SFA confident over Euro 2020 bid

first_img As well as Scotland, the FAs representing England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland are among the 32 nations to have submitted bids. UEFA have confirmed the tournament will be shared among 13 cities across Europe and having staged the UEFA Champions League final in 2002 and the UEFA Cup final in 2007, Regan believes Hampden possesses the capacity and infrastructure, as well as a rich history and heritage, to be a host city. “We have confirmed our expression of interest to UEFA and have nominated Glasgow as a potential host city,” he said. “Hampden has a proud place in the history of the game going back to the legendary European Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960, and more recently hosting two memorable finals between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final in 2002 and the all-Spanish UEFA Cup final between Sevilla and Espanyol. “I am aware that 32 members have also expressed an interest, including ourselves, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. I believe we have a great opportunity, especially if Great Britain and Ireland could become a hub, which would ensure ease of planning and travelling for supporters. “We will now continue our discussions with the relevant parties but it would be fitting if Scotland can not only take part in the tournament but be a host city in what would be the culmination of our strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision. ” There will be 13 different packages for Euro 2020, with 12 of them including three group matches and one knock-out game from either the last 16 or quarter-finals. The other package will be to host the semi-finals and final itself. Final bids must be submitted by April 25, next year, with UEFA announcing the 13 host cities in 12 months’ time. Press Association The Scottish Football Association believes the Home Nations or Ireland may see their chances of hosting matches at Euro 2020 boosted if UEFA decides to make the UK a hub for one of the tournament’s groups.center_img Hampden chiefs confirmed on Friday they have submitted an expression of interest for Glasgow to host at least four matches during the European Championships which are to be staged across the continent. SFA chief executive Stewart Regan and president Campbell Ogilvie have held talks with European football’s governing body and have received the backing of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government. last_img read more

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Sheriff: PBSO Will Get Body Cameras

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Wednesday evening that his agency will soon get body cameras.The announcement came during a roundtable discussion called the Community Forum onPolicing.He believes the cameras will help improve transparency between the department and the community.“We are one of the agencies that don’t have it, but we are very excited about the fact that we are going to have it,” he said. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”Bradshaw added that the department is in discussions with the county administrator and will also be speaking with the county commission, in order to determine whether funding for the equipment may come from sales tax money.Additionally, PBSO is reviewing several vendors, in order to ensure the agency has the best technology available, according to Bradshaw.County Commission to Consider Body Cameras for PBSOlast_img read more

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Top golf architect Tom Doak appointed by National Golf Centre

first_img Tom Doak, the world-renowned golf course architect, has been appointed to advise on the facilities at the National Golf Centre, the home of England Golf at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. He will be making a significant contribution to the site development plan with particular emphasis on the Hotchkin course. The Hotchkin is ranked among the world’s top 100 courses and regarded as a test of heathland golf at its very best. General Manager, Richard Latham, is delighted with the appointment, and commented: “In our opinion Tom Doak is one of the most accomplished architects in the world today and we feel that renovating/refining a national treasure like the Hotchkin Course requires expert opinion. We are huge admirers of Tom’s work and are confident that his input will be invaluable.” Tom Doak, of Renaissance Golf Design, visited Woodhall Spa as a student and was taken with both the charm and severity of the Hotchkin course. He used the design of the 18th hole in his book, The Anatomy of a Golf Course. He said of his appointment: “The Hotchkin Course is one of the world’s great heathland courses, with a character all of its own.  That’s a rare thing in golf course architecture, and it will be at the forefront of our thinking as we look to suggest any refinements.  “The club has carefully catalogued the minor refurbishments of recent years and I’m delighted to assist in the creation of a formal development plan.  I am really looking forward to working with the management team in protecting the legacy and restoring reputation.” Tom Doak’s many notable achievements include both new builds and restoration work in a range of countries, on varying landscapes including heathland.  Recent projects have included the building of the Renaissance Club adjacent to Muirfield in Scotland, the dramatic Cape Kidnappers course in New Zealand and Pacific Dunes in Oregon in the US, all of them rated highly in the world ranking lists.  Tom and his associates are also the architectural consultants for courses across the world and from the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda to Royal Melbourne in Australia. 23 Jan 2016 Top golf architect Tom Doak appointed by National Golf Centre last_img read more

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Hart heads the field at Green Valley

first_imgDiv C didn’t score any better but another win for the fast improving Chris Smart, also with 36pts, underlined that his handicap of 27 is not likely to last long.  Bruce McAdam was back in the frame again with 33 ahead of Aussie visitor Chris Van Hausen in third and nice to see Ivan also on the podium with his 29pts, edging out two other players.The top score of the day was in Div B and it came from Greg Hill with a mighty fine 39pts, two in front of the afore-mentioned Chris’s mate, John Mills.  Waldo was back in third on 34 just heading off John Fitzgerald on the same score.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley & Chris Playforth (C8) & Greg Hill (D2).Div A (0-15)1st John Stafford (15) 36pts2nd Bob Finley (14) 34pts3rd Steve Poznanski (12) 34pts4th Chris Playforth (10) 34ptsDiv B (16-22)1st Greg Hill (21) 39pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Stephen Blazsanyik (16) 34pts4th John Fitzgerald (19) 34ptsDiv C (23+)1st Chris Smart (27) 36pts2nd Bruce McAdam (27) 33pts3rd Chris Van Hausen (23) 31pts4th Ivan Plunkett (24) 29ptsTuesday, Sept. 17, Phoenix – StablefordWe had 7 Outbackers today playing the Mountain and the Lakes but due to the heavy rain the night before, the golf carts were only allowed on the paths making it very difficult for the caddies to bring the correct clubs.  We played preferred lies through the green, necessary due to the wetness of the course but the greens were still quite fast.John Lawton.Unfortunately, Phoenix management have now brought out a coupon service at the kiosks where you buy 100 baht’s worth of coupons for a 20 baht bottle of water, as change you receive 80 baht in coupons.  You also have to spend all the coupons as you don’t get your money back but apparently you can use them on another day.We have also heard through the grapevine that in the very near future it will be one person to a cart for the same price (700 baht) – Hmmmm!The scoring was not that brilliant with the Suzi’s “Old Man” getting the win with just 33pts from Aussie visitor Chris Playforth (32) who beat the aforementioned Suzi on count back.There were no ‘2’s.1st John Lawton (19) 33pts2nd Chris Playforth (10) 32ptsWednesday, Sept. 18, Siam Plantation – StablefordA spectacular 75 gross gave Geoff Stimpson 41pts to win here on the A & B nines on somewhat damp course, producing little or no roll on the fairways.  The rest of the scoring wasn’t too shabby either with Chris’s name coming up again with 40pts to take second, going one place better than his third at Burapha on Monday and to end his golfing holiday on a high.Murray Hart.It was no great surprise that Rosco took third, as he loves this course too much, beating playing partner and mate, Paul Rodgers, both with the same 39.There were two ‘2’s from Geoff Stimpson (A3) and Paul Rodgers (A6)1st Geoff Stimpson (8) 41pts2nd Chris Van Hausen (23) 40pts3rd Rosco Langoulant (13) 39ptsFriday, Sept. 20, Green Valley – StablefordThere couldn’t have been many places where golf was played today, after continuous rain for the last couple of days.  PSC’s Pattana Monthly was washed away, so Sugar dashed across to Green Valley to see if he could salvage a game there.  To his surprise and our surprise he could, particularly as the course was still closed at 7.30 in the morning but it brightened up a little and the rained eased to a drizzle and play was possible, albeit with preferred lies through the green.  With not too many withdrawals and a couple of late additions, including Sugar, 23 players took to the track.Muzza, blazed a trail with his 39pts to win the premier division by two from Paul Bourke and Chris Playforth both on 37 and Sel Wegner, having his first game after five weeks back home, was unlucky to just miss out on count back.Paul Bourke.Rick Forrest got it all right at last to win Div B with the best of two 37’s, the other one scored by John Mills.  B2 (Bruce McAdam) completed his week with a third place, to follow his second place at Burapha on Monday.  B2 headed three players all with 35.There were six ‘2’s from Murray Hart (4th), Kerry Beck (10th), Sugar Ray Handford & Bruce McAdam (12th) and Paul Greenaway & David Davies (16th).Finally, our thanks to John Lawton who ran the tournament today so smoothly even if he did finish last.Div A (0-14)1st Murray Hart (13) 39pts2nd Paul Bourke (9) 37pts3rd Chris Playforth (10) 37ptsDiv B (15+)1st Rick Forrest (23) 37pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Bruce McAdam (27) 35ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Sept. 16, Burapha – StablefordA pleasant enough day for the 35 players at Burapha playing the C & D nines with the added bonus of a surprise two-tee start, on top of the fifteen minute earlier than scheduled start time, enabling General Jack to get everybody away before 9.45. The scoring was fair to middling in Div A, with an unusually high upper limit of 15, which elevated John Stafford, quite uniquely to the first division.  He made the most of the honour to score 36pts to take first place by two from three guys all tied up on 34; namely Bob Finley, Steve Poz and Chris Playforth, the usual count back sorting them all out.Chris Smart.last_img read more

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