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Sachin Tendulkar scores 50th Test ton in South Africa

first_imgA bent left knee, a high left elbow and the ball meeting the middle of the bat and rushing towards cover- point. That was the sight cricket fans the world over had been waiting for since October 11 this year, when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar had reached his 49th Test century against Australia in Bangalore.Click here to EnlargeOn Sunday, leading an improbable rearguard in the company of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Tendulkar delivered exactly that picture, scampering through for a single off the top bowler in the world, Dale Steyn, and making himself the first batsman to reach 50 centuries in the 133-year history of Test cricket.As he ran across the 22-yard strip at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, he raised his arms skywards and then, as is his wont, looked to the heavens for blessings from the almighty and also his late father. After the day”s play, Tendulkar dedicated the ton to his father. “Yesterday was my father”s birthday. I dedicate this century to him. As for myself, I am happy to have scored runs. I really don’t know how to express my feelings,” he told reporters.Perhaps even more than the sheer mountain of statistics created by this diminutive colossus, it is the context of this knock that needs to be put into perspective.Fourteen thousand-plus runs in 175 Test matches and 17,598 runs in 442 One-Day Internationals wouldn”t have mattered a jot if Tendulkar had got out early. After all, having shot India out for 136 and posted 620 for four declared, South Africa were going for the jugular and had reduced India to 277 for six.advertisementCounter-attack was the name of the game for Tendulkar as he displayed his trademark mix of caution and aggression in his unbeaten 107 (226 balls, 13×4, 1×6) and, with Dhoni blasting his way to a half-century at the other end, suddenly the hopes of a cricketmad nation rose again.Tendulkar himself has been doing his best impression of a phoenix in this calendar year, rising from the ashes of his injury and form woes of the last few years to stroke seven hundreds in Test cricket since January 1, 2010.His overall tally of 1,539 runs in this calendar year so far has come at a staggering average of 85.50. Add the epoch-making 200 not out in an ODI against the Proteas in Gwalior in February and it just proves that not only is Tendulkar far from finished, he is also enjoying the greatest period in a career strewn with purple patches. No wonder Time magazine has listed his ODI double ton as one of the 10 greatest moments in all sport this year.Speaking about his streak, Tendulkar said: “It”s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn”t let it go.”When it all began on November 15 in sunny Karachi 21 years ago, the promise was there for all to see. After all, there was an unbeaten triple hundred in a then world record 664-run partnership with good mate Vinod Kambli for Shardashram Vidya Mandir in the Lord Harris Shield in 1988 and a ton on his first-class debut for Mumbai.But a meagre return of 15 runs and a bloody nose, courtesy fellow debutant Waqar Younis, seemed to add steel to the baby-faced 16-year-old, and almost every bowler in the world born in his era suffered as a result. The first Test hundred was nearly achieved on a difficult tour to New Zealand in 1990, but Tendulkar fell 12 runs short in Napier and had to wait six more months, till August 9, 1990, till an off-drive for three off Angus Fraser took him to three figures for the first of 96 occasions at Old Trafford in Manchester.Tendulkar then sealed his growing reputation as the one to watch out for with a sparkling 148 at Sydney in the New Year Test of 1992 against an Australian attack featuring Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid, Merv Hughes and a debutant leg-spinner named Shane Warne. India went on to lose the fivematch series 4-0 but one knock that stayed in the minds of pundits was 161-ball 114 on a lightning fast Perth wicket against four quicks.From there to greatness was just a series of steps for Tendulkar and, while there can be no doubt whatsoever about his feats as a batsman, one just needs to imagine what it would be like to actually be him in this country of cricket fanatics. And yet he remains modest and intensely private as ever.advertisementHis message for his fans was simplicity itself: “I thank all my fans who have supported me all these years. I promise that I would continue to perform and make you all happy. I hope that I will keep getting your support in the future too.”-(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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PNP Government Hosts Public Press Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – A hot topic in the headlines today, members of the public turned up for a Public Press Conference on Monday evening at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex. It was an opportunity for residents to speak their minds, openly, and hear the government’s views on matters of national interest.Many turned up to listen and pose questions about the government’s take on the UK’s appropriation of an additional $2.2 million dollars for the Special Investigation Prosecution Team – in light of reported “credible threats” against the investigating team.The agenda also included UK’s refusal of the House of Assembly recommendations for Constitutional Review, the controversial immigration Bill 2015. It’s no secret that the TCI government has been questioning the future of TCI’s relationship with the UK in light of recent decisions against the government’s wishes.The meeting was hosted by Premier Hon. Rufus Ewing and members of his cabinet. We’ll have reactions from that Public Press Conference in our subsequent report. Related Items:gus lightbourne gym, immigration bill, premier rufus ewing, public congerence, Sipt Recommended for you Science Fair open to public viewing by noonlast_img read more

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Razer heads to the dark side with new Star Wars accessories for

first_img Razer’s mid-2019 Blade gaming laptops glide along the cutting edge Razer makes its Blade Pro gaming laptop future-ready Tags 1:34 Now playing: Watch this: Peripherals Star Wars Razercenter_img 0 Razer’s new Stormtrooper accessories.  Razer Need a little more of the evil Empire in your life? Razer’s got you. On the eve of Star Wars Day, the gaming hardware company is rolling out a new line of black and white Stormtrooper-inspired peripherals, including customized versions of the BlackWidow Lite mechanical keyboard, the Atheris wireless mouse and the Goliathus Extended gaming mouse mat. All the accessories prominently feature the Stormtroopers, making it a perfect fit for those aspiring to work at a future version of the Death Star. “Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon with a rich history not only in cinema, but also in gaming,” Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a statement. “We are excited to join forces with Lucasfilm to create this special collection for our biggest fans and to bring the design of the saga’s most iconic characters to gaming peripherals.”The sleek color scheme, however, will cost you a little more. The Star Wars Atheris mouse is $60 (regular version is $50) while the Stormtrooper BlackWidow Lite is $100 (regular version is $90). razer-stormtrooper-2019-studio-shot-5Razer’s Stormtrooper accessories.  Razer At $35 the Goliathus Extended gaming mouse is $5 cheaper than the Chroma version, though it does lose the Chroma’s adjustable hues. Each accessory is available Friday. Razer is just the latest company to get in on the Star Wars action, with deals aplenty for fans hoping to save big on gear this year before Episode IX hits theaters this December. Here’s hoping that next year’s Razer-Star Wars crossover features a lightsaber-powered toaster.  23 Photos Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

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Facebook changes to how it ranks videos by focusing on original content

first_imgFacebook is switching up how you see videos. Facebook Facebook wants to help filmmakers build a platform and users find quality content. To do so, the social media site is changing up how it ranks videos. In a blog post published on Monday, Facebook Product Management Director David Miller said going forward the social network will prioritize original content.”We want to help media companies — whether large, small, global, or local — continue their invaluable work,” Miller said.The update is based on three factors: loyalty and intent, video and viewing durations, and originality. The new ranking system will change how videos are seen across the site including news feed and video recommendations.Miller said Facebook plans to add more weight to videos that people search for and watch multiple times. Additionally, videos that are watched longer will be prioritized. Facebook plans to limit the distribution of “unoriginal or repurposed content from other sources.” The social media site will also dial back on pages that participate in “sharing schemes.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook 0 Digital Mediacenter_img Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Post a comment Tags 1:23last_img read more

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Intel promises faster laptops with Ice Lake chips this year

first_img May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED Intel still has massive challenges. Among them: a PC processor thrust from rival chipmaker Qualcomm; competition with the convenience and connectivity of smartphones; and the loss of its manufacturing technology lead to Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. In addition, Apple is rumored to be considering a switch from Intel processors to Arm chips in its laptops. The consumer electronics giant already uses the Arm family of processors in its iPhones and iPads.In a separate plan, called Project Athena, Intel detailed the changes it hopes to bring to PCs. The company aims to enable a PC with processing power, snappy response and long battery life. Today, PC customers often have to choose which of those are a priority and which they’ll sacrifice, but Athena is designed to deliver it all.Finally, Ice Lake’s new manufacturing processIntel executives, describing their product ahead of the Computex show in Taiwan where Ice Lake’s specs were unveiled, were eager to discuss something other than the Sky Lake designs that arrived in 2015. Back then, Intel had a “tick-tock” approach to chip progress. A tick in one year moved to a more advanced manufacturing process, and a tock the next year updated the fundamental chip design, called its microarchitecture.That system collapsed when Intel couldn’t get reliable results from its new manufacturing process with smaller circuitry. It’s been harder for the chip industry to keep pace with the steady progress charted by Moore’s Law, named for Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, but Intel was stalled on 14nm even as TSMC and Samsung moved ahead.Ice Lake is built with electronics features that measure 10 nanometers — about five times the width of a DNA strand. That size lets the company cram twice as much circuitry into a given area compared with today’s 14nm chips. Intel has been stuck on the 14nm “tock.” The company has refined its 14nm process significantly and offered some rare 10nm chips. Still, Ice Lake marks the first serious arrival of 10nm manufacturing. It also introduces a new microarchitecture called Sunny Cove.”We’ve overhauled the microarchitecture to get better performance out of the box,” said Ronak Singhal, Intel’s director of CPU computing architecture. “Your apps will get faster just by moving to the latest hardware.”Intel’s more optimistic tone is evident.”Intel definitely has more spring in their step than they’ve ever had before,” said Anshel Sag, an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy. “There’s a lot more ambition and excitement within the company, top to bottom.”Smaller circuitry lets Intel put more electronics on the chip, and one of the biggest beneficiaries here will be those who like Intel’s all-purpose Thunderbolt connector. Adding all that circuitry means Ice Lake chips are significantly bigger than they could have been, though, which means Intel can’t make as many of them from each 300mm silicon wafer it sends through its manufacturing lines.As circuitry shrinks, though, chipmakers pile more and more duties onto processors that previously relied on separate chips. “In our history, we never went through an integration of this size since we integrated graphics on Sandy Bridge,” chips Intel debuted in 2011, said Ophir Edlis, a senior principal engineer.Intel not out of the woods yetIce Lake is a big deal for Intel, but it’s not victory.Intel PC group leader Chris Walker holds a 10nm Ice Lake processor. Stephen Shankland/CNET For one thing, its use of 10nm manufacturing will be limited. Processors for desktop PCs — plugged into the wall for power and thus not needing Ice Lake’s better efficiency — will continue to use the Sky Lake design built on the 14nm process. “10nm has ongoing yield issues,” Kanter said, meaning that an undesirably high fraction of chips don’t meet quality standards.Another challenge is that smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is eager to sell its own Arm-family processors to make PCs work more like phones with long battery life and connections to mobile networks. Microsoft and others used to living in Intel’s world will likely provide the software support that will require.”Microsoft has tried and given up in the past,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Techsponential. “But it really looks like Microsoft is going to make the long-term investments needed for Windows on Arm to succeed.” That support is necessary to get computer makers like Asus, Lenovo, HP and Dell to commit their design and sales teams.The Arm-based Apple questionFinally, there’s Apple. It just upgraded its influential MacBooks to ninth-generation Intel Core processors. But moving to Arm processors, as persistent rumors suggest is likely, would be a major blow to Intel. Apple declined to comment on its plans.With Ice Lake, though, Intel can legitimately say it’s again moving forward, improving power and performance.It expects improvements over Ice Lake’s Sunny Cove microarchitecture — Willow Cove in 2020 and Golden Cove in 2021. Intel’s next-generation 7nm manufacturing process is due to go online in 2021, too, shrinking circuitry further. And its Foveros chip-stacking technology could enable more performance and flexibility.”Things haven’t been as exciting in the processor world for many years,” said Christopher Voce, a Forrester analyst. With Ice Lake, though, “Everything they’ve shown is impressive. They turned it up a notch.”Originally published May 27.Update, May 28, 12:53 p.m. PT: Adds more detail about Thunderbolt. Meet Intel’s Ice Lake processor, due to speed up PCs in 2019 After four years, Intel finally has a new processor design. And it’s something the company doesn’t have to be ashamed of. Ice Lake — officially Intel’s 10th-generation Core processor — clocks in at roughly 18% faster than its predecessor, Intel said. The processor’s graphics speed is 50% to 80% faster, and dedicated circuitry will boost AI software and double video-handling speeds. The new processor also has built-in Thunderbolt support for faster connections to external devices, and a companion chip brings improved Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking. It’s also got better gaming performance, with Intel demoing an Ice Lake laptop playing Destiny 2 at its Computex keynote.The new chip kickstarts Intel’s manufacturing process, which stalled with the previous Sky Lake design. The earlier chip was supposed to be on the market for two years, but Intel instead extended its life with modest tweaks while working through its manufacturing problems. Ice Lake will likely usher in thinner, faster and more capable laptops. Software should also improve to take advantage of the more powerful brains that can run it. Combined, we might actually have a reason to put our phones down and upgrade our PCs.”Is there enough here to catalyze customers into saying, ‘Hey, I want to look at this new laptop?”‘ said David Kanter, an analyst at Real World Tech. “The answer is yes.” Computex 2019 • Share your voice Laptops Computers See All Tags Post a comment reading • Faster 10th-gen Ice Lake laptop chip gives Intel some of its mojo back 0 Computex 2019 May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying 16 Photos Qualcomm Processors ARM Asus Dell HP Intel Lenovo Microsoft Samsung Applelast_img read more

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Palestinians react as US ends funding

first_imgSaeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, speaks to journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 1 September Palestinians reacted angrily today to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause. Photo: AFPPalestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.Washington, which until last year was by far the biggest contributor to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), announced on Friday that it would no longer make any contributions to the “irredeemably flawed operation”.The move by president Donald Trump’s administration was described as “cruel and irresponsible” by senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.“The Palestinian refugees are already the victims who have lost their homes, livelihoods and security as a result of the creation of the state of Israel,” she said.The US has backed Israel in accusing the agency of perpetuating the Middle East conflict by maintaining the idea that many Palestinians are refugees with a right to return to homes in what is now Israel.But to Palestinians, the right of return for the hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war that accompanied Israel’s creation is central to their cause.Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the American administration was invalidating future peace talks by “preempting, prejudging issues reserved for permanent status” negotiations.Palestinian and Israeli “elements that want to achieve peace peacefully, based on a two states solution, are being destroyed,” he told AFP.Destroying’ children’s futuresIsrael however welcomed the US move. “Consolidating the refugee status of Palestinians is one of the problems that perpetuates the conflict,” an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Trump had already angered Palestinians by his December recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and axing more than $200 million in bilateral aid for Gaza and the West Bank.The new policy on Jerusalem overturned decades of precedent and prompted the Palestinian leadership to break off relations with the White House.Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Washington’s latest decision “promotes terrorism” and was a violation of UN resolutions.He said Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was considering appealing to UN bodies to challenge the US decision.UNRWA, established in 1949, was already facing financial crisis after Trump announced a $300 million funding freeze in January.The agency, which helps more than five million registered Palestinian refugees, says it now faces major closures to its network of schools and health centres.Mahmoud Mubarak, director of committees that run 19 refugee camps in the West Bank which accommodate some 500,000 Palestinians, warned of “very serious repercussions”.Mubarak said committee representatives would meet Tuesday to discuss their options.In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most children attend UNRWA schools, 55-year-old Hisham Saqallah said the US move was “political blackmail” that would raise tensions.“If they stop aid to schools, this means destroying the futures of a large number of students and throwing them into the street,” he said.“If they stop the aid completely it would have a major effect on our children.”‘Profound’ consequencesUNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the agency would try to close a $217 million shortfall.“If not, some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people on the planet may well suffer,” he told AFP.“People are going to become more desperate and marginalised,” he said, warning of “dramatic, widespread, profound and unpredictable” consequences.Jordan, which is one of just two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, has announced plans to organise a fundraising conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.The country’s foreign minister on Saturday voiced disappointment at the US decision, saying Amman had worked hard to convince Washington to keep funding UNRWA.“Any decline in the agency’s services and any attempt to diminish its role under its UN mandate would threaten dangerous consequences,” Ayman Safadi said.“Cutting refugees off from the agency’s services will deepen their feelings of deprivation” and create dangerous tensions, he said.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US would “intensify dialogue with the United Nations, host governments and international stakeholders about new models and new approaches” for assisting needy Palestinians.But Hugh Lovatt, an Israeli and Palestinian affairs analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Washington would find scant support for its push for an alternative aid conduit.He said it was an attempt to “unilaterally take the Palestinian right of return off the table”.“But US actions are misguided, dangerous, and won’t work… neither Lebanon or Jordan can be expected to play along,” he said.last_img read more

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DNA Evidence Leads to Dropped Murder Charge in 1998 Slaying

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was has been in prison for about 18 years after he was convicted in the 1998 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl is expected to be released this week after new tests showed that DNA on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his.Malcolm Jabbar Bryant, 42, was convicted of stabbing Toni Bullock on Nov. 20, 1998. Bryant was arrested a few weeks after Bullock was killed. Police said the girl was walking with her best friend when a man grabbed her, demanded money and pulled her into a vacant lot before stabbing her. Police had said robbery was the motive.Toni’s friend, the only eyewitness, picked Bryant out of a photo lineup array that the Baltimore Police Department no longer uses.At a news conference Wednesday, Marilyn Mosby said it was dark and rainy the night Bullock was killed, and the witness likely only had three or four seconds to glance at the attacker.In light of the new DNA test, attorneys for Bryant asked for a new trial and, with no objection from prosecutors, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted the motion. When the judge did that, prosecutors dropped all charges.Bryant walked silently out of the courtroom, still handcuffed and shackled, and visibly overcome by emotion.His mother, Annie Bryant, shouted “Hallelujah!” from the gallery.“Eighteen years,” she said outside of the courtroom. “It was a horror.”Michelle Nethercott, an attorney with the University of Baltimore’s Innocence Project Clinic, has worked with Bryant for the past eight years. Nethercott said prosecutors were initially unwilling to support her quest for DNA testing, but have recently become cooperative.During the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Lipscomb said the State’s Attorney’s Office had reopened the investigation earlier this year, and investigators had interviewed the initial eye witness and several of Bryant’s alibi witnesses, as well as reviewed the new DNA test results.Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she understood how painful the exoneration is for Bullock’s family.“They must deal with the unsettling reality that the killer has not been brought to justice,” Mosby said. “We want them to know their daughter has not been forgotten.”Mosby also apologized to Bryant and his family.“My heart breaks for Malcolm Bryant, who was only 25 years old when he was sentenced,” she said. “Now 42, it’s hard to reconcile that we live in a world that would take 17 prime years away from an innocent man for a crime in which he had no part.”Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Bullock’s slaying is now “an active case. We will take pursuit of this killer seriously.”Mosby said Bryant was identified by the witness based on a photo array, and was charged the next day. Davis said Wednesday that the department has changed its technique for how photo arrays are arranged.Instead of presenting six photographs together in a “six-pack,” a witness is given one photograph at a time. In addition, detectives in charge of administering the photos are not informed about the suspect in the array.“Today, this is what our community expects from public safety,” Davis said. “Our community expects us to do the right thing when information that exists identifies people are responsible for crimes, or exonerates people for not being responsible for crimes.”___Associated Press writer Kasey Jones contributed to this report.last_img read more

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