Give tax cuts that help middle class

first_imgOf that, 95 percent went directly to stockholders and top corporate executives, not busienss expansion or pay increases.Today, the middle class is under financial stress. Total credit card debt is now up to $1 trillion.Many college graduates have large debt. Middle class savings are minimal. If the Republicans really want to help the economy, they need to help the middle class and not take away tax deductions.The wealthy are now accumulating wealth equal to the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was not a good time for the working class.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census First came the Supreme Court decision permitting unlimited campaign contributions. With the benefit of billions of dollars and the help of propaganda cable news, the Republicans are now in control of the federal government.The Republican Party is now attempting to pay for its victory by transferring more wealth to the wealthy and corporations. They promote their agenda with words like “trickle down.” They promise economic prosperity and growth for all with a large tax cut.Ronald Reagan was the first president who passed “trickle down” economics and a large tax cut for his class. Reagan’s tax cuts didn’t pay for themselves through economic growth. The results were enormous deficits, which resulted in at least 11 tax increases that mostly affected the middle class.Now we are hearing the same propaganda. They even add the lie that tax cuts to corporations will increase workers’ pay by thousands of dollars per a year, as well as produce a rapidly growing economy. These statements are not backed by history or economic logic. The last time corporations got a windfall income was in 2004 under the Bush administration. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Govt spends 44% of recovery budget up to September, health spending lags

first_imgAfter failing to grow its spending in the April–June period, the government is trying to boost its spending on the COVID-19 relief package to prevent further economic losses. The country’s economy contracted 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter.For health care, the government has spent Rp 21.79 trillion, or around 25 percent of the allocation in the COVID-19 relief package. The money was channeled into spending on incentives for medical workers, death compensation, COVID-19 handling in hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as the National Health Insurance (JKN) and tax incentives in the healthcare sector.“We are making sure that we are spending the budget and it remains available even for vaccine procurement,” said Suahasil Nazara, the deputy finance minister. “If a vaccine is ready this year and we can [give it] this year, we will make an allocation for that and we will do it.”With this spending on the COVID-19 relief package, Suahasil estimated the government’s spending in the July–September period “will be quite high.” “However, it may not be able to compensate for the decline in consumption and investment yet,” added the deputy minister.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded a contraction of 5.51 percent yoy in consumption and 8.61 percent yoy in investment in the April–June period.Aviliani, an economist at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), said Thursday that the coronavirus relief package disbursement was relatively low despite its big impact. She said it should have reached around 70 percent by September, around six months after the pandemic started battering the country.A lack of updated poverty data, which might have been less of an issue if the country had an integrated data system, and the business-as-usual approach in bureaucracy led to the slow disbursement of the pandemic relief package, said Aviliani.“It is still relatively low,” Aviliani told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview. “The government’s spending was late but people’s income had been falling since April.”Piter Abdullah, an economist at the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia, said the government’s fear of mistargeting the relief package and thus getting criminalized or politicized was the bigger obstacle in getting the assistance to the people.The government needs to prioritize the speed of the disbursement over the accuracy because it is not possible to solve the data issue in a short time and people cannot afford more time to wait for the assistance, according to Piter.“It is better to be not so accurate but quick. Do not be both inaccurate and slow. Not being accurate is inevitable given the limitation in the data,” Piter told the Post in a phone interview on Thursday.For the social safety net programs, the government spent the most money on the Family Hope Program (PKH), disbursing Rp 36.3 trillion for 10 million eligible recipients, which covered the poorest 40 percent of the population.The government has also spent Rp 31.9 trillion on the Staple Food Card program to provide food aid for 19.4 million eligible recipients, some of which are also the recipients of the Family Hope Program.To help ease companies’ costs, the government is subsidizing the wage payment for workers who earn less than Rp 5 million a month and are active customers of the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).Since its launch in August, the government has disbursed Rp 14 trillion in wage subsidies to 11.6 million eligible workers.In August, the government also launched a grant to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), called social productive assistance. A total of Rp 16 trillion in grants was paid out to 6.6 million small businesses.Topics : The Indonesian government has disbursed Rp 304.6 trillion (US$20.5 billion), or 43.8 percent of the Rp 695 trillion national economic recovery (PEN) budget, as of Sept. 28, with social safety net spending accelerating but healthcare spending still lagging.The government had spent Rp 150.8 trillion, or 74 percent of the social safety net budget, in the hope of softening the demand shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and helping people stay afloat amid the economic downturn, said PEN committee head Budi Gunadi Sadikin.“We believe that, God willing, we can spend the entire budget by the end of the year so we can give leverage to Indonesia’s economic growth in the third and fourth quarters,” Budi told the press on Wednesday.last_img read more

Analytical Research founder Lods dies

first_imgThe chairman and founder of Analytical Research died from cardiac failure earlier this month.Jean-Stéphane Lods, known to many as Stephan, was on a rare holiday, in the south of France, when he passed away on 3 August, according to the alternative investment analytics firm.“The entire AR family mourns this loss,” it said in a note on its website.“He was a ‘sparring partner’ to clients (and many others),” it added. “He challenged us to push the boundaries on thinking differently – to find the exception with the highest level of conviction, to deliver to our clients what they cannot find anywhere else.” He also co-founded Eurogestion & Partners and was founding partner of Bucephale Group, the investment advisor of the first listed company on the Zurich Stock Exchange to invest in hedge funds (CreInvest AG). Lods also held investment roles with Union Bancaire Privée and Lombard Odier & Cie.He had also been a longstanding valued judge of IPE Awards and contributed to IPE Magazine .Analytical Research said that, unbeknownst to many, Lods was also appointed to the executive committee of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA) and a CIFA permanent representative to the United Nations. Described as “a true pioneer” in hedge fund investing, Lods founded Analytical Research in 2008.last_img read more

Pope warns that same-sex marriage threatens the family

first_imgThe Independent 22 January 2015Pope Francis has said “the family is threatened” by the efforts of those seeking to “redefine the very institution of marriage”, in a reference to same-sex marriage campaigners.The pontiff made the comments at a mass in Manila as part of his tour of Asia, despite apparently relaxing the church’s position towards the LGBT community in recent months.“The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage. These realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation,” the Pope said.Ramping up the rhetoric he continued: “Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself.”In 2013 the Pope called for gay people to be integrated into society, rather than marginalised and said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/pope-francis-warns-that-samesex-marriage-threatens-the-family-and-disfigures-gods-plan-for-creation-9986028.htmllast_img read more

Franklin County reports first female to die from COVID-19

first_imgBrookville, IN— Franklin County Health Officials received notice today of a sixth COVID-19 suspected related death.  The patient, a woman in her 70’s, was admitted into an Indiana hospital on March 20.  She was later transferred to an Ohio hospital where she passed today.  Officials also received word of six new positive results, bringing the total of Franklin County citizens diagnosed with novel coronavirus to 44.  All four new cases are adults.The Franklin County Health Department does note that they are receiving word from several community members that have survived the virus.  “If we can have a positive message come from today, several in quarantine have been released in accordance with CDC guidelines, including four who were positive for COVID-19,” stated Angie Ruther RN.  Ruther, who is the Health Department Supervisor, continued, “A person in their 50’s has recovered and is released from quarantine.  A person in his 20’s living with his parents, all three were released.  He has recovered and his parents never showed symptoms.  A male in his 40’s has recovered.  His girlfriend never showed symptoms and has also been released from quarantine.  An 11-year-old who lives with a split family has recovered and no one in either household showed symptoms, so they have all been released.”County officials, including the Commissioners, Council, EMA, Health Department, Sheriff’s Department, Auditor’s Office, United Way, SEIOC, among others continue working to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our community.  Citizens are urged to stay at home.  If you must get out, follow ISDH and CDC guidelines such as, maintain social distances, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face.last_img read more

Injured Philippe Coutinho to miss World Cup qualifiers with Brazil

first_imgLiverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has withdrawn from Brazil’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela. His place in the squad has been taken by Kaka. Press Associationcenter_img The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park. However, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced on Monday he has pulled out of their squad with an unspecified injury. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— NASCAR will be alone in the spotlight Sunday on a day that usually begins with the Monaco Grand Prix, followed by the Indianapolis 500 and capped off with NASCAR’s longest race of the year. This year the Coca-Cola 600 will be auto racing’s only big event, with the Monaco Grand Prix canceled and the Indy 500 postponed until August. The grueling 600-mile race around Charlotte Motor Speedway serves as a Memorial Day tribute, with fallen heroes honored on each car.— Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital. The Hall of Fame player and former New York Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.— Around 13,000 cardboard cutouts helped fill the stands at a key soccer match in Germany Saturday. Fans took pictures at home and paid for a cardboard cutout to be placed in the stands at the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) game in Dusseldorf, which could help decide Champions League qualification. The effort didn’t help the home team much. Bayer Leverkusen beat host Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.— The Czech soccer league has restarted under strict conditions. Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators in the first match in the First League in 73 days. Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15. VIENNA (AP) — Olympic ski champion Anna Veith has retired as a racer.Veith twice returned to the top from serious knee injuries but called it a career a year after blowing out her knee for the third time. Veith announced her retirement live on Austrian TV. She says it was not a difficult decision.Veith’s main triumphs were super-G gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and back-to-back overall World Cup titles in 2014 and 2015. She called winning the super-G silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics “the most emotional day of my career.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA talking with Disney about resuming seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. — The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Missouri Friday night. Brad Sweet edged his brother-in-law Kyle Larson, who is back racing dirt cars after losing his Cup ride over a racial slur. In qualifying for the 30-lap feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval with a lap of 9.995 seconds. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans. The series will complete the doubleheader Saturday night.— Jockeys and stall handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic. The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.NFL-SAINTS-MOVESSaints adding ex-Steelers linebacker Anthony ChickilloUNDATED (AP) — Linebacker Anthony Chickillo has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal was announced Saturday by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. May 23, 2020center_img The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Chickillo is changing teams for the first time. He was drafted in the sixth round by Pittsburgh in 2015.Chickillo played in 11 games for the Steelers last season, finishing with 11 tackles and half a sack.The 27-year-old out of Miami has played in 65 regular-season games with nine starts while also contributing as a regular on special teams.SKI-VEITH RETIRESOlympic ski champion Anna Veith retires Associated Press The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney.Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The NHL Players Association has accepted a proposal on a 24-team playoff format, but there are other items to discuss in the league’s bid to resume play. Those questions include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup. The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors. If approved, it would effectively end the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.— The Washington Nationals have changed their plans for a virtual World Series ring ceremony after players decided they would rather wait until they could reunite in person to receive their new jewelry. The Nationals previously announced they were going to give out the rings during a show broadcast on television and online. They still plan to unveil the design of the ring Sunday, the anniversary of the date they began their turnaround from a 19-31 record to World Series champs. They are also going ahead with a fundraiser for two food banks and the showing of a documentary about Washington’s 2019 season.— The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, which was scheduled to begin on June 29. The five-team league is made up of college players from mostly the Lower 48 states but also from places as far away as Taiwan. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, travel and housing would have been a logistical challenge during the seven weeks of play.— President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago. That move led to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course is one more sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000. That’s twice what he once predicted it would be. The outing was Trump’s first to any of the money-making properties he owns since March 8, when he visited his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida.— Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are getting ready for another made-for-TV match, this time with friends from the NFL. Woods and Peyton Manning take on Mickelson and Tom Brady in what’s being billed as “The Match: Champions for Charity.” It will be the second straight Sunday live golf is on TV. The purpose is to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts and to provide entertainment. Another big appeal is seeing golf’s biggest star on TV again. Woods was last seen on Feb. 16 at Riviera when he shot weekend rounds of 76 and 77 and finished last at the Genesis Invitational.last_img read more

Back for fifth year, Clemson quarterback Boyd stays relaxed as he aims for championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ GREENSBORO, N.C. — Reporters gathered around Tajh Boyd at 2:29 p.m. on Sunday for the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, jostling for position to try and talk to the Clemson quarterback.But before they could, Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey sent a lighthearted question Boyd’s way.“So what’s it been like for you off the field? What do you do in your free time?” Shuey asked.“Man, off the field I’m killing the circuit out there, but in a good way,” Boyd said. “ … I fish, I sing, haven’t hunted yet, but… ”“Would you like to sing for us right now?” Shuey asked Boyd. “I know you like country.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoyd loved the idea.“Y’all ready for this?” he asked those gathered around the table, garnering some laughs and a bit of applause.Then Boyd unleashed his inner Eric Church and calmly and unashamedly sang a few lines of Church’s song “Springsteen.”“To this day when I hear that song, I see you standing there on that lawn…” Boyd soothingly sang. He busted out a few more lines and then smiled and nodded his head.“That’s all I got for you right now,” Boyd said to the media. “What’s going on, though? What y’all got for me?”And then came the avalanche of questions.While a few reporters trickled away, the vast majority stayed next to Boyd, listening to what one of the Heisman Trophy favorites had to say. Boyd was projected as a early round pick in last year’s NFL Draft, but instead he opted to return to Clemson for his fifth season. Now the Tigers enter 2013 as legitimate national title contenders.“Why not go out there and give it one last shot?” Boyd said, a few minutes after his vocal solo. “I don’t want to regret anything I do. This is the right move for me.”Shuey sat across the table from Boyd. Dozens of recorders were plopped near Boyd, and none were near Shuey. He listened while his teammate talked about why he decided to come back for one more season.Boyd said he never really second-guessed his decision to return for a fifth year. He talked to his mentor Michael Vick and mulled the situation over. Boyd and Vick are from the same area in Virginia and Boyd said Vick has been “insightful” and given him advice throughout his career at Clemson. Vick asked Boyd if he wanted to be the best. Of course he does. So here he is, ready to give it one last go-around.“When I decided to come to Clemson from the get-go I said I wanted to win a championship,” Boyd said. “I’m excited to get one last shot at it.”That last shot starts with a big-time test against Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia on Aug. 31. The Tigers then square off against ACC foes North Carolina State, Florida State and Virginia, among others, in the pursuit of perfection.They close the season against Jadeveon Clowney-led South Carolina. Clowney recently called Boyd “scared,” but that doesn’t faze Boyd.He said he’s not scared of anyone. That’s simply not in his nature. And that’s why he feels Clemson has a legitimate shot to win the national championship.Last season’s thrilling, last-second 25-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Louisiana State capped an 11-2 season for the Tigers. Boyd called the win over LSU a “stepping stone” for the program. Despite losing deep threat DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers have most of their key players back.On paper, Clemson has all the pieces to compete for a championship. Along with Boyd, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Shuey will look to lead Clemson to its ultimate destination.After close to 12 minutes of listening to Boyd talk, Shuey answered some questions of his own. Most of them were about Boyd and his decision to come back for one more year.“We kind of left him alone, let him decide that himself,” Shuey said. “He made that decision to help the team win, not to help pad his stats. He definitely had the team in mind.”Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle has lined up against Boyd. He’s seen what he can do on his feet and in the air. McDougle is also from Virginia, so he knew him coming out of high school. McDougle said he thinks the Tigers can realistically compete for a championship with Boyd as their anchor.“I was talking to him,” McDougle said. “He wants to play for a national championship. I think they have a shot. They’re a very good team.”Boyd said he loves having the target on his back. That’s why he plays football — to be the best. Anything short of a championship will be a disappointment. That’s exactly why Boyd’s back for a fifth season and it’s why he’s eager for the season to start.“That’s what you work for,” Boyd said. “You work to get in opportunities like this, moments like this. When you get it you don’t want to let go of it, man.” Comments Published on July 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

‘I still keep laughing when people call it a rivalry,’ Syracuse blown out by Maryland again, 17-7

first_img Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse saw its seven-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Maryland in College Park on Saturday afternoon, and SU head coach Gary Gait, a former UMD assistant coach, still has only one win against the Terrapins since his career at SU began in 2007.Gait spoke earlier this week about his struggles against Maryland throughout his tenure at SU. Gait said that he looks forward to going back to UMD every year, despite the Orange’s failure to succeed against the Terrapins in a long time.Five years, to be exact.With a 10-point loss Saturday afternoon, No. 4 SU’s streak of disappointments against No. 1 UMD continued. The Orange (7-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) is now 1-21 all-time against the Terrapins (6-0), and followed its 19-9 loss against UMD on May 27 of last year with another double-digit loss Saturday, 17-7.“I still keep laughing when people call it a rivalry,” Gait said. “It’s more a domination. We’ve got to start winning some of these games; I don’t think Maryland wouldn’t consider this a rivalry at all.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange tallied 31 shots Saturday, and UMD countered with 32 shots of their own, but the difference between the two sides came in efficiency. UMD converted 53 percent of its shots, while SU converted only 23 percent.Terrapin goalie Megan Taylor was a wall in the net for UMD, allowing just seven SU goals on 18 saves, a career-high for the 2016 Big Ten Goaltender of the year. She is 27-1 in her career as UMD’s starting goaltender, and her only loss in the net came in last season’s national championship game against North Carolina.“She was seeing the ball really well, and they were pressuring all of our shots,” Gait said. “She played great, and they deserved to win.”SU’s physical defense proved to be a problem for the Terrapins, as the Orange forced 20 turnovers over the course of the contest. Though SU led the turnover margin, it struggled to convert its successful defense into productive offense.Natalie Wallon and Neena Merola had two goals each for SU, but were the only Orange players to score more than once. The Orange also lost out on the draw control margin, winning only 46 percent of the draw controls to UMD’s 64 percent.“I think that if we actually put it together, we can beat anybody,” Gait said. “Most teams don’t get that many shots against Maryland, and that’s a positive that we can work on.”Freshman goalie Asa Goldstock got her first career taste of the UMD’s offense and struggled in the net, posting a save percentage of only 35 percent. Saturday marked Goldstock’s second-straight game with a sub-40 percent save percentage, but Gait said that her second half against UMD was much better than her first as she settled into the game.Maryland is the most decorated team SU has played this season, receiving all 20 No. 1 votes in this week’s IWLCA coaches poll, and all 21 No. 1 votes in this week’s Insider Media poll.“We didn’t put it all together at once at the same time,” Gait said. “It just put us in the hole, and made it difficult for us to dig out.” Commentslast_img read more

Women of Troy advance, will host NCAA Elite Eight

first_imgUSC women’s soccer welcomed Utah to Los Angeles on Sunday for a Sweet Sixteen matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Both the No. 7 Women of Troy and the No. 23 Utes were playing their second game in three days, and the Pac-12 rivals fought fatigue and rain to compete for a berth in the Elite Eight. The two sides played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in October in Salt Lake City, but after a close battle at McAlister Field this weekend, USC emerged victorious, extending its season with a 1-0 win.But despite causing a few scares in the Utes’ backline, USC was unable to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes. The second half was more of the same for USC, with Utah continuing to frustrate the Trojan offense, but sophomore forward Leah Pruitt finally pushed the Women of Troy ahead in the 73rd minute. Pruitt had a shot saved off of a low-swinging corner from freshman defender Julia Bingham, but found a way to whip at the ball while on the ground for a spectacular second-effort goal.“I don’t really know what happened, but I fell on the ground,” Pruitt said. “I just kind of kicked my leg up, and it went in — and I was just really happy.”No surprises there, as Pruitt’s strike ended up being the difference that sent her team through to the next round. Awaiting USC in the Elite Eight is Auburn, who knocked off SEC champion Florida on Sunday. The upset in Gainesville means the Tigers will fly out to Los Angeles. If the Gators had won, the Women of Troy would have faced a cross-country trip: a challenge head coach Keidane McAlpine was glad not to deal with.“It makes the organizational piece a lot easier,” McAlpine said. “Preparation is still the same: We need to take care of ourselves and recover from this weekend.”USC traveled to Auburn earlier this season, beating the Tigers 2-0. Even with the head-to-head edge, however, McAlpine wasn’t about to underestimate his opponents with the season on the line.“They’re a different team — we’re a different team,” he said. “We’ve got to go back, watch film, and prepare … to grind another one out because they’re really hot right now.”The Women of Troy will face off against the Tigers at McAlister Field next Friday in the Elite Eight. The final home game of the season will kick off at 1 p.m. If the Women of Troy manage to knock Auburn out, they will book their place in the Final Four, which will take place in San Jose.last_img read more