The England Under-21 international traveled to south Wales to discuss a move to the Bluebirds with manager Malky Mackay after a bid was accepted by the Tangerines. But he revealed that it did not feel like the right move with a young daughter and family in the north-west. Press Association “It just felt the right thing to do, after weighing up all the pros and cons,” he told the Daily Mail. “Malky has done magnificent things for Cardiff, and I wish them all the very best in the Premier League, but I had to conclude I would not be going there with them. “Sometimes, you have to follow your instinct, and my gut feeling was that it just wasn’t right for me. “I’m still very young. At 21, I’m still learning the ropes and developing, and I’m also thoroughly enjoying my football at Blackpool. “On top of that, all my family are in the north-west, not least the little baby girl whose recent arrival means I’ve now got a young family of my own to think of.” Blackpool winger Tom Ince has revealed he turned down a move to Barclays Premier League new boys Cardiff because of his gut instinct.
Black Queens head coach Yusif Basigi has targeted at least a semifinal berth for his side at the upcoming African Women’s Championship.The female senior national team confirmed their participation at the tournament after securing a 6-1 aggregate win over Tunisia.After leading the Queens to win gold at the African games, many have touted Basigi’s side as favourites to clinch the African Women’s Championship.However, the Hasaacas coach is eyeing a place in the last four as their minimum target.”The tournament is seven months away from now and it will be too early to say we are going to win it. We have to get there first,” he told the media after the game.”Our main target for the competition is the semifinal stage. After getting to that stage, we will then set a new target,” he added. The Championship, which will be the 12th edition, will be hosted in Cameroon between the 19th of November and 12 December. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake,” arguing that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said that he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined trustee Ricardo Icaza as the only votes against the raises. Garamendi also questioned whether there is a gap in total compensation, which includes salaries and benefits. But Reed said the university has had difficulty recruiting the best candidates for presidential openings because of the salary gap and caps on contributions to the state retirement system. “I have been turned down numerous times because of the compensation lags” in the CSU system, he said. Reed said an analysis of other institutions shows that there is not a gap in benefits. Students at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have experienced fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at California State University, San Marcos. The CSU system is pursuing the pay increases to help offset a salary gap it says exists between the Cal State system and a comparison group of 20 academic institutions tracked by a CSU-hired consulting group. In July, the firm – Mercer Human Resources Consulting – noted that the average CSU president’s salary of $259,435 is 46 percent behind the comparison group salary of $378,774. In addition to salary, CSU presidents can live in a university residence or, if none is available, receive an annual housing allowance. Presidents also receive a vehicle or a monthly car allowance of $1,000. In a separate action Wednesday, trustees approved a new goal of increasing faculty and executive salaries over the next four years to the point where they match the average salaries of the same group of 20 comparison institutions. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The board voted 14-2 to raise presidents’ salaries by an average of 11.8 percent, retroactive to July 1, in an effort to reduce a pay gap calculated by a CSU-hired human resources consultant. The board also increased the salaries of several high-level CSU executives, including Chancellor Charles B. Reed, whose salary will jump from $377,000 to $421,500. F. King Alexander, president of California State University, Long Beach, will get a nearly 10 percent pay increase – from $291,208 to $320,329. Mildred Garcia, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills, did not receive a salary increase Wednesday because she is new to the job. Some trustees said the pay increasees were necessary to retain and recruit high-quality presidents and executives who often can find better salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. SALARIES: Boost in pay is to attract and retain talent, university system’s board says. By Kevin Butler STAFF WRITER Facing objections from some students and faculty, the California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to increase the salaries of university presidents to make them more competitive with other institutions.