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KFH reveals last year was its ‘annus horribilis’ for property sales

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » KFH reveals last year was its ‘annus horribilis’ for property sales previous nextAgencies & PeopleKFH reveals last year was its ‘annus horribilis’ for property salesKinleigh Folkard & Hayward says transaction levels dropped last year within London from already historic lows.Nigel Lewis11th October 20191 Comment2,453 Views Leading London estate agency chain Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH) has revealed that 2018 was one of the most difficult years the business has ever seen.The company has released its annual accounts and report for the year and revealed that transaction numbers fell significantly during the period from already historic lows the year before.KFH says the problems in the housing market have hit its sales and related professional services divisions hard.Some of the lost ground has been made up by its lettings operation, which saw revenues increase by 12% last year.Revenue dropBut this couldn’t offset the significant reductions in revenues overall. Income from all its activities reduced by £1.22 million to £69.85 million.Its profits before tax have been hit the hardest by the slowdown, nose diving from £4.4 million to £1.74 million.“The group continues to focus its operations within London, strengthening its market share and on expanding its non-residential sales operation through continues investment in brand awareness, customer service and its branch network,” the reports says.But the year ahead looks so worrying for KFH that its directors have recommended the company does not pay a dividend this year and any profit is transferred to its reserves. Last year it paid a dividend of £1.5 million to its shareholders. Its cash at the bank is currently £4.5 million.KFH has 62 branches across the capital which employ 493 sales and 303 sales staff, 16 more than last year, and its group wage bill during 2018 was £43.5 million.Read more about KFHKinleigh Folkard & Hayward KFH October 11, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 13th October 2019 at 3:49 pmAre these figures correct – KFH are a stand out agency, but if each branch is only contributing £28,064 net profit a year, or £2,338 a month then something is badly wrong. Also, on the headcount if 796 people in the KFH business only generate on a personal level £2,185 of net profit a year, that is only £182 of profit a month per person.Typically the cost base of a property company is 60% being spent on wages, so maybe, if 43.5M was the wage bill in 2018, even with some trimming it might with new staff added in, still cost in 2019 72M to run KFH. If that is the case, then a net profit of 1.74M is a smidge over a 1% return on the business.Many successful estate agency companies have a 22% to 28% gross profit margin, with a net margin not so far behind, but a 1% net margin, if correct means that KFH have some serious choices to make and quickly.I admit I have not looked at the annual or any interim accounts of KFH and have done my figures based on the Nigel’s figures – but as he is usually on the button – well that clock is ticking.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Family & Consumer and Studies/Home Economics Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgPosting Details Work YearN/A LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Total Hrs per Week/Day Posting NumberF00062P The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Conditions Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2 Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Work Schedule The Institution * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2600 Position Summary Special Requirements Minimum Qualifications Open ContinuouslyYes Application Instructions Job Posting TitleFamily & Consumer and Studies/Home Economics AdjunctAssistant Professor * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.)center_img SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Assignment Responsibilities How and where to apply * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Beginning and/or Ending Dates 1. Have a master’s degree in family and consumer studies, lifemanagement/home economics, or home economics education ORBachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in child development,early childhood education, human development, gerontology, fashion,clothing and textiles, housing/interior design, foods/nutrition, ordietetics and food administration OR the equivalent* OR hold aCalifornia Community College Instructor’s Credential in thediscipline area.* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Closing Date Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations Physical Demands Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Department Location * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Posting Date12/19/2016 General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook.last_img read more

Why must America break the rules to enforce them?

first_imgAmerica has changed from the champion of international order to its antagonist. Bush has rejected the idea that a set of strong international institutions, built on a set of common agreements about values and the rule of law, is good for America and the world.  First came the unilateral abandonment of the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty so that they could complete testing and then build the first stages of a ballistic missile shield.  There are many problems with this, aside from the fact that the technology doesn’t work. It is preposterously expensive; it does not protect against terrorist attack (the most likely kind); and it is strategically destabilizing. That is a quartet of problems that should have doomed it. But the core message America sent in ditching the treaty it is that their commitments are valid only so long as they are also convenient. The Russians have recently used the proposed first phase construction in Poland as the basis for saying they will not observe their commitments under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.  What goes around comes around.The Administration then announced that they would not sign the treaty establishing the International Court of Criminal Justice.  The ostensible reason for this was to avoid “rogue prosecution” of American soldiers by those who might wish the US harm.  This is, on its face, preposterous.  The standards of the Court were specifically rewritten to respond to US concerns over precisely this issue. Once again, the message is that the US will accept no limits on its power.Then, in an almost offhanded way, the Administration simply rejected the Kyoto Treaty.  Among European countries this was, along with Iraq, the most shocking step.  Absolute and unilateral rejection was far outside the range of what informed observers thought would be the US response.Next the Bush Administration asserted that the Geneva Accords were not binding on US treatment of detainees – and this has only put coalition soldiers at greater risk.  Finally there is the National Security Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction. This paper reasserts the right to preventative war, but a more dangerous element of that same paper was called to my attention by an article in Foreign Affairs by George Perkovich.   One weapon of mass destruction – nuclear – is fundamentally different from chemical and biological weapons, which are absolutely outlawed. The core treaty regulating nuclear weapons is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968. And the core “deal” of that Treaty is that all state signatories agreed not to acquire nuclear weapons and the five nuclear states agreed, over time, to reduce and then eliminate their own nuclear arsenals. But now the Bush strategy calls for assuring US nuclear superiority indefinitely. In order to do this the US will necessarily abrogate its commitments under NPT, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the commitment to eventual elimination. In short, in the most dangerous area – nuclear – the Bush radicals have asserted the right to abrogate the Treaty that has worked so much to the benefit of the US. The inevitable consequence of this action will be violation by others, making the world a vastly more dangerous place.For those Americans who believe in a rule of law at home (including protection of civil liberties) there is real risk and real work ahead.  But it is in the international arena where the radicalism of this Administration poses a direct challenge to the world’s security. America will pay heavily – in security, in economic well-being, in their long-term leadership – if it allows this Administration to make the country a rogue state not bound by treaty and unconstrained by the decent opinion of mankind.Sam BrownSam Brown was the Ambassador of the United States to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.last_img read more

Jesus JCR President resigns

first_imgThis week Ross Evans stood down from his position, only six months into his role as Jesus’s JCR President.Evans said that a combination of factors had lead to his decision. “It was the right thing to do. It works for me, for the JCR and for everyone involved. Hopefully stepping down will mean a line is drawn under that and the new President can have a fresh start.”Evans also commented that he wanted to spend more time on his academic work and do it at his own pace. When asked if he regretted becoming JCR President he said, “No, not at all. I wouldn’t change it at all.”Evans stressed that in no way did the College force him to step down. He added, “I spoke to a range of people about it and there was a consensus. I am really going to miss it (although maybe not waking up to a barrage of emails every day).”Elections for the position took place on Thursday, although there was only one candidate. The current acting President, Alex Mohan, stood unopposed.Ross Evans praised Mohan, saying, “I’m sure he’ll do a brilliant job.” Mohan did not wish to comment on Ross Evans’ decision to step down.Rishi Patel, a second year linguist at Jesus, expressed surprise that Evans had chosen to step down now. “It’s interesting that he chose to step down last week, just a few short days before he was due to help write a report concerning our college’s plan to increase the cost of rent. This was something he’d been fighting against quite passionately.”Jesus rent fees are set to rise by 8.5% this year. This is the seventh consecutive year that Jesus have raised their College fees. Patel said that Evans had, “put a lot of effort into the job, and really did everything he could to fight for members of the JCR.”Izzy Lever, a first year English student, also regretted that Evans decided to relinquish the presidency. “Ross was an excellent president, it is a pity that he has stood down.  He fought hard on behalf of the JCR.  I guess the decision is a personal one at the end of the day.”The College declined to comment on the matter.last_img read more

Ambitious target set for National Doughnut Week

first_imgThe Children’s Trust said last week that it hoped craft bakers could raise more than £50,000 through National Doughnut Week, making it the most successful to date.The charity aims to raise over £5 million in the coming year, through events such as National Doughnut Week, sponsored by BakeMark. The money will be spent on improved accommodation and equipment, and will help increase the number of beds for children with acquired brain injury.There are currently only 20 beds in total throughout the UK for children to receive specialist rehabilitation following a brain injury. The Trust hopes to build a new 22-bed National Centre for Children with Brain Injury. Buil-ding is due to start in the autumn.”We really need bakers more than ever to help make this the most successful National Doughnut Week,” said Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising. “We raised £35,000 last year and over 600 bakers took part.”National Doughnut Week 2007 is running from 5-12 May. To register go to [http://www.fundraising.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/nationaldoughnutweek] or call Christopher Freeman on 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032.l See British Baker, 2 March, 2007 for a feature on the week.last_img read more

Best of British

first_imgBakery manufacturer and foodservice provider Delice de France has launched its new spring/summer catalogue, featuring several new additions.Its new sweet and savoury bakery range includes Apple Caramel Pie, featuring shortcrust pastry, layered with vanilla custard, Bramley apples and caramel, topped with a buttery crumble; Lemon Meringue Pie; and a Red Velvet Bundt Cake a dark red-coloured chocolate sponge studded with Belgian chocolate, coated with a white chocolate ganache and a raspberry crumb.The firm said the inspiration between a number of its new launches was the theme of ’quintessentially British’, with strawberries featuring in products including the introduction of a Strawberry Tartlet, and Strawberries and Cream Flowerpot Muffin.The firm has also aimed to meet the needs of the growing food-to-go market in the new catalogue, with products such as a limited edition Pork and Chilli Roll. Its traditional thaw-and-serve sandwich rolls now include a new white 12-inch sub roll and healthier option brown 12-inch sub roll. “We have researched what is going on in the market and used our insights to develop products which meet consumer expectations, in particular the growing trend for home-style desserts that provide comfort and nostalgia in the current challenging economic climate,” commented Ian Toal, managing director of Delice de France UK and Ireland.last_img read more

Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Members Of Coldplay, U2, & More Seek Justice For Ugandan Musician & Politican, Bobi Wine

first_imgAs reported by Pitchfork, a number of high-profile musicians have joined a petition seeking justice for Ugandan politician and musician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine. The singer and independent member of Uganda’s parliament is currently being detained for alleged treason—Kyagulanyi was arrested with a number of other parliament members who have openly opposed the country’s current president, Yoweri Museveni, at a political rally, with reports that Kyagulanyi and the other detainees were seriously beaten by security forces. It’s also reported that Kyagulanyi’s driver, Yasin Kawuma, was shot dead as he waited in the passenger seat for his client.Artists like Brian Eno, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, and Chris Martin of Coldplay have signed onto the petition, joining U2‘s Adam Clayton, Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis, Reggie Watts, Leo Abrahams, and other musicians and music industry insiders, in addition to numerous human rights activists, journalists, actors, politicians, authors, and entrepreneurs. With dozens of signatories, those who have signed the petition condemn the Ugandan government for their actions and demand that Bobi Wine gets access to medical attention and that a full investigation on the killing of his driver is launched.You can read the full petition below, which was posted on Okay Africa.Tuesday August 21 2018We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the arrest, imprisonment and vicious, life-threatening physical attack by Ugandan government forces on popular Ugandan singer and Member of Parliament, the Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a.k.a Bobi Wine. We also condemn the unprovoked killing of his driver, Yasin Kawuma as well as the beating and arrest of three other opposition Members of Parliament.The above incidents took place in the town of Arua on Monday August 13, where Bobi Wine was attending a bi-election rally in support of an opposition candidate, Kassiano Wadri. It is claimed that stones were thrown at the convoy of President Museveni who was there to support his candidate. Museveni’s security forces then made their way to Bobi Wine’s hotel where Yasin Karuma was sitting in Bobi’s car and was shot in the head at close range and killed. Yasin was sitting in the co-driver’s seat where Bobi Wine normally sits. The possibility of an assassination attempt cannot be ruled out. They then entered the hotel, kicking in doors and arresting many people, including hotel staff, journalists and other opposition MPs until they found Bobi who was beaten to within an inch of his life and arrested.They claim to have found two sub-machine guns, a pistol and ammunition in Bobi’s room and he was charged with treason and taken before a military tribunal on Thursday. His face was badly swollen and he could neither talk, see or walk, so vicious was the beating he’d received. The charge against him was reduced to the illegal possession of arms and he is currently detained in an army barracks with limited access by his family and lawyers until a further appearance before a military tribunal this coming Thursday.We call upon the Ugandan government to ensure his full access to medical treatment, to allow a full and impartial investigation of his violent arrest and imprisonment and of the brutal killing of Yasin Kawuma, and to follow internationally recognised procedures and safeguards in proceeding with any case against him.We pledge to remain vigilant about his ongoing detention and to use our voices and networks at the local, regional and international levels to raise awareness about his case, to press for his immediate and unconditional release, and for an end to this and other acts of political repression and violence in Uganda.We also call for the lawful and humane treatment of the more than thirty other detainees that were arrested at the same time as Bobi Wine. Some of them are also fighting for life.N.B. At the same time as Bobi appeared before the tribunal the results of Wednesday’s by-election were announced. The candidate, Kassiano Wadri, who Bobi had come to Arua to support, had won. He also remains in custody, still charged with treason.AARON BEBE SUKURA, – Musician, Ghana ABIOLA OKE – CEO OkayAfrica/Okayplayer ADAM CLAYTON – Musician U2 ADE BANTU – Musician, Producer Nigeria AHDAF SOUEIF – Author AISHA ORAZBAYEVA – Musician, violinist ALEX HEFFES – Composer ALFRED ADEFILA – Musician, Lagos ALI BUKARI aka NUBIAN – Musician ANGELIQUE KIDJO – Musician BANNING EYRE – Senior Producer, Afropop Worldwide BELINDA ATIM – Uganda Sustainable Development Initiative BRIAN ENO – Artist, musician, producer CHICOCO RADIO – Port Harcourt Nigeria CHRIS MARTIN – Musician Coldplay CHRISSIE HYNDE – Musician CLAUDE GATEBUKE – African Great Lakes Action Network DAMON ALBARN – Musician, Blur, Gorillaz DAN ACEDA – Musician, Nairobi DELE SOSIMI – The Afrobeat Orchestra DR VINCENT MAGOMBE – Journalist and Broadcaster EDDY YAWE – Musician EMEL MATHLOUTHI – Musician EMRE RAMAZANOGLU – Musician & Producer ERIAS LUKWAGO – Kampala City Lord Mayor FATOUMATA SOW – Music Industry Professional, Mali FEMI ANIKULAPO KUTI – Musician Nigeria FRANCESCA MARTINEZ – Writer & Comedian FRANK RYNNE – Senior Lecturer British Studies, UCP, France FREDERICO RODRIGUES DE PAULA SANTOS (FRED) – Footballer Manchester United GEOFF TRAVIS – Rough Trade Records HELEN EPSTEIN – Author of Uganda and the War on Terror HUGH CORNWELL – Musician HON MEDARD SSEGONA – Member of Parliament Uganda IAIN C NEWTON – Founder, Silent B Inc.USA JAMIE DRUMMOND – Co-founder of ONE JAN PETER SCHWAIM – Musician, Composer JESSE HACKETT – Musician JOHN CONGLETON – Musician, Producer JON HASSELL – Musician JOHNNY BORRELL – Musician Razorlight JOJO MAYER – Musician JONATHAN HENDERSON – Artist Management JOSEPH MAYANJA aka Jose Chameleon Musician JULIANA KANYOMOZI – Musician Uganda JULIANI – Rapper, founder Dondora Hiphop City, Nairobi JUSTIN ADAMS – Musician KADIALY KOUYATE – Musician KWEKU MANDELA – Filmmaker LEO ABRAHAMS – Producer, musician, composer LORD WOOD OF ANFIELD – House of Lords UK MARIE KORPE – Co-Founder FREEMUSE & Editor MARKUS DRAVS – Producer MARTIN GOLDSCHMIDT – Co-Founder Cooking Vinyl MASUUZA EDRISA – aka Eddy Kenzo Musician MAURICE BERNSTEIN – President the Giant Step Organisation MAURICE CARNEY – Friends of the Congo MILTON ALLIMADI – Founder Black Star News MONTE – Musician NICHOLAS OPIYO – Human rights lawyer Uganda NICK LAIRDE-CLOWES – Artist The Dream Academy NIKE RANSOME KUTI – Lawyer Nigeria OHAL GRIETZER – Composer ORHAN MASLO OHA – Director of Rock School Bosnia OWEN PALLETT – Composer PEDRO COQUENAO – Musician, Producer PETER GABRIEL – Artist, Producer PHIL HARVEY – Musician Coldplay RAOUL ,MARTINEZ – Author REGGIE WATTS – Musician RICHIE TROUGHTON – Writer RIKKI STEIN – Kalakuta Sunrise Ltd ROBIN RIMBAUD – Musician RUTH DANIEL – Director In Place of War RWAKAFUZI LAUDISLAS – Human rights lawyer SEBASTIAN ROCHFORD – Musician, Polar Bear SEGUN ADEFILA – Founder Crowne Troupe of Africa, Lagos SEUN ANIKULAPO KUTI – Musician STEPHEN BUDD – Director Africa Express, NH7 Festivals. Music Managers Forum STEPHEN HENDEL – Kalakuta Sunrise LLC STEVE JONES – Musician TOM WATSON – Deputy Leader of the Labour Party UK TOUMANI DIABATE – Musician Mali TUNDE ADEBIMPE – Musician, Actor, TV on the Radio VINCENT MAGOMBE – Director Africa Inform International WANLOV the KUBOLOR – Musician Ghana WOLE SOYINKA – Nobel Laureate Nigerialast_img read more

So close and yet so far

first_imgClare Goslant was in the first week of her freshman year at Harvard, but she already knew her way around. She grew up 90 seconds away.On the other hand, Colin Lu came from a city that is 10,522 air miles from Boston. Getting here from Melbourne, Australia, involved about 20 hours of flying, with stops along the way. It was his first trip to the United States.Goslant and Lu represent the nearest and farthest distances traveled by new freshmen to start their academic careers at Harvard. In between those geographic extremes, there is nearly everything else, from Albania to Zimbabwe. The Class of 2016 represents 75 countries and every state except Wyoming.There are freshmen from Texas and Puerto Rico, and from New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Nepal, Mongolia, and India. From Africa, there are freshmen from Nigeria, Gabon, Swaziland, Madagascar, Kenya, and Burundi. In the class of 1,600, there are freshmen from Yemen, Iran, and Iraq, as well as from Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Chile. There are freshmen from every continent except Antarctica, which is 98 percent ice. There are stateless freshmen.Red-brick Cambridge looks different from home, said Lu, who spent his primary school years in the city of Traralgon, Australia, an expansive and flat region 100 miles from Melbourne. The city has a cricket team, a club for racing greyhounds, and a baseball team called the Redsox. (Yes, it’s one word.)Members of Harvard’s Class of 2016 come from all over the world. Here are the countries they represent, whether by citizenship, permanent place of residence, or location where a student attended secondary school:Albania, Argentina, Australia Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yemen, ZimbabweSource: Harvard College AdmissionsStill, the first thing Lu said about adjusting to the United States was that there wasn’t much to it. “On the cultural side,” he said, “the U.S. is not that different.” The Internet had provided an open window into America. Even New York City felt familiar. “We drove around,” he said proudly, despite the legendary crush of traffic, and the need to keep the family’s car on the right.His first sight of Harvard Yard came with a little shock. “One thing that stands out to me is the number of tourists,” said Lu, one of 11 Australians in the Class of 2016. It was “quite impressive,” he said, compared with his trips to Stanford and Princeton universities. (Lu has a brother at Yale, and plans to travel there soon.)American food prices took his family by surprise, because they’re about 20 percent cheaper than in Melbourne. And American portion sizes are larger. “It’s especially shocking when you order a small drink here,” said Lu, “and it’s the size of the Australian large drink.”Lu plans a concentration in pure mathematics, because the University “has a really strong math faculty.” Besides, Harvard is “very good at everything else. I’d be perfectly fine if you banned me from math classes.”  (Lu also likes philosophy.)On the near end of the geographic spectrum, at least six admitted freshmen are from Harvard’s own ZIP code, 02138. And three are from Sherman Street, just a few house numbers apart.“I am generally shocked to hear where people come from,” said Goslant, a 2011 graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, who can see Harvard from the second floor of her family house. She has met freshmen from Nigeria and Tanzania. She lives in the same Prescott Street dorm, Greenough Hall, that houses a freshman from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and another from Australia.“The adjustment he had to make was far greater than the adjustment I had to make,” said Goslant of her new Aussie friend. But they had both rowed crew in high school, though half a world apart, and that made her realize that far can be nearer than you’d think. In the end, she said, “It doesn’t matter where you come from.”It took Goslant longer to walk home from high school than it does to walk home from her Harvard dorm. While in secondary school, she walked through the main campus every day, past landmarks so familiar that they seemed like her own street. “I had to walk through Harvard Yard to get anywhere,” said Goslant.Still, she has put some miles on her own life odometer. She took a gap year between high school and college, and spent part of it in Morocco learning Arabic and absorbing another culture. “The narrative of world history from the Western perspective seems so incredibly different,” said Goslant, who plans a concentration in Near Eastern languages and civilizations.She almost crossed an ocean to go to college, too. She applied to the University of Oxford and got in, but the siren song of Harvard was just too sweet.Harvard is “strong in all academics,” said Goslant, so she could try another concentration if her plans change. Then she paused, reflecting on the College near which she grew up. “There really is no other place in the world.”last_img read more

Tony Award winner Sutton Foster visits Saint Mary’s College

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Hannah Toepp Renowned performer Sutton Foster answers questions Monday evening during an appearance at Saint Mary’s College.“We want to bring in well known Broadway powerhouses in order to motivate and inspire students in our musical theater minor” Mark Albin, the administrative assistant for communications, dance and theater department, said.Some of the other visitors have been women like Glenn Close, Audra McDonald and Sigourney Weaver, senior theater major Stephanie Johnson explained.Along with her question-and-answer session, Foster hosted a masterclass for students in which she discussed musical theater and helped students workshop their pieces.Albin explained that there were about 40 students — from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and local high schools — present in the masterclass.Johnson, who attended the masterclass and was able to sing for Foster, talked about the impact Foster’s visit had on her.“Theater has always been a part of my life,” Johnson said. “I think it’s valuable as a young artist to learn about the personal struggle of other artists. And it’s very inspiring to see someone who works against the stereotypes for female roles and allows women to be quirky or even gross without it being seen as a fault.”Foster’s presentation was an entertaining interview style. Foster said her own inspiration came from comic powerhouses like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.“In so many musicals, women are the victims. Their songs emphasize the sort of woe is me, I have nothing attitude. I just find that boring,” Foster said. “I want to see strength and action in female characters. I want characters who are ready to take their heartbreak and actively fight against it.”Foster also discussed the impact an actor can have on a role, and how a role can change the actor or actress.“There are a lot of cases where I end up changing the key a song is sung in. Or they end up changing a word because I can sing something else better,” she said. “I think a lot of people are afraid they won’t live up to someone else who played the role, but everyone brings something new to a role, and we’re just constantly working and figuring things out.”Foster ended the night with some advice for students who are about to graduate and move into the real world.“Be gentle and patient with yourselves. Your 20s are a decade of firsts, first house, first full time job, first love, first plant,” she said.She also had some advice on jobs and trying new things.“Don’t let rejection defeat you — let it fuel you,” Foster said. “Don’t think too much about what you’re going to do, just leap into your life. And then figure out.“ … Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, except for porn.”Tags: Broadway, Margaret Hill Endowment, masterclass, Sutton Foster Saint Mary’s College community members, from professors to therapy dogs, filled O’Laughlin Auditorium Monday evening to see two-time Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster speak.Foster’s visit is the latest in a series of guest artists visits made possible by the Margaret Hill Endowment.last_img read more

Drink Water

first_imgDid you know that a 10-percent weight loss due to dehydration can make you disoriented and weak and can cause a potential heat stroke? As the hot Georgia summer continues and fall sports and activities begin, it is essential that you stay hydrated.Your body contains a great amount of water, which makes it critical to drink fluids. The water percentage of the human body ranges from 75 percent for newborns to around 50 percent for older adults. This equates to about 10 to 12 gallons of fluid. Water helps many different parts of the body perform tasks correctly and efficiently. It regulates body temperature, allows transportation of oxygen and nutrients, removes waste, and protects joints and organs.Your body contains a large amount of water, but it also loses water throughout the day due to breathing, sweat and urination. As your body loses water, it needs to be consistently replenished to avoid becoming dehydrated.The ability for your bodies to function revolves around water. Your muscles, body fat and blood all contain water. Even the makeup of your bones is 22 percent water. Unlike fat and excess calories, your body is not able to store surplus water, like a camel does. It’s important to make good choices regarding fluid intake. Certain conditions and environments can increase hydration needs, such as strenuous exercise or extreme weather. When temperatures and activity are increased, you may reach for a sports drink to stay hydrated. Is that the best way to quench your thirst? Perhaps it is time to rethink what you drink. The first sports drink was created by a team of University of Florida physicians when the university’s football coach noticed a decrease in performance during the high humidity and heat conditions after hours of practice. After further research, it was discovered that the football players’ electrolytes and carbohydrates were not being restored at healthy rates for proper hydration. Once implemented and passed throughout the college, this sports drink significantly reduced fatigue and improved performance. It soon took on the name “Gatorade.”   As a former high school athlete, I was taught the importance of replenishing electrolytes and carbohydrates after sporting events and during practice. Gatorade was a staple in my backpack. Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy and are depleted, along with electrolytes, during exercise. Electrolytes are minerals, like potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium, that are naturally present in the body. Carbohydrates and electrolytes are essential to the proper function of our bodies, but may not be a depleted at a rate that warrants consumption of a sports drink.   Today, as a registered dietitian and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I know that electrolyte replacements are usually only needed if you participate in intense, strenuous activity for more than 90 minutes. Most Americans fail to meet the physical activity guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it is safe to say that drinking sports drinks during or after most physical activity is unnecessary. And, most sports drinks contain added sugars and sweeteners that should not be consumed arbitrarily. When it comes to hydration, for most Americans, the solution is to drink water. It’s all natural, has zero calories and is sugar-free. Plain, cold water is the best choice for hydrating your body and it’s the most pocket-friendly method, too. Drinking water is the fastest, easiest way to meet your basic and physical activity hydration needs.According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount of water you should drink every day is based on weight. When calculating how much water to drink, divide your weight in pounds in half. This number represents how many ounces of water you should drink daily. For example, if a child weighs 40 pounds, he or she should drink 20 ounces of water per day.Leave the sports drinks for whom they were created — high-performance and endurance athletes. Rethink your drink and fill your glass with Earth’s all-natural elixir of life, water.last_img read more

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