Former Chhattisgarh chief minister and president of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party, Ajit Jogi, was shifted to New Delhi by an air ambulance and admitted to the Medanta hospital in the early hours on Wednesday.The 72-year-old Mr. Jogi was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Raipur after being diagnosed with pneumonia.The decision to immediately shift him to New Delhi was taken on Tuesday when he complained of breathlessness.“My father is currently admitted in Medanta Hospital under the care of eminent cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan, Dr. Yatin Mehta and his team. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and shifted by an air ambulance from Raipur last night on ventilator-support. All his vital parameters are normal now. He remains alert and conscious. Consequently, he is being weaned off ventilator support,” informed Ajit Jogi son, Amit Jogi.“His condition continues to be stable. To avoid any chance of secondary infection, the hospital is maintaining a strict no-visitors policy. He will be examined by heads of all relevant departments during the course of next 24 hours,” Mr. Amit Jogi, who is a Chhattisgarh MLA, added.Mr. Ajit Jogi had left the Congress in 2016 to form his own party. He had lost both his legs in a car accident in 2004.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Bardet won Stage 12 ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Aru, who seized the race lead from Froome by six seconds. Bardet is third overall, 25 seconds off the pace.Team Sky had dominated the stage until the final 500 meters, when Aru made his move. Froome was only able to follow his Italian rival for a few meters and looked glued to the road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBardet was the strongest in the brutal incline and described his third stage win on the Tour as “an immense joy.”He said he had visited the ski station with his parents to scout out the final climb. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I knew it could suit me,” he said. “I was patient. I made the difference on the final hill, there was not much to do before that with the wind and the Sky train.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Britain’s Chris Froome, right, and new overall leader Fabio Aru of Italy, center, climb Port de Bales pass, during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Peyragudes, France, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)PEYRAGUDES, France — Chris Froome cracked in the final stages of a grueling climb to the finish and lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Fabio Aru on Thursday, after a demanding stage won by Romain Bardet.Froome’s Sky teammates perfectly controlled the race until the final kilometer leading to the ski station of Peyragudes, but the three-time champion was dropped in a final section that featured slopes with a 20 percent gradient.ADVERTISEMENT Masterful Venus oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
I’ll give my heart for gold: Sindhu Sindhu_2976785g × SHARE SHARE EMAIL sport August 18, 2016 COMMENT Video: Sindhu reaches badminton semifinal in Rio 2016 Sindhu_2976785g null Published on Really happy to win a silver, gave my heart out: Sindhu It’s silver for P V Sindhu SHARE P V Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the finals of the women’s singles competion at the Rio Olympics as she stunned Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games to assure India of atleast a silver medal here today.The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship notched up a sensational 21-19 21-10 victory over the All England Champion from Japan in a pulsating semi-final that lasted 49 minutes.The World No. 10 from Hyderabad will next take on two-time World Champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash tomorrow.The immensely talented Hyderabadi girl has done a notch better than her illustrious senior Saina Nehwal, who got country’s its first medal from badminton – a bronze in London 2012.Sindhu had a 1-3 head-to-head record against Okuhara but all that went for a toss as the Indian came out with a well-thought strategy as she engaged the Japanese in long-rallies with her angled returns and deft drops.In the opening game which lasted 29 minutes, Sindhu opened up a 4-1 lead early on and rode on Okuhara’s unforced errors to extend the advantage to 8-4. The Indian engaged her rival in long rallies and tried to vary the pace and finish them with well-executed drops.A cross court forehand return after a long rally which consisted of 32 strokes helped Sindhu reach 9-6 before the Indian reached the interval with a 11-6 advantage after Okuhara hit long.The Hyderabadi pushed the Japanese to the corners by playing half smashes and drops, while Okuhara continued to find the net while trying to play the cross court drops from the baseline.Leading 14-10, Sindhu hit wide and long before coming up with a superb drop even as Okuhara forehand returns.At 16-18, Sindhu failed to negotiate a body return but she again caught hold of the shuttle early using her height and sent it sailing out of the Japanese reach. A missed net shot by Okuhara saw Sindhu reach the game point.What ensued next was a long rally with Okuhara hitting across as the Indian grabbed the opening game after the Japanese found the net.Sindhu once again opened up a 3-0 lead but the Japanese soon clawed back and grabbed a slender 5-3 lead with the Indian finding it difficult to keep the shuttle inside the court.The duo moved neck-and-neck from 5-5 to 8-8. A forecourt deception gave a point to Sindhu but she hit wide again.Sindhu retrieved everything that was thrown at her but she rushed on to a stroke to hit the net. At the interval, Sindhu managed a slender 11-10 lead after her return landed at the corner of the court.Sindhu came out all cylinders blazing after the change of sides and reeled off 11 straight points with the help of her array of strokes, which included some brilliant backhand flick and drops, to completely demolish the third seeded Japanese.It was a deceptive return which helped Sindhu reach a massive 10-point match point and then eked her name into the history books with a smash that caught Okuhara at the forecourt.For the record, Marin also entered her maiden Olympic final beating London Olympic champion Li Xuerui 21-14 21-16. RELATED COMMENTS
He may have been bamboozled by Mohammad Amir’s toe crushing delivery but India opener Rohit Sharma has expressed dismay over the hype around the Pakistani pacer and said the focus should be on Jasprit Bumrah instead. (God bless Amir, says Kohli )The left-arm fast bowler made a dream comeback against arch rivals India, scalping 3/18, including that of the star opener.”Just leave him… He’s just come (after the ban) and I don’t think we should go gaga about him. Let him perform for one more year and we will see whether he deserves so much. Woh koi… (I don’t want to use those words).”He’s good but he needs to prove again and again. It’s not right to hype him so much after just one match. Not just for him or who are watching it, let him do it over and over again,” Sharma said. (‘Kohli vs Amir will replace Tendulkar vs Akhtar’ )The pacer, 23, is being compared with Pakistani legend Wasim Akram and Sharma said this was a bit too much.”People are comparing him to Wasim Akram and all that. It’s wrong. Let him achieve some bit. Definitely he is got talent but aisa kuch nahin ki aake woh sabko uda hi deta hai (it’s not that he rips apart all line-ups). He’s just a normal bowler who was good on that day.”Asked whether he had reservation against the return from ban of Amir, he said: “It’s none of my concern their politics their issues. I’m not interested. I’ve nothing to say on that.”advertisementSharma went on to shower praise on young pacer Bumrah and urged the media to highlight the young Indian instead.”Instead of talking about Amir you should talk about Bumrah. He’s our Indian bowler and doing well. He’s a rare talent. He’s young. He’s got a long way ahead. The way he has started he will do something special.”On his slinging action, Sharma said he’s very difficult to pick in the nets, something that reminded him of Lasith Malinga when he joined Mumbai Indians.”He’s (Bumrah) an exception. He comes with a surprise, even the captain does not know. He’s got everything in his bank. What we saw in Asia Cup and in Australia he did pretty well. He’s got a good yorker, bouncer all what a modern day bowler needs. Only time will tell us where he will go.”World record-holder of the highest ODI score, Sharma said people now ask him when he would score 300.”I don’t change my preparation based on what people say. I know they will be talking. This is something I’ve learnt over the years. It will not change. It’s important that I stay in my space. I want to become the best I can. All those things should not reflect. This is India; there are a lot of expectations here. That’s fair enough. When will I score 300? They have so much of passion for the game.”I’ve no issues. It’s completely right. But they need to understand it s not possible to score in every game. There will be losses on the way, it’s sport you will win some and lose some,” he said.
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of her recent early exits when she spearheads Indian challenge at the USD 355,000 Singapore Open, starting in Singapore on Tuesday.Sindhu, who had claimed the BWF World Tour Finals in December last year, has looked off colour in the last few weeks.She made a first round exit at the All England Championship and lost in the second round of Malaysia Open, losing to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun on both occasion.She had entered the semifinals at India Open but went down to He Bingjiao of China despite holding advantage in the first game.With hardly any time to make changes on the game or work on weaknesses considering the back-to-back tournaments in the BWF calender, it will be a challenge for fourth seed Sindhu to get to her best. She begins her campaign against Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky.Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to claim a title this season with the 29-year-old from Hyderabad securing the crown at the Indonesia Masters following the injury of Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals.She also entered the quarterfinals at the All England Championship after battling through a pancreas infection. However, the Indian needed hospitalisation to treat the problem and had to skip the Swiss Open and India Open to give herself time to recover.She returned to Malaysia Open but went down in the first round after a three-game battle with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.The sixth seeded Indian will now have to be careful when she plays a fast-rising Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the opening round here.advertisementLast week, Kidambi Srikanth was the best-placed Indian at Kuala Lumpur as he finished at the quarterfinals after losing to Olympic champion Chen Long. The 26-year-old from Guntur had broken a 17 month drought by reaching the finals of a BWF event at India Open.This week, sixth seed Srikanth will continue his quest to break his title jinx when he begins his campaign against a qualifier at BWF World Tour Super 500 event.Among others, HS Prannoy, who regained some form with a quarterfinal finish at India Open, will face France’s Brice Leverdez, while Swiss Open finalist B Sai Praneeth has a tough fight ahead against world no 1 and top seed Japan’s Kento Momota.Sameer Verma, who had a good run in 2018, has shown the spark during his narrow defeats to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen at All England and China’s world no 2 Shi Yuqi at Malaysia Open.The Indian will hope to find his mental strength that helped him to qualify for the World Tour Finals and finish at the semifinals last year when he begins his campaign against a qualifier.In doubles, mixed pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, women’s pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki and men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will look for a good outing.Also Read | Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019
New recruit Felipe is not concerned about filling Diego Godin’s boots at Atletico Madrid.Godin has signed a three-year deal with Inter, ending a nine-year stay in the Spanish capital that yielded a La Liga title and two Champions League final appearances, though Atleti lost on both occasions to neigbours Real Madrid.After joining from Porto for €20 million ($22.6 million/£18 million) and agreeing to a three-year contract with the Spanish club, Felipe is widely expected to be Atletico’s replacement for captain Godin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The defender has earned one senior cap for Brazil, while also guiding Porto to two trophies after joining the club from Corinthians. Felipe had been a constant presence for Porto during his time with the club, having made at least 44 appearances in each of his three seasons with the Portuguese side.But the 30-year-old Brazilian defender is not feeling the pressure of following in the footsteps of one of the club’s modern greats as he instead looks to make his own mark on a club that expects to contend for a title once again next season.”Godin is Godin, he’s a great player and he’s made a great story,” Felipe said of the two-time Europa League winner following his move.”I’m here to make my story. I want to play a great role, I know the club is huge.”I really wanted to come in. I have very high expectations of having a good season.”Look who we have here!Felipe has landed in Madrid and says hello to all the #AtléticosAroundTheWorld ! He will sign his contract tomorrow for the next three seasons. #AúpaAtleti #WelcomeFelipe pic.twitter.com/VXCAzEroe2 — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 3, 2019 Atletico face a substantial rebuild with Lucas Hernandez joining Bayern Munich and veteran right-back Juanfran leaving, while striker Antoine Griezmann has announced his intention to depart and left-back Filipe Luis also expected to be on his way out.Spain midfielder Rodri is close to completing his move to Manchester City , with the Premier League champions paying his release clause, though Marcos Llorente has arrived from Real Madrid.The club finished second in La Liga last season, behind champions Barcelona but ahead of rivals Real Madrid.After winning the Europa League title in 2017-18, Atletico Madrid made it to the knockout round of the Champions League this year before falling to Juventus due to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the second leg.
The Government has announced a 25 per cent increase in the allocation for major social protection programmes, moving from $16 billion in 2018/19 to $20 billion in 2019/20.These include the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the network of social services provided for the poor and vulnerable.“That is protection of the vulnerable in action,” Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said as he opened the 2019/20 Budget debate in the House of Representatives on March 7.He also informed that the Government will be adopting a more strategic approach to social protection and poverty reduction in Jamaica.“A strategic medium to long-term focus will include a comprehensive public expenditure review of the existing interventions to analyse targeting; graduation rates; efficiency; and ensure adequate funding for key interventions,” Dr. Clarke said.He added that the public expenditure review will allow for better targeting and outcomes, reduction in non-compliance, and improve the deployment of case workers in order to ensure that conditionalities are met. “That is protection of the vulnerable in action,” Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said as he opened the 2019/20 Budget debate in the House of Representatives on March 7. The Government has announced a 25 per cent increase in the allocation for major social protection programmes, moving from $16 billion in 2018/19 to $20 billion in 2019/20. These include the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the network of social services provided for the poor and vulnerable. Story Highlights
New Delhi: State-owned engineering firm BHEL announced Wednesday that it has commissioned Unit-1 of 84 MW at Chhukha hydro electric project in Bhutan. It has achieved yet another milestone in Bhutan with the successful commissioning of Unit-1 of the 4×84 MW Chhukha hydro electric project (HEP), following complete renovation and modernisation (R&M) of the generator, BHEL said in a statement. Unit-3 of the same project, built on the Chhukha River (Bhutan), was earlier commissioned by BHEL, after successful R&M last year, and has been running efficiently since, according to the statement. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWith the commissioning of Unit-1, the engineering firm has successfully executed the R&M contract for 2 units (Units-1&3), thereby consolidating its position further in Bhutan and rising up to the expectations of the customer, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC). “We appreciate the efforts made by BHEL experts towards this R&M work which has led to result-oriented performance and we look forward to continued support from BHEL in future,” DGPC said in their commendation letter. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe corporation had placed the R&M order for Chhukha hydro power plant on BHEL for replacement of generator stator and rotor coils of units – 1 & 3. These machines were originally supplied and commissioned by BHEL in the 1980s. The BHEL’s units in Bhopal and Bengaluru have provided the equipment and technical supports for this R&M job. The company has executed major projects like Chhukha, Kurichu and Tala in Bhutan till date and is presently executing prestigious export orders for 6×200 MW Punatsangchhu-I, 6×170 MW Punatsangchhu-II and 4×180 MW Mangdechhu projects, which once commissioned would take BHEL’s share to 93 per cent of the total power generating capacity of Bhutan. It is presently executing hydro-electric projects of around 3,000 MW across the country, in addition to 3,904 MW abroad, which includes 2,940 MW in Bhutan and 900 MW in Nepal. More than 500 hydro-electric generating sets of various ratings have been ordered on the BHEL with a cumulative capacity of more than 30,000 MW, including 6,680 MW for overseas projects. BHEL’s hydro plants are successfully performing in India and across the world, including countries such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Thailand, New Zealand, Nepal and Vietnam.
THAMESVILLE, ONTARIO, – A community in southwestern Ontario has declared a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding along the Thames River.Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope requested a voluntary evacuation of the community of Thamesville, Ont., about 95 kilometres south of London, Ont., Friday morning.He said the Lower Thames Conservation Authority indicated the Thames River was expected to peak near the town by the evening, and urged residents to prepare to leave as soon as possible.The conservation authority issued a flood warning Thursday night and said that it would remain in effect until Saturday.Hope says in a statement that a local convention centre opened Friday at noon as an emergency shelter for residents who aren’t able to stay with friends or relatives in unaffected areas.Days of mild temperatures and heavy rain has caused flooding in other parts of southern Ontario this week, including Brantford, Ont., and Orangeville, Ont.The city of Brantford issued a state of emergency Wednesday when warm weather and torrential rain caused an ice jam on the Grand River, forcing nearly 5,000 people from their homes.About 100 kilometres away in Orangeville, a three-year-old boy went missing in the Grand River on Wednesday when fast-moving waters swept him away from his mother’s grip after their van plunged into the water.In the Thamesville area Friday afternoon, gas was being shut off at affected homes and businesses as a safety precaution.“We need residents to leave sooner rather than later in case the situation deteriorates,” Hope said in a statement.“We are asking residents to take a 72-hour supply of medication and personal items with them since the water may remain high for several days.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a tweet Friday that her thoughts are with the people in the affected communities.“Ontario will support you during this emergency and as you rebuild and recover,” she said.
The Millennial Committee of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, a group of ambitious and prominent Gen Y individuals in the fields of entertainment, finance, fashion and society, continue their mission to end cancer by hosting The Millennial Ball 3.0 at TAO Downtown on Wednesday, November 26th.Their signature fundraising event highlights some of New York’s most influential junior philanthropists and will feature a special live performance by Virgin Records artist Tallia Storm. Visionary artist and lymphoma survivor, Quiana Parks will serve as DJ along with a very special surprise performer.For the third year, The Millennial Ball will be presented by Andrew Warren, Founder of Just Drew Clothing and Louie Torrellas, an Emmy-winning performer and Founder of Ambitious Media, a fully integrated production and entertainment lifestyle company. The evening will be hosted by Reya Benitez, Danielle Bernstein, Peter Brant Jr., Gaia Mattisse, Serena Marron, Angela Simmons, Karen Shiboleth and Tiffany Trump.Other host committee members include Alex Assouline, Sosie Bacon, Nell Blagg, Ben Bronfman, Kyle Bryan, Leticia Busso, Clair Canavan, Bella Chartouni, Jonathan Cheban, Samantha Cohen, Justin Combs, Jesse Comly, Olivia Davis, Eugenie Eisman, Lindsey Engel, Sadie Friedman, Cassidy Gifford, Tessa Gourin, Chloe Goutal, Alexa Greenfield, Morgan Halberg, Patra Halloran, Gianni Harrel, Hayley Helene, Spencer Hewett, Elizabeth Hilfiger, Nick Hissom, Natalie Jackson, EJ Johnson, RJ King, Lindsey Kevitch, Derek Lee, Camille Lasker, Tony Lobel, Liam McMullan, Makenzie Moon, Julia Moshy, Zack Peck, Anrej Pejic, PC Peterson, Paige Reifler, Storery Schifter, Karen Shiboleth, Avery Singer, Lulu Stelle, Tom Stelle, Isabelle Trentalacia, Luke Tricomi and Ezra J. William.Over the course of seven years, the Millennial Committee has raised $220,000 to fund research to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.Guests can pose in the photo booth sponsored by Selfbee, an interactive app that allows users to categorize and share selfies. Nick Graham Menswear, from the eponymous creator of Joe Boxer, will provide a 20% discount code to attendees and will donate 20% of all sales to the Foundation. Nick Graham Menswear ushers in the “Post-Prep” movement for fashion forward men who want to shake up their style. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary temporary metallic tattoos by Sobe Tatts, the newest trend to hit the fashion scene. Additional sponsors of the night include UBER, Essentia Alkaline Water, RUNA Clean Energy Drinks, Jose Cuervo, Viva Diva Wines, Three Olives Vodka, Agavero Tequila Liquer, Justin’s, and Just Drew Clothing. Guests attending The Millennial Ball require an ID and must be 18 years old to enter and 21 years old to drink.Tickets can be purchased on the secure website or by calling Gina Balsan at the Foundation office, (646) 861-2033. For more information about Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research please visit gabriellesangels.org.
Cairo- The screening of the Egyptian movie “Sweetness of Spirit” or “Halawet al roh” in Arabic starring Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe was delayed by the Censorship Committee officials in Cairo.Scenes of Wehbe’s rape with actor Mohammad Lutfi and a scene of her kissing actor Basim Samrah in particular raised the concern of the committee, the news website noted.The committee refused to issue a permit for the film or any other decision regarding the movie because it was unfinished, Ahmad Awad, head of the Censorship Committee, told Al Arabiya News channel. No comments will be given nor censorship will be imposed until “Sweetness of spirit” is fully completed, Awad said.The London based daily news website Elaph reported that the Censorship Committee decided to delay the film’s release after they discovered it contained profanities and sexually provocative scenes.“Sweetness of spirit” revolves around a woman named Roh who tries to overcome the daily hardships of her life.Egypt already had restrictions on film makers in place under President Hosni Mubarak, requiring them to seek approval from the Censorship Bureau to screen their work.After his overthrow in 2011, film makers were hoping for more artistic freedom, but critics of the government say little has changed, according to Reuters.Wehbe is a renowned model, singer and socialite who is regarded by admirers and observers as an Arab beauty icon and as a ‘sex bomb’ by fans.Source: Al Arabiya
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced investigations into the Welikada prison riot. In January this year the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recorded a statement from a journalist over the riot.The statement was recorded from journalist Kasun Pussewela after he had filed a petition at the HRCSL. The riot in 2012 left 27 inmates dead and several injured. The riot broke out during a search for illegal arms. Pussewela had sought an investigation into the incident saying there was ample evidence to prosecute some people who were responsible for killing prisoners who took part in the riot.The HRCSL obtained written evidence from Pussewela as well as video and photographic evidence. (Colombo Gazette) The Government had appointed a committee to investigate the riot and a report was compiled on the incident but it was not made public.
Private bus operators in Mannar also protested against the shooting incident while government officers in parts of Jaffna supported the protest. In Jaffna, university students paid tribute to the policeman killed while giving protection to the judge. Protests were staged in the North today over the shooting incident targeting a prominent judge while events were also held in remembrance of the policeman killed in the incident.Judges, Magistrates and lawyers in the North including Vavuniya and Mannar staged protests over the attack on High Court Judge M. Illanchelian. Police Sergeant S. Premachandra was killed when the gunman wrestled with him and removed his weapon and shot him. (Colombo Gazette)
The centrepiece of Canada’s innovation strategy is the $950-million “supercluster” initiative. The goal, according to the federal government, is for companies of all sizes, academia and the non-profit sector to collaborate on new technologies, to spur economic growth and create jobs. As part of the Innovation Nation series, the Financial Post is taking an in-depth look at each of the five regional projects, and provide continuing coverage of their progress. You can find all of our coverage here.Louis Roy doesn’t exactly project an air of confidence when he talks about the Montreal artificial intelligence supercluster he co-chairs called Scale AI.“I don’t know how it’s going to work. But I think the mission that minister (Navdeep) Bains has given us is to make Canada more competitive in the innovation sector,” the chief executive of Optel Group said in an interview at the end of November. “I don’t have the answer, and I’m stressed about that, but I’m OK to jump in and try.The federal government is ready too, having finalized an agreement in December to give Scale AI $230 million of the $950 million earmarked for its supercluster program. Canada’s deeper dive into the oceans aims to tap industry’s uncharted frontier Going meatless: Prairies shoot for ‘total world domination’ in growing field of plant-based proteins Montreal is already something of a hub for artificial intelligence, mostly built around the work of University of Montreal professor Yoshua Bengio, one of the world pioneers of deep learning.But Roy said the big money academic partnerships Bengio and others have developed with the likes of Google LLC, Facebook Inc. and Samsung leave out the little guys.“I don’t think the cluster in Montreal works well, from what I see,” he said. “It works well for the big companies, but now we need to make it work for the small companies.”To do that, Roy said, the supercluster will borrow from Optel’s business, which is supply chain traceability.“Traceability captures data from the mine, from the farm, to the manufacturing to the distribution to the consumer. When I see the quantity of data that we have in our database, it’s tremendous,” Roy said. “Yes, we’re doing brand protection, responsible sourcing, monitoring, but we’re not leveraging the data.”At the heart of the Scale AI proposal is the idea that artificial intelligence systems can use such data to make better, more efficient supply chains. There’s also some talk about using blockchain technology along with AI for secure tracking.But details on what the supercluster will achieve, never mind how, are still vague.In the original proposal, the supercluster was named Scale.ai, but that URL was already taken. Indeed, somebody claiming to own the URL offered multiple times to sell it to the Financial Post for more than US$35,000 — at one point asking to be paid in bitcoin.Today the scale.ai website hosts a California-based AI company and the Montreal supercluster now called Scale AI has a somewhat less catchy domain name, aisupplychain.ca.Helene Desmarais, co-chair of the supercluster along with Roy, said its roadmap will evolve as technologies and business needs evolve.“We will support tactical projects, proposed by our members, that will apply new technologies and processes to improve Canadian supply chains,” she said in an email in February, adding that artificial intelligence could be used to “develop intelligent end-to-end tracking systems of resources in motion such as people, trucks, inventory, monies and the integration of these events into a smart system.”• Email: email@example.com | Twitter:
Norfolk staff’s preferred option for extending municipal water into Booth’s Harbour will cost between $922,000 and $1.4 million.The estimate is contained in a note Norfolk staff shared recently with Norfolk council. The next phase consists of a public consultation with the 100 households involved.The preferred option involves the installation of a hybrid 150-200 millimetre system. This will produce enough pressure to support fire hydrants.“It would include the replacement of the existing system including mains, services in the road allowance, engineering design, contract administration and site-inspection costs,” Stephanie Davis, Norfolk’s acting director of environmental services, says in her report.Norfolk staff have identified several ways of funding the upgrade. These include issuing a debenture, drawing on a water capital reserve fund, or applying for a provincial grant when infrastructure funding becomes available.Booth’s Harbour residents that benefit from the project will be expected to pay back the money.This could include a local improvement charge similar to the special levy imposed on Courtland nearly 10 years ago when a water main was extended west into the village from Delhi.Beneficiaries could also make monthly payments until the cost is retired.The work ahead involves the replacement of the current private system with new mains, new services in the road allowance, engineering design, contract administration and site inspection costs.Once the public input phase is finished, a follow-up report will be presented to Norfolk council for final approval.“Council can make a final decision to support, amend or withdraw the project,” Davis said.Residents of Booth’s Harbour approached Norfolk council several years ago seeking help with deficiencies in their private water system.The problem is deteriorating infrastructure which has given rise to pressure and reliability issues.About 15 years ago, Norfolk County extended municipal water from Port Rowan into St. Williams.This too required a new water main and an expensive rebuild of the private water system serving St. Williams. As part of the project, a water main from St. Williams was extended into Booth’s Harbour nearby.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
As the doors close at the British International Motor Show 2002, exhibitors have been totting up the new business generated at Britain’s biggest consumer exhibitionRecord advance ticket sales showed the huge interest in this year’s Show. A massive 120,000 tickets were sold in advance and, once fully audited by independent audit bureau ABC, the number of visitors to the NEC is expected to have topped half a million.* And another half a million people worldwide have taken a virtual tour of the Show at www.motorshow.co.ukExhibitors and visitors are estimated to have added more than £30 million to the economy in the West Midlands, with 20,000 local people involved in staging the UK’s premier automotive showcase.Car makers big and small have been filling order books as visitors took advantage of the discounts and special offers available.MG Rover took orders worth more than £1 million on the first day alone, while TVR sold out six weeks’ production on the same day. CitroÃƒ«n reported that this year’s event had brought in a higher quality of visitor than at any other Motor Show, and Ford reported enquiries for three-door Fiesta, Focus RS and Street KA had reached record levels too.British sports car manufacturer Noble, which showcased two new models, has taken orders for 40 of its cars, worth nearly £2 million, compared to nine cars at the last Show in 2000.A1 Motor Stores, which hosted a live action stage show within a retail village of 1,300 square metres, was forced to order truck-loads of new stock, after a frantic first week of sales.Motor Show Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘This year we have seen the British International Motor Show confirmed as a key international event.‘Visitors have poured through the doors of the NEC despite disruption to rail and roads caused by the bad weather. The Show has generated high levels of new business both in the West Midlands and for companies across the whole motor industry. And most importantly it has given the UK a chance to show the rest of the world what it is capable of.’* The British International Motor Show is unique in requiring the attendance to be independently audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). The final attendance will be published once the figures have been scrutinised by ABC. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)