Chinese hotshots reign supreme at Asian Games

first_imgGold medallist Yang Haoran (C) of China, silver medallist Deepak Kumar (L) of India, and bronze medallist Lu Shaochuan (R) of Taiwan pose for photographers during the medal ceremony for the men’s 10m air rifle at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 20, 2018. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYChina’s sharpshooters reigned supreme at the Asian Games on Monday as they won both the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle titles and also secured top spot in the women’s trap.Yang Haoran, 22, and Zhao Ruozhu, 20, were crowned champions  in the men’s and women’s air rifle after shrugging off strong challenges from India and South Korea respectively.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It was a second medal in two days for both shooters after they combined to win silver in the mixed team event on Sunday.Yang, the 2014 world champion, notched up a Games record total of 249.1 in Palembang, ahead of India’s Deepak Kumar at 247.7, while Taiwan’s Lu Shao-chuan took bronze with 226.8.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Not to be outdone by her Chinese team-mate, Zhao also pulled off a Games record of 250.9.That put Zhao, who was runner-up in last year’s Asian championships, narrowly in front of Korea’s Jung Eun-hea on 248.6. Mongolia’s Nandinzaya Gankhuyag secured bronze with 227.4. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Agony and ecstasy as lifter Ri takes North Korea’s first Asian Games gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Third place went to Korea’s 27-year-old Daemyeong Ahn.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Later, Zhang Xinqiu won the women’s trap with a score of 45 points, narrowly beating Korea’s Kang Gee-eun on 44 to claim China’s seventh shooting gold on day two.Zhang, 23, broke into a huge smile and she jumped up and down, her fist pumping in the air after a miss by her 27-year-old opponent handed over victory.“I felt like all my hard work had finally paid off,” she said afterwards with a beaming smile. “I was so excited and emotional.”In the men’s trap, Taiwan’s Yang Kunpi, 20, beat India’s 19-year-old Lakshay Lakshay with a score of 48 to take gold — and afterwards revealed he hadn’t even looked at the scores. “I didn’t check the score — I just concentrated on breathing,” he said, posing for photos holding his gun above his head.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

We-Care Foundation Launches, “Waiting Out The Ebola Crisis” Campaign

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) We-Care, Mr. Weah said,  will also address the immediate  need including the dissemination of all necessary awareness and or sensitization that are desperately needed to preventthe the spread of the disease.The packages will provide information on how to keep safe from Ebola disease, and will at the same time, keep the kids safe away from streets and coming in contact with crowds. It will also keep the children busy with reading and learning as the country await the end of the Ebola crisis at which time schools will open.We-Care presently works in the areas of training teachers, writers illustrators, librairians, establishing librairies, and publishing culturally relevant children books through its Reading Library Program.The entity operates the We- Care library that is located Carey and Gurley streets with its internet facilities. As a result of the the Ebola crisis, library is closed to the public.It recent distribution is parts of the fight to defeat Ebola from Liberia.   We-Care Foundation, a not-for-profit local education entity recently launched its Ebola response campaign under the theme, “Waiting Out the Ebola Crisis.”At the launch in the Township of West Point, the Foundation distributed over 100 parcels of assorted education materials, which included flyers depicting the danger of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), among other dangers associated with the disease.During the launch, We-Care executive director, T. Michael Weah, explained among other things that the program geared towards the distribution of over 10,000 packages containing Rbola prevention fliers, bumper stickers, books, copybooks, pencils, etc.“This is our direct response to the schools and the school-going age children though all learning institutions have remained closed, the need for the students to keep learning as well as wait for the containment of the EVD, Mr. Weah told the school-going age children as he distributed the items among them.  According to him, the distribution exercise targets over 10,000 households in all poverty-stricken communities across the country. last_img read more

Pres. Weah Reconstitutes Monrovia City Council

first_imgMakes new appointmentsPresident George Weah yesterday reconstituted Monrovia City Council to include City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee, Chairman, Forestry Development Authority Managing Director, C. Mike Doryen, member, Mrs. Bernice Freeman, member, Deputy Labor Minister, Attorney Phil Tarpeh Dixon, member, the Minister of Gender and Children’s Protection, Williametta Saydee-Tarr, member, and Garriston W. Bailey member.The release did not say whether members of the reconstituted council will be entitled to salary and other benefits.Meanwhile, the President has made new appointments in government affecting the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the City Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville, the National Disaster Management Agency, and the Liberia Institute of Public Administration.Those appointed, according to the release, are  Nomination for Montserrado County Local GovernmentG. Eric Vaye, Assistant Superintendent/Fiscal Affairs, Bedell Fahn Mayor/Brewerville City, Lewis K. Wleh, Sr. Commissioner/New Georgia Township, David Roberts Commissioner/Gardnersville Township and Isaac H. Howe Commissioner/Barnersville Township.Others are Mrs. Comfort W. Taylor Commissioner/ Dixville Township, Francis Woods Commissioner/ Caldwell Township, Morris Richards Mayor/ ClayAshland City, Tye Weah, Commissioner/ Virginia Township, Thomas Cassell Commissioner/ Cheesemanburg Township and Edwin Mathies, Commissioner/Royesville Township.The rest are C. Oliver Varney, Jr., Commissioner/Johnsonville Township, Mensah Zuku, Commissioner/Congo Town Township, Moses K. White, Commissioner/ Louisiana Township, Christopher Taylor Mayor/ Arthington City, Melvin Bettie County Inspector, Benedict Nyan, Mayor/ Bentol City, Mrs. Alice B. Weah, Governor/Borough of Kru Town, William C. Wea Commissioner/ West Point and Stanley Y. Zahn City Manager/Paynesville City.Paynesville City Council MembersT. Max Hinneh, Chairman, Emmanuel O. Sesay, Member, Dr. James Tarr, Member, Joseph Jorgbor, Member, Shiekh Omaru A. Kamara, Member and Emma Betty Clark-Morris, Member.National Disaster Management AgencyAhmed B. Sheriff Deputy Executive Director/Administration, and Augustine F. Tamba, Deputy Executive Director/Operations respectively.Liberia Institute for Public AdministrationMr. Amara M. Kamara Deputy Director General/Training, and Technical Affairs and Clifford Robinson, Deputy Director General, Bureau of National Copyright.Meanwhile, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wife knew husband was planning to kill her – relative

first_imgMurder/suicideBy Andrew CarmichaelThe woman who was stabbed to death by her husband at Williamsburg, Corentyne over the weekend had reportedly known that her husband had wanted her dead and had planned to carry out the act himself.On Sunday night, the body of 40-year-old Indrawattie Totaram, also called ‘Shabrina,’ was discovered lying in a pool of blood in her one-bedroom house. Her husband, 36-year-old Krishna Latchman, also called ‘Jooka’, was found in the same building hanging by the neck from a rope tied to a rafter.The now dead woman’s niece has revealed that Indrawattie Totaram had known that she was going to be killed. Elizabeth Majramootoo told this publication that the woman had prepared her mind for the worst. The niece said she and her deceased aunt had spent some time together on Saturday.“She was crying on the bed and she told me that she gon dead. She say that Uncle Jooka gon kill she…She had money and she take the money and give it to me, and take off all her jewellery and put it in my hand and say to make something for my son,” Elizabeth recalled.The Police have said that on arrival at the scene, the husband was observed hanging from a rope which was tied around? his neck and attached to a rafter. His feet were about 4 inches above the floor, and a gas bottle was seen next to his body. His wife, Indrawattie, was seen lying on her left side on the floor in the bedroom, motionless in a pool of blood. She was reportedly naked and her body had two stab wounds to her right breast, two stab wounds to her right side rib cage, and one stab wound to her right arm. An electrical wire was seen tied around her neck as well. A knife with what appeared to be blood stains was seen on a fridge top in the kitchen.A relative of the deceased couple indicated that Krishna Latchman had, on several occasions in the past, accused his wife of infidelity. The relative claimed that the woman would leave the home for several days and then return. Last week, she reportedly left the home again on Thursday, and returned on Friday. The bodies were discovered on Sunday evening, and from eyewitnesses’ account, it’s very likely they had been dead for more than a day prior to their bodies being discovered.But while Krishna has been portrayed to be a very quiet individual, evidence suggests he had had a violent side that was unknown to persons.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Trackers come from behind to beat Rangers, remain in 1st place

first_imgWith the win, the Trackers improved their record to 18-7-2, one point clear of the second place Peace River Royals for the top spot in the Bouchier Division.Next up for the team is a date with the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm on Sunday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 11:00 a.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers came from behind to defeat the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers over the weekend.The Trackers scored early and often in the first period as Connor Bowie broke the ice at 3:47, assisted by goaltender Dakota Olson. Seven minutes later Curtis Hammond netted his first of two goals in the frame as he finished off a great passing play between Connor Kindrat, Aiden Craig-Steele and himself. Hammond made it 3-1 a minute and thirty-six seconds later, Craig-Steele and Bowie were the setup tandem this time round. Bowie ended the goal spree with ten seconds to play as he finished a give and go sequence with Hammond while shorthanded. The Trackers took a 4-2 lead in the middle stanza.The home side allowed a total of three shots in the middle frame and all three resulted in goals as they couldn’t find the net on seventeen of their own chances. The team skated into the second intermission down a goal.- Advertisement -At 10:26 of the final frame Nick Loewen bulged twine after finding a loose puck off chances from Kindrat and Bowie to tie the game. Three minutes later Bowie netted his second powerplay tally of the night after some pretty passing between Craig-Steele, Hammond and himself. That stood as the final goal as the Trackers held on for a 6-5 victory.The line combination of Bowie, Craig-Steele and Hammond combined for 11 points.“It was one of those games that you were glad it’s over,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We outshot them 46-11 and came out with the two points to remain in first place in our division. Being down 5-4 heading into the third we were pleased with the boys for being composed and battling back. That was our objective to obtain two points and we succeeded in doing that. Now it’s back to work this week to prepare for Grande Prairie on Sunday.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Condo relocation plan has 2 tiers

first_imgPoor and longtime tenants evicted to make way for condominium conversions would get more relocation money than newer tenants under a plan approved Tuesday by a City Council committee. The two-tier relocation was proposed by City Councilman Herb Wesson after developers and property owners complained about an earlier plan to pay the same pricey relocation package to all tenants regardless of how long they had rented their unit. “I want to increase relocation fees for everyone. I also want to do it in a way that is fair to tenants and fair to everyone. This is a quantum leap in comparison to where we were nine months ago,” said Wesson, who heads the council’s Housing Committee. Under his proposal, low-income tenants and those who had lived in their unit at least five years would receive the highest fees: $9,040 for most tenants and $17,080 for qualified tenants, including the disabled, elderly or parents of small children. Wesson and his colleagues approved a six-month review to make sure tenants aren’t being cheated. City leaders have been studying how to balance property rights and tenant protections in response to 12,000 evictions in the past five years. In addition to new rules limiting conversions and raising the cost of converting a unit to a condominium, the City Council committee wanted to address evictions and apartment demolitions. Wesson’s proposal calls for a new law that would allow the city to deny a demolition permit if the vacancy rate in a neighborhood is below 5 percent and the demolition would have a significant effect on the rental market. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tenants who have lived in the unit for less than five years would receive $6,810, with qualified tenants receiving $14,850. The current relocation fees are $8,550 for qualified tenants and $3,450 for all others. Both tiers were increased to reflect the high cost of moving and finding comparable rentals in the city’s tight market. But the Housing Department and renter advocates warned that the system gives property owners incentive to discriminate against low-income tenants and evict longtime renters before applying for a condominium conversion. “This puts a bull’s-eye on the backs of tenants,” said Deanna Kitamura of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. last_img read more

Odds stacked against Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If I was a betting man,” Cassell said, “I’d count us out, too.” Well, it is with those words, and with serious injuries to Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston, that the Clippers start their season tonight at Staples Center against Golden State. It is not as if Cassell has a defeatist or negative attitude – quite the contrary. He just isn’t one to lie or stretch the truth or try to paint a different picture of how things really are. “Think about it: A betting man,” Cassell said. “Your key is out. “Let’s use the Lakers. With Kobe Bryant out, would you bet on the Lakers against anybody? If Steve Nash was out, would you bet on Phoenix against a good team?” But it’s not as if that was the entirety of Cassell’s point. “We’re the villain,” he said. “We’re the underdog. It’s a cool role to have. … Me, personally, I’m looking forward to this season. I’m looking forward to competing and seeing what happens. We have a lot of guys on this team with something to prove.” Other than Brand and Livingston, who are both expected to be out until at least February, the Clippers should have all of the players in their rotation fully healthy tonight. The starting lineup is expected to feature Tim Thomas in Brand’s power forward slot with Cassell, Quinton Ross, Corey Maggette and Chris Kaman. However, Coach Mike Dunleavy refused to say that would be the lineup and said he might often rotate his starters based on matchups. Regardless, Cuttino Mobley expects to be the sixth man, which is a new role for him. The nine-year veteran has been a regular starter for the past seven seasons. “It doesn’t matter to me,” Mobley said. “I’ll be in the game in the fourth quarter. Whatever it takes for us to win. I don’t think because I’m not starting that I’m not an important part of the team. “Everybody on the team knows that.” Last season, Dunleavy opened the season with Maggette as the sixth man, and although Maggette tried to embrace the role, it became obvious he didn’t like it. Back then, Mobley came out to say that he’d accept the sixth-man role in an effort to improve team chemistry. “I just want peace,” Mobley said. “Like I said, last year and the year before, when there was a little ruckus or whatever, I’ll come off and let whoever needs to start start. “Now, we can work it. When you have someone willing to do it, it breaks the ice.” Ross might have appeared like the obvious choice not to start, considering his lower offensive production. But he is the team’s defensive stopper and often is needed to guard the opposition’s speediest player. In addition, Dunleavy needs to have scoring with the second unit, and this season, the reserves look like they should have some firepower. “Our second group will have the ability to score points – for sure,” Dunleavy said. “A guy like Al Thornton – he had a big preseason for us. There will be nights where Cuttino will be there and different guys, based on what our needs are.” The starters have changed, and some key reserves have changed, too. The Clippers have added Thornton, a first-round pick, as well as veterans Brevin Knight and Ruben Patterson, all of whom are expected to get a lot of playing time. But the biggest difference with the Clippers this season remains the obvious one, that Brand – the team’s top scorer, rebounder and shot blocker – is out. Brand tore an Achilles tendon and is undergoing therapy on it. He vows to return this season, but playing this year is not a certainty. “It’s kind of surreal,” Brand said. “The season is about to start, and I won’t be a part of it. That’s the downside. But the upside is that I’m getting healthier.” Around the league Timberwolves: Al Jefferson, 22, decided he wasn’t worth a max contract when he signed a five-year, $65 million deal just before the deadline Wednesday night. At an average salary of $13 million per season that starts next year, however, Jefferson won’t be starving. Pistons: Guard Richard Hamilton missed the team’s season opener at Miami because of a family emergency, and former UCLA rookie Arron Afflalo started in his place. Hamilton could rejoin the Pistons in Orlando on Friday, Coach Flip Saunders said. Nets: As expected, New Jersey waived guard David Wesley in a salary cap move less than a week after the team traded for the 14-year veteran. Cavaliers: The club opted not to pick up the option on Shannon Brown’s contract. As a result, the former Michigan State star will not be guaranteed $1.1 million for his third NBA season (2008-09), but will be a free agent. Kings: Guard Beno Udrih signed with Sacramento, filling a hole in the club’s lineup while Mike Bibby is out with a thumb injury. Udrih, who has two NBA championship rings from his time with the San Antonio Spurs, was waived Monday by the Minnesota Timberwolves after they acquired him in a trade with the Spurs. He was cut for salary-cap reasons. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Joe Stevens Staff writer Maybe it was just honesty. Or maybe it was simply being realistic or practical. But on Thursday, Sam Cassell said a line that athletes don’t often say. last_img read more


first_imgPictures shown around the world of the famous Northern Lights above Donegal last night may have been light pollution from a nearby town.The pictures were captured on Thursday night by amateur photographers seemingly showed the Aurora Borealis above the skyline over Ballyliffin.They featured on television networks both here and in America including RTE, TV3, NBC and ABC. However the spectacular sky scenes have been dismissed as light pollution from nearby towns.Local amateur photographers unknowingly thought they had capatured the magical green haze of the Northern Lights.However well-known and respected Irish astronomer David Gradwell said there is scientific proof that the pictures are not unfortunately that of the Aurora Borealisis.The stargazer, based in Birr, Co Offaly, says the photographers mistakenly captured light pollution from nearby towns. “They’re not Northern Lights, that’s light pollution from a nearby town or sports field illuminating the underside of the clouds“From my solar observatory near Birr I measure the earth’s magnetic field and there was minimal impact from the Coronal Mass Ejection impact over low altitudes.“The storm referred to here is a proton storm which affects the polar ionosphere and does not cause auroral activity. In fact magnetic activity was greater this morning (FRI) than Thursday.“The Canadian Churchill and Troms magnetometers (and webcams) showed the Northern Lights erupted at 4am onwards, mostly after sunrise in Ireland.“I do hope that photographers will not be disappointed,” he said. ASTRONOMERS DISMISS LATEST NORTHERN LIGHTS SIGHTINGS AS LIGHT POLLUTION was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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:northern lightslast_img read more

My Donegal… with Cathal Curran

first_imgCarrigans native Cathal Curran (pictured on the left) is currently working in marketing for the Kernan Group and as a personal assistant at the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. A keen sportsman, Cathal plays American football with the Donegal Derry Vipers, and plays GAA for Naomh Colmcille. This is Cathal’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?It has to be Century Cinemas Letterkenny, we have great sights and scenery in Donegal but I enjoy my movies and popcorn a bit too much. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Just the weather, we have it all bar that, if we had 15/18 degrees 7 days a week it would be great. Not too warm either though, need a breeze for drying the clothes!(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?Has to be Frieda Gallagher. She’s a great woman altogether, very patient and a rock.(4) What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?Playing our first ever game of American football in Letterkenny at Coláiste Ailigh. Vipers V Galway Warriors. There was so much work put into it and we won well, there was a large crowd there to support us and it was excellent weather, it was a great day.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Winning the 2012 All-Ireland Final and the manner in which they did it, it changed the way football was played and give the county a huge lift.(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?A self-cleaning house with a self-starting fire in the evenings, that’s all I’d ask for.(7) What is your favorite Donegal-made product?McDaid’s Football Special.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Has to be our Daniel. Great advertisement for Donegal people and can fill stadiums in America. County singer David James is not far behind him though.(9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?“It looks like your hair is just cut in tight, no way of knowing you’re going bald like”, from my girlfriend Frieda Gallagher, don’t know if I believe her. (10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Mark (Ruction) Callaghan from Newtowncunningham. He was unreal at both Gaelic and Soccer, never gave up in games and always had time for younger players. Fantastic leader and made people around him better players. His brother Marty Callaghan is up there also for all the same reasons. In case they are reading, they would be great additions to the Vipers!(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Kernan’s Diners, Newtown and Drumkeen.(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Hard to bet a cuppa tae sir.”(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Our aging population and care of the elderly, unless money is invested into assisted living communities and the health service there could be a lot of issues to come. (14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Hard to beat my mother’s stew on a Sunday, that’s as Donegal as they come.(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The roads could be a lot better and the broadband speeds, apart from that and the weather we have a grand wee spot here in the hills.(16) Do you have a favourite local band? David Craig.(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?A million euro to the Donegal Hospice or to a local care home.(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?A meat factory in Townsville, Australia up the Sunny Coast.(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The Donegal Sports Star awards are a great example of how highly regarded the county feels of its local stars across all types of sports in the county. Donegal do this extremely well.(20) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?Getting to meet people and having a laugh is the most rewarding thing about my day.To keep up with the Donegal Derry Vipers, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.My Donegal… with Cathal Curran was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:American Footballcathal curranDonegal-Derry VipersMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Stoke will listen to offers for £18.3m signing Giannelli Imbula, says Hughes

first_img1 Stoke will listen to offers for their record signing Giannelli Imbula, boss Mark Hughes has revealed.Imbula, who joined from Porto in January 2016 for £18.3million, last started a Premier League game in December and the 24-year-old French midfielder has been linked with Roma.Hughes said on Friday: “It is fair to say with G it hasn’t quite worked out as any of us would want and if there was interest in him, we’d consider that.“We haven’t had any interest – as far as I’m aware it is all speculation – but we’d look at things (if there was interest). It would have to be something we felt was correct.“Sometimes players can come to clubs and find it more difficult and the Premier League is a different league as well. He has struggled with that to a certain extent.“He probably hasn’t progressed as well as we would have liked and that has been a frustration for him and for us.”Hughes also said Stoke were not, contrary to some reports, targeting Charlie Taylor, the Leeds defender who is the subject of interest from West Brom and was fined by his club this week for refusing to play against Wigan.“It’s not something we are looking to pursue. We’re aware of the player, but he’s not one of our targets,” Hughes said.The Welshman was speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Arsenal.It is a fixture that has tended to have considerable edge over the years and one which Stoke have a fine record in, losing only one and winning four of their previous eight home league meetings with the Gunners.This time around, fifth-placed Arsenal go into the match looking to keep up their pursuit of a top-four finish.Asked if his players would like nothing better than to end Arsenal’s chances of making the top four, Hughes said: “I don’t think it gets as personal as that. We just like to upset teams that maybe sometimes expect to win.“Our record stands comparison to anybody against Arsenal. It is our last home game, our fans will be totally behind us and the fact that it is Arsenal will add to the mix, so I’m really looking forward to it.”After last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, Stoke were left 13th, two points adrift of the ninth place they have finished in under Hughes for the last three years, with two more games to play.When it was put to him on Friday that there has been some criticism from Stoke fans, the 53-year-old, whose side have won just one of their last nine matches, said: “We are safe from relegation.“Before I came that was the be all and end all. Since I’ve come here I’ve tried to raise expectations.“There’s always a risk with that. But I’d like to think people for the most part have acknowledged how hard it is for Stoke City to keep on competing at the level we are.“And if results go with us and we win our last two games, we could be eighth. So it’s all about perception, I think, and maybe a little bit of realistic understanding of where we are.“We are still absolutely desperate to push the club forward and I think next year that’s what we’ll do.“We don’t see this as a trend, in terms of being below ninth. We view it as a blip and we’ll be stronger next year.” Stoke City’s Giannelli Imbula last_img read more