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Pasadena Unified Board to Deliberate on Pay Raises for Youth Leaders at Thursday Meeting

first_img Subscribe 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Education Pasadena Unified Board to Deliberate on Pay Raises for Youth Leaders at Thursday Meeting From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, August 22, 2016 | 6:50 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff The Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education may decide to increase the hourly pay rates of Youth Leaders employed by the school district under its PasadenaLEARNS After-School program.From hourly rates of $10 to $14, Youth Leaders – usually high school graduates or GED equivalents who work with an average of 20 elementary students and provide academic support and enrichment classes – may get between eight and 25 percent increases, depending on their experience levels.PUSD gave the following reasons for seeking authority to increase the rates:• To allow the PasadenaLEARNs program to attract higher quality applicants• To keep the program competitive with after-school programs in surrounding communities thereby minimizing staffing shortages• To decreased staff turnover rates and provide more stability in the program• To create incremental impact to the budget over time as State minimum wage increasesThe Board of Education will discuss the proposed increases Thursday, August 25, during its regular meeting at PUSD’s Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room.A published agenda shows a number of important issues up for discussion during the school board meeting, which will also include a public hearing to solicit input and comment on proposed changes to a successor agreement between the PUSD and the California School Employees Association Pasadena Chapter, where PUSD teachers belong.Among the changes proposed involve Article X on Hours and Overtime, providing all 12-month PUSD classified employees an option to work a four-day work week during the months of June and July and based upon the student calendar, and allowing for flexibility to modify the non-working period during July and August.The other changes will be on Article XXXIII, where it is proposed that the successor agreement remain in force and effect up to and including June 30, 2019, and that the parties agree to limited openers in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.The Board of Education will also tackle personnel assignments within the district, proposed contracts with a couple of law firms to represent the district in court litigations and legal proceedings, pending purchase orders for school and office equipment, including inspection and testing services for the modernization of a TV studio and digital laboratory for John Muir High School and facilities improvement projects at other schools within PUSD.PUSD staff will also report to the Board about events surrounding the recent school opening.The school board meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. at PUSD, located at 351 South Hudson Avenue in Pasadena. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Britain’s Barclays Returning to U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Market

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Britain’s Barclays Returning to U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago A decade after bonds tied to U.S. home loans contributed to the financial crisis, British investment bank and financial services company Barclays is returning to the residential mortgage-backed securities market, Reuters reports.Many banks retreated from selling and trading portions of loans tied to residential property, auto, or commercial real estate following the crisis. However, Reuters reports that Barclays, after assembling a team of more than 140 securitization bankers and traders, is preparing to re-enter the sector as investors are looking for higher returns on deals compared to traditional stocks and bonds. “This was a 500 million pound ($632.80 million) business for Barclays in terms of revenues last year, when global peers are making 1 billion pounds a year, so for us to get to 500 million pounds additional revenue over three years or 100-150 million pounds a year should be achievable at a measured pace,” said Stephen Dainton, Barclays’ Head of Global Markets.Barclays’ return is led by Scott Eichel, a securitized assets trader who experienced the troubles of the mortgage-backed securities market leading up to the 2008 crash. According to Reuters, Eichel has assembled a team of 144 bankers and traders who package and sell everything from commercial and residential home loans to more esoteric assets, such as media and sports franchise rights.  “The market has changed both outside and inside banks, both from a regulatory perspective and best practises inside firms,” Eichel said.The report states that Barclays’ comeback into the market does hold its risks, given that the bank paid $2 billion last year to settle a U.S. probe into its alleged mis-selling of mortgage-backed bonds that help trigger the crash. In a statement at the time, Barclays CEO Jes Staley called the terms of the settlement “fair and proportionate.”Barclays ranks sixth for sales of U.S. securitizations this year, which is up two places from last year. The bank is hopeful that signs of softening U.S. regulations underpinning the securitization industry could help consolidate and expand its market share, the report stated. A U.S. Treasury report in October 2017, prompted by an executive order from President Donald Trump, supported the stance that post-crisis regulation was too strict, according to the report.“The result has been to dampen the attractiveness of securitization, potentially cutting off or raising the cost of credit to thousands of corporate and retail consumers,” the report said. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Subscribe  Print This Post Share Save Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News May 29, 2019 2,741 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2008 Financial Crisis Barclays Financial Crisis Home Loans 2019-05-29 Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Britain’s Barclays Returning to U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Where Housing Affordability Is Improving Next: CFPB Updates on Dodd-Frank, Qualified Mortgage Patch Related Articles Tagged with: 2008 Financial Crisis Barclays Financial Crisis Home Loanslast_img read more

Doctor Zhivago Musical Expected on Broadway in 2015

first_img Doctor Zhivago A long-brewing musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago is expected to arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2015, according to The New York Times. The musical would play the Broadway Theatre following the closing of Cinderella on January 3. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago details the life of Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II. The story is best known from the hit 1965 film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The new staging of Miss Saigon, currently a hit in London’s West End, and another musical from down under, the stage adaptation of King Kong, are also possible future tenants for the theater, according to the Times. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015 Related Shows The musical adaptation, featuring a book by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse. A heavily revised version opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia with Annie star Anthony Warlow in the lead role under the direction of Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys).last_img read more

BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner put New Zealand in command over England

first_imgMount Maunganui: BJ Watling’s double ton and Mitchell Santner’s century helped New Zealand post 615 runs in the first Test against England at Bay Oval here on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.In return, England were at 55/3 at the close of play and trail by 207 runs against the Kiwis. With the double ton, Watling became the first Kiwi stumper to score a Test double hundred.England’s Rory Burns and Dom Sibley added 48 runs for the first wicket before the latter was picked by Mitchell Santner. Just after adding five runs to the scoreboard, Burns (12) was also sent back by Santner, reducing England to 53/2.Santner soon also accounted for the wicket of Jack Leach after being dismissed for a duck.Earlier in the day, the hosts resumed their innings from 394/6 with Watling and Santner at the crease on 119 and 31 runs respectively and they added 183 runs to their 261-run partnership for the seventh wicket.Santner, who smashed his maiden Test hundred, was picked by Sam Curran before Watling and Tim Southee (9) shared a short 21-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Southee was caught and bowled by Leach while Watling was sent back by Jofra Archer. For the visitors, Curran picked three wickets while Leach and Ben Stokes bagged two wickets apiece. Later, New Zealand declared their innings at 615/9. IANSAlso Read: England take control of first Test against New ZealandAlso Watch: Watch | Lahorighat BJP Mandal President’s effigy burnt by party memberslast_img read more

UW Athletics: Catching up with your favorite Badgers in professional sports

first_imgOver the years, many of Wisconsin’s athletes have moved on to productive careers in professional sports. With so many prominent Badgers making a living at the next level, you’re sure to recognize many of the players in this list. Well-represented in all four major sports, let’s take a look at former Badgers that are making their mark on the professional world of athletics. Football: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2009-2010In his nine seasons in the NFL, Watt has established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in recent memory. Watt has a variety of skills that allow him to line up in a handful of defensive positions, making it difficult for opponents to game plan against him. During his career, Watt has racked up numerous individual awards including five Pro Bowl appearances and three Defensive Player of the Year awards — the most among active NFL players. Destined for a spot in Canton once his career is over, Watt still searches for one prize that eludes him — a Super Bowl ring. Only time will tell if he achieves the ultimate team goal.Watt’s time at Wisconsin was limited following his freshman season at Central Michigan and his early departure for the NFL. Yet Badger fans will remember his crucial contributions during the famous upset of the then No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall. T.J. Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2015-2016T.J. is the youngest of three Watt brothers and looks to be following in his older brother J.J.’s footsteps as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. After being selected in the first round in the 2017 NFL draft, Watt has lived up to expectations, collecting 34.5 sacks in three seasons with the Steelers. This past year, Watt was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and at only age 25, it appears Watt will wreak havoc for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. During his time with the Badgers, Watt underwent a lengthy transition to offensive linebacker following his original recruitment as a tight end. Despite multiple injuries and learning curves along the way, Wisconsin continued its long tradition of crafting NFL-caliber linebackers and developed Watt into a tour de force in the NFL. UW Athletics: Profile of UW Club Baseball’s team president, JJ LambThe coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in different ways. For myself and most other people, it means sitting inside Read…Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011Wilson has been one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks during his career with the Seahawks. A fearless leader, Wilson does whatever it takes to win games which can be shown through his career 66.8 winning percentage, second-best among active quarterbacks with over 40 career starts. Following Marshawn Lynch’s retirement after the 2015 season, Wilson was forced to take on a larger responsibility in Seattle’s offense and has developed into one of the league’s best quarterbacks, throwing for 121 touchdowns and only 34 interceptions in that span. While Wilson only came to Wisconsin with one year of eligibility left after his transfer from North Carolina State, his impact on the program was immense. Wilson is still considered to be one of, if not the lone best quarterback in Badger history.Basketball: Frank Kaminsky (F/C, Phoenix Suns) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011-2015Following a historic career at Wisconsin, Kaminsky was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Kaminsky spent four years in Charlotte, then signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Though his season was shortened with a stress fracture in his right knee, Kaminsky was productive when on the floor with Phoenix, averaging 11 points per game on close to 35% shooting from long-range. As Kaminsky enters the 2020-21 season as a restricted free agent, it will be interesting to see where the versatile forward lands. Sports video games to try during quarantineThere’s simply no way around it, it’s a tough time to be a sports fan. All large gatherings necessary for Read…Hockey:Joe Pavelski (C, Dallas Stars) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2004-2006A native of Plover, Wisconsin, Pavelski has been a consistent goal scorer in the NHL for both the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars. In five of Pavelski’s 15 seasons, the center has netted over 30 goals and, in the 2013-14 season, he made his first All-Star appearance. Before the 2019-20 season, Pavelski agreed to a three-year $21 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Prior to the NHL suspending play due to COVID-19, Pavelski netted 14 goals and 17 assists in 67 games played. Brian Elliott (G, Philadelphia Flyers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2003-2007 In 2006, Elliott, along with Pavelski, won the National Championship for the Badgers and received a spot on the 2006 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. Elliott has continued his success in the NHL as he has been named to two All-Star teams and received the 2011-12 William M. Jennings trophy for allowing the league’s lowest number of goals. Jennings is currently in his third year with the Philidelphia Flyers. Women’s Soccer:Rose Lavelle (Midfielder, United States Women’s National Team/Washington Spirit) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2013-2016Lavelle enjoyed a tremendous career at Wisconsin and received a handful of national recognition, being named an All-American in three of her four years with the Badgers. Lavelle was named to the United States 2019 World Cup team and appeared in six of the United States’ seven matches. Lavelle was extremely effective when on the field for the U.S., scoring three goals in the World Cup including a clutch goal in the 69th minute in the final against the Netherlands that secured the U.S.’s second consecutive World Cup title. Football: Top recruits, developing talent leave Badgers primed to reload in key positions for 2020 seasonAs the 2020 NFL draft approaches at the end of next month, Badgers Jonathan Taylor, Zack Baun, Chris Orr and Read…It is clear to see that, with such strong athletics programs year in and year out, Wisconsin has developed an extensive network of alumni that represent the Badgers at the next level of competition. With sports currently on hold, it’s always worth a look back at the memories each of these talented individuals has created for Badger fans around the nation.last_img read more

Dodgers heavy on celebs — including team’s own Yasiel Puig and Don Mattingly

first_imgThey’re now at six consecutive victories.The New York Mets took an early 2-0 lead against Ricky Nolasco, but the Dodgers rallied and Nick Punto’s solo home run to right in the seventh inning gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead that held at Dodger Stadium.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is the steady behind all these comebacks.It wasn’t long ago when it was not cool to be here because of the on-field shenanigans that had the Dodgers reeling into oblivion. The playoffs were a joke when the Dodgers were 9½ games back in the National League West, and they weren’t even at the All-Star break.And then, everything changed. The 22-year-old Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig was called up, and he’s delivered ever since. Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez and Clayton Kerhsaw and Zack Greinke and Punto were delivering as well, although with much less fanfare and pizzazz but delivering nonetheless.Mattingly delivered the most, when times were tough, and his lead set a wondeful tone. His job was on the line, and somehow, this was tougher than the Frank McCourt bankruptcy drama that Mattingly weathered his first year on the job.“For the most part just trying to be yourself and make baseball decisions,” Mattingly said. “… We got healthy and then we got on a roll.”Could it be that simple?Mattingly’s cool demeanor saw that the Dodgers didn’t lose hope and fall behind in the NL West by a double-digit margin. His unflappable style was big.“I just kept trying to make baseball decisions,” Mattingly said. “We have a good coaching staff and experienced been around and been fired. Davey (Lopes) and (bench coach) Trey (Hillman) have been around. There are a lot of good people. The coaching staff was so loyal during that period. Those are quality guys. That helped more than anything.”Focus on baseball, not the noise.Puig is the everyday celebrity around these parts. One of the ringers on his phone sums up the Dodgers turnaround perfectly: Rihanna’s “We found love (in a hopeless place).”The situation was hopeless indeed, from injuries to a shaky bullpen. They found so much success — they are 37-8 in their last 45 games and are the odds-on favorite to win the World Series on some betting sites. The Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988.“It’s not so much what you see but what you feel,” Mattingly said. “You can feel the confidence, No. 1. there’s been games you see breakthroughs. It felt businesslike when we need to be. These guys have a lot of fun.”The forgotten celebrity is Mattingly. He doesn’t get enough credit.He weathered a storm that had him wondering if he was walking into his office for the last time every day. At least it should have.He ignored that chatter, and he operated as though he was walking through those doors everyday intent on fixing the offensive woes.Behind the white sunglasses he wore Monday afternoon, he looked both parts cool and assured.He should be joking that he told us so, but his approach to treating every day the same — from wrapping up an impressive sweep of the Tampa Rays on Sunday to that 7-0 shutout loss to St. Louis on May 7 — wouldn’t allow him to do that. Maybe when he’s back in Indiana for the offseason, he’ll let his mind wander there.Mattingly played for the Yankees, so he’s seen pressure and hirings and firings and madness. But he’d never been at the helm. This was his first managerial job, and this was his first test with job security.He is passing this crazy manager test. A reporter even cracked a joke the other day, asking who his starting pitcher for Game 1 of a playoff series would be. We’re midway through August. Mattingly laughed that off.“We don’t talk about postseason,” Mattingly said. “That’s the one thing we don’t do.”Not yet.They don’t give up either, as evidenced by that comeback win on Friday in which the Dodgers were down 6-0. They won 7-6.Mattingly’s demeanor has set a winning stage. A calm, confident [email protected] @jillpainter on Twitter You know the Dodgers are going well when celebrities are in the house on random Mondays.This time it was Ice Cube flashing a peace sign, and actor Danny DeVito hijacking Nick Punto’s onfield postgame interview wearing his jersey.Kobe Bryant was here for a Yankees game, and Jay Z and Kareem Abdul Jabbar and others have attended games, too.And it’s strange, because you always know how this story is going to end. The Dodgers win in a rout. The Dodgers come back to win. Or some other version of the Dodgers winning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

SABMiller invests more in Angola

first_imgThe global brewing giant is expanding its operations in several African countries. (Image: SABMiller) In Uganda and Zambia, SABMiller has developed a quality, affordable beer made from locally produced sorghum, benefiting thousands of small scale farmers. (Image: SABMiller)Janine ErasmusBrewing giant SABMiller has announced plans to build a US$125-million (R990-million) brewery and soft drink bottling plant in Luanda, Angola. The new projects will double SABMiller’s investment in the Southern African country in the past 18 months.Growing demand for leisure beverages in Angola has prompted the expansion. The latest figures on the SABMiller website put the annual beer consumption at 32.1 litres per Angolan.With its joint venture partner Empresa Cervejas de N’gola, SABMiller already has a brewery and three soft drink facilities in the oil-rich country, also the second biggest producer of diamonds in the region, but has no qualms about opening another one.Making the announcement, SABMiller Africa MD Mark Bowman said the company remained optimistic about the potential of the Angolan market, as the economy has weathered the global financial crisis remarkably well.“In conjunction with our partners we are continuing to invest in what will be a bright future for the business,” he said. “Our team on the ground has risen to the challenges posed by supply-chain and infrastructural constraints.”Committed investmentSABMiller expects to throw the switch in October 2009. The new greenfield facility will provide 500 jobs and will operate three bottling lines with a capacity of 200 000 hectolitres of clear beer per year.By the end of 2009 SABMiller and Empresa Cervejas de N’gola will employ over 2 000 people across their five plants.The brewer first invested in Angola during the 1990s, when it landed a government contract to refurbish the Lubango brewery in southern Angola. The plant had been abandoned during the civil war that raged from 1975 until 2002 and claimed thousands of lives.At the same time SABMiller acquired the right to market the beer brand N’Gola throughout the south. Launched in 1974, award-winning N’Gola is brewed with Tundavala spring water, among other natural ingredients.Soon afterwards SABMiller acquired the Coca Cola franchises in Lubango and Bom Jesus, north of the capital Luanda, and in 2008 the third bottling facility opened at Catumbela, on the central Angolan coast.The company spent millions on expanding the bottling capacity of the Catumbela facility in June 2008, and followed that up in November with an expansion of Lubango’s output to 820 000 hectolitres. SABMiller also said that by the time the new facility opens it will have ploughed some $2.5-million (R20-million) into employee training.More African expansionUK-based SABMiller, manufacturer of top premium brands such as Peroni and Grolsch, has interests in 35 African countries, excluding South Africa.The company operates in 18 countries in alliance with French drinks group Castel and as one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca Cola products, has bottling plants in a number of other African countries, including Angola, Botswana and Zambia.SABMiller has also just announced plans to expand further into Nigeria with an eightfold increase in production at its Pabod brewery, situated at Port Harcourt in the south of the country. The company bought 70% of Panod in December 2008 and now markets brands such as Grand Lager and Grand Malt throughout Nigeria.According to SABMiller Nigeria MD Johan de Kok, Pabod currently produces 30 000 hectolitres, but the company’s goal is to produce a massive 250 000 hectolitres by February 2010.SABMiller is actively looking for more business opportunities in Nigeria, a country with 140-million people and great possibilities.Sudanese investmentIn May 2009 SABMiller subsidiary Southern Sudan Beverages Ltd began production of White Bull lager, the first beer to be locally brewed in southern Sudan.The beer takes its name from the revered white bull, an important cultural symbol in the region and one that is associated with success, celebration and peace. White Bull lager is the result of many months of consultation with the locals and subsequent tailoring of the product to their tastes.Located in Juba, the multi-function plant has created jobs for hundreds of Sudanese locals, while the Juba people also receive royalties from the lease of the land.The plant can brew 180 000 hectolitres of beer and bottle 60 000 hectolitres of sparkling soft drinks per year. SABMiller also has plans to provide communities with potable water it has drawn from the Nile and purified.Mark Bowman of SABMiller expressed his excitement at the potential of the region, adding that the company was delighted to be “putting beverage production on the map in this country. White Bull Lager will provide a local, high quality product at an affordable price.”Making a differenceBesides beer and soft drinks, SABMiller is active in Africa in a number of corporate social responsibility programmes, black economic empowerment initiatives, and campaigns for the responsible use of alcohol.The company’s South African branch, the 114-year-old South African Breweries, invests 10% of its social responsibility funding allocation into HIV and Aids programmes, especially in building capacity amongst healthcare providers.Useful linksSABMillerSouth African Brewerieslast_img read more

To Save Transportation Energy, Change Behavior

first_imgAlex 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.center_img 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?last_img read more

Mergers of banks unilateral, says Mamata in letter to PM

first_imgDescribing the merger of two banks with headquarters out of Kolkata as unilateral, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that she was “deeply concerned about the overall impact of knee-jerk merger move across the country with negative effects on the entire banking sector”. Ms Banerjee began her letter by expressing concern that “two public sector banks headquartered in Kolkata are being merged with banks headquartered in Delhi and Chennai respectively without any consultation with the State government or with the management of these two banks”. The Finance Ministry has decided to merge United Bank of India, headquartered in Kolkata, with Punjab National Bank with its head office in Delhi and also Allahabad Bank, headquartered in Kolkata, with Indian Bank with its head office in Chennai. According to Ms Banerjee the development “will adversely affect the development momentum of the State”. Ms Banerjee argued that UBI is convener of the State level Banking Committee through which the State government is lending to MSME, self help groups and farmer credit cards. “The merger of UBI with a Delhi headquartered bank (PNB) will destabilise and undermine the significant grassroots role of UBI, at a heavy cost to rural Bengal” she said.Fate of employees She also expressed concern about the fate of thousands of employees of both the banks. She pointed out that 6,598 employees of UBI and 4,201 employees of Allahabad Bank are working in the State.last_img read more