August 21: Julia
Messitte, New York
spme pics from Nancy and Sava's wedding in Prague. Check out Cole
in the goofy hat, which eventually got too hot and he gave it to
a little Czech kid...
July 28: Nick
Maria and I have moved
to Milan from London as I have been posted to the Milan office of
my firm until March 2000. In true British style, my firm has provided
me with an expatriate package (including a flat), because they couldn't
bear to see a Brit (despite the Lasagna surname, in theory I'm a
limey) in such a backward country as Italy, having to slum it out
as well as having to compete with the natives for a place to stay.
Naturally I omitted to
tell them that Milan was my home town, and I can go and see my parents
for lunch (8 minutes' walk) and get the ironing done by Mamma!!
It's really a different
world out here, work-wise as well as recreation-wise: out go my
regular Saturday morning dim-sums in Chinatown and the Sunday papers,
and in come week-ends at the sea-side and anticipated week-ends
skiing in the Alps. Out go the drinks at the pub, and in come the
aperitivi.... I know which place I prefer...
Maria is also elated
because, being an archaeologist, she can go to Rome to work much
more frequently. She is now single-handedly setting up an exhibition
on the recent excavations at the Forum of Traiano (the Roman geezer
with the column). Not bad for a starting job in Italy!
So things are generally
good over here, except for the hours I have to put in for 'the firm',
but it's a small price to pay for being in the Bel Paese once again,
only a couple of hours away from Bologna (which, by the way, no
longer has a communist mayor- for the first time in 50 years! It's
now a butcher from the Berlusconi coalition (I love the subtlety).
I'm sorry guys, but it was worth it, just seeing D'Alema and his
mates so depressed made me happy...how base of me....).
Anyway- it's good to
see so much going on in the SAIS-world- all those children and weddings-
and I hope we can all keep in touch through the site.
Thanks again Stefan!
Ciao a tutti.
Tel: +3902 6253 0441
Fax: +3902 6253 0800
August 16: Bill
Bishop, New York
Hi. I was class of 95.
Can I post a job description that I think may interest some of our
[Absolutely -- Stefan]
MarketWatch.com is the
premier Internet financial supersite for the individual investor,
business professional and the general public. The company leverages
the vast resources of Data Broadcasting Corporation (an outstanding
real-time quote and news operation) with CBS, one of the oldest,
most recognized news brand names in history. CBS and DBC each own
about 38% of the company with the remainder traded publicly.
site hosts a large variety of real-time information, including:
financial information, news features, stock quotes, critical analysis,
and other information. The content is developed by the company's
staff reporters who often break stories that move the market, allowing
site visitors to act early and profit. In addition to top-notch
financial news, the web site offers multiple personal portfolios,
market and company research, inter-data and technical charting,
mutual and money market fund data, direct brokerage access, plus
reliable delayed quotes - all the decision-making tools an investor
needs, and all free.
The company has built
a significant presence in the US over the past year and reaches
in excess of a million people a month. MarketWatch.com expects its
next big growth spurt to come from outside the US. Based on initial
market research, there is a lot of interest in the content that
it provides in Europe and Asia. To act upon this, and to effectively
build its market presence, MarketWatch.com's senior management team
is seeking to recruit seasoned international business development
We are looking for 2
Directors, International Business Development, Asia and Europe.
You will be responsible for developing the strategy and executing
the deals to build widespread international distribution of MarketWatch.com's
services. He/she will be the primary focal point to drive and establish
the company's European and Asian presences. Specific responsibilities
- Defining a targeted
distribution strategy through market research and focused analysis.
- Building strategic
alliances and entering into agreements with locally established
ISPs, portals, etc.
- Negotiating and execution
the deals and agreements.
- Identifying additional
revenue, growth and business opportunities to further establish
- Developing the revenue,
pricing and packaging models based on local parameters.
- Focusing the content
to cater to local interests.
- Playing an integral
role in building the local office(s).
The successful candidate
will have a strong business development and deal execution background.
Ideally, this individual will have had direct experience in either
the internet or media/broadcasting industry focused on developing
distribution deals in the international market place. He/she will
be strategic in approach, but also able to operate at the tactical
level to drive results. In addition, he/she will have demonstrated
the ability to negotiate and execute deals, partnership agreements
and alliances. He/she will have a solid understanding of the products
and service offerings, as well as the customer requirements to effectively
identify and act upon the opportunities.
The successful candidate
will have to be very comfortable in operating in a fast-paced, intense
entrepreneurial and unstructured environment and needs to be a self
starter. He/she will have outstanding educational credentials, excellent
leadership skills, be capable of independent decision making, have
dynamic presentation and communications skills, and needs to be
able of establishing credibility in a variety of situations.
Compensation Given the
significance of this position, our client is prepared to offer and
attractive base salary and performance bonus as well as participation
in the company's stock options.
Please send all inquiries
to Bill Bishop at email@example.com.
Asia job is based in San Francisco. Europe job is likely based in
NYC or London.
August 16: Kathy
[Sighs is very grateful
for the diligence of Kathy Blake, who sent in pictures from the
SAIS Bologna Class of 1994 5-year reunion, which was held in May
1999. Duly scanned and tweaked, They're on their own page -- Stefan]
July 9: Monica
Just to let you know,
my husband, Adam, and I went to Israel and Jordan back in March
and created a website which we updated while we were gone. (We went
to internet cafes and the like, wrote text and hacked HTML code,
and uploaded pix from our digital camera.)
The website is http://members.tripod.com/hertzman
Also, I wrote an article
on the experience and it's going to be published in the Washington
Post travel section this weekend (you can probably access the text
though I don't know if the photos will be there).
Not much else going on
here in DC. Just ran into Joyce yesterday while getting lunch; she's
apparently at American U's School of Law and working as a summer
associate at a local law firm.
Hope all is well. Thanks
for keeping Sighs up-to-date, even if I don't often have time to
check it out.
Monica Neal Hertzman
Director of Publications
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036
July 21: Fiona
After looking at Julia
and Zach's groovy wedding photos, where obviously a fab time was
had by all, I thought it was about time I made an effort. So here
I am still working for
BBC's current affairs TV programme Panorama. After directing my
first documentary on sexually transmitted diseases in amongst teenagers
(lovely) I got shipped off to Albania and then Kosovo to cover the
war. It was an amazing experience to spend weeks in refugees camps
hearing some desperate stories and then going with the NATO troops
over the Albanian border into the town of Prizren in South West
Unfortunately what followed
those celebrations was a daily discovery of dozens of rotting bodies
and an accompanying horiffic smell that was everywhere at once.
However I met some unbelievable people that made me feel optimistic
about Kosovo's future.
I am going back there
this Friday to visit my friends and say hi in hopefully less stressful
circumstances. After that I am off to climb a mountain in Ethiopia
in an attempt to cleanse my soul, get out of London and get healthy.
I have another film to
make for November - so any suggested stories are gratefully received
!! Is anybody in Ethiopia from SAIS ?? After meeting Patrick and
Jama in Nairobi last October I always think people will pop up in
the strangest of places...
I have some fanatastic
Kosovo pics but its beyond me how I get them onto this computer...
Hope everyone' s well
and enjoying the summer...
August 5: Sophie
Claudet, Ramallah, Palestine
Hello to you all,
It has been a while since
I did not post any message. I am alive and well, even if some people
occasionally get worried about me living in this part of the world.
Palestine is in fact quite remarkably slow and uneventful, for now.
The new prime minister has raised some unreasonable and unnecessary
hopes I am afraid, at least for Palestine. If anything at all, peace
will happen with Lebanon/Syria. As for a Palestinian state, sorry
guys but it won't and can't happen for there is no territorial continuity
on which to set a state. Settlements are growing and it is not clear
whether Barak will stop their construction.
Well enough of sad news,
one lives Palestine like one lives in Palestine. You probably heard
of Arafat being called "the son of 60,000 whores and 60,000 dogs"?
Well, he was insulted by one of his Arab brothers (Syrian) yesterday
which prompted interesting comments in the Palestinian press this
morning, such as (the famous infamous Syrian) "is a condom used
by the Zionists to desecrate the Lands and sanctity of the Arab
nation". Nothing like Arab insults, take my word for it! How could
I possibly be bored?
Then, there is the local
jazz club which attracted the attention of some Washington Post
journalist a few months ago, some of you may have read the article
on the world-famous "Flamingo's" and its inter-faith, peace-building
evenings when Palestinian and Israelis play together some interesting
jazz fusion. Nice guys and good music, I never suspected that the
oud could get along well with the electric guitar. There is hope
if not on the political arena, through music (really!).
Finally, Ramallah (where
I live) has recently seen the multiplication of liquor stores (yes,
for real, so says the sign) owned by Palestinian-American recently
gone back to the homeland to try their luck (well, they are on tourist
visas of course since 48 refugees can not benefit from the law of
return). Politics aside (that's tough), it is comforting to have
booze around, and some good stuff too. For fear of betraying the
Palestinian cause to which I am deeply committed, I am must admit
that Palestinian wine tremendously sucks. It was one of my New Year's
resolutions not to drink "Cremisan" ever again (as long as I am
conscious at least).
Voila for now. Do write
if you feel like it, it is always nice to feel that I am not all
alone in this MAAAAAAAAAAAAD land.
By the way, one last
thought for my French fellow-citizens. I understand from my sister
who recently visited me (we had a great trip to Egypt and the Sinai,
yeah my life is pretty good I have to say) that Paris is about to
be annihilated...? what a shame! But hey guess what, most houses
here are displaying TV antennas that mimic the Eiffel tower. So
for those of you who live in Paris, remember nothing is really lost,
Ramallah is still around (until the end of the world at least).
August 13: Manami
Terashima, Hong Kong
Its been over a year
since I came back to my home country. I have been with ABN Amro
Securities Tokyo office since then and my mail address here as you
can see is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please update the one
on Sighs page.
Thank you. M