TOTTENHAM and England striker Harry Kane has suffered a torn hamstring, the club has announced. He limped off during the defeat at Southampton on Wednesday and yesterday manager Jose Mourinho said he was expecting “bad news”.No timescale has been given for his return but he is likely to miss several weeks of action, including the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough tomorrow.“Head up. Tough times don’t last, tough people do,” Kane tweeted.“Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club,” Mourinho said.“His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.”In a statement, Spurs said: “We can confirm that Harry Kane suffered a tear in his left hamstring during our New Year’s Day fixture against Southampton.“Our medical staff will continue to review the injury with treatment ongoing.”Kane has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season. (BBC Sport)
The USC women’s basketball team fell 69-68 in the final seconds to Arizona State on the road Sunday as Temi Fagenble’s basket as at the buzzer was called off after the officials ruled time expired before she took the shot. Arizona State’s Sophie Brunner hit a game-winning layup plus the foul with one second remaining to give the Sun Devils (20-4, 11-1) the narrow victory. Brunner finished with nine points and six rebounds and teammate Arnecia Hawkins finished with 12 points as the Sun Devils defeated the Women of Troy (17-7, 5-7) in a nail-biter. Arizona State tied the game 66-66 on a layup by Kelsey Moos with 13 seconds remaining. Temi Fagbenle responded with a jumper with four seconds remaining to retake the lead and then hit a tough jumper with second seconds remaining to give USC a 68-66 lead. It seemed like the game was over until Brunner made an and-one layup to retake the lead for the Sun Devils. Arizona State came into today as one of the best defenses in the country, limiting opponents to a meager 52.9 points per game. However, the Sun Devils struggled defensively to start the game as USC jumped out to a 22-10 lead in the first quarter. Sadie Edwards had her way in the first quarter, scoring eight points as the Sun Devils struggled to stay in front of her. Arizona State started off the second quarter with a 10-4 run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers while cutting the USC lead to 26-23 before Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke called a timeout. USC came out of the timeout with a layup by Khaedin Taito but the Trojans struggled on the defensive end as Arizona State continued to score at will. It seemed like the Women of Troy would be able to head into the half with a 34-32 lead but Aliyah Mazyck was called for a foul as USC tried to inbound the ball with 25 seconds remaining. Peace Amukamara proceeded to hit two free throws to tie the game at 34-34 heading into the half. USC started the second half on a 7-3 run to take a 41-37 lead but Arizona State was able to tie the game again on a jumper by Amukamara. Neither team took control of the game and the two teams traded baskets until Mazyck eventually hit two free throws to tie the game at 52-52 with seven seconds remaining in the third quarter.USC went on a 6-0 run following a layup by Arizona State’s Elisha Davis to take a 58-54 lead. It seemed like the Women of Troy would finally pull away after Edwards hit a jumper to take a 64-58 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game. But the Sun Devils came back with baskets by Quinn Dornstauder and Katie Hempen to cut the lead to 64-62. Edwards led the way for the Women of Troy, finishing with a game-high 26 points. Courtney Jaco, coming off a career-high 24-point performance against the University of Arizona on Friday, had a quiet game on Sunday, finishing with five points. Fagbenle struggled to stay on the floor after committing two fouls in the first three minutes of the game but managed to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds.After losing to lowly Colorado last Sunday, USC followed up with a win against the Wildcats on Friday. But with today’s loss, USC falls to 5-7 in conference play. The Women of Troy return home next week to play Washington and Washington State. USC lost to both teams on the road in Washington in their previous matchup. The Women of Troy will have their hands full on Friday night when the nation’s leading scorer, Kelsey Plum of Washington, comes to town. Plum had 32 points in the Huskies’ 69-60 victory over USC on January 17. The Trojans will then play Washington State and freshman star, Borislava Hristova, who had 21 points against USC in their previous matchup.
…over non-payment of NIS, PAYE, Credit Union dues…although Municipality deducts $280M from wagesCity Hall may find itself in hot water today if workers decide to follow the advice of the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) and go on strike until monies are remitted to the Credit Union, the Guyana Revenue Authority and the National Insurance Scheme.City HallAt Monday’s statutory meeting, the City’s Welfare Officer, Wesley Adams, informed Councillors that the administration met with the Labour Department; the General Secretary of the GLU, Carvil Duncan; the Deputy Town Clerk and other staff representatives on February 5, 2018, where it was decided that the municipality would be given two weeks to begin addressing the issues.“This morning (Monday) a member of staff brought a notice to my attention in which Mr Duncan sent out this notice informing members of staff because of the failure of the (City Hall’s) administration to address the issues there will be a withdrawal of the workers’ service tomorrow (today) and they are required to meet at the Union Hall,” he related.Adams noted that many of the issues that were being brought to fore were being addressed.“The administration met with NIS as it relates to deduction and remittance and also the Credit Union. However, this afternoon (Monday), I met with some members of staff and I told them clearly, while it is their prerogative to go on strike because the administration is trying its utmost best, I think they should think clearly before they go on strike,” Adams added.The Council was also informed that although monies are being deducted from the workers’ wages and salaries for NIS, Union dues and PAYE, those monies are not remitted to the agencies.According to the City Treasurer, Ron McAlmont, the municipality owes the Credit Union over $26 million; NIS $127.4 million; and the GRA, $132 million. He explained that on Friday last, the Council would have made payments of $10.3 million and $10.4 million to the NIS and Credit Union respectively.Meanwhile, Town Clerk Royston King explained that the current financial status of City Hall should be taken into account when looking at the overall picture. He, however, noted that steps are already being put in place to address the issue in a timely fashion.With all of that being said, some Councillors were at a loss as to how monies could be deducted and not paid over to the entities. Councillor, Andrea Marks, said it is a “shame” that workers are being denied their benefits when they go to NIS because of the administration’s ineptitude. Meanwhile, Councillor Bishram Kuppen, called for a written report on the issue and for it to be addressed urgently by the Finance Committee.Finance Committee Chairman, Councillor Oscar Clarke, said the issue has been engaging the attention of the Committee and noted that with the current financial position of the municipality, had it gone ahead and made those payments, then workers would have been waiting longer periods for their wages and salaries.At an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on November 14, 2017, Clarke had suggested that the municipality consider downsizing the number of staff since salaries account for 68 per cent of the Council’s revenue. That came in light of the cash strapped municipality failing to pay its workers’ their wages and salaries on time leading to protests.The chairman had suggested the Council should begin looking to reduce its 800 staff. He noted that the current financial state will remain if the Council continues to pay 68 per cent of its revenue for staffing.For quite a while now, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has been cash-strapped, and on multiple occasions, work around the city had to be halted, since the municipality was unable to pay workers. The City’s major garbage contractors – Cevons Waste Disposal and Puran Bros Disposal Service – were forced to withdraw their services after the administration was unable to pay over $300 million owed to them. This resulted in Cevons laying off a number of its employees and Central Government stepping in to pick up the tab. (Lakhram Bhagirat)