Harvard Kennedy School remembers Jonathan Moore

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center mourns the death of Jonathan Moore, a longtime friend, supporter and early architect of the Center.  Jonathan was a member of the Shorenstein Center’s Advisory Board for many years, was an advisor to all of the Center directors, and had an office at the Center as an Associate beginning in 1995.Jonathan was director of the Institute of Politics (1974-1986) and, under his leadership, the IOP broadened their engagement with the press.  But Moore and others recognized that the topic was too important to be adequately addressed as a subsidiary part of the institute, and in 1980, Moore drafted a proposal for a Harvard center on the press, politics and public policy.  Dean Graham Allison and Harvard President Derek Bok embraced the proposal, a planning committee was established, and Harvard created a new endowment fund for the Center with a $50,000 transfer from the Institute of Politics, thanks to Jonathan.  Jonathan Moore went on to raise significant funding for the Center’s fellowships, seminars, general operating support and professorships and in 1985, the Shorenstein family endowed the center with the name of their daughter, Joan Shorenstein Barone. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Australian rugby team trains at ND

first_imgThe Australian national rugby union team, nicknamed the Wallabies, arrived in South Bend on Saturday and will be training on campus through Thursday. The squad, which is currently ranked third in the world, behind New Zealand and Ireland, will then travel to Chicago for a test match at Soldier Field against the 16th-ranked USA Eagles on Saturday night.  Members from both the Notre Dame men and women’s club rugby teams attended Monday night’s practice with their coaches. Sophomore Rachael Shey, a member of the women’s club rugby team, said although the practice was optional for Notre Dame players, watching with her coach was a beneficial learning experience.“Our coach is here for the practice. He’s here to network and teach us what they’re doing,” she said.Senior Andy Preising, captain and president of the men’s club rugby team, said Saturday’s game would be a test for the Eagles. “They’ve got a game on Saturday, which unfortunately is at the same time as the Texas game,” Preising said. “It’s going to be a big test for the U.S., definitely. We had our first international test in America last year — we played the All Blacks [New Zealand’s national rugby union team].”This will only be the fourth time the Wallabies have played in the U.S. and the first time they’ve played the Eagles in nearly 40 years. Preising says the team will not practice on Notre Dame’s Stinson Rugby Field but instead on the field near Stepan Center. “We’ve opened up our facilities to them. They’re not actually going to be playing much on our field because it’s turf and Soldier Field is grass,” he said. Director of Sports Science Matt Howley is from Australia and Kevin Ricks, associate athletic trainer, said Howley was part of why the Wallabies got into contact with Notre Dame. “They were scheduled to play in Chicago and were already looking for a place nearby to practice and train before the match,” Ricks said. While Notre Dame players will probably not have the opportunity to interact much with the Wallabies, Ricks said the Irish athletic staff are expected to interact with the team’s support staff of therapists, doctors and strength coaches. The Australian staff is considered to be one of the most advanced in the world in terms of sports science, and they will be working with Irish strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and nutritionists. After the Wallabies play in Chicago, the squad will return to Notre Dame for more training before going off to London on Sept. 13 to compete in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Their first game is Sept. 23 against Fiji.  Tags: athletics, athletics department, Australia, Rugby, Stepan Center, wallabieslast_img read more

Watch Jessie Mueller Ask Today ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’

first_img Related Shows View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jessie Mueller stopped by The Today Show February 27 to talk the “great responsibility” of her starring role in Beautiful:The Carole King Musical and to play the crowd at 30 Rock a number or two from the tuner. Host Savannah Guthrie brought up that King herself is skipping the show, a decision the Broadway.com video blogger said “makes perfect sense to me” because an artist is “always vulnerable.” The Tony nominee then went onto perform the classic number “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” with a little help from the Beautiful cast. Check out the clip below and then do the “Locomotion” at the show itself at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Star Files Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Groundhog Day on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Andy Karl in ‘Groundhog Day’ at the Old Vic(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Groundhog Day is gearing up to cast its shadow in New York, and now’s your chance to see it (and see it again, and again, and again…). Tickets are now available to catch Tony nominee Andy Karl in the new musical, which is set to begin performances on March 16, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre.Directed by Matthew Warchus, the musical features a score by Matilda scribe Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original 1993 film). No word yet on further casting; Karl played Phil in the world premiere at London’s Old Vic opposite Carlyss Peer as Rita.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray on screen), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker.Opening night is scheduled for April 17.center_img Groundhog Day Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims continue to rise

first_imgThere were 2,169 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 62 from the week before. Altogether 13256 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 1,311 from a week ago and 1,418 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,200 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 65 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 817 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 32 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img

LI Pol’s Bill Aims to Cut VA Backlog

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) at a news conference in Hicksville on Monday, April 29, 2013.A Long Island congressman is proposing legislation to help reduce a massive backlog of claims in the Department of Veterans Affairs, where vets are waiting an average of 273 days.Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) said his proposed End the VA Claims Backlog Now Act will help about 890,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including some veterans making first-time claims who wait an average of 327 days.“It’s unfathomable that the average wait time for veterans to start receiving benefits is 273 days,” Israel said Monday during a news conference at the VFW Hall in Hicksville. “The VA must do better, and that’s why I’m introducing legislation that would greatly reduce this backlog.”Israel, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, added that for veterans living in a metropolitan area, the average wait for disability compensation is a staggering 642 days—a statistic that evoked gasps from the crowd of veterans in attendance.This bill would give provisional benefits to those veterans filing for disability if their claims aren’t processed within 125 days. “If it is not adjudicated within 125 days [the affected veteran] automatically gets a 40 percent disability rating, no matter what,” said Israel.Veterans disability ratings are assigned in 10 percent increments, ranging from 10 percent to 100 percent disabled—the higher the rating the more severe the disability, and the higher the monthly compensation, according to NOLO Network, a legal advice website.Tireak Tulloch, a Brooklyn native who was deployed to Iraq twice and served a combined eight years in the Marine Corps reserve, credited Israel with signing a petition by the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America calling on President Barack Obama to end the backlog.Tulloch, a leadership fellow with that nonpartisan veterans’ organization, recalled that Obama has said that it was necessary to shoulder some of the burden that veterans are made to bare and to continue to honor them, bringing strength to both the service men and women and to our nation as a whole.“We need the president to stay true to these words,” said Tulloch. “As of last week we have over 880,000 veterans with pending claims in the VA system, and of that, over 610,000 [are] in the backlog. This is completely unacceptable and we must do more.”Israel emphasized that there’s no reason why the bill shouldn’t be met with overwhelming bipartisan support.“In a few weeks all of my colleagues will be marching in the Memorial Day parades, waving flags and talking about our obligation to veterans,” said Israel. “It’s time to put their money where their mouths are. It’s time to pass this bill.”last_img read more

Sag Harbor: Former Black Enclave & Home To Historic AME Church

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This article is a companion piece to “Borne Out Of Racism, Defiant AME Church Preaches Social Justice Through Gospel.”Donnamarie Barnes had such fond memories of her family’s bungalow on Lighthouse Lane in Sag Harbor that when it came time for her to settle down she decided to call the picturesque Hamptons village her home. The novelty of months-long summer escapes never wore off—and even till this day that childlike serenity swirls around her as she basks in the summertime joy that envelopes Sag Harbor.The 55-year-old retired People magazine photo editor reminisces about summers in Sag Harbor: barbeques, rainy days at the movies, cooling down with spoonfuls of ice cream, making new friends. She was 6 months old when her parents first took the long trip from the Bronx to the East End of LI, a winding, scenic journey that took the family on the LIE and along Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack and then east through Riverhead. Once they saw the Big Duck in Flanders in the distance, the family knew their summertime oasis was close by.“Hold your breath because we’re going by the duck farm,” was the joke in the car.At the time, Sag Harbor was a black enclave that offered comfort the big city could not provide.“It was family,” says Barnes. “The mothers would stay with the kids during the week; the fathers would be in the city working and would come on weekends. We would go to the beach. Every. Single. Day.” A smile forms as if Barnes is a teenager again.In the 1800s Sag Harbor was a diverse community. Declared the first official port of entry for the United States by the Second Session of Congress in 1789, the village was a booming international whaling port—even boasting “more square-rigged vessels engaged in commerce than the port of New York,” according to the Sag Harbor Historical Society. Free blacks, Native Americans and Europeans mingled together despite disparate cultural backgrounds. It was their shared occupation that helped them coexist. Most of the men were whalers and merchants, meaning they’d be sequestered on ships for months at a time. Bonds were formed.Those relationships were important because Sag Harbor wasn’t immune to the insidious spread of racism, which turned black Methodists into religious nomads.In response, pious free blacks and marginalized Native Americans decided to build their own church in 1840, which was named St. David AME Zion.Over the course of generations the congregation dwindled to the point where the AME Zion Church had to end its mission there. The church still exists but is now home to a Baptist congregation. In the 1980s the trustees of AME Zion Church signed the deed over to the Eastville Community Historical Society.“It had this sort of aura of mystery to it,” Barnes says of St. David, which she never attended. “There was something about it that was important but I didn’t understand…there was a presence in these streets. That was comforting in a way—we were told this was a black community.”Georgette Grier-Key of the Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)On a humid summer day in Sag Harbor, Georgette Grier-Key of the Eastville Community Historical Society is leafing through piles of news articles about St. David’s AME Zion Church. Much of it has to do with old folklore about the church being a stop on the Underground Railroad and the trapdoor that was used to hide runaway slaves.According to an April 14, 1988 issue of The Southampton Press, a black historian named Charles L. Blockson wrote an article in that summer’s edition of the National Geographic headlined “Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad,” in which he touched on potential routes through LI used to transport slaves.“Portuguese fisherman,” Blockson reported, “are said to have conspired with members of the Shinnecock tribe to transport fugitive slaves from the north shore of Long Island into ports of freedom in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.” The Southampton Press noted that some “of these runaway slaves did not go further but remained in the area, intermarrying with the Shinnecocks.”Whether St. David was indeed a stop on the Underground Railroad, we’ll probably never know. Still, the AME Zion Church was a refuge for the small whaling community.Grier-Key makes the short walk across to Eastville Avenue and motions at St. David. The church’s wood siding is weathered and some overgrown shrubbery obstructs the St. David AME Zion sign. The church was remodeled in 1891—a half century after its founding. Not much has changed since then, allowing the church to maintain a semblance of modest beginnings.Like many AME churches today, St. David was a safe place for locals to have social and political gatherings.It was the “the nucleus of the community,” Grier-Key explains. “The community is a reflection of the church and the church is a reflection of the community. These are marginalized people.“Basically the Native Americans have been run off their land so they have no place to go so they come here,” she continues. “African Americans come here because they hear there’s some lax rules, and there’s a colony of free blacks, so they know they’re welcome here. You have a lot of free people—emancipated people—from Virginia coming because they know there is a connection, there’s a place to worship, there’s other people that look like me.”St. David AME Zion Cemetery, opened in 1857. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)There were also those who arrived at St. David’s seeking sanctuary.Even cemeteries were segregated, prompting St. David to open its own burial ground up the street.“St. David AME Zion Cemetery CA 1857,” blares a historic marker along the cemetery. “Final resting place of early settlers, African Americans, Native Americans and European Ancestry.”Rev. J.P. Thompson, St. David’s first pastor and a noted abolitionist who eventually rose to become an AME bishop, is buried there along with his wife. Thompson died in May 1862, according to his grass-stained tombstone.St. David AME Zion Church’s congregation decreased so much over the years that it is now a Baptist church. But the historic building is still a reminder of how important it was—and still is—for disenfranchised groups to have a place of refuge. Those lessons are still being taught today.“When most people are doing research on black history or black populations,” says Grier-Key, “they often start with the AME Zion Church.”For more on the AME Church, click herelast_img read more

Economic Monitor: CUs prepared for disasters, pessimistic about growth

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s latest Economic & CU Monitor survey report indicates credit unions are relatively prepared for disaster. This month’s survey probed respondents on their credit union’s ability to handle unanticipated service disruptions as a result of events including inclement and catastrophic weather and cyberattacks.The survey found that roughly 56 percent of respondents had never had to use their credit unions’ business continuity plans, though 11 percent had used their plans five or more times. One-third of respondents said they’ve initiated their business continuity plans in the past 12 months.Of those who have initiated the plans at some point, only 5 percent reported “significant” disruption to member services.last_img read more

8 tips for communicating effectively with members remotely

first_imgThere’s no way around it—communicating via remote channels can be awkward. Social distancing measures put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have created communication obstacles for credit unions in 2020. There are more potential distractions and technical difficulties to overcome when you’re speaking via phone or video chat, and not being able to pick up on the nuances of non-verbal communication is challenging. In this article, we’ll give you some tips for communicating effectively with your members remotely.Do a Test RunTechnology has been a critical element of remote communication, but technical difficulties can make this a frustrating experience. Before connecting with a member, try doing a test call to ensure your camera and microphone are working well. This will help ensure the virtual conversation goes smoothly and is not interrupted with, “Can you hear me now?”Over CommunicateThe lack of traditional structure that comes with remote communication can lead to confusion and misunderstandings. Overcoming that communication gap is critical to ensuring a smooth experience. When you have someone’s attention, take advantage of that time by over-questioning, over-explaining, and over-documenting those conversations.Establish Multiple Communication Touch-PointsHaving regular communication touch points using multiple channels can help borrowers make a substantial difference in their members’ experience.Check for ComprehensionTypically, when you sit down with a member to review important loan documents, there is space in the conversation to ensure they thoroughly understand the information you are going over. In the absence of these nuanced non-verbal communication cues, you’ll need to do verbal checks for comprehension throughout your conversation.Ask for Communication PreferencesConsumers have varying preferences when it comes to communicating and interacting with their lenders. Phone calls, virtual meetings, emails, and text messages are all communication channels members expect to be available. Consistency and redundancy across multiple channels is an important part of a broad communication strategy, as some members will prefer one method while others may require multiple contact methods to gain top-of-mind awareness.Watch Your ToneVerbal expressiveness and tone of voice play an essential role in communication. If you’re communicating via phone or video call, ensure you speak with warmth and enthusiasm, just like you would do in an in-person meeting. When it comes to emails, make sure you choose your words carefully so your communication sounds heartfelt and friendly, while still conveying the information you need to cover. Reach Your Account Holders on Digital Channels According to the Carpenter Group, “Shelter-in-place orders have fueled media consumption, with internet use increasing by as much as 70% and streaming by up to 12%.”Today’s consumer expects to be able to interact with their financial institution through digital channels. According to Pew Research, “The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%. Along with mobile phones, nearly 3/4 of U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly 1/2 now own tablet computers, and roughly 1/2 own e-reader devices.” In order to effectively reach your members, your credit union must create tools and services that are digitally accessible. You should envision your mobile or online experience as an extension of your member service. Your digital experience should be a seamless brand extension of your overall member service experience. Shift Your Messaging to Peace of MindAs we progress toward an uncertain “new normal,” credit unions are facing new challenges in a market of anxious consumers. Reassuring members you are going to be there for them, and support them if they encounter financial hardships is an essential messaging strategy going forward. Positioning products that are genuinely helpful to your members will keep your messaging from coming across as tone-deaf or too “salesy.” For example, SWBC’s MPOWER+ Vehicle Return Protection helps give members the peace of mind that if they run into hard times, they can return their vehicle and walk away from their loan while keeping their savings and credit rating intact. Offering this option to your members can help increase confidence in their long-term financial security and will encourage them to build a long-lasting relationship with your institution.SWBC’s MPOWER+ Vehicle Return Protection offers financial security for your members while helping your institution manage risk, generate non-interest income, and increase member loyalty. Visit our website to learn more. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Damon Mark Damon joined SWBC in 2009. He is currently SVP, The Financial Institution Group, SWBC. Web: https://www.swbc.com Detailslast_img read more

Travel companies see it as ‘welcomed step’

first_imgThroughout the coronavirus pandemic, travel executives have been pinning their hopes on a Covid-19 vaccine saving their industry, which has suffered from the fallout of the health crisis.Following news Monday of Pfizer‘s vaccine data showing more than 90% efficacy among participants without evidence of prior infection, CEOs from major cruise lines and hospitality operators cheered the breakthrough.“TripAdvisor has long believed travel will recover with vigor as soon as a vaccine was widely available. Today’s Pfizer news is a welcomed step in the right direction,” Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor, told CNBC over email.- Advertisement – Florida, Port of Miami, Row of cruise ships docked, non-essential business due to Coronavirus.Jeff Greenberg | Universal Images Group | Getty Images – Advertisement – “This is a very positive development for the world, and, of course, our company and our brands, as well as the cruise industry. It is too early at this point to determine the impact this may have on the conditional sail order in the U.S., if any,” Carnival wrote in an email to CNBC.Carnival shares soared about 36% on Monday, on pace for its best day ever as a public company. It went public in 1987.Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean, has often called a vaccine the “ultimate weapon” to tackling Covid-19. Royal Caribbean rocketed up about 28%, on track for its best day since March.In the meantime, the cruise operators are working around the clock, setting up testing facilities for all crew and conducting simulated voyages with their new COVID protocols. Once deemed successful, CDC will provide the green light. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have suspended U.S. sailing for the remainder of 2020.Norwegian Cruise Line reports quarterly earnings after the bell on Monday, where shareholders will want to know whether a January 2021 start-date is feasible.Analysts also are wondering whether a new administration under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden will result in different protocols for the cruise industry. The industry has received support from Vice President Mike Pence, who reportedly overruled the CDC’s decision to extend its cruise ban until February 2021. CDC lifted its no-sail order at the end of October and issued a framework for a Conditional Sailing Order.Truist Securities Managing Director Patrick Scholes believes a Biden administration “will be more likely to follow the recommendations of the CDC when it comes to health matters.” Hotel operators also joined in on the market rally Monday, with Marriott on pace for its best day since March.Online travel giant Expedia is up 20%, on pace for its largest percentage increase since 2012.Investors are hopeful that access to a vaccine will lift confidence in travelers and result in a spike in bookings next year. Prior the Pfizer vaccine news, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on the company’s earnings call last Friday said, “We’ll start to see meaningfully more bookings when those vaccines start to take effect.”center_img – Advertisement – Shares of TripAdvisor jumped 20%.Travel executives are hopeful that an effective vaccine will speed up the timeline around when travelers will feel comfortable getting back out and about again.While questions remain around the supply and distribution of a vaccine, the data from Pfizer was enough to fuel travel-related stocks to the top of the S&P 500.- Advertisement –last_img read more