Lauren Sweetland-Martin ’18 receives Barrett Award

first_imgOn April 30, 2018, the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) presented the Joseph L. Barrett Award to Lauren Sweetland-Martin ’18. The award commemorates Joseph L. Barrett ’73 by honoring exceptional students who give their time to support their peers in developing more meaningful college experiences.As a BSC Peer Tutor, Lauren has helped many fellow students in psychology, neuroscience, Spanish, and various pre-med courses. She has also assisted the BSC in recruiting peer tutors to meet increasing demand for tutoring.Lauren holds the distinction of having served as a course assistant for the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies every semester for the entirety of her college career. She has been a warm, welcoming presence to course participants and a reliable, willing resource to the instructors. She was also instrumental in recruiting, training, and leading other course assistants, and was credited for creating a sense of camaraderie among the course assistants.last_img read more

Chilly temps can doom peanuts

first_imgKnowing when to plant may be one of the most important parts of successful peanut farming.Planting too early brings the risk of early-spring cold snaps that can stunt a plant’s development. But waiting too late could leave peanuts exposed to the cool fall temperatures of October. Finding that optimal timeframe is crucial for peanut farmers.“We’ve got to watch soil temperature,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We’ve got to watch our cold fronts coming, and if they are, just wait two or three days. Invariably, in late April, it’s going to warm up after a cold front passes.”According to Beasley, if soil temperatures at the four-inch depth dip below 65 degrees, erratic stands of peanuts are likely. This can result in soil-borne pathogens and in plants being more susceptible to thrip damage.“Peanuts are probably the most sensitive crop we plant in the Southeast, in regards to the seed itself being sensitive to the temperature, causing the slowing of the metabolism that triggers the germination process,” Beasley said. “Anything that slows that process can result in an erratic stand.”Beasley encourages farmers to be mindful of impending weather patterns that could affect their crops, especially in April when temperatures can be unpredictable.“Just look at the month of April in 1993, here in Tifton where we monitored the soil temperature,” Beasley said. “It barely got above 65 as we got into the middle of the month of April, and even as we pushed towards the end of April, the soil temperature was slightly above and below that 65 degree mark. That means that in 1993, you were at risk planting peanuts in that April 15th to 20th, even 25th timeframe.” Last year’s winter and spring were warm and temperatures reached above 70 degrees at the beginning of April, he said. A cold snap on April 19 forced soil temperatures down so peanuts planted on April 20 “did not do near as well as peanuts planted a week later,” Beasley added.,p>While farmers need to be mindful of the prospects for late cold snaps, they also need to know that waiting too late can also damage their yields. Over the past three years, farmers have seen better yields when they planted in late April-early May. That is due to plants slowing down production when October’s chill rolls around. “The cold snaps we’re getting in late October are shutting the maturity down,” Beasley said. “Those peanuts are not reaching optimal maturity which means they’re not reaching optimal yield and grade.”When cold temperatures strike in October, USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory research shows farmers lose 20 to 30 percent of their crop’s yield potential in peanuts two to three weeks from optimal maturity.Beasley encourages Georgia peanut growers to plant more of their crop at the end of April and in early-to-mid May.“Try to finish by the 20th of May and let’s eliminate those very end of May/first of June plantings that are causing us some yield reduction and yield decline,” he said.Peanuts take approximately 140-150 days to reach optimal maturity. Growers who follow Beasley’s planting advice should have peanut crops ready for harvest near the end of September. Beasley is hopeful that at least 50 percent of Georgia peanuts will be harvested in September and the rest harvested in the first couple of weeks in October.For more on Georgia-grown peanuts, see the UGA website www.ugapeanuts.com.last_img read more

55% of Colombians Support U.S. Presence on Their Military Bases

first_imgBy Dialogo July 22, 2009 Bogotá, July 21 (EFE). – According to a survey published today, more than half of Colombians (55.35%) “agree” with the presence of U.S. military personnel on the country’s bases, as established by a cooperation agreement being negotiated by the two nations. . The poll, conducted by the firm Yanhaas for broadcaster RCN, also indicates that 36.29% of the citizens surveyed “disagree” with a U.S. presence and 8.36% did not express an opinion. The survey of one thousand adults of both sexes was carried out in nine Colombian cities last weekend and has a margin of error of 4%. By age cohort, the youngest group (18 to 24 years old) was the most supportive (59.5%) of the presence of U.S. military personnel on Colombian bases. The agreement under negotiation establishes that the United States may use the Colombian bases of Malambo, in the north, and Palanquero and Apiay – both in the center of the country – for counternarcotics and counterterrorism activities. At Colombia’s request, two other bases may be added where U.S. personnel have already been assigned: Larandia (in the south) and Tolemaida (in the center). The Colombian government has defended the “advantageousness” of the agreement and has made it clear that the objective is the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism within the national territory, without affecting other states. In addition, the government has emphasized that the agreement does not imply the “transit of foreign troops” across Colombian territory and that there is also no intention to supplant the Ecuadorian base of Manta, where the counternarcotics operations that the United States had carried out there for a decade came to an end last week. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced today that he has decided to review his country’s relations with Colombia as a result of the military agreement that the country is negotiating with the United States. “Now the Yankees want to set up four military bases in Colombia. (They say) that they are Colombian bases, not American bases, but they are going to be there permanently, which is going to make it necessary for us to review our relations with Colombia,” Chávez said this morning in a telephone call to the state television channel Venezolana de Televisión. The bases are a “threat” to Venezuela, because “they open the door to those who attack us constantly and are preparing new acts of aggression against us,” Chávez emphasized.last_img read more

Is your credit union listening?

first_imgBack in 2019 when Corona was still a beer, I began a self-inventory to discover where I needed to grow in 2020. As a part of my self-audit, I wrote down the names of the most influential people in my life and listed what made them special to me. Of the people whom I listed, I discovered two common traits: 1. They have a wide circle of relationships, and 2. they make me feel good about myself. My 2020 goal was to become more like them.In an effort to become more influential within my community and profession, I decided that I needed to widen my circle and change the conversation. I would endeavor to shift the conversation away from me and find out more about others. That’s what started the Friendship21 Project.A study by Dr. Maxwell Maltz shows that it takes 21 days of repetitive activity to develop a habit. More recent studies show it actually takes much longer, but I like the simplicity of 21, so I made the commitment to make 21 new friends in 21 days and journal the experience. Could making friends become a habit? I was about to find out.The Friendship21 Project has two rules. 1. You can’t have met them before. 2. You have to do it every day. I was ready to begin.Day one found me at the gym stretching next to a young woman wearing an Elon University T-shirt. Since my wife is a professor at Elon, I thought that would be a great way to start a conversation without coming across as creepy. I introduced myself to Samantha and I discovered that she is from Pennsylvania and is a graduating senior in psychology. She has currently applied to 10 graduate programs. On day two I met Jeremy. He is a detective for the Burlington Fire Department and has been with Burlington FD for 18 years. I also learned that the number four fire truck went out over 3,000 times last year. Over the next three weeks, I met baristas, engineers, recovering alcoholics, and nurses. I met a retiree named Carl in a video editing class that we were taking through Elon. His daughter works for CNN in Atlanta and he wanted to learn more about what she does. Of all the people I met during my Friendship21 project, the most impactful was Alicia.I was standing in line at the hospital to get my annual lab work done and I approached the window. The woman who was to check me in ignored me as she typed vigorously on her computer. She did, however, raise one finger as if to say “I’ll be with you when I’m ready”. I felt my anger begin to rise, but then realized that I had not made my friend for the day. I took a deep breath and thought “here we go”. I noticed two pictures taped to her computer of her and her husband at Disney World. I said “That looks like a fun trip”. She stopped typing, looked up at me and smiled. She began to tell me all about the trip, where they stayed, where they ate and what they rode. I laughed and said “I bet you have your own mouse ears don’t you”. She gave me a sly smile and pulled her lapel back revealing a Mickey Mouse pin. I had made my friend. All that I could think is “How much would that information be worth to a medical supply or pharmaceutical rep?”.Over three weeks I discovered that everyone has a story that they want to tell, if we are only willing to listen. By asking questions with a true spirit of curiosity, I entered a meaningful conversation that went beyond “fine, how are you?”. I also discovered that once I knew more about people, I remembered their name more easily which lead to future interactions.When the virus ends and social distancing is over, we will need to experience what author and speaker, Thom Singer, calls a “social tightening”. Our country is experiencing a crisis of self-obsession where the institutions that stand out are the ones that embrace the community on a personal level. Every one of your members has a story. Are you listening? 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patrick Henry Patrick Henry is an author and speaker from North Carolina. As a former Nashville songwriter and humorist on the SiriusXM Radio Family Comedy Channels, he delivers funny and entertaining keynote … Web: www.patrickHenrySpeaker.com Detailslast_img read more

League legend Darren Lockyer kicks new career goal in real estate

first_imgMr Lockyer, who joined the Ausmar team as an ambassador last year, was presented with about 40 different home designs, picking about a dozen to “tweak my way”. The collection was then narrowed to six designs, which Mr Lockyer altered mostly for functionality.“In the past eight years I have gone from being married with no kids to the father of three active boys and with a fourth child due in 10 weeks,” he said. “When we designed our Brisbane house, it was with the kids at the centre of the brief. We wanted to connect the outdoors with the indoors.”Mr Lockyer said that same approach had been applied to The Lockyer Collection by Ausmar Homes. He said connecting the kitchen and dining spaces and the use of robust materials – a must for any home with kids – were also a key focus.Mr Lockyer also chose the bricks used in the collection, with the early discussions about whether to include a brick etched with the league immortal’s signature in each home. “We are still talking about that … a way to signify my subtle influences,” he said.The Lockyer Collection can be viewed at ausmarhomes.com.au. Just one of the designs from The Lockyer Collection.Are you a diehard footy fan? Now you can live like a player. Sunshine Coast-based Ausmar Homes has joined forces with NRL legend Darren Lockyer to create The Lockyer Collection – six bespoke homes designed in collaboration with the rugby league great. Five of the six homes come with four bedrooms, with one three-bedroom home design available. Footy legend Darren Lockyer has teamed up with Ausmar Homes to create The Lockyer Collection.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Lockyer, who retired from football in 2011 and now works as a rugby league commentator, said architecture and design had always been an interest.“When I finished Year 10 I did my first year of a carpentry apprenticeship,” he said. “I always enjoyed manual arts at school but footy got in the way and I didn’t finish (the apprenticeship). Then this opportunity came along.”last_img read more

Graceville Hamptons honey an eyecatching abode

first_imgThe house at 52 Kew Rd, Graceville, is for sale.AN ENCHANTING hamptons abode that lies on a 810sq m Graceville block is sure to catch the eyes of passersby.Bordered by a white picket fence, the 52 Kew St home has received a luxurious makeover since Ryan Junni purchased it at the beginning of 2018. A semi-enclosed alfresco area looks over the pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFebruary: Brisbane CoreLogic RP Data market update06:05 There is a fireplace and feature lighting.An alfresco dining area, which is off the open-plan living space, is one of the standouts for Mr Junni.“With the alfresco area we added a wood fireplace and semi-enclosed it,” he said.“We created a dining space there and that has been one of the nicest transformations at the house.”Mr Junni said the whole house had been remodelled, from the kitchen and bathrooms to floors and structural changes.“My touch is added with lots of glass.” The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area.Mr Junni purchases properties and flips them while living in them, before selling, only to do it all over again.“I build it for me, everytime I build my forever home,” Mr Junni said.“You put your heart into it and then I put it up for sale and we try find another house to do it again.”center_img The kitchen is hamptons in style.The property was nine years old, and while not terribly dated, Mr Junni took it to the next level.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019French oak parquetry floors now flow through the two-storey home, and the bathrooms have floor to ceiling tiles.The first floor has an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, and there is a butler’s pantry behind the kitchen. The media room has parquetry floors.There is also a formal living and dining area on this level, a separate media room, laundry, study, two-way bathroom and a bedroom.Upstairs are four bedrooms – three of which have walk-in wardrobes.Three bedrooms share a single bathroom and a separate powder room, while the master has an ensuite with a double vanity.last_img read more

The Gold Coast suburbs tipped to be property gold mines

first_imgRunaway Bay is also tipped to grow steadily. The property at 7 Wau Ave recently sold for $1.6 million.“Broadbeach Waters, I feel that’s been increasing (because of) the amount of new buildings that are being built in the area and a lot of the older ones are disappearing,” he said.“Miami is very similar.”He said the Coast’s strong economy, jobs growth and quality infrastructure would help keep the property market alive.Ray White Broadbeach Waters-Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer said the wave of construction meant there was confidence in the area, but its position was ultimately what attracted buyers.“When you look at the lifestyle benefits the suburb provides, the big priority for buyers is waterfront living and the beach,” he said.“That’s where this suburb being so central ticks those boxes.” Burleigh WatersCarraraCoomera There are five suburbs on the Gold Coast tipped to have steady price growth in the near future. DECLINING ArundelAshmoreBenowaBiggera WatersBonoginBroadbeachBundallBurleigh HeadsClear Island WatersMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoCoolangattaCoombabahCurrumbinCurrumbin WatersElanoraHelensvaleHollywellHope IslandLabradorMain BeachMaudslandMermaid BeachMermaid WatersMerrimacMolendinarMudgeerabaNerangOrmeauOxenfordPacific PinesPalm BeachParadise PointParkwoodPimpamaReedy CreekRobinaSouthportSurfers ParadiseTugunUpper CoomeraVarsity LakesWorongary (Source: Hotspotting Price Predictor Index) STEADILY RISING Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Broadbeach WatersHighland ParkMiamiRunaway BayTallai HOMEOWNERS in five Gold Coast suburbs are sitting on property gold mines with prices tipped to climb while others across the city plateau.Broadbeach Waters, Highland Park, Miami, Runaway Bay and Tallai have been identified as the Coast’s hottest growth suburbs by national property analyst Terry Ryder.Mr Ryder, the founder and director of Hotspotting, revealed the suburbs in his latest Price Predictor Index.It tracks rising sales in suburbs across the country and identifies the places likely to deliver strong price growth in the near future.While the Gold Coast was identified as one of the most steady regional markets in Queensland, Mr Ryder said it had fallen short of expectations.“The post (Commonwealth) Games boost predicted by some has not eventuated on the Gold Coast,” he said. Broadbeach Waters is tipped to see steady growth in the near future. The property at 3 Nootka Court recently sold for $1.635 million.“This market was strong from 2015 to 2017 because of the pre-Commonwealth Games construction boom. “Since then the growth has subsided and we can find only five growth suburbs in Gold Coast city, but 41 suburbs classified as either ‘plateau’ or ‘consistency’ markets and three ‘decline’ markets.”Burleigh Waters, Carrara and Coomera were identified as declining markets.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the types of properties on offer and asking prices might be causing some suburbs to fall into declining markets.However, he said properties in rising markets were popular because they were changing. PLATEAU OR CONSISTENCYlast_img read more

First-ever New Jersey state champion Haggenbottom sprints into IMCA record book

first_imgLEVITTOWN, Pa. – A racer through and through wrote his name in the IMCA record book this season.Mike Haggenbottom finished second in the national point standings for IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars. A four-time feature winner, he finished outside the top five twice in just 21 sanctioned starts in earning Tri-State RaceSaver Series and New Egypt Speedway titles.He also became the first driver in any sanctioned division to win an Allstar Performance New Jer­sey State championship.“I had no clue how the IMCA point system worked,” admitted the Levittown, Pa., pilot. “A friend, Cody Mallicoat, texted me and said I was in the top two nationally. That’s pretty neat.”He’s raced Sprint Cars since 1991 and has won a championship of some sort in each of his four RaceSaver seasons.“I started racing quarter midgets when I was five years old and have driven just about every kind of race car in the last 40 years. It’s a neat feeling to wheel an open-wheeled car. With the way the tracks are, you have to finesse them,” Haggenbottom said. “I like the affordability of RaceSaver. It brings back the fun because you don’t have to spend a lot of money.”“I don’t come from a family that had a lot of money. I thought my racing was going to end at 16,” he added. “To look back now at what we’ve been able to do and at some of the (more than 60) tracks we’ve raced at has been great.”Haggenbottom ran 360 sprints and then dabbled in 410s before starting his RaceSaver career. The big dirt oval at New Egypt is some 25 miles from his doorstep.“I like being able to race close to home and the majority of my races are on dirt,” he said. “Asphalt is a bonus. I enjoy both. I’m a racer through and through.”He’s so much of a racer, in fact, that Haggenbottom and fiancée Tracey Page are waiting until area race schedules come out before setting a wedding date.His crew includes brother and car owner John, his parents Walt and Mary, Bob Kashady, Bob ‘Jesse’ James, Tony Matyi, Andy Hiddemen, Joe Miles, Zach Dunkelberger and Glenn Vedder.Haggenbottom’s sponsors are Speed Equipment Corp. and Kashady Automotion, both of Ben­salem; Belmont’s Garage in Langhorne; Harris Blacktopping of Yardley; W.D.B. Landscaping and Plant Preservation, both of Morrisville; Valley Forge Inc. of Valley Forge; Mach-1 Chassis of Mechanicsburg; ASI Racewear of Patchogue, N.Y.; and Lucas Oil.last_img read more

Annie leads Mares’ Hurdle hopefuls

first_imgAnnie Power tops a list of 48 entries for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle which will be run as a Grade One contest for the first time at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Her trainer Willie Mullins saddled Quevega to win the race for the last six years and Annie Power is even-money favourite with most bookmakers to pick up the baton and land the contest once again for the Irish champion trainer. She is also entered in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, in which she finished second last year, but connections have indicated the mares’ event is the favoured option. Mullins also has last year’s runner-up Glens Melody, Analifet, Gitane Du Berlais, Lyrical Theatre, Morning Run, Upsie and Vroum Vroum Mag in what is a record entry for the race. Aurore D’Estruval appears likely to lead the home defence for John Quinn after winning a Listed event at Wetherby in November before going on to finish second to Irving in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. She returned to winning ways last time out with a comfortable two-length victory over fellow Cheltenham hopeful Dark Spirit in a Listed event at Sandown on January 3, when stepping up to two and a half miles for the first time. Quinn said: “We are very pleased with Aurore D’Estruval. She is in good fettle and won’t run again before Cheltenham. “I was very happy at Sandown. The ground was barely raceable but she proved she gets the trip and we know she is better on nice ground. “She is a good mare, who is young and going forward. She has improved and will go to Cheltenham with a decent chance.” The Robert Walford-trained Carole’s Spirit is another leading chance after scoring an impressive eight-length victory on her seasonal reappearance at Kempton in November, while Carrigmoorna Rock won a Grade Three mares’ event at Leopardstown over Christmas for Robert Tyner. The third and fourth from last year’s race, Alan King’s L’Unique and the Tim Vaughan-trained Hidden Identity, are entered again, while Nicky Henderson’s two entries are Listed scorers Polly Peachum and Mayfair Music. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has just one entry in Tara Point, who has gained three victories in four starts including a Listed race at Taunton on December 30. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mark Hughes shares in relief as Stoke strike late to earn first league win

first_img The Potters were on course for victory over Bournemouth at half time in the contest at the Britannia Stadium, enjoying a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jonathan Walters’ 32-minute goal, but were then pegged back by Dan Gosling’s 76th-minute equaliser. A week on from drawing 2-2 at home with Leicester after being 2-0 up at the interval, it seemed Hughes’ men might have once again blown the chance to get the monkey off their backs. Press Association However, nerves among Stoke fans around the ground subsequently turned to joy and relief as substitute Mame Biram Diouf headed in with seven minutes to go before the final whistle confirmed a 2-1 victory. Hughes said: “In the second half we probably played with a little bit of apprehension and tried to protect the lead more than we should have done. “I think that allowed Bournemouth to have a little bit more of the play and get back into the game. “It is understandable, to a certain extent. “But I thought we showed good courage after that, because it could have been very easy for Bournemouth to gain momentum after the equaliser, but we didn’t allow that. “It showed courage and determination to make sure we got at least a draw – and we actually went down the other end to try to get a winner, and were thankfully able to do that through a great ball from Glen Johnson and good finish by Mame Diouf.” Bournemouth suffered a significant early blow when their top scorer Callum Wilson was carried off on a stretcher in the 17th minute having sustained what appeared a serious knee injury. While unable to say how long Wilson might be out for, Cherries boss Eddie Howe admitted afterwards that things did not look good for the striker. And he says he cannot believe the bad luck the club have had on the fitness front. Howe has already lost Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to major knee injuries this term, and said: “It is a difficult one for the players – we have had that three times now this season, which is unbelievable luck from our perspective. “To get three in one team, to key players as well, is mystifying really. “There is nothing you can do about it – it is just one of those things that happens on a football pitch from time to time. “But to get three similar ones… I don’t know what to say about it really.” He added: “They (his players) didn’t react very well to it (at first) – we lost our momentum and flow. “But credit to them, they showed good adaptability and came out for the second half looking to put things right. For me, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised his team for battling through a bout of anxiety to claim their first Barclays Premier League win of the season on Saturday.last_img read more