Do you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming new memories.For the most part, the brain stops producing new neurons—a process called neurogenesis—soon after birth. In humans, mice, and some other species, however, neurogenesis continues throughout life in a brain region that encodes memories about space and events, called the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. In adult humans, the dentate gyrus produces roughly 700 new brain cells each day.Studies in mice have shown that suppressing neurogenesis can impair a type of learning called pattern separation, which allows us to distinguish between two similar but slightly different circumstances. 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A few years ago, however, neuroscientist Paul Frankland of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, noticed that some of the animals in his experiment actually did worse on certain memory tasks when their neuron birth rates had been ramped up. In particular, they performed poorly on tests that required them to retain details about past events.The result was “way too interesting to ignore,” Frankland says. Because neurogenesis surges in newborn mice and humans and then tapers to a slow trickle by adulthood, Frankland and colleagues wondered if that explosion of new neurons could help explain the widespread phenomenon of infantile amnesia—the inability of adults to remember events that occurred before they were 2 to 4 years old. Some theoretical models suggested that new neurons destabilize memories already stored in the hippocampus by degrading the information there, but the idea had never been explored in live animals.To test the hypothesis, Frankland and his team first compared the stability of memories in adult mice versus 17-day-old mice, which are equivalent to human babies less than a year old. They removed the rodents from their familiar, sawdust-lined enclosures and put them into a box with a metal floor that delivered brief foot shocks. After returning the mice to their cages, over the course of 6 weeks the researchers placed the rodents back in the box but did not repeat the shocks. More than a month later, the adult mice continued to freeze when placed in the environment where they’d had the painful experience. The younger mice, however, forgot the association within a day. The juveniles “can remember for 24 hours, but then they forget,” Frankland says.Next, the team looked at whether different rates of neurogenesis between adult and infant mice could explain the young rodents’ forgetfulness. Exercise can increase neurogenesis in mice by more than 50%, so the researchers gave a separate group of adult mice wheels to run in. (Left to their own devices, mice will run up to 5 kilometers a night.) They also treated separate groups of mice with drugs, such as Prozac, that boost new neuron birth. Increasing neurogenesis by as much as 100% returned the adult mice to an “infantlike” state of forgetfulness in the foot shock test and other similar memory tasks, Frankland and his colleagues report online today in Science.It is difficult to completely eliminate the birth of new neurons in infant mice, but by genetically engineering dividing neural stem cells to self-destruct the team was able to achieve about a 50% reduction of neurogenesis in the animals, Frankland says. With less neurogenesis, the young rodents acted more like adult mice in the experiment. They froze when first placed in the box for roughly a week, rather than just 1 day, after receiving the foot shocks.Psychologists have long considered the process of forgetting as key to a healthy mind, yet neuroscientists haven’t paid much attention to it in the past, Frankland says. “If you embrace the idea that forgetting is healthy,” then it makes sense that neurogenesis may contribute to the clearing out of old memories, he says. Although it’s pure speculation at this point, he says, it’s possible that one way that antidepressants help people with depression, a condition linked to reduced neurogenesis, “is to promote some sort of clearing or forgetting,” he says.”One has to be a bit cautious” about extrapolating the new findings to people because we don’t have a way to measure neurogenesis in the live human brain, Hen notes. Forgetting may also be a downside of adult neurogenesis because the new memories outcompete old memories, notes neuroscientist Jonas Frisén of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “This is an exciting new insight.”
Blackwater import Henry Walker collides with GlobalPort’s Sean Anthony in Sunday’s PBA Governors’ Cup game at Ynares Center in Antipolo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Allein Maliksi had an impressive debut and Henry Walker held Blackwater together yet again as the Elite tripped GlobalPort on Sunday night, hastening the completion of the quarterfinal cast of the PBA Governors’ Cup.Acquired from Star just a few days back, Maliksi scored 22 points and Walker flirted with a triple double as the Elite led early before holding on for a 118-107 decision of the Batang Pier at Ynares Center here that left the rest of the elimination round as games for qualifiers to improve on their current rankings.In rising to 5-5, the Elite not only shut the door on the Batang Pier but also on the idle Alaska Aces, both with 3-7 cards.ADVERTISEMENT The Aces will be clashing with Rain or Shine on Wednesday with the game carrying a lot of weight for the Elasto Painters who, like the Elite, would want to avoid clashing with the top seed in the quarterfinals.As things stand, Rain or Shine has Alaska and then Blackwater to close out its elimination round schedule. That match happens Saturday with the loser dropping toNo. 8 and having the unenviable task of beating No. 1 two straight times.“We need (to win) to improve our standings,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the nightcap, TNT KaTropa outlasted Star, 104-99, to improve to 7-3 and tie idle NLEX in third place.Star and Rain or Shine share 5-4 marks.Isaac’s entire starting unit finished with twin digits in scoring and Dave Marcelo, another new recruit acquired from Barangay Ginebra, came off the bench to scatter 13 for the Elite, who led by as much as 21 points in the third period. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Melindo retains jr fly title by split decision MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “We were lucky to withstand that GlobalPort rally,” Isaac said, before paying tribute to Walker for his leadership on the floor. “He was doing everything he can in being a leader for us on the floor.”Blackwater also caught a break in the second period when Terrence Romeo was ejected for throwing the ball at Walker.“That was a big thing for us,” Isaac admitted. “We had our [defensive] radar on Terrence for this game because we know he can really explode. When he was thrown out, he already had 13 points. Imagine what he could have done [to us] if he was able to finish the game.”Murhphey Holloway scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Australia eliminated 2009 champions Pakistan in a 21-run group-stage win on Friday and kept alive its own hopes of a first World Twenty20 title.Captain Steven Smith smashed seven fours in an unbeaten 61 off 43 balls to help post an imposing 193-4 after electing to bat in the Group 2 game. Pakistan could manage only 172-8 in reply, undone by James Faulkner’s 5-27. (Pak vs Aus: As it happened) With New Zealand already assured of a semifinal berth from the group with three straight wins, Australia’s next game against India here on Sunday has become a virtual quarterfinal with the winner advancing to the last four. Pakistan needed to win on Friday to remain in contention but fell to a third straight loss and goes home.Smith, who scored only 28 runs in five previous T20s against Pakistan, bound the Australia innings together with two useful partnerships.He added 62 runs for the fourth wicket with Glenn Maxwell (30 off 18) and then 74 for the unbroken fifth-wicket with Shane Watson (44 not out off 21).Smith and Watson helped Australia score 58 runs in the last four overs to swell the total beyond Pakistan’s comfort.Smith batted himself in and then dominated the bowling by often taking guard outside the off stump and exposing his stumps to unsettle the bowlers.He took control in the middle overs as Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.1 overs, and the 150-run mark in 16.6.Maxwell struck three fours and one six before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, while Watson, a day after announcing this tournament is his international swansong, smashed four fours and three sixes.advertisementFor Pakistan, left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz dismissed openers Usman Khawaja (21) and David Warner (9) to finish with 2-35, while Wasim took 2-31.”We gave away too many runs in the end overs,” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said. “Every time we got a wicket we gave away easy boundaries to ease the pressure on them.”Pakistan’s batsmen failed to capitalize on good starts and the asking rate kept increasing.Opener Sharjeel Khan made a 19-ball 30 with six fours, and Umar Akmal 32 off 20 with three fours and a six, while Shoaib Malik remained not out on 40.Sharjeel was dismissed by Faulkner, who came on later for two double strikes in successive overs during mounting pressure for Pakistan.He took four wickets in the space of six deliveries spread over two overs as the Pakistan batsmen desperately tried big shots.”I was lucky there at the end,” said Faulkner, who became the first Australian to take a five-for in T20s. “More importantly, we are back on track. We have played well all summer back home. We showed what we can do with the bat. I’m looking forward to the next game against India. They are tough opponents but we should be up for the challenge.”
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels it would be a mistake to write off Mahendra Singh Dhoni just yet as India would need his ability to control the game in the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.”Batting in the middle-order, he’s someone who can really control a one-day innings. And that might be what you need in England,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s official website.”If the ball does a bit early on, there’s a chance India could lose top-order wickets and you’d need someone in the middle-order to guide the ship,” he added.Dhoni has been under pressure in the ongoing IPL due to his patchy form and was even removed as captain by his franchise Rising Pune Supergiant at the start of the season.”I think it’s a downside of having the great success that he’s had over a long period of time. I’ve been there myself and when you start to slide just a little bit, criticism is going to come your way,” he said.”And to be fair, he probably hasn’t had much negativity come his way over the past 15 or 20 years. So it will be really interesting to see how he handles that over the coming weeks,” added the flamboyant former skipper.”It happened with (Glenn) McGrath and (Shane) Warne and all those great players that I was lucky enough to play with.He’ll find a way and he’ll win games for his team.”Ponting is confident that Dhoni has a “thick skin”.”I’m not ever going to tell anyone when it’s time to go or retire. That’s up to the champions to make their own mind up.”advertisementPonting said he was “surprised” when Dhoni was removed as Pune’s captain.”It just seemed like a strange time to move him on as captain if he wasn’t coming towards the end.
England’s new batsman, Tom Westley, has been promised a debut to remember when he makes his first test appearance in Thursday’s third test against South Africa at The Oval.The 28-year-old Essex player, batting at number three in place of the injured Gary Balance, will take confidence from his century for the England Lions in their recent warm-up game against the tourists.But South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has warned him the game at The Oval will be a whole new experience.”Well done to him for getting a 100 previously but I can promise you the intensity of a warm-up game versus a Test match is totally different,” Du Plessis said on Wednesday.”He will be playing against a different attack.”One of the biggest threats Westley faces will be 22-year-old paceman Kagiso Rabada, back in the South Africa team having missed their 340-run second test win at Trent Bridge through suspension, after swearing at England’s Ben Stokes in the opening match at Lord’s.”I’m excited to see what KG is going to bring to this game,” said Du Plessis. “With the time off, as a player it makes you a little bit hungry again, and the fact that we have done well in the previous game will add to his motivation.”If the weather is like this, will be a bit bowling friendly so I assume he will be raring to get that ball in his hand.”The match at The Oval will be the venue’s 100th test. The four game series is currently tied at 1-1.advertisement
We are finally into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the football fans have already touted this edition as the best in the history.With each round and each match throwing surprises, this edition has been super entertaining and completely unpredictable. The betting numbers have been changing shape and quantities with each tie and despite having favourites, one can still not predict the winners.With the final day of the Round of 16 over, we have all our quarter-finalists ready and they are on to the preparation for the last eight.World Cup 2018: England, Sweden rewrite record books to reach quarter-finalsThe final day of the Round of 16 saw Sweden defeat Switzerland 1-0 while England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to complete the quarter-final fixtures.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and facts#ENG WIN ON PENALTIES! #COLENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qgXko4zLmXFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018#SWE WIN!Ten-man #SUI are knocked-out thanks to a deflected strike from @eforsberg10! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/BDYSnxskt9FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018First of all, here is the list of the teams that have made it to last eight:FranceUruguayRussiaCroatiaBrazilBelgiumSwedenEnglandHere’s a look at all the quarter-final ties and how the teams set up the match:Your #WorldCup quarter-final line-up is complete! #URUFRA #BRABEL#SWEENG #RUSCRO #URU #FRA #BRA #BEL #SWE #ENG #RUS #CRO pic.twitter.com/LKhUP0XNeCFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018URUGUAY vs FRANCE:On the first day of the Round of 16, two of biggest superstars of world football bid adieu to the World Cup.advertisementLionel Messi’s Argentina came up short against an inspired performance from the 19-year-old French superstar Kylian Mbappe and lost 4-3. Messi’s dream of a first World Cup was dashed as Mbappe matched Pele’s feat becoming the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, failed to inspire his Portugal to a victory while Edinson Cavani’s brace in his 100th international for Uruguay meant the South American nation cruised through.It will now be the battle of the heavyweights as France and Uruguay take on each other in a high-profile encounter. India Today PhotoRUSSIA vs CROATIA:Russia reached their first-ever quarter-final with a stunning victory over 2010 world champions Spain. While Spain looked a shadow of their superior selves, Russia showed grit and fierce will to stun Spain. Even after Spain scored first, Russia equalised with Artem Dzyuba’s penalty, courtesy a handball from Gerard Pique, and thereafter, defended their hearts out to take the match to penalties. While Igor Akinfeev saved two of Spain’s penalties, David de Gea failed to save any as Spain crashed out 4-3 on penalties.On the day same, Croatia vs Denmark was also one dramatic match. Both the teams scored within the first five minutes of the match but then chose caution over attacking football as the match kept getting stretched. In the last few minutes of the extra time, Croatia got a golden opportunity through a penalty but Kasper Schmeichel made a sensational save against Luka Modric to take the tie to the penalty shootout. Even the shooutout was dramatic as both Danijel Subasic and Schmeichel made a couple of saves before Subasic saved Denmark’s last while Ivan Rakitic scored past Schmeichel to send Croatia into quarters.In the Croatia vs Russia quarter-final, the former will surely be favourites but they will be up against a crowd-backed and inspired Russian unit.BRAZIL vs BELGIUM:Brazil marched into the quarter-finals with a solid 2-0 victory over the unpredictable Mexico. After weathering the Mexican storm for the first half an hour of the game, Brazil came into their own. Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho combined to make numerous forays, scored two goals and defended theirs with much ease.Belgium had a contrasting game to Brazil’s. Belgium were heavily favoured ahead of the match but Japan matches toes to toes in the entire first half to keep it 0-0. Early in the second half, Japan stunned Belgium by scoring two quick goals but the Red Devils responded admirably come back from behind to equalise and then pull off a last-gasp goal to reach quarters.Brazil vs Belgium is going to be a mouthwatering clash between two tournament-favourites. Both teams have shown excellent attacking flair but perhaps it will be upto their defence this time to decide the clash.SWEDEN VS ENGLAND:advertisementSweden advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in what was a scrappy match overall. For the first time in 24 years, Sweden have reached the last eight, courtesy a 66th minute goal from Emil Forsberg and some excellent saves from Swedish keeper Robin Olsen.England and Colombia played out a dramatic and heated match as Colombia earned seven yellow cards while also conceding a penalty. In the 54th minute, Carlos Sanchez brought down Harry Kane in the box and the English captain scored from the spot to take his tally in the World Cup to six goals. Right when it looked England were going to the quarters, Yerry Mina rose the highest to head in the equaliser for Colombia in the third minute of the stoppage time. The extra time also failed to yield any result and the match went to the shootouts. While Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford scored the first two penalties for England, Falcao and Cuadrado also scored for Colombia. With Ospina saving Henderson’s penalty, the advantage went to Colombia missed the next penalty to give that advantage away. Then Tripper scored for England but Uribe’s penalty was saved by Pickford. Eric Dier kept his nerves at the end and gave England a 4-3 win on penalties.England will now meet Sweden. While Colombia’s defence seemed to be a big hurdle for England, Sweden might pose a bigger threat in that discipline. India Today PhotoTwo matches will take place in the quarter-finals every day on July 6 and July 7 in the following order:July 6, 7.30pm: Uruguay vs FranceJuly 6, 11.30pm: Brazil vs BelgiumJuly 7, 7.30pm: Sweden vs EnglandJuly 7, 11.30pm: Russia vs Croatia
New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Miffed at being ignored for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, star wrestler Bajrang Punia Thursday threatened to take the legal action against the government for not considering him for the country’ highest sporting honour. Bajrang was nominated for the Khel Ratna by the Wrestling Federation of India following his twin gold medals at this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games. But the government jointly bestowed the honour to India cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (48kg). The decision didn’t go down well with Bajrang, who also won a bronze medal in 2013 World Championships, and the wrestler is scheduled to meet Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tomorrow to plead his case. “I’m really disappointed and shocked. I’m meeting Sports Minister tomorrow after (mentor) Yogi bhai (Yogeshwar Dutt) spoke to him and arranged the meeting. I just want to know why I was being ignored. I want to know the reason,” Bajrang told reporters here. “It’s in his hands now. I want to know whether I am deserving or not. If I deserve then only give me the award.” Asked if he will go to the court if he fails to convince the Sports Minister, Bajrang said: “It would be the last option. I feel I deserve the award this year and that’s why I have applied for it. “One doesn’t feel good to beg for an award but it is the biggest honour for any sportsperson and a wrestler’s career is very uncertain. Anytime an injury can end your career.”advertisement Bajrang feels he deserves the recognition for his consistent performances over the last few years. “I had never imagined I won’t get it this year. Look at my performance in the last 4 years. There was no point system earlier but with the point system in place now I feel I have the numbers behind me,” he said. Bajrang said the Khel Ratna snub had taken a toll in his preparations for the World Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 20 to 28. “This decision has hit my World Championship preparations. It was a big jolt to me. It is difficult times for me. I hope I don’t have to approach the court and concentrate on my preparation,” he said. Insisting that he has support from all quarters, Bajrang said he will not involve the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in this matter. “I didn’t talk to the federation about this matter. They have forwarded my name that means they are with me. But this is my personal fight,” he signed off. In a departure from tradition, the National Sports Awards this year will be given away on September 25 instead of August 29 because of clash of dates with the Asian Games that concluded earlier this month. PTI SSC SSC PDSPDS
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Kane issues Tottenham rallying cry: Enough’s enoughby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane has issued a rallying cry to his teammates about the need to win a trophy.Spurs have been impressive in recent seasons, finishing in the top four and challenging the top teams in the league.But they have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2008 under Juande Ramos.And Kane wants to change that. Spurs are in the Carabao Cup semi finals, with a 1-0 lead over Chelsea after the first leg.”I’ve said all along that the aim of a professional footballer is to win team trophies,” the striker told Sky Sports.”There will be no better feeling than to win something with these guys, we’ve all worked so hard over the last three or four years to turn Spurs into a team that contends each and every year.”We’re in a good stage, we’re in a semi-final [Carabao Cup] with a 1-0 lead, we’re in the FA Cup and Champions League and we’re not too far off in the Premier League, although there is a long way to go.”So far, so good, but it’s this stage of the season that we have just fallen behind in the past so it is important this year that we step it up, work even harder and go into these games and try and bring it home.”
LINCOLN, NE – DECEMBER 5: Mike Riley, newly hired head football coach at the University of Nebraska, talks with members of the media during a press conference inside Memorial Stadium December 5, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Riley was a weird choice for Nebraska when he was hired to replace Bo Pelini back in late 2014. After three seasons and a 19-19 (12-14) record, Riley clearly didn’t work out.Nebraska is a unique program given its high expectations and history of success, but lack of a natural recruiting ground. Things have also changed with the move to the Big Ten, which makes it a bit more difficult for the Huskers to get a lot of talent from Texas, as it did as a member of the Big 12.The notion of a program hiring one of its own is a nice thought, and sometimes it pays great dividends, but plenty of the best coaches have no previous ties to the schools they become famous for coaching.However, Scott Frost has also more that proven that he has the potential to be an elite college head coach. Naturally those around the Huskers program are excited about him being there.Former Nebraska All-American center Dominic Raiola shared his thoughts about the coaching transition.Raiola was one of many Husker greats attending an alumni banquet for letter winners this week.Looking forward to the first ever #Husker @alumni_cap banquet tonight! Great time earlier today at the meet’n greet with so many of my Husker brothers. #Legends pic.twitter.com/phbHBDwzi7— Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker94) June 15, 2018He was asked about the move to Scott Frost. During his answer, he laid into Mike Riley and his staff.I asked former Nebraska offensive lineman Dominic Raiola how much it hurt him to see the football program do so poorly and his response, um, is worth a listen: #Huskers pic.twitter.com/uuxkcX6crA— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) June 15, 2018His answer from the clip, posted by 1011 Now News anchor Dan Corey:“I’ll be honest with you. It sucked. I was never afraid to say I played at Nebraska because what it was back then. But it sucked that they let these people come in, basically let Oregon State come in and try to be Nebraska. It’s not going to happen.Their expectation level wasn’t high. The standard that was being run around here wasn’t high… You have to be here to know what it’s like, and to know what a championship felt like, and these guys know that.”Raiola got to Nebraska in 1998, right after Scott Frost’s departure. He went on to a storied three year college career, before being a second round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played his entire 14-year NFL career with the team.
Watch: Glenn Maxwell imitates MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hitGlenn Maxwell has put together a series of impersonations in one video in which he plays some of the famous shots of superstar batsmen from around the world.advertisement India Today Web Desk AdelaideJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 14:25 IST MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot is one of the toughest to replicate (YouTube video screen grab)HIGHLIGHTSMaxwell’s video blogs are quite popular among cricket fans all around the worldThe Australia all-rounder imitated Ponting, Mark Waugh, Dhoni, Pietersen and de Villiers in his blogThe 30-year-old made a 37-ball 48 in Australia’s 6-wicket loss vs India in the 2nd ODI on TuesdayAustralia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell likes to put together videos of him either interviewing cricket superstars or him imitating their trademark shots.After the success of Maxi’s Blog, in which he went around interviewing sports stars like Virat Kohli and Usain Bolt, Maxwell has come up with another video of him imitating famous batsmen from around the world and the popular shots that they have played over the years.The segment titled Maxi Impersonates, he starts off by playing a pull shot like Ricky Ponting and then goes on to play the flick off his pads, a shot which Mark Waugh used to play with terrific success.The 30-year-old then impersonates Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hit before playing the famous helicopter shot, made popular by India legend MS Dhoni.And finally, Maxwell concludes the video with the sweep-scoop shot which South Africa superstar AB de Villiers used to play against the fast bowlers in limited-overs cricket.Two years ago, Maxwell was roped in by makers of the Ashes Cricket video game in which he was recorded playing all the shots in cricket. His movements were captured by multiple cameras inside the studio for the video game.Maxwell on Tuesday made 48 runs off 37 balls as Australia posted 298 for 9 against India in the second ODI at Adelaide. Shaun Marsh top-scored in the match with 131 off 123 balls.But India overhauled the target thanks to Virat Kohli’s 104 and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 55 to level the three-match series 1-1.Off late there has been a lot of debate in Australia on whether Maxwell should be promoted up the batting order in Australia’s one-day squad, especially with the big hits required in the death overs.advertisementBut head coach Justin Langer insists that No.7 is the perfect place for Maxwell to bat.”There’s a lot of debate about Maxi, but I think that’s the perfect position for him. The other night, he came in late, but that’s actually a good sign. If he can come in and put the finishing touches like he does, it’s always a nervous time for the opposition.”I honestly think, despite the debate, that’s his best spot in our team for us at the moment, and we’ll flick him in every now and then when we need a little cameo. He brings a lot, he bowled well tonight, he fields well. He’s probably the best fielder in the world, we love it, it’s contagious his energy. He’s got good leadership qualities,” Langer said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Glenn MaxwellFollow MS DhoniFollow Kevin PietersenFollow Maxi ImpersonatesFollow India vs Australia
Community Services offices in Pictou, Antigonish and Cumberland counties closed today, April 1, at 1:30 p.m., because of weather. Cape Breton and Guysborough County offices closed earlier in the day. All offices will open Wednesday. -30-
New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is meeting her brother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday morning amid reports that he wants to quit after the crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Priyanka Gandhi, Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala arrived at Rahul Gandhi’s 12, Tughlaq Lane residence. The meeting between Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi comes in the backdrop of reports that the powerful working committee of the party may meet in the next three-four days to discuss the leadership issue. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Congress has denied that any such meeting has been scheduled in the near future. “These reports are baseless,” KC Venugopal, general secretary in-charge of organization who is responsible to covening Congress Working Committee meetings. On Monday, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal met Rahul Gandhi. But Patel insisted that he had gone to meet Rahul Gandhi for routine administrative work. “I had sought time before the CWC to meet the Congress President to discuss routine administrative work. The meeting today was in that context. All other speculation is incorrect and baseless,” Patel tweeted. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Three more state Congress chiefs resigned on Monday taking ‘moral responsibility’ for party’s poor performance in Lok Sabha elections. Other than Sunil Jakhar (Punjab) and Ajoy Kumar (Jharkhand) and Ripun Bora (Assam), HK Patil, who was tasked to oversee the Karnataka Congress campaign in December, also put in his papers.These resignations take the number of party unit chiefs who have resigned since the poll results to six — the others being UP party chief Raj Babbar, Odisha’s Niranjan Patnaik and Ashok Chavan of Maharashtra. The Congress won just 52 seats in the Lok Sabha polls which saw Narendra Modi-led NDA come to power with a massive mandate winning 352 seats. The Congress tally of 52 was just 8 more than what it had won in 2014, the party’s worst-ever performance in parliamentary elections. (With inputs from Hindustan Times)
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday reserved order on the plea of former INX Media director Indrani Mukerjea seeking to become an approver in the case. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj said that he will deliver order on the plea on July 4. Mukerjea is currently in Mumbai’s Byculla Jail as she faces trial for the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are probing how parliamenterian Karti Chidambaram managed to get clearance for INX Media from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when his father P. Chidambaram was Finance Minister. The probe so far showed that for the FIPB approval, INX Media directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea met P. Chidambaram to ensure there was no hold-up or delay in their application. The agency has supported Mukherjea’s plea.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be doing their clearing and debris management in various Site C project areas.Merchantable trees of sufficient size, quality and volume that are suitable for harvest will be hauled to local mills. The remaining wood waste may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.Burning is expected to take place in the following areas over several months this winter and spring when venting windows are available: Along the Highway 29 realignment area at Halfway River.Along the reservoir on both banks of the Peace River: Moberly River drainage area; lower and eastern reservoir areas (from the dam site to Cache Creek); middle reservoir area (from Cache Creek to Halfway River).At sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.At the Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.Burning takes place during weather periods known as venting windows. These are periods with the right weather conditions to disperse smoke, as set by the Ministry of Environment.BC Hydro and our contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. We will comply with regulatory requirements and BC Hydro’s Site C Smoke Management Plan.For more info on Clearing and Debris Management CLICK HERE For more info on Site C Smoke Management CLICK HERE
Noida: A controversy emerged at one of the polling booth of Noida after the police officials posted on election duty were served food packets written ‘Namo foods’ atop the packet. However, senior police officials clarified that the packets were procured from Namo Food Shop and not from any political party.Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the food packets were procured from a food shop in sector 2 of Noida which is also registered with Zomato. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Some people are spreading misinformation that Policemen have been distributed food from a Political party. The information is absolutely wrong and packets were ordered on April 10 for election duty from a food outlet in sector 2 of Noida, named Namo foods. There is no official order to procure food from any particular food outlet while the meals were arranged by the district administration and police” said Krishna. The incident was reported from sector 15A polling booth of Noida where Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP’s) sitting Member of Parliament Mahesh Sharma also casted his vote on Thursday morning. The controversy erupted after a video and images of a hatchback car carrying these food packets went viral and came into the notice of some media persons present at the polling booth. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSoon after the news was published on a few media channels, senior police and administrative officials took cognisance of the matter and issued an explanation. Sources said that Namo Food private limited is a non government company with its outlets all over India. The company is registered with Registrar of companies in Pune and is operating since 2010. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer has asked GB Nagar district administration for their explanation on these food packets.
“I urge private sector leaders – including CEOs and institutional investors – to be part of the solution, and to consider new commitments for investment in sustainable development,” Mr. Ban told participants at the Business Forum of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which is taking place in the Ethiopian capital from 13 to 16 July.“I also urge even greater engagement in socially responsible investment and environmental, social and governance issues,” he added. The Conference is expected to launch a renewed and strengthened partnership to secure the resources needed for the well-being of all people and the health of the planet. The Business Forum provides an opportunity for business and investors to, among other things, influence the global dialogue to ensure an enabling environment for business; underscore the role and success of the private sector in delivering development solutions; and demonstrate the private sector’s ability to scale and accelerate progress given their creativity, capacity for innovation, technical and management skills and financial resources.“It is clear that responsible business and investment will play a critical role,” the UN chief stated, noting that the financing requirements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that world leaders will adopt in September will “far surpass” current development flows. “We will need complementary forms of financing,” he said, adding that private investment and the business sector have important financing roles.Mr. Ban also highlighted the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, which has rallied business behind important issues such as fighting corruption, fair labour standards and human rights. With over 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business stakeholders in 160 countries, the Compact can “mobilize a global force of businesses for good,” he stated.
gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s Final Four chat! After the chalk prevailed in the first weekend, the second weekend finally provided some upsets. In the Elite Eight, three of four underdogs won outright, and the fourth, Purdue, probably should have won — but Virginia’s last-second heroics and overtime win make the Cavs the lone No. 1 seed left in the tournament. What was the biggest surprise of the weekend?jplanos (Josh Planos, contributor): I think we should just cede the floor to Neil, who can discuss his perfect Final Four choices: neil: (And we can really talk savvy when we discuss Auburn’s Jared Harper…)jakelourim: Mike Krzyzewski talked all weekend about how minor injuries disrupted the continuity of his freshman-led team, and I could feel eyes rolling out of heads. But does a freshman core that’s only played a handful of games together have the ability to do that? I’m not sure.neil: Right. It seems like a big legacy of this one-and-done era will be of mostly unmet expectations for these freshman-star-laden teams.gfoster: We joke about how boring the Cavs are (and make no mistake, they are mostly drying paint basketball), but the Purdue-Virginia game might have been my favorite of the tournament. Before overtime, Carsen Edwards’s game was unreal. It must be discouraging to get that type of performance from your star in the Elite Eight and still lose.jplanos: Edwards was a one-man wrecking ball the entire tourney and, frankly, it feels unfair that he had to lose. I think there’s a sound argument to be made that it’s less than optimal to have one player responsible for nearly all of your offensive production, but man was it entertaining.In arguably the two biggest games of his life, Edwards put up 71 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and went 15-33 from 3-point land. The degree of difficulty on most of those shots was superhuman.Also, long live Ryan Cline. That performance against Tennessee will get washed over because of Carsen and the excitement of the Elite Eight slate, but man…jakelourim: It really was unfortunate that one of those teams had to lose. Because on the other side, you have Tony Bennett trying to exorcise his Final Four demons and erase the memory of last year. He has made a tremendously successful career out of coaching the pack-line defense and forcing opponents to take shots like the ones Purdue took Saturday night. And then Carsen Edwards goes and does that.gfoster: Kyle Guy stepped up. If he doesn’t repeatedly answer Edwards’s threes with ones of his own, UVA is gone.neil: It was unfortunate that Edwards started to run out of gas at the end of OT. He missed a heat check late — which he’d earned the right to take, given the previous bombs — and had a tough turnover on a pass out of bounds in the final seconds. He’d been so brilliant that you expected him to keep making the superhuman look routine.jplanos: I usually abide by a never-trust-a-man-with-two-first-names mantra, but I’m willing to make an exception for Kyle Guy.No other Boilermaker had more than 7 points in that game. Yikes.jakelourim: Good point, Josh. Nobody else even took more than seven shots! And that’s including five extra OT minutes.neil: Edwards personally scored 56 percent of Purdue’s total — which was the second-most points UVA gave up in a game all season.jakelourim: He also scored more points than Coppin State and William & Mary did as TEAMS against Virginia.gfoster: The last team in the Final Four is Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers, who are the lowest remaining seed. A lot of people wrote off their chances of beating UK when Chuma Okeke when down. How do you think they will fare against UVA?jplanos: I’d like to take this time to apologize for openly scoffing at Geoff picking Auburn to advance out of the Sweet 16. I even wrote it down in my diary and laughed!jakelourim: This thought stuck in my head all of Friday night and Sunday afternoon: Remember how much of a spectacular mess Auburn was in the final seconds of its first-round game against New Mexico State? I did not watch that team and think, “Yeah, they’ll probably get to the Final Four.”jplanos: This weekend was a big one for the EVERYBODY COUNTED US OUT crowd. I count all four teams citing it, which means, yep, that slogan remains undefeated.jakelourim: Yes, we’re deep into “Why Not Us?” season.neil: To your question Geoff, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are going to have to keep scoring! The backcourt duo combined for 50 points against UK, with each taking turns taking over the game.Special props to Auburn, btw, for avenging its 27-point loss at Kentucky from a few weeks earlier.jplanos: I love that Virginia has to go through Auburn, a team with a style that must be anathema to the Hoos.gfoster: Also this game served as a PSA against making banners where you openly mock injuries.jplanos: If only we had known beforehand that Kentucky’s fan base has no limits…jakelourim: Enjoyed that Bruce Pearl actually admitted to the popular strategy of “We’re going to get the ball to Jared and Bryce, and everyone else get the fuck out of the way.”neil: It made sense. I am totally enamored with Harper in particular. He just has a sense of where everyone is on the court and what is the right play to make. Such a smart player.jplanos: I think I fell in love with Auburn’s style this weekend. There was a slow-motion replay in the second half that captured an Auburn player swatting a Kentucky player’s shot at the rim while clearly mouthing “GIVE ME THAT SHIT,” and it was wonderful and emblematic of how the Tigers approach the game on both ends. Every play is a highlight to be made.jakelourim: I also think this draw continues to favor Virginia. I don’t think Auburn is going to be the team to speed up Virginia in the semifinals, and in the final, neither Michigan State nor Texas Tech is going to bombard Virginia with unmatched athleticism, as Duke did in both of their regular-season meetings.gfoster: So is that your prediction Jake?jakelourim: Yes, my champion pick is still alive, so I’m sticking with Virginia.jplanos: I like Virginia to advance and play Texas Tech, which will be … a game of basketball.neil: I must keep my original predictions, so I’m taking UVA and MSU, with the Cavs winning it all.gfoster: I’m riding Auburn!!!!! … for one more game. I think they do shoot their way past Virginia’s defense. And then lose to Michigan State in the final. And we all get our dream fulfilled of seeing more Tom Izzo dancing videos like this: gfoster: MSU tends to struggle in the third weekend: eight Final Fours now but just one title for Tom Izzo. Is Michigan State essentially the 1990s Atlanta Braves? Loads of playoff success and the one token title to ward off Geoff making Buffalo Bills comparisons.^ Third-person alert.neil: I think Izzo was motivated to take back the “best performance vs. seed expectations” crown from Jim Boeheim.Izzo’s teams have a long history of exceeding expectations en route to the Final Four, but maybe that’s why they don’t win titles. Overachieving can only get you so far.jakelourim: It has always seemed to me that the talent differential has caught up to Michigan State in some of those Final Fours. I thought it was interesting that Tom Izzo said privately before the 2009 title game that if the Tyler Hansbrough/Ty Lawson UNC team played well, Michigan State would lose. “There’s just more talent there,” Izzo said. (And MSU did lose.) But if the talent didn’t catch up to the Spartans against Duke, when will it happen?jplanos: Zion was clearly gassed, but he also was unquestionably the team’s best option on offense. And then he … stopped getting the ball. I was surprised that Coach K didn’t dial up any isolations for him over the final possessions or demand some sort of clear-out.gfoster: At least Duke has Zion and Barrett for three more years where they can continue to grow as upperclassmen and take home multiple championships…….neil: LOLjplanos: My question is: Can we still get a Zion cam? Can we watch the kid ink his shoe deal during the Final Four?gfoster: It is frustrating we don’t get more college Zion. He’s so entertaining.jakelourim: It’s fair to wonder if/when we’ll ever see another college player like him again, right, with the NBA apparently set to change the one-and-done rule in 2022?jplanos: I can’t remember seeing a team win an Elite Eight game (or any NCAA Tournament game) having made just two free throws, like Michigan State did. **cue Sports-Reference search**neil: It’s actually astonishing when you look at the stats of that game in general that MSU won.Duke shot better on FGs, 3Ps and FTs and had more rebounds. The turnovers were the only main category where Duke lost, and they lost big.jplanos: Full transparency: I was ready to call curtains when the Blue Devils had that 21-5 run in the opening half.jakelourim: What was stunning to me was that Duke turned the ball over 17 times. (Back to the point of “If they play well, they’ll win” — they did not play well.) Michigan State is 342nd in defensive turnover rate at 15 percent, according to Ken Pomeroy, and that’s counting Sunday’s game.neil: Which just lent more credence to the idea that the only team talented enough to beat Duke was … Duke.gfoster: Let’s talk about what’s not as entertaining: Texas Tech’s defensive domination. The Red Raiders made Michigan shoot like my JV basketball team when the bench had been emptied in the final minutes. Then did a similar suffocation of Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs and the nation’s most efficient offense to just 69 points.jplanos: The Red Raiders indeed smothered Michigan and then turned the second half of their win over Gonzaga into a rock fight. To see the nation’s most efficient offense reduced to 32 second-half points and 16 total turnovers was really something.neil: According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Texas Tech is the nation’s best defensive team. The Red Raiders certainly played like it.jplanos: If you had told me that Texas Tech would advance to the Final Four on a terrible Jarrett Culver shooting performance (5-of-19 from the field, 2-of-8 from three), I would have laughed in your face.neil: Or that they would win despite Rui Hachimura having a pretty good game (22 points).jplanos: It really seemed like the Zags missed the part of the game plan detailing turnovers. Texas Tech ranks 11th in opponent turnover percentage, according to KenPom, and lives by the deflection, especially on entry passes. It seemed like there were 10 bounce passes into the post that were immediate turnovers. YOU CAN’T POCKET PASS THIS TEAM.jakelourim: (Just finished that sports-reference search, Josh: No team has won an Elite Eight game with two free throws or fewer since at least 2011.)jplanos: You know who didn’t show up for the Wolverines? Two upperclassmen: Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson.Simpson finished 0-5 against Texas Tech with one assist and four turnovers. Not exactly what you’re expecting from a second-team all-conference player. And in the final game of his college career, Matthews had a team-high five turnovers and finished 3-9 from the field and 0-4 from 3-point land.gfoster: Let’s put it this way and move on: Michigan’s performance in the Sweet 16 was the worst I’ve ever seen a basketball team play.jplanos: LOLneil: And you watched that UConn-Butler final from a few years back.gfoster: I generally don’t like to talk about blown calls. But the Tariq Owens block play against Gonzaga was a pretty bad one to miss at a key moment: Check out our latest March Madness predictions. jakelourim: Michigan’s loss to Texas Tech generated the Wolverines’ seventh-worst offensive efficiency rating of the KenPom era and fourth-worst under John Beilein.jplanos: I don’t know what being put in a straightjacket feels like, but I imagine it’s similar to playing the Red Raiders.gfoster: Virginia is now the betting favorite in the tournament at 3-2. Would you have guessed that the Hoos would be the lone ACC No. 1 seed to make it through? It wasn’t long ago when I was momentarily planning how FiveThirtyEight would react to a UVA loss to Gardner-Webb.jplanos: I certainly wouldn’t have. If we get a Virginia-Texas Tech national title game, will next year’s NCAA Tournament even be televised? And will it set back college basketball 15 years?gfoster: First one to 50 points wins!neil: I think Virginia also benefited from a relatively easy path to Minneapolis. According to our power ratings, the rest of the South contained the eighth, 10th and 16th best teams in the Sweet 16.jplanos: Considering the moment, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more impressive baseball-style pass than the one Kihei Clark (A FRESHMAN) beamed to Mamadi Diakite for Virginia’s buzzer-beater against Purdue. That was a rocket. jakelourim (Jake Lourim, contributor): If you look at last week’s chat, that makes Neil Captain Obvious, right?neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): I wish I could say I had a fancy analytical model to make these picks, but I spent an entire podcast segment saying I was selectively ignoring stats and picking with my gut. The most anti-FiveThirtyEight way to get a perfect Final Four possible.jplanos: I think the big winner is Under Armour getting two Final Four teams, but Duke (the top overall seed) falling probably takes the cake.neil: Yeah, Duke losing before the Final Four has to be the headline surprise, I think.Although one could make an easy case that the Blue Devils were lucky to even make it as far as they did…gfoster: Were you that surprised by Duke losing? That game had the smallest spread of the last four, and Duke had aggressively flirted with death against Virginia Tech and UCF.jplanos: I wasn’t because Michael Avenatti called it, but the Blue Devils were the Icarus of the tournament. It felt like they trailed at halftime of nearly every game.neil: This Duke team was fascinating because, in terms of talent, nobody can match that group. And when Zion was taking over, it was difficult to envision how they could lose. Yet they did not consistently play to their abilities, particularly in this tournament. Even in those close wins, they left you wanting more.jplanos: Shoutout to Alex O’Connell getting the start and finishing with three total minutes. When was the last time a starter finished with less than five minutes played and wasn’t injured or ejected?gfoster: The story before the tournament was that Michigan State got handed an awful draw because the Spartans won the Big Ten tourney and still got put in Duke’s region. Now I wonder whether it was Duke that got the bad draw.Can Cassius Winston one-man-army his way to a title? We’ve seen versatile point guards do this before in March Madness.jplanos: He’s this season’s Kemba Walker. He started off pretty tepid against Duke and then exploded for 20 points and 10 assists, with four steals and one turnover, which, when you consider the ball is effectively always in his hands and he was lined up against an on-ball hound in Tre Jones, is absurd. I came away extremely impressed.neil: Winston also got some help when he needed it late against Duke. Xavier Tillman had 19 in the game, and Kenny Goins overcame a horrendous shooting game to make a huge shot in the final minute.jakelourim: Winston really can do it all. He’s had to do so much since Michigan State lost Joshua Langford in December, and through the Big Ten season, Big Ten tournament and then this weekend, I kept waiting for the Spartans to run out of magic. But they haven’t. It seemed throughout Sunday that Winston always knew the right play to make, and Duke didn’t. What was up with Zion not taking the last shot(s) in the final minute?jplanos: The RJ Barrett Show seemed like a suboptimal approach down the stretch.neil: People were really killing Barrett for taking so many of Duke’s final shots.jakelourim: I did think that Michigan State had the best game plan (outside of Syracuse and the 2-3 zone, which is unique) for slowing down Zion. Tillman was outstanding on defense and made himself a lot of money on Sunday.neil: Barrett also missed the free throw he was supposed to make, and made the one he was supposed to miss.Sheesh. It was frustrating that it was never reviewed. Isn’t this exactly what replay in basketball is for?jplanos: Not a great tournament across the board for officiating out-of-bounds calls. From ABC News: jakelourim: Virginia hasn’t been particularly impressive in any of its four games — not like the Hoos were during the regular season — but it does seem like experience and chemistry won out in the regionals after a chalk-filled first weekend. I keep thinking about the moment at the end of the Michigan State-Duke game when Xavier Tillman motioned for Cassius Winston to hurry down the floor and run out the clock. That’s a savvy move.
Very pleased to see that the graffiti on the WWII bomb shelter sign by the edge of @DeptfordMktYard has been cleaned. 75+ years of history preserved! 😊 pic.twitter.com/6oW8jL3dIv— Deptford Society (@deptfordsociety) July 16, 2018 A rare Second World War “ghost” bomb shelter sign has been obliterated by blundering workmen who painted over the London landmark.The sign in Deptford, south-east London, which dates back more than 70 years, survived the Luftwaffe’s bombs during the Blitz, but was covered over in bright black and white paint last week by contractors working for a property developer.The ghost sign, the name given to faded advertisements or government warning often painted by hand on brickwork, is located in the Deptford Market Yard development and is believed to be one of just a handful of bomb shelter signs still in existence.Contractors working for developer U+I painted over the sign in error last week while maintaining the development of flats, shops and restaurants, which opened in 2016 and includes a Grade II listed railway structure dating back to 1835 and 14 arches used as an air raid shelters from 1939 onwards.Ironically, the bomb shelter sign had only recently been carefully restored by Lewisham Council after it was ‘tagged’ with red paint by vandals. Peter Collins, chair of the Deptford Society, a local group working to preserve the area’s heritage, said: “After reporting graffiti on the air raid shelter ghost sign to the council, we had been thrilled at their swift action to repair the sign which they did in an incredibly sensitive way; removing the red spray paint whilst respecting the fact that the sign is now over 70 years old. We are truly dismayed at finding, just a few days later, that the sign has been fully repainted as if new, rather than a treasured piece of local history.” Local tour guide Sean Patterson, who leads history walks in the area, said he was saddened by the graffiti, though he accepted that in order to preserve history, “we need to restore sometimes”. “For my money, the issue here is not restoration, after all these wonderfully evocative signs will disappear for future generations if they are not maintained, but how well it is done.”The problem here is,” he said, “that it’s been done rather clumsily.” He added: “We are shocked at this utter disregard for important wartime history, and we are more concerned than ever about the future of other nearby ghost signs, which are only one coat of paint away from destruction.” A ghost sign advertising Lipton Tea adjacent to the development had previously been painted over with a bright-red advertisement for the new market, one of many new sites turning the former dockyard area into one of London’s latest “foodie” hotspots.Local councillor Brenda Dacres said it was appalled the bomb shelter sign had been painted over after it had been restored by council workers and that it was ” inconceivable that someone would think it acceptable to authorise painting over” the signs.She said: “Part of the charm of Deptford are ghost signs such as this. Whoever arranged for the sign to be pained over does not appear to have any appreciation of Deptford’s historic past, which many in the community are very proud of.” A spokesperson for U+I, said: “The heritage of Deptford Market Yard is important to us and great care and attention has been taken to ensure the sign remains in place. This is a clearly an unfortunate mistake by the work crew in question and we will be rectifying this as a priority.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Feds praised Edul Ahmad’s subtlety as an informant — but that couldn’t keep him out of prison. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)Popular New York based Guyanese businessman Edul Ahmad, was earlier on Friday sentenced to two years in prison for running a $US 3 million mortgage fraud scheme.The Leonora born businessman, who operated a hardware establishment at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, had pleaded guilty in 2012, in a New York court to mortgage fraud conspiracy and was looking at a sentence of 10 years imprisonment, with $US 15 million in fines and restitution.However, he became an informant and a key witness against his colleague, former New York state senator John Sampson, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dora Irizarry in Brooklyn for 5 years on charges that he obstructed justice and made false statements.The US based Guyanese businessman was supposed to have been sentenced since 2015, but appealed to the New York court several times, successfully, to delay the ruling until after Sampson would have been sentenced.Ahmad was hopeful that by offering his services to the FBI, he would not have to go to prison but would receive a lighter sentence for cooperating.According to information form the New York Daily News, prosecutors said Ahmad’s work earned him a shot at a sentence below federal recommendations.However, Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry sentenced Ahmad to two years behind bars for running a mortgage fraud scam.Ahmad was an asset in the feds’ case against ex-state Senator John Sampson, Irizarry said. But the judge also said couldn’t ignore the harms of Ahmad’s $3 million scheme.She laid into Ahmad for a property sale that, she said, broke the terms of his cooperation agreement.According to judge Irizarry “to me, it does not show full remorse. It does show someone who feels he’s ready to do what he needs to do, laws be damned, rules be damned.”While it wasn’t the probation sentence Ahmad, 50, was looking for, it also wasn’t the six- to seven-year term he could’ve received.On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Solomon told Irizarry that Ahmad’s cooperation was “impressive,” once he started talking.Ahmad was “one the best at making recordings,” he said — Sampson often talked quietly, so Ahmad repeated what he said so it’d be loud and clear for Uncle Sam.Solomon said Ahmad did make some serious flubs — like telling prosecutors the night before his testimony about the improper sale of a property discussed in the cooperation agreement. Ahmad (r.) helped the FBI nail crooked state Sen. John Sampson (l.).Irizzary questioned just how useful Ahmad was on the stand. She pointed to articles in newspapers such as the Daily News, where a juror called Ahmad “dirty.”She said she couldn’t understand “why the government is giving such short shrift to a blatant breach of the cooperation agreement.”Solomon said he wasn’t asking the judge to overlook it.Ahmad’s lawyer, Samuel Kartagener, said he was “taken aback” by Irizzary’s views. He urged the judge to take the good with the bad.“I don’t think it suggests Mr. Ahmad should lose all credit for his cooperation here. He is remorseful for the errors he made.”Ahmad told Irizzary he meant no harm with the deal — which was an effort to stop a foreclosure on a property.Irizarry wasn’t buying that Ahmad — a sophisticated, onetime Lamborghini-driving businessman — didn’t know what he was doing. “You knew you had to disclose to the government if there was any transaction on a property.”It was a lapse in judgment, said Ahmad. “I never meant to break the cooperation agreement.”After sentencing, Ahmad declined to speak to reporters. Kartagener said he and his client were “disappointed with the result.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRoger Khan, Ed Ahmad may testify in trial of Brooklyn senatorMay 24, 2015In “Crime”New York-based Guyanese woman gets six years jail for gift card schemeFebruary 22, 2016In “latest news”Guyanese national jailed for Florida mortgage scamJuly 20, 2016In “Crime”
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information about a vehicle that hit and injured a service dog in Ridgefield.Spock, a German shepherd/husky mix, was hit around noon today in the 18500 block of Northeast 10th Avenue in Ridgefield. After the dog was hit, a pickup truck from the 1970s or 80s of an unknown color, was seen speeding away northbound on 10th Avenue.The dog’s owner transported him to a veterinary clinic where he was treated for numerous broken bones and other injuries.Anyone with information about the vehicle that hit the dog is asked to contact Deputy Randon Walker of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 360-397-2211.