Homegrown talent Ayesha Champaigne, who stood out at the inaugural SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational last year and went on to win a heptathlon gold medal at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, is St Andrew Technical High School’s (STATHS) reference point for attaining track and field excellence at both events this year.Champaigne has moved on to scholarship overseas, but STATHS’ current female team captain, Ophelia Hales, believes her charges will do well at their meet, while eyeing herself as a “girls long jump finalist and at least two boys medallists at Champs”.The SW Isaac-Henry Invitational, named after former STATHS Principal Stafford Wycliffe Isaac-Henry, has been approved as an ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships qualifier.It will get under way on Saturday February 20 inside the National Stadium and will cost spectators $300 to enter.The event was launched at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday where Ed Barnes was the chairman and STATHS’ current principal, Phillip Wilson, and other members of the school’s committee and sponsors spoke.PRESERVING A LEGACY”Our journey commences with the primary objective being the innovation and preservation of the legacy of our beloved SW Isaac-Henry,” said chairman of the SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational, Barrington Johnson.He added: “Our secondary objectives include enhanced visibility and prestige of STATHS… energising the track team and our track and field programme and definitely a platform to galvanise our alumni base.”Johnson stressed: “One special to me is to unearth the newest standout track personalities. Last year, our own Ayesha Champaigne was one such standout at our meet and she went on to become Champs’ top girl, so for this year we are on a similar mission.”New events added this year, in collaboration with the JAAA, include pole vault, in an attempt to enhance non-traditional events, plus the 200m for girls and boys in classes three and four.The event will have professional timing courtesy of Old Boy Leroy Cooke, who is employed to Western Union, one of the meet’s sponsors.Participants can register at swisaachentrytrackmeet.com and click on ENTRY FORM. The costs are Co-ed $11,000 (boys team), $7,000 (girls team) and $500 for unattached individuals.At the event, STATHS will honour former Olympian Michael Davis, who represented the country in Moscow in 1984.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Friday presented to the 2015 World Bank Spring Meetings post-Ebola recovery plans on behalf of the three worst Ebola hit countries—Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.The MRU post-Ebola recovery plans, which President Sirleaf estimated to cost US$8 billion, are meant to get all three countries to zero case of Ebola and to then build more resilient healthcare systems.According to a dispatch from the United States, President Sirleaf spoke on Friday morning at a high-level roundtable where the Heads of State of Guinea and Sierra Leone were also in attendance.She also asked her international partners to provide additional resources to help the affected countries achieve the goal.After stating her plan and requests, the president said, “Is this asking too much? We say no.”World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, during a visit to Liberia recently, noted that the international community needed to give underdeveloped countries the needed support in order not to see the recurrence of such a devastating virus like Ebola in the future.Given the nature of the meeting, President Sirleaf did not provide many details of the plans or how the three leaders would ensure that the funds would be appropriately spent.In addition to requesting funding for the MRU recovery plans, Sirleaf also requested debt relief from the World Bank for the three countries.Several weeks ago the Daily Observer, in an editorial, advanced this particular part of the international post-Ebola response—debt relief for the three most affected nations. The Liberian government made no response to that suggestion, but apparently took note of it. Last Friday the Liberian leader, herself a former World Bank executive, unlike her two colleagues, Presidents Conteh and Koroma, seized the opportunity as she faced her former colleagues. In the audience most likely was her former Finance Minister, Antoinette Sayeh, who heads the Africa Bureau of the Bank’s sister organization, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF will most likely play a key role in whatever response the three MRU leaders receive in respect of their US$8 billion request for post-Ebola relief.President Sirleaf has repeatedly spoken of the precarious situation that the countries face as a result of the deadly viral outbreak. The already struggling economies have been dealt hard economic and financial blows, not to even mention the already fragile health sectors that even President Obama, the United Nations and other international partners have admitted led to the rapid, almost uncontrollable spread of the virus, with such devastating effects in all three countries.She described the difficult decisions Liberia had to make to cope with Ebola. She lauded her international partners for their support throughout the outbreak and highlighted the struggles Liberia would face in its recovery efforts.In addition to the Ebola outbreak, there had been a sharp decline in the global prices of the country’s top export commodities—iron ore and rubber. Liberia’s economy is now doing poorly because of the reduction in its trade with other countries.The World Bank’s latest report presents a dire update of the economic situation in the Mano River Union sub-region. Although Liberia had done much to put the outbreak under control, reportedly the best of the three MRU countries, its 3% growth rate is still below pre-Ebola estimates of 6.8%.The report also indicates that Sierra Leone is currently in a recession as the economy contracted by 23.5%. Guinea’s economy is also expected to contract by 0.2%.Against this backdrop, President Sirleaf announced a two-year “Marshall Plan” for the Mano River Union countries that were affected by Ebola.Marshall Plan BackgroundThe original Marshall Plan was the US$8 billion post-World War II economic and financial package for war-torn European countries devastated by the war. Equivalent at today’s rates to US$120 billion, the Marshall Plan, conceived after the war and disbursed beginning in 1948, was named after George Marshall, US Secretary of State, and given on a per capita bases. The largest recipient of Marshall Plan money was America’s chief ally during the war, the United Kingdom, which received about 26% of the total, followed by France (18%). Britain and France were among the leading “Allied Powers,” led by the United States during World War II. West Germany, which before the war was parted united Germany, was part of the opposing Axis Powers, led by itself (Germany) under Adolf Hitler who started the war. The other Axis Powers were Italy, under Benito Mussolini, and Japan, under Emperor Hirohito. But after the war, the world saw the rise of what Britain’s Sir Winston Churchill called “the Iron Curtain,” in which the Communist-led Soviet Union partitioned the whole of Eastern Europe, including eastern part of Germany, later called East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, etc., and the entire Union of Soviet Republics (Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, etc.With Germany divided after the war between the Communist East (East Berlin—the divided capital, too, and the capitalist and pro-Western West Germany (West Berlin), West Germany received 11% of the Marshall Plan money. The Soviet Union and its satellite states, East Germany and all the now Communist East European nations, declined to be part of the Marshall Plan.This led to the Western European states, Britain, France, Spain, etc. developing their industries and economies faster than the rest of Europe and the Soviet satellite states. Soon—indeed by the early 1960s, West Germany regained her position as one of the world’s leading industrial nations—and so did Britain and France. The Marshall Plan was initiated by the United States government to help European countries rebuild their economies after the devastation of World War II.Economic Relief for MRUBefore the current World Bank Roundtable meeting, the World Bank Group (WBG) announced US$650 million more to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea recover from Ebola, bringing the total amount allocated for Ebola relief to US$1.6 billion.That was in addition to the US$2.17 billion in debt relief that was provided to the three countries, with Liberia benefiting from a US$464.7 million share of that.Meanwhile, the World Bank’s most recent analysis of the economic and fiscal effects of the Ebola epidemic on the three countries indicates a year after the onset of Ebola, the estimated GDP losses for the three countries through 2015 totaled US$2.2 billion (US$240 million for Liberia, US$535 million for Guinea and US$1.4 billion for Sierra Leone). This was the result of the severe impact of the epidemic, which has been exacerbated by the large decline in the world prices of iron ore and rubber and severe corporate governance issues in mining in Sierra Leone.The analysis notes that important differences among the three countries are emerging. Liberia is gradually returning to normalcy, Guinea’s economy is stagnating, and Sierra Leone is suffering a severe recession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Donegal Donkey Sanctuary will get some funding.An allocation of over €50,000 in funding for animal welfare organisations in Donegal this Christmas. This funding is part of a €2.5 million grant from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, for 140 organisations nationally.The funding has been welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh. The local organisations to receive funding are:Animals in Need Ltd., Clareden Drive, Donegal Town €25,000Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Castledooey, Raphoe, Lifford PO €4,000North West Pet Protection, T/A Donegal Pet Rescue, Ramelton, Letterkenny €20,000 Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs, Crossroads, Killygordon €3,500Minister McHugh said “These organisations do really valuable work for animal welfare in our community. They look after the pets owned by people who perhaps cannot afford expensive treatments, surgeries and general pet care.“As well as caring for pets, they also perform a valuable educational role by promoting responsible pet ownership. Pet owners are made aware of the benefits of having pets neutered, vaccinated and microchipped which was made mandatory for all dogs from early 2016 onwards.“This grant has increased every year for the last five years and is really important to these organisations and their staff who provide such a dedicated and professional service. They are a great support to people in our community who cannot afford expensive pet care.“The economic recovery has allowed for increased funding to services such as this that are a direct support to vulnerable groups in our society. Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going to ensure that we can continue to invest in better public services and ensure everyone in County Donegal feels the benefit. “For anyone concerned about incidences of pet cruelty they can contact the dedicated helpline in the Department of Agriculture on 01 607 2379.”DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS GET €52,500 FUNDING was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:animal welfare groupsdonegalfundingMinister Joe McHugh
HUNDREDS of anti-austerity protestors from Co Donegal are making their way to Galway this evening for a protest at the Labour Party Ard Fheis in Galway.Protest groups from around the country are being asked to arrive in Eyre Square at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, before marching to the Bailey Allen Hall of NUI, where the conference will take place.“We could see a larger turnout for this conference than the number who turned out in Dublin recently in protest at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, because while Fine Gael may have felt secure in the capital, Labour are holding their conference in the West,” said PRO Ryan Stewart. “Rural Ireland will not miss this opportunity to deliver it’s message loudly and clearly, when the junior partner in government are congratulating themselves on our doorstep.”Chairperson Seamus Kee added: “This will be of particular significance due to the pressure that we in rural Ireland are under at the minute.“We all know what the issues are from the household charge to the septic tanks, high unemployment, emigration and much much more, and we as a equal citizens in Ireland are angry that we are being treated with contempt by this government. Labour are part of the problem, and we’ll let them know it.”“We are asking that anyone planning on attending the protest in Galway, pensioners in particular to use their travel card, while they still have it, to travel free of charge on Bus Eireann and other public bus services. They can bring someone with them for free as well. Money is tight for everyone, and buses around the county are being organised by our group as well.” DONEGAL ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTORS TARGET LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE was last modified: April 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTORS TARGET LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE
DES MOINES, Iowa – Registration for two of the premier road races in central Iowa is now open with a unique twist for runners competing in both the Wellmark Grand Blue Mile and the Drake Road Races. The opening of registration marks exactly 10 weeks until professional, competitive and recreational runners take to the streets of the Des Moines for the Grand Blue Mile April, 25. All Drake Road Races participants receive a long sleeve technical shirt and finisher medal, while the Grand Blue Mile participants receive a short sleeve technical shirt. Registration for the Drake Road Races also includes one paid admission to the Thursday, April 27, Distance Carnival inside Drake Stadium and a discount ticket rate of $17 to Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays Friday, April 28. Athletes competing in both events will also receive the first ‘Bulldog Double’ finisher medals to commemorate their accomplishment of finishing both the Grand Blue Mile and either the Drake Relays 5k or Half Marathon four days later. Those that complete the Grand Blue Mile and 5k will receive the ‘Spike’ Bulldog Double medal and those running the Grand Blue Mile and Half Marathon will earn the ‘Griff’ Bulldog Double medal. Grand Blue Mile Registration The current early bird registration rate is available until March 6 is $15 for the Grand Blue Mile, $25 for the Drake Road Races 5k and $40 for the Drake Road Races Half Marathon. Print Friendly Version Bulldog Double – Spike More Information Bulldog Double – Griff Drake Road Races 5k Registration Story Links Drake Road Races Half Marathon Registration
Harry Redknapp again blamed an apparent lack of fitness among his players following the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.The Rangers boss previously put his team’s poor start to the campaign – which included a 4-0 thrashing at Tottenham – down to some of his players not being fit after what he described as a poor pre-season.And after a one-sided game at Old Trafford, Redknapp said: “Some of our players need games.“They need to get fit, but that’s the problem with the international break. We need to get them fit and playing.”Rangers fell apart after Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal and were 3-0 down by half-time.“To be honest we came in and found ourselves 1-0 down with five minutes until half-time. I thought if we came in at half time at 1-0 we’d be still in the game,” said Redknapp.“But we gave away two goals and came in at 3-0 despite Rob Green barely having a save to make.“You know it is going to be tough at 3-0. You don’t want to get beat six or seven and it be demoralising.”More reaction from Old Trafford later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chairman Tony Fernandes savoured QPR’s victory over West Brom and the man many Rangers fans wanted him to install as manager. Fernandes faced calls to appoint Tony Pulis before he was snapped up by Albion, whose form under the former Stoke boss means they are already virtually safe from relegation.The R’s, on the other hand, had lost all but one of their matches under head coach Chris Ramsey prior to their 4-1 win at The Hawthorns, but now have renewed home of avoiding the drop.And Fernandes tweeted: “Ramsey vs Pulis. Take a bow Chris. Enough said.Thank you from the bottom of my heart to away fans and the lads who ran and played for badge.”Ramsey vs Pulis. Take a bow Chris. Enough said.Thank you from the bottom of my heart to away fans and the lads who ran and played for badge— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) April 4, 2015Rangers won with goals from Eduardo Vargas, Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton and face a vital match against fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday.Austin tweeted: “Great team performance today and what a finish by zamo.”QPR winger Matty Phillips added: “Boom! 3 points ! Fans were great , onto Tuesday now! #R’sss.”And keeper Rob Green tweeted: “Big win today, need another on Tuesday. Fantastic support as always by the super hoops.”Midfielder Leroy Fer, who missed the game as he is still recovering from a knee injury, declared: “Fans were unreal again and nice to see us score 4 goals! Buzzin’ for the lads, but we have to keep this good feeling up towards tuesday.”Earlier in the day, Fer admitted his frustration at being sidelined.The Dutchman wrote: “Still gutted, can’t be out there to help the team, but I’ll be back soon.”See also:West Brom v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Remembering why we stop and commemorate June 16 – is Brand South Africa’s Youth month digital campaign for 2018. The campaign is angled at reminding young people to not only acknowledge June 16 as public holiday reduced to parties and copious drinking but to pay tribute to the school children who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto.The campaign is a reaffirmation that there are young people today who will become the leaders of tomorrow, who’ve taken up the baton left behind by the class of ‘76 and continue to play their part in fighting for their rights to ensure a better South Africa for the future.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumelelo Mtintso, a 29-year-old social creative entrepreneur, from Soweto, is one such young leader, who has never forgotten the meaning of June 16. He is determined to find solutions for a better tomorrow.“I believe there is a creative solution for each and every problem in the world. I expressed my desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age, but only made my first real move in 2014 when I started a creative agency called FRONT ROW SEAT MEDIA. It was about merging street fashion with street football, creating a platform for young people to showcase their fashion design skills and also to be active”, said Mpumelelo Mtintso.Mtintso has never looked back and in 2016 he started a creative tour company called BOOK IBHONI. BOOK IBHONI is a tour company with a difference, offering discounted bicycle tours when you donate a book or two. The collected books are donated to community libraries in need. The main objective of BOOK IBHONI is to give kids access to books they wouldn’t normally have.“Our vision is to influence a lot of young people to read more. We have been collecting books that have thus far benefited the Orange farm library, Orlando West Children’s Library, Orlando Children’s Home and Nomzamo Kids centre – a township named after the late Mam’Winnie”, said Mtintso.Mtintso’s work is a step closer to fulfilling the National Development Plan (NDP) vision of ensuring an improved quality of life in a society for all. The Play Your Part programme first discovered Mtintso’s work in 2016 and immediately chose him to be a Play Your Part ambassador who has a positive influence in his community through BOOK IBHONI.BOOK IBHONI has for the past 2 years been hosting a cycle ride called the JUNE 16 cycle challenge, where the chosen route is the actual route taken by the students on that fateful day in 1976 during their march.“We host these cycle challenges so that we can teach people about the history of June 16, 1976, and also to tell the stories our grandmothers told us of other heroes that stood up on that day. This year we are cycling in colour. In ’76 the students got thrown with teargas and grenades, we will be throwing colour bombs and powder paints to commemorate youth month in ‘rainbow’ nation style” said Mtintso.The purpose is to encourage young people to come together and discuss issues they face whilst finding creative solutions.“The spirit of Ubuntu is in me and all of us at BOOK IBHONI, uTata Mandela’s legacy reminds us that the future is in our hands, it’s all up to us now to keep his legacy alive, and I believe that at BOOK IBHONI we are doing exactly that. Promoting literacy is our way of contributing to a better tomorrow”, adds Mtintso.Share how you are Remembering why we are commemorating June 16 @PlayYourPartSA and to join in the cycle tour or donate books @book_ibhoni
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late last week Congress continued its scramble of year-end work to pass important legislation before adjourning until after the first of the year.On Friday, Congress passed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH), a bill that includes two important provisions affecting farmers. The bill includes a Section 179 provision that will permanently allow a business to expense up to $500,000, up from a limit of $25,000. The $500,000 limit is reduced dollar for dollar after expenditures reach $2 million. The provision also would index both the $500,000 and $2 million limits for inflation beginning in 2016.The PATH Bill also extends the existing bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets for another 5 years at 50% for 2015-2017, 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. President Obama signed the legislation later on Friday afternoon.“These tax provisions allow farmers to reinvest in their operations — and that has a ripple effect across the entire agriculture industry and rural communities,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president.In addition, the House passed the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with a vote of 316-113 and the Senate followed suit passing the bill 65-33. The measures in the legislation included:Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was retained for the lamb industry while it repealed the meat labeling provision for beef and pork.Language rejecting the President’s budget request regarding the termination of research programs, redirection of research programs or closure of research locations, to include the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, were written into the bill.Language that would prohibit funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue rules to place the Greater Sage Grouse on the endangered species list.Funding for compensation to ranchers who experience livestock loss due to wolf depredation.With regard to COOL, the legislation addresses the cases from Canada and Mexico through the World Trade Organization, which ruled that the labeling program violated U.S. international trade obligations, discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock sent to the United States to be fed out and processed. The decision authorized Canada and Mexico to put retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods going to those countries — the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. export markets. The WTO set the retaliation level at $1 billion annually.Language in the omnibus bill repeals the labeling provision for beef and pork, thus avoiding retaliation. There is significant support from agriculture with the COOL repeal, but also disappointment from some organizations.“Congress had a solution to make COOL compliant with our WTO obligations sitting on their desks for 5 months,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “Instead, they gave in to demands to completely remove most aspects of COOL for meat that provided meaningful information to the pubic. This is the type of legislative hocus pocus that has angered so many Americans.”There were some additional issues not included in the legislation, however, that are sources of concern in agriculture.“America’s farm and ranch families will benefit greatly from the strong, bipartisan congressional passage of important tax relief, funding and policy provisions. The legislation provides needed changes to tax policy, funding for programs important to farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and actions related to COOL to prevent retaliation against U.S. agricultural products,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau. “While we know there were tough decisions made to secure enough votes for this very important package, we will continue pushing for action on those items that Congress did not include. We need national policy on GMO labeling that is based on science and does not allow a patchwork of confusion that would be created by state and local laws. We will also continue to work with Congress to send the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous Waters of the U.S. rule back to the drawing board. Those two items are big pieces of unfinished business that America’s farmers and ranchers need as they work to produce food and fiber for our nation.”
Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Lighten the loadThe more weight we haul around in our cars or trucks, the more energy we use. If you keep sandbags in the bed of your pick-up for winter traction, remove them in the summer. Empty your trunk of those unneeded items you’ve been carrying and never use. Combine tripsWhen you have to drive, try to combine trips. Schedule your grocery shopping when you’re coming home from work, or run some errands when you have to drive the kids to soccer practice. Take public transitMost forms of public transit (busses, light rain, commuter trains) use significantly less fuel per passenger mile than a single-occupancy cars or light trucks. If public transit is an option for you (unfortunately, it often isn’t), take advantage of it. Not only will you save energy and reduce the wear-and-tear on your car, but you’ll also create time to read the newspaper, enjoy a good book, or catch up on e-mail. Remove the roof rackIf you’re not using a roof rack regularly, remove it to cut down on wind resistance. Even a fairly modest roof rack can easily cut your fuel economy by a few miles per gallon. CarpoolCarpooling with another commuter can halve the energy consumption if the two riders live close-by or one rider can be picked up on the drive to work. With three or more riders the savings are even greater. In some places carpooling offers advantages like access to HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes on highways and preferential parking. Getting Around Without Fossil FuelsLocation EfficiencyHouses Versus CarsReduce the Need for DrivingDriving Our SUVs to the BP ProtestsGetting Off Fossil FuelsWhere You Build May Matter More Than What You Build Drive lessLeaving the car at home when you could walk of ride a bike is perhaps the most obvious way to save energy in our transportation. These options aren’t always possible, due to where we live, the weather, or the seasons, but when it is possible to walk or bike instead of driving huge savings are possible — not to mention the health benefits. The same applies at work; if you’re going out to lunch or need to run an errand, consider providing a little extra time and walking. Avoid idlingIf the engine is running and you’re standing still, your fuel economy is zero — and an idling engine usually spews out more pollution than an engine that’s running at higher speeds. Several towns in our area, including Putney, Dummerston, and Brattleboro, now have no-idling resolutions in an effort to discourage the practice. With some vehicles, such as police cruisers and diesel equipment, there may have compelling reasons to keep the engines running, but for cars and light trucks, tuning them off usually makes sense. Slow downIn a car, wind resistance increases at a cubed function of speed. That means that if you double your highway speed, your power requirements will increase eight-fold (2 cubed equals 8). I’ve experienced this pretty directly. One of our cars — a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid — has a digital mileage gauge. On a number of occasions I’ve noted my fuel economy driving to the airport (when I’m running late and speeding along at 75 mph) and returning when I can putter along at a leisurely 55 mph. I haven’t done actual calculations to test that cubed function equation, but I’ve seen a dramatic difference: getting a little over 30 mpg at 75 mph, as I recall, and about 50 mpg at 55 mph. Consumer Reports has examined this issue more thoroughly. The magazine measured the fuel economy of a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Toyota Camry driven at 55 mph to be 40.3 mpg, while at 65 mph the fuel economy dropped to 34.9, and driven at 75 mph it dropped to 29.8 mpg — 26 percent lower than at 55 mph. Try to avoid coming to a complete stop — within reasonYour car uses a lot more fuel when starting from a complete stop so, when you have a choice, avoid coming totally to rest. When approaching a traffic light that’s red, for example, slow down so that you’re still moving when it turns green. Don’t violate laws or put yourself (or others) at risk in doing so, however. This isn’t a suggestion to roll through stop signs, or slow down so much when approaching a light that the driver behind you will try to swerve pass you. Turn off cruise control on hilly terrainCruise control is designed to maintain constant speed, but in hilly terrain a lot of extra fuel is used in accelerating up hills. A more fuel-efficient approach is to hold the accelerator pedal in approximately the same position approaching and going over a hill; your speed will drop but fuel economy will be better. On the downhill, allow your speed to increase (within the speed limit), using gravity to boost your fuel economy. Before the holidays I wrote a blog on how to save energy in the home by changing our behavior. This week we’ll take a look at some of the ways that we can save energy by changing our driving behavior. Below are some simple measures — most cost nothing and some even save money — to reduce your energy use for transportation. Avoid jackrabbit starts and stopsWith in-town driving, gradual acceleration uses significantly less fuel than pedal-to-the-metal starting and stopping. I try to accelerate as slowly as possible (without inconveniencing oncoming cars) and avoid braking whenever possible as I approach a turn or traffic light. Wayne Gerdes, who coined the term “hypermiling” (a sort-of game to dramatically exceed the rated fuel economy of a car) and who has the website CleanMPG website, recommends driving as if you don’t have working brakes. RELATED ARTICLES What are your tips?Most of these strategies are common sense. But that doesn’t mean they always occur to us. Even an energy-efficiency nut like me has to remind myself to follow these practices as I seek to conserve.What recommendations can you add?