Pacific games – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 01:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png Pacific games – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 Barring a last-minute recovery, injured Breanna Stewart could miss Storm’s playoff game opener https://ottf.org/barring-a-last-minute-recovery-injured-breanna-stewart-could-miss-storms-playoff-game-opener/ https://ottf.org/barring-a-last-minute-recovery-injured-breanna-stewart-could-miss-storms-playoff-game-opener/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 23:45:40 +0000 https://ottf.org/barring-a-last-minute-recovery-injured-breanna-stewart-could-miss-storms-playoff-game-opener/ At the end of Friday’s practice, Breanna Stewart carefully walked the grounds of the Royal Brougham Pavilion at the University of the Pacific in Seattle, stood on one foot near the top of the wrench, and fired shots. long range fire on the edge. After betting on 30 feet, she turned around and said, “Pay” […]]]>

At the end of Friday’s practice, Breanna Stewart carefully walked the grounds of the Royal Brougham Pavilion at the University of the Pacific in Seattle, stood on one foot near the top of the wrench, and fired shots. long range fire on the edge.

After betting on 30 feet, she turned around and said, “Pay” to the teammates who laughed and traded high-fives with the smiling Storm star.

It was a fun moment, which belied the severity of Stewart’s left foot injury and the dark veil hanging over the reigning WNBA champions just two days before the playoffs started.

After more than two weeks of rehab, the Storm had hoped Stewart would return, but barring a last-minute recovery, the 2020 Finals MVP will miss Sunday’s second round knockout game at 12 p.m. PT between the lead. seed 4 Seattle and the fifth-seeded Phoenix Mercury at the Angel of the Winds Arena.

“I don’t think it’s a setback more than being strategic and taking our time,” said coach Noelle Quinn. “This is what was communicated to me.

“So we will continue his rehabilitation and re-evaluate again tomorrow. We are currently in a daily process.

Stewart hasn’t played or practiced since injuring her left foot in the third quarter of the 105-71 win over the Washington Mystics on September 7.

Quinn was vague about specific details regarding the injury and said Stewart is under the supervision of “his team” of coaches and medics who consult with Storm medical staff.

“I am very comfortable with her team and the work they do,” Quinn said. “I trust them to assess her and make that decision when she’s ready to go.”

When asked if Stewart could play on Sunday, Quinn replied, “There’s a chance. We will see tomorrow how she feels and how she looks.

Quinn still thinks Stewart would need at least some practice before putting her in a game.

“I just think you have to spend time on the pitch as a team setting to get pushed around and make sure you’re okay,” said Quinn. “When you’ve been out for as long as she has, I don’t know if you can just flip a switch and get back in.”

Since beating Phoenix 94-85 in its regular season finale last Friday, the Storm have prepared as if Stewart, who missed the last two regular season games, wouldn’t be available on Sunday.

Last week Quinn said she was hopeful that Stewart would be able to return “at some point during the playoffs” and a few days ago Sue Bird spoke about the adjustments Seattle needs to make without her caliber star. MVP.

“It’s a team effort and we’ve shown it in the last two games leading up to the playoffs,” said backup playmaker Jordin Canada. “Everyone contributes… everyone engages and that’s what you want going into the playoffs. As much as Stewie will be missed, everyone knows it’s a next man mentality and everyone needs to do a little bit more.

In 2019, the Storm toppled Minnesota 84-74 in a first-round knockout playoff game without Stewart, who missed that year as he recovered from a tear in Achilles.

“There are still a lot of players on this team who have been in that position of winning or coming home,” said Canada, who finished with a career-high 26 points, four assists and two. steals in the 2019 playoff win over the Lynx is arguably the biggest game of his WNBA career. “We understand that even if we don’t have Stewie, we can still sink and keep playing. It’s about movement and playing with and for each other. We have a strong body group that have been together for a few years and the beauty of this team is that everyone is interchangeable. ”

Stewart’s absence elevates Ezi Magbegor to the starting XI. In last week’s victory over Phoenix, the sophomore center finished with 15 points on 6-for-10 shots, six rebounds, four assists, two seals and one block in 34 minutes.

“The next woman’s mindset can’t play outside of yourself,” Quinn said. “The next woman gets a few more bounces. Do what you normally do, but do it with a different level of urgency.

“We will be leaning heavily on Jewell (Loyd) and Sue. Piph (Epiphanny Prince) can get a bucket. We’ll have to get Jordin down and get into the track. So it may sound a little different, but the urgency of the matter is enormous. ”

Canada added: “Until we get beaten we are the defending champions and we have to play like that in the playoffs and on Sunday. ”

REMARK:

– All-star goaltender Jewell Loyd missed Friday’s practice for personal reasons, coach Noelle Quinn said.

– It’s unclear if Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi will perform on Sunday. She missed Thursday’s 83-82 win over No.8 New York in the first round of the WNBA playoffs with an ankle injury that forced her to miss the last four games.

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Edgren’s equipment issues lead to another postponement https://ottf.org/edgrens-equipment-issues-lead-to-another-postponement/ https://ottf.org/edgrens-equipment-issues-lead-to-another-postponement/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:21:59 +0000 https://ottf.org/edgrens-equipment-issues-lead-to-another-postponement/ Michael Lozano from Nile C. Kinnick snatches Evan Moreno’s jersey from Robert D. Edgren. (Jason Wysong / Stripes Special) For the second time this season, equipment problems have forced the postponement of a Robert D. Edgren football game, sports officials from DODEA-Pacific said on Friday. Edgren was scheduled to play Matthew C. Perry at 4:30 […]]]>

Michael Lozano from Nile C. Kinnick snatches Evan Moreno’s jersey from Robert D. Edgren. (Jason Wysong / Stripes Special)

For the second time this season, equipment problems have forced the postponement of a Robert D. Edgren football game, sports officials from DODEA-Pacific said on Friday.

Edgren was scheduled to play Matthew C. Perry at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Reid Memorial Stadium on Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

The equipment issues were such that Edgren could only take 10 players with them on the bus trip to Atsugi, said DODEA-Pacific sports coordinator Tom McKinney.

He didn’t say what specific gear was affected, but Edgren has borrowed helmets from other DODEA schools for the games the Eagles have played so far. They lost two games, 54-0 to Nile C. Kinnick on September 10 and 48-12 to Zama on the 17th.

Edgren’s scheduled first game this season, at Yokota on August 28, has been postponed to November 5 due to the same equipment issue.

McKinney said Edgren will borrow players from Perry to allow a controlled scrum on Friday afternoon at Reid.

It’s not immediately clear whether the equipment issue will affect Edgren’s remaining games. McKinney said Edgren officials would reassess their situation early next week.

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Iowa No.2 hosts Penn State No.6 for 2 games – University of Iowa Athletics https://ottf.org/iowa-no-2-hosts-penn-state-no-6-for-2-games-university-of-iowa-athletics/ https://ottf.org/iowa-no-2-hosts-penn-state-no-6-for-2-games-university-of-iowa-athletics/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:20:11 +0000 https://ottf.org/iowa-no-2-hosts-penn-state-no-6-for-2-games-university-of-iowa-athletics/ THIS WEEKThe second-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team will host No.6 Penn State for a two-game series this weekend at Grant Field. The first match will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) followed by a competition on Sunday afternoon from noon. (Friday’s game will count towards the Big Ten standings, while Sunday’s […]]]>

THIS WEEK
The second-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team will host No.6 Penn State for a two-game series this weekend at Grant Field. The first match will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) followed by a competition on Sunday afternoon from noon. (Friday’s game will count towards the Big Ten standings, while Sunday’s contest will be a non-conference game.)

FOLLOW LIVE
• Iowa field hockey fans can follow all contests via live stats at hawkeyesports.com.
• Friday and Sunday matches will be streamed live on BTN +, a paid subscription service.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
• Head Coach Lisa Cellucci – the 2020 Big Ten Co-Coach of the Year – is in her eighth season leading the Hawkeye field hockey program and her 22nd season overall. Cellucci was part of 259 wins in Iowa and in 2020 she led the program to the Final Four for the 12th time – the first since 2008 – in her history.
• The Hawkeyes are ranked second in the latest Penn Monto / NFHCA National Division I standings. Iowa has 15 votes for first place (up from 11 last week) and has 1,135 points, 30 behind first-place Michigan.
• Iowa is 8-0 to start the season for the first time since 1999 – a season in which it won its first 10 games. The Hawkeyes went 2-0 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge for the first time in program history before recording six straight shutouts in wins over New Hampshire, Boston, Ohio, St. Louis, Indiana and at No. 5 Louisville.
• Iowa has three wins over top-11 ranked opponents: North Carolina No.1, Louisville No.5 and Forest Wake No.11. The victory at Louisville was the first road victory over a top-five ranked opponent since 2007 – a 2-0 victory over No.4 Duke.
• The Hawkeyes’ eight-game winning streak is the longest since 2008. Iowa’s last nine-game winning streak was in 1999 (10-game winning streak).
• Iowa is one of four national teams still undefeated (Columbia, Michigan, Penn State). The Hawkeyes are second in the nation in goals per game (4.75), points per game (13.00), goals-per-game average (4.79), scoring margin (4.29) and shutouts per game (0.75) and are third in goals against average (0.50), fifth in assists per game (3.50) and save percentage (0.833).
• The Hawkeyes return all 11 starters and a total of 21 winners, including all Final Four players from last season.
• Iowa returns three All-Americans – Anthe Nijziel, Maddy Murphy and Ellie Holley – and a total of five players who have won the NFHCA All-Region honor.
• Nijziel is the reigning Big Ten player of the year and defensive player of the year.

AND THE D?
The Iowa defense recorded six consecutive shutouts for the fourth time in program history, joining the 1978, 1986 and 1993 teams for the most consecutive shutouts. (The 1986 team won a national championship).
• In the streak, the Hawkeyes allowed just 16 shots in six games (2.7 per game) and the team did not allow any shots on goal in the wins over Ohio and St. Louis. Iowa allowed just four shots in the Big Ten’s game opener against Indiana and five at No.5 Louisville.
• The Iowa defense hasn’t allowed a goal since Aug. 29 against the No. 1 North Carolina. The defense went 395: 20 minutes without conceding a goal.

GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOAL!
The Hawkeyes scored 18 goals in wins over Ohio and Saint Louis on September 10 and 12. Thirteen different Hawkeyes scored in both games.

I MARK, YOU MARK, WE ALL MARK
The Hawkeyes have scored 38 goals in the first eight games of the 2021 season with 13 different players finding the back of the cage. Sixteen different Hawkeyes have scored at least one point. In contrast, Iowa has scored eight players in total during the 2020 season.
• Iowa’s 38 goals are second in the country and in the Big Ten. Northwestern leads the nation with 41 goals.
• The Hawkeyes have scored three or more goals in seven of their first eight games.
• Ten Hawkeyes have scored at least two goals this season with seniors Ellie Holley and Ciara Smith in the lead with six goals apiece. Holley and Smith’s goal totals are career-best and they are tied for fifth in the Big Ten.
• Three of Holley’s goals were winners which is a career high.
• Iowa has scored at least three different players in the first six games to open the 2021 season.

START STRONG
Iowa haven’t allowed a goal in the first quarter this season, while also scoring 10 times. The Hawkeyes outscored their opponents 22-2 in the first half.

HELP
Iowa has 28 assists out of its 38 goals in the first four weeks of the 2021 season, which are second nationally (and second in the Big Ten). Senior Ellie Holley is tied for first nationally with seven assists.
• With six goals and seven assists, Holley is second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally with 19 points.
• Thirteen different Hawkeyes were credited with an assist in 2021.

IRON WALL
Elder Grace McGuire had a career-high nine saves in Iowa’s 3-1 win over No.1 North Carolina on August 29. The St. Louis, Missouri native made 20 saves in eight games.
• McGuire, who has the Big Ten’s top six shutouts, is 8-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average to lead the league. His goals against average leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally.
• McGuire hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 395: 20 scoring minutes since a second-quarter goal by No.1 North Carolina on Aug. 29.

ANTHE D-POW
Senior Anthe Nijziel won her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week title on September 20 after anchoring a Hawkeye defense that recorded back-to-back road shutouts at Indiana and No.5 Louisville. Iowa limited the two opponents to nine combined shots in both games.

MADDY HONOR
Senior Maddy Murphy was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on August 30 and the NFHCA Division I National Offensive Player of the Week on September 1 for her participation in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. The Tasmanian native scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Hawkeyes to victories over No.11 Wake Forest and No.1 North Carolina.
• This is Murphy’s first career national honor and his second Big Ten offensive player of the week honor.

B1G WEEKEND
Iowa opened the 2021 season with two Big Ten / ACC Challenge wins, beating No.11 Wake Forest (5-3) and No.1 North Carolina (3-1).
• It was the first time in school history that Iowa posted a 2-0 Challenge record.
• The win over North Carolina was the program’s first since 2008. It was the last time the Hawkeyes beat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.

SUPER SENIOR FINAL
The Hawkeyes once again welcome Maddy Murphy, Emily Deuell, Ellie Holley and Nikki Freeman for a recall as the foursome take advantage of the NCAA’s eligibility waiver due to COVID-19. These seniors have made three NCAA appearances, including an Elite Eight and Final Four race, and have advanced to back-to-back Big Ten Championship finals, including winning a title in 2019.

TASTING EXPERIENCE
The Hawkeyes have an experienced squad with 14 senior classes, including four fifth-year seniors, seven seniors and three juniors. Over the past four years, the Iowa fifth-year seniors have won 58 games.
• Seniors Anthe Nijziel and Lokke Stribos have started all 69 games of their Hawkeye career. Fifth-year Maddy Murphy has started 86 career games, missing only one possible game (in 2020) in her Hawkeye career. Seniors Ellie Holley (70 starts) and Nikki Freeman (75 starts) have started 70 or more games during their Hawkeye careers.

CONSECUTIVE DEPARTURES
Maddy Murphy – 86 games (* missed one game in 2020)
Anthe Nijziel – 69
Lokke Stribos – 69
Ellie Holley – 56
Nikki Freeman – 32
Lea Zellner – 31
Sofie Stribos – 28
Harper dunne – 26
Grace McGuire – 26

BEST FEEDBACK FROM B1G
Senior Anthe Nijziel was the Big Ten class in 2021, earning Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was the first Hawkeye to win both accolades in the same season.

MMM-URPHY
Senior Maddy Murphy won her third All-America honor in 2021, making her the eighth all-time Hawkeye to win at least three All-America honors. The forward led the team with 18 points a season ago on eight goals and two assists.
• Murphy has scored double-digit goals in three of her first four seasons, including a career-high 13 goals in 2018. The Tasmanian native has 13 career game-winning goals.

A HISTORICAL STORY
• The Hawkeyes have competed in 25 NCAA tournaments in program history – the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
• Iowa made 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, most notably winning the NCAA Championship in 1986.
• The 27 NCAA Tournament wins and 12 NCAA Final Fours are the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

PENN SCOUTING STATE
• Penn State is undefeated, winning six straight games to start the 2021 season. The Nittany Lions opened the Big Ten with a 3-2 road win at No.7 Maryland on September 18.
• The Nittany Lions are led by senior Anna Simon and sophomore Sophia Gladieux, both of whom have a record seven goals, two assists and 16 points. Penn State averages 3.67 goals and 13.7 shots per game.
• Junior goaltender Brie Baracco is 6-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average with 32 saves in six games. She recorded a shutout this season.

SERIAL RECORD
• Iowa leads the all-time series over Penn State, 31-25.
• The Hawkeyes have won the last six games of the series, including two 1-0 victories over neutral last season in Virginia Beach, Va. Iowa defeated Penn State in 2019 to claim the Big Ten Tournament title.
• The last loss to Penn State came in 2017 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

FOLLOWING
The Hawkeyes will travel to the East Coast to face Rutgers on October 1 and Maryland on October 3. The matches will be broadcast live on BTN +.

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Is the goal of forty gold medals too ambitious? https://ottf.org/is-the-goal-of-forty-gold-medals-too-ambitious/ https://ottf.org/is-the-goal-of-forty-gold-medals-too-ambitious/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:40:14 +0000 https://ottf.org/is-the-goal-of-forty-gold-medals-too-ambitious/ Whether the goal is attainable or just an illusion will be determined by how we prepare for the Games. The enthusiasm for the right to host the Pacific Games has prompted the National Hosting Authority (NHA) to ambitiously set forty (40) gold medals for the Solomons team by 2023. In July 2019, NHA President Dr […]]]>

Whether the goal is attainable or just an illusion will be determined by how we prepare for the Games.

The enthusiasm for the right to host the Pacific Games has prompted the National Hosting Authority (NHA) to ambitiously set forty (40) gold medals for the Solomons team by 2023.

In July 2019, NHA President Dr Jimmy Rogers told reporters that the authority set 40 gold medals as a goal for Team Solomons at the 2023 Pacific Games. He further added that Solomon Island is naturally endowed with athletic men and women capable of meeting such expectations.

The heart of his speech then was the pledge that the national government will commit to supporting the country’s athletes in any way possible to achieve the goal. Whether the goal is attainable or just an illusion will be determined by how we prepare for the Games.

It is now clear that the person responsible for achieving the goal is Aaron Alsop from Australia. Mr. Alsop was instrumental in helping PNG win the most medals at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Unfortunately, Mr Alsop, who should have been in the full-time post from last year 2020, was not yet in the post.

The Australian is expected to work with sports associations, athletes and coaches across the country to prepare for the games. I guess the delay in preparing our athletes may have been due to the global Covid situation and the ongoing construction of the games facilities.

Whatever the reason for the delay, the point is that we are wasting precious time. The country has less than two years to prepare, we should at least encourage or organize the athletes to continue their training while waiting for the actual training under Alsop.

However, although private training is encouraged, there is not enough space for everyone. Perhaps football alone is the only sport that has its own home and a well-established league system in the country.

No wonder Solomon Islands female track and field athlete Sharon Firisua paints a grim picture of the country’s chances by 2023. Sharon mentioned that the athletes have nowhere to train. She added that the Honiara City Council (HCC) has allowed athletes to use Lawson Tama Stadium alongside football.

However, the arrangement was stopped following advice from the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF). Firisua said the SIFF action had cooled their minds and worse, dashed all hopes for a medal.

This heralds a bad start for the Solomons team. As other Pacific nations prepare in earnest for the Games, Solomon Islands athletes are still competing for training space. This is not useful for the Team Solomon campaign.

Rather than wait for the games facilities to be completed, the NHA needs to quickly find a way to get our athletes moving. Failure to do so would see the forty gold medals slip away under our watch. Whatever happens, it reflects our level of preparation.

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Xi’s Army: From “Hiding and Waiting” to Building China’s Dream | China https://ottf.org/xis-army-from-hiding-and-waiting-to-building-chinas-dream-china/ https://ottf.org/xis-army-from-hiding-and-waiting-to-building-chinas-dream-china/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:38:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/xis-army-from-hiding-and-waiting-to-building-chinas-dream-china/ When Covid-19 swept across Iran last March, killing more than 1,000 people, including the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, it was to the Chinese military that Tehran turned to seek help. On March 19, 2020, batches of test kits, PPE and face masks arrived in the Iranian capital. In February of this year, […]]]>

When Covid-19 swept across Iran last March, killing more than 1,000 people, including the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, it was to the Chinese military that Tehran turned to seek help. On March 19, 2020, batches of test kits, PPE and face masks arrived in the Iranian capital.

In February of this year, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China began donating Covid-19 vaccines to its counterparts overseas. The Cambodian armed forces received two batches of 300,000 vaccines; The Sierra Leonean army received 40,000 doses; United Nations peacekeepers have secured 300,000.

The million-strong PLA proudly publicized its achievement, touting it as the latest example of the military helping China become a “responsible stakeholder.” The Ministry of Defense website promoting PLA activities in Sierra Leone displayed the flags of the two countries with the slogan: “Rough seas or calm waters, we sail together”. In Zimbabwe it was: “In difficult times, we look out for each other. “For Rwanda:” The fate of two fingers is to live together. “

Historically, the Chinese military has played a minor role in Beijing’s foreign policy. But since President Xi Jinping came to power nearly a decade ago, Beijing has moved away from the “hide and seek” doctrine to “actively accomplish something” on the world stage. In 2015, Xi urged his forces to play a larger role in supporting China’s foreign policy agenda.

A Senegalese soldier receives the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine in Dakar. Photography: Léo Corrêa / AP

That year, the Chinese military sent a team of 163 medical experts to Liberia to assist the besieged West African country in its efforts to contain Ebola. But since Covid-19, the role of the PLA has grown to serve both China’s strategic and operational objectives, according to Meia Nouwens, senior researcher for Chinese defense policy and military modernization at the Institute. International Strategic Studies Institute (IISS) based in London.

Shortly after the global pandemic was declared last year, Nouwens began to notice an increase in the LPA’s help in the fight against viruses from their foreign counterparts. In the month following the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, China’s medical donations increased 400% compared to the same period the previous year.

According to the Chinese energy project of the Washington-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the PLA has provided medical aid to more than 50 military counterparts since early 2020.

“An opportunity to capitalize on the story of China”

China isn’t the only country that has used Covid as an opportunity to expand its diplomatic influence. But Beijing’s Covid diplomacy, which is conducted amid its confrontational and wolf-warrior style of diplomacy, has worried some Western commentators.

“If China is seen as the only country to offer assistance, this may become another opportunity for China to capitalize on its south-south narrative and emphasize that only Beijing has the interests and welfare of the people at heart. other countries, ”Nouwens said.

Yet it was also an opportunity for Western leaders to come up with their own alternatives, Nouwens added. “At a time when the West is trying to push back the Chinese narrative and improve partnerships with countries to offer alternatives to the belt and road initiative or digital infrastructure, the West should point out that it is not just talking about partnerships, but that it matches words with actions.

Bonny Lin, director of CSIS’s electricity project in China, went further. “It will be particularly important for Western countries to increase vaccine donations to countries in need – this would contrast starkly with China’s decision to provide the bulk of its vaccines through commercial sales,” he said. she declared.

Wan Dong (right), Defense Attaché at the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, and Kamal Gunaratne (second from right), Secretary General of Defense of Sri Lanka, bang their fists when handing over a prize of Sinopharm vaccine.
Wan Dong (right), the defense attaché of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka, and Kamal Gunaratne (second from right), the secretary general of defense of Sri Lanka, bang their fists during the handover of ‘a batch of Sinopharm vaccine. Photograph: Xinhua / Rex / Shutterstock

” Work in progress “

The enhanced role of the PLA in Chinese diplomacy is amplified by the modernization of the armed forces themselves. By the end of this year, Beijing will increase its defense spending by 6.8 percent to 1.35 billion yuan ($ 208 billion). In recent years, Xi has also expressed his “dream of strong armed forces” in his “China’s dream” thesis. It means modernizing its military by 2035 and making it world-class by mid-century. In other words, being able to face the mighty US military.

Some in Washington see this trend as alarming. Although China’s total military spending this year is still less than a third of that of the United States, it is nonetheless the largest in the Asia-Pacific region. They say China’s growing nationalism would eventually push the rulers to grapple with targets like Taiwan – an island of 24 million that Beijing considers its breakaway province.

China’s defense budget in 2020 was less than a third of U.S. military spending

In March, Washington’s top military officer in the Asia-Pacific region, Admiral Philip Davidson, said: “I’m afraid they [China] accelerate their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order… by 2050. Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that. And I think the threat is evident over this decade, in fact, over the next six years. “

There is also hindsight. Last week, the US, UK and Australia unveiled a landmark trilateral security partnership that observers say is aimed at keeping China in check. And Taiwan has put into practice the skills that would be needed in the event of an attack from China during its annual exercises. Island President Tsai Ing-wen praised her forces for their “splendid combat skills and swift, real actions.”

Since his tenure, Xi has also called on his forces to increase their “articulation” – the ability of the military, navy and air force to collaborate quickly and transparently in real and complex combat. This is a tall order, as the PLA has had no combat experience since its 1979 war with Vietnam. Its troops are therefore largely untested and it is unclear how well they could fight if a war breaks out, according to Timothy Heath, senior international defense researcher at the U.S. public policy think tank Rand Corporation.

Meanwhile, according to Heath: “Military discipline and regulatory compliance remain uneven at best, due to still rampant corruption and weak enforcement. This means that the military leadership cannot be sure that the entire military force can conduct operations in a consistent and predictable manner. “

Perhaps the most difficult thing for the PLA – as the armed forces have also publicly admitted – is that it continues to struggle to absorb the latest technology and recruit as well as to prepare its personnel to fight effectively using weapons. high-tech equipment.

“The PLA performs better today in military hardware than it has been since the 1990s. However, the milder elements of warfare are still a work in progress,” Nouwens said. “What China ‘can’ do militarily does not correspond directly or immediately to what China ‘will’ do. It is important to keep in mind the political decision-making on when China will be willing and able to risk conflict. “

PLA tank at 2021 International Army Games near Moscow
An PLA tank at the 2021 International Military Games near Moscow. The Chinese armed forces continue to struggle to recruit and absorb the latest technology. Photography: Vladimir Gerdo / TASS

Building partnerships

Beijing understands its weakness and is working hard to alleviate it. In recent years, Heath said, China has stepped up its military training on an impressive array of topics – from Taiwan to threats against Chinese citizens and infrastructure investments in other countries. She had also conducted more frequent exercises with her partners, such as Russia.

In May, the 73rd PLA Army Group Armored Division conducted a day of live fire drills and amphibious landings on the beach, in a demonstration of determination and ability to unite Taiwan. In early August, around 10,000 Chinese and Russian troops carried out joint exercises to test some of the PLA’s newest weapons and to signal the unity of the two countries.

In addition to these high profile activities, the PLA is building partnerships and military capabilities in developing countries. This includes training in missile and drone technology, for example, as well as basic technical and other training.

“Although partner countries recognize that the US and Western military provide the most advanced and sophisticated training,” Lin said, “countries still value Chinese military training and benefit from the more basic training offered by the PLA. “.

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No. 4 Bears Sweep MPSF Weekly Awards https://ottf.org/no-4-bears-sweep-mpsf-weekly-awards/ https://ottf.org/no-4-bears-sweep-mpsf-weekly-awards/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 23:09:53 +0000 https://ottf.org/no-4-bears-sweep-mpsf-weekly-awards/ Catharyn hayne / klcfotos Roberto Valera, left, was named MPSF Newcomer of the Week while Nikolaos Papanikolaou was named MPSF Player of the Week. MPOLO20/09/2021 14:39 | By: Cal Athletics Papanikolaou named player of the week; Valera Wins Newcomer Honors After going spotless against four ranked opponents in the Aggie Shootout last weekend, Cal’s No.4 […]]]>

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Roberto Valera, left, was named MPSF Newcomer of the Week while Nikolaos Papanikolaou was named MPSF Player of the Week.

Papanikolaou named player of the week; Valera Wins Newcomer Honors

After going spotless against four ranked opponents in the Aggie Shootout last weekend, Cal’s No.4 men’s water polo team swept away the weekly MPSF awards on Monday when junior Nikolaos Papanikolaou was named conference player of the week and freshman Roberto Valera took home the honors of the newcomer of the week.

Papanikolaou, the reigning MPSF Player of the Year and ACWPC’s first all-star team, dominated all weekend with 15 goals, 21 earned exclusions and five interceptions as the Bears beat No.7 Pacific, No. 8 UC Davis, No. 11 San Jose State, and No. 19 Cal Baptist. He opened the tournament with a career-high seven goals in a 16-8 win over Cal Baptist, then three goals and eight exclusions in a 14-11 win over UC Davis. Papanikolaou added two goals and three earned shutouts in an 11-9 triumph over San Jose St., then finished the weekend with eight more earned shutouts and three goals in a 13-11 win over Pacific. Papanikolaou scored the Bears’ last two goals against UOP in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

This is the first player of the week title awarded to Papanikolaou by the MPSF. He was named MPSF Newcomer of the Week twice in his debut season in 2019.

Valera made an immediate impression in his first collegiate action after missing the first six games of the season as he faced Spain at the FINA World Junior Championships. After appearing in just two practices at Cal, Valera netted eight goals, six assists and three steals over the weekend, including back-to-back assists on Papanikolaou’s late goals which took the win over Pacific. He also recorded his first hat trick with three goals against San Jose State.

The Bears (10-0) host the MPSF Invitational this weekend, with 14 teams all ranked in the CWPA’s top 20 and overall top 10. The tournament will run Friday through Sunday and be held at the both at the Spieker Aquatics Complex and the Legends Aquatic Center. Ticket information can be found here.

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Baseball: Ishikawa throws 6 white innings while Lotte beats Nippon Ham https://ottf.org/baseball-ishikawa-throws-6-white-innings-while-lotte-beats-nippon-ham/ https://ottf.org/baseball-ishikawa-throws-6-white-innings-while-lotte-beats-nippon-ham/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 09:56:09 +0000 https://ottf.org/baseball-ishikawa-throws-6-white-innings-while-lotte-beats-nippon-ham/ Lotte Marines’ Ayumu Ishikawa during a Pacific League game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on September 20, 2021 at the Sapporo Dome. (Kyodo) CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) – Ayumu Ishikawa had six shutouts as the Pacific League leaders Lotte Marines took a 1-0 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday, overtaking the Orix by 3 […]]]>

Lotte Marines’ Ayumu Ishikawa during a Pacific League game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on September 20, 2021 at the Sapporo Dome. (Kyodo)

CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) – Ayumu Ishikawa had six shutouts as the Pacific League leaders Lotte Marines took a 1-0 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday, overtaking the Orix by 3 1/2 games. Buffaloes.

After returning this month from right elbow surgery in June, Ishikawa (3-2) struck out three scoreless hitters on goal in a 92-pitched effort at the Sapporo Dome.

Takuma Kato scored the lone run in the sixth, opening the round with a brace from left-hander Nippon Ham Ryusei Kawano (2-4) and coming home on a sacrificial volley with a strikeout from Kyota Fujiwara.

“The rehab has been difficult, but I’m glad I did it (before the end of the season),” Ishikawa said. “The team was in great shape, and I wanted to be back with them as soon as possible.”

“I didn’t pitch very well last time around so I tried to be careful with my throws, focusing on control. (Catcher) Kato called some really good shots.”

Ishikawa had runners in the corners in the third, but Haruki Nishikawa lined up in the first, and Yuki Nomura was knocked out at the shortstop as Nippon Ham wasted his best chance of the game.

Ishikawa had three straight 1-2-3 innings from the fourth before Frank Herrmann, Chihaya Sasaki and Yuki Kuniyoshi each worked a scoreless inning to complete a five-hit shutout for the home side.

Kawano was marked in defeat despite limiting the Marines to one run over 6-1 / 3 innings on three hits and two walks, fanning three in a 100-pitch effort.

At Kyocera Dome Osaka, Kona Takahashi (11-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and one goal over eight innings to claim the victory as the Seibu Lions beat Orix 6-4.

At Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, the Rakuten Eagles took a three-point lead in the second, but former New York Yankee Masahiro Tanaka (4-6) allowed five runs in five innings, including two shots from Alfredo Despaigne. and Ryoya Kurihara, as the SoftBank Hawks snapped their five-game skid.

At Yokohama Stadium, Stefen Romero (3-2) managed a six-hit shutout as DeNA BayStars beat Chunichi Dragons 6-0 in the Central League.

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Solomons score four points in World Cup final https://ottf.org/solomons-score-four-points-in-world-cup-final/ https://ottf.org/solomons-score-four-points-in-world-cup-final/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 18:00:32 +0000 https://ottf.org/solomons-score-four-points-in-world-cup-final/ It ended in another loss, but this time Solomon Islands managed to score. The Solomon Islands team ahead of the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup Group C match against Portugal (Photo: Angel Martinez / FIFA via Getty Images) The Kurukuru ended their campaign for the FIFA Futsal World Cup with a 4-9 loss to Thailand […]]]>

It ended in another loss, but this time Solomon Islands managed to score.

The Solomon Islands team ahead of the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup Group C match against Portugal (Photo: Angel Martinez / FIFA via Getty Images)

The Kurukuru ended their campaign for the FIFA Futsal World Cup with a 4-9 loss to Thailand in Kaunas. A very entertaining game, which saw both teams withdrawing their goalkeepers from the field towards the end.

After the match, the entire Solomon Islands team gathered in a circle in the middle of the pitch. Speaking to Football in Oceania in the mixed zone after the game, head coach Vinicius Leite said he told the boys they made their families proud.

“I told them they made everyone proud, their loved ones and their families. We will definitely come back stronger and people will see a different team now that the groundwork has been laid. Now we can start to develop better players. We don’t want to be admired but feared by other teams, ”said Vinicius.

Solomon Islands are probably the only team that does not have a single suitable futsal pitch in their country. Leite has spoken on several occasions about the importance of one, and there is one on the way, which should be completed next year.

“We keep saying, we don’t have a room, we don’t have this or that, but we decided to come here and we did our best with the limits that we have. I don’t think any other team is facing what we are up against because they all have futsal pitch. This is our biggest problem. It’s not too much to ask just to have a space to practice.

Even though the score was a bit inflated at the end, there were several times the Solomons were within striking distance of getting along with the Thailand squad.

“Before the goals, we were looking for victory, but it did not come. But being able to score goals against a well-trained team shows that we can do it, ”said Leite.

“We have to go home and put the plan, development and execution in place, and in the future we can score a lot more goals.”

As Leite’s contract expires after this World Cup in Lithuania, he hopes to stay for another World Cup round.

“I hope I did a good enough job that I can stay with them longer, it’s not a short-term project. In 2022 they will open their stadium, in 2023 we will have the Pacific Games and in 2024 there will be another World Cup.

“It’s a three-year plan that I put in place. The federation saw it, they agree and I hope I can be responsible, and if not, they will be in good hands, ”said Leite.

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Keely Small Signs with Oregon Ducks https://ottf.org/keely-small-signs-with-oregon-ducks/ https://ottf.org/keely-small-signs-with-oregon-ducks/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 01:41:41 +0000 https://ottf.org/keely-small-signs-with-oregon-ducks/ Keely Small, 20, signed with the Oregon Ducks. One of Australia’s top middle distance talents, Small won the women’s 800m at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and the 2019 Pacific Games. She also competed in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, where she became the fastest Australian junior ever over 800m clocking […]]]>

Keely Small, 20, signed with the Oregon Ducks. One of Australia’s top middle distance talents, Small won the women’s 800m at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and the 2019 Pacific Games. She also competed in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, where she became the fastest Australian junior ever over 800m clocking 2: 00.81.

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Small will move to Eugene next year and follow in the footsteps of Jessica Hull, who won an NCAA outdoor title competing for the Ducks, and recently reached the 1,500m final in Tokyo. Small is joining a prestigious program and will have the best facilities as she seeks to capitalize on her immense talent.

Small’s 800m PB is still 2: 00.81 from 2018. She looked to be in great shape in 2020, but succumbed to an injury, which put her on the sidelines during the Olympic year 2021.

Switching to the NCAA system is becoming more and more common for top Aussie juniors. Besides Hull, Olympic 1,500m finalist Linden Hall competed for the Florida State Seminoles and Olympic 800m semi-finalist Charlie Hunter is currently still with the Oregon Ducks.

We wish Keely the best of luck and will be following his NCAA career closely.

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Breakers claim victory over Stevenson – Monterey Herald https://ottf.org/breakers-claim-victory-over-stevenson-monterey-herald/ https://ottf.org/breakers-claim-victory-over-stevenson-monterey-herald/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:38:49 +0000 https://ottf.org/breakers-claim-victory-over-stevenson-monterey-herald/ PACIFIC GROVE – He might not have the passion that comes with performing for “The Shoe” every year. Yet an adrenaline rush runs through the veins of players from two schools a few minutes apart. “There is a feeling of rivalry,” said Pacific Grove football coach Jeff Gray. “Maybe not like Carmel. But the intensity […]]]>

PACIFIC GROVE – He might not have the passion that comes with performing for “The Shoe” every year.

Yet an adrenaline rush runs through the veins of players from two schools a few minutes apart.

“There is a feeling of rivalry,” said Pacific Grove football coach Jeff Gray. “Maybe not like Carmel. But the intensity rises when we face Stevenson.

Despite four touchdown passes from Kyle Mctamaney, the Pirates’ late-game drama failed as Pacific Grove recovered an offensive kick and hung on Friday for a 27-25 victory at Breaker Stadium.

“At the end of the day, we just made bigger plays,” Gray said.

Like recovering a side kick with 1:25 to go, then cutting the clock down to 11 seconds before being forced to hit their own 40 – leaving a second on the clock with Stevenson deep in his own turf.

“The opening game is hectic and full of mistakes,” Stevenson coach Kyle Cassamas said.

While some teams played their fourth game of the year, it was the Pirates’ first game of the season after last week’s game with Webb was canceled.

Stevenson began training almost three weeks after the official start date for the Central Coast Sections, as training for all fall sports is not permitted until border students arrive on campus.

A critical error for Stevenson came when he converted a two-point conversion, which would have tied the game at 14 in the third quarter. But the game was called off due to a penalty.

Playing from behind all night, the Pirates reduced the deficit to two with 1:18 to go when Mctamaney landed his fourth touchdown pass.

“Any victory will take you a long way into the next week,” Gray said. “We still have some gaps to fill. But you can see the confidence moving forward. We are heading in the right direction.

Pacific Grove, who transferred to the Cypress Division after capturing the Santa Lucia Division in 2019, never trailed in the game, using a pair of rushing touchdowns from Jacob Booker and two touchdown passes from Colin Tavarez to Caleb Kuska. .

Mctamaney, who played last year in Colorado, connected with Evan Johnson on a pair of kills, and also found Charles Du and Trent Toole.

“I don’t think we had any rust because of our absence last week,” Gray said. “Our team was hit hard by the regular cold. Our Covid tests are negative. People forgot about the common cold.

King City 34, Gonzales 14: The Megaphone returns to King City after the Mustangs shut out Gonzales in the second half in the 89th meeting between the two South County rivals.

With the win, King City holds a 51-35-3 lead in Monterey County’s oldest rivalry.

“It’s still the biggest game of the year for us,” King City coach Mac Villanueva said. “You circle the schedule. It’s an unmissable victory whether we’re in the same division or not.

Equally important is that the Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time in Villaneuva’s decade, and for the first time in nearly three decades.

“I thought we got everything out of the preseason that we could,” Villanueva said. “It’s time to get ready for the league. We will treat our next opponent as if they were the Chicago Bears of 1985.

King City will compete in the Cypress Division looking to break a 14-year playoff absence – the longest drought among county teams.

The Spartans, meanwhile, who were sent back to the Mission division, are still looking for an identity at 0-3 after missing all of last season due to the pandemic.

“Gonzales made some big plays in the first half,” said Villaneuva. “It’s a game of rivalry. These games are generally difficult. Emotions are there. I guarantee you they circled him as well.

Touchdowns from 45 yards from Adrian Perez and 66 yards from Gabe Mendez gave momentum to Gonzales just before the end of the first half, reducing the deficit to 20-14.

Still, his struggles in the second half continued, with Gonzales scoring just six points in the final two games of the second half.

Two touchdown passes by Eli Clavijo ignited the Mustangs’ ground game, while quarterback Jjey Martinez delivered touchdown passes to Alexis Dedios and Jackson Villanueva.

Soledad 26, North County 14: The Aztecs scored 20 unanswered points, turning an eight-point deficit into a 12-point victory.

Injuries are mounting for the Condors, who have lost four other players, including Nico Torres, who twisted his ankle after scoring a touchdown in the first half to give them a brief 14-6 lead.

“He’s a warrior,” North County coach Juan Cuevas said. “When he says he can’t go, I know it’s serious. It’s hard to compete when you have all of those missing pieces. I have to figure out how to put this team back together. ”

Cuevas sees the effects of not having had a season last year as the Condors have lost eight starters at times in their last two games.

“We are not strong,” Cuevas said. “It’s not the children’s fault. We were unable to enter the weight room. I feel bad. Weightlifting is injury prevention. You can only climb a hill a certain number of times.

Soledad was in a similar situation, not having played so well last season after the District said no to a spring season.

As the Aztecs struggled to get through the gates, they rose to the challenge scoring 20 straight points to take control of the game, dropping to 2-1.

“We did a good job scoring points, but we have to do a better job of execution,” said Soledad coach Jose Martinez, who, like Cuevas, is in his first season.

Issaiah Cruz scored two touchdowns for Soledad, while Arnold Bernal and Dominic Chavez also scored.

The Condors took a 7-0 lead with Marcos Munoz connected to Gio Mellin for a touchdown. When Torres found the end zone, the lead was increased to eight.

But turning your ankle in the touchdown run might have been a turning point, as the Condors’ offense was AWOL the rest of the game.

“The games are for real now,” Cuevas said, referring to the Cypress Division’s start of play next week. “I scheduled these games to prepare for the division game. But maybe I bit more than we can chew because we have children who are limping.

Palma 47, Monte Vista 14: For the third time in four games, the Chieftains amassed over 40 points in one game to improve to 3-1.

In the wake of a heartbreaking 47-42 loss to Aptos last week, Palma looked like he was in a fog at the start of the game, put to sleep by Monte Vista’s slow offensive attack.

“We had a bit of a hangover from the previous game,” said Palma coach Jeff Carnazzo. “We started slowly. There is a lot of waiting around this offense. We made mistakes which made the trips longer.

A pair of touchdown passes from JoJo Cardinale appeared to put Palma’s offense in rhythm as they conceded the game’s first 36 points.

Quarterback Luke Rossi managed touchdown passes to Paul Rivera and Logan Saldate, while substitute Matthew Fuqua came in and found Joe Silacci for six.

Rossi has had eight touchdown passes this year and rushed for five touchdowns in four games. He arrived in the fall with nine total touchdowns in 16 career games.

“Our goal tonight was to secure the game and build up our depth,” said Carnazzo. “In our time with Covid, you have to have players ready to jump in. ”

JC Escutia and Luke Alvarez added touchdown points for Palma, who hasn’t missed the playoffs for 37 years.

San Benito 38, Alisal 0: The Balers remained undefeated, exploding for a season high with 38 points as they shut out Alisal.

San Benito has allowed just 21 points in four games, allowing just three points in two games in the Gabilan Division.

Tyler Pacheco scored four touchdowns for the Balers, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing a pair.

The senior connected with Jayden Freidt on an 80-yard touchdown pass and joined Isaiha Molina on a 70-yard strike. Ashton Buzzetta topped the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run.

After a week off, Alisal entered the game 2-0, averaging 39.5 points per game. This is the first time in 40 games that he has failed to score a point.

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