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WAPDA directed to depute more teams to control power tripping

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub on Saturday directed the Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to depute more teams to control power tripping In a statement, the minister said that fog was major cause of current load shedding in the country. He sought an apology from the customers on this act of inconvenience. Omar Ayub said more teams were being deputed following the instructions of the prime minister to control the load shedding. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority…

Teams search for bodies in California after wildfire claims 42 lives

PARADISE, Calif.: Search teams will fan out across the charred landscape of Paradise, California looking for human remains on Tuesday as authorities prepare for a rise in the deathcount from the state’s deadliest wildfire. The “Camp Fire” blaze still raging in northern California has killed at least 42 people. Another 228 have been listed as missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. Another two people died in the separate Woolsey Fire that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the…

PSL teams announce remaining picks for 2018 season

The third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is only a couple of months away and the entire country and the rest of the world is holding its breath for another successful season of the competition. As per the decision taken at the PSL Franchise Stakeholder Meeting held in Lahore last month, the following players were added to squads earlier today. Rohail Nazir joins the emerging category of Islamabad United. The 21st pick is the star wicket-keeper batsman of the U-19 Team. Lahore Qalandars picked the…

Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet-owned Google’s most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor. Consumers now experience AI mostly through image recognition to help categorize digital photographs and speech recognition that helps power digital voice assistants such as Apple Siri or Amazon.com Alexa. But at a press briefing in San Francisco two days before Ng’s Landing.ai venture…

Microsoft unveils Teams tool for work collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its "Teams" tool for workplace collaboration, taking on rising star Slack in a hot market. "Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content -- along with the tools that teams need -- so they can easily collaborate to achieve more," Microsoft Office team corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post announcing the new product. Teams is built into Office 365, which includes popular applications such as…

FIFA chief says 32, 40 and 48-team World Cups on the table

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 were still on the table and that a larger tournament would not mean a drop in quality. Confirming that a decision on the format would be taken in January, he stood by his own idea, first mooted last week, for a 48-team tournament, starting with a playoff round featuring 32 teams in which the 16 losers would go straight home after a single game. A document presented to the FIFA Council, and seen by Reuters,…

FIFA chief backs ‘more open’ 48-team World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Thursday that he backs expanding the World Cup to 48 teams, giving "more of a chance to more teams". Infantino believes "a fundamental point" for an expanded finals would be to have it co-hosted "by several countries". He also declared himself "quite happy and confident for the future" of the scandal-tainted world governing body of football. "Nobody is perfect, I am the last to be. But I don't steal, I don't profit, I don't cheat and I don't want to allow anyone in this…