Champions Man City to kick off 2019-20 Premier League season at West Ham

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Champions Manchester City will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to West Ham United while Liverpool get the ball rolling with a Friday evening home clash against promoted Norwich City.The fixtures, released at 08:00hrs GMT yesterday, also included a meaty first-weekend clash with Manchester United hosting Chelsea, who finished third last season.Tottenham Hotspur, who completed the top-four last season, are at home to Aston Villa, who returned to the top flight via the playoffs after a three-season absence. Arsenal travel to Newcastle United while Sheffield United, the other promoted club, start at Bournemouth.Leicester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley face Southampton, Crystal Palace host Everton and FA Cup runners-up Watford are at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.The season starts on Friday, August 9. The upcoming top flight season will be the first to include a brief mid-season break. A set of fixtures will be spread over a two-week period in February, meaning all clubs get a week off.It will also feature the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system for the first time.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who completed an unprecedented domestic treble last season, have a relatively comfortable start to the new campaign, although they do face Tottenham, who knocked them out of last season’s Champions League in the quarter-finals, at home on the second weekend. They then travel to Bournemouth, host Brighton, visit Norwich then take on Watford at the Etihad.Premier League runners-up and European champions Liverpool’s first six games feature a home match against Arsenal and an away trip to Chelsea.The first game between last season’s title rivals takes place at Anfield on November 9.Tottenham and Arsenal fans will not have long to wait for the season’s first North London derby, with the sides meeting at the Emirates on August 31. Other notable dates include Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United on October 19 and the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on December 7.The season will end on May 17 when City host Norwich, Liverpool are at Newcastle, Tottenham go to Crystal Palace and Chelsea host Wolverhampton Wanderers.City are the bookmakers’ favourites to retain the title, followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. Sheffield United, who have returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2007, are favourites for the drop.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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Titleholder Cath skims to a share of the lead

first_img Defending champion Cath Rawthore produced a miracle shot to share the lead after the first round of the English senior women’s stroke play at Broadstone in Dorset.She skimmed a ball across the surface of the water in front of the third green and walked off the hole with a par. “It was a corker,” she laughed, after returning a two-over par 74 to catch fellow international Julie Brown.“I’d hit a wayward drive into deep grass and I thought about chipping out, but that would have been a shot gone. So I had a go and the ball came shooting out, went into the water and went bump, bump on to the green.Rawthore, (image © Leaderboard Photography) from Sale in Cheshire, added: “I thought ‘Here we go!’ But my luck ran out on the seventh where I had a double bogey.”However, she soon put that behind her and played the remaining holes in two-under par for a satisfactory start to her defence. “I’m pleased,” said Rawthore, who is also the British senior champion. “It’s nice to be there or thereabouts after day one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fabulous course and the greens are lovely – but tricky.”Brown, the 2014 English senior women’s champion from Trentham, was the first to set the target on a warm, sunny day. She played steadily throughout the round, with just one three-putt, and said: “I felt I could have been one shot better but I’m not unhappy, it was a good first round.”In contrast to Rawthore, she made short work of the par five seventh, hitting the green in two to set up a birdie. “I really went for it!” she said.“The course is absolutely fantastic, but it’s really tough. It’s demanding on every single shot, you can’t let up anywhere, you have to focus on everything.”Rawthore and Brown were both in early groups and, while no-one could pass them, they are being chased hard by a group of four players on three-over par.Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) overcame a daunting start, when she triple-bogeyed the second, by playing the remaining 16 holes in level par, with three bogeys balanced by three birdies. She is joined in third place by Lindsey Shaw (Chevin), past champion Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), and Lulu Housman (Wyke Green).A stroke further back on four-over are Gillian Mellor (Prestbury) and Carol Wild (Notts’ Ladies).This championship is notable for the strong local entry. Broadstone, which boasts a very competitive and friendly ladies’ section, has nine members in the field, while another ten Dorset players are taking part.“Today has been so exciting,” said Broadstone’s Jo Hadley, who was delighted to play close to her nine handicap.“We don’t usually play with the England Golf flags up, the giant leaderboard, the scoring cabin and the referees. It’s just like you see on the telly! It’s a lovely show and it’s been brilliant.”After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 36 players and ties who will play the final round on Thursday. 16 Jun 2015 Titleholder Cath skims to a share of the lead last_img read more

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Pilkington picks up top prize on Golden Elephant tour

first_imgJomtien Golf with the IPGCThis was our 14th annual trip to Hua Hin and as always it consisted of a 72-hole competition spread over 4 days with an individual two divisional contest on each round for the men. We had dispensed with the cars this year and instead booked two mini buses to ferry us on the 5 hour trip to Hua Hin on the Saturday and then spend a relaxing afternoon and the next day wandering around the town.Alan Pilkington, right, is presented with the Golden Elephant trophy by Glyn Evans.According to our research, this year one of our favourite courses, Majestic, was not up to scratch so we switched to Springfield instead.  The Banyan Tree was ruled out owing to its cost so we would be playing everyone’s number 1 selection, Black Mountain, twice.Monday, May 9, Palm Hills – StablefordThere were 19 players listed for the trip this year, but there are only 17 made it to the tee for the first day at Palm Hills.  The cut was 1-18 in division 1 and 19 + in division 2 and the course was still in good condition and the majority enjoy the round.Playing off 18, the best score of the day came in from Kari Aarnio in division 1 with 42 points.  Pete Sumner, off 8, was second with 36 and Andy Baber took third with 33.Lee Casey won division 2 with 34 points and ‘count-back’ Burnie was second one point behind with Terry Redding lying third with 32.In the ‘2’s Trevor Schrimer birdied the 8th and Pete Sumner the 11th to share the purse in division 1, while there were none in division 2.Tuesday, May 10, Black Mountain – StablefordEverybody’s number 1 choice here and it is still in immaculate condition.  There are a few improvements going on throughout the course but this is expected at this time of year.Alan Pilkington, playing off 8, won division 1 with 39 points while Barry Winton, improving every game and off 4, was second with 36.  In third place with 32 points was Pete Sumner.The Hua Hin tour group from Jomtien Golf.The Lambourn boy Steve Ironside took out division 2 with 35 points, with the count-back boy second 1 point behind and in third place with 33 was Terry Redding.Alan Pilkington secured the ‘2’s purse in division 1 while Burnie Sinclair and Kevin Tobin, playing in the same group, birdied the 3rd and 14th to split the rollover pot in the second flight.Thursday, May 12, Springfield – StablefordAnother popular course, the Jack Nickalaus designed Springfield today, and with 19 out the cut was up to 17 in division 1.We were playing the original 18 holes and these played tough, especially on the back nine.  Russell Exley came in with 38 points to win division 1 ahead of Trevor Schrimer in second two points behind, and Andy Baber beat Paul Renall and Barry Winton on a 17/15/13 back nine count-back for third after they all finished with 34 points.The organizer bounced back to win division 2 today with 37 points and count-back Burnie was second one point behind while Kevin Tobin took third with 33 points.Paul Renall from division 1 and Andy Baber from division 2 birdied the 6th and 17th respectively to take the purse in the ‘2’s.In the lead now after three rounds was Burnie Sinclair on 103 points, closely followed by Alan Pilkington (102), Kari Aarnio (102), Pete Sumner (102) and Barry Winton (98).Friday, May 13, Black Mountain – StablefordOur last round of the trip and everything was up for grabs, including the ladies prize for the lowest score.  It had been a remarkable week of golf on great courses and with a fantastic friendly group.After scoring only 16 points in the first round on Monday, the organizer came in today with a division 2 winning 40 points but he did not feature in the overall top placings.  Kevin Tobin was second in the division with 36 points and Lee Casey beat Steve Ironside on a 18/17 back nine count-back for third.In form at the moment Alan Pilkington headed division 1 after beating Paul Renall 16/14 on the back 9 after they tied with 36 points, and John Lay was third after beating Trevor Schrimer on a 19/15 count-back.Marty Aronson won the ladies prize for the lowest score of the four rounds, which he did not expect and was not happy with his presentation prize, after he was asked to be photographed.There were four ‘2’s in division 1 sharing a meagre prize; Paul Renall on the 3rd and 8th, Trevor Schrimer on the 8th and Pete Sumner on the 3rd again.  Andy Baber birdied the 11th for the division 2 purse.After four rounds of golf a great week and well done to the winners.  Congratulations to Alan Pilkington from all of us at Siam Cats and Jomtien Golf for  winning this years Golden Elephant Trophy.Overall Standings (4 days)1st Alan Pilkington 138pts2nd Kari Aarnio 134pts3rd Pete Sumner 133pts4th Paul Renall 131pts5th Trevor Schrimer 131ptslast_img read more

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What Is Thurston County’s Medical Reserve Corps?

first_imgFacebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Dixon, Education and Outreach for Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesHave you ever wondered how Thurston County would respond in a serious health emergency? Most of us have. Yet, a lot of us don’t know about the dedicated group of specialized volunteers whose mission is to provide “public health surge capacity” in the event of a public health emergency. This means, when resources are already in use, or difficult to find, a request goes out for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to step in and help.Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThe MRC is a group of trained volunteers who work to strengthen and expand the local public health systems’ response capacity. These volunteers are trained to provide vaccinations, distribute medication, administer first aid, triage and treat, as well as provide support to specific response needs (such as the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington).Becoming part of the MRC is a great way to serve the community. Training and education are provided and volunteers have the opportunity to help when called upon in the event an emergency.Glenn Baldwin, a volunteer since 2014, shared that “the MRC has given me opportunities to work on real time health issues, like the Clark County measles outbreak, that better prepare me to assist my own community.”After 10 years of being with the MRC, Deven Zipp, agrees, “MRC has provided me a way to use my nursing skills to help my community respond to public health challenges. I also get to work with other organizations across the county to practice emergency response skills.”Though the Medical Reserve Corps is a national volunteer program, we’re lucky in Thurston County to have more than 90 active volunteers. Some of these volunteers are trained doctors, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, or share experience from other medical fields. Some are retired. Others are still working in their fields. Still more MRC volunteers offer support in non-medical efforts through education, administration, interpretation services, or emergency management experience. The group has built—and continues to build—strong partnerships with a variety of community partners, local school districts, first responders, hospitals and clinics, faith-based organizations, tribal partners and other government and non-profit organizations.A strong and vibrant Medical Reserve Corps is an important piece of our ability to prepare for health emergencies in Thurston County. If you, or someone you know, wants to learn more or get involved, email [email protected], or call 360-867-2609. You can also visit them on Facebook @ThurstonCountyMedicalReserveCorps.Whatever health-related emergencies may visit us in Thurston County in the years to come, we can all rest a little easier knowing the Medical Reserve Corps will be there to help.last_img read more

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