Dr. Jo JorgensenLibertarian Party News:In a historic virtual presidential nominating convention Libertarian Party delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia nominated Dr. Jo Jorgensen for President of the United States Saturday evening.The party, which achieved 50-state ballot access in 2016, is working diligently to do so again in 2020. With the nomination, Americans will have an opportunity to elect the first female president. Her ground-breaking run will give voters a chance to elect a candidate committed to freedom and liberty. Jorgensen’s campaign will give Americans relief from the grim options that they will face from the other candidates in November.The online convention was the first of its kind for any political party with nationwide ballot access. In an age of social distancing, the Libertarian Party has risen to the challenge, practicing personal responsibility and professionalism while conducting the business of the party in a timely and efficient manner.“I am incredibly proud to serve as chair of the only national political party to hold their presidential nominating convention on time and under budget even in the face of a global pandemic,” LNC National Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “Our delegates from around the country were able to meet virtually to debate the merits of potential nominees. Real choices were made to come to the strongest candidate and consensus was built to have the party unified around the nominee. The Libertarian Party does politics differently and that different approach is exactly what Americans need right now.”“I am glad that the voters will finally have a real choice because the non-choice between Trump and Biden is still an option between big government and more big government,” Jorgensen said. “The volunteers are already pouring in and it looks like it will be the most massive volunteer effort that the LP has ever seen. It is really growing from the grass roots.”Jorgensen holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Clemson University where she teaches. A native of Grayslake, Ill., Jorgensen is a wife, mother and grandmother living in Greenville, S.C.The Libertarian Party is set to resume business online Sunday at 10 a.m. CDT to determine the outcome of the vice-presidential nomination. The delegates also will determine the business for the convention’s second sitting, scheduled to reconvene July 8, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
Midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara scored the winner with a clinical finish in the 34th minute in sweltering conditions at Bahrain National Stadium to put Japan within a point of securing a place in Germany.The result kept the Asian champion in second place in the group with nine points from four games, one behind leader Iran, which beat North Korea 1-0 thanks to Rahman Rezaei’s headed winner in first-half injury time.Bahrain has four points and 2002 World Cup cohost Japan, having beaten Bahrain twice, now only needs a draw against winless North Korea next Wednesday to automatically advance to the finals.Goal-shy Japan was looking to rebound from a pair of defeats in build-up friendlies against Peru in the Kirin Cup, but its preparations were disrupted through injuries to key players.German-based striker Naohiro Takahara failed to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the Bundesliga on the final day of the season and Feyenoord star Shinji Ono broke a bone in his foot in training on Wednesday.Ono’s injury forced under-fire coach Zico to shuffle his starting lineup and give Ogasawara an attacking role behind lone striker Atsushi Yanagisawa.And the pint sized Kashima Antlers midfielder duly responded by firing home what turned out to be the decider.Impressive Hidetoshi Nakata fed Shunsuke Nakamura and the Reggina playmaker laid the ball off with a neat flick for Ogasawara to smash home a low drive past Ali Hasan from 20 meters.“We could have settled for a draw but we played intelligently and were careful about how we handled the ball at the back. We showed today that we play to win,” said Zico. “We have taken the three points and now we only need a draw from our next two games to qualify.”Bahrain had rarely troubled Japan’s defense but nearly drew level in the dying seconds of the first half.Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi fumbled a shot from Talal Yusuf but the Jubilo Iwata goalkeeper’s blushes were spared when the ball came back off the post.Bahrain won a succession of free-kicks as they pushed for an equalizer after the break, but was unable to breach a well-organized Japan defense.“This victory is a team effort. From the players on the bench and of course the players that were out on the pitch tonight,” said goal hero Ogasawara. “But it’s not over yet. We have another crucial game coming up and everyone must be totally focused.”Bahrain’s German manager Wolfgang Sidka said Japan’s superior fitness had played a crucial part in their victory.“We had a great chance to score with a shot that hit the post just before halftime and put them under pressure in the second half,” he said. “We switched to three strikers but still couldn’t score. Japan looked a lot fitter and our players looked exhausted.”Japan takes on North Korea in a politically-charged match that FIFA ordered to be played behind closed doors in Bangkok as punishment for crowd troubled that marred their 2-1 defeat to Iran in Pyongyang in March.Zico will be without the services of Serie A duo Nakata and Nakamura and Brazilian-born winger Alessandro Santos, who were all booked and will be suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.The top two teams from each group automatically qualify for the finals.Four teams from the eight-team competition advance directly to the World Cup finals.The two third-place teams will meet each other in a playoff with the winner to meet a CONCACAF confederation team in another playoff for a ticket to Germany. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 MANAMA – Japan took a giant step toward next year’s World Cup finals with 1-0 win over Bahrain in an Asian zone Group B qualifier in Manama on Friday.Japan midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara scores against Bahrain during an Asian zone Group B qualifier in Manama.