Top job: Sarah Higgins, group HR director, Bland Bankart

first_imgTop job: Sarah Higgins, group HR director, Bland BankartOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Sarah Higgins is group HR director at Bland Bankart. She joins the independentinsurance, risk management and financial services company from Lombard whereshe was an HR consultant. Her appointment marks the first ever full-time HRrole at the firm, and she will provide strategic and operational support to the260 directors, line managers and staff. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? Singing Gold by Spandau Ballet in front of 300 staff at a conference in2002. I had volunteered to be part of a pop idol act. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? With the increasing amount of employment legislation, businesses will becomemore reliant on HR for its expertise in this area. What is your essential viewing? Generally anything sci-fi orientated. However, I’ve recently been hooked on24 and Reborn in the USA. What’s the best thing about HR? Being able to facilitate issues into win-win solutions. And the worst? The level of strategic importance placed upon HR, often to the detriment ofthe business. How do you fill your spare time? Going to the gym, cooking, spending time with my partner and family. I alsomake time to keep up-to-date by reading Personnel Today, People Management andthe IDS Review. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? As a non-swimmer scared of deep water, I completed a diving course while onholiday in Turkey in 2002. What is the essential tool in your job? The internet is invaluable for me at the moment as a source of HR-relatedinformation. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Gain as much experience as possible of different HR practices in differentbusiness areas. Keep an open mind and be true to yourself. Do you network? Yes, it’s important, but I always try to ensure there is added businessbenefit attached to it. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? A dancer with pop stars on their videos or TV performances. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? Davina McCall – I like her style. What’s the worst/best office party you’ve ever attended? The funniest office party was one I went to with my partner. We thought itwas going to be quite formal and didn’t realise that there was a Ceilidh [anIrish informal social gathering with folk music and storytelling]. My partnerhad to wear green leprechaun ears! Higgins’ CV2003 Group HR director, Bland Bankart2001 HR consultant, Lombard (Royal Bank of Scotland Group)1999 Area personnel manager, Boots 1998 HR officer, Zeneca (now AstraZeneca) Comments are closed. last_img read more

Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne

first_img View post tag: Homecoming View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne StatusActive Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne Length138 m HMAS MELBOURNE- SPECIFICATIONS Complement184 + aircrew March 17, 2014 View post tag: Victorious View post tag: News by topic Displacement4,200 tonscenter_img Range4,500 nautical miles [mappress]Press Release, March 17, 2014, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Melbourne View post tag: Defense HMAS MELBOURNE ENTERS SYDNEYAfter 6 months at sea and over a $1 billion dollars in drug apprehensions, HMAS Melbourne returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, on March 15th. The crowded wharf of well wishers, which counted among their numbers the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN, cheered her crew of 232 as the ship pulled alongside. The ship, which set sail in August 2013, spent the Christmas season at sea conducting maritime security operations (MSO) including maritime interception operations (MIO) as part of a coalition force contributing to Operation SLIPPER and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).Commanding Officer Melbourne, Commander Brian Schlegel says while it was tough being away from their loved ones, the ship was buoyed by the fact that they were making a significant contribution on the world stage. “During our deployment, Melbourne seized and destroyed drugs, including heroin, meth-amphetamines and cannabis resin, with a street value of over A$1 billion dollars. By removing these drugs from circulation, we have directly impacted the profits of terrorist organisations, which trade drugs to fund their activities,” said CMDR Schlegel.“We also helped maintain the security of sea lanes for legitimate mariners, apprehending nine pirates off the coast of Somalia in October, after merchant ships reported two piracy attempts.“While it has been great to successfully execute the mission we spent many hours training long and hard for, it’s hard to beat arriving back in Sydney and seeing your loved ones waiting for you. I know the crew appreciate all the support they’ve received from friends and family back home,” said CMDR Schlegel.FAMILY MEMBERS WELCOME THEIR LOVED ONES ATTACHED TO HMAS MELBOURNEThe Deputy Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Commodore Dean McDougall, MNZM, RNZN attended to welcome three sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked as part of the Australian ship’s company. The drug interceptions were coordinated by Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), currently being led by Australian Commodore Darryl Bates AM RAN. This was Melbourne’s seventh deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations and the fifty-sixth rotation of a Royal Australian Navy Fleet Unit to the region since the first Gulf War in 1990. Beam14.3m Speedover 30 knots Share this article View post tag: Defence Draught7.5mlast_img read more

Press release: New law protecting tenants comes into force today

first_img General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 considering the case for a specialist housing court to provide greater access to justice for landlords and tenants in property disputes From today, tenants will no longer be stung by unreasonable costs from agents or landlords, thanks to the implementation of the Tenant Fees Act. This Act bans unnecessary letting fees and caps the majority of deposits at 5 weeks’ rent – helping renters keep more of their hard-earned cash. Alongside our recent announcement to scrap no fault evictions in the sector, this will make renting fairer and more transparent – creating a housing market that works for everyone. Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees with most seeing tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks’ rent, putting hard-earned cash back in their pockets, thanks to a new law which comes into force today (1 June 2019).Unexpected fees and high deposits can make properties harder for people to afford and are often not clearly explained upfront – leaving many prospective tenants unaware of the true costs of renting a property.The Tenant Fees Act now puts an end to these unnecessary fees imposed by landlords and agents. It is expected to save tenants across England at least £240 million a year, or up to £70 per household.The Act also caps the tenancy deposits that renters pay at the start of their tenancy at the equivalent of 5 weeks’ rent. This gives people the assurance that, legally, they cannot be expected to pay more than this (where the total annual rent is less than £50,000) to secure a property.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: These measures are all part of ongoing action by the government to protect tenants and drive up standards in the private rented sector – helping make a housing market that is fairer and works for everyone. Social media – MHCLG a review to assess how well the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – the system used by local authorities to assess health and safety in residential properties – works in practice and ensure it is fit for purpose 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. a national database of rogue landlords and agents to keep track of those that have been banned from lettingcenter_img Media enquiries This Act also puts a stop to tenants being charged hundreds of pounds for admin or renewal fees. In addition, under the Act’s default fee provision, landlords and agents are only able to recover reasonably incurred costs from tenants for lost keys or other security devices and must provide evidence of these costs before they can impose any charges. They may also charge a default fee in relation to late rent.The Act ensures that tenants who have been charged unfair fees can get their money back. Trading Standards or the First-tier Tribunal can require landlords and agents to pay back any prohibited payment or any unlawfully retained holding deposit within 7 to 14 days.Taken together, these provisions help reduce the costs that tenants can face at the outset of, during, the renewal of and termination of a tenancy.The Act is part of a wider package of reforms by the government aimed at rebalancing the relationship between tenants and landlords to deliver a fairer, better quality and more affordable private rental market.In April this year, we announced plans to stop private landlords from evicting tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason. We are due to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions, bringing an end to private landlords uprooting tenants from their homes with as little as 8 weeks’ notice.In addition to this, we have introduced a range of powers for local authorities to enable them to crack down on the small minority of rogue landlords and agents who let unfit properties. This includes fixed financial penalties of up to £30,000 and banning orders – possibly for life – for the most serious offenders.Ministers have also extended mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation to improve living conditions of tenants in shared homes and tightened up rules on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Private tenants can also apply for a refund of up to 12 months’ rent if their landlord does not deal with health and safety hazards in their home.Other government steps to reform and improve renting include: The highly-anticipated Tenant Fees Act will save renters across England £240 million a year It means tenancy deposits are capped and landlords and agents are banned from charging unnecessary fees This is all part of the government’s work to make the housing market fairer for everyone mandatory client money protection – by which rental money held by letting agents is safeguarded against theft and fraud proposals for an independent regulator to oversee property agents, setting standards and maintaining minimum qualifications new, mandatory 5-yearly electrical installation safety inspections Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 proposals for mandatory redress scheme membership for landlords Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

South Korea braces for economic pain as virus cases soar

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s economy tends to be impacted quickly by global events due to its reliance on trade, especially with China. Korea’s imports from the world’s second-largest economy plunged 19 percent in the first 20 days of February, illustrating how the virus is disrupting the region’s supply chain.The economy is expected to suffer further as fear spreads among the population, limiting economic activity. The government has urged citizens to avoid outdoor activities and mass religious services, and delayed the start of the school year by a week.Samsung worriesThe Samsung case is troubling because Gumi has a collection of facilities operated by Samsung, LG Electronics, LG Display, Toray Group and other companies. Samsung has two production lines in Gumi, about 200 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for some of its smartphones.LG Electronics, which has TV plants in the Gumi industrial complex, told workers who commute from Daegu to work from home. LG Display has instructed workers who have visited the Daegu area to not come into the office for two weeks, while headquarters staff are restricted from visiting the region without approval from management.Samsung has shifted more than half of its smartphone production to Vietnam but still produces some of its premium models at the Gumi complex. The stoppage at the plant may affect production of Samsung’s high-end models including the foldable Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Fold. South Korea warned its fragile economic recovery is under threat from the coronavirus that has spread dramatically across the country over the past week, and pledged action to minimize the fallout.The epidemic poses a “large concern that it will limit the trend of economic recovery started late last year,” First Vice Minister Kim Yong-beom said Monday, according to the Finance Ministry. He cited a drop in domestic consumption and exports to China, among other impacts.Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. are among those taking precautions amid the rising number of cases, including the infection of a Samsung employee at a local production facility. The country’s largest technology company shut down operations at a plant in Gumi City over the weekend after the employee tested positive for the virus, and said it planned to restart operations at Monday afternoon local time.center_img Shares of Samsung Electronics slid along with the benchmark KOSPI stock index and the won plunged as investors turned risk-averse.The number of infections in South Korea soared from just over 30 to more than 760 in the past week, with the virus claiming the lives of at least seven people so far. The spike has led President Moon Jae-in to raise the country’s infectious-disease alert to the highest level for the first time since 2009, allowing the government to restrict public activities.The Bank of Korea has convened an emergency meeting for this afternoon to discuss the virus impact, with an increasing number of economists convinced the bank will cut its benchmark interest rate at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The government is reviewing all possible measures, including an extra budget, local media cited Vice Minister Kim as saying.Quick impactlast_img read more

NZ PM cautiously optimistic about coronavirus, urges Easter ‘staycation’

first_imgNew Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Wednesday she was cautiously optimistic about slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus as authorities reported the lowest number of new daily cases in two weeks.New Zealand reported 50 new cases on Wednesday from 54 on Tuesday and 67 on Monday, bringing its tally to 1,210. One person has died.The country of about 5 million people went into a lockdown and a national emergency was declared in late March to halt the transmission of the coronavirus. “We may yet see bumps along the way but I remain cautiously optimistic that we are starting to turn a corner,” Ardern told a media briefing in Wellington.She said there was no plan to relax the tough restrictions during Easter and urged everyone to avoid any travel during the long Easter weekend, in mid-April.”Please do stay at home, stay to save lives and enjoy your ‘staycation’,” Ardern said in Wellington.”Nothing changes because its Easter, the rules remain the same and the police will be enforcing this.” Topics :center_img Churches and places of worship will be closed at Easter, Ardern said as she encouraged people to use social media and online platforms to take part in religious services.Under the lockdown, offices and schools have been shut and all non-essential services, bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and playgrounds have been closed for a month.Ardern on Tuesday demoted her health minister for breaching the lockdown rules to the bottom cabinet ranking and stripped him of his role as associate finance minister.The government also extended for a second time the state of emergency for a further seven days.New Zealand has fewer infections than many countries, like neighboring Australia, where the number of total cases is nearly 6,000, although the pace of infections there has slowed dramatically in the past week. last_img read more

US and Russia to resume nuclear talks, but China casts cloud

first_imgRussia seeks to bring in France, BritainIn turn, Ryabkov said that US allies Britain and France, also nuclear powers with much smaller arsenals, should join the talks.”The logic is a very simple one — the more we come down in numbers, the higher is the price for every single warhead payload and we cannot simply ignore capabilities of some others.”Billingslea, in a speech last month at the Hudson Institute, said Trump was “not interested in agreements simply for agreements’ sake.”He accused China of flaunting its growing nuclear arsenal “to intimidate the United States and our friends and allies,” calling it “irresponsible, dangerous behavior.”US intelligence has forecast that China is in the midst of doubling the size of its nuclear arsenal, troubling the Trump administration, which considers Beijing a global rival and resents the constraints of New START.The United States and Russia each had more than 6,000 nuclear warheads in 2019, while China had 290, according to the Washington-based Arms Control Association.France had 300 and Britain possessed 200, with India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea maintaining smaller arsenals, according to the research group.New START expires around two weeks after Trump would leave office if he loses the election in November.Russia as well as some US Democrats have proposed simply extending New START temporarily, voicing skepticism about sealing a brand new treaty by February.Trump has sought a warmer relationship with President Vladimir Putin but professes an “America first” approach to foreign affairs.Trump last month pulled out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allowed Russia, the United States and 32 other nations to conduct surveillance flights over one another’s territory at short notice — an arrangement that reportedly piqued Trump when a Russian spy plane flew over his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club.He earlier pulled out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key agreement from the Cold War.Trump has also rejected a multinational denuclearization agreement with Iran and pulled the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord. Russia called Tuesday on the United States to make a “positive” proposal as the powers open talks on a major disarmament treaty, warning that US insistence on including China could scuttle efforts.Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet in Vienna on June 22 with US envoy Marshall Billingslea to start negotiations on New START, which expires in February.President Donald Trump has walked out on a number of international agreements but voiced a general interest in preserving New START, which obliged the United States and Russia to halve their inventories of strategic nuclear missile launchers. Topics : Billingslea, writing on Twitter, urged China to reconsider.”Achieving Great Power status requires behaving with Great Power responsibility. No more Great Wall of Secrecy on its nuclear build-up. Seat waiting for China in Vienna.”Ryabkov indicated that Russia did not oppose the US invitation to China — an international ally of Moscow despite a complicated historical relationship — but doubted Beijing would agree.”My answer to a direct question on whether or not we think it would be possible to bring China to the table would be a flat and straightforward no,” Ryabkov said.”Now it depends on the US — if the US believes it’s worth continuing this dialogue with Russia or, for the US point of view, the Chinese participation is an absolute imperative that precludes (the) US from continuing a meaningful and forward-looking dialogue with Russia on arms control,” he said. But the Trump administration says that a successor to New START, a Cold War legacy negotiated under Barack Obama, should bring in China — whose nuclear arsenal is growing but remains significantly smaller than those of Russia and the United States.Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations by videoconference, Ryabkov described the US willingness to start negotiations as “good news” but said: “The ball is on the American part of the court.””We need to hear loudly and clearly what this administration wants, how it believes it would be possible to do something positive and not just to dismantle one arms control treaty or arrangement after another.”In Beijing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had “no intention of participating” in the talks and accused the United States of trying to “deflect responsibilities to others.”last_img read more

Partners of pregnant women urged to get tested

first_imgLocalNews Partners of pregnant women urged to get tested by: – June 22, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Partners of women who are pregnant are being encouraged to get tested for the HIV/AIDS virus.That appeal came from the National HIV/AIDS Response Unit’s Health Educator Angela Desabaye during a recent launching of “cool” flavored condoms.Desabaye said one teenager tested HIV positive out of the 993 pregnant women tested in 2010 but there were no reported HIV positive cases in the over 800 pregnant mothers tested in 2011.There have been no recorded cases of HIV positive pregnant women so far for 2012.The health educator said the thrust is now to also “test” the partners of pregnant women.“There are men who go around saying that their woman had a baby, she got tested and they are safe, but this could not be further from the truth because facts have proven that there are women who are HIV negative and their partners are HIV positive”.According to Desabaye, the Unit has advised pregnant women to get tested twice; during pregnancy and just before delivery.“We are now looking to get the partners of the pregnant women to also get tested, because if the woman gets one test when she comes in for screening and she is negative, but she goes on and continues to have unprotected sex with that partner she could become positive before she gives birth. That’s why we are trying to get the pregnant women to get tested twice during their pregnancy, one at the beginning and one just before they deliver”.There have been three hundred and seventy-six (376) reported cases of HIV/AIDS between 1987 and 2011; however there are more HIV positive males than HIV positive women.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Blank Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats came out setting the pace and never looked back. The possession and ball movement was too much for Greensburg and Franklin County kept the game on the Greensburg defensive half most of the game.As usual, Jordan Nichols was involved with both scoring events recording an assist to Grace Noble and capitalizing on a pass from Adrienne Bundy, however, it was a coordinated attack with 29 shots on goal. The Wildcats faced the top goalkeeper in the league and she was as good as her stats show.The Lady Wildcats dressed and played 24 girls including Autumn Henson logged her first showing in a Varsity Game.Karlie Hahn had 3 saves on the night between the posts and Maegan Pearson also recorded 3 saves.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.last_img read more

Fabianski ‘has nothing to prove’

first_img Press Association But the Swansea goalkeeper knows enough about Wenger’s burning will to win after seven seasons at Arsenal to have warned his team-mates to expect a backlash after the Gunners’ Champions League collapse against Anderlecht in midweek. Asked how Gunners boss Wenger would react to Arsenal throwing away a three-goal lead at home to draw 3-3 against the Belgian champions, Fabianski replied: “I don’t know.” The Pole then broke into a big smile, saying: “Maybe I do. He won’t be happy. “They have a good team, strong squad and very good offensive players and I’m sure the game on Sunday will be an opportunity to bounce back from the Anderlecht result. “It will make them motivated for our game.” Fabianski joined Arsenal from Polish club Legia Warsaw in 2007 but he made only 31 league starts for the Gunners before heading to south Wales in the summer. The 29-year-old Poland international said Wenger wanted him to extend his Arsenal career but his mind was made up even before he played his part in the club’s first trophy success for nine years, the FA Cup final victory over Hull. “I don’t have to prove anything to Arsenal or the manager,” Fabianski said. “It was my decision to leave the club and I finished in a good way so we’ve all got massive respect towards each other. “When I was coming to the end of my contract there were more intense conversations more often between me and the manager. “But I had decided to leave and he really respected my decision.” Meanwhile, Arsenal will welcome midfielder Jack Wilshere back from illness. The England midfielder sat out the win against Burnley and Tuesday night’s Champions League draw with Anderlecht but Wenger has confirmed he is now fit to return. Mikel Arteta has been ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury against the Belgians but Wenger insisted Theo Walcott is fit enough to start if he is selected following his first appearance since January as a substitute last weekend. Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Mesut Ozil (knee), Olivier Giroud (foot), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), David Ospina (thigh) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all missing. Wenger has warned Arsenal and England fans that they will have to wait until the new year to see the best of Walcott. The 25-year-old is in line to make his first start since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury on January 4 when the Gunners travel to Swansea. Walcott made his comeback from the bench in last weekend’s win over Burnley and has been included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly in Scotland. Although Wenger said he was pleased that Walcott was linking up with the national team in the hope of him getting more competitive minutes, the Arsenal boss believes the former Southampton youngster is still some way from being back to his peak. “It takes two months,” he said when asked how long it will take Walcott to get back to his best. “Once you’re back in full training, you count two months. Of course, people think you’re back and you play but it’s not like that. Ten months is a long time in top-level football. “(You lose) the sharpness, the speed. At the top level, it’s a fraction of a second that makes the decisions. And to find the confidence to get away from people. “You’re nearly there but you’re not there and for a while you think, ‘will that ever come back?’ And suddenly yes, it’s there again. But it takes time to get that fraction of pace. “You need to go back into contact. He will go with England and get what he needs to. He will get competitive training every day and get back into games. “At the moment we go from recovery to recovery. He works hard, but maybe he can play against Scotland and gain a lot from that.” Lukasz Fabianski insists he has nothing to prove to Arsene Wenger when he comes up against former club Arsenal for the first time on Sunday.last_img read more

Arnautovic rescues late Stoke point

first_img Press Association Marko Arnautovic’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser earned Stoke a 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at West Ham. The hosts looked to have done enough to battle to victory after taking an early lead through a superb free-kick by full-back Aaron Creswell. However, after seeing two efforts from Arnautovic’s ruled out for offside and a header by substitute Mame Diouf hit the post, the visitors snatched a point deep into five minutes of stoppage time when the Austrian forward crashed the ball into the far corner. Jonathan Walters cut in from the left and slid a low shot towards the near post, the ball ending up in the side netting. After 43 minutes, Stoke forward Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, latched onto a loose ball and fired just wide from the edge of the area, but he fell awkwardly in the challenge and hobbled off with what looked like a knee problem. Senegal striker Mame Diouf came on. In stoppage time, West Ham broke quickly through Valencia down the right, but Kouyate dragged his shot wide after being played into the Stoke penalty box. Stoke had to make another change just a few minutes into the second half as full-back Marc Wilson went off, with what looked like a groin problem, to be replaced by Erik Pieters. Walters continued to offer an outlet, and floated a 25-yard effort just over. West Ham had gone a bit flat, and manager Sam Allardyce looked to freshen up the attack as Carlton Cole replaced Diafra Sakho before – on 67 minutes – defensive midfielder Alex Song was substituted for Kevin Nolan. Arnautovic thought he had levelled when collecting a long pass into the area and slotting past Adrian, only for the offside flag to be raised. At the other end, Kouyate’s angled drive was pushed behind. Stoke went close again on 80 minutes as a header from Diouf crashed back off the inside of the post, bounced across goal and clear. Cole nodded his header down and wide at the far post as the Hammers looked to close out victory. Arnautovic thought he had equalised again when converting a cross from Steven Ireland, but again the assistant’s flag was up quickly. However, Stoke were not to be denied as Arnautovic surged forwards, held off the defender at the right edge of the penalty area, before slamming the ball low into the bottom right corner for a share of the spoils. The Irons had made a flying start as Creswell’s superbly struck free-kick gave them the lead after seven minutes. Enner Valencia, back in the side having recovered from a toe injury, was brought down by Glenn Whelan some 25 yards out. Mark Noble shaped to take the free-kick, but ran over it to instead allow left-back Creswell to strike the dead ball, which flew up over the wall and past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic into the top right corner. The early goal had rattled Stoke, looking to move above West Ham into the top 10, as Valencia and Cheikhou Kouyate looked to stretch the visitors defence. Begovic, who is out of contract in the summer and yet to agree a new deal, got down quickly to smother a low shot from Senegal midfielder Kouyate. There were plenty of hefty challenges flying in, with the patience of referee Roger East eventually running out on 21 minutes when James Collins clattered into Whelan on the far touchline, and was cautioned. When Stoke did build a spell of possession, the final delivery into the West Ham penalty area was poor. Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, who netted a spectacular goal at Chelsea from his own half last weekend, sent an ambitious 30-yard free-kick high into the Bobby Moore Stand. last_img read more