100 days later: Premier League returns after coronavirus exile

first_imgManchester City headline the Premier League’s relaunch on WednesdayLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The Premier League makes its eagerly anticipated return on Wednesday after 100 days in lockdown, with Manchester City’s clash against Arsenal taking centre stage at the start of a frenetic dash to finish the season.While the coronavirus pandemic means the Premier League will look very different from three months ago, football-starved fans will be able to feast on 92 games crammed into less than six weeks.There is still much to decide over the rest of the season, with Liverpool on the brink of their first English title for 30 years, Champions League places up for grabs and a heated relegation battle going down to the wire.Relegation-threatened Aston Villa get the ball rolling on Wednesday with their home game against European hopefuls Sheffield United.Pep Guardiola’s second-placed City provide the star power when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium a few hours later.A City defeat would mean leaders Liverpool would clinch the title if they won at Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.It was the announcement that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had contracted the virus in March that forced the Premier League to press pause.With all games being played behind closed doors, players will have to get used to the eerie silence in the usually noisy stands.Piping crowd chants into stadiums, cardboard cut-outs of supporters and live video fan walls will add colour but the absence of fans will be a jarring sight at first.In total, about 300 people will be allowed in stadiums for each match, with strict health protocols in place.There will be widespread disinfection of changing facilities, dugouts, matchballs, goalposts, corner flags and substitution boards.People other than players and coaching staff on team benches must wear face coverings.Players have been told to maintain social-distancing during goal celebrations and encouraged not to spit.– ‘A little bit weird’ – Share on: WhatsApp Having followed the return of Germany’s Bundesliga and La Liga in Spain, City manager Pep Guardiola is well aware what an unusual experience it will be.“It was a little bit weird watching the games,” he said. “When you play at home you have that extra intensity and passion from the crowd. That is not going to happen.“But when the players were little kids they played in the streets without spectators and they played good. That is what they have to do. It is a football game. Try to follow what they know.”Concerned that the hectic schedule will impact his players’ fitness and the quality of their performances, Guardiola added: “The problem is not to play one game, it is to play another and another with a lack of physical training to be prepared.“They had six weeks (to prepare) in Germany, double what we had, and five weeks in Spain.“We have to adapt as quick as possible. In terms of the rhythm, if teams don’t rotate their performance goes down immediately. There will be a lot of ups and downs in the games.”The Premier League’s rush to finish the season has drawn criticism from some clubs and players, including City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.With England so badly hit by the pandemic and Guardiola’s own mother dying of the virus in Spain, the City boss was asked if he had doubts about whether the Premier League should return now.“Sometimes,” he said. “I understand we have to do it. Always you had the feeling the damage for the clubs was huge. You have to do it to reduce the impact as much as possible.“We were in contact with the doctors, the scientists. They allowed us to play so of course we do it.“But overall the health of the people (is most important). Nobody wants to die because they are contaminated. The social distance, the mask, the hand sanitiser.“We have to stay alert because the virus is still there.”last_img read more

City of Olympia Seeks Input on Early Learning and Emergency Sheltering

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is updating the Comprehensive Plan Action Plan and is seeking community member input on early learning and emergency sheltering. Everyone is invited to take an online survey available between now and March 31 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/actionplan2017 Input from the surveys may lead to new strategies or actions being added to the Action Plan.In 2014, the Olympia City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Plan with a vision for how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The Action Plan is our community’s “to do” list, with strategies and actions for how we’ll achieve that vision. Each year we will update our Action Plan to include what we’ve done and what actions we want to continue or start next. Visit www.olympiawa.gov/takeaction to learn more about the Action Plan.There are many strategies with actions that are already underway in 2017. In addition, City Councilmembers have identified the following two topics this year on which to explore possible new strategies and/or actions:Early learning.The Action Plan has a strategy of providing high-quality birth to 12-grade education.Early learning includes high-quality childcare and/or interactive and positive learning experiences for children age birth to 5. Whether or not children have benefited from quality early learning is often measured by a child’s readiness to enter kindergarten at age 5. Emergency Sheltering. The Action Plan also has a strategy for ensuring all community members have access to housing. During times of very cold and wet weather, emergencies, or disasters, individuals and families in our community may find themselves without access to permanent or temporary housing. How might our community respond to a critical and/or expanded need for shelter space?last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2016)–Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes was contested at the same distance over a main track listed as sloppy with favored Cadet Roni posting a dominating 6 ¾ length win.Trained by Mark Glatt and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Colonel John filly broke from the outside in a field of eight and went head and head early with Yana and Agapito Delgadillo before taking firm control five sixteenths of a mile from home.“She broke really good and she was running confidently on the lead,” said Bejarano. “I had so much horse, I didn’t want to use too much, so we’ll save it for next time.”Off at 6-5 in a race reduced to eight by five late scratches due to the change in surface, Cadet Roni paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60.A handy allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 10, Cadet Roni was winless in five tries at the maiden special weight level prior to breaking her maiden for a $40,000 tag five starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 19.“We dropped her in company to win and get her confidence, and that’s really helped her,” said Glatt, who trains Cadet Roni for owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood and acknowledged the connections were hoping for a weather-related switch to the main track. “The only time we tried her on grass, it didn’t fare too well for us. I guess we’ll wait and enter her next when it rains again,” he deadpanned.With the restricted Wishing Well serving as her first stakes win, Cadet Roni improved her overall record to 11-4-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $47,340, increased her earnings to $148,840.The longest shot in the field at 18-1, Kool Kat rallied from last early to pay $13.00 and $7.00 with Joe Talamo up.Bad Ju Ju, who was third, one length off the lead turning for home, finished third, one length behind Kool Kat. Off at 15-1 with apprentice David Lopez, she paid $8.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.63, 44.70 and 1:09.05.Note: The Wishing Well, for older fillies and mares, is named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more