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Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded in Japanese studies

first_imgThe Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Ltd. Publishers hosted the 16th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the 15th annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies on Oct. 15. The event, held in Belmont, Mass., at the former home of Edwin O. Reischauer, marked the centennial of Reischauer’s birth.The Noma-Reischauer prizes are given annually by Kodansha Ltd. for the best essays written by Harvard students on Japan-related topics. This year, Marie Kodama ’10, social studies, won the undergraduate prize for her essay “Within and Beyond Traditions: Contextualizing Japan’s School-based Peace Education in Classical Japanese and Western Trends.” Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, won the graduate prize for his essay “Blind Monks for Hire: Making Music and Money in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.”The deadline for submitting essays for the 2011 Noma-Reischauer Prize is June 20, 2011.  For more information, call the Reischauer Institute at 617.495.3220 or visit the institute’s website.last_img read more

Comedian Jeff Dunham Leaves Westbury in Stitches [Performance Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his band of puppets had the crowd in hysterics at NYCB Theatre at Westbury last Friday, August 15 when his routine turned to the topic of comedy itself.After starting with a clip of his four main puppets—Peanut, Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Bubba J—getting arrested for various reasons, Dunham reminisced about his world tour, in which he performed in both the Middle East and Israel within two weeks of one another. Despite their differences, both overseas crowds found his performance equally hysterical, he recalled during the show, dubbed Disorderly Conduct.“It only takes a handful of idiots to f*** it all up,” Dunham joked during his opening stand-up act, noting that despite the continuing conflict in that region, there are mostly good people in the world who share the same values of family, health and love.That’s when Dunham was met by his first “guest,” Walter, the bow-tie-wearing bitter, old man puppet whose hatred of everything and overall miserableness got the audience roaring with laughter.Later came Peanut the purple neurotic “woozle” and his sidekick, monotone Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick, who balance each other out and spend their time on stage together bickering.The skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Duhman’s most popular puppet, closed the show by cracking religious jokes and doing a Q&A with random members of the audience. Their laughter, as usual, was met with his catch phrase: “Silence! I kill you!”Dunham, who is reportedly the top-grossing comedian in North America, also advertised his new ventriloquist puppet—a mini replica of himself—that he now has for sale. It comes with a few written skits along with a DVD and book with lessons on how to be a ventriloquist. Because, as his performance illustrated, the world can always use more laughter.For future mind-blowing live performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in the Island Ear!last_img read more

Another state joins the ranks of states permitting credit union board compensation

first_imgOn June 16, Oregon governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that will permit reasonable [1] compensation for members of state-chartered credit union boards of directors. The new law makes Oregon the 16th state [2] to permit board compensation, and the third to permit the practice in the last three years. The bill, introduced in February, met little opposition and took only four months to be passed into law.Oregon’s 19 state credit unions will join the growing number of credit unions with the option to compensate board members, but don’t expect them all to make the change at once, or at all for that matter. Indeed, much of the momentum for these amendments has come from a vocal minority of credit unions, not a unified clamor for change.[3] When Tennessee enacted a similar law two years ago, not a single credit union availed itself of the change in the first year, and only 2 of 76 began compensating board members in the following year. Indeed, less than a quarter of all credit unions that have the option to compensate board members do so, and even then it is almost always quite modest—between a few hundred dollars and $7,000 per year.[4]Despite the growing momentum, board compensation remains a controversial topic in many arenas. Just weeks before Oregon approved the practice, the Michigan Credit Union League dropped its support for a similar amendment as it teams with lawmakers to revise the state’s credit union act.[5] The League characterized the move as a compromise to get less divisive amendments passed, since some legislators disapproved of the provision.[6] In spite of the setback, the League expects that Michigan will join Oregon and the other states that allow board compensation in the next five to ten years.[7]Why would board compensation be controversial? There are several advantages to the practice. The data so far, although too limited to be conclusive at this stage, has shown on average that compensated boards outperform their volunteer counterparts.[8]Compensation can attract more skilled directors as regulatory compliance becomes increasingly complicated, justifies holding board members more accountable for performance, and gives grounds for replacing board members that underperform.The skepticism is not unfounded, however. First, the data is subject to several caveats. The sample size is small. Much of the disparity between compensated and uncompensated boards can be attributed to a few high-performing credit unions, while the rest remain largely average.[1] At this early stage, the data is also likely skewed by the fact that typically only credit unions already in good financial health have considered adopting board compensation.There are other reasons for a cautious approach. Compensation may attract new talent, but it also gives incumbent board members more reason to entrench themselves, preventing positions for that new talent from becoming available. The practice would also give critics on the banking side one more reason to argue credit unions should not be tax-exempt. Some would also say it moves away from the traditional credit unions’ working class, frugal ethos.The returns on board compensation so far are positive and the few credit unions that have adopted the practice have for the most part approached it conservatively. The lesson appears to be that board compensation won’t be right for all credit unions but will be for some. Factors such as credit union size, financial health, availability of talent, and guiding philosophy can all tip the scales one way or the other.[1] The statute does not define what “reasonable” means, but the Staff Measure Summary (SB 582 A, March 4, 2015) provides as general support for the measure that “this change helps credit unions attract and retain qualified directors at a time when numerous circumstances make that increasingly difficult.”[2] Commentators disagree on which states allow board compensation (e.g., whether to count states that limit compensation to one board member, usually the treasurer), so the numbers reported vary widely, and require the reader to look closely at how the commentators define compensation.[3] See Matt Fullbrook, Should Credit Unions Pay Their Directors?, Filene Research Institute 23, May 2015.[4] Id. at 11. See also Peter Strozniak, CU Board Director Pay: Most Not At All, Some Handsomely, Credit Union Times (July 1, 2013), http://www.cutimes.com/2013/07/10/director-pay-essential-in-brave-new-world-ceos-say?ref=hp.[5] Peter Strozniak, Michigan League Rejects Board Pay, Credit Union Times, May 29, 2015, http://www.cutimes.com/2015/05/29/michigan-league-rejects-board-pay.[6] Id.[7] Id.[8] See Strozniak, CU Board Director Pay, supra note 4.Contributing Author: James Patterson, Partner, Sherman & Patterson, LTDJim Patterson is a partner with Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax (e.g. 409A and 457(f)), nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits. Most of Jim’s deferred compensation clients are healthcare systems and credit unions. Jim has drafted numerous split dollar plans, SERPs, and other nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and welfare benefits plans. Jim’s practice also includes drafting employment agreements and severance plans that integrate nonqualified deferred compensation concepts with other issues relating to an individual’s employment. He has worked closely with state credit union regulators in the 47 states that have state credit union charters, as well as with regulators at the NCUA. Jim is based in Maple Plain, MN. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christine Burns-Fazzi Chris Burns-Fazzi has focused her experience in finance on executive compensation since 1981. She specializes in nonqualified plan design, implementation and administration in both public and closely held corporations, notably … Web: www.BFBbenefit.com Detailslast_img read more

Convicted rapist arrested, charged with endangering child in Delaware County

first_imgThe Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Richard J. Bennett was arrested and charged with sexual abuse in the 3rd degree and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. Bennett is accused of subjecting a child under the age of 17 to sexual contact during early May, the sheriff’s office says. (WBNG) — Authorities in Delaware say they arrested a registered level 2 sex offender in the town of Davenport Friday. Authorities say the arrest was made following an investigation into the sexual abuse of a minor child.center_img According the sheriff’s office, Bennett was released from prison in 2011 and mandated to lifetime registration as a sex offender as a result of a 3rd degree rape conviction in Otsego County in 2006. The victim was under the age of 17. Bennett was released in compliance with Bail Reform Laws. He is directed to appear in the town of Davenport Court at a later date.last_img read more

Engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays

first_imgWe are sending you the answers that the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) received from Ministry of Labor and Pension System te CES, related to the engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays.HUP has undertaken numerous activities on this topic, and although such a solution is not in line with practical needs, it is formally the only official act that is proposed to be used for the engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays and for season preparation.When using this permanent seasonal engagement, it is not necessary for the employer to report anything to the CES or the HZMO, but it is important to pay attention to the prescribed limit of monthly “reward” (net up to approx. HRK 2.000). which must not be higher than the amount of the average cash benefit during unemployment paid in the previous year – in 2016 it was the amount of HRK 1.917,10 net).For all additional necessary information and clarifications, feel free to contact or refer members to the CES, which is responsible for interpreting the implementation of the Permanent Seasonal measure.Side dish: CES – Permanent seasonallast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Redevelopment of Mine Project in Columbia County

first_imgWolf Administration Announces Redevelopment of Mine Project in Columbia County August 28, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced funding for a mine development project that will reengineer, reopen, and redevelop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region of Columbia County.“I will continue to partner with industry and our local communities to ensure that the commonwealth reaps the greatest possible benefit from our resources, so that our communities, our industries, and our workforce can thrive and Pennsylvania will remain competitive in the manufacturing economy,” said Governor Wolf.Blaschak Coal Corporation was approved for a $1 million grant to develop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region. The development will employ 25 to 30 UMWA miners and is the largest new mine development project in the region. Once the development is complete, it will provide a considerable production of high quality anthracite coal for more than 20 years. As mining progresses, the land will be reclaimed and made available for alternative uses in the community. Wages for the created jobs more than double the median household income in the region.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more

Live among the trees in this home surrounded by nature with ocean views

first_img10A Nangana Street TugunUP to 100 plants were grown by homeowners Peter Hale and his wife Nicole Webb at this Tugun property to create a hidden sanctuary.Nestled on an elevated block, the house is surrounded by eight gum trees and tropical gardens.A striking entrance of stone and cedar create a bold opening into the foyer. 10A Nangana Street TugunMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It feels like you’re living in the bush because of the big windows of greenery.“I love standing out on the deck and looking straight out to the ocean and, because of the open floor plan, I can look straight through the house too.” The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an eclectic style. It exudes character with hardwood timber floors, extensive glass and eccentric lighting. 10A Nangana Street TugunWith three decks and an outdoor bar, the house also has an indoor-outdoor style that creates a tree-house feel.Having built the home at 10A Nangana St in 2012, Mr Hale and his wife are now looking to downsize. “Nicole and I had this wonderful vision when we bought the home that we would turn it into a secluded retreat,” Mr Hale said.“I think we have finally turned it into that, when we first bought the home it had more of a commercial building feel about it, but we made spaces more intimate. 10A Nangana Street Tugun“We bought the LED stained glass lights from a man in Murwillumbah who has a warehouse of really interesting lights,” Mr Hale said. “I was really inspired by the lighting to create a home with a bit of character.” center_img 10A Nangana Street TugunTwo bedrooms in the home include a contemporary design of cedar wood and a freestanding bathtub. “It is such a private property, you can be in your world,” Mr Hale said. 10A Nangana Street Tugun10A Nangana St, Tugun4 3 2 Tender: Closing April 3Features: Ocean views, 20,000 litre water tank, airconditioningArea: 252sq mAgent: John Parkes Ray White TugunInspection: By appointmentlast_img read more

Church of England endowment fund divests from Wonga

first_imgThe Church Commissioners, whose £6.1bn (€7.7bn) endowment fund finances the Church of England’s activities, as well as some of its pension obligations, have sold the fund’s indirect holding in Wonga, the controversial payday lender.The investment was held within the fund’s venture capital portfolio as part of a shareholding in US-based Accel Partners, a global private equity firm specialising in technology companies.It was uncovered a year ago by the Financial Times, a particularly embarrassing revelation as it followed a public vow by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury – head of the Church of England – to “compete [Wonga] out of existence”.The Commissioners said they had not made any profit from their investment exposure to Wonga. They said the holding, valued at £75,000, represented much less than 0.01% of the value of the payday lender. They also emphasised they had no direct investments in Wonga or any other payday lenders.The 12-month gap between the discovery of the holding and its eventual sale shows the difficulties involved for investors extricating themselves from unlisted assets.It is estimated that if the Commissioners had had to sell their entire venture capital holdings, they might have lost £3m-9m in removing the exposure to Wonga via a secondaries deal.The Commissioners said: “We are pleased another way forward has been agreed, given our fiduciary duties to clergy pensioners and to all the parts of the Church we support financially.”They declined to give further details as to the precise nature of the deal, but they added: “We believe venture capital to be a good and useful instrument with significant potential to serve the common good. It gets new businesses up and running and supports the economy and jobs.”The Commissioners have recently tightened their ethical restrictions for direct investments and will announce new controls on indirect investments later this year.They have also created a new post to lead the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical investment policies and responsible investment commitments. This post will be assumed in August by Edward Mason, currently secretary to the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group, which shapes investment policy.last_img read more

US DOE issues $ 20 million offshore wind call

first_imgDeadline for submitting concept papers is 30 April 2020 and full applications are due on 9 July 2020. “[Funding] offshore wind projects can increase confidence in pre-commercial technologies and methodologies, paving the way for the development of a world-class U.S. offshore wind industry of the future,” said Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has called for applications for funding that will support offshore wind technology demonstration and wind resource characterisation projects. For this call, DOE has designated a total of $ 20 million. The wind resource characterisation project will focus on improving wind resource model physics for foundational wind forecasts and other applications in offshore wind energy development areas. The aim is to improve wind resource characterization and modelling to more accurately predict the power output of future offshore wind projects, and to more seamlessly integrate this power into the grid. center_img “This funding for offshore wind resource science will improve the weather models that wind plant developers and operators rely on to manage their fleet effectively and provide predictable, low-cost electricity,” Daniel R Simmons said. Regarding offshore technology demonstration, the proposed project must either implement an innovative technology at engineering/pilot or full-scale, and/or employ a methodology that has yet to be used commercially in the United States for offshore wind, at an offshore wind project that is planned to be operational by 2025, DOE states. last_img read more

Cannabis ‘makes pain more bearable’

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle Cannabis ‘makes pain more bearable’ by: – December 22, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Cannabis can offer pain relief to some peopleCannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests.Using brain imaging, researchers found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis reduced activity in a part of the brain linked to emotional aspects of pain.But the effect on the pain experienced varied greatly, they said.The researchers’ findings are published in the journal Pain.The Oxford researchers recruited 12 healthy men to take part in their small study.Participants were given either a 15mg tablet of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – the ingredient that is responsible for the high – or a placebo. The volunteers then had a cream rubbed into the skin of one leg to induce pain, which was either a dummy cream or a cream that contained chilli – which caused a burning and painful sensation. Each participant had four MRI scans which revealed how their brain activity changed when their perception of the pain reduced.Dr Michael Lee, lead study author from Oxford University’s Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, said: “We found that with THC, on average people didn’t report any change in the burn, but the pain bothered them less.”MRI brain imaging showed reduced activity in key areas of the brain that explained the pain relief which the study participants experienced. Dr Lee suggested that the findings could help predict who would benefit from taking cannabis for pain relief – because not everyone does.“We may in future be able to predict who will respond to cannabis, but we would need to do studies in patients with chronic pain over longer time periods.”He added: “Cannabis does not seem to act like a conventional pain medicine. Some people respond really well, others not at all, or even poorly. “Brain imaging shows little reduction in the brain regions that code for the sensation of pain, which is what we tend to see with drugs like opiates. “Instead cannabis appears to mainly affect the emotional reaction to pain in a highly variable way.”Mick Serpell, a senior lecturer in pain medicine at Glasgow University, said the study confirmed what was already known.“It highlights the fact that cannabis may be a means of disengagement for the patient, rather than a pain reliever – but we can see that happen with opioids too.”The study was funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.BBC Newslast_img read more