first_img….owner defaulted on bank loans – receiver/managerHaving defaulted on payments due to a local bank, BaiShanLin General Manager Chu Hongbo, sole owner of Sunset Lakes Inc, has now had his 100-acre property placed in receivership with the appointee looking to make a sale.According to public advertisements locally, Sunset Lakes Inc—previously owned by local business tycoon Brian Tiwarie – is looking for bidders, local or foreign, to submit proposals for the purchase of the 100-acre plot of land located in proximityA model of the fully-gated five-star, luxurious villa community complete with all modern facilities and amenities, to be developed by Sunset Lakes Incto the Guyana National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara.The receiver/manager appointed by the court is Nigel Hinds, who, during a brief interview with Guyana Times on Monday, downplayed recent suggestions by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) that it was looking to repossess the land.Hinds told this publication that the title for the land had been issued to BK International proprietor Brian Tiwarie, the original owner of Sunset Lakes Inc.The receiver, who was appointed by the court in February, told this newspaper the fact that a title had been issued meant that the company was in fact in compliance with all the requirements that had been set out by the CH&PA.He explained that Tiwarie had sold the shares in the company to Chu, the GeneralBaiShanLin Managing Director Chu HongboManager of the controversial logging company – currently in limbo with the Guyana Government’s revenue collection agency over claims the company owed billions.Hinds told Guyana Times that with Chu as the sole shareholder, the process was initiated since the company would have defaulted on its loan payments to the locally incorporated bank.In 2014, Tiwarie had sold the shares in Sunset Lakes Inc to Chu for some US$8 million shortly after receiving the 100-acre property from the CH&PA.This transaction has since engaged the attention of the commercial court, since Chu has reportedly reneged on the agreement and owes Tiwarie some US$4 million for the property.Sunset Lakes was introduced as a luxurious gated community during GuyExpo 2014 by Chu alongside the BaiShanLin displays, boasting security, privacy and other amenities and was advertised at US$7 per square foot. Completed houses had seen an average mark-up price around $28 million. Lower-end lots were advertised for sale beginning at $8 million while the ultra-luxurious homes would have cost in excess of $100 million.According to the entity’s website, New Life Community to be developed by Sunset Lakes Inc would be a fully gated five-star, luxurious villa community complete with all modern facilities and amenities.“The development contains an area of 100 acres, total building area of 1432642.78 sq ft for constructions of approximately 380 villas. The overall layout is like a lotus flower with four surrounding districts, A, B, C and D. The central district is the community social centre.The first phase in District A has commenced and will feature 100 villas, together with four areas reserved for public facilities, including water-supply station, garbage disposal facility, and fire station.”Sunset Lakes Inc was first incorporated in April 2011, “with the vision of introducing for the first time in Guyana a five-star gated community offering all modern amenities namely New Life Community.”The 100 acres of land was divided into two plots – the first of 71.09 acres was sold for $5 million per acre, while the remaining 28.91 acres cost $4 million per acre. The total cost was $471.09 million.Sunset Lakes, under Tiwarie’s control at the time, agreed to complete infrastructural works, including paved roads, and drainage, electricity and water networks, within three months of the agreement being signed. This did not obtain.Sunset Lakes was in 2015 ordered to attend a meeting with then Minister within the Communities Ministry Keith Scott, and other officials of the CH&PA to explain the delays.Efforts to contact the company’s named real estate/marketing personnel Amanda Lam proved futile as calls to the listed contact numbers went unanswered.The sale of the 100 acres of land aback the Providence Stadium had attracted sustained criticism particularly from the then Opposition now Government of the day, A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC).last_img read more

first_imgYou have to give credit to anyone who tackles a big problem head-on, regardless of whether you agree with their solution.  Two recent papers take on one of evolution’s biggest challenges: the Cambrian Explosion.  Assuming the evolutionary timeline, this represents a “brief” 5 million year period back 530 million years ago when most of the major animal phyla appeared.  It was called an “explosion” of evolutionary emergence even decades ago, when scientists thought the interval was eight times longer, or 40 million years.  More refined dating estimates have only exacerbated this problem which was known even in Darwin’s time.  Somewhere between 48% and 82%, most likely around two thirds, of all animal phyla (major groupings) and subphyla appeared in this period, fully formed, and without ancestors.  At most four had possible precursors up to 40 million years earlier in the Precambrian, but these are doubtful (e.g., see 08/19/2004, 12/23/2002).    How brief was this explosion of life?  According to Meyer, Ross, Nelson and Chien,1 if the entire evolutionary timeline were compressed into a 24-hour day, the Cambrian Explosion would represent one minute, or 0.11% of the timeline.  Even if that estimate were an order of magnitude off – ten minutes, representing 50 million years – the comparative brevity of the interval would be still be remarkable.  In that blink of a geologic eye, the world saw the emergence of molluscs, echinoderms, brachiopods, jellyfish, worms, arthropods (like trilobites) and many other complex organisms, compared to the prior three billion years or more when, except for a few multicelled organisms like flatworms and sponges, single-celled organisms ruled the world.    To be fair, the Cambrian examples of the new phyla seem primitive by comparison to later representatives.  The first chordates (those with a notochord or simple nerve chord) looked like worms, although representatives of early jawless fish (subphylum vertebrata) have been found recently in the early Cambrian strata (01/30/2003, 08/21/2002).  Think how diverse the vertebrates became: everything from giraffes to turtles to hummingbirds and horses.  Later arthropods in the fossil record include flying insects and lobsters and spiders.  Still, to have over two-thirds of all animal body plans appear so abruptly is astonishing.    The new Cambrian animals had specialized tissues and organs, presupposing that huge increases in biological information and specialized functions appeared almost overnight.  Evolution isn’t supposed to happen this way.  Darwin’s book presented a slow, gradual tree of life branching from ever more primitive ancestors.  Where are the transitional forms?  Punctuated equilibria theory has a similar problem – just on a more jerky scale.  Since the Origin of Species, evolutionists have admitted that the Cambrian Explosion is one of their most vexing problems (see 07/29/2004, 12/22/2005).  Intelligent design theorists and creationists have not hesitated to remind them that the Cambrian fossil record doesn’t look like evolution; it looks like creation.    A recent paper tackling this problem was published by Eric Davidson (Caltech) and Douglas Erwin (National Museum of Natural History, DC) in Science.2  They mention the difficulty somewhat delicately: “A notable feature of the paleontological record of animal evolution is the establishment by the Early Cambrian of virtually all phylum-level body plans.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  Their explanation revolves around gene regulatory networks (GRNs).  “Development of the animal body plan is controlled by large gene regulatory networks (GRNs), and hence evolution of body plans must depend upon change in the architecture of developmental GRNs,” they begin.  Some of these networks appear hierarchical, and the “kernels” are resistant to change.  Consequently, they argue, “Conservation of phyletic body plans may have been due to the retention since pre-Cambrian time of GRN kernels, which underlie development of major body parts.”  This, however, seems to focus on what didn’t change, not what did.  Nevertheless, they think they are on the right track, compared with earlier explanations:Classic evolutionary theory, based on selection of small incremental changes, has sought explanations by extrapolation from observed patterns of adaptation.  Macroevolutionary theories have largely invoked multi-level selection, among species and among clades.  But neither class of explanation provides an explanation of evolution in terms of mechanistic changes in the genetic regulatory program for development of the body plan, where it must lie.Photos in the article show some of the diverse body plans of Cambrian animals.  Their explanation of body plan diversification takes on a distinctive cybernetic flavor.  By picturing genetic networks as “kernels” resistant to change (because “change in them is prohibited on pain of developmental catastrophe”), with “plug-ins” that get co-opted to developmental programs, “switches” that turn on these programs and so act as “input/output (I/O) devices” within the network, and even “differentiation gene batteries,” they envision a multi-level architecture, in which changes can have anywhere from dramatic to fine-tuning effects depending on what level it occurs.    All this computer lingo, however, still sounds more like design than evolution.  Smart people design computers and networks.  Do Davidson and Erwin succeed in getting unaided natural forces to surprise the world with the sudden appearance of new complex animals?  A key to their answer lies in assuming a “deep divergence” in genetic networks a hundred million years earlier.  (Another key must, alas, await future discoveries.)We predict that when sufficient comparative network data are available, there will be found conserved network kernels similar in complexity and character to those of Fig. 2 [examples of “putative GRN kernels”], which program the initial stages of development of every phylum-specific body part and perhaps of superphylum and pan-bilaterian body parts as well.  It would follow [sic] that these kernels must have been assembled during the initial diversification of the Bilateria [animals with bilateral symmetry]and have retained their internal character since.  Critically, these kernels would have formed through the same processes of evolution as affect the other components, but once formed and operating to specify particular body parts, they would have become refractory to subsequent change.  Molecular phylogeny places this evolutionary stage in the late Neoproterozoic when Bilateria begin to appear in the fossil record, between the end of the Marinoan glaciation at about 630 million years ago and the beginning of the Cambrian.  Therefore the mechanistic explanation for the surprising fact that essentially no major new phylum-level body parts have evolved since the Cambrian may lie in the internal structural and functional properties of GRN kernels: Once they were assembled, they could not be disassembled or basically rewired, only built on to.    Between the periphery of developmental GRNs and their kernels lies the bulk of the network architecture.  Here we see skeins of special cross-regulatory circuitry, plug-ins, and I/O connections; and here is where have occurred the changes in network architecture that account for the evolutionary novelties [sic] attested in the fossil record of animals.Their conclusion is that there are at least three hierarchical levels of network architecture, “with extremely different developmental consequences and rates of occurrence.”  The alert reader will notice, however, that the explanation above focuses on stasis of the kernels, and elsewhere only assumes that evolution somehow came up with all the highly diverse body plans in the other parts of the network.  Meyer et al. pre-criticized this explanation by saying that the amount of genetic information required would be astronomical, and by saying the “deep time” supposition lacks any fossil evidence.  They also pointed out that the molecular comparisons used to support divergence in deep time give highly different results, depending on whose data compares which genes.    One notable part of Davidson and Erwin’s conclusion is that it differs markedly from “current microevolutionary thinking” that assumes change occurs in a “temporally homogeneous way.”  They argue, instead, that “different levels of change that have occurred in evolution are imperfectly reflected at different levels of Linnean classification,” i.e., from species up through families up to phyla, “and we think that these inhomogeneous events have been caused by architectural alterations in different locations in the underlying GRNs.”  Architectural alterations – is that a euphemism for mutations?  They use the word alterations for all the other levels of the network, too.  Here comes their cadenza.  Amidst all the machine and network language, look for any unguided mechanisms that explain the origin of new body plans:To the extent that kernel formation underlies critical morphological innovations, some kernels must indirectly be responsible for major events in Neoproterozoic niche construction.  Motility, predation, digestion, and other canonical features of the Bilateria followed from the evolutionary appearance of the genetic programs [sic] for the respective body parts.  These innovations became an engine of change that irreversibly altered the Earth’s environment and, thus, the probability of success of subsequent evolutionary changes.  We believe that experimental examination of the conserved kernels of extant developmental GRNs will illuminate the widely discussed but poorly understood problem of the origination of animal body plans in the late Neoproterozoic and Cambrian and their remarkable subsequent stability.So, in other words, we have the framework for a new theory, and a lot of work remains to be done – stay tuned.  But would this answer be enough to silence the ID critics?  Paul Nelson of the Discovery Institute doesn’t think so.  He posted an anecdote on Evolution News about how he had met Eric Davidson years ago and heard him admit that single base-pair mutations would not produce genetic networks.  He also quoted Davidson asserting that “Neo-Darwinism is dead.”  After reading this latest Davidson paper, Nelson noticed a problem for getting new information into the system: “If changing the wiring takes down the whole system, well, then, obviously the wiring can’t change – a developmental instance of what has come to be known as the Principle of Continuity.”     Another, more complete survey of the Cambrian Explosion and possible solutions has been made available in a preprint to the upcoming 2006 Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science.  Visit a future entry for a look at whether this paper succeeds in countering what Darwin called “the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory.”31Stephen C. Meyer, Marcus Ross, Paul Nelson and Paul Chien, “The Cambrian Explosion: Biology’s Big Bang,” Darwin, Design and Public Education (ed. John Angus and Stephen C. Meyer), Michigan State Univ. Press, 2003, pp. 323-402.  This is a good semi-technical overview of the Cambrian Explosion problem and evolutionary attempts to explain it away.  The timeline analogy by paleontologist Jun-Yuan Chen is mentioned on p. 326.  See also the Discovery Institute Fact Sheet (PDF) about the Cambrian Explosion.2Eric Davidson and Douglas Erwin, “Gene Regulatory Networks and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans,” Science, 10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, pp. 796 – 800, DOI: 10.1126/science.1113832.3Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, ch. 10: “But just in proportion as this process of extermination has acted on an enormous scale, so must the number of intermediate varieties, which have formerly existed, be truly enormous.  Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links?  Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and serious objection.  The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the fossil record.”  Yet 140 years has not filled in these gaps, as Darwin had hoped; in fact, the situation has only become worse.  Most paleontologists now admit that the fossil record is essentially complete; most new finds fit within existing categories and do not fill in the gaps; see 10/25/2002 2nd entry and 02/14/2005 entry).Ha!  Another example of Darwinian hand-waving.  It’s worth the effort of learning a little scientific jargon to see how these spinmeisters work their magic.  Imagine some hypothetical “architectural alterations” coming up with the inconceivably complex functions of motility, predation, digestion and every other piece of hardware and software a Cambrian animal needed to live and reproduce.  Unbelievable faith.    The bottom line: this paper is constructed on euphemisms for random mutations and natural selection, sprinkled with plagiarized jargon about networks, engines, I/O modules, kernels, plug-ins and other intelligent-design concepts.  Any fossil evidence?  Nope.  Any realistic genetic mechanism that could produce a trilobite with complex eyes (09/18/2003) or a starfish, or a calcified shell (06/26/2003), or an animal with a backbone and nervous system?  Nothing but a vivid imagination, verbal magic and the power of belief (e.g., 10/25/2002).  Go get ’em, ID.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka on Wednesday postponed council elections near three ICC cricket World Cup 2011 venues as it seeks to put on a flawless show as co-hosts of the prestigious event.The Colombo Municipal Council will not go to the polls as scheduled in March while four other councils in the central and southern provinces will also be delayed to avoid clashing with the tournament.”There will be no elections in these areas while World Cup matches will be played,” an information department official said.Sri Lanka will host 12 matches in Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota. India and Bangladesh are the other hosts of the World Cup, which starts on February 19.The polls will be the first set of nationwide local elections since the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.New dates of the delayed polls have not been announced.last_img read more

first_imgOrlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a 3-pointer during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic showed no mercy on an undermanned New Orleans team, routing the punchless Pelicans.Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon had 20 as the Magic took advantage of the Pelicans playing without All-Star Anthony Davis and beat New Orleans 119-96 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “Overall, we’ve been pretty good lately,” Fournier said. “We’re locked in, pressuring the ball, being physical. It’s kind of becoming automatic now. We’ve really gotten better defensively.”Stanley Johnson led the Pelicans with 18 points. Fellow reserve Ian Clark had 17 and Frank Jackson was the only starter in double figures with 14. The Pelicans were outrebounded 65-49.Davis was with the Pelicans a month ago when they were routed 118-88 by Orlando.“For some reason, this is a terrible matchup for us,” Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry said. “Those are our two worst losses this year. It’s just one of those things where the matchups have not been good to us and we have had a tough time keeping them off the boards.”Davis left Orlando on Wednesday morning to return to New Orleans to be with his daughter who was ill.ADVERTISEMENT Behind rookie Collin Sexton, Cavs thwart bruised, Giannis-less Bucks Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “His daughter is really sick,” Gentry said at the morning shootaround. “He went back to make sure everything is fine. It’s serious enough that he needed to go back there.”Orlando held a 22-point halftime lead and never let the advantage go below 15 in the second half. Payton hit a follow-shot layup to cut New Orleans deficit to 76-61 with 6:23 left in the third period and prompt a timeout by the Magic.After the timeout, Vucevic drained a wide-open 3-pointer and blocked two shots to ignite a 15-0 run that sealed it. New Orleans missed 11 straight shots and turned the ball over twice during the run. The Pelicans trailed 98-67 going into the fourth quarter.“It wasn’t anything I said (during the timeout), we just played a lot better defensively,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “I think our defense is more consistent every night.”The game was all but decided at halftime when Orlando took a 68-46 lead. The Magic didn’t have to work hard offensively, hitting seven of 15 3-pointers and overpowering the Pelicans inside for layups or free throws.Vucevic had almost as many rebounds (14) as the Pelicans (18) in the first half when New Orleans shooting provided plenty of opportunities. The Pelicans started the game 1 for 14 from the field and didn’t get much better after that, finishing the half 18 of 52 (34.6 percent).TIP-INSPelicans: G E’Twaun Moore missed his seventh straight game with a quad contusion.Magic: Orlando’s starting five outscored New Orleans’ starters 78-43, including 50-19 in the first half. … Orlando had two, potential four-point plays in the first half. Ross missed his free throw in the first period, but Fournier converted his in the second period. … Orlando had 10 blocks, one shy of its season high.UP NEXT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Terrence Ross had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who had little trouble finding shots inside or outside against the defenseless Pelicans. Orlando is chasing Miami for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.“We know we have a chance to play our way into the playoffs,” Gordon said. “We have some really talented guys on the defensive end and it’s all starting to come together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDefense was all the Magic players wanted to talk about. They limited New Orleans to 37.3 percent shooting and completely eliminated Pelican point guard Elfrid Payton, who was on a roll coming into the game.Payton, who had triple-doubles in five straight games, finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds. The only other NBA players with a triple-double in five straight games are Russell Westbrook (four times), Oscar Robertson (three), Wilt Chamberlain (two) and Michael Jordan (once). SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Pelicans: Host Houston on Sunday.Magic: Play their fourth straight home game Friday against Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) The All India Tennis Associations plan of conducting 44 international events on the back of government support this season is unlikely to materialise with the Sports Ministry indicating that it is not keen to provide funds. The ministry has told AITA that holding tournaments is strictly a national federations domain and the government can only chip in for some cases. Indias tennis calendar has a barren look to it as ATP Challengers have vanished from it, leaving the countrys players with no Tier-II tournaments which can help them earn ranking points and money. In 2015, India hosted four USD 50,000 Challengers and in 2016 it was reduced to two — Delhi Open and the Pune Challenger. This season, four months have passed but the players have not got a single Challenger to compete in as the Delhi Open, which is usually held in February, has been delayed. Only one state association — MSLTA — has committed to continue with its Challenger in Pune in October. In the 2015 season, India had hosted 19 mens ITF Futures and 16 womens ITF events but last year, not event half of that could take place. AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee had recently said that they have submitted a proposal to the government through Annual Calendar for Training and Competition (ACTC), seeking help of Rs 11 crore for hosting 44 international tournaments. AITA was hoping that the government would chip in with this funding, while it would raise money for the rest of the cost. However, a ministry source, who is in know of the things, said organising tournaments is a Federations responsibility. “We have told them that organising such tournaments is the responsibility of the Federation and its Members and Affiliates. Government can only supplement to some extent. We can maybe help them with one big ATP tournament,” the official told PTI. “Moreover the Federation should also work on a strong development programme, which the government would be happy to support,” the source added. Sports Minister Vijay Goel further said that his ministry was not considering any proposal to fund tennis tournaments as claimed by AITA. It has been an onerous task to raise sponsors for tennis events in India with hardly any corporate house coming forward to support the tournaments. To host a USD 50,000 Challenger event, a state association requires at least USD 100,000. “We have been asking for help for the last 4 to 5 years and at last the government has agreed to support tournaments,” Chatterjee had said when quizzed about lack of tournaments in the country. “We could not do Challengers last year because whoever ventured into Challengers lost a lot of money. They could not raise money required to host these Challengers. All over the world, its the government that supports these events. “We have included Challengers in ACTC and we have told them (the government) you have to immediately give us approval because for allotment of these tournaments, you require three months time to apply,” he said. As per the arrangement, the AITA has to first host tournaments and then ask for reimbursement of funds from the government to pass it on to the state associations. AITA claims to host 855 tournaments in a year, including talent series, national series, state ranking, national ranking, mens and ladies without any support. But it says to host international tournaments, government support is a must. It will be extremely tough for the Indian players to go up the ranking ladder without Challengers in the country. Players such as Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunnseawaran and N Sriram Balaji need to move from the Futures level to Challengers level to make any progress. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgScotland 0 Netherlands 1: Memphis the difference in Aberdeen Matt Dorman 05:36 11/10/17 Memphis Depay - cropped Getty Images Memphis Depay kicked-off Dick Advocaat’s farewell tour in winning fashion as a clutch of debutants failed to inspire Scotland at Pittodrie. Scotland lost for the first time in nine home internationals as their World Cup qualifying disappointment extended to 1-0 friendly defeat against Netherlands on Thursday.Memphis Depay’s first-half goal decided a subdued contest between two sides waiting for new eras to begin after missing out on Russia 2018.Dick Advocaat had already announced his intention to step down following Netherlands’ friendlies this month, while Scotland’s interim manager Malky Mackay is not in contention to fill the permanent position vacated by Gordon Strachan last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the uncertainty resulted in an uninspiring first 45 minutes, with any Scotland excitement around debutants Ryan Jack, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie, who were later joined by another newcomer in substitute Jason Cummings, subdued by Depay’s close-range opener in the 40th minute.Celtic star Kieran Tierney, captaining his country for the first time, earlier went close with a fine long-range attempt and substitute Ryan Fraser stabbed wide after half-time.Those half-chances proved to be the best a toothless Scotland had to offer, though, as Mackay’s likely one-match stint in charge ended in a fourth consecutive defeat to the Oranje.4 – @Memphis has scored four goals in his last seven games for @OnsOranje. Lion. pic.twitter.com/Y9pUAR7AML— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 9, 2017Scotland threatened first and could have opened the scoring inside eight minutes, but Daley Blind and Nathan Ake produced important blocks to deny Matt Phillips and James Forrest respectively.Phillips came even closer when he got on the end of a long ball and held off Virgil van Dijk in the penalty area, only to hit his shot on the turn straight at Craig Gordon.The hosts remained the more positive in possession for much of the first half, although their lack of a recognised centre-forward meant Netherlands largely went untroubled.Tierney’s swerving attempt from range did force Jasper Cillessen to move quickly to his right in the 36th minute, but it was the breakdown of another Scotland attack which exposed them for the opener.Georginio Wijnaldum led a counter-attack and fed a pass to Ryan Babel, whose classy cross from the right was volleyed in at point-blank range by Memphis.Advocaat’s side almost brought about their own downfall 10 minutes after the restart as Cillessen invited pressure in dallying over a Van Dijk back-pass.Scotland again lacked the killer edge to turn the opening into a goal and soon resorted again to shooting from well outside the area, John McGinn stinging the palms of the Barcelona goalkeeper.Bournemouth winger Fraser provided some life off the bench with an enterprising dribble into the area which ended in a poked finish around the post.And that proved to be the final moment of excitement at either end as Netherlands, who meet Romania in Bucharest on Tuesday, cruised to a ninth clean sheet in 11 meetings with Scotland. read morelast_img read more