Nassau Mini-Casino Not Welcome at Belmont, Pol Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Here’s how toxic the issue of a mini-casino in Nassau County has become: Elmont residents are seeking to kill a plan to build the facility at Belmont Park even though no official proposal has been announced for the racetrack.The offensive began Tuesday, just three days after the Nassau Regional Off-track Betting (OTB) Corp. nixed a plan to build the 1,000 video lottery terminal facility at the vacant Fortunoff property in Westbury. The agency backtracked after pressure mounted from residents and lawmakers who vocally expressed opposition to the plan.“I’m here to state a very clear message, and that is there is the word ‘no’ in the word ‘casino,’ Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) said on a snow-covered corner along well-traveled Hempstead Turnpike, across the street from Belmont Park. “And because the casino proposal was rejected and turned down in Westbury, there’s no reason why a casino would also be good for this neighborhood. If it wasn’t good enough for Westbury, it’s not good enough for this neighborhood.”Solages was joined by a group of community members who, just like him, are not keen to the idea of bringing another gambling establishment to Belmont Park, which hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.“Why should we want another entity for gamblers to come and gamble?” asked Mimi Pieree-Johnson, an Elmont resident. “It hasn’t benefited us with the horses, so what do we say to these children here?”Nassau OTB is now considering other options, though it has not publicly stated what locations are under review. Among the sites rumored as secondary options are Belmont Park and Nassau Coliseum—which is set to undergo a much-needed renovation. The Westbury facility would’ve created 200 jobs and generated $150 million in annual revenue, the Nassau OTB has said.The concerns expressed Tuesday mirror many of the same issues outlined by Westbury residents in recent weeks: traffic, crime and the gambling site’s close proximity to homes and schools.Potential traffic issues played out during the press conference. At one point, Solages was briefly interrupted by a fuel delivery truck who incessantly honked his horn because his path to a gas station was obstructed by vehicles parked on a nearby side street.Solages carried on despite the commotion behind him. He said at no time has anyone from Nassau OTB contacted him or any of his colleagues in the Democratic caucus about a potential for a gaming parlor at the Belmont site.Still, he said: “based on my understanding, they’re considering this site.”A Nassau OTB spokesman did not respond to an email inquiring about a timeframe for the next site to be selected.In a statement released Saturday, Nassau OTB said an alternative location will be chosen after a “comprehensive review and analysis of sites that are willing to be considered and conform to New York State law.”The Fortunoff proposal crumbled under pressure from not only hundreds of concerned residents, but from several powerful lawmakers, including both supervisors of Hempstead and North Hempstead towns, the presiding officer of the Nassau County legislature, state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). Both the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead went as far as suing Nassau OTB in an attempt to block it from purchasing the Fortunoff property.Solages, at his press conference, called for similar bipartisan support with regard to Belmont.Mike Deery, a spokesman for Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, said it was to soon to publicly state a position regarding a proposal for Belmont.“It’s a little premature and speculative to comment on something that isn’t even proposed yet,” he said.Solages doesn’t appear interested in waiting for Nassau OTB’s review to be completed.“This is a Long Island issue, this is a quality of life issue—and that quality of life issue affects all people no matter what political persuasion they may be,” he said.last_img read more

Final data on tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 have been published

first_imgIn commercial accommodation facilities, there were 19,6 million tourist arrivals and 91,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 2018% in tourist arrivals and a 4,8% increase in overnight stays compared to 1,8. In 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in the group of Resorts and similar short-stay facilities, 46,1 million overnight stays, which is 50,5% of the total number of overnight stays. This was followed by overnight stays in the group Hotels and similar accommodation, namely 25,9 million overnight stays, which is 28,4% of the total number of overnight stays. The Camps and camping sites group realized 19,2 million overnight stays, which is 21,0% of the total tourist overnight stays in 2019. If we look only at foreign tourists, by far the most numerous were those from Germany, who realized 2,9 million arrivals and 19,9 million overnight stays, which is 16,6% of total foreign arrivals and 23,7% of total foreign overnight stays. tourist. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Tourists from Germany increased their arrivals by 3,5%, but also slightly decreased their overnight stays by 0,2%. The city with the highest number of tourist nights last year was Dubrovnik with 4,3 million nights. Compared to 2018, it achieved 13,8% more arrivals and 5,8% more overnight stays. The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in Dubrovnik was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 914 thousand, which is 22,0% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists in Dubrovnik. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from the USA, Germany and France. Photo: Photo: Istria County and Dubrovnik at the top in terms of tourist nights The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 was realized by the County of Istria, namely 4,5 million arrivals and 26,4 million overnight stays, which is 22,9% of the total number of arrivals and 28,9% of the total number of overnight stays. It is followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 3,7 million arrivals and 18,0 million tourist nights, which is 18,7% of total arrivals and 19,7% of total overnight stays. Compared to 2018, both counties achieved an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays. Source: Central Bureau of StatisticsPhoto: Pixabay German tourists most numerouscenter_img Photo: As far as the age group of tourists is concerned, the most overnight stays, 16,9 million (18,5% of the total overnight stays), were realized by tourists under 14 years of age. They are followed by tourists in the age group of 35 to 44 years with 16,1 million overnight stays, which is 17,7% of the total overnight stays. Bureau of Statistics came out with data on tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019, according to which it is evident that last year there was an increase in the arrival of foreign and domestic tourists. Photo: Thus, domestic tourists realized 2,2 million arrivals and 7,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 9,4% and an increase in overnight stays by 9,6% compared to 2018. Foreign tourists realized 17,4 million arrivals and 84,1 , 4,3 million overnight stays, which is 1,2% more arrivals and 2018% more overnight stays compared to XNUMX. In 2019, foreign tourists spent the most nights in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin, which is 19% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. Domestic tourists, on the other hand, spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, Crikvenica, Mali Lošinj, Zadar and Vodice, which is 19,2% of the total number of nights spent by domestic tourists. In Continental Croatia, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded by the City of Zagreb (2,6 million overnight stays), Rakovica (305 thousand overnight stays), Sveti Martin na Muri (147 thousand overnight stays), Tuhelj (146 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek (129 thousand overnight stays). All these cities and municipalities achieved an increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 compared to 2018. Most overnight stays in the group Resorts and similar facilities for short breakslast_img read more

Mum: Prostitution to pay for studies

first_imgNZ Herald 16 Feb 2012A solo mum who wants to study so she can get off welfare says she has had to turn to prostitution to pay for childcare and transport to the course. Tania Wysocki, a 38-year-old mother of two preschoolers at Paerata near Pukekohe, advertised herself on a website two weeks ago in a last-ditch effort to raise the money she needs for childcare when she starts a veterinary nursing course at Unitec in Mt Albert next week. She wrote to Prime Minister John Key two days after Christmas saying she could see no other way to do the course, which she hopes will help her get off the domestic purposes benefit (DPB). Mr Key’s office passed the letter on to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, who has yet to respond. read more

Batesville Main Street conducts holiday event survey

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Area residents have an opportunity to let the city of Batesville know what you think about Batesville’s annual holiday events.Batesville Main Street is conducting a survey to help determine whether or not to combine two popular holiday traditions, the Holiday Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony, into one big festival.Traditionally, the Holiday Parade is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, while the Tree Lighting Ceremony is the Thursday after Thanksgiving.Officials say the planning teams for both events have received numerous suggestions to combine the two events, but before considering this as an option they would like your input.The survey can be accessed at survey deadline is April 28.last_img read more

Drivers prepare for Antioch Speedway opener March 15

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. – Racers will be turning wrenches and cleaning cars late into the night this week to prepare for opening night at Antioch Speedway. The Contra Costa Fairgrounds 3/8-mile banked clay oval has an exciting schedule kicked off by a six-division program on Saturday night, March 15.Champion Troy Foulger, 23, of Martinez will return to competition at his home track driving the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified owned by Oakley’s Billy Bowers. Foulger has an unprecedented four straight track championships and the Bowers car has seven – three with its previous driver, Kenny Neu.The Foulger-Bowers duo returned from a rough season-opening race this past Saturday in Chico, Calif. They chased friendly Oakley foe Kellen Chadwick across the finish line.Both are Antioch Speedway regulars.“Any time you can beat the locals at their home track, it is quite an accomplishment,” Bowers explained. “It was a great way to start off the season.”Foulger and Bowers returned from Chico and promptly focused on getting race-ready for this Saturday. “We had to go through every part of the car, checking and straightening each component and tightening bolts,” Bowers explained. “We took the body panels off to straighten them and will make some adjustments to our chassis to prepare for Antioch Speedway.”Rough track or not, Foulger loves racing.“I always have fun when I am racing,” he explains. “If it isn’t fun for you to race, then you shouldn’t be racing.”Foulger won’t commit to racing for another Antioch Speedway championship. “Like every year, we just race and see where the season takes us,” he said. “We work hard. We learn. We make adjustments. The Bowers family puts in a 110 percent effort and that is why we are successful.” The Antioch Speedway season opener will feature IMCA sanctioned Modifieds, Wingless Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Four-Bangers and Dwarf Cars, each with their own set of qualifying heats and feature events. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and $8 for senior citizens. A family four-pack of tickets is $40. The speedway is located in the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. The fairgrounds offers secure parking for $5.last_img read more

Marlene Ann Buddenberg, 86, of Rising Sun

first_imgMarlene Ann Buddenberg, 86, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 8:52 AM, Friday, July 12th, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, IN. Marlene was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 9, 1933, a daughter of the late Goldie (Warram) Turner and Morris  Moore. She was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1951. Marlene was a former deputy auditor for Ohio County. She also worked in sales for Marshalls and Sears department stores. Marlene was also employed at  Mary’s Grocery Store in Aurora and the Chair Factory. Marlene married the love of her life Ernest L. “John” Buddenberg on October 12, 1952. Marlene and John were married nearly 67 years until her passing. Marlene had a talent for sewing, embroidery, and quilting and liked tending to her garden and flowers. She also enjoyed fishing and was happy to sit there for hours, if she caught anything or not. Marlene loved music and to dance and sing. Even when her health and memory were failing, she was able to remember and sing her favorite songs with You Are My Sunshine being one of them. Marlene was a vibrant and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and her talents and love for life will never be forgotten.Marlene is  survived by her loving husband, Ernest “John” Buddenberg, of Rising Sun, IN; by two daughters, Jackie Meyer and husband Justin, of Aurora, IN and Candy Southard and husband Dan, of Rising Sun, IN; by a son, John M. Buddenberg and wife Barbara, of Walhalla, SC; by grandchildren; Tony Baker, Nick Southard, Sarah Southard, Michelle Buddenberg, Joe Buddenberg & Cody Meyer and by great-grandchildren; Hayden, Toby, Lucas, Mikayla & Luis; by a sister, Patricia Viers, of Patriot, IN and a brother, Walter Edward Shannon, of Rising Sun, IN. Marlene was preceded in death by a brother, Morris Moore.Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, July 16th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday 11AM-1PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at  Eastview Cemetery in Patriot, IN. Memorial Donations may be made to Ripley Crossing Activity Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Angels drop second straight lopsided game to Red Sox

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels had been off to the best 16-game start in franchise history, at 13-3, before a weather postponement on Sunday in Kansas City and a scheduled off day interrupted their momentum. Also, the equally sizzling Red Sox came to town, having won 14 of their first 16 games.“They’re a tough team right now,” said starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who gave up most of his six runs on a Rafael Devers grand slam. “They’re seeing it well. When you’re hot, you’re hot.”The Red Sox have hit nine homers in the two games, including a 10-1 victory on Tuesday night. That ugly game actually contributed to this one, by chewing up so much of the Angels’ bullpen that Manager Mike Scioscia had to give Skaggs a longer leash than he probably should have.The Angels needed five relievers to finish Tuesday’s game. Luke Bard threw 39 pitches and Noé Ramírez and Blake Parker each threw 23 over multiple innings.Typically, when a team has to use so much of its bullpen, it will send down a reliever and bring up a fresh arm who has some length, in case they need significant work from the bullpen the next day. However, the composition of the Angels roster doesn’t allow them to easily do that. Of the eight relievers currently on the roster, the only one who can be optioned is Keynan Middleton, and he’s been used as the closer lately.The other pitchers are out of options, meaning they’d have to be designated for assignment and possibly lost to the organization. Bard is a Rule 5 pick, so he’d need to be offered back to the Minnesota Twins and then clear waivers before the Angels could keep him in the minors.As a result of all that, Skaggs remained on the mound on Wednesday night even as it was apparent that he did not have his best stuff, and the game got out of hand quickly.Skaggs gave up a run in a 27-pitch first inning. After a perfect second, the wheels fell off in the third. No one was warming in the bullpen even as the Red Sox loaded the bases.It wasn’t all Skaggs’ fault. Cozart, the third baseman, made a bad throw to try to get a force at second. Cozart said if he’d made a good throw, they’d have actually gotten the double play.The inning continued. Mitch Moreland’s bases-loaded single drove in one run. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Devers came to the plate.Still, no one was warming up in the bullpen.“There’s no doubt at some point you’ve got to make some pitches and try to get out of it,” Scioscia said. “We barely had enough bullpen to get through the game as it was. If we didn’t give Tyler a chance to work out of it and get to a certain point, it was going to go south anyway.”Skaggs remained in the game and Devers crushed a curveball, which Scioscia said wasn’t a bad pitch, over the line on the right field fence, putting the Red Sox up 6-0. Scioscia still left Skaggs to get into the fifth, milking every out he could get out of him before going to the bullpen. As it was, the Angels needed to use every reliever who hadn’t pitch the night before, even Middleton in a mop-up role.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousBoston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, right, and first baseman Mitch Moreland celebrate the team’s 9-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, right, is congratulated after his grand slam off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez watches his double against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Mitch Moreland watches his RBI-single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a hit by Mitch Moreland during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs wipes his face after loading the bases with Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston’s Rafael Devers connects for a grand slam as Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on during the third inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 18: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a grandslam as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the third inning of a game at Angel Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, right, celebrates his grand slam with Mitch Moreland during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers returns to the dugout after his grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Alvarez throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez, left, gets tagged out at second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler while trying to advance after a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez, right, talks with home plate umpire Jordan Baker after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston outfielder Mookie Betts catches a line drive hit by the Angels’ Luis Valbuena during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 18: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, and left fielder Justin Upton can’t make the catch on a fly ball hit by Boston’s Mookie Betts during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, right, and first baseman Mitch Moreland celebrate the team’s 9-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, right, is congratulated after his grand slam off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 18Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, right, is congratulated after his grand slam off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandANAHEIM — Remember when the Angels could seemingly do no wrong?Just a few days after they were riding a seven-game winning streak and scoring the most runs in the major leagues, the Angels have seen their joyride come to abrupt halt at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.The Angels are now enduring their first losing “streak” of the young season, after dropping a second consecutive game to the Red Sox, the latest a 9-0 loss on Wednesday night.“It’s just two games,” Zack Cozart said. “We obviously didn’t play well. Me for sure. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to play better. It’s pretty simple. We just have to play better all around.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Short outings by the starters have been a problem for the Angels, even as they’ve been winning. The bullpen and offense had bailed them out for much of the early going, but the hole was too deep this time.“We have to start picking it up as a starting pitching staff,” Skaggs said.The hitters, who had been averaging a major league-leading 6.4 runs per game before the season, could not overcome the deficit. They scored just one run in the first two games of the series, with a particularly discouraging wasted opportunity in the first inning, when it was a 1-0 game. They loaded the bases with one out against Rick Porcello, but Kole Calhoun and Cozart struck out.“You’re going to run into some waves like this where it doesn’t seem like you’re putting things together, but we’re a much better offensive team than any time in the last number of years,” Scioscia said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence we’ll continue to swing the bats well.”last_img read more

AARP launches ‘Stop Rx Greed’ campaign to lower drug prices

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Polls show that reducing the cost of prescription drugs is a very important issue to Americans, and AARP is launching a new campaign to demand action, at both the federal and state levels.Ten years ago, Doug Lehman from Sioux City wasn’t on any prescription drugs, but a kidney transplant changed that, making him insulin-dependent. The cost of his medication just went up another $500 a month, which he says has created a new hardship for his family.“Because of the recent increase in costs, I’ve taken on another part-time job to cover that cost,” says Lehman. “If I wasn’t working or capable of working, I would not be able to get those anti-rejection drugs, and that would result in failure of the kidney.”According to AARP, Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. The group wants pharmaceutical companies to stop deflecting blame and reduce those prices.A national AARP survey group found that 72 percent of likely voters ages 50 and older are concerned about the cost of their medications.AARP Iowa State Director Brad Anderson says he’d heard from Iowans who need to choose between their medications, paying their power bills or buying groceries.“The stories aren’t just about incremental rises in drug costs, these are about giant shifts,” says Anderson, “from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars, that force seniors all over the state to make really tough decisions no senior in America should have to face.”Anderson says the new campaign includes a petition calling on Congress and the Trump administration to take action.“Whether you’re a Republican or you’re a Democrat, drug costs affect you the same way,” says Anderson, “And so, taking on drug company greed and lowering the costs of prescription drugs is probably the most popular thing that has broad bipartisan support from our members.”Sixty-three percent of those surveyed by AARP think the price of prescription drugs is “unreasonable.” The “Stop Rx Greed” campaign supports policy solutions, including allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices.last_img read more

Dele’s brother stays away as the real McCoy shine in debut win for Mourinho

first_imgDELE ALLI’S brother stayed away and the real McCoy kickstarted Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham regime.Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored the goals but it was Alli, heeding his new manager’s very public call to arms, who truly led the charge.3 Dele Alli was back to his best in Jose Mourinho’s first game in chargeCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe all-action attacking midfielder, 23, who had once been at the centre of all that was good about Tottenham and England, was back.Alli played a crucial role in both first-half goals, slipping the ball to Son to fire through hapless West Ham goalkeeper Roberto and then improvising superbly on the touchline to send the South Korean free to cross for Moura.But the England man’s all-round game was impressive, too.He was pressing, linking play and, when there was nothing else to be done, just working and running hard off the ball until there was.His first-half energy and inspiration, and Tottenham’s finishing, were the decisive factors in victory over a West Ham side and crowd which failed dismally to rise to the occasion.Michail Antonio’s goal and a stoppage-time strike by Angelo Ogbonna should not be allowed to gloss over the stain of the first 70 minutes.If the majority of those on and off the pitch cannot get themselves up for a game like this from the start, then the Hammers – and manager Manuel Pellegrini – really are in the kind of trouble that their current league position suggests.At this rate, the Premier League is going to lose two South American bosses with surnames starting with P in quick succession.Even before Son opened the scoring, the away fans were singing, “No noise in your cup final”.A chorus of “Is there a fire drill?” greeted the sight of some home fans leaving the London Stadium after Kane’s goal early in the second half.3 Jose Mourinho would have been thrilled with Dele Alli’s performanceCredit: ReutersAnd well before the end, the Tottenham faithful were telling Pellegrini: “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”Tottenham, of course, had brought in Mourinho in a bid to bounce back from not really showing up for their own big occasion, back in June against Liverpool in the Champions League final.Qualifying for that competition again next season must be Mourinho’s primary goal and a first Premier League win away from home since January was a good first step.The signs were promising from the start, especially from Alli.Inside three minutes, the axed England midfielder was on the ball and sliding a cute pass in to Kane, whose finish was excellent.The timing of his run had not been so good, however, but the offside flag could not cancel out the good intentions. Soon afterwards, the same two players combined and the same assistant referee intervened.Alli was trying to go through his full repertoire. One moment he was closing down an Issa Diop clearance, the next linking play with a simple pass, then lurking with intent as a Harry Winks free kick almost reached him in the six-yard box.For all that, Tottenham’s were not quite gelling and their best effort was a Son shot that was made to look more dangerous than it was by comedy ‘keeper Roberto.West Ham had been almost totally toothless though, and after Felipe Anderson had wasted a fine break unleashed by Noble, they fell behind.Alli’s pass to Son was well-timed, but the South Korean’s single stepover reduced Issa Diop to a statue and Roberto should have made a better attempt to save it.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe Spaniard did keep out an Alli volley soon afterwards but he was helpless to stop Moura making it two.Alli slipped on the touchline but had the presence of mind to flick the ball into Son’s path.Into the box the Tottenham star surged before crossing perfectly into the path of Moura.It would have been three before half-time if Roberto had not scrambled to keep out a looping Davinson Sanchez header.But Spurs and Mourinho did not have long to wait for the goal which would pretty much kill the game.The sight of Antonio warming up at half-time had raised the spirits of the West Ham fans a bit.Then Mourinho wore a rueful look after Moura had dragged his shot wide after a trademark Pochettino-style break with Son.But from their next attack, Spurs worked the ball out wide to Serge Aurier and Diop meekly allowed Kane to head home.The West Ham defender redeemed himself just a bit with a last-ditch challenge on Kane, who had run clear of the home defence.It said a lot about what a wretched afternoon it had become for the home side that the biggest cheer of the day was for Kane being poleaxed after blocking Aaron Cresswell’s powerful free kick with his head.3 Alli was at the heart of everything good for Spurs against West HamCredit: ReutersMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearWas there hope when Antonio found space between Alderweireld and Ben Davies and rifled the ball home?Not much, although Mourinho won’t have been impressed by the nerves and raggedness of his team for the last 20 minutes.West Ham’s sudden intensity ultimately proved to be too little too late.Declan Rice had an 89th-minute “goal” rightly disallowed for offside and Antonio almost forced an Alderweireld own goal before Ogbonna scored with virtually the last kick of the game.Alli himself had come off with ten minutes to go to a chorus of boos. Coming from such bitter rivals, it will have been music to his and Mourinho’s ears. Job done.Jose Mourinho asked Dele Alli ‘are you Dele or his brother-’ as he bids to get Spurs star firing againlast_img read more