March 2

Phish Announces 4-Night, All-Inclusive Riviera Maya, Mexico Run For 2019

first_imgOn the heels of Labor Day Weekend’s summer-tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, today, Phish has announced the return of their four-night, all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2019 from February 21st to 23rd. The band started their destination-event tradition in 2016, and headed to Mexico once again in early 2017. However, the fan-favorite jam juggernaut did not return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2018.For the 2019 edition of Phish’s Riviera Maya event, the concerts will return to Barcelo Maya Beach, a resort that sits on a mile-long stretch of white sand featuring breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. Furthermore, Phish and CID Presents have selected six of the region’s finest resorts for fans to stay at, with each resort offering a variety of restaurants, multiple bars, and daily activities, all included in your package price. A number of off-site adventures will also be available throughout the weekend, giving fans the opportunity to fully experience the Riviera Maya’s breathtaking natural beauty and rugged terrain during their destination music vacation.Each night, guests staying at the Barcelo Maya will take a short stroll to the beach to see Phish, while fans staying at the other associated resorts will be delivered to the concert venue via continuous, private shuttles. Once inside, guests can choose from an assortment of complimentary beverages and traditional fare (including a la carte tacos and fresh churros).Packages start at $1,713 per person and include four or five all-inclusive resort nights, admission into Playa Azul (the event’s one-of-a-kind venue), roundtrip airport transportation, and exclusive Phish merch packs for the run. An extremely limited amount of all-inclusive packages will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. For more information and package details, please visit the event’s website here.For a taste of what’s to come, check out pro-shot footage of “Mercury” from Phish’s last trip to Riviera Maya in 2017 below:Phish – “Mercury” [Pro-Shot] – 1/14/17 – Riviera Maya, MX[Video: Phish]last_img read more

March 1

Wendell prize offers opportunities

first_imgSpencer Lenfield ’12 never thought he’d be able to travel abroad as an undergraduate, until he won the 2010 Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize, an annual award that identifies the most promising and broad-ranging scholar in Harvard’s freshman class. During the next two summers, he used the $17,000 award to study art history in Paris and to tour Britain by rail.Now a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, Lenfield says the Wendell changed his path as a student.“Winning the Wendell award really woke me up,” he said. “I realized that there were lots of other opportunities available through Harvard that never would have even been on my radar screen before. I remember telling a friend of mine, who was a few classes ahead of me, that I’d won the award, and she responded that it was huge because it meant that I could be in the running for the Rhodes and Marshalls in a few years. At the time I had only the vaguest of notions what either of those awards were, but as it turned out, she was absolutely right.”This week, more than 100 sophomores finalized their own applications for the Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize. Established in 1899, the prize recognizes one student based on his or her freshman year academic record, an essay, and two letters of recommendation. It is awarded without reference to financial need, and the prize recipient is free to spend the $17,000 award as he or she sees fit.Speaking from the vantage point of more two decades, former Rhodes Scholar and 1990 Wendell recipient Noah Feldman, the Bemis Professor of International Law, agreed that winning the Wendell Scholarship Prize created opportunities for him that many students never envision.“The Wendell helped set me on my professional path,” said Feldman, who has served on the prize’s selection committee. “Because it focuses on broad freshman intellectual interests, winning the Wendell award sent me the message that the University believed in my potential to try and become a scholar someday.”In addition to the prestige of winning the Rhodes and studying at England’s oldest university, Lenfield has found the chance to extend his studies beyond graduation an invaluable piece of his education. “A number of people at my graduation expressed a desire to have one more semester or one more year to study,” he said. “Being a Rhodes Scholar means I have the chance to do exactly that — and I can trace that back to winning the Wendell my sophomore year.”“We reach out to sophomores in the fall and let them know that their exceptional work as freshmen has made them eligible for the Wendell prize,” said Susan Lively, secretary of the faculty and director of the Prize Office. “But we consider more than just their grade-point average: We also look at how challenging their course work was in their freshman year, and how much students were pushing themselves.”“We reach out to sophomores in the fall and let them know that their exceptional work as freshman has made them eligible for the Wendell prize,” said Susan Lively (left), secretary of the faculty and director of the Prize Office. Lively works with Susie Liu to process more than 100 applications for the Wendell Scholarship Prize. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard News OfficeIn mid-October, eligible candidates gather their application materials, including two letters of recommendation — often requested from faculty members — and an essay. The prize’s selection committee of Harvard faculty members then reviews those materials, and after considering all documents in several rounds, the committee selects final candidates, who are brought in for in-depth interviews with the committee.For Lenfield, winning the Wendell raised the bar on his own academic expectations for himself. “It’s one thing to be told through high school that you’re a good student, but it’s entirely another to be told in your sophomore year that — by the standards of an institution that is one of the best undergraduate institutions in the country, if not the world — you’re a very good student with a lot to offer,” he said. “Being nominated for the Wendell signals that you’re doing really good work, and it encourages you to take your academic studies that much more seriously at an early stage. Just finding out that you’re eligible to apply, that you have the academic standing to apply for something for which only people at the top of their class at Harvard are eligible, is a remarkable experience.”In addition to the prestige of being recognized as the best scholar of his or her freshman class at Harvard, Wendell award winners are also invited to a black-tie dinner with past award recipients and members of the Wendell family, a tradition that has a powerful effect on new award winners. “When I first attended the black-tie dinner in Loeb House, I felt as though I were entering a magical, glamorous world where scholarship was the valued ideal,” Feldman said.The Bowdoin PrizeThe awarding of prizes dates back to the early days of the College. Another of the awards administered by the Prize Office, the Bowdoin Prize, provides awards in multiple fields to both graduate and undergraduate students, with prize funds of up to $10,000. Bowdoin Prize applications for graduate essays in the English language, and in the natural sciences, are due next month.“The Bowdoin has attracted scholars who have gone on to do nationally recognized work,” Lively said. “To apply for the prize, students must submit a high-caliber essay of 7,500 words or fewer. The award is an outright check.”Steve Biel, executive director of the Humanities Center at Harvard and chair of the prize’s selection committee since 2009, says that the quality of submitted papers is such that he learns something new from them every year.“You get to read outstanding essays from undergraduate and graduate students, across multiple disciplines,” he said. “It’s that combination of original scholarship and quality of writing that allows you, as a reader, to get really swept up in it. The ability of students, particularly undergraduate students, to make stunning original discoveries — and submit what are essentially publishable papers — is really impressive.”In fact, an archive of winning essays, available at the Harvard University Archives in Pusey Library, stretches back hundreds of years. Jim Wilkinson, who won the Bowdoin prize in 1973 and served as chair of the selection committee, says that legacy is part of what makes the Bowdoin special.“Ralph Waldo Emerson won the Bowdoin Prize in 1820 and 1821,” Wilkinson noted. “To read his essays — which are of course written in his own hand — is really an amazing experience. It’s wonderful to have this record available to Harvard students and faculty, even 200 years later.”“It’s terrific that Harvard recognizes excellence in this way,” Lively said. “A great benefit of working with Harvard prizes is that we see the many different ways in which our students embody excellence, including character, public service, House spirit, outstanding all-around ability, and academic achievement. Harvard is full of amazing people, and I’m delighted that the University recognizes outstanding qualities in a variety of areas.”last_img read more

January 18

Hospitals Can Resume Elective Surgeries In Areas With Low COVID-19 Risk

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Some counties will be able to allow their hospitals to resume elective surgeries again.This is part of the state’s plan to start lifting certain restrictions as we move closer to reopening.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says elective surgeries can start back up in hospitals where there isn’t a significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near future.The governor listed a number of requirements that must first happen – including that a county cannot have more than ten new COVID related hospitalizations in the area for the past ten days. last_img read more

December 30

Hunter Banks Asheville Getaway Giveaway

first_imgEnter to Win a “That’s So Asheville” Weekend Getaway!Hunter Banks presents a weekend getaway in Asheville, North Carolina! Fly fishing, lodging, and brewery tours…it can all be yours!Grand Prize includes:Fly Fishing School for two from Hunter Banks. Expert instruction from professionals (gear supplied); a $250 value.Two night stay at Aloft Asheville at their downtown Asheville location; some restrictions apply.Two tickets from Asheville Brewery Tours for the mobile tour; a $110 value.This contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered.DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on October 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Hunter Banks, Aloft Asheville, and Asheville Brewery Tours reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before October 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

December 30

The Onewheel Revolution

first_imgThere’s a revolutionary new technology sweeping the world of board sports, and it’s all powered by one wheel.If you’re not familiar with Onewheel, originally introduced via Kickstarter in 2014, think back to the hover board concept popularized by the Back to the Future movies of the 1980s. This is about as close as modern technology has come to actually creating one of these futuristic devices.If you have any sort of board sporting experience whatsoever—whether it be snowboarding, wake boarding, skateboarding, etc.—you’ll feel right at home atop a Onewheel.Powered by an internal hub motor, this board owes its intuitiveness to an advanced system of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and other sensors strategically placed on the tip and tail of the board to automatically balance the rider.The hub motor within the board is powered by a fast-charging (think 30 minutes or less) lithium ion battery that, when fully charged, can provide anywhere from 5 to 7 miles of range depending on the steepness of the terrain you’re riding on.In order to accelerate, the rider simply shifts his or her weight forward on the front of the board. To slow down or reverse, just lean back, and to steer, shift your weight from side to side, much like the motions used to steer a snowboard through deep powder.Since it was introduced in 2014 by a company out of Santa Cruz, California called Future Movement, the Onewheel has gotten even better thanks to a series of upgrades.New for 2017 is the Onewheel+, featuring a redesigned hub motor with breakthrough technology allowing the rider to reach speeds of 19 mph.It’s popular not only with recreational riders but with commuters looking for a portable, low-impact form of transportation to and from the workplace.“People are using Onewheel in all kinds of ways we never imagined” says Onewheel Inventor and Future Motion CEO Kyle Doerksen.“Based on what we’ve learned so far, we’ve made Onewheel+ a significantly more refined, more capable product that’s approachable for first timers and delivers progression for advanced riders.”After testing the Onewheel ourselves, we can attest to the quality of the upgrades and the intuitive nature of the board in general, but don’t take our word for it. Come out and test one for yourself at an exciting new event in Asheville, North Carolina.Hosted by Asheville-based Southern Raft Supply, the most popular retail location for Onewheel in the Southeast, the Floatlife Fest will be an entire weekend dedicated to Onewheel enthusiasts fromm all over the country.“The Onewheel culture has really taken root here in Asheville,” says Justyn Thompson of Southern Raft Supply. “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Floatlife Fest.”Attendees to this event will have the opportunity to compete in Onewheel races, win prizes, mingle with sponsors, get in on group rides, and much more.To find out more about Onewheel and the upcoming Floatlife Fest, happening October 13 through 15, click here.last_img read more

December 20

US National Security Advisor Visits Panama to Strengthen Collaboration Against COVID-19

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Panama/Edited by Diálogo Staff September 21, 2020 U.S. National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert O’Brien visited Panama on August 17 to work together with one of our strongest regional partners to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.The United States has offered $4.4 million in assistance to support COVID-19 response efforts in Panama.During the visit, Ambassador O’Brien announced the signing of the expansion of the América Crece (Growth in the Americas) memorandum of understanding, which aims to promote Panama’s economic development, and spoke with senior Panamanian government officials about creating a U.S.-Panama joint task force to counter corruption and money laundering.Finally, Ambassador O’Brien took part in a ceremony marking the donation of 50 ventilators, 6,600 test kits, and other necessary supplies to fight COVID-19.Ambassador O’Brien met with Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo and spoke about the U.S. assistance to counter COVID-19, economic growth, strengthening security cooperation, and fighting against money laundering and terrorism financing.Panama was the first country to sign the América Crece memorandum of understanding in 2018, which was focused on energy infrastructure. This expanded memorandum will allow to continue channeling resources and knowledge from U.S. government agencies to promote job creation and infrastructure projects in Panama.President Cortizo and Ambassador O’Brien spoke about the creation of a task force to counter money laundering and corruption. The task force consists of training and consulting services from FBI personnel to prosecutors, security agents, and regulatory agencies in Panama. The task force will focus on dismantling money laundering networks and strengthening capabilities to investigate and prosecute corruption and money laundering cases.last_img read more

December 18

The CFPB, prepaid cards and protecting consumers to death

first_imgby: Karen Webster“Just because consumers may not be able to afford or qualify for a bank account, or just because they do not want to be a part of the brick-and-mortar banking system, this does not mean they deserve to be treated as second-class citizens. Like anyone else, they deserve to have a safe place to store their money and a practical means of carrying out financial transactions,” CFPB Chairman Richard Cordray noted during a field hearing in November 2014. “Consumers deserve that from us. As Helen Keller once noted, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’ We agree wholeheartedly.”These remarks were made in the context of proposed CFPB rule changes that would reclassify a segment of prepaid cards – specifically those that offer overdraft protection – as a credit product instead of a banking product for the purposes of regulatory oversight. You’d have to read the nearly 900-page document released earlier this year to get to that punchline.There’s a lot of good stuff on those 900 pages – things that legitimately protect consumers by making disclosures more transparent.But the big bomb that was dropped within those 900 pages centers on a particular feature offered by some prepaid products – calling into question just what a prepaid product really is.That feature: overdraft protection. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 17

Special retirement considerations for women

first_imgMany of us imagine spending our golden years making memories with our loved ones. For some, that might include traveling to bucket-list destinations with family, going to midweek matinees with friends, or making frequent trips to the dog park with our furry pal. And, if you’re a woman, you can plan on having these experiences for a few more years than your average Joe. It’s no question that statistically women outlive men. On average, American men live to age 76 and American women live to age 81.1 Also, a woman who reaches the age of 65 has a 50 percent chance of living to age 91, and a 25 percent chance of living to 96.Those extra years after retirement can be a blessing, but can also make a dent in your finances. Simply put, the longer you live, the more money you need.On top of living longer, women tend to have additional special circumstances during their working years. Some take time off of work to care for young children, or an older parent or relative. Both situations can throw any well-intentioned financial plan off course. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

November 18

Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity – Statement of the Family Tourism Community

first_imgIn order to contribute to the adoption of the highest quality text of the law, which will regulate the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons can perform catering activities, the Family Tourism Association consulted with members and based on the views of members highlights key issues identified during consultations. on amendments to the Law on Catering Activity:Article 5 – Restriction on the provision of food services The family tourism community points out that household service providers can only provide breakfast, lunch and dinner services to their guests, and by providing these services they do not compete with restaurants and small family hotels but increase the quality of service and satisfaction of their guests. These are simple facilities, limited comfort and services, which do not provide “a la carte” services, but a basic breakfast and dinner service based on the daily menu. This segment of guests wants to feel first hand the culture and customs of the locality, with direct contact with the hosts to enjoy the indigenous gastronomic delicacies of the region and will be more likely to choose a neighboring country than a nearby hotel if they do not find a suitable family accommodation with meals. The growing trend of interest in family accommodation largely lies in the offer of local cuisine that uses locally grown ingredients, and thanks to this Croatia manages to maintain the image of a destination of authentic flavors and aromas.Imposing additional conditions on natural persons to hosts, with the explanation that companies must meet much stricter conditions for providing half and full board services, will not relieve companies because this can only be done by deregulating the conditions for small family hotels and restaurants. It is also untrue that boarding houses do not pay VAT because by exceeding the limit of HRK 300.000 of income, the facilities automatically enter the VAT system and have the obligation to keep business books, have a fiscal cash register, etc.According to the draft law, service providers will have to establish a company or craft if they want to provide meals to their guests, which will lead to the loss of a large number of guests who come precisely because of the combination of accommodation and local cuisine. Furthermore, if the household owner qualifies for breakfast, then there is no reason not to meet the same for lunch and dinner as meals are prepared in the same kitchen, groceries are kept in the same refrigerator and the same utensils are used. The previous practice of serving meals did not endanger the guests in any way, but only emphasized their satisfaction and return.Valja istaknuti kako će  izmjene iznimno negativno utjecati na ponudu i zadovoljstvo gostiju u ruralnim dijelovima u kojima su restorani udaljeni od objekta te gost neće imati priliku probati domaću kuhinju i vrlo vjerojatno odabirati drugu destinaciju gdje uz uslugu smještaja kod domaćina mogu uživati i u autentičnim  obrocima. Ovome ide u prilog podatak da u većim turističkim mjestima i gradovima, poput Splita, Zadra, Dubrnovnika i Zagreba, ima neznatan broj pansiona, koji se uglavnom kategoriziraju u mjestima u kojima nema velike ponude restorana i potrebno je gostima osigurati mogućnost obroka. U konačnici, postotak turista koji biraju pansione ili polupansione u obiteljskom domaćinstvu nije tako velik da bi mogao ugroziti ili pak povećati zaradu lokalnih restorana.Članak 6. – Minimalni uvjeti za vrstu, uvjeti za kategoriju i posebni standardThe family tourism community agrees with the need to define minimum requirements for the type and conditions of categories, given the growing specialization in the offer of accommodation facilities.Article 15 – Powers of the tourist inspectorThe Family Tourism Community commends the introduction of Article 42a for the fact that a large number of citizens are directly or indirectly engaged in providing accommodation and catering services in the household and are not familiar with all conditions and obligations and do not meet all prescribed rules and obligations. With the introduction of this article, it is pointed out that the inspectorate serves not only for the purpose of punishment, but also for the purpose of law enforcement and pointing out omissions. Such legislation best indicates that the state is trying to help entrepreneurs to achieve better incomes, provide themselves and their families with better conditions and thus have a positive impact on the economic growth of the Republic of Croatia.Article 23 – Harmonization of standards of facilities with the valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the householdMembers of the Family Tourism Association believe that there is no need to comply with the current Rules of Procedure as travel trends clearly indicate that comments, ratings on online portals and household services are more relevant when choosing accommodation than the number of stars by which the facility is categorized.Harmonization of the standards of rental facilities that have obtained a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household by September 1, 2007 in accordance with the then valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities with the current Ordinance, which would harmonize the standard of catering facilities household services, it is not necessary because the Minimum technical conditions are determined only during the registration of activities and remain in force until the service or the holder of the solution for the provision of accommodation services is changed. The level of quality is assessed by the guest, and the Family Tourism Association proposes that stars be awarded by the profession based on market trends and needs, and that the competent ministry prescribe the MTU. Another possibility is, instead of obtaining a new decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household, it is necessary to obtain a new request to determine the category of accommodation (stars).The Family Tourism Community also considers that deleting Article 33, which stipulates the obligation to pay the sojourn tax for the stay of more than 15 persons who are not members of the immediate family in flats, apartments and holiday homes, in tourist places from 15 June to 15 September , enables the commercialization and realization of tourist income in non – commercial uncategorized facilities, and the control is very limited due to the protection of property rights.UKLJUČITE SE – SVE JE NA VAMA The deadline for giving an opinion is 02.06.2018.  te je sad vrijeme da argumentirano i konstruktivno iznesemo svoje stavove i mišljenja. Novi prijedlog Zakona do danas je komnetiralo SAMO 9 osoba, što je poražavajuće malo. Kasnije kada se Zakon usvoji nema više prostora za izmjene i Facebook “pametovanje”. Sada je trenutak da se čuje vaše glas i mišljenje.Attachment:REGISTRATION / In order to be able to comment and give your review / reasoned praise or criticism, you must first register HEREThe proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity is available HERElast_img read more

October 19

Tokyo 1940: The Games that became the ‘Missing Olympics’

first_imgFears are growing that this year’s Olympics may be postponed or axed because of the coronavirus pandemic but Japan has been here before — the cancelled summer Games of 1940 were also due to be hosted in Tokyo.Japan’s military aggression in Asia forced the annulment of what became known as the “Missing Olympics” after the Games were switched to Helsinki before finally being scrapped because of World War II.Tokyo officials originally touted a bid for the 1940 Games as a way to show the city had recovered from the devastating 1923 earthquake, according to author David Goldblatt in his history of the Olympics entitled “The Games”. In much the same way, Japan has framed the 2020 Olympics as the “Recovery Games” — a chance to show the country is back on its feet after the catastrophic 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.Tokyo’s 1940 bid was spearheaded by Jigoro Kano, the founder of modern judo and first Japanese member of the International Olympic Committee, who stressed the importance of bringing the Games to Asia for the first time.”I carry a grave resolve. The Olympics should naturally come to Japan. If they don’t, the reason for this must be something unjust,” said Kano in his plea to the IOC.The Japanese had a special reason for wanting to celebrate 1940, as it coincided with the 2,600th year since the enthronement of the nation’s legendary first emperor, Jimmu. Topics : ‘Cultural diplomacy’Before the bid had been tabled, Japan in 1931 invaded the Chinese province of Manchuria and two years later withdrew from the League of Nations — the precursor to the United Nations — after the body refused to sanction the occupation.The Olympic bid was therefore also an attempt to shore up international diplomacy, according to Asato Ikeda, assistant professor at Fordham University, New York, who has written about the 1940 Games.Japan’s bid was “part of its international cultural diplomacy in order to ameliorate the relationship with the Western democratic nations, especially Britain and the United States,” Ikeda wrote in an essay in the Asia-Pacific Journal.As preparations for the Games gathered pace, a schedule was drawn up and posters were printed. The Opening Ceremony was set for September 21, 1940.There were some hiccups though, including questions about whether the Emperor could declare the Games open, as the Japanese then held him to be semi-divine and therefore unable to be seen and heard by ordinary citizens.center_img Tokyo launched an official bid in 1932 and found themselves up against Rome and Helsinki.Japan engaged in a fierce lobbying campaign that included pleading with Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to step aside in their favor.”In the you-scratch-my-back kind of deal that has become the norm in international sports politics, Mussolini announced with unusual candor, ‘We will waive our claim for 1940 in favor of Japan if Japan will support Italy’s effort to get the XIIIth Olympiad for Rome in 1944,” wrote Goldblatt.With just Tokyo and Helsinki left standing, the IOC plumped for the Japanese capital by 37 votes to 26. ‘No other course’As diplomatic pressure grew on Japan from outside, there was increasing clamour inside the country for cash to be diverted for military purposes.Japanese diplomats at the time voiced concern in cables back to Tokyo that powers such as Britain and the United States could boycott the Games over Japan’s war-like activity.Yet, in words familiar to those following the story of the 2020 Games, Tokyo insisted the show would go on.Barker cites a cable from Tokyo City Hall to the IOC which said: “The citizens of Tokyo are doing their utmost to make the 1940 Games a success.” But the Japanese Olympic Committee eventually bowed to the inevitable and forfeited in July 1938, saying what they euphemistically called “the trouble with China” had made staging the Games impossible.”The organizing committee and the people of Japan were deeply disappointed in having to give up the Games, but, in the circumstances, no other course was open,” the “Olympic News” bulletin published in Tokyo wrote at the time.”With the worsening international relations and increasing military activities in the Asian continent, the cancellation might not have been that surprising,” Ikeda told AFP.The Winter Games, due to be held in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, were also scrapped and the war put paid to the proposed rescheduling in the Finnish capital.The next time the Olympic torch was lit was for London in 1948, four years after the city had originally been due to host. But Japan, as a defeated power, was excluded and Helsinki staged the next summer Games in 1952.Tokyo finally became the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games in 1964. last_img read more