‘Balotelli is world class, lay off him!’: Liverpool fans rally behind striker

first_img1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli’s career at Liverpool has not got off to the best of starts with just one goal in ten appearances after a £16million move in the summer.Another ineffectual display in the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid resulted in the Italian being substituted at half-time, while being spotted swapping shirts with Los Blancos defender Pepe as they entered the tunnel did not help the striker’s cause.But it is worth remembering it is still early days in Balotelli’s Anfield career and the return of Daniel Sturridge could help inspire the 24-year-old to produce better performances.And despite the ex-Manchester City star’s struggles, he still retains the support of some Liverpool fans.Check out the best reaction below.last_img read more

How AR and VR Will Revolutionize the Classroom

first_imgAR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Bart Schachter How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an…center_img Related Posts With our business and personal lives moving to the digital environment, it makes sense that education — from elementary school through to college, trade schools, and professional development courses — will also migrate to a more technologically focused model. And that includes the influence that virtual and augmented reality will wield in the classroom over the next decade.AR and VR Will Revolutionize the ClassroomToday’s education environment is increasingly offering immersive experiences that help children, teens, and adults truly enjoy the process of learning. Plus, these technologies can help certain students learn more effectively than traditional classroom methods by overcoming language barriers and accommodating visual learners.With the prices of AR and VR equipment starting to drop, the technologies are becoming more accessible to teachers looking to accomplish those objectives. The possibilities for adding AR and VR to their classrooms are exciting.Use Cases for Enhanced Learning ExperiencesVirtual field trips are one way AR and VR are already in use. After working through some issues with WiFi networks, charging issues, and the comfort levels of students and teachers, many educators now find this an ideal way to teach lessons and keep students engaged. Melinda Lohan, a Massachusetts high school teacher, has been conducting virtual field trips for three years and reports that “The kids love them.” Introducing the technology has changed what happens in her class. Students watch lectures and take notes at home so they can get immersed in these types of learning experiences during school hours.In addition to enabling educational “travel,” AR and VR have been shown to improve motor skills, enhance imaginative play and thinking, and inspire learning through gamification. Also, an increasing number of educational applications are being created with these technologies that focus on applying critical thinking skills to real-world problems. This helps students see how to take these skills with them into the workplace and makes what they are learning more relevant to them. AR and VR applications can also serve other educational purposes, such as professional development for service personnel, police officers, and more.Marketing to EducatorsWhile educators may be interested in this technology, the real news is that they are also planning to invest heavily in it. According to Forbes, “Goldman Sachs estimates that roughly $700 million will be invested in AR/VR applications in education by 2025, on simulations for everything from forklift operations to architecture to invasive surgery. Gartner projects that 60 percent of all higher education institutions in America will be using virtual reality in the classroom by 2021.”That means there is a significant opportunity for education marketers to influence purchase decisions. Education marketing firms like MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, have emerged to help companies market to teachers by connecting educators with brands that offer AR and VR tools. This includes helping tech providers understand to whom they should market their products and how to illustrate ways they can solve specific problems or challenges for that audience.Helping a Traditional Field Learn New — and More Inclusive — WaysNow is the time to approach teachers and educators with technology products that will help them not only improve, but also democratize education. Melissa Pelletier, MDR’s education research editor, observes that “VR is the perfect vehicle to help students put themselves in others’ shoes. Kids of all ages could benefit from experiences that require them to work in teams or that show them what it’s like to be discriminated against. Social-emotional skills like empathy are valuable both within the classroom and throughout life. They may not be written into the curriculum like history or math yet, but they’re every bit as important.”With so many educators seeing the results of using AR and VR in the classroom and hearing positive feedback from their students, more teachers and schools will consider transforming their teaching models for the digital age. This gives more tech startups the opportunity to get their solutions in front of an educator audience and continue disrupting what had once been such an entrenched, tradition-bound field. How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experiencelast_img read more

BJP makes big gains in Maharashtra civic polls

first_imgResults at 6.00 p.m.  CorporationTotal SeatsBJPShiv SenaINCNCPMNSOthersDeclaredPending1BMC2275978259713191362Thane1311749317 389423Pune16238149 3551074Pimpari-chichwad12828209 241875Nashik12242203421182406Nagpur15156 17  376757Amravati871534  729588Solapur102171961 750529Akola80397135 6701010Ulhasnagar78322514 16780 Total126834320476589717615076.30 p.m.It is definitely a setback, says CongressMaharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) concedes that the results so far for the 10 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis across the State have signaled a setback to the party.“The results are mixed, with the party doing well in zilla parishads while suffering reverses in the municipal corporations. It is definitely a setback,” party spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan told PTI.He said the results have been unexpected and need to be analysed on the organisational level at the popularity level. “Whether there has been a disconnect between voters and the party leaders should be seen,” he said.6.10 p.m.The BJP’s win in the civic polls is a result of people’s acceptance of our agenda of transparency, says Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.BMC results | 5.50 p.m.Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80The Shiv Sena emerges as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC, winning 84 seats, closely followed by the BJP, which bagged 80 seats, as results for 225 seats poured in.The Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body with 31 seats, followed by the NCP with 9 seats, MNS 7, SP 6, AIMIM 3, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and others 4.Results for two seats in the 227-member House are still awaited. — PTI5.30 p.m.Pankaja Munde offers to quitMaharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde offers to quit the Fadnavis-led government for the BJP’s poor performance in the local body polls in her constituency in Beed district.However, BJP State president Raosaheb Danve downplays the issue. “I had a word with Pankaja Munde. Victory never went into our head and we never got depressed with defeat. We will decide about her stand [resignation],” Mr. Danve says. — PTIResults at 1:45 p.m.BMC: BJP-61, Shiv Sena-93, Congress-22, NCP-7, MNS-10, Others-7. Total: 200/227Thane: BJP-11, Shiv Sena-28, Congress-, NCP-7, MNS-4, Others-4. Total: 54/131Ulhasnagar: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-15, Congress-1, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 46/78Pune: BJP-54, Shiv Sena-9, Congress-11, NCP-29, MNS-6, Others-5. Total: 114/162Pimpri-Chinchwad: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-6, NCP-22, Others-1. Total: 50/128Solapur: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-20, Congress-6, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 59/102Nashik: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-13, Congress-4, NCP-2, MNS-2. Total: 45/122Akola: BJP-25, Shiv Sena-3, Congress-9, NCP-4, Others-12. Total: 53/80Amravati: BJP-17, Shiv Sena-2, Congress-4, NCP-1, Others-11. Total: 35/87Nagpur: BJP-44, Congress-14. Total: 58/151Here are the updates:Akola The BJP gets a clear mejority in the Akola muncipal corporation by winning 42 out of the 81 wards. The Congress secures 12 wards, the Shiv Sena 7, the NCP 5, the BBM 3 and the MIM 1.ThaneThe Shiv Sena leads in Thane with 28 seats and the BJP and the NCP in eight and seven seats respectively.AmaravatiThe BJP is ahead in 17 seats, the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and the BSP in 3 each. There are a total of 87 seats.Sanjay Nirupam blames it on infightingMumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam offered to resign taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the BMC polls. He says party infighting cost them these elections. “I was alone campaigning, as others tried to defeat me, but in turn they cost the party.” BJP and Shiv Sena workers get into an argument near BJP office in Dadar.  | Photo Credit: Deepak Salvi MPCC president Sanjay Nirupam addresses media at his residence, in Mumbai on Thursday. The BJP made big gains in the Maharashtra civic polls, even as it was in a neck-and-neck fight with the Shiv Sena for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, according to latest trends.The BJP is leading in Pune, Nashik, Akola and Amravati Corporations, while the Shiv Sena is ahead in Thane and the NCP in Pimpri-Chinchwad.Read more: BJP set for decisive gains, Shiv Sena has an edge in BMCcenter_img | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate  SolapurOut of the 102 seats in the Solapur Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won 12 and the Shiv Sena 4. This corporation was once the bastion of the Congress owing to regional stalwarts such as Sushilkumar Shinde.The AIMIM makes in roads by winning 8 seats.Trends show the BJP is poised to sweep the SMC.PuneReshma Bhosale, wife of NCP legislator Anil Bhosale, wins from ward number 7 in the Pune Municipal Corporation poll in the city’s Shivajinagar area.Ms. Bhosale, who was denied an NCP ticket, decided to contest on a BJP ticket. However, owing to a controversy in her nomination form, the Bombay high Court quashed her BJP candidature, compelling her to contest as an independentNagpurEarlier reports said that the BJP has secued 54 wards and Congress trailing in 19, BSP in 4 and NCP in 1.The BJP and the NCP are neck-and-neck in the Gadchiroli Zila parishad.Wife of Bhandara BJP MLC Parinay Fuke Mrs. Parinita Fuke wins for the BJP ward 13 in NagpurThe Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde camp wins Ambejogai panachayat Samiti in Beed.This is seen as a setback to BJP leader Pankaja Munde, a cousin of Dhananjay Munde.Pimpri-ChinchwadIn the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the NCP is leading in 20 wards, followed by the BJP in 15PCMC, the bastion of Sharad Pawar’s NCP in Pune, has 128 seats.Incumbent Pune Mayor and NCP leader Prashant Jagtap bags ward number 25 in the Wanowrie area.The results till noon: NCP 5, BJP 3, IND 1. Leads: NCP 19, BJP 19, Shiv Sena 2.MumbaiEarly trends in the BMC indicate a major victory for the Shiv Sena.Despite high octane campaign by Chief Minister Devendra fadnavis, the BJP seem to be failing to grab the top post.Till noon, the Sena was leading in 85 seats, while the BJP was leading in 53. The Congress, however, is turning out to be the major loser as it was leading in only 19 seats.(With inputs from PTI )last_img read more