Video: Mario Balotelli inhales helium balloon then sings Liverpool songs

first_imgEver the entertainer, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s latest escapade involves singing ‘Liverpool’ with a high pitch helium voice.Fresh from having a liver bird shaved into his barnet, ahead of the Merseyside derby, the Italian striker has been filmed inhaling helium from a balloon, then singing the name of his new team.We’re not too sure about his singing voice, helium or not, but Kopites will be praying he hits the right notes on the pitch when the Redmen face Everton at Anfield.As far as Liverpool fans are concerned, though, Balotelli can sing what he wants, as long as – unlike the balloon – he’s not a let down!last_img read more

No turning back for 2010 hosts

first_img2009 promises to be another heady year for South Africa, but in just 12 months, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be tuning in for the 2010 Final Draw, an event that will kick-start the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen. TNS Research Surveys, which has gauged public confidence levels over preparations for 2010, says every South African stands to benefit considerably from our hosting of this event. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test. As Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently remarked: “There is no turning back.” Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with. The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as numerous other 2010-related construction projects has performed remarkably well. So much so, that both Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee have expressed confidence that South Africa will meet its 2010 requirements ahead of schedule. 24 December 2008 “We need to harness this energy to talk up the event,” the organisation said in a recent statement. “We recall the incredible energy and joy that swept the whole country when the bid result was announced. Negativity risks damaging this energy and can affect our actual ability to do what we know we can do.” In addition, preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the World Cup – are on target, with tickets selling briskly. There was also good news on the crime front, with the launch of the recruitment process for 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 and the acquisition of high-tech security equipment – including helicopters, body armour and high-tech bomb disabling equipment – for the tournament. Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues. And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from. What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.last_img read more

Six Technologies Poised to Change the Future of Film

first_imgWhat does the future hold for filmmaking? These six new technologies may change things in ways you haven’t imagined.Top image via LytroIn 1885 two French brothers invented the first moving picture machine and filmed a train arriving at a station and everyone lost their minds. Since then, the medium has evolved; film has added color and sound and become digital and three-dimensional. We’ve seen the likes of D. W. Griffith, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Keanu Reeves, and Steven Spielberg all work to redefine what we consider to be movies, film, cinema and good.Now it’s 2016 and we’re over a hundred years removed from The Great Train Robbery. Screens are getting smaller and smarter, while films are getting bigger and more diverse and easier to consume than ever before. At the current rate, what we perceive as films will change much more drastically in the next hundred years than the last. Here are six emerging filmmaking technologies that just might be the instruments of that change.1. Light Field TechnologyImage via LytroCameras are progressing at a rate that can only be described as “whoa” and are even beginning to break the rules of image capture. A new camera by Lytro, the ILLUM, is the world’s first commercially available “light field camera.” What does it do?Well, basically when you take a picture with the ILLUM, you capture all of the image with all of the available information. Not just the parts in focus. Not just the light you see. All of it. Everything. Which essentially lets you decide in post what you want your aperture and focus to be.You can read more about the science here and explore the company’s other high-tech endeavors here.2. Flat LensesImage via Harvard SEASA team of Harvard researchers are working to patent a new type of optical lens that is flat rather than curved. Why you ask? Because a flat, ultra-thin lens can theoretically offer complete accuracy over a wider range of wavelengths and reduce chromatic aberrations usually associated with curved-lens capture. The new technology would certainly re-image how we create and package cameras — possibly resulting in doing away with any connotations of what a “camera” does and looks like.3. iPhone 7 Dual-Lens CameraWhile, the iPhone 7 won’t be the first phone camera to use dual lenses — it’ll probably be the best. Apple’s purchase of LinX Imaging gives the company the technology to give their phones SLR-quality image capturing capabilities, along with the always included fun gimmicks and features. There have already been some celebrated feature films shot on iPhones in the past, so it may not be too long before it becomes less of a gimmick and more of a trend.4. Canon PatentsImage via CanonAs we posted about earlier this month, there have been some hints and patent leaks that point to some major Canon announcements by the end of the summer. Highlights include a new Canon 5D, a camera which has routinely shaken up the world of digital video and photography over the last decade. And a possible Canon C700 to compete with the ARRI AMIRA. Regardless of your feelings about the brand, the breakthroughs seem to be speeding up as pixel counts sky rocket and the high-end bottoms out toward better cameras in the hands of more and more people.5. Computerized Sound DesignImage via MIT CSAILFrom this Washington Post article, MIT researchers have developed a computer system that can analyze silent video and add in realistic sound. While this is a work in progress based on the findings in the report, the notion of computerized algorithms sound designing an entire film could open up a whole world of possibilities for other elements of production.6. AI-written ScreenplaysWhich leads into this eerie and odd look into how a computer’s “mind” works.  New York University AI researcher Ross Goodwin teamed up with director Oscar Sharp to create Benjamin: a self-named recurrent neural network that penned its own screenplay after being fed dozens of science fiction movies as source material.You can watch the finished product (starring Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch) awkwardly unfold above. (Thankfully, it doesn’t appear Benjamin is on the fast-track to taking over Hollywood anytime soon.)There’s no real way to tell what the future holds in store. If the last century has served as any indication (the jump from Buster Keaton silent comedies to fully rendered interspecies adventures), there really aren’t any good ways to predict what will ever be next. As long as artists keep creating stories and audiences keep watching, it’s really just up to us to enjoy the ride. Have any other imaginations on the future of film? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Strengthening AgriTourism Link To Reduce Food Import Bill

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 10 IMMIGRATION KIOSKS INSTALLED AT SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Related Items:agri-tourism, food import bill, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, reduce, Tourism Linkages Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 3 (JIS): Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the strengthening of linkages between tourism and agriculture has the potential to boost both sectors and reduce the country’s food import bill.He said a demand study conducted by the Tourism Linkages Hub, housed in the Ministry, indicates that tourism can potentially generate the “greatest benefits” for farmers and the suppliers of local produce.Dr. McNeill was addressing tourism and agriculture interests at the first in a series of Tourism Linkages Hub stakeholders’ consultations held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.Noting that the tourism industry is “doing quite well,” welcoming some 3.5 million stopover and cruise ship visitors over the past two years, he said the sector has also attracted “significant levels of investments” with an additional 5,500 hotel rooms earmarked for development over the next three years.Dr. McNeill said the Government is looking to translate the success of the sector to other segments of the society, including the agricultural sector. He argued that by producing food and selling it to the hotels, attractions, and guest houses, the money stays in Jamaica and reduces imports. “That’s what we want to do…that’s how we are going to grow the economy of Jamaica, and that’s how we are going to enrich Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill said that for the linkage to work, all stakeholders must collaborate to determine the produce needed, and how these will the supplied in terms of volume, quality, cost, and timelines.“I have said to the hub that we are going to put the systems in place. They have done the demand study; I have gone through it… (but) more work needs to be done; we are going to have to drill down even more into this area (agriculture),” Dr. McNeill said.“The opportunities are there; it’s up to us to really push and do it,” he added.In his remarks, Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the agro-tourism linkage is an idea “whose time has come.”He commended Dr. McNeill on his vision to establish the linkages hub, and the focus on increasing the supply of local produce to the tourism market. “Dr. McNeill and his team truly understand that cuisine is, indeed, a major component of the tourism and hospitality industry, and that market, therefore, is an attractive and lucrative one for the agricultural sector,” he noted.Mr. Kellier said a close examination of Jamaica’s high food import bill shows that a large proportion of the products brought in goes to the tourism sector.“We believe, however, that Jamaican produce and our renowned cuisine must be a part of the menu provided in our hotels and resorts. We, therefore, welcome every strategy that will enable us to increase our supply to a market that has come right into our front room,” he stated.Mr. Kellier added that: “Jamaica can only prosper on a sustainable basis when we develop and maintain linkages to ensure that every industry and economic activity allows as many people as possible, to prosper.”Over 50 representatives of public and private sector institutions and interests attended the meeting. Recommended for you Tourism Minister Welcomes Spanish Hotel Chain Melia Jamaica Secures Additional Airline Seats Out Of Europelast_img read more

OBITUARY Americo R Rulli 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Americo R. Rulli, of Danvers and a former longtime resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully, February 4, 2018. He was 87 years of age. Americo was the beloved husband of the late Antonina (Lauria) Rulli. Born in Boston he was one of seven children of the late Antonio and Domenica (DeMeis) Rulli.Americo was raised and attended school in Medford. He was a decorated United States Army Veteran of the Korean War honorably serving from 1952 to 1954. Americo worked for a number of years as an Engine Cleaner at Conrail freight yard in Allston. He also worked for many years prior to his retirement as a self-employed interior painter. Very talented with his hands, Americo enjoyed wood crafting and spending time tending to his garden. He also enjoyed horse racing, traveling and vacations in Maine. However, his greatest joy was his family and nothing made him happier than to spend time with his children and grandson. He will be greatly missed.In addition to his late wife and parents, Americo is sadly predeceased by his sisters, Viola Rulli, Mary Gifun, and Josephine DeFasio.He is survived by his children, Anthony Rulli and his wife Kimberly of Billerica, Diane Toomey and her husband Richard of Danvers. He was the loving grandfather of Richard J. Toomey of Methuen. Brother of Helen Cahill of Illinois, Hilda Cara and Anthony Rulli, both of Burlington.Family and friends are respectfully invited to gather at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 374 Main St., WILMINGTON, Thursday, February 7th, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Military Honors and burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Americo’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.Americo R. Rulli(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Xiaomi to slash Poco F1 price bring Game Turbo mode soon Top

first_img Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:25Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:20?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Xiaomi’s most successful flagship smartphone to date Poco F1 will soon get a price cut in India. The company has announced that the 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage model, which many believe it to be perfectly configured marquee phone, can be bought for Rs 2,000 less next week from March 25 to March 27.This means the Poco F1 (6GB RAM+ 128GB storage) can be bought for Rs 20,999 against MRP: Rs 22,999 on Flipkart and mi.com. Most of the Xiaomi fans would have already bought this model by now, but others who are still looking for a true premium phone, which doesn’t cost a bomb, then the Poco F1 is the one for you. Poco F1 (6GB RAM 128GB storage) model to get price cut for limited time in IndiaPoco India/Twitter (screen-shot)Having used the Poco F1 (review) Armoured Edition for more than a month, have to say, it’s a beast with long-lasting battery life. Also, the camera is also good, especially the video taking capability is exceptional. Thanks to Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) feature, you can get balanced video even if you wobble/shake during the recording.Furthermore, the company has announced to release a firmware update soon to further improve the gaming experience on the Poco F1. It plans to release a dedicated Game Turbo mode that will offer user best user-experience with performance boost so that graphics-rich games play flawlessly and buttery smooth on the phone. Poco F1 Game Turbo mode will enhance user experience on the phone.Poco India/Twitter (screen-shot)For those unaware, the Poco F1 flaunts a sturdy polycarbonate shell on the back with a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor below it. On the front, it flaunts a 6.18-inch full HD+ display with iPhone X-like notch on the top housing an advanced 20MP camera with an IR sensor for face unlock capability. It can even work in a dark environment.Under-the-hood, it houses Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Qualcomm’s most powerful and fastest processor to date and it is backed by the Liquid Cool technology and the newly introduced DSP architecture with AI performance that’s three times higher than the previous generation. Supported by up to 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM, Poco F1 can render the most demanding games at high FPS for an unparalleled gaming experience, the company claims.As far as the camera is concerned, it comes with feature-rich 12MP (Sony IMX363, F1.9, 1.4μm) + 5MP AI dual camera, Dual Pixel Autofocus, HDR, Multi-frame Noise Reduction, more than 200 AI scene detection, AI Beautify and AI portrait mode. Poco F1 comes with powerful Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU and a big battery.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaOn the front, it features equally impressive 20MP sensor with 1.8μm pixel size, 4-in-1 Super Pixel, F2.0 aperture, HDR, AI scene detection, AI Beautify, AI portrait mode and Infrared illuminator + infrared camera for the Face Unlock feature.Poco F1 comes with big 4,000mAh battery, which is enough to last a whole day if not more under mixed usage. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It currently runs on Android Oreo 8.1-based MIUI 10 OS.last_img read more

Equity markets end on a positive note all eyes on RBI policy

first_imgTaking cues from European markets, Indian equity indices ended Monday’s trade on a positive note. After recouping losses in the afternoon trade, while 30-share index Sensex closed at 26,349.10, up 0.45 percent, 50-share index Nifty was up 0.52 percent to close at 8,128.75 points.Despite trading in the red till afternoon, market indices took cues from European markets which showed a comeback after initial losses and recovered towards the end of the trade.Asian Paints was the top gainer with a rise of 3.62 percent to close at Rs 937.65. Other major gainers were Hindalco, Lupin, M&M and Yes Bank among others on Monday trade. Tech Mahindra, TCS and HDFC were among the major losers with Tech Mahindra closing at Rs 462.40, down 2.32 percent. Among sectors, IT, capital goods, oil and gas dragged the market with rest supporting the uptrend.Market participants are in a ‘wait and watch’ mode as RBI is all set to announce its next policy review on December 7, making it the first review post demonetization announced by the government. While most participants are expecting monetary easing, guidance on liquidity management will be the key to drive market directions, analysts said.Meanwhile, services sector contracted in November as order flow fell for the first time since June 2015, weighing on investors’ sentiments. The Nikkei India Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a yardstick to gauge services sector activity, stood at 46.7 in November against 54.5 recorded in October. A score below 50 signals contraction in activity.On Monday trade, the Indian currency closed 0.03 percent higher at 68.21 per dollar.last_img read more

NPCI shows green flag to WhatsApp Payments in India service limited to

first_imgWhatsApp Payments available in IndiaIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) on February 17, has given nod for the preliminary launch of the WhatsApp Payments in India. The corporation has approved the beta testing of the UPI-based service but only for one million users and with a restricted transaction limit.The popular messaging app has already started rolling out the new feature in India for a limited number of users.The NPCI said in an official statement: “Currently, the NPCI has given its consent to roll out WhatsApp BHIM UPI beta launch with the limited user base of one million and low per transaction limit. Four banks will join the multi-bank BHIM UPI model in phases (in the coming weeks) and full feature product shall be released after the beta test is successful.” WhatsApp Payments: List of banksIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe NPCI, according to its official website, “is an umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India.” It has been working to make the digital payments smoother in the country since it was formed in 2009. It is also responsible for rolling out globally recognized products like BHIM-UPI (Bharat Interface for Money).With the introduction of UPI service, WhatsApp will face a number of competitors in the Indian market like Paytm, PhonePe, Tez, and others. In a recent statement, Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was critical of WhatsApp’s upcoming UPI payment service and raised some safety concerns. Nice ! I hope full obligation of BHIM like security and tx data sovereignty too will be implemented before full launch. https://t.co/P8vjvkzkgz— Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) February 16, 2018Sharma stated that the WhatsApp’s UPI payment system is not secure as it does not comply with the existing guidelines. He also alleged that Facebook was “killing beautiful open UPI system with its custom close garden implementation.”WhatsApp has over 250 million active users in India. WhatsApp Payments integration is expected to help many small-scale merchants and normal users to send and receive money through digital transactions.last_img read more

Traders cheer Sebis new guidelines for equity derivatives and cash segments

first_imgTraders hope the ease of doing business will improve drastically with the new uniform guidelines for membership structure in equity derivatives and cash segments, a report says.The norms that trading regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has framed will become applicable from April 1 to a trading member, self-clearing member, clearing member and professional clearing member.”Unification of membership structure across equity cash and derivatives segments of stock exchanges is vital to improving ease of doing business,” the Sebi circular says.A stockbroker in the cash segment who is already registered as a self-clearing member or a clearing member in the derivatives segment would “automatically” have the same status in the cash segment from April 1, it said.On the other hand, the professional clearing members would be treated the same in both the segments.Stockbrokers in the cash segment now act as both trading as well as self-clearing members, but in the derivatives segment they act as separate entities, the report said.Stockbrokers, not yet registered as a self-clearing member or clearing member, in the derivatives segment, can discharge the same work in the cash segment subject to certain conditions.Such entities would have to comply with net-worth requirements on or before September 30, according to the circular.The entities failing to meet the requirement would continue as a trading member in cash segment subject to conditions. They would have to tie up with a clearing member or professional clearing member on or before September 30 to clear and settle their trades.”The existing PCMs (professional clearing members) in derivatives segment shall become PCMs in cash segment with effect from April 1.”However, the existing Custodian Clearing Member in the cash segment shall continue to act as Custodian Clearing Member in cash segment only,” Sebi says.The Sebi board decided In June last year to discard the category of sub-brokers as market intermediaries taking into account the growth of online platforms that made their role redundant to a large extent.last_img read more

Tollywood actor found dead in Siliguri hotel

first_imgKolkata: Payel Chakraborty, an aspiring television actress, was found hanging in a hotel room in Siliguri on Wednesday morning.Police have already started a thorough probe into the death, though prima facie investigation has revealed that she had committed suicide.According to police sources, Payel had checked into a hotel on Church Road in Siliguri on Tuesday evening and claimed to have come there from Kolkata.She was carrying two bags and informed the hotel staff that she had come there for the purpose of visiting Gangtok. She was staying in room number 213 of the hotel. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn conditions of anonymity, a hotel staff said Payel told them that she was carrying her dinner and so they should not call her unless there is any emergency.She further informed that she would leave for Gangtok on Wednesday morning. At around 11 am on Wednesday, when it was time for room cleaning service, the hotel staff knocked repeatedly on her door but it went answered.The hotel manager then informed Siliguri police. A team rushed to the hotel and at around 12 noon, the door that was bolted from inside was broke open. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe was found hanging from the ceiling fan with the help of a piece of cloth. The body was taken to Siliguri District Hospital where she was declared brought dead. The police immediately contacted her family members on the basis of the address and contact number provided for the hotel register. However, no suicide note was found from her room.Payel, who had acted in a number of television serials, made a special appearance in Dev starrer film ‘Cockpit’. Her film ‘Kelo’ is supposed to release this month where she played the role of a doctor. Her next film ‘Chaturtha Ripu’ is also scheduled for release by the end of this year.Preliminary investigations revealed that Payel was suffering from severe mental stress.She got divorced recently and is survived by a son. “She always acted with absolute dedication and professionalism and didn’t give the slightest inkling of any problem. I still cannot believe that she is no more. Within a few months, we had become very good friends,” one of her co-actress in the film — ‘Kelo’ said.last_img read more