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NEWS SCAN: Surgeon general nominated, past pandemic viruses evolved stealthily

first_imgRural doctor and ‘genius grant’ winner nominated as surgeon generalPresident Barack Obama today nominated an Alabama family physician and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner to be surgeon general. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, founded a health clinic to serve tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala., home to poor, mostly uninsured African-American and immigrant Asian fishermen, and rebuilt it three times after two hurricanes and a fire. She is a faculty member at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.[Reuters story, Macarthur Foundation bio]Viruses of past flu pandemics circulated undetected for yearsThe influenza strains that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century did not emerge suddenly, but circulated for months or years, researchers from Tennessee and China say in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Applying a “molecular clock” calculation to viral isolates from the 1918, 1957, and 1968 pandemics, the researchers estimate that each strain evolved through a series of reassortments that included at least one flu virus contemporaneously circulating in swine or birds. Current surveillance programs will not detect such reassortments, they say.[PNAS abstract]last_img read more

It is high time that we start to take health tourism seriously and strategically

first_imgPolyclinic Bagatin has been named the leading dermatological clinic in Europe according to the latest analysis of European dermatological clinics, which is done Global Clinic Rating – international accreditation body for medical institutions.The fact that a total of 2.368 dermatology clinics were included in the analysis, with an average quality score of 3.15, shows that this is a serious competition and a high ranking.Because medical and aesthetic services are highly individualized, the goal of the GCR is to bring the standardization and categorization of the institutions it certifies closer to all its users and potential patients, and the criteria for medical institutions are set based on patient satisfaction. GCR is the only internationally independent organization that serves patients as well as owners of polyclinics and clinics worldwide.Source :: Global Clinic Rating”The overall international clinical reputation of the Bagatin Polyclinic for 2018 was rated very high at 4.55, which placed us at the very top. This indicates an increasing health standard throughout Europe, but also in Croatia. ” they point out from the Bagatin Polyclinic and add that by combining technology and an individual approach, they create a complete and ideal program for clients, with which they achieve the best and long-lasting results.Global Clinic Rating (GCR) is an international accreditation body that evaluates medical institutions based on 4 criteria: staff expertise, technological equipment and quality of medical and non-medical units, range and quality of medical and non-medical procedures and services, and patient reviews and evaluations on independent websites ( like Google and Facebook).The success of the Bagatin Polyclinic is just another in a series of successes of our polyclinics, specialized hospitals, surgeries on the competitive market of Europe and proof that it is high time to start seriously and strategically dealing with health tourism.From year to year, the Bagatin Polyclinic receives recognitions and awards from the profession and patients, in various healthcare activities offered on the market, and is ranked among the best polyclinics in Europe, as evidenced by the aforementioned GCR recognition. In addition to the Bagatin Polyclinic in Croatia, we also have other excellent and recognized clinics that are excellent in their fields, such as St. Catherine’s Special Hospital, Svjetlost Special Hospital, Medico Polyclinic, Rident… and many other smaller practices that are leading in the region and among the best in Europe.So, we have an excellent foundation for health tourism from Rijeka, Zagreb, Osijek and other cities on the Adriatic that are slowly rising, we have the most important clinics that are among the best and leading in the region and Europe. However, the clinics themselves do not constitute health tourism, this must be taken care of by tourist destinations, ie tourist boards headed by the CNTB and the Ministry of Tourism, to complete the whole cycle and story about health tourism.The private sector has long since made its own, from various clinics, specialized hospitals and surgeries that are the main base and prerequisite for the development of health tourism, but again we fall for a system that obviously does not know or want to round it off as a tourism product. We have everything, from hotels, clinics, spas, suitable climates, connectivity, restaurants, tourist stories, but again the system is slowing down and not at the level it should be.How long do we have to wait for something to really move from a standstill? We live in the 21st century where change is getting faster and faster, where there is strong competition, where it is getting harder and harder to stand out and get attention, and we still prefer competition in the environment because we are sluggish, inert and content with the sun and by the sea.Health tourism is one of the focuses of the Master Plan for Tourism Development until 2020, but a lot is written on paper of various strategies and master plans – the paper suffers everything, and unfortunately there are still no concrete changes in the field. Entrepreneurs are shouting loudly and sending an appeal to tourist institutions to get involved and for health tourism to become part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer. It is obviously time for some concrete changes and actions, because we do not have another ten years to wait for some concrete changes to happen and to arrange a quality story about health tourism in Croatia.According to estimates, the total revenues that are generated globally in the field of medical tourism today exceed 60 billion dollars, and in just a few years that number will exceed 100 billion dollars. Although there are about 1.100 medical tourism service providers in Croatia, only five percent of tourists (patients) come from foreign markets, primarily from Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize those potentials. Right now and now, because when if not now – when Croatian tourism is a trend in the focus of global tourists and the media.We have everything and everything is up to us.</p>
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In August, 52,4% of tourist arrivals and 60,1% of tourist nights were realized

first_imgIn August 2020, 52,4% of tourist arrivals and 60,1% of overnight stays were realized compared to last August, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were 67 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 17,8% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with 141 thousand permanent beds (which is 14,2% of the total number of available permanent beds) . The average occupancy of rooms was 51,6% and permanent beds 58,9%, while in August 2019 the average occupancy of rooms was 84,8% and permanent beds 98,0%. All “sea” counties, except Šibenik-Knin County, where overnight stays are at the same level as in August 2019, achieved an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of domestic tourists. Domestic tourists realized 412 thousand arrivals and 2,2 million overnight stays in August 2020, which is an increase in arrivals by 18,9% and an increase in overnight stays by 16,3% compared to August 2019. In rooms, apartments and holiday homes, the highest number of tourist nights was realized, 10,7 million overnight stays, which is 63,9% of the total number of overnight stays in commercial accommodation. Compared to August 2019, the number of tourist arrivals in this type of accommodation decreased by 41,8%, and the number of overnight stays by 33,0%. In the group Camps and camping areas, 84 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places were available to tourists (which is 22,4% of the total number of available rooms, apartments and camping places) with 253 thousand permanent beds (which is 25,5, XNUMX% of the total number of available permanent beds). In the first eight months of 2020, tourists made 6,2 million arrivals and 36,6 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is a decrease in arrivals by 60,3% and a decrease in tourist nights by 52,0% compared to the same period in 2019. The highest number of overnight stays of domestic tourists in August 2020 was realized in Zadar County (498 thousand overnight stays) and Split-Dalmatia County (478 thousand overnight stays). This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists realized in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (395 thousand) and Šibenik-Knin County (269 thousand). In the County of Istria, foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays, 4,3 million. This is followed by overnight stays of foreign tourists in Split-Dalmatia (3,1 million overnight stays), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,7 million overnight stays) and in Zadar County (1,9 million overnight stays). In the group Resorts and similar facilities for short vacations, tourists had at their disposal 225 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places (which is 59,7% of the total number of available rooms, apartments and camping places) with 599 thousand permanent beds. 60,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). Overnight stays of tourists from Germany, Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic make up 68% of overnight stays of foreign tourists In rooms, apartments and holiday homes, domestic tourists realized the highest number of overnight stays in August 2020, 1,4 million, which is 16,1% more than in August 2019. This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists in hotels, namely 391 thousand, which is 25,4% more than in August 2019, and 218 thousand overnight stays in campsites and camping sites, which is 17,8% more than in August 2019. Double-digit increase in arrivals and overnight stays of domestic tourists in August 2020 compared to August last year In August 2020, 2,5 million tourist arrivals and 16,7 million tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to August 2019, it is a decrease in tourist arrivals, by 47,6%, and a decrease in overnight stays, by 39,9%. In the structure of the total realized overnight stays of tourists, 13,0% are overnight stays of domestic tourists, and 87,0% are overnight stays of foreign tourists. In the first eight months of 2020, tourist overnight stays decreased by 52% compared to the same period last year In the group Resorts and similar facilities for short breaks, most accommodation units are available The highest number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in August 2020 was realized by tourists from Germany, namely 5 million overnight stays (34,2% of the total number of overnight stays by foreign tourists). This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Poland (14,9%), Slovenia (10,8%), the Czech Republic (8,5%), Austria (4,6%) and Italy (4,4%). Of these foreign countries, only tourists from Poland increased the number of overnight stays in August 2020 compared to August 2019, by 4,1%. In the group Camps and camping sites, there were 425 thousand tourist arrivals and 3,3 million overnight stays, which is a decrease in arrivals by 51,3% and a decrease in tourist nights by 47,1% compared to the same period last year. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were 520 thousand tourist arrivals and 2,5 million overnight stays, which is a 2019% decrease in arrivals and a 55,5% decrease in overnight stays compared to August 50,6. In August 2020, there were 376 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with 995 thousand permanent beds available to tourists. Domestic tourists in that period realized 1,1 million arrivals and 4,6 million overnight stays, which is 29,2% less arrivals and 19,5% less overnight stays of domestic tourists than in the same period last year. Most overnight stays in August 2020 were realized in rooms, apartments and holiday homes In Continental Croatia in August 2020, the increase in domestic tourist nights compared to August 2019 was realized in the following three counties: Međimurje (10 thousand nights, which is an increase of 50,8%), Karlovac (12 thousand nights, which is an increase of 17,9%) and Krapina-Zagorje County (22 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 14,5%). Foreign tourists, on the other hand, realized 5,0 million arrivals and 32,0 million overnight stays, which is a decrease in arrivals by 2019% and a decrease in overnight stays by 63,8% compared to the same period in 54,6. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (32,5), Slovenia (14,4%), Poland (12,1%), the Czech Republic (9,0%) and Austria (6,1%). All the mentioned countries had fewer tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Foreign tourists realized 2,1 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays in August 2020, which is 52,9% less arrivals and 43,9% fewer overnight stays compared to August 2019. Cover photo: Filip Filipović, Pixabay.com / Source: CBSlast_img read more

RE St Q puts foot down on defections

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ESG roundup: NBIM among $3trn investor group pushing TCFD-reporting

first_imgThe investors, who are all UNEP FI investment members, are: Addenda Capital, Aviva, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, Desjardins Group, La Française Group, Nordea Investment Management, Norges Bank Investment Management, Rockefeller Asset Management, and Storebrand Asset Management.The UNEP FI project is not the only investor initiative on TCFD-aligned reporting. The City of London Green Finance Initiative, China Green Finance Committee and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have also put together a group of financial institutions, including institutional investors, to trial reporting based on the TCFD recommendations.The UNEP FI said the group would not act in isolation, citing existing investor groups and initiatives such as the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change and the Investor Agenda.FRC: Calling all pension funds The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) wants to hear from pension funds to better understand their views on the Stewardship Code, which the public body is reviewing.Writing in a blog on the FRC’s website, its head of investor engagement Jen Sisson said the FRC wanted more asset owners to sign up to the code.“But we understand that there are competing issues that pension fund trustees need to balance, and that there is often limited time available to do so,” she added.The FRC has already outlined some of the changes it has considered making to the Stewardship Code. In the blog, Sisson said the accounting regulator wanted to know if it should provide more clarity on the expectations of those investing directly versus those investing indirectly, like many pension schemes, and if the code should more explicitly refer to environmental, social and governance factors and broader social impact.“As we move through the process of reviewing the UK Stewardship code we want to hear from you,” said Sisson.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF), a £200bn (€227bn) association of UK public pension funds, has called for the FRC to be wound up and replaced with a proper statutory body.ISS takes over oekomoekom research, a Munich-based ESG research and ratings provider, has been bought by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a major US provider of corporate governance and ESG products and services.oekom research will be renamed ISS-oekom and complement the work of ISS’ existing responsible investment teams, according to a statement.“As institutions across the globe continue to seek out holistic responsible investment solutions and services, ISS is pleased to respond to those demands through this transaction,” said ISS chief operating officer Stephen Harvey.The move is part of an emerging trend of consolidation among ESG/corporate governance service providers.Public pension funds turn spotlight on ‘precarious work’  The LAPFF has set out its stall on “precarious work”, publishing a report that identifies it as an investment risk and calls for changes to regulation and oversight as well as company practice.It also includes guidance for investors on how to engage with companies on issues such as zero-hours contracts, slavery, and general working conditions.Ian Greenwood and Denise Le Gal, LAPFF vice-chairs, said: “Investors can no longer turn a blind eye to precarious work. This report not only demonstrates the reputational and legal risks, it also highlights a worrying trend of companies seeing workers as a cost to be cut rather than an asset to be invested in to create long-term value.”The report can be found here.The art of manager selectionAsset owners should be clear about their expectations for the “real economy impact” of their investments when going about manager selection, according to a new guide from the PRI.Clarity on this aspect “will help to align interests for a long-term commercial relationship,” it said.The PRI has been promoting more and better integration of ESG-related issues in manager selection for some time. It said its new guide provided more detail on what ESG-related issues asset owners needed to think about when looking to select an investment manager.The PRI said: “Among others, this new document makes a fundamental point around manager selection: If there is no cultural fit and understanding of ESG factors between an asset owner and a potential manager, there is little [foundation] to establish a long-term investment relationship.”The guide can be found here. A near-$3trn (€2trn) group of investors – including Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund – has formed to promote action on climate reporting by the investor community.Together with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), nine investors will work towards providing a first set of information in line with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).“The outputs and conclusions of the group will encourage and ease the adoption of the TCFD’s recommendations by the wider industry,” UNEP FI said in a statement.A report on the pilot project is expected to be published by the end of 2018.last_img read more

Indiana AG looks to tighten robocall rules

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill today called on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls being made to consumers in Indiana. He is part of a bipartisan coalition of 34 attorneys general issuing a formal comment to the FCC.The formal comment explains that scammers using illegal robocalls have found ways to evade a call-blocking order entered last year by the FCC. Despite the FCC’s order, robocalls continue to be a major irritant to consumers in Indiana and across the United States. In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission received 4.5 million illegal robocall complaints – two and a half times more than in 2014. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General receives thousands of complaints each year with respect to illegal calls, including scam calls, telemarketing complaints and robocalls.Following an initial win for American consumers last year by the bipartisan coalition, when the FCC granted phone service providers authority to block certain illegal spoofed robocalls, the attorneys general now seek added authority for the providers to work together to detect and block more illegal spoofed robocalls – including “neighbor spoofing.”“Hoosiers should be able to enjoy peace and privacy without the disturbance of unwanted calls interrupting their routines,” Attorney General Hill said. “We need stronger measures aimed at rooting out bad actors responsible for rampant robocalling.”“Spoofing” allows scammers to disguise their identities, making it difficult for law enforcement to bring them to justice. “Virtually anyone can send millions of illegal robocalls and frustrate law enforcement with just a computer, inexpensive software and an internet connection,” the attorneys general wrote in the formal comment filed with the FCC.One tactic on the rise is “neighbor spoofing,” a technique that allows calls – no matter where they originate – to appear on a consumer’s caller ID as being made from a phone number that has the same local area code as the consumer. This manipulation of caller ID information increases the likelihood that the consumer will answer the call.In the formal comment, Attorney General Hill and members of the coalition expressed support for the new initiative, which will give phone service providers the ability to authenticate legitimate calls and identify illegally spoofed calls and block them. The added authority sought by the attorneys general will allow service providers to use new technology to detect and block illegal spoofed calls – even those coming from what are otherwise legitimate phone numbers. Service providers will be ready to launch this new authentication method in 2019.To date, the FCC has not issued a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning additional provider-initiated call blocking. The attorneys general anticipate that further requests for comments will take place on this subject.The added authority which the attorneys general seek from the FCC is not in conflict with Indiana’s Do Not Call List, in which consumers sign up to avoid receiving calls from legitimate vendors. The initiative for which the attorneys general seek FCC approval concerns illegal robocalls – which are made to consumers regardless of whether or not they sign up for do-not-call lists.For a copy of the comment, click here.last_img read more

Hamilton Coach hails Odoffin over first season victory

first_img Robinson took a swipe on his team insisting that it is time to stop blaming loses on bad luck but double effort in search of better results. “All the stats in the world don’t mean anything when you don’t get the result. “The difference between the teams was the desire to go and score a goal. “We didn’t show enough desire to finish the game off or defend in our own box. “We can’t keep saying its bad luck, you make your own luck by being brave and we were not brave enough to finish the game off.” Read Also Obika dashes Odoffin’s hope as Hamilton records third defeat Hamilton and Odoffin’s readiness to extend the victory song will be put to the test when they host table toppers Rangers next Saturday. Since crashing out of the now won and lost Europa league, Rangers have enjoyed impressive victories in the league with three wins and a draw. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Despite slow and unimpressive start of the season, Hakeem Odoffin had every cause to smile after he handed the club the much awaited first season victory on Saturday. Odoffin powered home a header from Reegan Mimnaugh’s corner with just four minutes remaining in the Lanarkshire derby against Motherwell to seal a 1-0 win. Hamilton have lost their opening three games in the league but the scrappy win over local rivals managed to push them off the foot of the table to the ninth position. An elated Hamilton coach Brian Rice was full of praise for Nigerian born defender even as he noted that missed opportunities should have given his side a harvest of goals. Rice said: “Just before the goal went in we had three or four dangerous crosses into the box and Hakeem missed one that was probably easier to score. “But he deserved his goal. Since he came into the club he’s been immense for me. I brought him in as a right-back and moved him into centre-back and I’ve been absolutely delighted with him. “He’s only 22 but he’s a leader in that young team and getting his first goal in a derby match, is sure to be a boost” Motherwell on their part are yet to record a win in their opening five games of the new league campaign and manager Stephen Robinson was frustrated to lose out to a late winner.center_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Agolast_img read more

Mignolet calls for calm heads

first_img The 25-year-old Belgium international and his team-mates find themselves in desperate trouble as they attempt to avoid an unexpected departure from the Barclays Premier League with new manager Paolo Di Canio having been handed the task of dragging them clear from trouble. They head for arch-rivals Newcastle on Sunday and then face Everton on April 20. However, Mignolet is adamant that each of their remaining six games must be tackled in isolation, and he said: “As a professional footballer, we can’t think about that. We can’t think about what’s going to happen in the Everton game or the game after that, or what’s going to happen at the end of the season.” He added: “Now we have to focus and get ourselves ready for the game against Newcastle because there are three points to win, three points to lose. “I know obviously it’s a derby game and there is much more at stake than only the three points, but as a football players, you can’t think of that because that’s not important at this moment. Points are far more important, and therefore we have to focus ourselves on that and nothing else.” The Black Cats are on the back of a nerve-shredding nine-game winless run which has brought them just three points, and with the Magpies themselves needing another victory to all but ensure their place in the top flight next season, the derby stakes have rarely been higher. Recent Tyne-Wear derbies have unfolded between fine margins, Sunderland’s 5-1 drubbing at St James’ in October 2010 aside, and fortune often plays its part. Sunderland have suffered luck of the unwelcome kind in their past two games with Titus Bramble’s own goal handing Manchester United victory at the Stadium of Light, while a Matt Kilgallon deflection and a Branislav Ivanovic winner – which the defender appeared to know little about – assured Chelsea of the points at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. However, Mignolet believes only he and his team-mates can change that, and he said: “When you are in the position we are, those things go against you. But there is no such thing as luck in football, you just force that yourself. Let’s make sure we force the luck our way against Newcastle because that’s very important. “If we can get the three points there, there are still 15 points to play for.” Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had warned Sunderland they cannot allow the pressure of a relegation scrap get to them if they are to survive.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Killultagh Vic embarks on chasing career at Fairyhouse

first_imgCheltenham and Punchestown Festival winner Killultagh Vic gets the chance to demonstate his capabilities over fences when contesting the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse. Not surprisingly, given he began life in the point-to-point fields, the six-year-old is viewed as one of this season’s most exciting prospects for staying novice chases. Willie Mullins’ charge certainly couldn’t be faulted on the score of consistency in his hurdling days, with his three wins including the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the three-mile Grade One at Punchestown. Ruby Walsh takes the reins on Killultagh Vic for just the third time competitively in the 11.30am curtain-raiser and while two miles might be on the sharp side, his class should see him through. This event is also notable as Ferdy Murphy’s son Barry begins in the training ranks with the Mikey Fogarty-partnered Robin Des People. Half-an-hour later Mullins could strike again with Roi Des Francs in the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse In 2016 Beginners Chase. Gigginstown House Stud’s retained rider Bryan Cooper prefers Roi Des Francs over Sub Lieutenant in the three-mile contest. Troytown runner-up, Georges Conn, and the long-absent graded hurdler, Our Vinnie, are others to catch the eye. Ruby Walsh will pull on the Hurricane Fly silks of George Creighton when French-import Allblak Des Places starts off in the Book Online At fairyhouse.ie 3-y-o Maiden Hurdle. The Full Of Gold gelding is likely to make his presence felt after a couple of placed efforts in France. Avichi is a half-sister to the legendary ‘Fly,’ and she goes for Mullins under Colin Motherway in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 4-Y-O Fillies INH Flat Race. Cherry Bomb and Commeragh Trix will justifiably have their followers for this finale as well. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mark Hughes dismisses claims of complacency

first_img There have been various examples of that sort of mix of results for the club since Hughes took charge in the summer of 2013 – the opening months of his first season saw a 3-2 win over Chelsea come not long after a 1-0 home defeat to Norwich. Stoke on Wednesday host the Canaries – who are just above the relegation zone – for the first time since that fixture, before entertaining present league leaders Arsenal on Sunday. And Hughes said on Tuesday about losses against sides like Norwich: “I don’t think it’s through complacency or underestimating the challenge of different teams. “We know every Premier League game gives you problems and you have to have the answers. “In certain games we’ve been unlucky, other times we’ve not performed and you also have to give credit to the opposition. “Teams have come here, frustrated us and at times got breaks to take games away from us. “For the most part we’ve been okay, ideally we want to be solid in the top half for the rest of the season now, and this game will hopefully help us create that gap between us and the bottom half.” Hughes is set to recall a host of first-team regulars for Wednesday’s match after resting them last weekend. The Potters, currently 10th in the Barclays Premier League, have enjoyed some notable victories against major opposition this term, beating Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. But they have also lost a number of games they might have expected to win, with the likes of West Brom, Watford and Crystal Palace all triumphing at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes insists his players have not been guilty of complacency when suffering unanticipated slip-ups this season. The attacking quartet of Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay sat out Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Doncaster and are poised to return. Arnautovic, whose contract ends in the summer of 2017, is currently in negotiations with the club over a new deal. And Hughes has scoffed at reports of the Austria international demanding £100,000-a-week wages, saying: “Figures being bandied about are just supposition by people taking a stab in the dark who really have no real idea. “Negotiations are ongoing and it is not affecting him adversely, so there is no issue with it.” Meanwhile, in terms of the transfer window Hughes has reiterated his hope of keeping hold of striker Peter Crouch – who netted on what was only his eighth appearance of the season on Saturday – while also not dismissing talk of being interested in West Brom frontman Saido Berahino. When asked about the Berahino link, Hughes said: “I can’t really comment on players at other clubs. “We have an interest in a number and if we are in a position to progress deals we’ll try to do that.” Hughes also confirmed Stoke’s Steve Sidwell is receiving interest. The midfielder is being linked with his former clubs Fulham and Reading. last_img read more