an advantageous level and thus hedge against potential unfavorable price movements. They are traded on futures markets like the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and remain the most widely used method of buying and selling oil.
However, as I will show below, trading oil futures directly provides better rewards but also involves more risks than trading the stocks themselves.
The price of oil futures contracts changes as the value of oil increases or decreases. It may sound like I am repeating myself here, but, the point is to differentiate between SCO and another ETF that holds oil stocks, the Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 2x Shares ETF (DRIP). Thus, SCO is directly correlated to oil's performance, in this case, two times the inverse. Also, as seen by the average daily dollar volume, trading oil futures is popular, because neither does it require the trader to hold barrels of oil nor the stocks of individual companies.
Moreover, as seen in the chart below, SCO, is more sensitive to commodity price fluctuations. Thus, when WTI crude oil was down by 16.72% in the past month, the ProShares ETF delivered 4.62% (27.87 - 23.25) more gains than DRIP.
Now, while more daring traders would love this gain, SCO's sensitivity to oil price movements can also work the other way around and deliver worst performance than DRIP during highly volatile market conditions. This means more downside risks, especially in case you are holding to the ETF for a long period.
On the other hand, with DRIP you have a higher degree of insulation against volatility given that you are trading the stock and not the commodity itself.
This risk adds to the one related to the compounding effect where leveraged ETFs can deliver fewer gains than initially anticipated due to the price of the commodity exhibiting a higher degree of volatility between two trading dates. As an example, SCO appreciated by 27.87% during the last month or less than two times the inverse of the 16.72% decrease in WTI. The shortfall of around 5.57% (16.72 x 2 - 27.87) is due mostly to the compounding effect.
This is the reason why ProShares advises against holding SCO for "periods of greater than one day" as returns can be significantly different from what one is expecting.
Coming back to the demand-supply equation, another factor that determines the price is interest rates as determined by the U.S. central bank.
Here, quite controversially, the oil market has been bearish since the beginning of this week despite indicators showing that the US economy is proving resilient amid high inflation. The reason is simply that this sets the stage for further interest rate hikes which will effectively slow down the economy as it will increase borrowing costs and reduce the risk-taking appetite.
Now, a higher cost of capital decreases businesses' willingness to spend more on growth which in turn reduces the demand for oil. At the same time, with higher interest rates, the dollar becomes stronger as has been the case for most of this year which again reduces the appeal for commodities. These factors are listed in the table below.
Pursuing further, winter should be colder than normal, and there is also uncertainty as to whether the main buyers of Russian crude which are China, India, and Turkey will continue to source their energy requirements from that country. Here, investors will note that many of the tankers which transport crude from Russia to other parts of the world are registered in Europe and as such, they are bound by the G7's price mechanism, as in case of a mishap during transit, insurance may not cover the costs of the oil cargo.
Continuing with the supply side, OPEC+ which is OPEC and its allies recently opted for the status quo, or a reduction in their production objectives of two million barrels per day until the end of 2023, in line with the target set during the October meeting in Vienna.
Shifting to demand, with China as the world's largest importer (above table) on a reopening path, demand for oil should normally get further support. Also, as seen in the above table, there are more factors that favor higher oil prices over the short to medium term.
However, oil markets remain highly volatile as there are so many variables at play. Thus, in contrast to my above bullish position on oil, the contrary has happened this week with WTI falling below $80. Thus, SCO has gained more than 18% during the last five days, mainly due to two factors, namely rising recession risks adversely impacting demand and the EIA (Energy Information Administration) raising its oil production expectations for 2023, which favors supply.
However, this situation should not last as Russia which previously proved resilient as an energy supplier to China and India is now the subject of uncertainty, namely pertaining to the oil embargo by Europe which entered into effect on December 5th. There is also the $60 price cap for the Russian Ural crude agreed upon by the G7 countries, the EU, and Australia, as I touched upon earlier. With the price cap, Russian oil has now gone below the $58 level as freight (tanker) charges have gone up.
In these conditions, supply is likely to be impacted, at least in the short term, while Chinese demand gets support from the Covid reopening. There may even be a reaction from Russia like interrupting supply, which could benefit prices and conversely, prove detrimental to SCO. Thus, the window of opportunity for trading this ETF may have elapsed.
Light Screen is a non-damaging Psychic-type Pokemon move that has been in the Pokemon series since the first generation. Because it reduces damage from special moves for five turns, this maneuever has become very popular in competitive Pokemon battling, making it a very sought-after TM in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
But getting your hands on this TM isn't as simple as your Pokemon just knowing it. Instead, you'll need to find the TM and teach your Pokemon the move yourself. Here's what you need to know.
Light Screen is actually one of the easiest TMs to find in the game. However, if you don't know where to look, you can just as easily miss it. To get your hands on this useful TM, make your way over to Levincia, one of the major cities in Paldea.
This city is along the eastern coast of the Paldea, home to one of the many gyms that you'll visit in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Once you arrive in the city, make your way from the Levincia South Pokemon Center, then head north, following the path into the city. This will lead you to a small ramp that moves up to the center of the city.
The center of Levincia is essentially just a circle with a bit of water in the middle, making it easy to navigate if you need to get from one side to the other. In this case, though, players will need to look for a set of stairs that descends toward the bottom, where the water sits. You'll find the TM tucked into a corner at the bottom.
Another useful place you can find it is along the southern ledge of the Asado Desert. This is on the way to Port Marinada, which is on the western side of the map. If you visit the port, you can actually take part in the auctions and bid on high-value items like the Dusk Stone.
Now that you know how to get the Light Screen TM, you can teach it to a Pokemon capable of learning Psychic-type moves. It doesn't do any damage specifically if it can help keep your Pokemon alive in intense battles where special attacks are at play, which is why so many competitive players have relied on this particular move since the first generation of Pokemon released in 1996.
Zhang Ming, secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) expressed his hopes that Cambodia will become an SCO observer. Cambodia has been a dialogue partner of the organisation for seven years.
Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Zhang on November 12, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summits in Phnom Penh.
Hun Sen thanked Zhang for his support for of Cambodia’s bid to gain SCO observer status. He underlined the Kingdom’s readiness to comply with the organisation’s recommendations as it endeavoured to reach this goal.
In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that both sides had discussed Cambodia’s application for SCO Observer status at length.
Hun Sen said that since becoming an SCO dialogue partner in 2015, Cambodia has contributed to promoting cooperation between ASEAN-SCO. He underlined that Cambodia’s active engagement in different regional and international organisations has the aim of strengthening friendships and maintaining peace, stability and security.
“The secretary-general praised Cambodia for its active engagement in promoting ASEAN-SCO relations. He highlighted the SCO’s internal process for a country to be elevated from dialogue partner status to observer and expressed his hope that Cambodia will become an SCO Observer,” the press release read.
It said that the two sides had also shared their commitment to further strengthening cooperation between ASEAN and SCO.
PETALING JAYA: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has acknowledged the recent concerns raised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents (4As) and said it will in the immediate term retain its tender requirements, which aligns with standard industry practices in tender processing.
The telco was responding to the allegations made by 4As challenging TM on its current procurement policy for shortlisting of advertising agencies, calling attention to TM’s unjustifiable tender document fee and tender deposit.
TM is currently conducting three separate tenders for the appointment of panel agencies for their “Creative Partner,” “Digital Partner” and “Below The Line Partner,” the association said.
The latest point of contention 4As said involves TM’s condition where a non-refundable tender document fee of up to RM5,000 and a refundable tender deposit of up to RM20,000 per tender is part of its tender requirement.
The 4As finds it odd that agencies today have to pay a tender document fee of between RM1,000 to RM 5,000 for the first phase of the tender process in order to be allowed to send agency information covering commercial and technical requirements such as its organisation details, case studies, conflict mitigation protocol, ethics compliance and financial documents to TM.
“All agencies who choose to submit tender documents in the first phase must also submit a refundable tender deposit to TM of between RM5,000 to RM20,000.
“Thereafter, shortlisted agencies will be invited to pick up the request for proposal and will then need to submit their customised strategy, creative work and financial proposals,” 4As said.
Meanwhile, in responding to queries regarding the claims made by the association, the telco said these tender requirements extend to all agencies, and not only those registered under 4As.
“The tender fee and tender deposit are not requirements for agencies to attend TM’s tender briefings, and agencies are also not required to purchase tender documents ahead of briefings.
“In compliance with TM’s procurement policies, agencies are only requested to sign non-disclosure agreements and non-solicitation undertakings when attending TM’s tender briefings.
“TM’s policies and processes ensure agencies that support our projects and programmes reflect the highest levels of professionalism, quality and commitment.
“Strong, scalable and resourceful partners and vendors translate to a positive impression on our customers and their experiences with our brand, solutions and services,”
TM remains committed to ensuring equal and fair opportunities, as well as transparency in all its undertakings, the telco added. — By DALJIT DHESI
Chances are you’re having a tough time keeping up with Brockhampton. Their new album The Family, out today, was supposed to be their last album. That was until they started teasing TM, which began when they shared a graphic this morning to promote The Family, but small text towards the bottom reads: “SURPRISE ALBUM (TM) MIDNIGHT LOCAL.”
A press release says that TM is “an album made up of songs that were started by the group during a two-week stint in Ojai, California in 2021, but were never fully completed during those sessions.” Apple Music shows that the LP is 11 tracks long and runs for 37 minutes.
The only Brockhampton member on The Family is Kevin Abstract, who explained that “the members of the band began to move our separate ways and focus on our individual careers and passions. With this project, a few of us were inspired to make something new that would bring closure to the past and set the table for all of us to finally be able to explore our individual futures.”
Check out the artwork and tracklist for TM below.
4. “New Shoes”
5. “Keep It Southern”
6. “Man On The Moon”
7. “Better Things”
8. “Crucify Me”
9. “Duct Tape”
10. “Always Something”
MINSK, 5 December (BelTA) - Consul General of Belarus in Shanghai Andrei Andreev took part in the opening of the SCO seminar on rural development and poverty alleviation on 5 December, BelTA learned from the Belarusian foreign mission in Shanghai.
Andrey Andreev stressed that efforts to Excellerate the well-being of people, to promote social justice and sustainable socio-economic development of SCO members and candidate countries are critically important for confronting the challenges facing the organization. In this regard, an intensive exchange of practical experience is necessary, primarily in terms of ensuring a decent standard of living for people, and Belarus is ready to take an active part in this process.
During the event, which will last until 9 December, more than 120 representatives of government bodies, local administrations and research organizations of SCO members and candidate countries are set to discuss issues of improving the welfare of rural communities and to get acquainted with the successful experience of the Chinese province of Jiangxi in this area.
The seminar, with the participation of representatives of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, has been organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, the National Rural Revitalization Administration of the People's Republic of China and the People's Government of Jiangxi Province.
After 12 years as a group, hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON is saying goodbye with their final album, The Family, released on Thursday (Nov. 16), and TM, which dropped on Friday (Nov. 17) and is billed as a “parting gift” to fans.
The release comes seven months after the band announced that their next album would be their last during a much-hyped Coachella set in April. During the performance, they played a clip of Kevin Abstract sitting everyone in the band down and telling them he’d made a “group album” in New York, before showing a screen that read “THE FINAL ALBUM 2022.”
The Family has 17 tracks and was recorded in the spring of 2022 by Abstract, Bearface and Romil Hemnani of BROCKHAMPTON with artist and producer boylife serving as the executive producer alongside Bearface. The album features previously released singles “Big Pussy” and “The Ending” and is available in three limited edition box sets.
TM, meanwhile, is made up of songs that were started by the group during a two week trip to Ojai, Calif., in 2021, but were never fully completed. Earlier this year, the group’s Matt Champion took on the role of EP and finished the album.
To commemorate the group’s final releases, Abstract took to social media to share a statement in which he reflects on moving on and how BROCKHAMPTON has changed his life. “I think about all of the good that came from my pain. That pain, those dreams – that was the coal in the furnace of my creativity – and still, as we got big and cool s— started happening, those embers never left,” he wrote. “The pain has found a way to adapt for the new life. Maybe that s—’s just the human condition or whatever. This project is the culmination of all that. And all that smoke from that furnace was making us all cough, for all our sakes it was time to air it out, to move into the future. Fresh air.”
Listen to both The Family and TM in full below.
Brockhampton dropped their new album The Family on Thursday, and a follow-up full-length, TM, arrived at midnight Friday.
The group confirmed they would be going on hiatus earlier this year, and they called The Family their “final album” in the lead-up to its release. Offering closure with lyrics that tackle the rise of the group and what led to their eventual split, the record is a bittersweet farewell to Brockhampton as a whole.
While it is the final material Brockhampton worked on, The Family proved not to be the end quite yet. Predominantly a Kevin Abstract solo release produced by Bearface and boylife, the drop was followed by TM. Described as a “parting gift for fans,” the second record was executive produced by Matt Champion and consists of material they worked on over two weeks in Ojai, California in 2021.
Alongside The Family, Kevin detailed the decision to have the record be a solo affair. "I understand that some of the fans are upset that no one is on the album but me. Over the past few years, the members of the band began to move our separate ways, and focus on our individual careers and passions,” wrote Kevin in a statement about the end of the band. “With this project, a few of us were inspired to make something new that would bring closure to the past, and set the table for all of us to finally be able to explore our individual futures. I hope you understand and enjoy the music.”
Enjoy both new Brockhampton albums, The Family and TM, below.