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How to get better mileage out of your savings at the pump

first_imgby: BlackRockU.S. drivers are spending approximately 90 cents less on a gallon of gas than they were a year ago. That can easily be more than $10 a tank. If that’s you, what are you doing with that money?If you’re like many Americans, you’re not spending it; you’re saving it. As my colleague Russ Koesterich has pointed out, the U.S. savings rate since November has risen , from 4.4 percent to 5.3 percent.Are you saving for a bigger purchase, such as a car, vacation or even a home? How long do you think it will take to reach your goal?Rethink the safety of cashUnfortunately, it could take longer if you keep your money in low-interest cash accounts and money market funds that barely earn a penny on the dollar. In fact, you may actually lose money after taxes and if inflation continues on its 1.7 percent climb*.Truth is that many people may be holding more money in cash than they need to. Americans interviewed for BlackRock’s 2014 Global Investor Pulse Survey said they should hold about 29 percent of their investible assets in cash. But when you add in money market and other low-interest-bearing accounts, they actually hold an average 63 percent. And over half of these savers said they plan to contribute more to these types of accounts. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse thrills skywatchers on longest day

first_imgCoronavirus hits viewing Without the coronavirus pandemic, they would have organized a trip to Lake Magadi in southern Kenya where the skies are generally clearer than over the capital.”With the pandemic situation, we’re not able to have crowds… and get kids to look through or do stuff,” she said, but still managed to share the event on social media.The annular eclipse is visible from only about two percent of Earth’s surface, Florent Delefie, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory, told AFP.”It’s a bit like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt light bulb,” he added. “It’s a cold light and you don’t see as well.”Sri Lanka closed its planetarium to prevent a gathering of amateur astronomers due to the coronavirus outbreak, but live-streamed the celestial event on Facebook.A small group of about 15 students huddled around a telescope at the University of Colombo to watch the eclipse.Some students used a welding mask to stare at the sun, while others wore glasses made with filters that cut out ultra-violet rays.Coronavirus precautions were also taken in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, as dozens of students and astronomy enthusiasts gathered on a rooftop.Only a few were allowed at the viewing area at a time, wearing masks and sanitizing their hands as they waited their turn.”I was worried because it is a cloudy day, but the view was excellent,” 19-year-old student Swechhya Gurung told AFP.In Hong Kong, dozens of skywatchers ranging from astronomy enthusiasts with telescopes to families enjoying Father’s Day gathered at a waterfront park in east Kowloon to witness the spectacle, which lasted about 90 minutes. Lunar eclipse to follow Cheers erupted from the crowd when the cloud cleared and the eclipse was clearly visible.The full eclipse was visible at successive locations over a period of nearly four hours, and one of the last places to see the partially hidden Sun was Taiwan.A solar eclipse always occurs around two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into Earth’s shadow. Lunar eclipses are visible from about half of the Earth’s surface.A lunar eclipse is due on July 5, with the best viewing over North and South America, southern Europe and Africa.There will be a second solar eclipse in 2020 on December 14 over South America. Because the Moon will be a bit closer to Earth, it will block out the Sun’s light entirely.  Topics : Sunday’s eclipse arrived on the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year — the summer solstice — when the North Pole is tilted most directly towards the Sun.It was first visible in northeastern Republic of Congo from 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just a few minutes after sunrise. That was the point of maximum duration, with the blackout lasting a minute and 22 seconds.Arcing eastward across Africa and Asia, it reached “maximum eclipse” — with a perfect solar halo around the Moon — over Uttarakhand, India near the Sino-Indian border at 12:10 local time (0640 GMT).center_img More spectacular, but less long-lived: the exact alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun was visible for only 38 seconds.In Nairobi, East Africa, observers saw only a partial eclipse as clouds blocked the sky for several seconds at the exact moment the Moon should have almost hidden the Sun.Despite some disappointment, Susan Murbana told AFP: “It was very exciting because I think I’m so obsessed with eclipses.”Today has been very kind to us in terms of the clouds. And we’ve been able to see most of it,” said Murbana who set up the Travelling Telescope educational program with her husband Chu. Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed a dramatic “ring of fire” solar eclipse Sunday.So-called annular eclipses occur when the Moon — passing between Earth and the Sun — is not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.They happen every year or two, and can only be seen from a narrow pathway across the planet.last_img read more

How Phil Jackson molded Luke Walton’s coaching philosophies

first_imgJackson’s gesture to make Walton feel included on the team became a significant event that fueled his interest in coaching. It reinforced how Walton’s philosophies and personalities mirrored Jackson after playing as a key reserve for him from 2004 to 2011 that included two NBA championship runs (2009, 2010). And when the Lakers (10-15) host the New York Knicks (13-10) on Sunday at Staples Center, Walton will show first-hand to the Knicks’ president how that experience shaped his coaching thus far.“A lot of the way I am as a coach comes from my years playing under Phil,” Walton said. “I wasn’t trying to pick up on it as a player. But I think it naturally just kind of formed who I am as a coach.Walton and those around him describe his style as a blend from his varying coaching influences. He played for former Arizona coach Lute Olson. Walton also served as an assistant for two years under Golden State coach Steve Kerr. But after spending the majority of his 11-year NBA career playing for Jackson, Kobe Bryant often called Walton “the next Phil” because “he’s an average player with a messed up back.”Lakers forward Metta World Peace took it one step further, mindful that Jackson remains the NBA’s leading coach in league championships (11).“Luke is going to be a Hall of Famer,” said World Peace, who played for Jackson from 2009 to 2011. “It’s kind of early. But I definitely see him going. It might be 40 years from now. But he’s going to be in there.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error First things first.Walton just hopes end the Lakers’ five-game losing streak with its young roster decimated with injuries. To do so, he has incorporated a tactic that Jackson often showed with his stoic expressions on the sideline and in practices.“He was very big on never getting too high and never getting too low,” Walton said of Jackson. “That’s when you’re at your most dangerous as a competitor. That’s been the biggest influence I’ve tried to bring to the way I coach as well.”Like Jackson, Walton has allowed his staff to provide suggestions on strategy and the team’s fluctuating starting lineups.“He lets everybody have a say,” said Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who was also Jackson’s assistant from 2005 to 2011.There are some differences, though.Although Walton engages in meditation sessions like Jackson, the Lakers coach hardly has followed Jackson’s rituals of burning sage and handing out book assignments.Walton runs only what Shaw called “actions of the triangle,” while incorporating Golden State’s up-tempo offense that puts a high premium on 3-point shooting.Yet, Walton has still mirrored Jackson’s insistence in harping on the fundamentals.“Before, I got with Phil, I used to take it for what it is. It’s a bad pass,” Walton said. “But no, a bad pass leads to a bad possession, which leads to a run by the other time. That could lead to a loss.”Walton’s players have gushed about the freedom he has given to allow them to make mistakes. Just like Jackson, Walton has abstained from calling timeouts so that players do not lean on him for a lifeline. Last month, Lakers forward Julius Randle rewarded Walton for his trust by setting up a key 3-pointer instead of charging one-on-one against Phoenix forward Tyson Chandler.And yet …“I’m calling way more timeouts than I’d like to because we’re so young,” Walton said. “I think we can’t afford to go on those runs right now. But ultimately, I’d like to get back to the place where the guys get it done themselves out there.”As that process plays out, Walton will followed through on lessons that Jackson taught him. That included when Walton sat in on coaches meetings eager to learn.“He got a feel for what coaches do,” Shaw said. “It was good for him to help him think about when it is time to make that transition.”center_img LOS ANGELES — The pinched nerve in Luke Walton’s back prohibited him from providing some of the qualities Phil Jackson loved about him.Walton could not be on the court and provide the timely passes that made the triangle offense run smoothly. Walton could not be around his teammates to promote the bonding atmosphere that Jackson craved, either.So, Jackson gave Walton a different assignment. Throughout the 2010-11 season, Walton sat on the sideline and charted plays. Walton helped former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen compile scouting reports and break down film. And Walton sat in on coaches meetings, seeing up close how Jackson’s coaching staff prepared for games and assessed their own players.“That was more of getting a better general idea of what coaching was like. As a player, I had no idea the amount of time they spent and what they were looking for,” Walton said. “I wasn’t taking notes back then. I was just happy to be doing something.”last_img read more