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first_img But at last month’s World Health Assembly, the voting gathering of the WHO’s 193 member states, the countries restated their case as an issue of sovereignty. A group of more than 20 countries asserted that they retain rights to isolates from their territories under the 1991 International Convention on Biological Diversity, which protects unique genetic resources. Doris Bucher, PhD, of New York Medical College, who is attending the Toronto meeting, runs the lab that makes most of the seed strains for seasonal flu vaccine production. The strains are distributed to manufacturers for free. Introducing fees or royalties into the virus-sharing system could have a dramatic effect, she said in an interview: “It would slow down the process. It would raise the price of vaccine,” she said. “The need to balance the sharing of viruses through global surveillance and the need to make the access to vaccines and those sorts of technologies broadly available should not come as a surprise,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Influenza Programme said in a speech yesterday. “We see there is a need to increase the access of the developing world to vaccine.” Defensibility of property claims unclearIt is not clear whether Indonesia and its partners could assert enforceable property rights over isolates from their territories, according to several intellectual-property experts. May 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing” In speeches and interviews here, international public-health figures are stressing their desire to avoid a confrontation. “It does worry me, because it makes the whole thing murkier, and it is difficult enough already,” said Dr. John Wood, a conference speaker and principal scientist at the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Biological Standards and Control. “It could also spread to seasonal [vaccine], I agree.” New twist in an ongoing disputeThe fear of a legal claim that could disrupt flu surveillance and vaccine manufacturing is the latest chapter in a dispute that began late last year when the government of Indonesia withdrew from the 55-year-old system by which flu viruses are shared around the world. Under that system, which was developed for tracking and controlling seasonal flu and has now been extended to flu strains that could spark a pandemic, viruses are isolated in a country and analyzed to increasing levels of sophistication by a national lab, regional lab, and WHO Influenza Collaborating Centers in Tokyo, Melbourne, London, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Gene sequences from the analyses are used to identify emerging strains of flu and then passed free of charge to pharmaceutical companies to be commercialized as vaccines. Intellectual property concerns have already touched pandemic-flu vaccine research. The reverse genetics process that mutes H5N1’s highly pathogenic aspects, producing a vaccine seed strain that will reproduce in chicken eggs, is owned by MedImmune Inc. That company has agreed to suspend licensing fees during the pandemic-vaccine research phase and will begin charging only when the vaccines go into commercial production. Indonesia ceased sending isolates to the WHO at the end of 2006 as a protest, triggering intensive international negotiations. Its government and several other Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, lodged their objections in front of the WHO’s executive board in January, casting the impasse as an issue of human rights and equity. And in a resolution passed by the WHA after almost a week of negotiation, the group asked for international reconsideration of the virus-sharing system, increased investment in developing-world research, and a guarantee of “fair and equitable [vaccine] distribution” as the price of continuing to send isolates to the WHO. “We have some hard things to deal with,” Fukuda said in an interview. “We do not know whether we will face a pandemic in a short time or a long time. Given that kind of uncertainty . . . I think there is a real practical want on the part of all of the parties involved not to have a long discussion and to come up with practical solutions.” Since then, the WHO has promised to create a stockpile of pandemic vaccines for developing-world use, given contracts to support flu manufacturing in countries that lack the capacity, and set up meetings in August and November to continue to negotiate virus-sharing. Indonesia has meanwhile released only a few isolates. “There has to have been an ‘act of man’ to have changed the thing found in nature,” he said. “To be patentable, it has to be new, it has to be useful and it has to be something that didn’t exist before.” Under US law and the voluntary International Patent Cooperation Treaty, natural organisms such as wild-type viruses cannot be patented, said Gerry Norton, PhD, a flu virologist who heads the intellectual-property group at the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild. Jun 19, 2007 – TORONTO (CIDRAP News) – The continuing debate over developing countries’ ability to afford pandemic-influenza vaccines has produced a disturbing complication: the possibility that Indonesia and other countries affected by H5N1 avian flu will assert legal ownership of the viral isolates on which the vaccines would be based. An ongoing series of international meetings extending into next autumn has been set up in hopes of defusing the situation, Fukuda and other WHO officials said. Developing countries paid little heed to the system for most of its existence because they do not manufacture vaccine and typically do not vaccinate their populations against seasonal flu. However, the Southeast Asian countries where H5N1 is concentrated have a strong interest in protecting their populations against a potential pandemic—but they would be unable to afford the pandemic-flu vaccines that Northern Hemisphere manufacturers might produce. However, the United States is not a signatory to the Convention, indicating that it does not consider its provisions binding. The European Union, where most vaccine manufacturers are based, is a signatory to the treaty but has not ratified it. See also: The prospect of a territorial or intellectual-property claim on the isolates—which are used both to track the movement and evolution of the virus and to develop vaccines against it—is roiling senior members of the international flu community, who are meeting in Toronto this week at the International Conference on Options for the Control of Influenza. About 1,400 experts from 65 countries are attending. Convention on Biological Diversity But the potential effect of Indonesia’s property claim—regardless of the country’s ability to recover in court—is so much wider, and the ripple effect it could trigger so uncertain, that it is provoking significant anxiety in the international flu community. The countries probably can assert a claim to their isolates as real property rather than intellectual property under the Convention on Biological Diversity, said Elizabeth Haanes, PhD, a microbiologist and director in the biotechnology practice of the Washington, DC, law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Article 15 of the Convention specifies that “the authority to determine access to genetic resources rests with the national governments.” “But they could say you can’t export our strains, or they could exert government control over how and when people can handle them within Indonesia—and they could do that by just passing a law, not seeking a patent,” he said. Experts worry about ripple effects”A developing-world country’s remedy, if their resources were used in the commercial development of vaccine, would probably be through the international courts, but that would be very difficult to enforce,” Haanes said. “On the other hand, the countries hold the trump card because they have the viruses—and I think they realize that not sharing this material will be bad for them as well as bad for everyone else. Hopefully, there will be a negotiated settlement.” Moreover, patent laws that protect intellectual property cannot be enforced outside a country’s borders, even if the country subscribes to the patent treaty, said Larry S. Millstein, PhD, a molecular biologist and partner with the Washington-area law firm Holland + Knight. If such a claim were successful—which legal experts say is far from guaranteed—it could both disrupt the fragile and relatively low-profit flu vaccine system and potentially threaten the legal standing of other biological products as well. Feb 6 CIDRAP News story “System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged” If rights were asserted over isolates of potentially pandemic strains, they could equally be sought for the seasonal flu strains used to make millions of doses of vaccine each year.last_img read more

first_imgFor mother-of-four Nasima, the prospect of lasting peace in Afghanistan is almost too good to be true.The 45-year-old, whose husband Nasir Ahmad was killed in a massive truck bomb in Kabul blamed on Taliban insurgents, is one of thousands of grieving relatives in the war-weary country who look upon a promised peace deal with skepticism as well as hope.Afghanistan has been at war for decades. The Soviet invasion dominated the 1980s, civil war followed, the hardline Islamist Taliban movement held sway for a few years before being ousted in a US-led assault, followed by 18 more years of conflict. Topics : Horror in attack’s aftermath Nasima’s husband left home early one morning in late May, 2017, in search of work so that he could afford to bring home “iftar”, an evening meal served during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He had not found a job for a few days.”A day before I had asked him about whether he found a job; he told me there were shops whose display windows needed cleaning for Ramadan and he was confident he’d find work if he got there early,” Nasima recalls.At around 8:30 a.m., she heard a loud blast. Such was the intensity of the explosion that it shook the entire city.The truck bomb was deadliest attack in Kabul in 18 years of war. No one has claimed responsibility for at least 150 people who were killed, including Nasir Ahmad.Nasima’s memories of that day are harrowing, yet common among Afghans.”At the hospitals I saw bodies covered with blood, charred. The wounded were screaming. There were boxes full of human body parts,” Nasima recalled.Nasima has washed dishes and clothes for the last three years to support her children – two daughters, Naiema, 15, Sabzina, 13, and two sons, Waris, 10, and Arif, 7.”I have lived my life and have had to suffer; but for my children I want peace,” she added. Pain for peace Families of Taliban fighters and security personnel have also faced loss.Haji Malik, 47, a shopkeeper in the northern city of Kunduz, lost his son, 18-year-old Sarajuddin, a Taliban fighter killed in a clash with international and Afghan forces in Paktika province in 2016.Sarajuddin ran away from home two years earlier to join the insurgents, and Malik remembered the intense pain he felt when he received word of his son’s death.He never got to bury his him, he said, because the body was in such bad shape that he had to be interred before his father got there.”This (the Doha agreement) is a chance for peace in Afghanistan, which has suffered through years of war,” Malik told Reuters. “But if peace is coming, it should be real peace … not only for a few days.”Habibullah Nazari, an officer in Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), which has been on the frontline of the fight against the Taliban, was killed in an attack by the militant group.Nazari was preparing for a security mission along with six colleagues when a Taliban suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into the NDS office in the western city of Herat.He was the sole breadwinner for his family of 12, said his brother, Mohammad Gul, 23.”Losing a family member is very painful, but I will have no complaint if peace, real peace, is restored,” said Gul. “I will believe my brother was martyred in the name of peace.” center_img Tens of thousands of civilians, insurgents, Afghan security personnel and foreign troops have died, and loved ones will look on Saturday’s planned deal between the United States and the Taliban with mixed feelings.”Anyone who can carry out such a brutal attack, how can I believe that they will let others live in peace?” Nasima asked, speaking in her Kabul apartment surrounded by her children.But she would at least try to move on if the attacks really stopped.”If they (the Taliban) are serious about getting together for real peace, I am ready to forgive the suffering they caused me and my family.” The weekend agreement in Doha on an American troop withdrawal is connected to a wider push for reconciliation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, although major obstacles to lasting peace remain.One is the lack of trust between sides who blame each other for the heavy toll of war.last_img read more

first_imgCountless commercial properties claim to be a stone’s throw from Surfers Paradise’s famous beach. Here’s one that actually is.A rare opportunity to secure an absolute beachfront development site on the iconic Surfers Paradise strip has arisen, in a listing that is expected to drive significant international interest.The 1500sqm oceanfront site, located at 75-79 Garfield Terrace and on the corner of Enderley Ave, is located between the billion-dollar Jewel development and the super tower planned for the former IIuka site.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agolast_img

first_imgOn 19 April, the first hybrid foundation combining a large-diameter monopile and caisson was installed at an offshore wind farm off the Fujian province in China. According to the China-based engineering company that designed and patented the new hybrid monopile-caisson solution, the offshore wind project comprises a few different types of wind turbine support structures, including monopile and piled cap foundations. Premium content Log in Register Premium Premium content You are currently not logged in to a MyNavingo account. Your current account does not have access to this premium item. Please upgrade your membership to access this content. Go to the shop You are currently not logged into your account. Register and get a two week trial. You need javascript to validate your login status. Premium contentlast_img read more

first_imgHundreds of Ethiopian migrants have been detained in overcrowded Malawian jails having served full sentences of charges of illegal entry.Most of illegal immigrants are being held in the Dedza prison, 85 kilometres (50 miles) south of Lilongwe, the administrative capital. Most of the refugees are believed to have been heading to South Africa.The government of Malawi lack the funds to send the refugees home leading to their prolonged stay at the prison after payment of fines and serving full sentences. The jail term for most is 6 months and other have paid a fine of 65 dollars.Authorities in Malawi say that there has been a steep increase in Ethiopians, Somalis and other Africans using the country as a transit route to find work in South Africa.“We serve them one meal a day at 3:00pm, mostly a thick porridge with beans. They sleep up to 50 people in a cell meant for 20 inmates.” Said a senior prison’s wardenThere are approximately 380 inmates in a prison designed for 100.There are other 317 Ethiopians being held in Maula Prison in Lilongwe facing the same plight according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The MSF says that Maula Prison has 2,650 inmates when it was designed to hold 800. MSF says the prison has one tap used by 900 and one latrine by 180 inmates.“Migrants detained face a host of health and human rights issues,” said Malawian high court judge Ken MandaAt least 70 prisoners were repatriated to Ethiopia late September with help from the US Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration.The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) say there is a need for at least 200,000 dollars to repatriate all 317 Ethiopian prisoners.Source AFPlast_img read more

first_imgThe Islamic State (ISIS) has strengthened its grip in its Libyan stronghold Sirte as new recruits and foreign fighters join its ranks while world attention focuses on Iraq and Syria.Experts and sources in Libya say Sirte has become a new focal point for the militant group as it comes under increasing pressure in its traditional Iraqi and Syrian power bases.“It is clear ‘ISIS central’ made an investment on Libya a long time ago,” in a strategy dating back almost two years, said Mattia Toaldo, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “Foreign fighters from North Africa are increasingly flocking to Sirte rather than going all the way to Syria.”Exploiting the chaos in Libya as rival militias and governments battled for power, Daesh seized Sirte in June, beheading and putting on crosses the bodies of militiamen who had been fighting them in the coastal city.Officials in the army loyal to the internationally recognised authorities in the east say Sirte, the hometown of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has become a destination of choice for new recruits.“Sirte is now the center … where new recruits are trained and instructed in the ideology of ISIS,” said Mohammad Hijazi, a spokesman for the military led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.“Hundreds of foreign fighters have flowed in from Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria to be trained and ready to carry out attacks in other countries,” said an army colonel who spoke on condition of anonymity.A Foreign Ministry source said the number of Daesh recruits in Sirte was “several thousand” and growing, thanks to the “pressure” the militants are being put under in Iraq and Syria. Another government official said the “strikes against Daesh [in Iraq and Syria] could force it to relocate its leaders and command centres to Libya.”The United Nations, in a report issued Tuesday, estimated that the number of Daesh fighters in Libya is 2,000 to 3,000, including 1,500 in Sirte.“Everything has changed in Sirte. Daesh fighters roam the streets as though at home,” a former leader in Sirte’s local council said.“They do checks to make sure people aren’t skipping prayers and enforce Shariah law, and women are rarely seen” in public, said the former official who fled to Misrata, located halfway along the coast to the Libyan capital.The group strives to give the impression that life in Sirte is normal, staging events to publicise the opening of new bakeries or butcher shops while distributing videos of punitive amputations.“Islamic State [Daesh] recognises that the chaotic situation in Libya offers it the opportunity to develop its influence network,” risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft said.“It is likely to be able to maintain a substantial presence that supports its network across the region for as long as the civil war persists.”“It is clear ‘ISIS central’ made an investment on Libya a long time ago,” in a strategy dating back almost two years, said Mattia Toaldo, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.“Foreign fighters from North Africa are increasingly flocking to Sirte rather than going all the way to Syria.”Exploiting the chaos in Libya as rival militias and governments battled for power, ISIS seized Sirte in June, beheading and putting on crosses the bodies of militiamen who had been fighting them in the coastal city.Officials in the army loyal to the internationally recognised authorities in the east say Sirte, the hometown of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has become a destination of choice for new recruits.“Sirte is now the centre… where new recruits are trained and instructed in the ideology of ISIS,” said Mohamed Hijazi, a spokesperson for the military led by General Khalifa Haftar.“Hundreds of foreign fighters have flowed in from Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria to be trained and ready to carry out attacks in other countries,” said an army colonel who spoke on condition of anonymity.A foreign ministry source said the number of ISIS recruits in Sirte was “several thousand” and growing, thanks to the “pressure” the jihadists are being put under in Iraq and Syria.Another government official, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, said the “strikes against Daesh (in Iraq and Syria) could force it to relocate its leaders and command centres to Libya.”The United Nations, in a report issued on Tuesday, estimated that the number of ISIS fighters in Libya is 2 000 to 3 000, including 1 500 in Sirte.last_img read more

IEDC collaborates to spark innovation

September 23, 2020 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Israel Innovation Authority have issued the first call for proposals as part of the organizations’ collaborative effort to propel innovation through private sector partnerships, inviting Indiana and Israeli businesses to submit joint research projects focused on developing high-tech solutions in agbiosciences and cybersecurity.Indiana companies interested in this opportunity are invited to submit expressions of interest and high-level project proposals by Thursday, Jan. 31. These can be submitted jointly between an Indiana and an Israeli business, or Indiana companies may also submit an individual proposal and receive company matchmaking assistance from the IEDC and Israel Innovation Authority. Businesses should focus on identifying projects that will stimulate generation and development of new or significantly improved products or processes for commercialization in global markets.Following the Jan. 31 deadline, finalist companies will be matched, if not already paired, and asked to submit full, bilateral proposals by May 7. The IEDC and Israel Innovation Authority intend to provide conditional match funding for selected projects to support and accelerate the proposed R&D and the commercialization of new solutions.To be eligible, Indiana companies must meet the following criteria:Be an Indiana-based entity with annual revenue less than $100 million and a majority of its payroll dedicated to Hoosier employees;Be an advanced-technology or knowledge-based business in agbiosciences or cybersecurity;Have a protected intellectual property position, such as trade secrets, patents and/or trademarks, or a distinct competitive advantage making the product difficult to replicate;Have a high-impact business model that demonstrates potential for the company to grow its operations in Indiana, creating high-wage jobs and revenues;Have money invested by the principals and/or founders, and/or have raised initial capital from other sources;Be able to collaborate with an unrelated Israeli company, meaning the Indiana and Israeli companies are separate legal entities and do not have a parent or controlled subsidiary relationship. The companies may have a prior working relationship, but may not apply for funding of a project initiated prior to this request for proposals.The full request for proposals, along with the interest submission form, is available here and on the IEDC website.This call for proposals marks a step forward in the Indiana-Israel economic partnership, advancing a memorandum of understanding between the IEDC and Israel Innovation Authority signed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in Tel Aviv, Israel, during an economic development trip in May 2018. Israel is home to the second-highest level of entrepreneurial activity in the world outside of Silicon Valley with more than 6,500 innovative companies and one startup per every 1,600 people. The country ranks No. 3 in the World Economic Forum’s innovative ranking, providing an established ecosystem and Launchpad for partnerships with Indiana’s growing agbiosciences, life sciences, technology and cybersecurity industries.last_img read more

Carlingford sparkles in Topaz

September 21, 2020 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgCarlingford Lough could head straight for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival following his dramatic defeat of Morning Assembly in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Theatre Bird (14-1) gamely made all of the running to take Grade Three honours in the IFG EBF Mares Hurdle over two and a half miles. Sean Doyle’s five-year-old fended off the rather one-paced challenge of 10-11 favourite Upsie, who wilted after the last flight and failed to even make the frame. Caoimhe’s Delight finished second at odds of 33-1, but Bryan Cooper’s companion was well on top at the line. He said: “She was very good the last day at Clonmel and Bryan said he’d plenty up his sleeve in that race. “A lot of the credit must go to my brother, Donnacha, who does a lot of work with her. “She’ll probably come back here at the end of January and go for a handicap.” Sea Light landed a bit of a touch in the Mongey Communications Novice Handicap Hurdle. The Charles Byrnes-trained five-year-old brought up a hat-trick here three days ago and again looked the essence of vitality under Davy Russell. Sea Light, the heavily-backed 4-5 favourite, gained a definitive lead at the top of the home straight and never looked like relinquishing his advantage following a decent jump at the last. Runner-up Roman General gave chase, but it was all in vain as he finished three and a half lengths adrift of the in-form winner. Byrnes said: “He stays well and could step up in trip. The race was not really run to suit him.” Shanahan’s Turn (2-1 joint-favourite) turned in a most accomplished display to claim the Ryanair Maiden Hurdle. Trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Andrew Lynch, the Irish point-to-point recruit readily accounted for Blue Bicycle in what looked quite an informative heat. Stoney nudged into the front two flights from home after Masterofdeception had initiated a fair pace. But his position of authority was short-lived as Shanahan’s Turn glided into a lead which stretched to four and three-quarters of a length by the winning line. De Bromhead said: “I was a bit disappointed with him at Down Royal, but he needed further. “He jumps well and will go chasing next season.” Wrong Turn survived a lengthy stewards’ inquiry to win the opening Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase. The Tony Martin-trained 5-1 joint-favourite defeated Mackeys Forge by a neck, but there was scrimmaging after the two horses jumped the last in unison. Although Wrong Turn and Mackeys Forge got close along the run-in, the local stewards left the places unaltered. Martin was quick to praise 4lb claiming jockey Shane Shortall for getting Wrong Turn home by such a slender margin. He said: “Shane is good value for his claim and has a good head on him. “He (Wrong Turn) is a good leaper for a novice.” Philip Fenton looks to have another nice horse in his care after Value At Risk (7-4) followed up a victory at Fairyhouse in the concluding bumper. Fenton said: “He travelled better than at Fairyhouse. He’s a chaser in the making and we’ll probably stay at home this year.” The John Kiely-trained seven-year-old forged clear of the 11-8 favourite along the run-in to provide Tony McCoy with another Grade One success. Bright New Dawn and My Murphy had made most of the running, but Morning Assembly travelled better than that duo and took the lead at the last fence under Ruby Walsh. Press Association Pat Fahy’s Grade One-winning novice looked set fair for another top-level success, but McCoy’s mount had been spotted making encouraging progress three out. Carlingford Lough (5-1) emerged from the chasing pack after the last and threw down a sustained effort which yielded a length-and-a-half verdict at the line. Kiely said: “The ground was ideal, it was not too soft. “He’s best fresh, so if he goes to Cheltenham I doubt he’ll run before that. “He’s a horse that seems to keep improving all the time. “His owner (JP McManus) has great patience, which is a big help.” McCoy said: “I probably rode him too aggressively in the Drinmore (second to Don Cossack) as he’s inclined to jump a bit to the left. “He’s a good, tough seasoned handicapper at this stage.” last_img read more

first_img The 28-year-old was forced off in strange circumstances early in the second half at White Hart Lane as he went down with a self-inflicted injury that saw Delle Ali replace him for the final 37 minutes of the stalemate. But Dembele posted on Twitter that he now hopes to play a part in Tottenham’s trip to Sunderland on September 13 after missing out on international duty with Belgium. Mousa Dembele has eased fears he was set for a spell on the sidelines after being stretchered off in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Everton. Press Associationcenter_img “Happy. No major injuries, hope to be back for our next Spurs game! #COYS,” he wrote. Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the news having opted against any additions to his squad as the transfer deadline loomed over Premier League clubs. last_img read more

first_img Press Association Hughes said: “He was obviously bounding into training today with a real spring in his step, along with all the other Irish guys. “We are delighted. It is no coincidence, Jon’s form has been excellent. That spring in his step, that was also to do with him knowing where he is going to be for the next two or three years. “That continuity that he knows he will have now, that enables him to perform at the right level. Ireland certainly benefited from that and I think we will benefit from that in the future.” Walters had been suspended for the first leg of Ireland’s play-off in Bosnia, a match they drew 1-1, but made up for lost time with both the goals in the 2-0 win in the return in Dublin. Hughes said: “He was biding his time, kicking his heels in the first game. He wanted to play in that but wasn’t allowed to. “I think all that pent-up frustration he brought to bear on the second leg. He made a huge impact, with not only his goals but his performance as well.” Hughes will now want Walters to carry the momentum into Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton, as the Potters aim to follow up their impressive win over Chelsea last time out. The form of Walters is one of the factors currently keeping former England forward Peter Crouch out of the side. Crouch, 34, has not yet started a Premier League game this season and has expressed his frustration. Hughes, speaking at a press conference to preview the game at Crouch’s former club Southampton, said: “He wants more game time, I am aware of that. I haven’t been able to give him the time on the pitch that he feels he wants but I know, and he knows, that things in football change very quickly. He has just got to be ready when the opportunity presents itself. “We have got a senior group predominantly under 25, so when everyone is fit players miss out or don’t even get on the bench. Pete is getting on the bench and is close to playing, but is not in the team itself. “He has just got to be patient because we know it is a long season and injuries, suspensions occur. Things will change, I am sure.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects Republic of Ireland hero Jon Walters to fire up his team as he comes bouncing back into club action. Walters has rejoined Stoke on a high this week after scoring twice against Bosnia on Monday to secure Ireland’s place at Euro 2016 next summer. The 32-year-old’s play-off winning effort came just over a week after he signed a new two-and-a-half year contract at the Britannia Stadium. He had been heavily linked with a move away from the club in September. last_img read more