China replacing U.S. as world’s leading scientific power

first_imgThe first day of December saw two major scientific events: the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed, and China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft landed on the moon. These two events are the latest developments in the ongoing conflict between the U.S. and China – a new Cold War being fought on many fronts, from the fields of science and technology to the ideological and military arenas. The U.S. is attempting to maintain its faltering grip on world dominance and prevent the rise of China, which offers an alternative world order based on multilateralism, mutually beneficial economic relations, and non-interference in internal affairs.China’s FAST telescopeThe deterioration of the U.S. as a scientific power became more stark with the collapse of the Arecibo observatory, which had become the world’s largest radio telescope when completed in 1963. It held that title for 53 years — until China’s 500-meter aperture spherical radio telescope (FAST) overtook it in 2016. The U.S. built Arecibo, in part, to covertly locate Soviet radar bases by tracking their signals bouncing off the moon. The observatory also discovered the first neutron stars and extrasolar planets, and contributed to the search for extraterrestrial life, gathering data analyzed by the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute. Collapsing under weight of budget cutsBeginning in 2001, Arecibo – like other publicly funded projects spanning science, health, education, transportation and welfare – saw massive budget cuts under both Democratic and Republican administrations, which pushed austerity and privatization while securing limitless budgets for police and the military. In 2011 the National Science Foundation decertified Arecibo as a federally funded research and development center. In 2017, during Hurricane Maria, a cable snapped and fell onto the main telescope dish. Arecibo’s management changed hands again in 2018. Finally, this Dec. 1, the observatory’s 900-ton instrument platform fell onto its thousand-foot wide receiver dish, while one of the towers holding the receiver snapped in half.The destruction of the Arecibo observatory was avoidable. The observatory could have been maintained and upgraded to prolong its mission of scientific discovery. Instead, its collapse was the result of a U.S. government that has increasingly prioritized the carceral, police, surveillance and military wings of the state. China’s FAST telescope While the loss of the Arecibo observatory is a setback for science across the globe, the world is not without a large radio telescope. China completed its much larger and more modern telescope in 2016. It is 2.5 times more sensitive than the Arecibo observatory, with a dish spanning 1,600 feet, or 500 meters. The FAST telescope, located in southwest China’s Guizhou province, cost the equivalent of $180 million. (tinyurl.com/y5kydvku)China also spent an additional $260 million on poverty reduction in the area of the new observatory, and on helping to relocate nearly 10,000 residents living within five kilometers of the site. (Such a telescope needs radio silence, meaning there can be no nearby cell phones, televisions or radios.) Within a year of its opening, the FAST telescope discovered its first pulsar stars, and since January has been declared fully operational. It has now discovered more than 240 pulsars, and in 2021 will open to international scientists. Scientists have already published 40 scientific papers using data collected from FAST. The telescope is also part of the SETI Institute’s Breakthrough Listen project, which represents the most comprehensive search for intelligent extraterrestrial life to date. (tinyurl.com/y3r43559)China’s space programOn the day Arecibo collapsed, China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission touched down on the near side of the moon, another scientific achievement in a long list since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. After launching a satellite into orbit in 1970, China built a highly advanced space program, sending more rockets into orbit than any other country. On Sept. 6, it launched its first reusable rocket, a key component of making space travel more cost effective and thus common. (tinyurl.com/yym66v4z)Last year China’s Chang’e 4 mission became the first-ever lander to touch down on the far side of the moon. The lander included the Lunar Micro Ecosystem, a sealed biosphere that successfully sprouted the first seeds on an extraterrestrial body.  Now the Chang’e 5 mission has collected samples of lunar soil and rocks, and blasted off from the moon for a return mission to earth, scheduled for landing in mid-December. The mission makes China only the third country to collect samples from the moon, after the Soviet Union and the U.S. China’s achievements in science and technology cover a wide area. Chinese scientists publish more scientific papers than any other country. China rapidly constructed the world’s largest high-speed rail system, which now covers over 35,000 kilometers. China has announced it will build a particle accelerator five times more powerful than the current record holder, the Large Hadron Collider. (tinyurl.com/y9zbp69d) By the end of 2020, China’s funding of research and development is set to equal that of the U.S., the world’s current largest R&D funder. (tinyurl.com/y6xzgben)U.S. space for the super-richMeanwhile, the U.S. continues to slash funding for any research that won’t lead to private profits or contribute to “state security.” Private companies like SpaceX use technology developed by publicly funded agencies in their drive to commercialize space and turn it into both a playground for the super-rich and another front in imperialist conflict. Increasingly, the U.S. has hindered its own scientific development by not prioritizing funding and resources for scientific projects, instead imposing steep austerity to satisfy the demands of Wall Street and “small government” politicians. At the highest levels of power in the U.S., science is ignored and even mocked, as the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly illustrated. A substantial number of U.S. politicians do not accept the scientific consensus on climate change, evolution and other facts, instead opting for pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. China’s government is filled with scientists and engineers. A 1990 study by Li Cheng and Lynn White, “Elite Transformation and Modern Change in Mainland China and Taiwan: Empirical Data and the Theory of Technocracy,” found that 80 percent of mayors and Communist Party secretaries of cities over one million people – as well as governors, provincial Party secretaries and Central Committee members – had four-year degrees or more in science- and technology-related fields. Chinese President Xi Jinping studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University and has a degree in Marxist studies as well as a PhD in law. (tinyurl.com/y38l9dyz)In China there is no large, corporate-backed opposition to climate science and politicians do not recklessly spread pseudoscience.China’s large economy, with a firm foundation of publicly owned industries, can direct huge resources into scientific projects, and its Five-Year plans guide scientific and technological development to reach new heights. Its competent Communist Party embraces and promotes science not only to explore space, but also to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and clean up the environment for the benefit of the people. Guided by Marxism – that is, by scientific socialism – China prioritizes social goals and directs resources in a long-term, scientifically planned manner. Through this basis in Marxism, China has been able to develop rapidly and become a global scientific leader, pushing humanity to new understandings of the universe and opening up new pathways for the future.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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“We won’t let armed groups do as they please,” interior minister tells Reporters Without Borders

first_img Iraqi interior minister Jawad Al-Bolani has assured Reporters Without Borders that the murders of four employees of independent TV station Al-Sharqiya in the northern city of Mosul on 13 September will not go unpunished. The police announced the arrest of four suspects the day after the murders.“In cooperation with various other ministries, we set up a special investigative unit more than 18 months ago to go after those responsible for violent crimes against the press,” Bolani said. “We are now ready to set up joint structures with national organisations for the protection of journalists in order to improve the safety of the media.”The interior minister promised Reporters Without Borders that the murders of the three Al-Sharqiya journalists and their driver would be solved. Several suspects have already been arrested and wanted notices have been issued for other individuals suspected of involvement. The motive for the quadruple murder is not yet known.Asked about the results obtained in the investigations into previous murders of journalists, Bolani said the police had often identified the murderers but most of them were killed at the time of arrest. “These armed groups are responsible for the deaths not only of journalists but also other Iraqi citizens,” he said. “The investigations into these murders are part of a more global commitment on the part of the state to improve security in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Iraqi government’s efforts to combat the impunity enjoyed by those who kill journalists. “These investigations must be initiated systematically and must be conducted with the utmost transparency,” the press freedom organisation said. “They must not be limited to cases of well-known journalists or spectacular murders. The publication of the results is essential and will show that the security forces are really determined to put a stop to this kind of violence.”The organisation added: “We are still without any news of a total of 14 journalists and media assistants who gone missing in the course of the past two years or so. We hope that the special investigative unit set up by the interior ministry will also take charge of their cases.”At least 166 journalists and 55 media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003. Reporters Without Borders is also aware of around 100 cases of journalists being taken hostage by armed groups. The fate of 14 of these journalists is still unknown. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further Iraqi interior minister Jawad Al-Bolani has assured Reporters Without Borders that the murders of four employees of independent TV station Al-Sharqiya in the northern city of Mosul on 13 September will not go unpunished. The police announced the arrest of four suspects the day after the murders. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “We won’t let armed groups do as they please,” interior minister tells Reporters Without Borders Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Dell EMC World 2016: Let The Transformation Begin

first_imgOur theme for Dell EMC World 2016 is “Let The Transformation Begin”. What does that mean? When you take a step back, you see that we’re on the precipice of the next industrial revolution. It’s a revolution that will impact every company in every industry. It’s a revolution that potentially threatens the existence of many companies, but one that’s also incredibly rich with opportunity. To take advantage of that opportunity – to play a part in fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another – every business will need to transform into a digital enterprise. What steps must our customers take to begin their transformation? That is exactly what attendees of Dell EMC World will learn.For our general sessions, we’ll kick things off on Wednesday morning. Our Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, will reiterate our vision for Dell Technologies, and the role it will play in driving digital transformation for businesses across the world. He’ll then be joined by David Goulden, President of the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell EMC, who will talk about how to power a digital transformation by modernizing, automating and transforming IT through a hybrid cloud. Now, if the business is going digital and IT is transforming then the workforce must transform. Jeff Clarke, our Vice-Chairman of Operations and President of Client Solutions at Dell, will join David and Michael to describe the latest client devices that enable a digital workforce to access new applications and data in ways never previously imagined.If the Wednesday morning keynote is all about vision, the Wednesday afternoon keynote will be all about showing off our transformational technology in action – and since I’m involved in this one, doing so in a really fun way! You’ll see evil villains. You’ll see superheroes. You’ll see the very best of Dell EMC technology including major advances in converged infrastructure and software-defined storage, running our latest and greatest PowerEdge servers. We’ll be talking live to most of our product leaders and showing demos to make your face melt.Throughout our Wednesday general sessions expect to hear about a host of new products—just a few weeks after forming our new company, we’re kicking our innovation engine into high gear and will be delivering brand new technology through which to modernize the data center and transform IT.Finally, we’ll cap things off on Thursday by talking about innovation. Five-time bestseller Malcolm Gladwell, author and IT visionary Kevin Kelly, Zuora founder and CEO Tien Tzuo, and award-winning NPR technology reporter Aarti Shahani will explore the factors that contribute to innovation and innovation in practice.Of course Dell EMC World is still partly a geek show — so beyond the general sessions, we’ll have 120+ breakouts at which attendees can learn best practices, and of course our Solution Showcase, where you can get under the hood with technology from across the Dell and Dell EMC portfolios as well as that of our 70+ sponsor partners.Now, don’t think I forgot to talk about our party! We got Alabama Shakes performing at the premier party presented by Deloitte!Whether you’re at the show in Austin, in your office, or at home, you can experience Dell EMC World 2016 and join the conversation virtually. Here’s how:If you’re coming in person, maximize your time at the show by downloading the Dell EMC World app and following @dellevents for show alertsIf you’re watching from afar, go to dellemcworld/live where you can watch the general sessions live!Follow @DellEMC and @DellEMCNews for a steady stream of updates from the show and join the conversation by using #DellEMCWorld on Twitter.I hope to see you out at the show – it can serve as your first step in letting your transformation begin! Today, we kick off Dell EMC World in Austin! Nearly 8,000 IT professionals from across the globe will be joining us to learn how they can transform their organizations into digital enterprises.last_img read more

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Minister Luhut claims Indonesian climate can beat coronavirus, but WHO says it’s a myth

first_imgA senior minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is adamant that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the deadly coronavirus disease, will soon get “weaker” in the country as Indonesia enters the dry season in April.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia’s relatively high temperature during the dry season as well as its humidity meant that the virus would be unable to survive, adding that the finding was a conclusion from an undisclosed research study.“The virus will be weaker in high-temperature locations, and that could be Indonesia’s advantage compared to other countries,” Luhut said during a video conference on Thursday.However, he said the advantage would be futile if the public kept on resisting the government’s call for physical distancing, which is necessary to slow the transmission of the contagious disease.“If you have the virus but it is undetected, and you insist on performing mudik [exodus], you can kill others, including your family,” Luhut went on to say, “Thus, we urge our Muslim citizens to refrain from returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri.”The minister’s claim, however, has previously been debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO).The UN health body said exposing people to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius would not halt the spread of COVID-19, given that the disease has also emerged in countries with a hot climate.“You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is,” the WHO said on its COVID-19 myth busters page.”To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.”Topics :last_img read more

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‘People don’t know us’: Wanyama and Kenya out to impress

first_imgVictor Wanyama at Kenya AFCON training camp. PHOTO via @VictorWanyamaCairo, Egypt | AFP | Kenya’s unimpressive record at the Africa Cup of Nations reads just one win in 14 matches, but Victor Wanyama and co. are eager to make a splash as they return to the tournament after a 15-year absence.The Harambee Stars have never progressed beyond the first round of the continent’s flagship event in five attempts, and will be up against it in a group that pits them alongside a fancied Senegal and talented Algeria.As the lone representative from one of Europe’s top leagues, Wanyama will shoulder the bulk of responsibility as captain of a youthful Kenyan squad that embarked on a three-week boot camp in France to shed distractions at home in preparation for their Egyptian adventure.The tenacious midfielder, who turns 28 next week, is looking forward to the occasion after ending the season on a bitter note following Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, a match he watched from the bench despite starting both legs of the semi-finals.“It is a very big disappointment not winning the final, but we have to move on,” Wanyama told AFP during Kenya’s training camp in Marcoussis, France’s national rugby training facility. “It can happen. We cannot stay on that. We have to move on and focus on other things.“For me it is a relief to get back and have something to focus on, to forget about the final. With the national team, it is something that we have to focus on. We have a very big tournament ahead of us.”Kenya’s last trip to the tournament, in 2004, coincided with their only win to date — a consolation 3-0 victory over Burkina Faso in a group stage exit.Their passage to Egypt for this edition was ignited by a surprise victory on home soil over Ghana, one of the continent’s top performers. – Lifelong dream –“It has always been my dream. I think all the players dream to get to the Afcon tournament. It is a big tournament. Everyone will be watching. We are happy to get in this stage and hopefully we can be doing this, qualifying every time,” said Wanyama.“That has been our target first to get to Afcon. Now we have achieved our dream. We need to showcase what we can do as well, to go out there and to show what Kenya is all about as well, fight together and try to get results.“People don’t know us. We have improved for a very long time. We have good players who have been together for so long. We know each other for long, it won’t be easy for anyone to play against us.”Wanyama insisted he doesn’t draw overly on his experiences with Tottenham in Europe, but admitted he tries to encourage a close bond between those in the national team.“I don’t speak about it because it is a different tournament,” he said. “The only thing I can use for them, I say like Tottenham would go there because of the team spirit we had, the fighting spirit we had, the togetherness we had, that’s the only thing I try to emulate from my team at Tottenham.“I said to them every time we need to be together, we need to fight together and for each other, we need to work as a family, and the results can come. We’ll never know where we can reach. With that, I know we can even go all the way.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Man who filmed infant sex abuse sentenced to life in prison

first_imgA West Virginia man who was convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused has been sentenced to serve between 205 and 775 years behind bears.Kanawha Circuit Judge Tera Salango sentenced Richard Smith II, 41, on Wednesday.Police say, Smith and his ex-girlfriend, Roseanna Thompson, were arrested in May 2018 after a tip came in that Smith may have child pornography in his home. The two were accused of recording Thompson’s granddaughter being abused.Smith was convicted last month of 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust.Salango told Smith the videos he made that jurors had to watch “brought grown men to tears,” and according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.“I think that you are one of the most evil persons who I’ve ever encountered,” Salango said. Smith had no comment.Smith’s ex-girlfriend Roseanna Thompson will trial in April.last_img read more

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Record-setting meet for Trail Winter Club swimmers

first_imgTrail Winter Swim Club (TWSC) swimmers posted some impressive performances at the 2014 Swim BC Short Course AAA Age Group Championships recently in Kamloops.Dylan Kormendy set a new Provincial AAA meet record in the 11&U boys 800 meter freestyle with his sister, Eden Kormendy also setting a AAA meet record in the 12-13 girls 800 meter freestyle.The two gold medals for the Trail Swim Club swimmers was the onlyl club to have two wins in the distance events.Dylan finished off in the Provincial swim meet with first-place finishes in the 800m Free (10:31.33) and 400m IM (5:32.97), second in the 200 meter butterfly and 200 meter Individual medley (IM) and third in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter breaststroke and 100 meter butterfly. Eden, preparing for the Western Canadian Championships in February where she will be defending her spot for the Provincial Prospects Spring Training opportunity, brought home Gold in the 800 meter freestyle (9:30.24) and 400 meter IM (5:10.16), silver in 200 meter IM and bronze in the 100 meter breasstroke.Thirteen-year-old Aby Elwood saw her training payoff with a bronze medal finish in the 200 m butterfly (2:34.65) and several personal best and club record times shattered.Jackson Konkin, 13, as a first time swimmer in the AAA Championships placed fifth in the 400 meter freestyle and set several new personal and club best times.Martin Gonzalez, 15, set a new club record in the boys 50 meter and 400 meter freestyle.Samuel Matthew, 14, of Nelson broke personal and club records in the 200 meter IM, 50 and 100 meter breast stroke events over the four day elite competition.Coach Bill Park has been working diligently with the TWSC swimmers since September 2013 and is very pleased with their performances at the AAA’s as British Columbia has a very high level of talent. He is currently preparing the Trail Winter Swim Club swimmers for the Western Canadians, AA’s and Long Course meets, focusing on Long Term Athlete Development in the “Home of Champions”.For anyone interested in joining the Trail Winter Swim Club please email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Donegal man’s historic letters set to fetch up to $100,000

first_imgA story of murder and intrigue lies in the letters of a Donegal man which are going to auction this week with a guide price of $70,000 to $100,000.John McMullen, from East Donegal, made his fortune in the New World in the early 1800s. Mystery still surrounds the murder of McMullen, who was slain in his home by an unknown assassin in 1853.McMullen’s personal belongings were auctioned off in the year of his death, but some items were left behind on the courthouse doorstep and deemed worthless – until now. A trunk full of letters dealing with the estate and family of McMullen are all that remains of the Irish Empresario. The 42 pieces will be auctioned tomorrow by Sotheby’s New York with a Euro guide price of 64,289 – 91,842.Image: Sotheby’s New YorkWithin the letters lies the story of the Donegal man and his business partner and stepson-in-law, James McGloin. Much of the story outside the found letters was pieced together by Rachel Bluntzer Hébert in her book – The Forgotten Colony, San Patricio de Hibernia.McMullen was born in Donegal in 1785 and moved to America as a young man. He settled in Georgia and married a widow, Esther Cummings in 1810. Esther had two children, and the couple also adopted a son. McMullen had much success as a merchant before he and his family moved to Mexico in the 1820s. He was granted an empresario contract by the Mexican government to colonise land in Texas. James McGloin and McMullen recruited Irish colonists arriving to America in New York and Philadelphia and brought 200 families to settle between the Nueces and Medina rivers. The town of San Patricio was also founded as part of the colony.The Texas Revolution in 1835-1836 was not kind to the people of the colonies. They suffered from food shortage and illness as the war waged around them. McMullen became an unpopular figure in the colony as San Patricio was ravaged by war. He sold his share to McGloin and moved to San Antonio de Bexar to pursue a life in politics and work as a merchant once more.He was elected as a member of the General Council during the foundation of a new Texan republic in 1836 and served as temporary President of the council for a period.Image: Sotheby’s New YorkThe murder of McMullen is shrouded in mystery, with dramatic accounts contained within the letters going to auction tomorrow. Records say he was set upon in his home, bound, gagged him had his throat slit. Edward Miles, the first administrator of McMullen’s estate, said the scene of the murder was worse than anything he had seen on the battlefield during the Texas Revolution.The Mayor offered a reward to find the murderer and it appeared that the culprit also robbed McMullen, but no one was ever charged.McMullen’s nephew and namesake, John McMullen, son of Neal, his late brother claimed the estate for himself and his siblings after the death. Nephew John McMullen became the administrator of the estate and it was split equally between the respective McMullen and McGloin heirs.The intriguing story is encapsulated within 105 pages of mostly autograph letters signed by Jacob Waelder, a lawyer and newspaper publisher in San Antonio, Texas. The letters dating from 12 December 1834 to 22 February 1869 are currently on exhibition in New York before they are sold tomorrow. Donegal man’s historic letters set to fetch up to $100,000 was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Martinez confident Vipers will reach Champions League Group stage

first_imgJavier Martinez (left) and Viper’s defender Geoffrey Wasswa (right) during the Pre-match press conference on Friday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)CAF Champions League-First round 2nd LegVipers SC vs CS ConstantineSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 22-12-2018 @4pmKITENDE – With just over a day to their return leg clash at the home to CS Constantine, Vipers SC head coach Javier Martinez is optimistic his side will reach the lucrative end (Group stages) of the tournament.Vipers head into Saturday’s game trailing 1-0 from the first leg and know a 2-0 result will be enough to see them reach the Group stages of the competition for the first time in history.“Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a very important game, we are still preparing and are excited about it, said Martinez at the Pre-Match press briefing in Kitende.“We know what is at stake and it is either victory or we are out. We want to do the best and i am confident we will progress.The Mexican has been in charge of Vipers for over 4 months now and oversaw the Venom’s elimination of Sudanese side Al Merriekh in the last round. Viper won the second leg 1-0 after losing 2-1 in Sudan.Martinez has been in charge of Vipers for 4 monthsHowever, the game on Saturday poses a stiffer challenge than that in the last round after Vipers failed to score away from home.“We know it is not going to be easy, continued Martinez.“We have the opportunity to change the result and that is because we did great away from home.  We come into the game after defeating Bul 3-1 on Wednesday and that will help boost our spirits because it is always good to head into such a game on the back of a victory.“Hopefully, we can be replicate the result and performance in Jinja.Vipers have been troubled by injuries of late especially in the goalkeeping department and have seen third choice-Derrick Ochan start both of their last two games but Martinez is not worried about that department going into Saturday’s clash.“I am not worried about my goalkeeping department because we have three good goalkeepers.“I am confident that whoever starts against Constantine will get the job done. Ochan (Derrick) is supposed to be third choice but has been doing well of late and he is someone we all trust very much.Asked about injury updates and why Aggrey Madoi has not been featuring of late, the Mexican had this to say.“Our Captain Tadeo Lwanga is still injured but we will wait and see if he comes back in time for the game. Apart from him, the rest of the team is in contention.“About Madoi, he was injured before but now he is coming back.“We have 29 players who compete for places so it is not easy just easing back into the set up but he is now available and we will wait and see if he makes the team tomorrow.Comments Tags: CAF Champions League 2018/19CS ConstantineJavier martinezvipers sclast_img read more

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Chennai crush Stags to begin Champions League on a high

first_imgChennai Super Kings crushed Central Districts Stags by 57 runs to begin their Champions League campaign on a high.Chennai Super Kings vs Central District Stags, ScoresBrief Scores: Chennai 151-4 (20); Stags 94 all out (18)Champions League 2010 – Special Coverage  The IPL champions posted 151-4, a hard-fought score set up with Subramaniam Badrinath’s unbeaten 52 and Srikkanth Anirudha’s enterprising 42 after been promoted up the order ahead of MS Dhoni.Stags, the New Zealand domestic T20 champions, were bowled out for 94 in 18 overs.They struggled to get going under lights at the Kingsmead. Chennai’s pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel choked up the runs before the spin twins Muttiah Muralitharan and R Ashwin blew away their top-order.Anirudha led Chennai’s fightback adding 73 with Badrinath in 8.1 overs after they were tottering at 40-3 in the ninth over.Opener Matthew Hayden fell for a first-ball duck and Suresh Raina for 4. Both were done in by short balls, as was Murali Vijay (19).Hayden pulled one from Michael Mason that bounced a little more than expected to deep square leg. Raina, having glanced a first-ball four off Adam Milne, fended off a short ball to slip.Vijay too was caught at slip, off Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai’s pace force of Bollinger and Morkel, followed by the swing of Lakshmipathy Balaji, was expected to trouble Stags. But their spinners did more damage to the Stags.Dhoni’s men dropped a couple of easy catches early on. Ashwin put down Peter Ingram running back to midwicket while Raina floored skipper Jamie How at cover.advertisementIngram didn’t last long, skying Morkel to Raina at cover. Before they knew it, the Stags had slipped to 44-6 in the 11th over and the game was all but over by then.Doug Bracewell’s 30 batting at No. 9 took them towards three-figures but Bollinger’s final over produced two wickets to end their innings at 94.last_img read more

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