Founded in 1973, the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) promotes research on Japan and brings together Harvard faculty, students, leading scholars from other institutions, and visitors to create one of the world’s leading communities for the study of Japan.In the weeks since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, officially named the Great East Japan Earthquake, in cooperation with the Harvard Club of Japan, the Rotary Club of Okayama, Doshisha University, the Harvard Japanese Language Program, the Office of Career Services, the Harvard Summer School office, the Office of International Education, and other entities in Japan and across campus, the Reischauer Institute has thrown wholehearted support behind the maintenance of Harvard student participation in activities and programs in Japan. For graduate students with a Japan interest, RI has provided dissertation completion grants, language study grants, and other travel and research awards. In the case of undergrads, RI has provided support for research, Japanese language study, internships, Harvard Summer School in Kyoto, volunteer relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake, and other activities across Japan. Now, more than ever, RI seeks to enable students to go to Japan to study, to work, to learn, and to grow as scholars and as human beings.View the full list of students supported by RI during the 2010-11 and summer 2011 academic year.
Earlier this week, Corey Lewis boarded a MegaBus from Philadelphia to Boston.With his folding chair and camping equipment, he was likely the oddest-looking passenger. But Lewis, 25, wasn’t headed into the great outdoors. Rather, he was coming to sleep in Harvard Square — all in the name of a pair of shoes.He wasn’t the only one. This week, a line of mostly men snaked around Brattle and Church streets to ensure their chance at buying the limited-edition “Three Lies” Asics sneaker — a collaboration between Asics and the Harvard Square shoe store Concepts — that honors the legacy of the University and has fun with the three falsehoods surrounding Harvard Yard’s famed John Harvard Statue. (The statue is not a likeness of John Harvard himself but of a model, and Harvard did not actually found the University that bears his name. In addition, the statue lists the founding year as 1638, which is two years late.)“My love for sneakers brought me here,” said Lewis, who learned about the shoe from social media. “I have friends with over 500 pairs of shoes. I have about 35 or 40 pairs myself. My closet’s pretty full.”Opened in 1996, Concepts has a history of collaborations that regularly draw a fashionable crowd willing to brave the region’s infamously dicey weather to score a pair of cult sneakers. Only 800 pairs of the new sneaker were made and they went on sale at 10 a.m. today.The most covetable feature of “Three Lies” is its gold toe — a perfect homage to the bronze statue that’s purported to bring good luck with a rub of its foot.“This shoe is so serious,” said Kamal Malik, 20, of Cambridge.Malik was the first person to arrive bright and early Monday morning and he served as the store’s gatekeeper of sorts, keeping a numbered list of campers. “This is the only store selling this shoe,” he said. “But the shoes are for Cambridge, and that’s why I’m out here.”Malik said he has camped out at Concepts “dozens of times” for sneakers. His passion for shoes runs so deep that he and some of his family launched a business called Sneakergreet, a website that connects “sneakerheads” interested in meeting and buying or trading shoes.Echoed friend Robin Brown, 23, “If you’re from Boston or Cambridge, you have to get these shoes.”Not even the $150 price tag could deter freelance Web designer Derek Houston, 19. “You either live high fashion or you don’t,” he said. “These sweatpants cost $300.”All week, the campers bonded but were sometimes tortured by the side effects of their sneaker quest. With unseasonably chilly temps rolling in, the men turned to the nearby 24-hour Market in the Square to “warm up, grab tea,” said Malik.“It’s boring, but the anticipation is killing me,” admitted Malik, who rushed off Thursday evening to take a shower. Lewis held his place in line.“My need for bodily hygiene is outweighed by the need for these shoes,” Lewis said.Friends Kevin “Kev-Cash” Robles, Bidhan Roy, Alex Velazquez, and David Medrano drove up from New York City to purchase the sneakers. “We came for the seafood too,” said Medrano.Their numbers in line were somewhere in the 30s, and the same went for their sleeping time: “I’ve slept like 35 minutes,” said Velazquez, 25.But with luck, he would be one of the few walking around New York City in rare Boston shoes.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Neil Patrick Harris WAS Approached to Take Over From David Letterman Speculation was rife when David Letterman announced his retirement that Neil Patrick Harris would take over his hosting duties. Well, as we know, Stephen Colbert got the gig, but it turns out that the Tony nominee was approached about the Late Show. According to Vulture.com, Harris told Howard Stern about the prospect: “I think I would get bored of the repetition fast.” The Hedwig star hasn’t, however, ruled out doing a weekly variety show. Tony Nominee Marin Ireland Joins HBO’s Girls Tony nominee Marin Ireland (Reasons to be Pretty) has landed a recurring role in the fourth season of HBO’s Girls. Deadline reports that the Homeland alum will play an affluent and aloof classmate of Lena Dunham’s character Hannah. Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov Will Team Up at BAM Odd couple or match made in heaven? Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe and dancing icon Mikhail Baryshnikov will star in the American premiere of Daniil Kharms’ The Old Woman at BAM. Directed by Robert Wilson, Dafoe and Baryshnikov will play a dapperly dressed mismatched pair forced to deal with the most inconsiderate of corpses. The surreal black comedy will play June 22 through June 29. Neil Patrick Harris Star Files View Comments Shakespeare Coming to a Movie Theater Near You You don’t need to buy a plane ticket to experience the Royal Shakespeare Company this summer. Henry IV Part I will be screened in US movie theaters June 3 through July 3, while Henry IV Part II will play July 5 through August. Need a bard fix before then? Reprise screenings of Richard II, starring former Dr Who David Tennant, will appear in 45 movie theaters across the country in May. ‘Smelly Cat’ Would be the Big Number in Friends Musical on Broadway Friends star Lisa Kudrow stopped by Conan O’Brien’s show to talk her latest movie, Neighbors, but also touched upon the idea of a Friends Broadway musical. “The big ‘Smelly Cat’ number’s fantastic, you’ve gotta see it,” she joked. It wouldn’t be the first time felines have been somewhat successful on the Great White Way…Check out the clip below.
Per my last blog post, I answered 12 of the most commonly asked questions I’ve received since I hit the road full time in May. I ended the post with an open forum for any questions my followers may have about the project, my job, road life, or J-Daddio herself.Thanks to those who responded to the call!Would love to know what kind of modifications you made to your GO? Storage in the inside? Are you using the table that came with it? Running electric to it? Got a plan for when the temp drops other than just bundle up? – Farley– The SylvanSport Go has remained entirely unaltered with the exception of adding my Yakima kayak stacker, HighRoller, and Roadshower to the factory issued crossbars. I always have three weatherproof storage bins (like these) packed in the trailer during transport mode but usually just leave them locked outside when I set up the camper. The trunks side-by-side are as wide as the trailer is, which is nice if it’s really stormy out and I want to bring them inside. Normally, though, those trunks hold items that I don’t use on a day-to-day basis like warm clothes, camping stoves/gear, and my traveling library. Normally, I pack whatever clothing I need for the week into this front-loading 28L Deuter pack.– As far as electricity goes, there is none. As I mentioned in Tuesday’s blog post, I have an external battery jumper that can not only jumpstart my Jeep‘s battery if I need it but can also charge a 400-watt power inverter that can then charge my lap top, camera batteries, etc. I have a couple sets of ENO twilights and a Black Diamond lantern that run off batteries for lighting the Go at night.– As far as staying warm in the wintertime…we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. As of right now my plan is to whip out the 15-degree down sleeping bag, don my long underwear, and hope a little flask of whiskey will get me through the night.1. Who set the tour stops, you or BRO?2. How often do you get to stop at home?3. Is the Go yours, or belong to BRO, or on loan?4. Camera of choice? (I’m still searching for the camera I will take on my 2015 A.T. Thru Hike)5. Single? 🙂 Need someone to cook and clean while you’re writing?– Jason Schultz– The project’s schedule is based off a few different things. Physical presences at events and festivals are determined by another member of the BRO team and arranged at the beginning of the year. Aside from that, I typically schedule my stops around the destinations I need to travel to in order to get footage (photo and/or video) to accompany an upcoming article.– If by “home” you mean my parents’ home, I get to see my folks every month usually, pending on my travel schedule. It’s typically just a few days here or there but I always try to make my way north for holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.– SylvanSport is one of our main sponsors and gave Blue Ridge Outdoors the Go specifically for the Live Outside and Play project.– I personally work with a Canon Rebel T3i, though if I were to take one on a thru-hike, I might look into smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras like the Nikon AW1 or the Sony A7S.– Single? Yes. Do I need someone to cook and clean while I write? Only if foot rubs, grapes, and palm leaves are in the picture too.The only question I have would be when are you coming to Columbia SC? I know that it is hotter than your average oven here but we do have some pretty sweet mtb trails! Let this serve as the invite! We will show you around. On a unrelated note….. If I stop asking how I can get your job can I apply for chief navigator?? I am really good at calling “shot gun!” And I make a mean cup of coffee….. My resume is attached… – Mike Hahn– Mike! Big fan of Columbia. I was around in the wintertime for the Ice Man Race. Would love to actually race next year. Hopefully the winter weather will send me south. I just got a Specialized hardtail from Adventure Damascus and would love to get out on some SC singletrack!As for the chief navigator, I’d love one, but only if you accept beer and good times as payment.###Cheers everyone! Thanks again for the questions and feel free to continue asking. Promise I don’t bite (mostly).
Patrons can enjoy 18 holes of disc golf at the resort while experiencing gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Disc golfers will be able to walk the course for free or purchase a lift ride up to the first hole at the summit for an official round, heading down the mountain to the last basket. Beech Mountain Resort’s 5506′ Skybar will be open with outdoor seating only. Patrons can enjoy a drink and the amazing mountaintop views while respecting social distancing protocols. Beech Mountain Resort provides a variety of lift-served downhill mountain biking trails and a full-service bike shop in the resort village. Lessons and guided ride packages are available to accommodate all skill levels. The resort’s full line of rental bikes includes the addition of electric-assist bikes for 2020. Beech Mountain, NC – Beech Mountain Resort opens for the summer season on Friday, June 5, offering scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking and disc golf. The resort will also have take-out food and beverage service that can be enjoyed at several outdoor locations on property. Popular round-trip scenic lift rides to the mountaintop will be available for all guests. As a special thanks to locals, all residents of Watauga and Avery counties will enjoy free lift rides for the month of June. Rules and regulations apply and more information can be found at www.beechmountainresort.com. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Beech Mountain Resort places the health and safety of its customers, its team, and the surrounding community at the forefront of its business practices. The resort will continue to adhere to all federal and state guidelines as each phase is enacted to ensure a safe recreational experience for all. Disc Golf The resort will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Enhanced sanitation practices, social distancing policies and other safety measures will be implemented to follow state and local health guidelines. Free Scenic Lift Rides for Watauga and Avery Residents During Month of June Mountain Biking Beech Mountain Brewing Co., located in the resort village, will offer take-out food only. Growlers of fresh-brewed beer will also be available for purchase. *Please check website for opening date and operational times. *5506′ Skybar Scenic Lift Rides For more information about the resort’s summer activities or to purchase a season pass, go online to www.beechmountainresort.com or call 800.438.2093.
0SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: https://www.digitalgrowth.com Details It’s ok to admit it.You love to talk about about how great your credit union is.Don’t be modest.Just take a look at your most recent marketing campaign where you promoted things like your great rates.“1.99% for 36 months!!!*”Your amazing service.“We have the best service west of the Mississippi.”Your awesome product features.“We’ve now launched our latest technology: mobile deposit.”While this narrative may have attracted prospects to your credit union five years ago, things have changed.And when you think about what has changed, you probably think about technology.But that’s not the only thing that has changed.People have changed.You have changed.I have changed.We have changed.The way we communicate.The way we shop.The way we buy.Yes, it’s true this change has in been fueled in part by technology.And because we have changed, your narrative about “great rates” and “amazing service” is falling on deaf ears for one reason.People need help.Not hype.Will Smith understands this.Recently at Cannes Lions, Will Smith recalled his younger years and one of his biggest flops of all time, Wild Wild West. He remarked, “I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win, versus promoting something because I believed it was helpful.”He continued sharing, “Back in the ’80s and ’90s, you put out a trailer with all the explosions, and it took until Wednesday before people realized your movie was shit.”In other words, the emphasis of these trailers (and the overall movie) was on the spectacle of special effects, not on characters that the audience could care about. As a result, audiences rejected many of these movies.Hollywood’s focus was developing a narrative around a product (Will Smith) and not the consumer.And Will Smith knows this when he stated, “You’re going to know right away if your product is meeting its promises. It’s like a new idea that we have to make good movies. If people don’t want it, you’re not going to be able to sell it. It was so explosive in my mind that selling, marketing, creating cannot be about me.”Will’s right.It’s not about you.So take a moment and think about it.What is your credit union selling?And what story are you telling with your digital marketing?Is it about hype?Or is it about help?Help first.Sell second.And you will rise above the commoditized promotion of “great rates” and “amazings service” to grow your credit union in a digital driven economy.
continue reading » One wintry Saturday morning a couple years ago, a new member and her two preschool daughters walked into Community Plus Federal Credit Union in Rantoul, Illinois, and approached the loan officer’s desk.The woman told her children, “This is the lady who helped us get our car,” and the girls gave the loan officer a hug. The family had good reason to be thankful: Before qualifying for the loan through the credit union’s new Ride to Work program, the woman was up predawn every weekday, waking her daughters so they could walk together to their child care provider before she caught a ride to work. When they needed groceries, they pulled their wagon to and from the store.President Michael Daugherty shares this story to illustrate the impact of Community Plus FCU’s commitment to the nonprime auto lending program, which has produced $3.3 million in loans for the $19 million credit union serving 4,000 members since its launch in late 2015.“It really gave us some validation. The numbers tell us a lot, but it’s these kinds of stories that confirm, ‘Yes, we should be doing this,’” says Daugherty, a CUES member. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Next Tuesday, thanks to the New York State Federation of Republican Women, a grassroots group based in Nassau, folks can listen to Dick Morris, the triangulating political mastermind and Fox News Channel commentator, promote the latest book he’s written with his wife Eileen McGann.Packed with provocative buzzwords, the title is “Revolt!—How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Agenda—A Patriot’s Guide.” Even though his presentation is called “Winning the Presidential Election,” it’s safe to say that Morris is not peddling free advice so Hillary Clinton can occupy the White House again, although he doesn’t mind getting credit for providing the strategy that engineered President Bill Clinton’s re-election in 1996 when it looked a little hopeless.Morris must know his audience pretty well, because it takes a lot of balls to profit from calling President Obama’s agenda socialist with a straight face. But for this crowd, they’ll probably buy it. They certainly aren’t paying any mind to a real Democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who could only wish that Obama and, for that matter, his party’s leading rival for the nomination, Hillary Clinton, really were more to the left, especially about reining in Wall Street power and the cancerous concentration of wealth in this country.There’s a lot going on in the months leading up to the next election, and it’s neither enlightening nor encouraging—at least if you care about facts. The reality is that the extremists in the GOP base eat this stuff up. According to the polls, Donald “Something Terrific” Trump is still the front-leader of the GOP field, and that’s got a growing number of people concerned, and some of them are even Republicans.A recent cartoon by the Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Toles in the Washington Post, featuring a conversation between a pair of elephants in business suits, spells out the conundrum facing the party of Lincoln: “We’ve got a Trump problem,” says one. “He’s appealing to voters who are responding to racism bordering on fascism. It’s a real dilemma. How do we get rid of Trump but keep those voters?”Conservative Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush’s speechwriter and policy advisor, spelled it out much further in a recent column about the 2016 race: “The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: to forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; to rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican principle of birthright citizenship; to build a 2,000-mile wall on our southern border while forcing Mexico to pay the cost. He has characterized undocumented Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, and opposed the speaking of Spanish in the United States.”Most of Trump’s appeal is “reactionary,” writes Gerson, before quoting the billionaire himself: “‘We’re going to have to do things,’ says Trump with menacing vagueness, ‘that we never did before.’ And if disrespect for institutions is common, Trump is its perfect vehicle — combining the snark of Twitter with the staged anger and grudges of reality television… Is it possible and morally permissible, for economic and foreign policy conservatives, and for Republicans motivated by their faith, to share a coalition with the advocates of an increasingly raw and repugnant nativism?”He’s right, but his words probably fall on the deaf ears of those who get their views from Fox News. After all, Trump has just lied that the U.S. is going to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees, that African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides (total falsehood), and, most outrageous, that on Sept. 11, 2001 he saw on television “thousands and thousands” of people in some unnamed “Arab” neighborhood of New Jersey “cheering as that building was coming down.” Not even Gov. Chris Christie, who knows a thing or two about New Jersey, could back him up on that big whopper. But it didn’t matter, because he just doubled-down and his supporters ate it up.Recently a front-page photo taken at a Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama, showed a group of haggard-looking white people sitting in the front row, holding placards proclaiming “the silent majority stands with Trump.” Take away their red, white and blue signs and they could have passed for hard-luck people in the Depression, perhaps gathered to hear the Louisiana Sen. Huey “Kingfish” Long, on the stump for his “Share Our Wealth” campaign.A populist Democrat with a demagogic streak, Long was a constant thorn in the left side of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom the Kingfish called a mama’s boy. He dubbed Congress “the Rich Men’s Club” when he gave a speech in 1932 on the Senate floor he titled “the Doom of the American Dream.” At one point he says, “There is a mere candle flicker here and yonder to take the place of what the great dream of America was supposed to be.” His plan would have imposed a $5 million tax cap on a family’s wealth, a $1 million a year salary cap, and a reliance on “men with the smartest minds” in America to flesh out the details.“Unless we provide for the redistribution of wealth in this country, the country is doomed,” he said, citing a study by the Federal Trade Commission that “1 percent” owned “59 percent” of the wealth. His figures almost sound quaint today, but he was deadly serious. He railed against both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, saying that “nothing can be squeezed through these party organizations that goes far enough to bring the American people to a condition where they have such a thing as a liveable country.”On the stump, Trump boasts about his business ability that has made him, the son of a millionaire, a purported billionaire. Nothing he’s proposed so far will actually improve the lives of the poor middle class men and women flocking to hear him. Behind him lurk Charles and David Koch, petrochemical billionaires (in Long’s day he railed against Standard Oil executives), who have pledged to spend almost a billion dollars on the 2016 elections to bring the Republican Party to the White House, and cement their hold on the Senate and the House of Representatives—as the brothers have already done with helping to put a majority of the state houses across the land in Republican hands.By 1935, Huey Long’s Share Our Wealth organization was collecting tens of thousands of letters a week from people all across the country who didn’t believe that FDR and the Democrats were doing enough to save them from despair, let alone improve their daily lives. As the 1936 election approached, FDR’s supporters feared that Long would challenge him for the nomination.But Long was playing a different game. He told his closest advisors that he was going to sit it out, perhaps put up a third party candidate who’d siphon enough votes from Roosevelt so that the Republican candidate would win. It was a cynical strategy, as T. Harry Williams noted in his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the Kingfish, because Long knew that a Republican president would only make the Depression worse—but that would pave the way in 1940 for a savior to come along like Huey Long, who’d promised to “make every man a king.”Today, when you look at the forlorn faces of Trump’s Republican supporters beyond the beltway, you wonder what they think when they listen to their candidate speak. In his mind, he’s already on the throne. But he’ll never share the crown.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
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Malta has been urged to place greater emphasis on third-pillar pension saving rather than a compulsory or semi-compulsory system of occupational provision.The Malta Employers’ Association (MEA) suggested the government should introduce incentives to encourage workers to save into third-pillar provision, or nudge employees into action.It reiterated its long-standing opposition to any element of compulsory pension saving.The government-backed Pensions Strategy Group (PSG) previously suggested this should be the next step if current proposals to encourage saving into individual savings accounts failed to boost participation. In its position paper, the MEA argued that the government needed to do more to ensure Maltese workers understood that the first pillar would only ever act as a safeguard, unable to guarantee the same purchasing power enjoyed while in employment.“The Association reacts positively to the fact that, rather than introducing a second pillar, the [PSG] is recommending incentives for more persons to invest in third-pillar products,” it said. The MEA’s paper implied that pensioner poverty was due to “individual choices” made by pensioners, driving them towards poverty.“The MEA has been claiming that a culture of dependency is detrimental to our society, and that people cannot expect the state to provide for all their needs through handouts,” it said.“The general public must be made to understand this point through educational campaigns.”Under the current Supporting Retirement Scheme proposed by government, workers will be offered a tax rebate on annual contributions up to €1,000, which it was hoped would offer an average replacement rate of 9% after 40 years of contribution.In the event that the system fails to boost participation, the PSG recommends the consideration of a mandatory opt-in, voluntary opt-out scheme, with administration and other elements overseen by employers.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to MEA position paper ‘Strengthening the pension system’