Sachin Tendulkar is set to have another feather on his cap with the Indian Air Force (IAF) deciding to confer him an honorary group captain’s post. Sources said the IAF had considered giving Sachin an honorary wing commander’s post but top officials decided that the rank wasn’t befitting Sachin’s stature. A group captain’s rank in the air force is equivalent to that of a colonel in the Army. Sources said Sachin may also be invited by the IAF to fly a fighter jet this year to earn ‘wings’.
Pakistan received yet another injury blow on Sunday when their top-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of World Cup due to an ankle injury. Hafeez is the second player to be ruled out after Junaid Khan failing to recover from a thigh injury had to be replaced by Rahat Ali.Hafeez was recently banned by the ICC from bowling due to suspect bowling action. But he has been able to hold on to his place in the Pakistan line-up as an opener. Hafeez in ODIs has scored 4542 runs at an average of 31.10, which includes nine hundreds and 23 half-centuries.It is learnt that the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent the name of left-handed batsman Nasir Jamshed to the ICC technical committee for inclusion in the World Cup squad as a replacement, as reported by dawn.com on Sunday.On Saturday, ICC cleared offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, allowing him to resume bowling in international cricket.
Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Self-driving cars More From Roadshow Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Concept Cars Auto Tech Enlarge Image”Oh yeah, what are you gonna do? Release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?” Continental Hey dawg, Continental heard you liked autonomous vehicles, so it put some autonomous vehicles in an autonomous vehicle to revolutionize how packages are delivered.Continental is using CES 2019 to demonstrate its idea for changing how package delivery works. Instead of relying on a single autonomous vehicle, Continental’s “cascading robots” concept fills a large AV shuttle with smaller, canine-inspired delivery robots that autonomously navigate from the shuttle to wherever a package needs to go.The point of the concept is to highlight areas where autonomy can be implemented above and beyond everybody’s current concepts. Autonomous delivery vans aren’t even things of the future anymore — they’re already dropping off groceries in Arizona. But when the van arrives, the recipient still needs to walk outside and grab the bags. Continental’s solution eliminates that need by replacing human effort with cute little robo-doggos.”The challenges to a delivery robot parallel what we already solve for in automated vehicles,” said Jeremy McClain, director of systems & technology for Continental North America, in a statement. “Plus, delivery robots will require technology that is just as advanced and robust as our automotive solutions.”Autonomy, even without the aforementioned good boys, has the potential to change the logistics in a big way. Self-driving delivery vehicles don’t need to limit themselves to eight-hour shifts, so they can operate all day and night, improving the pace of delivery and eliminating highway-snarling traffic during commuting hours. We might still be years away from seeing a solution this comprehensive in public, but we’re slowly getting there. 85 Photos
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), on Tuesday, revoked the termination order issued to a female employee on the grounds of pregnancy, terming the move as an exceptional case.The counsel for TCS submitted to the Chennai High Court, the decision to revoke the termination “in line with the practice of exempting employees, who are pregnant, from being relieved from the company.” A man walks out of the office of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, IndiaReutersWith the case closed, the IT major issued a statement that read, “Ms. Sasi Rekha has stated in the Affidavit before the Madras High Court that she is pregnant. This fact was not made known to TCS by Miss Sasi Rekha during the exit process. Considering this statement made by her in the Affidavit before the Madras High Court, TCS, while disputing that the employees are workmen within the industrial disputes act, decided to revoke the letter relieving Miss Sasi Rekha, as an exceptional case, in line with its practice of not relieving any employees during pregnancy. This fact was brought to the knowledge of the Court and recording the same the Court has dismissed the writ petition as infructuous.”After the proceedings, Sasi Rekha’s counsel – Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan – said that since the employee was pregnant at the time of termination, the spirit of Section 12 of the Maternity Benefits Act automatically applies to the employee, reported Economic Times.The section stipulates that a pregnant woman cannot be dismissed during her pregnancy.In a separate instance, a male employee of India’s largest software company has taken the legal route, alleging unfair termination. The Chennai High Court will hear the case on Wednesday. TCS’ legal team has submitted its counter to the case on Tuesday afternoon.TCS also reaffirmed that it was not cutting jobs in the thousands, as claimed by the media and other internet-based entities. Still, the rumour gained strength and resulted in trade unions and other fringe groups targetting the nation’s largest private employer.TCS scrip was trading at 2,493.00, down by 7.45 or 0.30% at 11:18 AM.
Share X Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, flanked by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner and others.The Houston Forensic Science Lab says a drug seized on June 7th — field-tested as methamphetamine — turned out to be carfentanil. Dr. Peter Stout with the crime lab held up a tiny baggie as an example.“So just to give you a perspective, this is sugar — I didn’t bring the real stuff with me, but this is sugar. But what we received was 80 milligrams of carfentanil. That much right there is enough for 4,000 lethal doses. The lethal dose of this, you can’t even see.”Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, holds up a baggie of sugar that represents the small amount of Carfentanil needed to kill as many as 4,000 people.A lethal dose could be as little as 20 micrograms. That’s a problem for police officers and EMTs. If it gets on your finger and you touch your mouth or eyes, it can kill you. Fentanil and the more powerful Carfentanil are sometimes pressed into pills to look like vicodin or xanax. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says police are receiving special training.“We are urging all first responders to make the assumption that there’s fentanil in the drug that they’re dealing with. We are in the process of ordering better, thicker gloves for our personnel, and we’re actually asking them to put two layers of gloves on for the extra safety.”Better masks are being purchased for first responders. Narcotics officers now carry the antidote Narcan. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city will find the dollars to equip more officers with the antidote. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:17
Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists have been left out of pocket and having to find somewhere else to park – after the shock closure of a popular discount store. They have paid for weekly or monthly permits to park at the car park below Go Outdoors, in Old Hall Street, Hanley. But the car park and store has been closed since Saturday – and it is not set to reopen for weeks. The sudden closure comes as Hanley’s parking situation is already at breaking point with car parks at Hinde Street and John Street always full and part of Clementsons Mill car park has shut to make way for the building of a hotel. Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. The car park entrance at Go Outdoors, in Hanley Driver Dave Wilson works in Hanley and has parked at Go Outdoors for the past two years. He pays £10-a-week for a permit. But he was late for work this week when he discovered the car park was closed and says he will have to spend at least £30 on alternative parking. The 36-year-old, from Chell, said: “I pay weekly to park on there for £10. I have been told I will be able to carry this over when the car park reopens but it’s costing me so much for alternative parking. Read More’We’ve had eggs thrown, wing-mirrors smashed and our tyres burst…’ – Speed camera operators issued with CCTV body-cams after angry motorists target their vans on Stoke-on-Trent’s roads “The closest car park to Go Outdoors is the NCP car park on Sampson Street. But I’m a well-built man and even I don’t feel safe enough to park on there. I’ve had to park on the intu Potteries multi-storey car park instead which costs me £8.50-a-day and that works out at around £30-a-week.” The dad-of-one added: “I got to the car park on Tuesday morning and there was a sign saying it was closed for essential maintenance. I then had to drive all around the one-way system, re-join traffic and try to find a space on the multi-storey car park. It was really inconvenient. “I can’t afford to spend nearly a tenner everyday on parking. I might have to end up getting the bus to work next week and it’s years since I’ve used a bus. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “Go Outdoors may not have been able to give us prior warning if it was an unexpected closure but it would have been nice to give us some more information. “Hundreds of parking spaces have been taken away and it was already a struggle to find parking in Hanley. Go Outdoors was a really affordable option. They should make arrangements for permit holders to park elsewhere. We’ve been left in the lurch.” A message on the company’s Facebook page reveals the store is closed for ‘essential maintenance work’. A spokesman added: “The store is simply closed for maintenance and we hope to reopen it in the next few weeks.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes
After the 1.9.0-rc0 release early last month, the TensorFlow team is out with another update 1.9.0-rc2, unveiling major features and updates. The new release includes latest improvements, bug fixes, and other changes. Let’s have a look at the noteworthy features in TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc2: Key features and improvements Docs for tf.keras namely the new Keras-based ‘get started’ page and the programmers guide page have been updated. Layers tf.keras.layers.CuDNNGRU and tf.keras.layers.CuDNNLSTM have been added. Python interface for TFLite Optimizing Converter is expanded. Command line interface (AKA: toco, tflite_convert) is added in the standard pip installation again. Data loading and text processing has improved with: Tf.decode_compressed, tf.string_strip, and tf.strings.regex_full_match Headers used for custom apps have moved from site-packages/external into site-packages/tensorflow/include/external. On opening empty variable scopes; replace variable_scope(”, …) by variable_scope(tf.get_variable_scope(), …). Bug Fixes tfe.Network has now been deprecated. You can now inherit from tf.keras.Model. The layered variable names have changed for the conditions mentioned below: using tf.keras.layers with custom variable scopes using tf.layers in a subclass of tf.keras.Model class. In tf.data, DatasetBase::DebugString() method is now const. The tf.contrib.data.sample_from_datasets() API for randomly sampling from multiple datasets has now been added. In tf.contrib, tf.contrib.data.choose_from_datasets() is added and tf.contrib.data.make_csv_dataset() will now support line breaks in quoted strings. From make_csv_dataset, two arguments were removed.The tf.contrib.framework.zero_initializer supports ResourceVariable. “Constrained_optimization” is added to tensorflow/contrib. Other changes GCS Configuration Ops has been added. The signature of Makelterator has been changed to enable propagation of error status. The bug in tf.reduce_prod gradient has been fixed for complex dtypes. Benchmark for tf.scan has been updated in order to match ranges across eager and graph modes. Optional args argument added to Dataset.from_generator(). Ids in nn.embedding_lookup_sparse have been made unique which helps reduce RPC calls that are made for looking up the embeddings in case there are repeated ids in the batch. tf.train.Checkpoint is added for reading/writing object-based checkpoints. To get more information on the new updates and features in the latest TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc2 release, check out the official release notes. Read Next Use TensorFlow and NLP to detect duplicate Quora questions [Tutorial] TensorFlow.js 0.11.1 releases! Build and train an RNN chatbot using TensorFlow [Tutorial]
Kids will have a ball at Toronto’s Chelsea Hotel during March Break TORONTO — We’re just about to enter March Break madness, and parents across the country are scrambling to find fun things to do for the kids. Answering their call is Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, which has just announced a full week of guest-exclusive family-friendly activities.Families can take advantage of a number of exclusive complimentary March Break offerings available throughout the week, such as the ‘Pirate and Princess Breakfast’, a Segway Obstacle Course as well as interactive events with exotic animals, magic shows and more. Kids can also enjoy a special dinner menu available all week for only $5.In addition, guests who stay at the hotel will enjoy complimentary access to the Family Fun Zone, featuring a pool and downtown Toronto’s only indoor 130-foot ‘Corkscrew’ waterslide, not to mention a Kid Centre and Club 33 Teen Lounge.The hotel’s central location offers quick access to other March Break activities happening around the city. At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, kids can interact with robots, while at Toronto’s urban Sugar Beach, the entire family can sample authentic maple taffy at Sugar Shack TO.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsAs an added perk, guests have access to exclusive discounts to some of the city’s top attractions with the hotel’s Show Your Key and Save program. Participating attractions include Medieval Times, the Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum and more.For more details go to chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-243-5732. Tags: Chelsea Hotel, Family Travel, Promotions, Toronto Posted by Travelweek Group Tweet Monday, March 5, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>