Uganda Cranes draw Rwanda, Kenya in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIn other highlights from the draw, African football champions Algeria, led by Riyad Mahrez, will take on Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Niger in the second round of qualifying.Other heavyweights such as Senegal, relying on 2020 African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will take on less-fancied nations.Madagascar, surprise quarter-finalists in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will face the Democratic Republic of Congo.All five African teams failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup, the first time that had happened since 1982. Uganda Cranes starting XI vs Malawi in their last game, a African Cup of Nations qualifier, at Namboole last year. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup AAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, DjiboutiGroup BTunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial GuineaGroup CNigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, LiberiaGroup DCameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, MalawiGroup EMali, Uganda, Kenya, RwandaGroup FEgypt, Gabon, Libya, AngolaGroup GGhana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, EthiopiaGroup HSenegal, Congo Brazzaville, Namibia, TogoGroup IMorocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, SudanGroup JDR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, TanzaniaAfrican champions Algeria to face Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifyingCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Uganda Cranes will face Rwanda, Kenya and Mali for a place in the final round of African qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.Uganda were placed in Group E, one of 40 teams that will compete in 10 groups after the draw in Cairo.“It is a group that presents great opportunity, but also intriguing challenges. We look forward to the journey,” said Uganda Cranes coach Johnny Mckinstry. The group will be a tough one, as Uganda will have four East African derby matches to overcome. It will also be interesting for the reason that Coach McKinstry was Rwanda coach before.“On the footballing level, obviously, Uganda has done better than Kenya and Rwanda in recent years. Derby games can throw up surprising results and are so unpredictable but we will play them with high perfection and a lot of focus. We shall be fully focused and professional to make sure we get the results we need” said McKinstry.The matches will take place from March 2020 until October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round which will be played in November 2021. The five winners of the final round will secure berths in the 2022 World Cup.Uganda Cranes have never made it to the World Cup before.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Local Author to Read Feb. 9 at River Road Books

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – River Road Books will host a reading at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, by local author Laury A. Egan, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Jenny Kidd.A psychological suspense tale set in Venice, the novel features a young American artist, Jenny Kidd, who attends a masked ball at the Palazzo Barbon and meets the seductive Caterina Barbon and her brother, Sebastiano. They entice Jenny into a world of glittering façades that cloak sexual perversion, art forgery and murder.Reviewer Jerry L. Wheeler called the book “a little gem” and “a top-notch thriller.” The author will also sign copies of her collection, Fog and Other Stories, and two poetry books. Her website: www.lauryaegan.comThe event is free to the public.Additional information and seat reservations are available by calling River Road Books at 732-747-9455 or visiting the store at 759 River Road.last_img read more

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About Town

first_imgA pediatric clinic for youngsters ages 6 months to 18 years will be held Nov. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.Pre-registration is required and may be done by calling 732-615-2000, ext. 2164, or by emailing the health department by using the “contact us” form at www.middletownnj.org and provide your name, address, age, phone number and preferred clinic date. Appointments will be scheduled on first-come basis. A confirmation email will be sent.Clinics are for Middletown residents only. There is no fee for the influenza vaccination. MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Health Department will be conducting four free flu clinics for Middletown Township residents at the Croydon Hall Gym, located at 900 Leonardville Road in the Leonardo section.The dates and times for clinics for those age 6 months and older are:Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to noonMonday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. LINCROFTMiddletown residents will get the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the candidates for the township committee and Monmouth County freeholders from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, during the Lincroft Village Green Association Candidates’ Night.The forum will be held at Lincroft School, 729 Newman Springs Road.The candidates for Middletown Township Committee and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will answer questions submitted by members of the community.Questions can be submitted by Sunday, Oct. 20, at the organization’s website at www.lincroft.org. Additional written questions from the public can be submitted at the door and will be answered by the candidates if time permits.The event will be moderated by The League of Women Voters.Those expected to attend the session are Middletown Township Council candidates: Democrats Linda Baum and Patricia Olsen and Republicans Gerard Scharfenberger and Kevin Settembrino. The candidates for Monmouth County Board of Chosen Free­holder candidates expected at the forum are: Democrats Brian Froelich and Larry Luttrell and Republican Thomas A. Arnone. FREEHOLDCounty residents are encouraged to clear medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired drugs and can dispose of them properly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, when most Monmouth County law enforcement agencies will accept them as part of the National Take Back Initiative.Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the program is anonymous and no questions will be asked of participants. The sheriff’s office and more than 20 local police departments will be accepting the medications during this event.The county drop-off location is the sheriff’s office at 50 E. Main St. in Freehold.The goal of the program is to encourage people to deliver these medications to law enforcement officials who can then dispose of these pills in a safe and nonhazardous manner, preventing them from falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit market in our communities.“Removing unused and unwanted medications from your medicine cabinet and destroying them appropriately is one way we can protect lives and the environment,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s mental health and addiction services division. “Studies have shown that the majority of people abusing prescription medication have obtained them through raiding the medicine cabinets of family and friends. We need to get these unused medicines out of our homes.”Curley advises county residents to contact their local police department or visit the federal Drug Enforcement Administration website to find the closest collection site to dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medicines.Those who miss the Oct. 26 event, can always drop off unwanted or expired medications at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.For more information on the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and local collection information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Middletown Arts Center Shopping Expo and Fashion ShowMIDDLETOWN – A wide selection of clothing, jewelry, furniture, couture wedding gowns and trinkets will be available for purchase from more than 10 antique and consignment shops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Middletown Arts Center’s Vintage Shopping Expo and Fashion Show.The arts center is located at 36 Church St.The expo is free to attend but a $10 donation is requested for general admission to the fashion show at 1 p.m. in the MAC theater.Refreshments will be served and there will be 50/50 and gift basket raffles. Free parking is available in the lots adjacent and across the street from the Middletown Arts Center.A highlight of the fashion show will be models showcasing couture wedding gowns in various styles and sizes by famous Spanish designers – all available for purchase at deeply discounted prices.To accommodate fashion show ticket holders, children are welcome to join art instructor Maria Gato for a free Club MAC program in the arts studio. While parents enjoy the shopping and show, children will have fun creating various fall-themed arts and crafts.“Vintage style arrives to Middletown for this exciting one-day Shopping Expo & Fashion Show,” says Stefania DiBari, event organizer and development associate at the Middletown Arts Center. “The Middletown Arts Center is honored to host this wonderful event in partnership with area businesses. Funds raised from fashion show ticket sales and vendor fees will support arts programming at the MAC. We look forward to having the community join us to support the arts and shop among thousands of unique treasures throughout our 23,000 square-foot facility. The day is guaranteed to be a fun shopping experience for all.”Participating vendors include: All Things Consignment and Farm House, West Long Branch; Men’s Consignment, Manasquan; Sun & Moon Boutique, Sue’s Timeless Treasures, AnnBeth Enterprises and Le Chic Cottage, Red Bank; Back on the Racks, Long Branch; Fabulous Finds, Westwood; Asbury Park Trading Post, Asbury Park; and Penelope. TINTON FALLSInterfaith couples and people wanting to know more about Judaism are invited to take a free 16-week course beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Ave.Introduction to Judaism offers non-Jewish and Jewish people a chance to learn more about the religion. All classes start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Robert Ourach, interim rabbi at Monmouth Reform Temple, will teach the course which is designed not only for those who are considering the possibility of conversion to Judaism, but also for anyone who feels that their early childhood exposure to the content and practice aspects of Judaism was lacking.Introduction to Judaism is also highly recommended for couples who do not come from the same religious background, even if conversion is not a present or future consideration.Anyone interested in attending this course should contact the Monmouth Reform Temple office at 732-747-9365.center_img * * * * *Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger will move his regular office hours from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, to the Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.Residents are welcome on a first-come basis to discuss any concerns or issues they have related to township government.Residents are invited to contact the mayor’s office any time at 732-605-2024. FAIR HAVENDance Against Violence Marathon, a charity dance marathon to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at D’s Latin & Ballroom Dance Studio, 611 River Road.Dances – including the tango, salsa, waltz, rumba, hustle, swing, meringue – will be taught throughout the event.The cost is $10 a class; $50 for the evening. Complimentary wine and snacks will be available.180 Turning Lives Around is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in the community.For more information, visit www.180nj.org. * * * * *The Brookdale Community College Respiratory Care Association is partnering with Great Strides to host a 5K race to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and education.The race will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Thompson Park. Registration will be at the Student Life and Activities ticket window on the lower floor of the college’s Warner Student Life Center, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, or at Thompson Park the day of the event. The fee is $25.Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, chronic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system of an estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have enabled many with the disease to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.For additional information, contact the Student Life and Activities Office at Brookdale Community College at 732-224-2500 or studentlife@brookdalecc.edu. Communiversity Open House at BCCLINCROFT – The New Jersey Coastal Communiversity will hold its fall open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Brookdale Community College Warner Student Life Center, 765 Newman Springs Road.Prospective students will be able to speak with Communiversity representatives about local access to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, education, public safety, information technology, liberal arts and health sciences.The N.J. Coastal Communiversity, led by Brookdale, is a six-member alliance of New Jersey higher education colleges and universities offering selected associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and graduate certificates in Monmouth County.The partnership allows students to complete an associate degree at Brookdale and transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program offered at one of the Brookdale campuses. The partner colleges offer the third and fourth year of the bachelor’s degree and the degree is granted by the partner college. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree can enroll in one of the graduate programs offered through the Communiversity.Programs are located at Brookdale’s Wall campus in Southern Monmouth County, Brookdale’s Freehold’s campus in Western Monmouth County, and  Brookdale’s Lincroft campus in Central Monmouth County, as well as through distance education. Partners are Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.To RSVP to the open house or to find out more about the Communiversity, visit brookdalecc.edu/communiversity or call 732-280-7090.last_img read more

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Kinrade takes a chance in Europe, inks one-year deals with HC Plezen 1929 in the Czech Republic

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt seems like only yesterday Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade was hoisting the Calder Cup over his head as a member of the Binghamton Senators.Clicking the fast-forward button on the remote finds Nelson’s favourite son in the Czech Republic gearing up for the Europe’s most prestigious ice hockey pre season tournament as a member of the HC Plezen 1929.Kinrade inked a deal with the Czech Republic franchise after declining another minor league deal with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.“Ottawa offered me another two-way contract and if I wanted to sign an NHL deal it would have to be with them,” Kinrade told The Nelson Daily on the reason why he decided to play in Europe after two seasons Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton. “(Ottawa) didn’t show me that I was a top prospect and their commitment seemed to be invested in other players.“I also liked the chance to move to a new setting,” added the 26-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey League graduate.Kinrade played two seasons in the American Hockey League for the B-Sens.During that time the Michigan Tech product never got even a cup of coffee in the NHL by the Senators, past by countless times by Ottawa brass as the struggling franchise searched for answers with other players.But there was Kinrade anchoring a defence that ousted the four teams, including the Houston Aeros in six games, to capture the 2011 Calder Cup Championship.“No this isn’t a career ending move,” the six-foot, 207-pound defenceman said when asked if he ruling out ever returning to the North America and a shot at playing in the NHL.“I will be unrestricted after this coming year and will have a chance to get offers from other NHL organizations (that) are interested,” he added. “I obviously need to have a good year in Plezen to better my chances at returning to an NHL organization.”Kinrade said Ottawa wanted the former Nelson Leaf defenceman to sign another deal. However, the middle son of Terri and Marg Kinrade, thanks to a European agent, inked a one-year deal with the Czech Republic franchise that pays more than any of Ottawa’s one-year-deals.“I think (Europe) will be a good fit for me,” said the swift-skating Kinrade, playing all 23 playoffs games for the B-Sens, finishing the playoffs with a goal — an overtime winner — and four assists.“I’ll (definitely) know soon enough.”Soon enough? Try like right now.While NHL and AHL players are barely getting off the 18th green with training camps more than a month away, Kinrade has already laced up the skates in training camp for HC Plezen 1929.First action is Friday, August 12 when HC Plezen 1929 meets HC Mountfield in the first game of the 24-team European Tournament.The other teams in the East Division, which HC Plezen 1929 is slotted into, include HC Slovan Bratislava, KalPa, Oulun Kärpät and Vienna Capitals.The European Tournament has each team play one game against the five other teams in the same division and one game against one team from each of the other three divisions, for a total of eight games per team.The other three has HC Plezen 1929 up against HC CSOB Pojistovna Pardubice from the South, Tappara from the West and HC Slavia Praha from the North.The top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs December 16-18 at the Salzburg Eisarena and Vienna’s Eisarena.After the Euorpean Trophy event, HC Plezen 1929 begins play in the Czech Republic Extraliga.HC Plezen 1929 finished fifth last season.European hockey teams on average 52 games a season.Despite experiencing a great playoff run, Kinrade didn’t feel he earned the respect of the Senators management.Which is why the trek to Plezen, located 45 minutes west of Prague.“I felt (signing in Europe) was in my best interest for my life and career,” said Kinrade, almost completely healed from an injury suffered during the playoffs.Time will only tell.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Security Strengthened at KPH and Victoria Jubilee

first_img The cameras, valued at $1.3 million, were procured through funding provided by the Ministry of Health. Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that 13 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the facilities. Security measures have been strengthened at the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals, downtown Kingston. Story Highlights Security measures have been strengthened at the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals, downtown Kingston.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that 13 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the facilities.The cameras, valued at $1.3 million, were procured through funding provided by the Ministry of Health.Ms. Wright said that the cameras cover high-traffic and vulnerable points throughout the compound, including the lobby areas and all entrance and exit points.“It enhances public safety. In the event of criminal activity, it will also help us to quickly solve these by identifying the perpetrators,” she noted.In addition to the cameras, other security measures have been put in place to monitor the approximately 210 persons who visit the hospitals daily.These include 24-hour security personnel, and visitors are now required to sign in to enter the facilities.Additionally, searches have been implemented to ensure that no unauthorised items/persons enter or leave the hospitals.“When visitors are coming, they have to be searched. They are given a pass and their names are recorded. They must state who they are going to on the wards, and we have a list to ensure the (patient) is on the ward or the visitor will not be admitted on to the compound,” Ms. Wright said.She is appealing to members of the public to comply with the new measures, which are intended to ensure the safety of all persons at the hospitals, and improve service efficiency.“We are ensuring that we tighten up security to mitigate breaches,” she said.last_img read more

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Rice U health economists launch project to study physicianhospital integration

first_imgShare2Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. health economists launch project to study physician-hospital integration   HOUSTON – (June 16, 2016) – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changing economic conditions have encouraged the integration of physicians and hospitals, particularly through accountable care organizations and medical homes. Vivian Ho, chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is launching a first-of-its-kind study to advance the understanding of the association between physician-hospital integration and the quality and price of health care.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice University“The project will provide valuable information to physicians, hospitals and consumers about the effects of physician-hospital integration,” said Ho, who is also director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, professor of economics at Rice and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “In addition, analysis results could lead policymakers to modify regulations involving the formation of accountable care organizations (ACO), which were introduced into Medicare as part of the Affordable Care Act.”Marah Short, associate director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, and Ho will serve as co-investigators of the study, which is supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Accountable care organizations give a team of health care providers — primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists and public or private health payers — an incentive to deliver coordinated patient care that yields continuity across time and visits. This coordinated care should improve patient outcomes while slowing cost growth, but integration could also enable hospitals to raise prices, according to Ho and Short. Examining both price and quality of care is necessary to determine the implications of physician-hospital integration for consumers, they said.To complete their study, the investigators will conduct a before-and-after comparison of integration using data for 2008-2013 drawn from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, the Medicare Hospital Compare database and multiple state databases that collect detailed hospital-level financial reports. Ho and Short said the Medicare Hospital Compare database provides a novel opportunity to examine quality of care measured by timeliness and effectiveness of care for specific conditions, such as acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke care, and readmission rates within 30 days of a patient being treated for such conditions. The database also provides an opportunity to assess the patient experience through such details as communication with doctors and nurses.“This project is an important step toward determining the effect on consumers and a building block for future research on the effects of the ACA,” Ho said. “ACOs have been encouraged because policymakers believe that integrated care will improve the quality of patient care. But tighter integration may yield greater market power to health care providers, which could raise prices for consumers in an already expensive market.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Ho, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Ho bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/vivian-ho.Short bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/marah-short.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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