Estate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave Rightmove

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Estate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave Rightmove previous nextMarketingEstate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave RightmoveLeading City fund manager claims portal’s dominance means it has a bright future even if the sales market takes a turn for the worse after Brexit.Nigel Lewis2nd September 20191 Comment1,479 Views A leading City fund manager has claimed that Rightmove remains a solid investment opportunity because estate agents are ‘more likely to turn the lights off before giving up their Rightmove subscription’.James Thomson (pictured,above) who has run the Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund for 14 years, made his comments to a national newspaper over the weekend.He also claimed that Rightmove’s dominance means that if the property market becomes tougher after Brexit, agents will need more not less help finding buyers and will ‘upgrade their packages’.“Estate agents will need to pedal harder to sell homes. Rightmove is a mission critical tool for them,” he told The Mail on Sunday, describing the portal as one of the stocks he believes ‘makes the grade’ as a stockmarket winner whatever the economic conditions.CheerleaderThomson has been one of the City’s leading cheerleaders for Rightmove, which Rathbone invested heavily in during 2009.Rightmove went public in 2006 at 34p a share and its stock is currently trading at approximately £5.35p a share or an increase of 1,458%.The comments by Thomson will grate for the growing number of agents who have been complaining more vocally this year following the most recent fees hike.As we reported in May, it was claimed at the time that a ‘minor rebellion’ was underway after Rightmove introduced fees increases of up to 20% for some agents.But only five agents broke over as Rightmove leavers including Albion Sales & Lettings in Northampton; Camerons in Bournemouth; Clintons Management Ltd in Ilford, Essex; Glastonbury lettings firm Jungle Property and Skipton estate agency James Pye & Sons.Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund Rightmove September 2, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentDarren Lowery, Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings 2nd September 2019 at 10:22 amRightmove continue to show no respect for the Independents and, having just had a lengthy conversation with one of Rightmove’s Sales Managers (who phoned me asking me to come back to Rightmove), it would appear that they promise no more for their money and yet continue to increase fees to satisfy their ‘fat-cat’ investors. I bet over 90% of those investors have never actually been an Estate or Letting agent and have no clue what we do every day!! I for one will not be rejoining Rightmove and continue to support the ‘revolution’ and encourage others to pull the plug too.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

Springtide Festival to return in May

first_imgThe live music will include performances from Pangolin, LavenderBoy, Stolen Mic, the Oxford Commas and the Young Woman’s Music Project. Springtide Community Festival will return on Sunday 5th May, the SU has announced. Springtide is “a community focused family-friendly festival that aims to bring the student and non-student community for the day of music, fun and adventure”. There will also be a fully-licensed bar. Alongside music, there will also be a variety of food from companiessuch as Jericho Coffee Traders, Frank’s Burgers, My Japanese and Vegan Ethiopianavailable. The event is being hosted by Oxford SU to “help integrationbetween students and long tern residents”. The SU also hopes it will “encouragestudents to give back something to the city they call home by donating theirtime and skills to help run it and more importantly to have fun.” The festival, which will be held in University Parks between11am and 7pm, will showcase local music, a mini farm and food and drink from acrossthe world. It will be free to attend. People can also sign up to participate in five-a-side football,with matches for kids, men and women taking place across the day.last_img read more

Café connection

first_imgWhether you’re thinking of entering the food-to-go market for the first time or are one of the country’s 18,000 café and sandwich shop owners looking to beef up your offer, Café+ is an important date for your diary.A new part of the established Convenience Retailing Show, Café+ provides an opportunity to learn from experts and successful retailers and meet suppliers – which should all help drive customers to your shop. Companies such as Brakes, Coffee Nation and Subway will be on hand to give best practice advice via seminars, panel discussions and live demonstrations, all put together by Max Jenvey, mana-ging director of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership. They will be discussing those all-important factors such as layout, product selection and space versus profitability.Café+Live seminars include: Coffee from Convenience to Café; Sandwiches – everything you’ve always wanted to know but haven’t asked; and Bakery from Convenience to Café, where bakery experts will detail the best options for your store or café.Jill Willis, who with husband Richard owns Taste (UK) and was named Essex Best New Company 2008, will talk about her experiences running a successful café, while in another seminar, retail giant Subway will share the key industry requirements for developing a freshly prepared sandwich offer, using itself as a case study. There are also debates you can join in, on the coffee and sandwich markets, when development director Martin Kibler of Greggs will reveal what makes the British Baker Top 50 winner such a success.”Everyone says there is money to be made from coffee and foodservice, but there is only money there if you get it right,” says event director Matthew Butler, of organiser William Reed Business Media. “Our aim, with Café+Live, is to arm operators with the practical advice and information they need to turn what they have into a more effective and profitable offer.”’Take More, Make More’ is another live event where you can share ideas and knowledge with other retailers and suppliers on how to increase footfall in your store and other relevant issues to help make more profit. Sessions will be run by Convenience Store magazine, the Association of Convenience Stores and many other top industry specialists.There will also be plenty of bakery firms exhibiting at the show, including Warburtons, Brambles Foods and Cakes for the Connoisseur. Many of them have new products to show off, such as The Handmade Cake Company, which will launch two new varieties: black cherry & almond slice and a banana cake slice. Meanwhile, Country Choice is introducing its Boston’s coffee and American-style doughnut concept – a selection of yeast-raised, thaw-and-serve doughnuts. The concept comes with branded packaging, POS, a takeaway box and a coffee machine.?—-=== Café+ ===WHERE: Birmingham NEC, halls 6 and 7WHEN: 1-3 MarchOPENING TIMES:Sunday 1 March – 10am to 5pmMonday 2 March – 10am to 5pmTuesday 3 March – 10am to 4pmlast_img read more

Fabulous Baker Brothers to hit screens in Jan

first_imgHobbs House Bakery’s Tom Herbert and his brother Henry are to feature in new Channel 4 series, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, which starts in January.According to Channel 4, the series of six thirty minute programmes will introduce viewers to “a delicious world of flour, fire and forearms”.The first programme will be aired on Wednesday 4 January at 8.30pm.Baker Tom Herbert and his chef brother Henry, who runs the local butcher’s shop next door to his brother’s bakery in Gloucestershire, have five generations of baking behind them. The brothers will “take viewers into the heat of the artisan kitchen and unlock the trade secrets of baking which have been honed through generations of practice and passion”.Each episode will also feature ‘The Pie-Off’ where Tom and Henry go head-to-head, devising their own version of a themed pie and placing them before a panel of judges.Katie Horswell, who commissioned the show, said: “The thing that really excites me about this series is the new talent: the boys. Plus all the gorgeous food that men will want to cook and eat. With no pink spatula in sight, it’s exactly what we ‘knead’.”Stylist magazine even included the pair in its section ‘Meet next year’s faces of food’.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Shira Elias Talks Turkuaz’s Evolution, Their Unreal Bonnaroo Set, Funk Of Ages, And More

first_imgIf you’ve ever had the pleasure to experience the exhilarating thrill of a Turkuaz live show, no doubt you have noticed a brunette vocalist radiating in her canary couture. That boisterous voice and captivating stage presence belong to one Shira Elias, who along with co-conspirator Sammi Garett, make up Turkuaz’s dynamic, dazzling vocal duo. In wild anticipation of this weekend’s massive Funk of Ages in Philadelphia, Shira chats with Live For Live Music’s very own B.Getz, and the two cover a lot of bases, including her band’s already-legendary virgin performance at Bonnaroo, how crucial it was to get back to Disc Jam, and why Michelangelo Carubba’s birthday is such a special night of community collaboration. And, of course, lots of juicy Funk is Ages chat too.BG: Shira! Thanks for making the time. I want to start with a little look back at the past few weeks. Turkuaz basically broke the internet with your Thursday performance at ‘Roo. Tell us, had you been to Bonnaroo before, either as a fan or as a performer? Shira: No, I had never ever been to Bonnaroo. We rolled up early in the day, and it’s a huge festival — I didn’t realize how sprawling it would be. It was kind of like a whirlwind of interviews and photo shoots. We got to do this dope photo shoot with Danny Clinch — I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but he’s an amazing photographer. It was kind of like the first time there were more people working on our shoot than there were in our band! You know it’s a legit photographer situation when there are tons of people working on it, so that’s always cool — got the whole ‘rock star’ vibe. We did the show, and it was a huge festival. It’s one of those super high-stakes shows, where you get the least time for sound check, stage, load in, everything, but the energy is just so high and crazy. It was a really amazing experience. It was kind of like Red Rocks, where it’s surreal. You finish it and you look out and are like, “This is really happening,” you know? Also, I gotta say, seeing the Entertainment Weekly article putting us as a highlight up there with U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers!? All pretty fucking surreal.BG: Can we pivot to talking about the evolution of the band? Please fill us in, how did you come to get down with Turkuaz? How did you and Sammi and the whole thing develop with the band — a band that was already happening, already touring, already alive? Shira: I’ve been in New York for about eight years now, and I was kind of doing the singer-hustle thing — taking whatever gigs I could get and trying to make it happen. A friend of a friend in the singer community told me about this band that needed a new singer. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really know of Turkuaz or the scene. I was kind of a newbie, but I went to do the audition and I didn’t know what I was getting into at all. That’s kind of how it all happened. I went to do a few weekends, see how it was all going to work out, and I don’t know, it seemed pretty abstract. There was something inside me that said, “You got to do this. You got to see what this is all about.” There was something really compelling about the family vibe of it all — the size of the band, making it all work in that way — not to mention the music! I got really, really lucky. I just got to plop into a situation that was already so established. I think my attitude was to add to what already existed and bring however much of “Shira” that I could. I like to think that in the last almost-three years, I’ve had my own little stamp on the band. It’s all just been a huge whirlwind. I had never even toured heavily before Turkuaz.BG: You guys are like a well-oiled machine. I talk to a lot of fans, and they crave the jam-band aesthetic of “every night is different,” but they still want the best of everything all the time. It’s a tough line to toe — for a band to bring the show every night and still make it different in some way. You guys nail that. You guys bring the show every night and it’s never the same twice. For an ensemble like you guys, that’s quite a feat. Shira: Thanks. I mean, with so many people too, it’s hard to make each show exactly the same twice. There are just so many parts to it. With our crazy schedules, we are just going, going, going, and just working really hard. Like even this last weekend, we drove to Bonnaroo, did the thing, drove who-knows-however many hours back from Tennessee to do a two-hour set in New York at Disc Jam. You’re like, “I’m really fucking tired right now, but it doesn’t matter cause I am just putting it all out there.” I think that’s the whole thing. Why else would we do it?BG: You said it right there, why else do you do it? Playing at Bonnaroo with all the bells and whistles and then driving through the night — a dozen-plus deep no less — to go play such a core community event like Disc Jam, which is such a solid top-to-bottom festival. Disc Jam is held in a niche area — a region where you guys came of age — so for you guys to hit those two fests in merely a weekend is just a testament to the mission.  Shira: Wow. You just gave me chills. You are right. It was really special. To do Bonnaroo on that level and everything that means, and then to do Disc Jam, which is like New England hardcore, O.G. Turkuaz. Exactly. I should add that we haven’t really done a lot of festivals in the NE lately. We’ve been missing our family, you know what I mean? Going off this super big high from Bonnaroo and then to coming home to the family in the NE was really, really special.BG: Let’s talk Philly and Funk of Ages with Lettuce and Snarky Puppy on June 24, which also looks to be really, really special.Shira: Back when I joined Turkuaz and came into this whole world, Lettuce and Snarky Puppy were just like, it. That’s who everyone talked about — it was like, they were the guys! Since then, they’ve become really good friends and mentors. This will be our second show this summer with Lettuce. I mean, Rage Rocks, that was amazing, so just to be on another show with Lettuce . . . they’re the homies. To be on the lineup with both of them, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to this show — maybe the most of any of the shows we’re playing this summer. I mean, if you’re looking for a party to go to, this is the one, right?!B: Just observing the Lett machine from afar, they don’t take that kind of shit lightly. The artists they put on, the names with them up on the marquee, whether it’s Rage Rocks or Funk of Ages or even direct support on tour, they believe wholly in the artists. So that means those cats feel that way about Turkuaz — high praise! Shira: That means the world. I’ve seen it from the beginning of my journey with Turkuaz, like especially with those dudes, you’ve got to earn it with them. You know, they want to mentor, but you got to prove it, you know?BG: Yeah exactly, you get it. You’re doing it right. Shira: I totally get it. They just need to have a few more chicks on their stage every once and awhile.BG:  I love when Alecia comes out and sings. Hey maybe, just maybe, that will manifest itself at the Funk of Ages. Maybe this will be us being like dudes, let these ladies sing! Shira: Hey, maybe we will just put it out in the air. And it will happen.BG: Are you playing Michelangelo Carubba’s birthday party too? What are those gigs — the Mikey curated all-star throwdowns —usually like? Shira: To be honest, I look forward to his birthday every year. We play with Turkuaz together all year long, and we hustle, hustle, hustle. That’s awesome but the second we get to play with someone else and play something else, we get to spread our wings in that way. Those gigs are, to me, some of the most fulfilling shows. It’s totally different. And, the best part is I get to play with Jen Hartswick on that gig! She’s totally my lady crush, I want to be Jen when I grow up.BG: Who doesn’t? I am right there with you. Shira: Right? So just playing with her and all the dope people that are going to be on that bill. I mean, you don’t get to see lineups like that all the time. I know, the super jam thing can be a little played out in the scene, but I think this one is going to be a little bit different, a little special. Mikey’s been talking about stripping down some of the groups. Instead, we pair up into little special moments and not just have the whole band. I think it will be really meaningful, and, you know, he always puts together a raging show. I mean, Louis Cato is on it! Just all these different people sharing a stage for the show.BG: Louis Cato might be the best musician on planet earth. Shira: Yeah. That night we have so many different genres — you got Louis, and then Ryan Montbleau, too. Genre-wise, you have something you don’t get to see often, and it’s really exciting.BG: I think it’s a testament to Mikey as a guy, musician, facilitator, and the force of his whole vibe. Good to have those type of hits, so you can slow down the Turkuaz freight train and have a night of music for yourselves, and we all get that too. It’s a pretty beautiful thing. I ran into you a lot at Jazz Fest. Now that I know that you don’t really come from the scene, from the culture, as much as some of the other cats in the band, for you to just dive into the Jazz Fest and the sort of community vibe.Shira: Yeah, don’t tell anybody, but I come from a theater background back in the day. (laughs) But the community element of this scene is a similar thing. It takes everybody to make it happen. Every single person involved is a key element, everybody on the tour, working the venue — each person’s role is essential. I feel so lucky to be in the scene like I have. At Jazz Fest, I just want to play with everybody and soak it all in, too. That’s the thing. The shows Mikey puts on,  people get to see another side of me and what I can do —things or styles that I don’t always necessarily get to do in Turkuaz. I think that’s cool with those shows you get to see other colors of artists, you know? [laughs] No pun intended with the color thing.BG: No, it works! There’s only one Turkuaz, and you can see the theater background. I think that the theatrical nature of the production and the pizzazz you and Sammi bring make you guys unique and special. You’ve cultivated that, made your thing a thing, and it’s fucking working.Shira: Well, thanks man! It’s a good fucking time![Photo: Ellison White]last_img read more

The Fritz Share New Video For “Nothing To Find” Featuring Trey Anastasio Band & Snarky Puppy Members

first_imgAsheville, NC-based dance rock band The Fritz have shared a new video for “Nothing To Find” off of their recently released studio effort, ECHO, recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville. The band’s new album, ECHO, is available via all major streaming platforms today. “Nothing To Find” features Trey Anastasio Band trombonist Natalie Cressman along with Snarky Puppy’s Justin Stanton (trumpet) and Chris Bullock (saxophone).Backed by a prominent bass line, the horn-heavy “Nothing To Find” hits all of the feels. The track has a slight ’80s disco vibe highlighted by funky work on the keys before Cressman, Stanton, and Bullock bring it all home with a massive horn fill that leads into the main theme of the song. Before crashing back into the chorus, Chris Bullock lays down a mean saxophone solo, as the remainder of the musical ensembles pushes him on.Watch The Fritz’s new music video for “Nothing To Find”, featuring Natalie Cressman, Justin Stanton, and Chris Bullock, below:The Fritz w/ Natalie Cressman, Justin Stanton, & Chris Bullock – “Nothing To Find”[Video: The Fritz]You can pre-order a vinyl copy of the band’s ECHO EP here, as well as stream the new album on all major music platforms. Head to The Fritz’s website for upcoming shows and ticketing information.[H/T]last_img read more

Reality check

first_imgLast year, author-turned-activist Bill McKibben ’82 spent just 60 days sleeping in his own bed. The rest of the time he was on the road, organizing what he deems essential to force political change on a warming planet: a global grassroots movement.In remarks at Harvard on Monday (March 8), McKibben — whose 1989 book “The End of Nature” popularized the science of global warming — apologized for the greenhouse gases that his worldwide travel consumed, a bigger carbon footprint than most small villages, he said. But with glaciers melting, oceans acidifying, and climate zones shifting, he said, the world needs a political makeover fast.His new organization,, could help by educating the political classes to a new reality that greenhouse gases shrouding Earth should go no higher than 350 parts per million in carbon dioxide equivalents.One problem, of course, is that the level of such gases is already at 390 ppm “and rising fast,” McKibben told listeners in a crowded Sperry Room at Harvard Divinity School. The world is running out of oil, though perhaps slowly, he said, and that requires the political will to think beyond petroleum.Beyond oil’s decline are the stark, immovable facts of physics and chemistry, said McKibben, the “deep physical limits” caused by proliferating greenhouse gases.So what can people do?“A new logic prevails,” he said in a talk called “Reality Check: How the Facts of Life on a Tough New Planet Shape Our Choices.” The event was part of a lecture series called “Ecologies of Human Flourishing,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions. The session included a conversation with Harvard climate scientist Daniel Schrag.By this “new logic,” said McKibben, security and stability will become more important that constant economic growth. “All the glory associated with the concept of growth will start to tarnish,” he said. “Maturity will become our credo.”He said that centralized energy systems dominated by fossil fuels will be slowly replaced by systems that are dispersed and localized, and that rely on renewable energy. McKibben’s house in the Vermont woods, for instance, has an array of solar panels on the roof. “On sunny days,” he said, “I’m a utility.”And food systems — the way we grow and distribute what we eat — will shrink from global to regional models, he predicted. Farmers’ markets are among the fastest growing sectors of the economy. (In Madison, Wis., one regional market draws 100,000 shoppers on a Saturday.) And the last five-year census of U.S. agriculture showed the first growth in the number of farms in 125 years, most of them small-scale operations.Current U.S. farming and food systems are like much of modern Western life, intensively dependent on oil. Farming requires fertilizers, tractors, and carbon-based transportation systems, he said. “The food you eat is essentially marinated in fossil fuel before it reaches your lips.”In addition to asking what we can do, said McKibben, another important question is: How can we flourish? Perhaps by living better, but with less, he said.He sketched in a world of sprawl, increasing social isolation, and declining happiness, an America of “enormous houses, and enormous cars to drive between them.”McKibben said the chief untold consequence of our dependence on fossil fuels is that oil “has made us lonelier people than we were before.” We are inhabitants of “bigger houses farther apart from one another,” he said, isolated by television, and enjoying half the meals we had with friends in 1950. Meanwhile, “human satisfaction” polls show that American happiness peaked nearly 60 years ago, despite a trebling of material prosperity since then.“These are enormous changes,” said McKibben, but shifting our sense of scale might help. He cited a recent study showing that shopping in farmers’ markets engendered 10 times the number of personal interactions that a stroll under fluorescent lights at the supermarket does.“I love hearing Bill talk. Bill always makes me hopeful,” said Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering, and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.But other reality checks are required, he said. For instance, only about 40 percent of Americans think climate change is actually happening. And just 15 percent think climate change is “actually serious,” said Schrag.Add to that the speed and gravity of the ecological consequences of climate change. California’s rivers that are now fed by glacial melt may run dry by the end of the century, stranding water-hungry farms. And by as early as 2035, melting glaciers in the Himalayan mountains may cause dry conditions on farms far downriver that presently feed 3 billion people.Then there are problems with renewable sources of energy, said Schrag. Rooftop photovoltaic solar arrays such as McKibben’s are expensive.Renewable resources such as wind and solar will require massive construction projects, an idea offensive to many people in an environmental movement inspired by pastoral ideals.Then there is the issue of energy density, said Schrag. A wind farm may create a watt for every square meter of its physical footprint. But a coal mine in Wyoming may represent an energy potential that is a million times denser.A social movement such as McKibben’s is important, and even necessary, said Schrag. But any such movement “has to support trade-offs,” like the “massive building projects” that a shift to renewables will require.McKibben said he understands that, and he is in favor of a wind farm proposed near his beloved Siamese Ponds Wilderness in New York’s Adirondack Park. “Build this as fast as you can,” he said, bowing to the grave urgency of global warming. “There’s not going to be winter there in 40 years.”But at the same time people make compromises in the cause of renewable energy, they can certainly do more with less, said McKibben. Profligate use of energy is “astonishing,” he said. “We’ve spent the last decade driving semi-military vehicles back and forth to the grocery store.”This year’s campaign by includes a “great power race,” he said, a competitive challenge to universities in China, India, and the United States to prompt novel ideas for sustainable energy.Last year, sponsored the largest political demonstration held worldwide, with 5,200 rallies in 181 countries, which engendered 25,000 pictures on the group’s Web site.The capstone day this year for is Oct. 10 — 10/10/10 — with a “global work party” that will install solar panels, lay out bike paths, dig community gardens, and demonstrate other local projects that have a light carbon footprint.Global warming is too grave a problem to solve one project at a time, but a worldwide gesture, said McKibben, “will help us make the point to our leaders that if we can do this work, they sure as hell can too.”UpcomingNext in the “Ecologies of Human Flourishing” series: “Does Thoreau Have a Future? Reimagining Voluntary Simplicity for the Twenty-First Century,” a lecture by Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature in Harvard’s Department of English. It will be held Thursday (March 25) from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in the Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more

Highlighting rural America on education map

first_img Your Harvard session in Atlanta probes ways in which system has fallen short, could improve The fight for equality in education Of nearly 51 million K–12 students in the U.S., about 9 million attend rural schools. Yet despite being one-sixth of the nation’s student body, rural students, and rural education in general, are often overlooked in debates about education policy, specialists say.Some Harvard-trained educators would like to change that.During their one-year master’s program at the Graduate School of Education, Morgan Barraza ’18, Shane Trujillo ’18, and Julia Cunningham ’18, bonded over their commitment to the issue, working through the Rural Educators Alliance to foreground hurdles faced by students and teachers in rural settings. The group was co-founded by Cunningham and Carlye Sayler ’18.“One of the missions of the group is to challenge the perceptions of rural America,” said Cunningham, who taught at an Oglala Lakota Nation school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota before enrolling at the Ed School. “Whenever anyone thinks of rural education, the picture that comes to mind for the most part is not of Native American students or black students in the South. It’s usually white Appalachia, and that’s not the whole picture.”To shed light on the complexity of rural America, the group this spring organized a week of panels on identity, school practices, issues of gender and sexual diversity, and more.Over the summer, the students will develop a virtual toolkit, with a list of resources, to be sent to Ed School faculty to help them cover rural education issues in their courses. The goal is to ensure that the School remains committed to addressing rural education, said Barraza, who worked as a high school teacher at the Laguna Pueblo Reservation and in Aztec, both in New Mexico.As Barraza noted, faculty at the Ed School have supported the group’s efforts. “Whenever anyone thinks of rural education, the picture that comes to mind for the most part is not of Native American students or black students in the South. It’s usually white Appalachia, and that’s not the whole picture.” — Julia Cunningham ’18 Opening the gates, closing the education gap Relatedcenter_img “Rural schools are a lifeblood of education in the country,” said Matt Miller, associate dean for learning and teaching. “As Mara Tieken, doctoral alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and leading thinker on rural education, taught me over the years, we can’t talk about rural education as ‘not urban.’ Scholars and policymakers need to understand rural communities and their educational needs on their own terms.”Experts say rural students lack the choices and opportunities available to urban students. According to the 2017 Report of the Rural School and Community Trust, more than 25 percent of the country’s public schools are rural, but only 17 percent of state education aid goes to rural districts. The organization listed lack of resources, teacher shortages, and limited childcare and early education programs among the challenges schools face in states such as Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, South Dakota, Georgia, Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, and Alaska. The challenges extend to Native American students growing up on reservations or in small towns. During their time at Harvard, Barraza, Trujillo, and a handful of students joined forces to draw attention to education among Native Americans.A member of the Laguna Pueblo and Salt River Pima tribes, Barraza co-chaired Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education, a group founded by Adrienne Keene, Ed.D. ’14. In March, the organization held a series of events highlighting issues that affect Native American communities, from the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women to tribal justice to feminism in indigenous communities.“I feel a personal obligation,” said Barraza, who plans to teach in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community, a tribe located in the metropolitan area of Phoenix. “Too often, issues regarding contemporary Native American peoples are not addressed, and indigenous and Native American peoples are blocked out of the conversation.”“We live in a culture where indigenous peoples are seen as historical figures, or if they’re contemporary representations, they’re seen as broken and we need to go and save them,” said Trujillo. “We’re trying to highlight voices that have been lost in the margins.”Courtney Van Cleve, Ed.L. ’20, who is pursuing a doctorate in education leadership, will take the helm of the Rural Educators Alliance this fall. For Van Cleve, who has spent most of her life in Mississippi schools as a student, teacher, principal, and regional director, it’s the perfect fit.“Rural education remains at the core of my personal and professional identity,” she said.Change is overdue, Van Cleve said, partly because of increasingly prominent divides between rural and urban America, but mostly because rural students deserve the same opportunities as their urban peers.“There is a real opportunity for systems across contexts to learn from each other in shaping the future of education reform,” she said. In D.C. gathering, Faust and faculty discuss the importance of equity in learning last_img read more

Oscar winner, ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer dies

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer enjoyed varied roles ranging from the film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to the voice of the villain in 2009′s “Up” and as a canny lawyer in Broadway’s “Inherit the Wind.” But it was opposite Julie Andrews as von Trapp that made him a star. He was given Canada’s highest civilian honor when he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968.last_img

Beautiful Weekend Ahead

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A cool air mass over Western New York is slated to bring a quiet weekend. Although it will be cooler with temperatures running well below the average of 76. For your Saturday, plenty of sunshine with a few clouds around. Highs only in the lower-60’s.Tonight it will remain clear but temperatures bottom out into the upper-30’s to lower-40’s. Patchy frost is possible inland away from the lakes. If you have plants outside, it may be a good idea to cover them for the night. Sunday will feature more sunshine and a bit more warmth as highs will reach to near 70.A blocking high pressure system will remain parked in place for most of the upcoming week. This will provide for plenty of sunshine everyday through the week. With the next best chance of rain not being until near the end of the week. Temperatures will begin a gradual warming pattern over this period. Highs in the mid-70’s on Monday, reaching the lower-80’s by mid week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share: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)last_img read more