Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham fight back in four-goal thriller

first_img Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham rescue draw with another comeback 1 It was another action-packed afternoon in the Premier League on talkSPORT, as we bring you all the final scores from Saturday afternoon…Norwich City 2-2 West HamWest Ham produced the second stunning comeback in as many weeks as the plucky Hammers fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich at Carrow Road.Slaven Bilic’s side were battered for most of the game as goals from Republic of Ireland forward Robbie Brady and midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan gave the dominant hosts a deserved lead with just over an hour played.But, just as against Liverpool in the FA Cup this week, West Ham refused to go down without a fight and battled back to rescue a point with two goals in two minutes courtesy of star man Dimitri Payet.The Frenchman celebrated signing a new contract by netting their first – on the rebound after Victor Moses’ initial effort was saved – and he then provided the assist for Mark Noble’s stunning equaliser – the Englishman finding the top corner with a wonderful curling drive – which sealed a share of the points.Bournemouth 1-3 StokeStoke City rise to ninth place in the Premier League table as they fired three fine goals past a spirited Bournemouth.The Potters, wearing a one-off all white third kit to avoid clashing with the hosts, were off to a flyer at Dean Court as record signing Giannelli Imbula opened the scoring after just nine minutes.The £18.3million man scored his first Stoke goal with a thumping first-time volley from outside the box, with Ibrahim Afellay doubling their lead after the break with another fine long-range finish to complete a quick counter-attack.German forward Joselu then scored within moments of his introduction to make it 3-0 just minutes later, but Bournemouth refused to fold in front of their home fans.Matt Richie, perhaps the Cherries’ best player this season, exhibited wonderful technique to volley past Jack Butland on 57 minutes, and while Eddie Howe’s men were the better team until the final whistle it proved too late to spark a comeback.Swansea City 0-1 SouthamptonSouthampton climbed to within a point of fifth-placed Manchester United with a slim victory over Swansea City.It was an even contest at the Liberty Stadium but it lacked quality up front as both sides squandered planet of goalscoring chances.The points were eventually won by Shane Long’s 69th minute strike, as Southampton sealed their fifth win in six games, and returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet.Crystal Palace 1-2 WatfordTroy Deeney struck twice as Watford climbed to eighth in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, who ended the game with ten men.The Hornets captain opened the scoring in the first-half from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box.January signing Emmanuel Adebayor then netted his first Palace goal, looping a close-range header over Heurelho Gomes and into the net, to level before on the stroke of half-time.But Deeney was the hero for the Hornets once again with a cool close-range finish in the 82nd minute to seal a brilliant win.And it got worse for Palace defender in stoppage-time, as Pape Souaré was sent off for a nasty two-footed challenge.Everton 0-1 West BromSalomon Rondon’s first-half goal proved the difference as West Brom scraped a slim 1-0 victory over a luckless Everton.It was a frustrating afternoon for the Toffees, who were the overwhelmingly dominant side but were eventually punished for their wastefulness in front of goal.The Baggies scored against the run of play as Venezuelan forward Rondon chested the ball over the line from Jonas Olsson’s header in 17 minutes.It was all Everton for the rest of the game, as the hosts registered 76 per cent possession and 34 efforts on goal.But only six of those were on target, and Ben Foster was in fine form in the Baggies net as Tony Pulis’ side clung on to claim their first win in six games.last_img read more

Delhi hospital hires bouncers to deter attacks from patients and relatives

first_imgPradeep Kumar, a muscular man in shades and tattoos, pulls up on a motorcycle, ready for his job as a bouncer. Not at a nightclub, but at another workplace where violence is common in India: a hospital.He and his burly colleagues keep the emergency and labor rooms from filling up with patients’ often agitated relatives and friends. The bouncers are polite, yet so tough-looking that people think twice about ignoring their orders.”These guys look like they walked right out of an action movie,” said Pawan Desai, who brought his 4-year-old daughter to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for treatment for a cut on her hand.Working in an Indian hospital can be dangerous. In April, a week before DDU hired the bouncers, friends of an emergency-room patient punched a doctor in the face and broke his nose before going on a rampage with hockey sticks, swinging at windows, lights, furniture and medical staff.The medical staff at DDU, a government hospital, had faced nearly one attack a month and had gone on strike 20 times over six years demanding better security. Since the hospital replaced its middle-aged, pot-bellied guards with bar bouncers, bodyguards, and wrestlers sporting muscles and tattoos, “there hasn’t been a single incident,” said Dr. Nitin Seth, the doctor who was injured in April.”These guys do a good job controlling the crowds,” he said.Thousands of attacks occur in Indian hospitals every year, said Dr. Narendra Saini, spokesman for the Indian Medical Association.In January, a man in Chennai was charged with using a sword to hack to death a surgeon he held responsible for his pregnant wife’s death during surgery. Three months later, a mob at a Delhi hospital beat up six doctors in retaliation for supposed sexual misconduct after the medical staff unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate a female patient using CPR.When someone dies in the hospital, relatives often start blaming – even attacking – doctors. At expensive private hospitals, families feel especially cheated, Saini said. “They expect their patient to live because that’s what they paid for.”The DDU Hospital guards, a team of 21 split across three shifts, cover the busiest areas of the campus, especially the emergency and labor rooms.People who come in with pregnant or trauma patients “are most likely to lose their cool,” Kumar said. “That’s why we try not to let in more than one per patient.”The only way to prevent a bad situation from getting worse is to keep people moving and not let crowds collect at all, said Dr. Promila Gupta, the hospital’s medical superintendent. “I think what works for our new guards is that the (patients’) relatives are afraid of them because of their good physique,” she said.Despite the tough image, Kumar and the other guards are a soft-spoken bunch. “We don’t let anyone in unless they need to be there, and we know how to be polite about it,” he said.”First we talk nice,” said bouncer Amarjeet Singh. “If they don’t listen, troublemakers are taken to the Casualty Medical Officer’s room to sort things out, and if that doesn’t work, police from the nearby post are called in to get them evicted.”In any case, we are not allowed to rough anyone up,” he added.Few Indian hospitals can afford this kind of security. The generally overcrowded and understaffed government facilities often don’t even have the resources they need to save lives, said Dr. Saini of the Indian Medical Association.Dr. Prithvi Madhok, a former surgeon at some of Mumbai’s top hospitals, has studied the rash of doctor assaults in India and said hiring better security will not solve the underlying problem.”As a society, we are just not trained to be patient. We don’t wait for our turn, or let things go through their due process,” he said.Madhok said patients or their attendants turn violent because they think they can get away with it. Attacking a doctor might be a serious crime, “but in my several years of practice, I have never seen anyone get booked for it,” he said.Seth, the DDU doctor, is glad that the new guards are serving as a deterrent.”These guys save lives too,” he said. “Just as doctors here are always ready to save a patient, these bouncers are here to save us doctors.”advertisementlast_img read more