Hughes’ side face league leaders Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday currently occupying seventh spot and they are only four points off Tottenham, who sit in the final qualifying berth for a place in next year’s Champions League. With Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace all also in touching distance of one of those four spots, England could be represented by a surprise team in Europe’s premier competition next season. Press Association The unpredictable nature of this year’s Barclays Premier League means Mark Hughes is adjusting Stoke’s targets this season, with a top-four finish now not out of the question. “The squad is strong, we’ve proved over the last couple of years that the depth that we have should be able to maintain us. It certainly did last year and it’s looking like it will again this year. “If we’re going to improve then we need to get those players that can make a difference. It’s key players who can make a difference, those are the ones we’re looking for.” Switzerland international Shaqiri will not face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners after suffering a hamstring injury while Geoff Cameron is highly unlikely to return because of an ankle problem. And while such a feat seemed improbable before the start of the campaign, Hughes is beginning to think a historic season might be possible for Stoke. “It wasn’t what we were aiming for at the beginning of the season but, as the season progresses and the league takes shape, your realistic targets change,” the Welshman said when asked if a top-four finish was achievable. “It’s fair to say we’ve changed our targets in terms of what we think we can achieve this year. I’m not necessarily saying we’re going for the Champions League at all, but you never know? It’s one of those seasons. We could get to a point in March, April where we’re very much in the mix and we’ll have a go. “For our part, we’re really pleased where we find ourselves at the moment, it’s higher than we anticipated before the beginning of the season. “At the end of the season we hope we can look back and pat ourselves on the back by virtue of the fact we’ve beaten our previous total over the last two seasons. If we do that, it’s fair to say we’re progressing.” The Potters are yet to wade into the January transfer window and Hughes is happy with the strength of a squad that is still competing in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. That is why if he does make an acquisition to bolster a Champions League charge this month, it will likely be a marquee name to rival the likes of previous recruits Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri. “I think it’s fair to say that,” Hughes noted.
He continued, We’re adding Sarasota/Bradenton drive-thru site, Naples/Fort Myers drive-thru site, and then a hybrid drive-thru and walk-up site at the Miami Beach Convention Center. So you’re actually going to have more opportunities if you want to test, because we just feel — if you’re putting people back to work and maybe a worker has some symptoms, they’re hopefully in these communities — an easy way to do it.”DeSantis spoke with hair stylists at the OhSoooJazzy Hair Salon in Orlando, telling them that haircuts and manicures could soon return if barber shops and salons use safety measures.Among the ideas to make that happen are barbers and clients wearing gloves and masks, closing waiting areas, and having clients stay in their cars until they receive a text message to come in.“I am confident that it’s not just a matter of ‘if,’ (it’s) just a matter of ‘when,’ but we’ve got to make sure it is safe and sound,” said DeSantis.He did not indicate whether salons would be allowed to reopen everywhere in Florida or if they would be limited to areas outside the virus’ epicenter of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which makes up about 60 percent of the state’s cases and deaths.DeSantis announced last week that the state will reopen Monday, May 4, with the exception of heavily-hit Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.At least 1,364 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as of Saturday.Palm Beach County: 3,080 cases-195 deaths-Men: 1,516, Women: 1,502-474 hospitalizationsBroward County: 5,257 cases-204 deaths-Men: 2,605, Women: 2,522-1,044 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 12,632 cases-367 deaths-Men: 6,506, Women: 5,971-1,651 hospitalizations Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday discussed Florida’s efforts to battle the coronavirus at a hair salon in Orlando.“As of last night, Florida had 581 COVID patients in the ICU statewide,” he said. “That’s the lowest we’ve had in a month, and for a state of almost 22 million people, that’s obviously a very, very small number of patients.”DeSantis also talked about the increase of testing availability in the state.“We’ve tested almost 420,000 people now in the state of Florida,” he said. “We have the seven drive-thru sites that have been operating for a while, including the one in the Orange County Convention Center, but we’re adding Pensacola, which had a soft open yesterday, large open today.”
The winning woes, scoring woes . . . and every other conceivable woe continue to plague the Nelson Leafs hockey club.Columbia Valley Rockies skated into the NDCC Arena Saturday night, leaving with a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs. The loss, Nelson’s fourth straight and 11th in the past 14 games, dropped the Leafs into fourth spot in Murdoch Division standings.Grand Forks Border Bruins leapfrogged over the Leafs after stopping visiting Spokane Braves 8-3 Thursday in the Boundary City.Ray St. Jean, Doan Smith, Colton Sandboe, Kellen Marchand and Luke Bellerose score for the Rockies.Koleton Nelson and Brendan Smith replied for the Leafs.Nelson returns to action Tuesday in Grand Forks with a game against the Border Bruins.
Letterkenny University Hospital is Ireland’s second most overcrowded hospital today after 51 patients were recorded waiting on a bed this morning.The INMO trolley watch figures showed that 17 sick patients were awaiting admission on trolleys and a further 34 were waiting in overflow wards.The hospital’s Emergency Department has seen significant overcrowding in recent weeks, with the Full Capacity Protocol implemented on numerous occasions. The University Hospital of Limerick was Ireland’s most overcrowded today, where 60 people were recorded waiting on beds.51 patients recorded on trolleys at Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tough field conditions require tough tillage tools. The new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow — featuring a pull frame with heavy-walled tubing, a spring-cushioned hitch, 24-inch Earth Metal blades and a new mounted TigerPawCrumbler option — delivers a new standard for ruggedness and agronomics.“Saturated soils and heavy, stubborn crop residue this year have reminded producers about the importance of crop residue management and soil tilth,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH Tillage marketing manager. “Our new True-Tandem 375 disk harrow helps improve soil tilth on every front, from crop residue management to reduced surface compaction and thorough soil mixing.”Case IH Agronomic Design helps make the True-Tandem 375 the best-in-class multipurpose tandem disk, Lursen said. Building on the legacy of Case IH True-Tandem design, blades in the rear gangs track between the blades on the front gangs for a true full-width cut, leaving no uncut gaps. That’s important, whether slicing through crop residue in the fall or taking out an early weed flush before spring planting.The True-Tandem 375 gives producers a flexible year-round tillage tool for a wide range of soil types and moisture conditions. Best of all, it offers flexibility without sacrificing durability. Features that ramp up the ruggedness and versatility of the True-Tandem 375 include:24-inch, crimp center Earth Metal blades that are formulated using a special steel alloy as well as a proprietary process, and have proven to be stronger and more durable than other bladesNew rollable blade options for those markets desiring that sharpening techniqueDisk blade concavity options to match the needs of the operation:Shallow concavity blades on the front gang with standard concavity blades on the rear gang allow for higher ground speeds, more productivity and better ground penetrationStandard concavity blades on the front and rear allow for maximum soil and residue mixing for improved soil tilthAn 18-degree gang angle matched to the blade concavity for thorough soil mixing and level seed bed finishing without excessive compactionExtended frame that provides ruggedness, balance and more stability in the fieldHeavy-wall tubing and pull frame engineered for reliability across nearly any terrainA spring-cushioned front tongue “perfect hitch” clevis for added durabilityA high flotation, stubble-resistant tire option for greater productivityA new optional, hydraulically adjustable TigerPaw Crumbler rolling reel or spring pressure applied coil-tine harrow to help produce more-uniform clod sizing and residue distribution“Our emphasis on delivering agronomic advantages really shines in the True-Tandem 375,” Lursen added. “It provides better residue cutting, sizing and distribution into the soil. Yet, it accomplishes that with a smoother finish out the back for a high-quality seed bed.”The True-Tandem is available in working widths from 22 to 37 feet so producers can choose a size to match most tractors. Producers can use it alone or in combination with other types of tillage operations to achieve soil conditions for uniform crop emergence and development.“Since the 1970s, Case IH has led the industry in tandem-disk technology,” Lursen said. “With its flexibility and durability, the new True-Tandem 375 can enhance the tillage program for nearly any size and type of operation.”For more information, visit your local Case IH dealer or caseih.com.