The U.S. Department of Justice is planning to ramp up performance evaluations of immigration judges, measuring their speed, fairness and uniformity in deciding cases, according to a memo issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The union for immigration judges is still negotiating details regarding the performance metrics with the department, according to Dana Leigh Marks, spokeswoman for the National Association of Immigration Judges. While Sessions believes such metrics will help eliminate a backlog of cases that has grown to nearly 650,000, the union of judges is worried that they could affect due process. “Together, we have made significant progress since the beginning of the Trump administration, but we want to build on this success to enshrine what the law contemplates and what the people desire — an end to unlawfulness in our immigration system,” Sessions said in the Dec. 5 memo. The case backlog is not new. Immigration judges and attorneys alike have talked … [Read more...] about Immigration judges getting new performance metrics
Chevrolet’sbig announcement in Dubai this past Sunday has ‘Vette fans and car enthusiasts alike still drooling at the mouth, and rightfully so. With supercar-worthy specs easily establishing it as the most powerful Corvette ever made, the fourth-generation ZR1will most likely be the best bang for your buck available when it goes on sale next spring. Those with a penchant for the track as well as a desire to impress family and friends will also be happy to hear that it will come available with GM's Performance Data Recorder, an exciting little tool that’s come to be a staple of Chevy's most famous sports car. Since 2015 the Performance Data Recorder, or PDR, has allowed Corvette owners to capture their performance on the track as well as test their car’s capabilities. The system uses a tiny high-definition 720p camera mounted within the rearview mirror to record video of your drives while overlaying data such as speed, rpm, throttle and braking, and even a map … [Read more...] about Video: What is GM’s Performance Data Recorder?
Tennessee Valley Authority will dole out $112.5 million in performance bonuses to employees this year, after a year of company cost savings, safety records, lower electric rates and low carbon emissions.Employees will get varying portions of that amount based on what percentage of their base salary is considered "at risk." The minimum is 5 percent of base salary. The highest amount of at-risk pay belongs to Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said Johnson's at-risk pay is 170 percent of his base salary of $995,000, which the TVA board voted to increase by 5.5 percent last week. Performance metrics and the TVA board determine how much of the at-risk pay TVA employees, including Johnson, take home. More: TVA CEO Bill Johnson gets pay boost after utility reduced rates, improved air quality This year TVA reported the company exceeded its goals, earning 103 percent of the company at-risk pay. So employees will get … [Read more...] about TVA ends year with $112.5 million in performance bonuses
(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc on Wednesday raised its estimate for a closely watched performance metric for the second time this year, citing higher average fares. The No.1 U.S. airline's shares rose as much as 3.1 percent in morning trading, lifting stocks of other large carriers. Unit revenue - which compares sales to flight capacity - is expected to increase by about 5 percent to 6 percent in the second quarter, compared with a 3.5 percent to 5.5 percent rise estimated earlier, American Airlines said. The company also raised the lower end of its adjusted pre-tax margin forecast to a range of 13 percent to 14 percent from a range of 12 percent to 14 percent. American Airlines is the latest carrier to lift its unit revenue estimate as an improving U.S. economy spurs demand for air travel. United Continental Holdings Inc , the No. 3 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said on Tuesday it expected a 2 percent rise in passenger unit revenue for the second quarter, … [Read more...] about American Airlines raises estimate for key revenue metric
It's not you, it’s them. The MTA is slowing your subway roll. The agency blames it on the number of people who are taking the train these days. Riders, in other words, are just victims of the transit system’s success. In fact, according to an internal report obtained exclusively by the Daily News, the problem is that the MTA is ignoring one of its most important performance measurements — the one about being on time. “They’re not that worried about service,” a source familiar with the internal report said of agency brass. “They just think that it’s not really that bad. They’ve convinced themselves they don’t need to worry about abysmal ‘on-time performance.’ ” There are a lot more problems than that — such as aging cars and track equipment, new cars that struggle to perform as well as well as older ones, and an ancient signaling system, with parts dating back to Franklin … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: MTA ignoring ‘abysmal’ on-time performance of subway trains
Starling Marte, an All-Star outfielder emerging as one of the game’s top all-around talents, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for nandrolone, a devastating blow for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Marte, 28, won a Gold Glove in 2016 and compelled the Pirates to move franchise player Andrew McCutchen from center to right field in the off-season. He batted .311 with a .362 on-base percentage, and stole 47 bases last season.Nandrolone is classified as an anabolic steroid, perhaps better known as Deca-Durabolin during the height of doping in Olympic and other athletic circles. It emerged most recently during Barry Bonds’ 2011 perjury trial related to the BALCO scandal, when slugger Jason Giambi testified that he tested positive for the drug in a screening administered by BALCO before the lab created its own regimen of drugs for him. MORE MLB:In a statement released by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, Marte expressed both … [Read more...] about Pirates’ Starling Marte suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy
On the first day of school Monday, when more than 400 students are expected to walk into Indianapolis Public Schools’ reinvented School 69, a new partnership begins.“They become our babies,” said new school leader Shanae Staples.She wants to promise students that this rebooted school will be better than the one that failed them five years in a row. That this is the education they deserve.That they will be part of the change, and that change will not just happen to them.That they will become leaders in the community.Charged with improving one of IPS’ most troubled schools, Staples is launching a new school model with an abundance of infectious optimism and confidence. Now called Kindezi Academy at Joyce Kilmer School 69, her school is a novel blend of public education options, coupling a traditional school district with a charter school.Her vision: a school where students work in small groups, with two teachers in every classroom, where learning can be … [Read more...] about IPS takes a risk in reshaping a poor performing school
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa couldn't believe the numbers.First base coach Mickey Morandini and third base coach Juan Samuel were just as shocked.For anyone who's watched Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis on a daily basis, the eye test says he's one of the best defensively at his position in Major League Baseball and a front runner to win a National League Gold Glove Award. Defensive advanced metrics for Galvis, however, don't exactly agree with that assessment. MARTIN FRANK: Blount only one example of Eagles' mistakes at running back Galvis' defensive performances presents a complicated case between the reliance of sabermetrics in the game today and trusting people within the sport based on what they see and evaluate on a day-to-day basis."That makes me wonder about defense because I've looked at some of the sabermetrics on Freddy and they don't jive to me," manager Pete Mackanin said. "I've seen him play every game – and I've … [Read more...] about Eye test vs. defensive metrics: Is Galvis worthy of Gold Glove?
There's a good chance that your employer's 401(k) plan offers a target date fund as a retirement investment option. These funds hold a mix of assets that, on their own, become more conservative as you approach your target year, which typically is about when you expect to stop working. Russell Investments, a major investment index provider, has created a new performance measure called the Target Date Metric to track the offerings of fund families, such as Fidelity, Vanguard or American Funds, over time. The gauge compares their performance to a benchmark 60/40 split of stocks and bonds common in traditional balanced funds. Target date funds start out with a higher allocation to stocks that diminishes over time, according to a formula known as a glide path. Since each fund company has its own formula, "You, as an investor, are really buying into that glide path," said Rolf Agather, director of index research & innovation at Russell. The Russell tool calculates the … [Read more...] about New yardstick Target Date Metric can help investors sort through retirement-year mutual fund choices
When Barack Obama backed performance pay in a speech to the nation's largest teachers union last week - and didn't get drowned out by boos - it was the latest indicator of a slow and steady but seismic shift in American school reform. Just a few years ago, a politician's mere mention of performance pay was enough to make the union paint a target on his back. Now - with more than 70 districts working to reward teachers based in part on the quality of the job they do, and a new federal fund spurring experiments all across the country, including $10.5 million in 10 New York City charter schools - it's a new day.Don't misunderstand. The arcane, one-size-fits-all salary schedule, which gives teachers with the same experience and degrees the same paycheck regardless of their effectiveness, is still dominant. But the cracks in the foundation are starting to grow.That means it's time for New York City and urban systems to give another hard look at what has, for years, been considered a … [Read more...] about Pay for performance: ready for its closeup