PCC Ranks Number One In California In Awarding Associate Degrees

first_imgEducation PCC Ranks Number One In California In Awarding Associate Degrees By Gilbert Rivera, Publications Supervisor Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 11:18 am Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena City College ranks number one among California community colleges in awarding associate degrees, according to data recently released by Community College Week.For the 2013-2014 academic year, PCC conferred 2,589 two-year degrees, more than any other institution in the 113-member California community college system – the largest higher-education system in the nation. The achievement also marks a significant 57-percent increase in degrees awarded from 2012-2013.“This is a monumental achievement that speaks loudly of the dedication and determination of our students,” said Dr. Rajen Vurdien, PCC superintendent-president. “Our college is committed to their success, and we will continue to work hard to help them achieve their goals. I would also like to thank our world-class faculty here at PCC. Our number-one ranking is a testament to their talent and hard work.”Additionally, PCC ranks first in California in awarding associate degrees to minority students, according to preliminary data released by the national publication. Of the 1,833 minority students who graduated with a two-year degree during the 2013-2014 academic year, 803 were Asian Americans.That statistic alone positions PCC as the number-one ranked college in California in conferring degrees to Asian-American students, and number two in the nation in that same category.“The data released paints a clear picture of the hard work of our entire campus community,” said Dr. Cynthia Olivo, associate vice president of Student Services. “This is an example of our ability to make student success our first priority. It is a proud day for PCC.”The recent data, mined from the U.S. Department of Education, was part of a national report released by Community College Week on Sept. 13. Published bi-weekly, Community College Week readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities.For more information, visit www.ccweek.com. Community News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Business News Subscribe 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. More Cool Stuff 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court Resurrects Investors’ MBS Case Against Dutch Bank

first_img March 30, 2015 1,088 Views ING Mortgage-Backed Securities U.S. Supreme Court 2015-03-30 Brian Honea Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/31/2015 Next: RoundPoint Expects Substantial MSR Purchase Growth to Continue in 2015 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago U.S. Supreme Court Resurrects Investors’ MBS Case Against Dutch Bank  Print This Post Related Articles Tagged with: ING Mortgage-Backed Securities U.S. Supreme Court Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned a decision by an appeals court and granted a writ of certiorari to investors of ING Group, allowing them to continue with their class action suit against ING that accuses the Dutch bank of withholding information about the riskiness of its mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to media reports.ING’s investors originally sued the bank in February 2009, accusing the bank of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage-backed securities in June 2007, just a few months before the financial crisis hit. The investors blamed ING for the huge losses they incurred when the housing market crashed in 2008.In September 2010, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District New York dismissed most of the plaintiffs’ claims in the case, ruling that the statute of limitations expired and that the plaintiffs waited too long to sue, the reports said.The lower court’s decision was later upheld in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in November 2013, claiming that a “reasonably diligent plaintiff” would not have waited so long to sue in the case, according to reports. The Second Circuit Court also ruled that the plaintiffs failed to plausibly allege that ING knowingly made false statements regarding the mortgage-backed securities when the disclosure was issued in September 2007.The attorneys for the plaintiff, Marshall Freidus, sought a certiorari starting in June 2014 on the basis that the ING case was similar to another one pending in the Supreme Court in which investors sued Omnicare over material misstatements made in investment documents. The Second and Sixth Circuit Courts were divided on how to determine liability for statements made regarding investment documents which turned out later to false. The Supreme Court ruled in that case on March 24, overturning the Sixth Circuit’s decision that held Omnicare executives were liable. But the high court also remanded the claim and ordered the lower court to evaluate opinions based on what a “reasonable” investor can expect.Attorneys representing the plaintiff and defendant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The case in the U.S. Supreme Court is Marshall Freidus et al. v. ING Groep NV et al., case number 13-1505. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / U.S. Supreme Court Resurrects Investors’ MBS Case Against Dutch Bank Subscribelast_img read more

Contura CEO: It’s possible Eagle Butte, Belle Ayr coal mines will never reopen

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News Record:Nearly 600 locked-out Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal miners waiting for a call to return to work may not get that call.While Contura Energy Inc. continues to negotiate with the federal government to close its deal to buy the mines from bankrupt Blackjewel LLC, the deal may not be completed before Blackjewel runs out of money and has to liquidate the mines. That was one of the takeaways from Contura’s 2019 second quarter earnings call Wednesday morning.If that happens, Contura, which sold the mines to Blackjewel in 2017 and is still on the hook to reclaim them, would move into full reclamation mode, said Andy Eidson, the company’s chief financial officer.Recognizing that the sale “is wholly dependent on reaching an agreement” over federal leases, Blackjewel is “on a pretty tight clock on day-to-day operating funds,” Eidson said. “It’s not an absolute certainty an agreement will be reached before (Blackjewel has to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy to) Chapter 7.”Eidson said if that’s the case, Contura has crunched the numbers and believes it can do the required reclamation at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines for about $100 million over a period of eight to 10 years. While the company has bonded for about $250 million to do that work, the bond amount is a high-end projection of reclaiming the land that includes things like buying expensive equipment Contura already has.The preferred outcome continues to be reaching an agreement with the federal government and reopening the mines, Eidson said. However, Contura also is prepared for the alternative. Going straight to reclamation is “certainly something we would rather not deal with, but if this is the way we have to deal with it, we believe the net impact to the company would be very manageable going forward.”More: Contura not ‘particularly interested’ in PRB long-term Contura CEO: It’s possible Eagle Butte, Belle Ayr coal mines will never reopenlast_img read more

Guaidó Authorizes Satellite Use To Locate Guerrillas in Venezuelan Territory

first_imgBy Voice of America September 27, 2019 During a session of the Delegate Commission, which operates during the National Assembly’s recess, Guaidó said the goal is to detect insurgent camps and locate aircraft used for narcotrafficking in Venezuela.“We will use all relations and intelligence possibilities that are with the interim government” said Guaidó, as he accused Nicolás Maduro of associating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group.“We have an unprecedented institutional weakness that these irregular groups, which have proliferated for months and years with the regime’s approval, are exploiting,” he said.Guaidó pointed out that the border has become a “no man’s land” that “irregular groups control.” He said, “It’s time to make them respect Venezuela,” adding that the groups represent a regional threat.Guaidó called again on the country’s Armed Forces, asking them, “Are you going to hide the dictator who enables irregular groups to remain in Venezuela?”This session also approved an agreement rejecting the “presence and expansion of narcoterrorist groups in the national territory” and declaring Maduro responsible for the “proliferation” of these groups in Venezuela.The interim president also said that he has already begun intelligence cooperation with Colombia to locate these organizations. The decree instructs exiled lawmaker Julio Borges, Guaidó’s presidential commissioner for Foreign Affairs, to work with Colombia and other countries to advance “decisive and prompt measures of collective action” to “restore order and security.”During the meeting, Francisco Sucre, president of the National Assembly’s Permanent Foreign Policy Commission, said that paramilitary groups had taken over more than 12 of the country’s states.Sucre said that the interim government and Colombia will submit a formal complaint before the United Nations (UN) Security Council. “At the end of the month, we will take it to the UN General Assembly and submit the report along with Colombia, to show how terrorist attacks are being planned from Venezuela,” he said.The announcement comes days after Colombian President Iván Duque accused the disputed government of supporting FARC dissidents, after some former leaders said that they were taking up arms again.The disputed government’s Foreign Office said that they continue to follow with “deep concern” the “imminent reactivation of the armed conflict” in Colombia, but criticized its intent to “shift” its responsibility in the “systematic violation of human rights” as part of a “planned dismantling of the peace process.”Colombian authorities have also reported that ELN members are operating in the South American nation.last_img read more

Several ways to start practicing emotional intelligence daily

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Any leader today should understand the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) – the ability to understand and work well with others. Leaders that embody this human-focused trait are good listeners, empathetic and make attentive and complete decisions.Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes in a recent Inc.com post that EI is going to become even more valuable in years to come. He cites Harvey Deutschendorf, EI expert and author, who says companies are placing a higher value on this trait because it leads to a competitive advantage.How can this trait be practiced so it comes more naturally to today’s leaders?Schwantes summarizes a blog post by Six Seconds CEO Joshua Freedman that takes advice from company leaders worldwide. Some of the responses I found most helpful include: continue reading »last_img read more

Three factors that will characterize payments innovation in 2019

first_img continue reading » 2019 will see big changes in the payments ecosystem driven by the upsurge of mobile payments, new reward schemes and fintech-banking partnerships. These changes will help financial organizations cater to the payment preferences of today’s consumers and provide a customer experience that extends beyond the point of sale.In the early 2010s, financial institutions used credit card rewards as a hot new tactic for competing for and winning long-term customer loyalty. But fast-forward to 2019 and consumers are playing the system for short-term gains, signing up for a selection of cards based on fees and rewards. This cherry-picking has caused the financial institution-customer relationship to become transactional.1. Financial institutions will rethink the cost of their rewards programs.This year, we’ll see more and more banks and credit unions stop throwing money at the problem and instead re-evaluate their rewards strategies. This doesn’t mean credit card rewards will soon be a thing of the past—in fact, we should expect to see their renaissance, as innovative solutions come to the fore to benefit both providers and consumers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to keep financial education thriving in a virtual world

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anna Baskin Anna Baskin is content manager at Service Credit Union, the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with 50 branch locations in NH, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Germany. Before joining the … Web: www.servicecu.org Details As credit union professionals, financial education and wellness is baked into our philosophy. For many of us, that’s included in-person learning, including fairs and classroom visits. But with traditional forms of learning and member engagement turned upside down in the past few months, how do credit unions adjust their plans?Is there an app for that?For many years now, our credit union has held annual “CU 4 Reality” learning fairs to teach middle and high school students about real world budgeting. However, when local schools switched to virtual education in March 2020, we had to quickly come up with a way to provide this knowledge in an interactive yet virtual way. We discovered an opportunity to purchase an app that we used to create a hands-on money management simulation, in which students are tasked to make various financial decisions, such as selecting a mode of transportation, home and food options, while sticking to a fixed budget based on the student’s career of choice. A game board was used to explain how spending your paycheck is like walking along a path of decisions and events that are not always foreseeable. By gamifying the virtual lesson and making it mobile, students were given a fun way to engage with the activity at hand, on a platform that is native to them.Don’t forget about human interactionWhile the virtual fairs were app-based, it was important to us that we kept a human element to them, too. That’s why a member of our financial literacy team was on-hand during all fairs to help guide the sessions and answer questions from students.Change up the settingNot only did COVID-19 put a wrench in our plans for younger students, we’d also been really excited to launch a series of first-time homebuying classes at bars and wineries. However, rather than canceling those altogether, we partnered with breweries and wineries in the area to conduct virtual homebuying classes and stream them on-location. In addition to being a needed change of scenery, it was also a great way to promote local business at a challenging time.Partner upTeam work makes the dream work, even when we have to be at least six feet apart. We’ve been lucky to partner with great organizations such as one which provides a learning platform for our members to dig into financial wellness topics of their choosing, such as credit cards or leasing a vehicle. We were also excited to continue our relationship with the VETRN program, which provides free executive leadership courses to veteran business owners. While we previously hosted the program at our corporate location, this year’s VETRN program is being offered virtually, and we have committed to helping mentor participants in the online classroom setting.Let’s face it, learning remotely can be a struggle at any age. However, by thinking a little more creatively and still maintaining a human element to everything we do, we can keep providing our members with the financial education they’ve come to expect from credit unions.last_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg fires warning to Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette has been dropped for Arsenal’s last two Premier League games (Getty Images)Freddie Ljungberg has warned Alexandre Lacazette that he may spend more time on the bench following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.The Gunners were hammered at home to the Premier League champions as Kevin De Bruyne’s double, plus Raheem Sterling’s goal, gave City a 3-0 lead by half time.Lacazette, meanwhile, was dropped for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham last Monday and was left on the bench once again for City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.And Ljungberg claims playing both Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his side ‘vulnerable defensively’.ADVERTISEMENT‘Of course you need to have balance in your team,’ Ljungberg told beIN Sports. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 8:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Freddie Ljungberg fires warning to Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Lacazette was left on the bench as Arsenal were beaten by Man City (Getty)‘With Lacazette and Auba we tried in the first two games I was here.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We looked vulnerable defensively.‘But of course, they are both great players, that’s why I wanted them both on the pitch, but we became very vulnerable defensively.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘So we took the route against West Ham where we changed it and played one of them and then had more defensive organisation.‘And we played extremely well against West Ham and won that game very, very clearly.‘Of course when you play against Man City it’s a big step up and especially you need your organisation.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Swimming and diving best UCLA

first_imgAfter consecutive losses, the USC women’s swimming and diving team bounced back in a big way, winning its final dual meet of the season.USC qualified two swimmers for the NCAA Championships and managed to break several pool and dual meet records, on its way to a 176-124 victory over UCLA.Record setter · Senior co-captain Lyndsay DePaul had arguably her best performance of the year, breaking a personal best in the 200-yard fly. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan The temperature reached a high of 79 degrees in McDonald’s Swim Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the USC swimmers took on their crosstown rivals.No. 6 USC (9-2, 4-2) was coming off losses against Cal and Stanford, but managed to make a statement against No. 21 UCLA (9-4, 3-4).The last time the Women of Troy had nine wins in their dual meet season was in 1997, when they won the only NCAA title in team history.“[This win] really bodes well for the rest of the season,” said USC coach Dave Salo. “We did well, we put up some really good times and were in control of the meet the whole time.”Although the Bruins were successful in breaking a couple of pool records and posted fast times in several races, the Women of Troy won all but three of the day’s events.Senior Lyndsay DePaul broke her own pool record and set a new personal best in the 200-yard fly, while freshman Stina Gardell and junior Katinka Hosszu broke pool records previously held by DePaul in the 400-yard IM and 100-yard free, respectively.Gardell’s time in the 400-yard IM was recorded as third-best in the country.Sophomores Jessica Schmitt and Haley Anderson and freshman Kasey Carlson also set dual meet records in the 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively.DePaul, one of the team’s co-captains, was pleased with the results.“After our losses against Cal and Stanford the team morale was kind of low,” she said. “After seeing those times we set, we had no idea we could post those up. They definitely made a statement to us and to those who were watching.”According to Salo, the pivotal moment of the meet was not a certain record broken, but when three USC swimmers placed first, second and third in one event.“The turning point of the meet was when we went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke,” Salo said. “Any time you can go 1-2 [or] 1-2-3, it is a significant change of events. That really set the tone for the rest of the meet.”Overall, the team found the records set and goals that it reached in its final dual meet of the season pleasing and a bit unexpected.“We are all pretty surprised with the results,” DePaul said. “Very few of us were rested, but we worked really hard. It was exciting, it was fun and we did much better than we anticipated.”last_img read more