And Hughes sees bettering those numbers as “attainable and realistic” this term if his side keep playing the way they are. “There are a number of things we can achieve if we have a good finish to the season,” Hughes said. “There is the highest position Stoke have ever finished in the Premier League, and that is still within our grasp. “There is the biggest points total as well, and we could still do that. “So there are a number of things we can look ahead to and think ‘yes, that is attainable and realistic’ – so why not have a real push between now and the end of the season and see how many things we can achieve in this campaign? “I think it is there for us if we recognise that and push on now. “I sense the players themselves recognise where we are in our season and it is up to us now to kick on and finish strongly, because if we do then we will achieve a lot. “There are a lot of things we can hit for the first time as Stoke City in the Premier League, and we will use that to motivate us.” Following his appointment as manager last summer, Hughes has been trying to get Stoke playing a more flowing brand of football than in previous seasons and Saturday’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, with the manner in which it was achieved, indicated things are now really starting to come together on that front. “In terms of what we are producing at the moment, we are delighted,” Hughes said. “What is particularly pleasing from everybody’s point of view is that we are both performing well and getting rewards for that. “I think there have been periods during the season where we have performed okay but haven’t got the points on the board, but at the moment we are able to go into games with confidence, play well and get points. “All in all, we are in decent shape. I always said I felt the team would be stronger in the second half of the season, and that seems to be bearing up.” Winger Oussama Assaidi could make his return to action on Sunday, when Stoke will be looking for only their second Premier League win of the season. Assaidi, on loan with the Potters from Liverpool, has been working his way back to fitness after a knee injury and will be checked ahead of the trip to Villa Park along with defender Erik Pieters, who limped off in the West Ham match having taken a knock to the leg. Robert Huth (knee) is out for the rest of the season and both Charlie Adam and Jon Walters remain suspended, while Stephen Ireland will also have to miss the game under the terms of the contract he signed when his loan with Stoke from Villa was turned into a permanent deal in January. Press Association The Potters are in decent form with eight matches of their campaign to go having lost only once in their last seven, and they are currently 11th in the table, level on 34 points with 10th-placed Aston Villa, who have nine games left and are their hosts on Sunday. Since their promotion to the division in 2008, Stoke’s highest finish has been 11th place in 2009/10, which is when they also achieved their biggest overall points haul of 47. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is feeling optimistic about the chances of 2013/14 ending up as a season of significant Barclays Premier League personal bests for the club.
Egyptian fans prayed for a win.Burkina Faso 1 (Bance 73) Egypt 1 (M. Salah 66) aetEgypt won 4-3 on penaltiesThursdayCameroon v Ghana Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary’s save from Bertrand Traore’s spot-kick allowed Egypt to beat Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties on Wednesday as they secured their place in the Africa Cup of Nations final.A tense match in Libreville had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time, with Mohamed Salah’s superb 66th-minute opener for the Egyptians quickly cancelled out by Aristide Bance for Burkina Faso. Abdallah El Said missed Egypt’s first penalty in the shoot-out but El Hadary kept the Pharaohs in it when he saved from opposing goalkeeper Herve Koffi, and the 44-year-old veteran then denied Traore from the last kick of the shoot-out.For Egypt, the record seven-time champions of Africa, the win completes a remarkable journey all the way to the final in their first appearance in the tournament after a seven-year absence.They will play Cameroon or Ghana in the final in Gabon’s capital on Sunday as they look to reclaim a trophy they had won three times in a row between 2006 and 2010 before their fall from grace.Share on: WhatsApp
[email protected] Share on: WhatsApp Jacob Kiplimo wins. PHOTO @IAAFORGThe persistent calls for increased funding towards sports grew louder when a Ugandan teenager, Jacob Kiplimo won gold at the IAAF Cross country championship that was held in Uganda recently- saying the country has enormous, untapped potential. Seventeen year old Kiplimo won gold in the U20 category in the 8km race, the first gold for Uganda in a World Cross Country championship organised by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Various players in the sports arena have urged Ugandan authorities to significantly increase its sports budget to cater to the abundance of talent in the country. The government had promised to construct a high altitude training centre for athletes in Kapchorwa but the project has failed to take off. Analysts say the absence of facilities is what prompts stars like Kiplimo to train from neighbouring Kenya.****
St. Leo the Great Church in Lincroft opened its doors and welcomed all local Girl Scout Troops to attend mass Sunday, March 10, in honor of Girl Scout Sunday. Local Kindergarten and first-grade Daisy Troops 524, 696, 854 and 856 gathered at the church to celebrate this tradition. The Rev. John Folchetti greeted the girls at the beginning of Mass and addressed them during his sermon.
A former Derry GAA star is recovering after being viciously attacked in Buncrana.Eamonn BurnsSchoolteacher Eamonn Burns, a member of the All Ireland winning team of 1993, received serious facial injuries in the attack.A Garda spokesman confirmed a 42 year old male was assaulted at West End, Main Street in Buncrana on February 23rd. He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he underwent surgery.It is understood he suffered several fractures to his face and is currently recovering at his home in Draperstown.Burns is a hugely respected member of the GAA and is teaching at St Columbs in Derry. FORMER GAA STAR VICIOUSLY ATTACKED IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultDerrydonegalEamonn BUrnsGAA
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20 January 2014The Department of Higher Education and Training has urged students who are looking at enrolling at private colleges to ensure that the institutions are legally registered before they sign up.The department has in the past been inundated with complaints from students who have fallen prey to bogus, illegal or unregistered private Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.People are encouraged to call the toll-free number 0800 87 2222 to make sure that they institution they are considering joining is recognised and registered.Students can also check the registration status of any private FET college on the department’s website, www.dhet.gov.za.Any private college that offers occupational and trade qualifications must provide proof of accreditation by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) or a relevant body.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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There’s apparently a leaked picture of Shraddha Kapoor wearing a black hoodie on the sets of Ek Villain doing the rounds.Here too, one can just about make out look we’re referring to. Along with the film’s promos, it was revealed that actor Riteish Deshmukh plays the bad guy. Not only that, the film’s male lead Sidharth Malhorta is being touted as an anti-hero.Shraddha Kapoor wears a black hoodie while on the sets of Ek Villain.But this picture had us thinking there’s might be more bad guys planted in the plot than we thought.Why we’re thinking this is since the only two other ‘villains’ have been sporting the black hoodie too. Not to forget the sinister look accompanying it. Left, Sidharth Malhotra. Right, Riteish Deshmukh.The film is apparently based on a Korean film titled I Saw the Devil, though director Mohit Suri has denied these rumours.Produced by Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, the film is slated for release on June 27.