It is well-known in the medical field that the pig brain shares certain physiological and anatomical similarities with the human brain. So similar are the two that researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed the first U.S. pig model for stroke treatments, which will provide essential preclinical data and speed the drug discovery process. Often referred to by research teams as “the animals most like people,” pig-derived medical products have a long history of use in humans and have improved the lives of countless patients. Pig heart valves are used to replace damaged or diseased human valves, diabetics may use insulin taken from pigs, and the blood-thinning drug heparin was first derived from a pig. “Compared to mice, our large animal stroke model is a more rigorous test of potential therapeutics with findings that are likely more clinically relevant,” said Franklin West, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and senior author of the paper describing the model. Using their model, the team has shown that induced neural stem cells, or iNSCs, can replace stroke-damaged brain tissue and stimulate neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to naturally repair itself. “This is the first time that a neural stem cell therapy has been tested in a large animal model with a brain more similar to humans,” said Emily Baker, lead author of the study, who recently received her doctorate in neuroscience from UGA. “With greater predictive capabilities, there’s a better likelihood of it working in a human.” Stroke is the cause of one in every 19 deaths in the U.S. and has estimated annual cost of $315 billion — 56 percent higher than treatment-associated costs of all cancers, according to the American Heart Association. Despite the urgent need, almost all clinical trials of neuroprotective therapies to date have failed to translate from the laboratory to the clinic, according to the RBC research team. Stroke therapies that worked on small animals such as mice more often than not proved ineffective in human strokes.With the failure of so many clinical trials, the concept of neuroprotection and the inability to demonstrate a regenerative action to restore and replace brain tissue has been the subject of many discussions in both research and medical communities. Through this model, the research team was able to more precisely establish the repair mechanism by which stem cells work in neural tissue regeneration and neuroprotection than was previously known. “The takeaway from this work is that the injected stem cells led to cellular and tissue improvement,” West said. “Basically, if you have a stroke and you get this treatment, fewer neurons are going to die, and for stroke research that’s critically important.” The findings from the study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, suggest that there are peripherals of salvageable brain tissue that would benefit from cell-based restorative therapies after acute ischemic stroke. Specifically, iNSCs that naturally promote brain plasticity and recovery. In collaboration with Emory University and UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the team’s work shows improved recovery in white matter, the “superhighways of connectivity” that connect key centers of the brain. This change in response to restorative therapy can be monitored using MRI imaging techniques. “From the MRI we learned of a recovery mechanism in that neural stem cell therapy improves white matter integrity,” said Baker. “We now have white matter tracts that allow for faster, more effective communication from one region in the brain to another after injury.” The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it may speed stroke discoveries by providing a better, more predictive translational model. Researchers within the RBC are already using this model as a platform for future nanotechnology applications. “If we can replace lost brain tissue and neural systems that are basically gone from stroke, which would lead to functional improvement or functional independence like feeding yourself, getting yourself dressed and being able to move again, then we’ve met our long-term goals — but in the bigger picture what we’ve done is improve the quality of life,” said West. The study, “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neural Stem Cell Therapy Enhances Recovery in an Ischemic Stroke Pig Model,” is available online at www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10406-x.The Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia links researchers and resources collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new cures for devastating diseases that affect animals and people. With its potential restorative powers, regenerative medicine could offer new ways of treating diseases for which there are currently no treatments — including heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke. For more information, see www.rbc.uga.edu.
Fall Favorites, Gear for Every Autumn AdventureBy Jedd Ferris, Jack Murray, and Chase LyneWhatever your sport of choice, raise your game this fall with one of these new field-tested favorites.run1. Merrell Bare AccessSkittish about making the move to minimalism? Merrell’s Bare Access is made to help make the transition to natural running form. Like most barefoot running shoes, it has an even zero-drop platform from the ball of your foot to the heel, but some added cushioning (8 millimeters) offers a slight buffer for getting used to pavement pounding with less protection. $90; merrell.com 2. Icebreaker Tracer ShortThe Tracer is as soft as your old favorite gym shorts. The culprit is cozy merino wool, which fortunately for sweat-heavy runners features plenty of technical defense, including natural moisture management and odor-controlling properties that kept our tester surprisingly dry down low during an eight-mile late summer jaunt. $70; icebreaker.com ride3. Turner Bicycles SultanThe Turner Sultan is a 29er dual suspension trail bike with 125mm of front and rear travel. The aluminum frame is hand built around a DW link rear suspension system that makes for an efficient ride. Plus attention to detail on features like the post-mount disc brakes, threaded zerk grease fittings, and seat dropper cable routing set this bike apart from other similar models. On climbs the DW link suspension keeps the rear end planted, while on the way down the slack angles and 125mm help you stay ahead of your riding pals. Unfortunately, such a good ride comes at a price. $2,495 (frame), $5,229 (expert build); turnerbikes.com 4. Cannondale Ryker HelmetThe Ryker is a well-vented lightweight helmet that will keep your head straight during long days of singletrack cranking. The soft pads inside the polycarbonate shell are made with wicking material so sweat gets put in its place, and the small adjustment dial in the back proved reliable during our test for a quickly adjusted comfortable fit. $80; cannondale.com hike5. Mountain Hardwear Wanderin 32 PackThe Wanderin is all about sweat relief on Appalachian overnights. The innovative breathable suspension system puts a mesh wall and ample room between your back and the bulk of the pack. Add some sleekly designed ventilated shoulder straps, and this pack proved to reduce much of the annoying friction dampness that comes with increased trail mileage. Another feature we liked was the built-in rain cover in the nicely sized lower pocket. $185; mountainhardwear.com 6. Big Agnes Zirkel SL 20The Zirkel SL is a broad-cut mummy bag that features the serious softness of 800-fill goose down. The backcountry comfort is only enhanced by the built-in sleeping pad sleeve—stitched into the top half of the bag in order to work with a range of pad sizes. On chillier nights, another key feature is the no-draft collar, which cradles your neck to keep out cold air. $399.99; bigagnes.com7. Salewa Firetail GTX As light as a trail runner but built to be tougher for technical trails, the Firetail will have you reevaluating your hiking footwear choices. It’s nice and light up top, while the sticky sole means the Firetail can take a hit and hold its grip on rocky trails. Our tester lauded it as a burly trail prowler that earns comfort points for the customizable foot beds. $150; salewa.us8. The North Face Phoenix 3 TentThe Phoenix 3 is designed to keep water out without the expected extra weight of most three-season, three-person tents. It utilizes TNF’s innovative DryWall fabric, so a simple single-wall design with built-in vestibules keeps moisture at bay without the need for a second layer. Our testers loved the simple two-pole pitch and the minimal weight to carry for such a big tent (4 lbs. 13 oz.). $389; thenorthface.com9. Osprey Farpoint 40This compact bag ensures carry-on compliance on most flights and converts from a handbag to a backpack in a flash. Best of all, it carries like a premium backcountry backpack, with padded, low-profile shoulder straps and a snug hip belt. The lightweight frame provides flexible load support through the woods, and the padded handles provide comfy carry through the airport. $149. osprey.com10. Ex Officio Chica Cool HoodieWith its comfy, moisture-wicking, odor-resistant fabric, this pullover hoodie is styled for versatility whether you’re taking a hike or taking it easy. $45. exofficio.compaddle11. LiquidLogic Remix XP10 If you’re the boater who loves lengthy flatwater exploration but also occasionally gets a wild hair and likes to paddle a class II-III stretch, this is the boat for you. Specifically made to bridge the gap between the swells and the serene, the Remix XP10 has a design that extends from the roots of Liquid Logic’s pioneering whitewater boats, but the extended waterline and skeg enable the XP to smoothly cruise the flats. Plus, a dry storage compartment in the back holds plenty of gear for extended overnight trips. $999; liquidlogickayaks.com12. Astral CaminoIf you find too much PFD to be a nuisance, the Camino is a sleek and safe alternative. Made in the Blue Ridge by Asheville-based Astral, it’s a unisex, extremely lightweight float jacket that’s designed to offer maximum air flow on mild whitewater trips or longer touring jaunts. $115; astralbuoyancy.com13. Astral BrewerBorn on the banks of the Green River Narrows, the Brewer is a hometown paddle shoe built with Blue Ridge paddlers in mind. The super-grippy rubber sole provides claw-like traction on wet, mossy rocks, which makes scouting and portaging a lot less dicey. The shoes handle well in the cockpit, with drainage holes and tough Cordura uppers. They’re equally popular at the post-river hangout. Lightweight and minimalist at 214 grams, the breathable shoe was already dry by the time we left the river and arrived at the bar. $100. astralbuoyancy.comfish14. Fishpond Tumbleweed Chest PackThe fly fishing vest is sooo 2011; get with it and get a chest pack. The Tumbleweed is a versatile, lightweight option that can be used as a chest, lumbar, or sling pack. One large pocket holds fly boxes and essentials, while a zip-down pocket holds a removable foam pad for extra fly storage. This pack also has enough little pockets and loops for all your tools and integrates with a larger backpack, so it’s perfect for a hands-free day on the water. $60; fishpondusa.com15. Redington Pursuit OutfitWith the Pursuit series, Redington set out to make a quality fast action rod at an affordable price. They succeeded. The Pursuit is ready to fish right out of the box with rod, reel, line, and leader and its smooth action is comparable to rods twice, or even thrice, its modest price. This outfit comes in all shapes and sizes and is a perfect rod for the novice fly fisherman or as a backup rod. The Pursuit’s affordability and ease of use would also make a great gift for a niece, nephew, or girlfriend you are trying to convince fishing is cool. $179; redington.com16. Tenkara USA 12’ IwanaTenkara fishing has taken off in the U.S. over the past year, and our Blue Ridge streams and wild brook trout are exactly what these rods are made for. With its medium flex and 12 feet of length, the Iwana is a great all-around rod. This rod telescopes to 20 inches, so adding it to your usual backpacking gear is a no-brainer, and with limited moving parts, you don’t have to worry about your reel exploding on the water. Plus, a 12-inch trout will feel like a 20-incher when fighting it on a Tenkara. $160; tenkarausa.com
The so-called self-defense groups emerged to the public last January in the Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacán states, in impoverished areas affected by the constant harassment of organized crime members, who extort, kidnap and murder before the eyes of an indifferent State, according to their declarations. “In the last report, seven people were shot to death, but this number may increase; we will have to wait until the investigations are complete,” state government spokesman Julio Hernández said. The shooting occurred in La Ruana village in the municipality of Buenavista, and in La Guadalupe, in the municipality of Tepalcatepec, where armed and masked men claimed they belonged to these communities. In February, the men announced the creation of what they called self-defense groups or community guards. On April 28, several confrontations between self-defense groups, criminal organizations and security forces in Michoacán state, México, left at least seven people dead, authorities told AFP. The shootings took place in an area called Tierra Caliente, with an increased presence of members from La Familia drug cartel, and its splinter group, Los Caballeros Templarios, according to the authorities. “This region experienced one of the worst days of confrontations where members of the so-called community guards and alleged criminals were involved,” said Guillermo Valencia, Mayor of Tepalcatepec. Members of the Mexican Navy, who were on surveillance duty, participated in a confrontation against alleged criminals, Hernández said. By Dialogo April 30, 2013 On that same day, Servando Gómez Martínez, aka “La Tuta,” drug cartel leader for Los Caballeros Templarios, published a video on YouTube, in which he rejects any involvement with self-defense groups, which he said are integrated by people who are “not from Michoacán” but from an adversary cartel called Jalisco Nueva Generación.
June 1, 2002 Regular News Notices: The Florida Bar; JNCs Applicants sought for Board of Bar Examiners Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.The Board of Governors will be selecting nine nominees for three lawyer vacancies and six nominees for two nonlawyer vacancies at its August 16 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the five-year terms which are scheduled to commence November 1.Florida Supreme Court rules specify that attorney members of the board must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Also, law professors or law school trustees are ineligible.Bar examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members work 300 or more hours per year on board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.Persons interested in applying for the vacancies may download the application from the Bar’s Web site at www.FLABAR.org, or should contact The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Friday, July 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. A screening committee of the Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews. Technology Task Force seeks comments The E-Commerce Subcommittee of the Florida Bar Technology Task Force is requesting comments from lawyers or law firms that have developed digital signatures and/or online transactions in their practice.The Task Force, chaired by Board of Governors member David Welch, is gathering information about e-commerce issues related to the legal profession for later dissemination to members of the Bar.Any comments should be faxed to David Welch at 954/943-2020, e-mailed to [email protected], or mailed to him at Welch, Finkel & Schuyler, 2401 E. Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 400, Pompano Beach 33062. Applicants sought for workers comp JNC vacancy The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its August 16 meeting: Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges: One attorney from the territorial jurisdiction of the Fifth DCA (which encompasses the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and 18th circuits) to serve an interim vacancy commencing immediately and expiring July 1, 2003. All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, pursuant to F.S. §440.45(2)(b). Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.Persons interested in applying for the JNC vacancy should contact The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, to obtain the proper application form. Applications also may be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Friday, July 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. Applicants sought for jury instruction committee The Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases will have two vacancies at the end of 2002.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment.An application form can be obtained from Gerry Rose, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300; telephone: (850) 561-5706; fax: (850) 561-5817; e-mail: [email protected] Applications are to be submitted by July 8 to Judge Chris Altenbernd, Second District Court of Appeal, 801 Twiggs St. #600, Tampa 33602-3554. YLD seeks to fill 11th Circuit seat The Young Lawyers Division is seeking applicants to fill a vacant seat on its Board of Governors representing the 11th Circuit, created by the election of Mark Romance to the office of president-elect designate.The term of office will run for one year beginning June 21. Anyone wishing to fill out the remaining year of this term should send a letter of intent, along with pertinent background information, to Austin Newberry, YLD administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.To be considered, letters must be received no later than 5 p.m. June 12. Applicants sought for Brevard judgeship The 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now seeking applicants to fill a seat on the Brevard County bench being vacated by Judge Peter Haddad.Applicants must have been a member of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, registered voters and reside in territorial jurisdiction of the court.Applications may be obtained from the JNC’s Web site at www.18jnc.com. An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to: Andrew A. Graham, JNC chair, 10 Suntree Place Melbourne 32940, telephone (321) 253-3405 or Sidney L. Vihlen III, JNC vice chair, 1173 Spring Centre South Boulevard, Suite C, Altamonte Springs 32714, telephone (407) 786-2200, no later than 5 p.m. June 7. Lesperance petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Robert Alexander Lesperance has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Lesperance was suspended for failing to adequately communicate with clients and for failing to provide diligent representation, for practicing law and representing himself to be in good standing when, in fact, he was dues and CLER delinquent, and for engaging in the practice of law while impaired due to substance abuse.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Lesperance’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law may contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Cox petitions for Florida Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Karen Schmid Cox has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Cox was suspended from the practice of law for one year by a Supreme Court order dated May 17, 2001. Subsequently, on January 31, she was suspended for 30 days to run concurrently with the one-year suspension. Cox was suspended for violating the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar relating to prosecutorial misconduct.Anyone wishing to comment on Cox’s petition is requested to contact Debra J. Davis, assistant staff counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607.
The information released varies per county: Delaware County: (WBNG) — The following is updated coronavirus information from Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties. 98 confirmed cases10 deaths31 recoveries69 people are in mandatory quarantineOne person is in precautionary quarantine 96 confirmed casesThree deaths67 recoveries50 mandatory quarantines18 in precautionary quarantine Chenango County: Tioga County: 72 confirmed cases25 people are in mandatory quarantine
NZ Herald 11 April 2017Family First Comment: Well, we all know the answer to that. But one day very soon, we will be called “Ablephobic” for thinking that. :)“…there’s a growing number of people who are choosing to be disabled. These non-disabled people are calling themselves “transabled”. According to Professor Alexandre Baril (a feminist, gender and sexuality studies professor and fellow), transability is “the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment”…. Transability falls directly under the Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) umbrella – psychological disorder that manifests in healthy people who have been known to physically harm themselves in order to be deemed disabled.”Sheesh – this is doing my head in!“Science is somewhat divided on the source of the issue. Some experts argue that this is a neurological issue, while others identify it as more of a mental disorder.”Isn’t it supposed to be an “identity”??Most disabled people have a tale to tell of how their disability came to be – whether they were born with it, endured an accident or survived a life-changing injury.However, what you may not have expected is that there’s a growing number of people who are choosing to be disabled.These non-disabled people are calling themselves “transabled”.Likening their identity to that of transgendered people, the transable feel one or more limbs or functions of one’s body do not belong to one’s self.According to Professor Alexandre Baril (a feminist, gender and sexuality studies professor and fellow), transability is “the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment”.The impairment can take the form of everything from paralysis to amputation. Hence why it is also known as Amputee Identity Disorder. The majority of BIID sufferers are white middle-aged males, although this discrepancy may not be nearly as large as previously thought.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11835546
COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW US Last Updated: 1st November, 2019 23:18 IST MIL Vs TOR Dream11 Predictions, Squad Details, Top Picks & More MIL vs TOR Dream11: Milwaukee Bucks take on Toronto Raptors on November 3. Get all the match details for the upcoming NBA 2019/20 regular-season game. Sreehari Menon Milwaukee Bucks will face Toronto Raptors on Sunday, November 3. The game begins at 5:30 AM IST and will be played at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto. Milwaukee Bucks will hope to turn their fortunes after they were defeated by Boston Celtics 105-116. On the other hand, the Raptors would like to build on their win against Detroit Pistons 125-113.MIL vs TOR Dream11: PreviewThe Raptors are 3rd in the Eastern Conference points table. They have won 4 of their 5 games and will look to continue their rich vein of form when they welcome Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are coming to the game having won 2 and lost 2 games. The Bucks are 4th in the table and will to add a win to move further ahead on the table. The Raptors will count on the services of Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam to guide them to victory against the Bucks. The Bucks will rely on the likes of Ersan Ilyasova and Khris Middleton to help them turn their form around. Also Read: HB W Vs ST W Dream11: Match Prediction, Team News And UpdatesMIL vs TOR Dream11: SquadsMilwaukee Bucks SquadThanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dragan Bender, Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo, George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, Kyle Korver, Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez, Frank Mason, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, Cameron Reynolds, D.J. Wilson.Also Read: NBA: Stephen Curry Breaks Left Hand After Bad Fall Against SunsToronto Raptors SquadOG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Oshae Brissett, Terence Davis, Marc Gasol, Dewan Hernandez, Rondae Hollis Jefferson, Serge Ibaka, Stanley Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Patrick McCaw, Malcolm Miller, Shamorie Ponds, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Matt Thomas, Fred VanVleetAlso Read: GSW Vs SAS Dream11 Predictions, Squad Details, Top Picks & MoreMIL vs TOR Dream11 PredictionPoint Guard – F VanVleetShooting Guard – N PowellSmall Forward – K MiddletonPower Forward – G Antetokounmpo, E Ilyasova, P SiakamCentre – B LopezNote – The MIL vs TOR Dream11 predictions are our own and do not guarantee positive results in your games.Also Read: NBA: Utah Jazz Vs Los Angeles Clippers Player Ratings And Result First Published: 1st November, 2019 23:18 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie was forced out of Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with an ankle injury, but he won’t miss any further time. Head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that Barrie will play in the team’s game against the Buffalo Sabres onTuesdayMORE: Sidney Crosby is Sporting News’ NHL Athlete of the Decade “So we’ll have to just see how he is when we get home,” Keefe said via Twitter.While Barrie ultimately will move on past a temporary setback, the Victoria, B.C. native has had a rough go at it in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Typically a high-scoring offensive defenseman, Barrie did not score a goal until his 20th game in blue and white.Barrie has 13 points in 34 games played with the Maple Leafs this season. Toronto acquired him in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche. Barrie, 28, went straight to the Toronto locker room during Saturday’s game after he blocked a shot from Edmonton Oilers forward Gaetan Haas with his left shin.This is what sent Tyson Barrie to the locker room#Leafs x #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/wHTrPqoWyx— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 15, 2019According to TSN’s Kristen Shilton, Barrie returned to the ice twice to test out his leg: first during a TV timeout later in the first period, and again after the first intermission before he and the Leafs’ training staff called off his participation for the night. Shilton described Barrie’s movements as “gingerly” during his on-ice tuneups and wrote that he appeared to heavily favor his left leg.After the game, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that X-rays on Barrie’s ankle were negative, but he “just didn’t feel comfortable enough to go back.”
“It will be important how we cope with players who are almost two metres tall,” he added.“Poland have one of the best strikers in the world in (Robert) Lewandowski so we have seven months to determine our goals and to prepare in earnest to achieve them. I want the players to be ready for Russia.”Japan reached the knockout stages as 2002 tournament co-hosts under Frenchman Philippe Troussier and again at the 2010 finals in South Africa under Takeshi Okada.But they have failed to reach those heights in recent years and Japan Football Association chief Kozo Tashima demanded an improvement at the 2018 finals.“We’ve drawn some great teams but I hope we’re prepared well enough to compete,” he said.“Obviously the first game with Colombia will be important but we have to be proud of our performance on the world stage.”Share on: WhatsApp Japan coach Vahid HalilhodzicTokyo, Japan | AFP | Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic promised to avenge his side’s humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup following Friday’s draw for next summer’s finals in Russia.The firebrand Franco-Bosnian admitted “it could have been worse” after the Blue Samurai were drawn alongside the Colombians, Senegal and Poland in Group H for their sixth successive World Cup appearance.“There was the possibility of finding ourselves in a more difficult group,” Halilhodzic told Japanese media.“H is for Halilhodzic,” joked the 65-year-old, pointing to Japan’s opening game with Colombia as key to his side’s progress at the 2018 tournament. “It’s a group where all the teams have their own strengths.“The Colombia game will be key. Purely by coincidence I watched a video of them a few days ago. For Japan it will be chance to get revenge for the last World Cup.”Japan went into the 2014 finals in Brazil with hopes of reaching the knockout stages, only to exit with barely a whimper as they were torn to shreds by Colombia in their final game.“I know Senegal well,” said Halilhidzic, who led Algeria to the last 16 in Brazil.
By Liz SheehanRED BANK The fourth annual Interfaith Community Commemorative Celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank began with a hymn and continued with music intertwined with praise for King, prayers, scripture readings and dance.Standing at the entrance of the church at 172 Shrewsbury Ave., the Rev. Terrence Porter, pastor, called for all to join in the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” as the procession of clergy and guests walked down the aisle to the altar.After the presentation of the flag, John Rivera of Red Bank played the bagpipes, followed by a prayer offered by the Islamic Society of Monmouth County, which ended with, “Help us to be like Martin Luther King Jr., who fought racial injustice and political oppression with actions of peace and love.”The event was sponsored by the Community Collaborative Coalition of Red Bank.The Rev. Marcia Grayson of the Second Baptist Church, Asbury Park, read from the Gospels; the Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis, president of the NAACP of Greater Red Bank read from the prophets, and Monsignor Philip Lowery, St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank, read from the epistles while Rabbi Marc Kline, Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, presented a litany of commemorations.Mayor Pasquale Menna greeted those attending the ceremony and praised King’s legacy. But much more needed to be done, Menna said.“The work he started will not be finished for a long time to come,” he said.The event featured a dance troupe, Red Bank Regional High School Chamber Choir, clergy and community leaders of the greater Red Bank area and a community service award recognition. Photo: Liz SheehanMenna also announced that Jesse Garrison, a deacon at Pilgrim Baptist Church, who was given the Community Leadership Award at Monday’s celebration, would be honored at the Mayor’s Charity Ball on May 5.He said Garrison had a “life well-lived and well-served,” that should be recognized.Another award was presented to members of the Red Bank Regional High School by the West Side Ministerial Alliance.Guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover, interim pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Montclair, told those assembled, “Now is the time we were talking about yesterday.”“We must never look back,” she said, but “go forward and take someone with you.” She called for those listening to “raise their prophetic voice.”King, Glover said, “was a man who had a prophetic voice.”He died because he “dared to criticize the U.S. government and the role of the government in the Vietnam war.”The program was interspersed with music, including several selections by the Red Bank Regional High School Concert Choir, and by Gabrielle Clissold, cantor at the Monmouth Reform Temple, and a dance presentation by Arts For The Heart Academy of Dance and Worship Arts.The celebration ended with all present joining hands and swaying as they sang “We Shall Overcome.”Rev. Terrence Porter, Pilgrim Baptist Church, and Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of Opera, University of Kentucky, joined Rabbi Marc Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold at a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, on Jan. 15. Photo courtesy Monmouth Reform Temple