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Memories of 2013 ‘Kick Six’ still haunt Tide players

first_imgAdam Griffith (99) watches his missed field goal attempt that was returned for a game-winning TD by Auburn in the Iron Bowl last year. MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER FILE Alabama place kicker Adam Griffith (99) watches his missed field goal attempt that was returned for a game winning touchdown by Auburn in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday November 30, 2013. (Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser)Adam Griffith (99) watches his missed field goal attempt that was returned for a game-winning TD by Auburn in the Iron Bowl last year. MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER FILE Alabama place kicker Adam Griffith (99) watches his missed field goal attempt that was returned for a game winning touchdown by Auburn in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday November 30, 2013. (Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser)TUSCALOOSA — Ryan Kelly distinctly remembers the crushing heartbreak he felt as he watched Auburn’s Chris Davis race from one end zone to the other on the final play of the 2013 Iron Bowl.As Auburn fans flooded Pat Dye Field by the thousands, the then-sophomore center carefully made his way to the visitors’ locker room beneath the Jordan Hare Stadium stands in a daze.“It was kind of a blur after the end of it. … I just kind of walked off the field,” Kelly said Monday. “That’s all I want to talk about it. It wasn’t a great feeling. A lot of guys on this team were there then. You definitely don’t forget something like that.”The game ended on a single play – affectionately known as the “Kick Six” – that will live in infamy for both its sensationalism and sheer unlikeliness after Davis fielded a 57-yard field goal try a foot inside the back of the end zone and returned it 109 yards down the home sideline for the game-winning score as the upstart Tigers knocked off the No. 1 Tide, 34-28, at Jordan-Hare Stadium.Auburn would go on to win the SEC Championship and come within 13 seconds of winning the national championship.Meanwhile, Alabama – which had won back-to-back national titles in 2011-12 – would suffer a hangover loss to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.Needless to say, the Iron Bowl has traditionally yielded some serious national implications, and it’s no different this season with the No. 2 Tide needing to win Saturday to secure the SEC West divisional championship, and a trip to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.“I don’t think I have to tell anybody anything they don’t already know about this game. The Iron Bowl is one of the great rivalries in college football,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. “It means a lot to a lot of people in this state as well as all over the country. It’s certainly an opportunity you appreciate as a competitor.”Of course, even after delivering a 55-44 win last season at Bryant-Denny Stadium, there are some unresolved feelings regarding the game two years ago.“I know I remember being on the sideline, me and Landon (Collins) beside each other and just watching (Davis) run down the field,” Alabama senior linebacker Reggie Ragland said. “You just drop your helmet and just walk off the field in disbelief and you’re sad.”But, for many of the now-seniors that watched the veterans on that 2013 team come up short after back-to-back national championships, the disappointment felt that day is still fresh.“(I remember the) look in the eyes of some of the seniors and you see them crying in the locker room and stuff like that,” Ragland said. “That hurts your feelings, knowing that you didn’t do your job enough to get the win for them. So we gotta come out and we gotta do our job and gotta try to get this win.”Crimson Tide senior quarterback Jake Coker was watching and remembers the 2013 Iron Bowl with his family in Mobile while recovering from knee surgery earlier that month while still at Florida State.“I couldn’t believe it happened. … (Of course) it is what it is, it’s over now,” Coker said Saturday following a 56-6 win over Charleston Southern. “At that point, the recruiting process, all that (with Alabama) hadn’t started so I was just kind of more in awe (of the play) than anything.”Still, there are many around the Alabama program that prefer to focus on what’s ahead Saturday, rather than look behind.“I don’t really think about it that much. Of course, it kind of gets brought up and you start to think about it more around the time we’re starting to prepare for Auburn,” Tide senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Obviously, we know it happened, but it’s in the past and I don’t think that’s going to be on our minds that much when we roll into Jordan Hare on Saturday.”And while some aren’t interested in rehashing the past this week, the way Alabama’s last trip to Auburn ended still serves as motivation this week, even if many of the players are reluctant to admit it.“It does, but it’s not going to fuel how we play,” Kelly said. “We’re going to have to go down there and execute. They are a really good team.”Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more

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One of nation’s best 2018 class QBs commits to Auburn

first_imgOne of the nation's elite 2018 quarterback prospects, Joey Gatewood (17), verbally committed to Auburn this weekend. Gatewood is in his sophomore season at Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Fla.One of the nation’s elite 2018 quarterback prospects, Joey Gatewood (17), verbally committed to Auburn this weekend. Gatewood is in his sophomore season at Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Fla.AUBURN – One of the nation’s best quarterback prospects in the 2018 recruiting class committed to Auburn this weekend.Joey Gatewood, a 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback from Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Florida, announced on Twitter Saturday evening of his verbal pledge to Auburn’s 2018 recruiting class. Gatewood becomes the first high school sophomore prospect to commit to Auburn after informing Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee during a campus visit this weekend.[tweet https://twitter.com/DuelThreat2/status/673336402587815936%5DThis season Gatewood completed 59-of-103 passes for 713 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 871 yards on 133 carries and six scores. He was the only sophomore participant at the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge in June. Currently, 247sports.com has Gatewood rated the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 51 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class.Gatewood was suspended in October for off the field issues and did not play in Bartram Trail’s regular season finale on Nov. 6 due to a right foot injury.[tweet https://twitter.com/AUFAMILY/status/673342990803447808/photo/1%5DIn two seasons at Bartram Trail, Gatewood has already accounted for 2,605 total yards (1,530 rushing, 1,075 passing) and 23 total touchdowns in 22 career games.Even after just two seasons of high school football, Gatewood chose Auburn over offers from Florida State, Florida, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee.Sophomore Year Highlightslast_img read more

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2019 FIFA WWC: Germany Defeat Super Falcons to Advance to Semifinal

first_imgFIFA relatively new technology, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) once again had a major influence in the first Round of 16 match at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Germany beat Nigeria 3-0 to reach the last eight.Germany captain, Alexandra Popp’s 20th-minute header was allowed to stand by referee Yoshimi Yamashita after she deemed Svenja Huth was not interfering in play while in an offside position.Then, following another VAR check, she awarded a penalty having ruled Evelyn Nwabuoku had fouled Lina Magull.Sara Däbritz converted from the spot and Lea Schuller fired in a late third.The use of VAR and referees’ judgements have repeatedly come under scrutiny at this tournament.Criticism has been directed at the new directive saying punishments should be issued for goalkeepers who come off their line for penalties, which had an impact on both Scotland and Nigeria’s results in France.However, during Saturday’s first quarter-final in Grenoble, it was the Japanese official’s interpretations that raised debate.Popp’s opener from Magull’s corner appeared good until VAR alerted Yamashita to a possible issue over Huth’s offside position in front of keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. However, after a check, the referee allowed the goal to stand.Moments after the restart, Magull hit the deck when Nwabuoku unintentionally caught her in an attempt to clear the ball. Yamashita signaled a throw-in but once more received a message from the VAR team.It was three minutes before Yamashita changed her decision to a spot-kick, which Däbritz put away to give the Germans a 2-0 lead.The second half was far less eventful. Had Desire Oparanozie timed her stretch to turn in substitute Rasheedat Ajibade’s low cross then it would have set up a far more tense finish.Instead, SGS Essen forward Lea Schüller put the game beyond the reach of the Super Falcons with an angled strike that nestled in Nnadozie’s right-hand corner.Germany will have a week’s rest before they face Sweden or Canada to book a spot in the semi-finals.Related2019 FIFA WWC: Chile’s Misfortune Places Nigeria Against Germany in Knockout StageJune 21, 2019In “National Team”2019 FIFA WWC: Hosts France Beat Brazil to Join Last Eight in Another VAR DebacleJune 23, 2019In “Events”Alberto PominiJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

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Osborn keeps Lincoln County streak alive

first_imgBy Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (June 11) – The oval had many racing grooves for the competitors to chal­lenge for supremacy at Lincoln County Raceway Saturday evening. Finding the fastest grooves to were Colton Osborn, Zach Schultz, Casey Werkmeister, Jacob Olmstead and Andrew Baumgardner as all found themselves in the winner’s circle at the end of the evening.Continuing his streak was Osborn, as he captured yet another Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fied victory. Osborn started in the third row and took little time to become in the lead group. He passed Dave Pedersen on the 10th lap and never looked back.Pedersen ended as the runner-up and Jay Steffens was third.It was a family battle at the front of the field during the final laps of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature with Zach and Dillon Schultz going head-to-head. Zach Schultz took the lead from the onset and was able to avoid all challenges throughout the feature event to claim the check­ered flag and victory.Zach Schultz was stalked by his brother Dillon during the final laps, but Dillon wasn’t able to get past and was forced to settle with runner-up accolades after starting in the fourth row. Brandon Clough was third.For the second week in a row, the most competitive feature event came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Leading the way for the final four laps after battling through traffic, Casey Werk­meister crossed the finish line first to score the victory.Werkmeister had started in the fifth row. Kyle Clough recovered quite nicely after losing the lead to finish second. Third was Bob Hoing.Missing out on the heat race did nothing to slow Jacob Olmstead during the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, where he snared the lead at the halfway point and never looked back to earn the win. The battle for second place came down to the final inches of the race, with Zach Olmstead edging Robbie Kosmacek by the slimmest of margins at the finish line.Keeping it in the family, Andrew Baumgardner drove his father’s car to the winner’s circle after winning the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

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“The Voice” recap: The knockout rounds continue with Miley stealing one of Adam’s artists

first_img Related NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The knockout rounds continued on Monday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coach Miley Cyrus stealing one of Adam Levine’s artists.Artists from Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams also duked it out to see who would make it to the live rounds.To make things even more competitive, each artist had to watch his or her opponent rehearse.Advising the artists for the knockout rounds was season-14 coach, Kelly Clarkson.Here are the highlights from Tuesday night’s episode:Up first, representing Team Miley, was Brooke Simpson tackling Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” facing off against Stephan Marcellus, singing “Impossible,” by Shontelle. During rehearsals, Kelly and Miley advised Brooke to be “less swaggy” and not over-sing. The recommendation for Marcellus was to sing the song in a lower key. Miley declared Brooke the winner. She advances to the live rounds. Stephan went home.Blake’s team was up next, with Anna Catherine DeHart covering Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and Mitchell Lee performing Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.” Following their knockout performances, the coaches were split, with Jennifer and Adam leaning towards Mitchell and Miley favoring Anna Catherine. Blake declared Lee the winner. He moves on to the live rounds, while DeHart’s time on The Voice came to an end.Next up, representing Team Jennifer, was Jeremiah Miller with “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber, facing off against Noah Mac singing James Bay’s “Hold Back the River.” The two singers were paired, according to Jennifer, so she could determine which one was “ready.” Afterwards, Miley called Noah’s performance her favorite. Adam and Blake also thought Noah killed it. Hudson picked Mac, explaining that he “sleeps [and] eats music.” Noah advances to the live rounds. Miller was sent packing.Kathrina Feigh, belting out Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” and Keisha Renee, singing Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance, followed for Team Blake. The two were paired because both were “big, soulful singers.” Clarkson thought the singers were evenly matched. The winner, she said, addressing the camera, would come down to which one didn’t cave under pressure. After both artists performed, the other judges were undecided as to who won, but Blake gave Keisha the edge, citing the soulful sound she brings to country music. She moves on, while Kathrina goes home.The knockouts continued with Team Miley’s Moriah Formica, performing Kellie Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” taking on Whitney Fenimore, covering “Calling All Angels by Train. Kelly warned Moriah not to be too “guarded,” and Miley urged Whitney not to let her nerves get the better of her. Afterwards, Adam couldn’t decide who won, but Blake and Jennifer gave the round to Moriah. Miley chose 16-year-old Moriah for her presence, her voice and her attitude. She continues in the competition. Whitney goes home.The last pairing of the night was between Team Adam’s Adam Pearce, singing Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and  Emily Luther tackling Pink’s “Glitter in the Air.” Levine, addressing the camera, said he wanted to see “who’s gonna show up and who’s not.” He advised Pearce to lose the guitar he was playing, and Emily not to be “too perfect.” Adam gave the round to Emily, who he called a “showstopper.” She advances to the live rounds.However, as Adam was walking off the stage, he was stolen at the last minutes by Miley, who explained that Pearce just needed “a bigger stage, more production and fire.”  He moves on to the love rounds.Also advancing on Monday was Team Adam’s Jon Mero, who ousted Dylan Gerard.The Voice knockout rounds conclude Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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PPP should embrace all opposition forces

first_imgDear Editor,In a recent letter, Mr. Sean Ori wisely advises PPP/C “to regroup and rethink its strategy” (of winning the next election) if it is going to improve its prospects of returning to office in 2020.So far, the PPP has not displayed a credible strategy to win the next election or to expand its political base. More of the same will not win an election.Bharrat Jagdeo wants to pursue a different strategy of embracing non-PPP forces, but he has been handicapped by hard core elements in the party who are reluctant to embrace change. As Jagdeo had suggested, the party needs to do something different, and to be creative in improving its chance at the polls — like teaming up with other opposition forces, as the PNC did in 2011 and 2015, which led to its capturing the Government.The PPP feels confident it would be victorious in 2020 because of the mis-governance of the APNU+AFC, which has resulted in widespread disgruntlement, even among its own supporters. But historically, disenchanted PNC supporters have never voted for the PPP, and there is no evidence they will do so in 2020.Sean Ori is right in stating that PPP will not win the next general election if it is relying exclusively on the countless errors (bad governance) made by the ruling APNU+AFC coalition. The PPP feels disenchanted PNC supporters would gravitate towards them (PPP). It did not happen in the past, and there is no evidence it would happen in 2020.People don’t vote on governance issues, but on ethnicity. In 1992, after 28 years of bad governance, PNC supporters did not abandon their natural party. And, so far, the PNC (APNU) support remains strong, and there is no evidence that the party is losing its traditional support in spite of all the errors and allegations of widespread corruption.In a free and fair election, the PPP may emerge victorious. Those who crossed over from PPP to vote for AFC are returning home, because of what they describe as the betrayal of the AFC. But a free and fair election is not guaranteed. The PPP needs to put measures in place to attract figures against which it would be nearly impossible for rigging, as took place between 1966 and 1992. If the PPP embraces all opposition forces, it will win.The PPP does not have the numbers to guarantee a win in an election, even if it is free and fair.  But if it has the right, independent, credible personalities in its Civic component, it would win. The party needs to reform itself, and to make alliances with other groups and individuals of integrity. The party is not moving in that direction, in spite of good advice.Had the party taken advice offered it in 2011, it would have retained its majority. Had it taken advice in 2015, it would have won the election. As I found out from various sources, this party has rejected every good, sound advice to expand its support.Since May 2015, the PPP has not been able to attract new faces into the party, or make alliance with any group, although it has reached out to some credible individuals like Chris Ram, Lawrence Latchmansingh, Rhyaan Shah, Joe Singh, Ralph Ramkarran (who declined a nomination), etc. , all of whom were rejected by the APNU+AFC as Chair of GECOM. The PPP has to encourage these individuals and more to become part of its Civic component. It has to give the Civic autonomy to choose its own members and leadership, and to manage its own affairs, like an independent party or political organisation.The PPP cannot choose the leadership of the Civic, or decide who will be its members. The Civic must have complete freedom and independence to decide on these issues.  In this way, towering personalities like Ralph Ramkarran, Joe Singh, Lawrence Latchmansingh, Chris Ram, Rhyaan Shah, Ravi Dev, Gerry Gouveia, etc. can feel comfortable in becoming a member of the Civic without appearing as a member or supporter of the PPP. There is no doubt their presence in the Civic in an alliance would carry the PPP to victory. In fact, such an alliance would win a landslide victory, especially if led by one of these figures (particularly Ramkarran or Joe Singh or Gouveia) all of whom enjoy huge support across the political divide, and in whom people have a lot of confidence for the restoration of good governance and ethnic equality.But will the PPP heed good advice or wise counsel? The PPP must heed Ori’s advice and rethink its strategy for 2020: embrace all, including critics and detractors. The party needs to take bold steps and loosen the Civic component to its appellation and alliance, so that respected professionals and individuals of integrity would feel comfortable in joining the Civic.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Real Madrid chief gets keys to Panama City

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid president Florentino Perez received the key to Panama City from its mayor on Monday, in honor of the billionaire’s achievements in business and sport. “It is an honor for me to accept this, as well as a responsibility,” the head of the iconic Spanish football club said, after Mayor Jose Isabel Blandon bestowed the key.Perez did not rule out the possibility of a match between Real Madrid and the Panamanian national side, in Panama.“It is a matter of finding the dates because between world cups and European cups after national championships, there are no dates left. But it’s just a matter of finding them,” he said.The Real chief was in Panama to expend a cooperation deal it has with the office of Panama’s first lady. Since 2006 it has been special partner to a sports and social school.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Governor’s aides reap big rewards

first_imgIn a nod to the state’s fiscal health and his own fabulous wealth, Gov. Schwarzenegger declines his $206,500 salary. When it comes to the compensation of his aides, however, the governor is far less frugal. Since taking office more than three years ago, Schwarzenegger has broken with tradition by allowing top aides to moonlight on campaigns, collecting salaries from public and private interests simultaneously. He also has boosted the ranks of staffers earning $100,000 or more of taxpayer money. And the man who vowed to shake up politics as usual has continued the age-old practice of rewarding campaign aides, many of them in their 20s, with well-paid state jobs. A man who credits his Kennedy in-laws with nurturing his sense of public service, Schwarzenegger thinks compensating aides well is a way to “attract the best and the brightest,” said his press secretary, Aaron McLear. The governor’s staffers consider it “an honor to work for this governor and to serve the people of California.” But some political scientists and ethicists fret that the governor, accustomed to Hollywood pay scales, sends conflicting messages about public service. They’re concerned his actions may undermine long-held practices and traditions that have ennobled the calling: “Arnold as usual not only exemplifies, but also magnifies, whatever a trend is,” Cain said. “Coming from the glitziest and most over-rewarded part of the private sector, he’s obviously doing more of it” than his predecessors. The practice that has startled observers most is moonlighting by top administration aides. It’s legal, so long as campaign work is done during non-work hours, but generally frowned upon. State staffers typically take leaves of absence if they’re working extensively on campaigns. Former Gov. Gray Davis forbade his state aides from moonlighting. Last year, Schwarzenegger Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy earned more from campaign coffers filled with corporate contributions – $167,500 – than she received from her state salary of $131,412. (Because Kennedy went off the state payroll for about a month, she actually earned $121,506.) Schwarzenegger communications director Adam Mendelsohn received $87,666 for his efforts on the governor’s re-election and inaugural celebration, beyond his $123,252 state salary. Personal assistant Clay Russell earned $72,000 on campaign work, in addition to his $75,000 state salary. Senior Adviser Daniel Zingale received a $50,000 campaign bonus, aside from his $123,252 salary. “They worked long hours on their state jobs,” said spokesman McLear, speaking on behalf of the senior aides. “And on nights and weekends, they would go and work on the campaign.” The aides filed monthly time cards for the state. They weren’t required to tally hours worked on the campaign. That’s “very troubling” to Judy Nadler, a senior fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “The public doesn’t actually know when you’re on the meter and when you’re not.” The governor has defended the arrangement, saying that aides are not paid with campaign donations from outside sources, but rather from contributions made by Schwarzenegger to himself. McLear said “we don’t anticipate” paying staffers from campaign coffers again, but he did not categorically rule it out. On the state side, Schwarzenegger has also boosted salaries. In January 2005, 24 employees of the governor’s staff earned $100,000 or more, according to records kept by the controller’s office. A year later, 28 did. At the start of this year, 35 employees, or roughly one in five governor’s office employees, earned six figures. Another 21 aides made between $90,204 and $99,504. Schwarzenegger’s first chief of staff, Pat Clarey, was known as tight-fisted on salaries, especially since Schwarzenegger was elected to remedy a huge deficit. Current aides take a different tack. “What they’re trying to do is do more with less people,” said spokesman McLear, who says all salary adjustments are “budget-neutral.” That is, they’re offset by leaving some positions vacant. Schwarzenegger’s refusal of his own six-figure salary also frees up cash for others. “That allows us to pay the salaries we need to attract the best and brightest.” McLear also stresses that “many people on the governor’s staff could be making two or three times more” elsewhere. Governor’s office staffers are due to receive raises this year, too. It’s unclear how big they’ll be and who will get them. Given financial – and political – considerations, the raises are unlikely to be granted before a new state budget is adopted later this summer. By law, the chief of staff’s salary cannot exceed that of the highest paid cabinet secretary, currently $225,000. Everyone else could theoretically earn as much as directors of big state departments, or $169,500. Additionally, the governor has continued the longstanding practice of rewarding campaign aides with state jobs or granting them big raises when they return to state service. More than 20 former campaign staffers now work on the state payroll, including several twenty-somethings earning $70,000 or more. Former publicist Lisa Page was 26 when she got her first state job – deputy communications director – earning $85,000. Page served the governor’s campaign as a senior adviser for communications. Jeffrey Wyly was also 26 when he was appointed to a $75,000 job as an assistant secretary of the state labor agency. That’s a 37 percent raise from what he earned working in the labor agency until last May, $54,696. Another former campaign aide, 25, became a deputy director of the state lottery ($72,500); a 28-year-old is an assistant communications director in the governor’s office ($77,682). No one doubts the deputies’ skills, but the salaries have floored people inside and outside the administration. Senior aides can reasonably argue that their skills would fetch far more in the business world, said one Schwarzenegger loyalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of antagonizing the governor. As for younger staffers, “it’s not as if the salaries are comparable to what they could be making outside, doing something else.” The new hires are all “outstanding workers” are on-call to the governor around the clock, said McLear, who spoke on their behalf. He maintains that they could, in fact, make more elsewhere. Schwarzenegger “saw a lot of these folks, up close and personal, in the campaign,” he said. “And he wanted to make sure we had the cream of the crop working to implement his vision.” Nonetheless, the overall trend worries some outsiders. “Money is not the issue when you go to work for the state of California because you’re working for the people,” said Bill Whalen of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a former staffer to Gov. Pete Wilson. “If you want to be a capitalist, work for the private sector.” kfolmar@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4602.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Government staff generally eschew working on state and campaign payrolls simultaneously, for fear that it could appear their full effort isn’t focused on the public’s interests. Public servants are paid modestly, to safeguard taxpayer dollars. Their reward is in personal satisfaction, generous benefits and the opportunity to earn more in the private sector later. Young state workers, in particular, toil for a pittance in exchange for valuable experience and connections. Undoubtedly, exceptions to some of those rules have existed in recent administrations. But they’re particularly prevalent under Schwarzenegger. As governor, he has wide latitude to set employee salaries, so long as they fit into his overall office budget, which must be approved by the Legislature. There is a nationwide “decline in the ethos that public service trumps the material advantages of the private sector,” especially as the gap widens between public and private wages, said Bruce Cain, who directs the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. last_img read more

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Monk rues lack of concentration from Swansea players

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk was left to rue lapses in concentration from his Swansea players as Newcastle shared the spoils at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea twice led through Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, but Papiss Cisse scored twice for the visitors in a 2-2 draw.“I think it’s a harsh lesson in the Premier League that if you don’t concentrate you can get punished,” Monk said.Swansea are fourth in the Premier League with 11 points after the draw, but Monk feels his side should be level with second place Southampton.“I’m disappointed not to come away with three points today, we created enough chances and [goalkeeper Tim Krul] made some good saves to be honest,” he added.“We never quite did enough to get away from them. We were always in control and always looked like we were going to win the game, but teams only need one or two chances, which is what they had and then they scored the two goals.”last_img read more

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Mexico storm moves north; President Fox promises help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesPresident Vicente Fox visited Los Cabos on Sunday and walked through a hurricane-battered neighborhood in La Paz, a city of more than 150,000 among the hardest hit. The president viewed concrete homes whose tin roofs had been ripped off. “Fortunately there is no human loss and the impact is relatively modest,” Fox said as he pledged to help residents whose homes had been affected. A total of 160 houses in the area lost their roofs and four houses collapsed, officials said. About 1,155 people remained in government shelters. The storm initially was forecast to slam into the resort area of Los Cabos and move westward out to sea. But Blake said a high-pressure ridge was weaker than expected and that allowed the storm to keep traveling north up the peninsula. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PAZ, Mexico – The remnants of Hurricane John made a soggy march up the Baja California peninsula Sunday, soaking fishing villages and retirement communities and threatening flooding in parts of the U.S. Southwest. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday but was still dumping rain on the normally arid Baja. State officials said as much as 20 inches had fallen in isolated areas, and forecasters said John was threatening to cause deadly flash floods. It was also expected to dump up to 3 inches of rain in desert areas from Southern California to west Texas in the next few days and could cause some flooding, said meteorologist Eric Blake of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. John was a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph when it hit the southern tip of the peninsula late Friday. But officials reported no deaths and little destruction, though some shantytown shacks were blown down. last_img read more

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