Pakistan edge Afghanistan in World Cup thriller

first_img(Reuters) – All-rounder Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a thrilling three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Leeds yesterday, maintaining their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals. Chasing a target of 228, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck on the second ball of the innings when he was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Babar Azam, who scored his maiden World Cup century in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand earlier this week, combined with Imam-ul-Haq to stabilise the innings with a steady 72-run partnership.Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi removed the pair to expose the middle order, before Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to leave Pakistan reeling at 142-5. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (18) and Shadab Khan (11) were run-out to set up an intense finale but Wasim and Wahab Riaz (15) ensured there were no further hiccups as they chased down the target with two balls to spare.“When I went in they were bowling brilliantly but I just hung in there. We wanted to bat out the 50 overs and see,” Wasim, who was named man-of-the-match, said.“Thank you to the crowd, it feels like home here. They gave us a boost in confidence. Win our next game and we’ll see what happens. Now we believe we can win from anywhere.” Pakistan, who moved ahead of England to fourth in the table, now need to win their final match against Bangladesh on Friday and hope other results go their way to advance to the semi-finals.EARLY BLOWSEarlier, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed four wickets to restrict Afghanistan to a modest 227 for nine from 50 overs on a flat batting track at Headingley. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Afghanistan stumbled early on, losing captain Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi in back-to-back deliveries to Afridi, who produced a blistering opening spell with the new ball.Afridi, playing only his 18th ODI at the age of 19, returned in the death overs to remove Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan to finish as pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-47.It was a third consecutive win for Pakistan as their campaign gathers momentum in the business end of the tournament. “We know it was not an easy target. Their bowlers used the conditions very well. Everyone chipped in, it was good team work,” Sarfaraz said.“We all know that it is not easy to win our last four games, but we go match by match. We will all be watching India v England tomorrow.”Meanwhile, Afghanistan remain winless after eight games, and just as they did against India earlier this month, they came agonisingly close to a memorable victory.The game was marred by a clash between the supporters of both teams in the stands, with ESPNcricinfo reporting that at least two fans were evicted from the match. Videos shared on social media also showed fans fighting outside the venue, with the International Cricket Council saying it will take action against “any anti-social behaviour”.last_img read more

Panel agrees to state anti-gang czar, pushes prevention

first_imgSchwarzenegger spokesman Bill Maile said the governor’s anti-gang plan, unveiled May 25 in Oakland, already provides “a comprehensive strategy that includes prevention, intervention and suppression strategies to combat the gang problem in California.” The program provides ample state and federal funds and grants for vocational courses, equipment and teachers, after-school programs and school counselors, Maile said. “We are pleased that legislators share the governor’s view that we must make it a priority to confront gang violence,” said Maile. But the budget-conference committee’s select panel on youth-violence prevention, which held hearings last month in Oakland and Los Angeles, said programs such as family and community services also must be bolstered. “Law enforcement tells us again and again that we can’t beat the gang problem with suppression alone,” said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, a Salinas Democrat who chaired the select committee. “This package will be a tremendous boost to cities struggling with gang violence.” SACRAMENTO – A joint Senate-Assembly committee mulling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget said Wednesday that it agreed to a plan to fund a statewide anti-gang czar position, but funneled more money to prevention strategies. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, said the Legislature’s tweaks to the budget “funds the governor’s proposal for a statewide anti-gang coordinator, but shifts the emphasis to include more strategies that intervene in the lives of kids at risk of joining gangs or trying to get out of gangs.” The Legislative Budget Conference Committee adopted a bipartisan anti-gang package that provides nearly $10 million in grants for local gang prevention, intervention programs targeting at-risk youths, and re-entry strategies for former gang members leaving prison. To receive the funds, local agencies would have to match the grants, dollar for dollar – boosting the total for the programs to nearly $20 million. The legislative gang package adds a total of $9.5 million to the state Office of Emergency Services budget. Cities in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas that have heavy gang concentrations would receive $3 million in grants. Other cities could compete for $4.5 million in grants, with $2 million in grants available for community-based organizations. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SA’s police ahead of target

first_img24 March 2006South Africa will exceed its target of increasing the number of police officers to 152 000 by April 2006.Safety and Security spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi told BuaNews on Thursday that his department managed to increase the number of police personnel to 152 236 ahead of the set target, as outlined in the department’s programme of action.Arrests, investigations upAs a result, Mulaudzi said the rate of case investigations and arrests had also increased.“The more police we get, the more we enhance the operational side of our work, which precisely intensifies our fight against crime,” he said.In August 2005 the total staff establishment in the South African Police Service (SAPS) was 148 113.Numbers to increaseThe programme of action states that a total of 11 000 new police recruits would be trained and be on the streets for the 2005/2006 financial year.Mulaudzi said the current number of police officers was expected to rise further to 156 000 by the end of this year and to 158 000 by 2007.By end of March 2008, SAPS anticipates having 165 850 police officers.“Current indications are that we will be able to meet these deadlines,” Mulaudzi said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Moore’s Law Is Dead! (But Not In Mobile)

first_imgMoore’s Law is dead at the age of 50. Everyone says so. And yet, if we look at improvements in mobile performance over the past few years, if anything, we see Moore’s Law in overdrive. What gives?Moore’s Law Is Too ExpensiveMoore’s argument, which has stayed strong for 50 years, is essentially that by shrinking transistors on a chip every 18 months or so, engineers could roughly double performance in that time period. More recently, however, the economics of shrinking transistors has become cost-prohibitive. While Moore’s Law probably has another decade to run, the cost of keeping up is already causing some to lose faith in it.The Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark declares Moore’s Law is “hitting some painful limits,” given the exploding costs of shrinking transistors. The Economist, for its part, highlights the shift away from raw processing power to cloud computing:[T]ransistors can be shrunk further, but they are now getting more expensive. And with the rise of cloud computing, the emphasis on the speed of the processor in desktop and laptop computers is no longer so relevant. The main unit of analysis is no longer the processor, but the rack of servers or even the data centre. The question is not how many transistors can be squeezed onto a chip, but how many can be fitted economically into a warehouse. Moore’s law will come to an end; but it may first make itself irrelevant.But before we bury Moore’s Law, it’s worth exploring its current impact on mobile.Mobile: Moore’s Law In OverdriveIf we think of Moore’s Law in terms of raw performance, and not necessarily a matter of shrinking transistors, then mobile computing clearly shows Moore’s Law in overdrive.For example, if we look at how MacBook Pro performance compares to what Moore’s Law would anticipate (using Geekbench data), it’s clear that Moore’s Law isn’t driving laptop performance:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)Now compare this to the meteoric performance increases for Apple’s mobile iOS devices:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)In the PC market, market growth and investment has slowed considerably, with the cloud taking on more and more of the burden of delivering processing power. In mobile, by contrast, the market is booming and the need for more on-device processing power is sprinting to keep pace with software (and cloud) innovation. Again, I’m not really talking about the number of transistors scrunched onto a single chip, which is at the heart of Moore’s Law, but rather an extrapolation thereof: mobile chip performance is off the charts, even as it stagnates in PCs.Room To RoamThis isn’t new, but it’s being overlooked in the premature eulogies for Moore’s Law. As Intel’s Matt Ployhar wrote back in 2010, the mobile industry is moving at “Moore’s Law pace or faster.” And then there’s Raj Sabhlok’s contention that even if Moore’s Law is petering out for hardware, something similar is happening in software: “The price of software applications has plummeted, while the functionality and quality has grown exponentially.”Either way, expect the pace of computing—and innovation—to accelerate for years within mobile. Call it the revenge of Moore’s Law, or whatever you want. But it’s fast, and getting faster.Photo by Pawel Loj; charts by ReadWrite Related Posts Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#mobile#Moore’s Law What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more