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LATEST NEWS: (August 22)
•Nancy and Sava get married

RECENT NEWS: (August 16)
•Pictures from the Bologna 5-year reunion
•Monica Neal documents her mid-east trip
•Nick Lasagna goes home to la mama
•Fiona Campbell almost live from Kosovo
•Sophie Claudet on Palestine
•Bill Bishop has a job for you
•Manami Terashima writes in to tidbits

SIGHS NEWS:
Well, once again I didn't manage an update during the month of July, but please do not start assuming that this site will be update only bi-monthly in the future. It's just that the record heat here in New York has had me scramble to the nearest air conditioner, which more often than not is located in a bar. In anticipation of cooler days, do write in with your over- or under-achievements.

 


 

August 21: Julia Messitte, New York

Here are 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...

MORE PICTURES

 
   
 

July 28: Nick Lasagna, Milan

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.

Nicholas Lasagna
Freshfields Milan
Tel: +3902 6253 0441
Fax: +3902 6253 0800
Email: nlasagna@freshfields.com

 
   
 

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 classmates?

[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.

MarketWatch.com's web 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 professionals.

Responsibilities:

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 include :

  • 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 MarketWatch.com's presence.
  • 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).

Qualifications:

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 wbishop@marketwatch.com. Asia job is based in San Francisco. Europe job is likely based in NYC or London.

 
   

 

 
 

August 16: Kathy Blake, Washington

[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]

REUNION PICTURES

 
   
 

July 9: Monica Neal, Washington

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 on www.washingtonpost.com, 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.

Ciao, Monica

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 Campbell, London

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 goes....

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 Kosovo.

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...

Fiona C.

 
   
 

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).

Boussa/Bises/Besos/Kisses,

Sophie

 
   
 

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 manami.terashima@ap.abnamro.com. Please update the one on Sighs page.

Thank you. M

 
   


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GO TO: Current News | Mailroom | Archives | Links Page | SAIS DC | Bologna Center | Contribute

LATEST NEWS: (August 22)
•Nancy and Sava get married

RECENT NEWS: (August 16)
•Pictures from the Bologna 5-year reunion
•Monica Neal documents her mid-east trip
•Nick Lasagna goes home to la mama
•Fiona Campbell almost live from Kosovo
•Sophie Claudet on Palestine
•Bill Bishop has a job for you
•Manami Terashima writes in to tidbits

SIGHS NEWS:
Well, once again I didn't manage an update during the month of July, but please do not start assuming that this site will be update only bi-monthly in the future. It's just that the record heat here in New York has had me scramble to the nearest air conditioner, which more often than not is located in a bar. In anticipation of cooler days, do write in with your over- or under-achievements.