Pakistan appoint new T20 skipper

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.last_img read more

No hitch this time as QPR youngster joins Portsmouth on loan

first_imgQPR youngster Frankie Sutherland has moved to Portsmouth on loan.Sutherland, 19, has joined the League One club for an initial month with a view to extending his stay.The midfielder’s proposed loan move to Fratton Park in November fell through because the deal was not completed by the deadline.Rangers were keen for Sutherland, Michael Harriman, Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer to go out on loan early this year in order to play first-team football.Harriman recently joined Wycombe and Hitchcock Bristol Rovers, while Ehmer has been touted among Championship and leading League One clubs as he has already had spells with Yeovil and Preston.Meanwhile, QPR are on the verge of a deal to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes.See also:QPR youngster’s proposed loan move to Portsmouth collapsesQPR plan to send more players out on loanYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Wild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme Geocaching

first_img SharePrint RelatedJoin in the Geocaching Adventure at the Wild Canyon Games!March 29, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMay 11, 2012In “Community” Geocachers from Foundation Fitness competing in the Wild Canyon Games Geocaching Event. The circle highlights a helicopterFour geocachers finally stood atop the rock covered peak of a desert vista. The geocachers could see the horizon stretch out before them for miles. Lackeys Colin Williams (Colin) and Jenn Seva (MissJenn), accompanied by two other geocachers, climbed high enough to look down on the flight path of an observation helicopter.Logging a geocache near the Wild Canyon Games venueLackey Troy Kaser running in the TriathlonThere were no homes to be seen. They squinted to even find a road. But hidden on the largest geocaching course in the world – 55 square miles – 450 geocaches waited in crevasses and cracks, bushes and trees, to be discovered. Colin and Jenn were part of one of two teams competing in the Wild Canyon Games. The Wild Canyon Games is a team-based adventure race competition.Colin and Jenn’s GPS coordinates told them a geocache was somewhere on that peak. They teamed up with other geocachers to find it. Geocaching is just one event in two days worth of adventure games.In the geocaching event hundreds of competitors had four hours to accumulate the most points – by logging geocaches and recording the unique codes inside. Each geocache carried a point value based on its difficulty, terrain, and distance from the start.Lackeys Annie Love and Nicole Bliss ready to download waypoints for the Geocaching EventThe course crawled with more than 600 geocachers. Teams plotted strategy to unlock the geocaching route they believe would deliver them the most points. They raced the clock.Nearly 130 teams from the Pacific Northwest of the United States competed in the games.Lackey Ernesto Ricks after riding the bike courseColin says they had to take the long detour to try to find just one cache – to help even the playing field, “Sure, we climbed the highest mountain in the area. If we spent the whole time geocaching it would have been unfair to the rest of the field.”Lackeys helped the rest of the field prepare for the event. The Lackey teams assisted competitors by downloading the waypoints on GPS devices and offering GPS device training before the geocaching event began. Groundspeak’s two teams of seven also competed in an Olympic length relay triathlon and a seven stage relay which included, among other obstacles, a 50 foot canyon swing, an elevated ropes course, and a zip-line.Lackeys MissJenn and Colin pointing the mountain they climbedLackey Annie Love (Love) completed the zip line safely. But she says, her fate seemed a little unsure at the top of the tower, “As I was about to step off the Zip Line platform, I had a quick thought of ‘OMG, I am going to die!!’ and then I thought to myself ‘My team needs me.’ and I leaped off.”The weekend wrapped up with a team relay race called Creek to Peak that features Cyclo-Cross, an obstacle course, a lake sprint swim, two mountain sprints, and much more.But for Lackeys like Constance Baldwin, it was the geocaching that defined the weekend. She says, “Geocaching brought us together in sometimes adverse terrain and we cared for each other. It was extremely profound for me personally and made me love the game and Groundspeak and what we do even more.”Wild Canyon Games 2013 is already being planned for next year. When asked by the emcee of the event, “Are you coming back next year?” Lackey Bethany Buer simply said, “Duh!” And we hope to see you there.A special thanks to the Wild Canyon Games organizers and Paul Tannahill (Pablo Mac) and his team for preparing the geocaching Teams at the Wild Canyon Games (not pictured Lackey Volunteers Cathy Hornback and Tom Phillips ) Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Is Windows 8 Winning? Microsoft Says Yes; Data Say No – Updated

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img How is Microsoft’s Windows 8 faring? Reading the tea leaves, it appears that Steve Ballmer’s “modest” comment appears to be on point – or maybe even a bit optimistic.A number of data points have surfaced that seem to confirm earlier reports that while Microsoft’s own hardware is selling fairly well, third-party hardware is struggling. On the other hand, some people with existing Windows 7 hardware appear to be upgrading their PCs. And on Thursday, NPD released data that says Windows device sales have fallen 21 percent, tied in some way to Windows 8.On Tuesday, newly appointed Windows chief marketing officer Tami Reller told investors at a Credit Suisse technology conference that Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the company launched the new operating system 32 days earlier, on Oct. 26. For reference, Microsoft chief executive Ballmer said at the Build conference at the end of October that Microsoft had sold four million Windows 8 upgrades in just four days. But Asus chief financial officer David Chang told The Wall Street Journal that sales of Windows 8 notebooks have struggled, and declined to release sales data. “Demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now,” Chang said. During the third quarter, the worldwide PC market had already shrunk 8.1% versus 2011, as consumers held off purchasing new PCs until the launch of Windows 8. At least anecdotally, the fourth quarter isn’t expected to be much better.“The launch has been somewhat of a challenge, which has been reflected in all the views we’ve been getting from a variety of angles,” said David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC, in an interview Thursday. “And if you triangulate, it confirms or justifies the views that it’s going to be a weak quarter.”Daoud declined to release the shipment data that the firm has collected, but said that information out of Asia – which builds most of the actual PCs that ship with labels from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others – hasn’t been good.NPD’s Actual Retail Data Is WorseBut analyst firm NPD, which tracks actual retail sales, said Thursday that for the period between Oct. 21 through Nov. 17 – which covers the Windows 8 launch – sales are down 24% for notebooks, and 9% for desktops. At least prices have gone up: the average selling price for PCs has jumped from $433 to $477.Here’s the real problem, though: Windows 8 has captured just 58% of all Windows 8 device sales, NPD said, while Windows 7 captured 83% in the same period after launch. Windows 8 tablet sales have been almost non-existent, with unit sales representing less than 1% of all Windows 8 device sales to date, NPD said. (That excludes sales of Windows Surface, NPD said.)“The bad Back-to-School period left a lot of inventory in the channel, which had a real impact on the initial sell-through rates for Windows 8,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst for NPD. “The strong performance of Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens, where Windows 8 truly shines, offers some reason for optimism. These products accounted for 6 percent of Windows 8 notebook sales at an average price of $867 helping to re-establish a premium segment to the Windows consumer notebook market.”The comments by Baker, Chang and Daoud echo what Newegg’s Merle McIntosh told ReadWrite: that Windows 8 sales have been “slow going,” and that hardware sales were similarly slow, though steadily increasing. The License QuestionThe problem, of course, is that no one’s quite sure of what’s being discussed. Microsoft “sells licenses,” certainly, but it’s unclear whether those licenses were sold to OEMs, who may or many not have deployed them as PCs, or whether they’ve “sold through,” as it were, to consumers. And Microsoft has attempted to spin its own sales on a positive note.There’s also a slight difference in comparing Ballmer’s comments with those of Reller, since one is talking about upgrades, and the other, total licenses. Again, the problem is this: if that number already takes into account the so-called “tens of millions” of Windows 8 licenses that Microsoft has already sold to OEMs – and don’t have to install – then the new number doesn’t prove that Windows 8 sales are on the rise. But if it does reflect “new” demand, then it may be fair to say that Windows 8 is succeeding. Windows 8 vs. Windows 7Here’s another way to look at it: On March 4, 2010, Microsoft announced that it had sold more than 90 million Windows 7 licenses, 133 days (about 4 months, 10 days) after Windows 7 launched on Oct. 22, 2009. For comparison, Microsoft has sold an average of 1.25 million licenses per day for Windows 8; Microsoft sold an average of 0.67 million licenses per day for Windows 7.According to Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, who cited Reller’s comments, Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.While that’s impressive, it can also be partially accounted for by the increase in the total number of PCs in the market: At the end of 2009, when Windows 7 launched, the global installed base of PCs was estimated to be 1.25 billion PC. From the available data, that figure has remained relatively static, as older PCs have been scrapped, but a smaller amount has been sold. In 2011, Gartner estimated the 2010 installed PC base at 1.4 billion units, increasing to 2.3 billion by 2015. (Since then, however, analyst firms have also increasingly begun to lump Windows Phone and Windows 7 and 8 devices together, reflecting the rise of tablets and smartphones as full-fledged computing devices.)Nowhere To Go But Up?Ballmer’s “modest” comment reportedly applied only to sales of Microsoft’s Surface tablet – and the company said it applied only to Surface with Windows RT sales in the United States and Canada, at that.But maybe there’s another comment that we should be paying attention to.“We see nothing but a sea of upside!” Ballmer said in response to one of the shareholders at the company’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday. While that’s usually an optimistic statement, it could also reflect a new reality: with Windows 8, Microsoft is at the bottom, and looking up.But here’s the real bottom line: until Microsoft reports actual sales numbers in January during its quarterly report, we just don’t know.Bonus Data: How Folks Are Using Windows 8Microsoft has also shared some usage data about how Windows 8 is used on the first day: More than 90% of customers use the charms – like Search and Share; more than 85% launch the desktop; and half visit the Windows Store. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Asus#Microsoft#Windows 8 last_img read more

Apple & Lenovo: A Tale of Two Companies

first_imgRelated Posts One company started in a garage. The other started in a guard shack in China with $25,000, according to The Economist.The first company took “Computer” out of its name on January 9, 2007. The other is now the leading seller of PCs in the world, by some measures at least.Who Owns The Computer Market?We all know that Apple is still a money machine – and the best in the world at it. But observers like Dan Frommer are now predicting that “Mac shipments… seem to have peaked for good.” That is a stinging comment.Lenovo, meanwhile, might be the best in the world at making computers – at least the desktop and laptop versions.So where will these two behemoths end up over the next few years? Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Opposing ApproachesTom Peters’ seminal book, In Search of Excellence, listed eight themes that defined the success of the corporations. One rule was “Stick to the knitting – stay with the business that you know.”Apple might have rewritten that rule. While there have been questions about the research behind Peters’ book, there are few about Apple’s success through creating and mastering new lines of business. The iPod, iPhone and iPad are powerful examples of how a company can define its own future by strking out in new directions.Still, it is very interesting to speculate on which company’s strategy will win in the end. The question draws me back to my days at Apple – when I watched the company set off in the directions that now define it.What might surprise some people is that the decisions that Apple made were often not conscious ones. They sometimes just happened in Apple’s unique corporate culture.I have described trying to manage at Apple as trying to herd a bunch of cats over a wall with a pitchfork. To complete the image, there was one person whose voice would send the all the cats over the wall instantly. That person, of course, was the late Steve Jobs.Different Paths To Different PlacesLet me try to shed a little light on why Apple and Lenovo are fundamentally different.The first difference is Lenovo’s strategy of making sure there is place to buy one of its computer very close to where the consumers are. Even in an emerging market like China, Lenovo’s goal is to be within 30 miles of every consumer.Apple, meanwhile, got to what I like to call its “metropolitan strategy” through a combination of missteps and vision.In the early ’90s, Apple wanted to strengthen its sales presence in the K-12 education market. Instead of hiring more people, it chose to strengthen the agent model by reducing the number of resellers who could be educations agents. As a manager in Apple’s Education division, I had to make some very difficult calls to small rural dealerships and tell them Apple was changing their contract so that they could no longer sell to education customers. For some of these small resellers, losing Apple’s education business was a death knell.That was a misstep.The vision part came in when Apple figured out that its now-weakened resellers would never do as good a job as Apple-branded stores could. That was the genesis of the fabulously successful Apple Stores.Not everything has changed. Apple has a history of disappointing its partners. Former and current Apple resellers have endless stories of Apple not letting them sell iPods to predatory specials at Apple Stores to chronic availability problems on hot products.For its part, Lenovo has exclusive resellers in China and exclusive territories in India. Both setups are very different than the retail situation in the United States – but they’ve played a big part in Lenovo’s growth and are now actually targets for Apple.The Business MarketAnother huge difference is Lenovo’s focus on corporate PC sales. Lenovo has doubled its success in that market, according to The Economist.At one point, I actually led Apple’s most successful enterprise sales team. We tripled Apple’s sales into arguably the most Windows-centric market in the world, the United States government. But our tiny team were fish swimming against the tide in a company rapidly transforming itself into a consumer powerhouse.Price MattersHere’s one final point. Apple has come to believe it cannot make anything worthy of the Apple brand at a low price point. Lenovo believes it can deliver quality and still serve customers looking for a good deal.If they are both right, that’s a big win for Lenovo. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Apple#China#Lenovo#manufacturing#PCs david sobottalast_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit breaks relation with PPA

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA).The announcement to this effect was made by state BJP president Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the party here on Thursday. NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the BJP central leaders to break alliance with PPA to Gao, who made the announcement on Thursday, a party release informed here on Friday.“The BJP will treat PPA at par with the Congress as an opponent political party,” the release added.The BJP has 47 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly with effective strength of 59 with two independents supporting the party. The PPA has nine MLAs and the Congress has one legislator.The NEDA was formed on May 24, 2016 by BJP along with regional political parties like Naga People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People’s Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front in Northeast India.The NEDA was formed to protect the interest of the people of the region and also for uniting non-Congress parties in the Northeast.last_img read more

Jeev Milkha Singh qualifies as first Indian to play US Open golf tournament

first_imgDIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S). RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED:,DIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S).RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED: Jeev Milkha Singh, as the first Indian to play the US Open golf tournament (one of the US professional circuit’s four golf majors.) He made the cut for the money-making rounds and tied for the 62nd place.CHOSEN: For knighthood, Cambridge University professor Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, for his service to economics. Also chosen for the honour is industrialist G.K. Noon.last_img read more