British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) 2011 Abridged Report

July 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco Uganda Limited (BAT Uganda) grows and processes tobacco in Uganda and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products to the local market and for export. Brands sold by BAT Uganda include Dunhill, Rex, Sportsman and Safari. Tobacco is grown in 13 districts in Uganda through a network of tobacco farmers. The raw tobacco is transported to the BAT Uganda green leaf threshing plant in Kampala where it is processed and packed for local and export cigarette consumption. BAT Uganda also exports tobacco leaves to cigarette manufacturers in Europe, Asia and other African countries. BAT Uganda is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Investments Limited. British American Tobacco Uganda is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Forget the Ocado share price! I’d rather buy Royal Dutch Shell

July 5, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Forget the Ocado share price! I’d rather buy Royal Dutch Shell Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The Ocado share price was one of the few to hold firm during the stock market crash. With the nation in lockdown, home food deliveries became an essential service. Astonishingly, the FTSE 100 group is up 60% in this turbulent year, against a 15% drop on the index as a whole. Yet I’d be wary of buying it today.The Ocado Group (LSE: OCDO) share price success is no flash in the pan. It’s one of the most successful on the FTSE 100, rising an incredible 580% in just three years. So why would I choose to buy the Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) share price instead?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…My big fear is that Ocado’s shares have risen too fast, too quickly. The online grocer has a lot of hard work ahead of it, to justify today’s valuation. It may get there, but recent share price growth could go into reverse if it has any setbacks.FTSE 100 stock market crash heroThe lockdown delivery surge that saw customers battling for precious Ocado slots is over, unless we get a second wave of the pandemic. Competition in this area may rise too. Witness the tie-up between Aldi UK and Deliveroo. Group sales doubled in the second quarter, but that can’t continue. On the other hand, Ocado will have picked up new customers, many of them elderly who will continue to see the benefits of shopping online.To justify today’s sky-high Ocado share price, management has to deliver on hopes of becoming a global technology company, helping grocers around the world robotise their warehouses. It’s an exciting target, but expensive to achieve. Ocado has posted a loss for five years in a row.The good news is that revenues are growing at a much faster rate than others in the supermarket sector. The Ocado share price could climb higher still, but I think the pace has to slow and it’s also vulnerable to bad news.By contrast, Royal Dutch Shell has had a rotten year. The twin stock market and oil price collapse hit it hard. Its legendary dividend, never been cut since the Second World War, has finally fallen. At least for now.Better value than the Ocado share price?The Shell share price is still down a third this year, despite its recent recovery. It trades at just over nine times earnings. That looks a tempting valuation, especially with oil now climbing, and Brent crude trading above $42 a barrel.As the world emerges out of lockdown, demand may increase. At the same time, OPEC+ production cuts may hold. The oil price may climb higher. If it does, pressure will grow to bring the dividend back.When it does return, the Shell share price could enjoy another jump upwards. It’s up 16% over the last month and I think it has more scope for growth than the Ocado share price.Naturally, Shell faces plenty of challenges too. Notably the long-term shift away from fossil fuels, and into renewables. However, many of the risks are in today’s price. Now may prove a good time to buy this FTSE 100 dividend hero, before it recovers further. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harvey Jones Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones | Monday, 8th June, 2020 | More on: OCDO RDSB last_img read more

Robalo Cordeiro House / João Mendes Ribeiro

June 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784980/casa-robalo-cordeiro-joao-mendes-ribeiro Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Portugal Robalo Cordeiro House / João Mendes RibeiroSave this projectSaveRobalo Cordeiro House / João Mendes Ribeiro ArchDaily “COPY” Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784980/casa-robalo-cordeiro-joao-mendes-ribeiro Clipboard Projects Architects: João Mendes Ribeiro Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses, Extension•Coimbra, Portugal Year:  CopyAbout this officeJoão Mendes RibeiroOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionCoimbraPortugalPublished on April 07, 2016Cite: “Robalo Cordeiro House / João Mendes Ribeiro” 07 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  360 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject Coordination:Jorge Teixeira DiasCollaboration:João Vaz, Manuela Nogueira, Miguel Pereira, Raquel Reis, Susana Ventura, Teresa Tellechea, Alda Coelho, Catarina FortunaStructural Engineer:Paulo MaranhaHydraulic Engineer:Paulo SampaioElectrical Engineer:Fernando CanhaMechanical Engineer:João Madeira da SilvaThermal Consulting:Diogo MateusGas Installations And Equipments:Paulo SampaioExterior Spaces:João Mendes RibeiroContractor:Rui SoaresCity:CoimbraCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SGRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. The Robalo Cordeiro House, a single family house in Rua António José de Almeida, in Coimbra, is a two storey building (with attic and basement) that was, prior to the rehabilitation, deeply uncharacterized and in an advanced state of decay. The refurbishment and expansion project started therefore by the total demolition of the interior, recovering the facades and keeping the original external coatings. Except for the roof – where two new copper mansards were inserted next to a preexistent mansard – the main facade remained almost unaltered. The back facade suffered significant changes with the insertion of three new volumes: a concrete volume that extends the living room over the patio, a corten steel volume at the first floor level and a third volume in Ipê wood in the top floor. In all three volumes a formal and material language, clearly differentiated from the preexistence, was sought after, underlining the intervention gesture.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SGSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SGThe organization of the interior spaces, defined by a new iron and concrete composite structure, recuperates some of the preexistence characteristics, such as the location of interior stairs and pathways. In the ground floor the house evolves from an entryway to the common spaces which – through a system of sliding panels – can be closed or left opened, communicating with each other with great flexibility. The private spaces are located in the upper floors, with two individual bedrooms, a closet and a study room in the first floor and the main bedroom, with closet and office in the top floor. The first floor study room (corresponding to the corten steel volume prominent in the back facade) is a box entirely covered in birch plywood with folding shutters that, by revealing the existence of openings to the exterior, also work as furniture. The wooden volume in the top floor corresponds in turn to a small suspended patio connected to the main bedroom.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SGSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG + SGProject gallerySee allShow lessFreedom of Panorama: The Internet Copyright Law that Should Have Architects Up in ArmsArticlesUtopia Photo Series Captures London’s Brutalist ArchitectureArchitecture News Share Houses Robalo Cordeiro House / João Mendes Ribeiro 2009last_img read more

Cult fiction?

June 16, 2021 0 Comments

Cult fiction? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 November 1999 | News Tagged with: Digital Advertisement How do you attract visitors to your charity’s Web site? Advertising on popular, high-traffic Web sites is one way, but it is often expensive if you have to pay. You could also exploit the quirks and fads of Internet use, if you’re fast enough, and take advantage of the current talk of the Net.  17 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Advocating for Agriculture at the Statehouse

June 14, 2021 0 Comments

first_img SHARE Previous articleSoy Checkoff Continues Work on SDSNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Other issues being watched closely by Farm Bureau members include annexation, tax audits, renewable energy, and food safety. Farm Bureau members were challenged to make at least two separate trips to the Statehouse during this legislative session to share their concerns with their elected officials. Home Indiana Agriculture News Advocating for Agriculture at the Statehouse SHARE Brian BosmaHouse Speaker Brian Bosma told the farmers there are several road and bridge funding bills that will be introduced into this session and that he is confident there will be a solution. At this point, the major difference is where the money comes from. Some are proposing surplus tax funds currently in reserve, while others are calling for a tax increase to generate new revenue. In the end, the final bill is likely to be a mix of several sources, according to Katrina Hall with the IFB Public Policy division. One of the issues that helped bring out the crowd was property taxes. Kron says he is optimistic the legislature will address the issue of taxing farmland, “I am very optimistic that the General Assembly has heard our message on property taxes.”  He said there are several bills that have been introduced that address the need to fix the tax assessment of farmland which has increased by over 40% in recent years, “Take my farm, for example. We pay $42 an acre in farmland taxes; that is not reasonable in a farm environment we are having right now.”  He added this issue is a threat to the future of all Indiana farms and urged lawmakers to find a solution this session.  SB 436 is a measure that addresses many of the concerns of Farm Bureau.center_img Sue EllspermanAnother top issue for Farm Bureau, said Kron, is funding for rural roads and bridges, “I think we are going to see some real movement in the right direction.” What gives Kron such confidence is the number of bills that have been introduced dealing with funding of infrastructure and the fact that the Governor has made it one of his legislative priorities. Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman, who spoke to the group, told HAT she and the Governor are pushing hard for a solution to funding Indiana infrastructure, “We realize how important this issue is all many Indiana industries and agriculture is right there at the top.” Randy KronThe annual Indiana Farm Bureau legislative kickoff drew an overflow crowd of farmers from across the state to the State Capitol to meet with their lawmakers as the General Assembly opened its second day of the 2016 short session. IFB president Randy Kron, in his new position for only the second day, said Farm Bureau members are making an impact with lawmakers, “This is what Farm Bureau is all about — members engaged to speak up for agriculture.” Advocating for Agriculture at the Statehouse Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 6, 2016 Advocating for Agriculture at the Statehouselast_img read more

Individual safe after threatening to jump from Amon G. Carter Stadium

June 13, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgLinkedin Twitter + posts Student expected to launch sports betting app ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Facebook Boschini questions English-only alert system Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Carolina Olivareshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/carolina-olivares/ Carolina Olivares Carolina is a journalism major with a minor in Spanish. She grew up in Houston, Texas so it’s safe to say you can hear her cheering on Houston sports team, EXCEPT the Texans. She throws up the X for the Dallas Cowboys. She can’t start her day without coffee and when she’s not reporting you can find her working out or spending time with friends. Facebook Carolina Olivareshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/carolina-olivares/ printThe TCU Police Department and a SWAT team talked an individual down from the bleachers of Amon G. Carter Stadium after he threatened to jump Sunday night. The individual was standing at one of the corners at the very top of the stadium. Police communicated with him from a few bleachers away. After a little over an hour, the individual walked down, and police helped escort him from the stadium. Police declined to comment on how they got word of the situation. Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull acknowledged the incident in a campus-wide email. Prior to the issue being resolved, she sent:“The University’s Campus Police and the Fort Worth Police Department are actively managing a situation involving an individual inside TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. At this time, there is no threat to the campus community or surrounding neighborhood. No further information is available at this time.”A few moments after the individual was safe, she sent another campus-wide email that said:“The incident in the Amon G Carter stadium is resolved and everyone is safe. Thank you to the TCU Police Department and the Fort Worth Police and Fire Departments and Medstar for their good work.”If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide or is in need of mental health counseling, contact the 24/7 counseling hotline at 817-257-7233 or go to TCU’s Counseling and Mental Health Center website.For information on assistance:Counseling Center: 817-257-7863Religious and Spiritual Life: 817-257-7830Office of Campus Life: 817-257-7926TCU Police, assistance after normal business hours/weekends: 817-257-7777Employee Assistance Program: 1-800-327-1393 Carolina Olivareshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/carolina-olivares/ Carolina Olivareshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/carolina-olivares/ ReddIt New policy enforced for animals on campus Welcome TCU Class of 2025 The TCU Police Department are dedicated to making students feel safe (Photo by Hank Kilgore) Boschini pushes to change alert system company Previous articleVolleyball loses close one to Kansas StateNext articleHoroscope: November 4, 2019 Carolina Olivares RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img February 4, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy RSF_en Open Secrets offers unique insights into the world of US diplomacy and international relations while at the same time shedding light on the innermost workings of journalism and the difficulties of handling sources. In an account of his contacts with Assange, executive editor chef Bill Keller describes him as capricious and unstable, if not paranoid.$5.99 e-book, January 2011, The New York Times Company, EnglishQuotes”From consultations with our lawyers, we were confident that reporting on the secret documents could be done within the law, but we speculated about what the government — or some other government — might do to impede our work or exact recriminations. And, the law aside, we felt an enormous moral and ethical obligation to use the material responsibly. While we assumed we had little or no ability to influence what WikiLeaks did, let alone what would happen once this material was loosed in the echo chamber of the blogosphere, that did not free us from the need to exercise care in our own journalism. From the beginning, we agreed that in our articles and in any documents we published from the secret archive, we would excise material that could put lives at risk.”“Throughout this experience we have treated Assange as a source. I will not say ‘a source, pure and simple,’ because as any reporter or editor can attest, sources are rarely pure or simple, and Assange was no exception. But the relationship with sources is straightforward: you don’t necessarily endorse their agenda, echo their rhetoric, take anything they say at face value, applaud their methods or, most important, allow them to shape or censor your journalism. Your obligation, as an independent news organization, is to verify the material, to supply context, to exercise responsible judgment about what to publish and what not to publish and to make sense of it.”“I came to think of Julian Assange as a character from a Stieg Larsson thriller — a man who could figure either as hero or villain in one of the megaselling Swedish novels that mix hacker counterculture, high-level conspiracy and sex as both recreation and violation.”“And it was important to remember that diplomatic cables are versions of events. They can be speculative. They can be ambiguous. They can be wrong.” The New York Times is one of the five leading newspapers that have been working closely with WikiLeaks. It has just published an e-book about its six months of stormy relations with the whistleblowing website’s founder, Julian Assange, and the release of its leaked documents. News Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Goodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes name

May 7, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS ) has changed its name after 20 years to Safeagent, the Client Money Protection (CMP) campaign it has been spearheading since 2011.This initiative has focussed on persuading lettings and management agents across the UK to sign up to CMP but now that it has become mandatory, NALS has decided to rebrand and ‘prepare the next steps for the Safeagent brand’. It will now be the key accreditation scheme for agent working in the private rental sector.The organisation says Safeagent is popular with agents, increasingly recognised by renters and landlords and that it wants to retain this goodwill, and the majority of NALS members are already ‘Safeagents’; the only difference is the use of one logo rather than two.CampaigningIts ‘Safeagents’ will have access to all of NALS existing benefits, including campaigning, specialist training, and advice and support.“It’s a pivotal time for the private rented sector,” says Isobel Thomson, its Chief Executive (above, left).“There have been many changes, and many more are in the offing, but we do know what makes a Safeagent. In a crowded, sometimes confusing marketplace, it remains an easily identifiable mark of trust for consumers in an agent’s professionalism and the security of their money.“We will maintain Safeagent’s consumer focus, while also continuing to champion the cause of our professional accredited agents who uphold the highest standards of professionalism.”The next Safeagent Awareness Week, which in the past has been supported by leading agency chains including Northwood and Belvoir and has been running for the past six years, will be from 17-21 June 2019.         National Approved Letting Scheme NALS Isobel Thomson SAFEagent May 20, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Goodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes name previous nextAssociations & BodiesGoodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes nameThe private rental sector organisation says it wants to be the key agent accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents.Nigel Lewis20th May 201901,687 Viewslast_img read more

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTaunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.The company’s longest-serving employee Pauline Gammon and its oldest employee Alan Leader, 79, pressed the button to launch the new website.Sales are now expected to top £30m in the current financial year, thanks to rising export sales, and as reported last week, export discussions are ongoing.As part of its expansion, the company’s sister operation, Ministry of Pudding, also in Torquay, is about to produce its 10-millionth pudding since opening in August 2014.Chris Ormrod, managing director, was also voted CEO of the year this week by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.He said: “We are now selling more than 3m slices of cake a week, helped in no small part by St Mary Berry and a certain TV show.“We now send cakes from Taunton to Europe and beyond, with ongoing discussions with China and Australia. I estimate 20% of Ministry sales will come from outside the UK within the next three years.”last_img read more

‘Gangnam Style’ by the Yard

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgEvery now and then a song sweeps the world, catapulting its singer into the stratosphere of super-fame. “Gangnam Style” is that kind of phenomenon, performed by South Korea’s Park Jae-sang, better known to nearly 1.6 billion YouTube viewers (the most ever) as Psy.On Thursday the Korea Institute at Harvard University sponsored “A Conversation with Psy” for a packed audience of Harvard students, staff, and faculty and the international press at Memorial Church, in a session that was also live-streamed online.The event was introduced by Carter J. Eckert, the Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History. Slipping on a pair of sunglasses, à la Psy’s trademark style, Eckert suggested that Harvard hasn’t been so close to cool since Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1838 speech on transcendentalism.Alexander Zahlten, assistant professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, put “Gangnam Style” into the context of the investments Asian countries are making in exporting their cultures, and their growing influence in the West.Psy then entered and shook hands, and the audience cheered as he walked to the pulpit.“Isn’t life beautiful?” he asked.Psy, of course, wasn’t always a superstar. He was born in 1977 in the well-to-do Gangnam district of Seoul. As the only son, he was expected to take over the family business, building a “semiconductor equipment thing.” To avoid that, he spent four years in the late ’90s in college in Boston. First, he studied business at Boston University, then dropped out and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music.He left Berklee without a degree (“My nickname was W-W-F: Withdrawal, Withdrawal, Fail,” he said to a chorus of sympathetic “Awws!”), went back to South Korea, started making K-pop, and danced on television. He released his first album in 2001. For the next 10 years, Psy sang, danced, and made music.In July of 2012, he released “Gangnam Style.”“When I wrote [‘Gangnam Style’] last summer, the economy was so bad,” he said.“Everyone was so poor. My only goal was to make them laugh, with the song and choreography, so I tried to be as ridiculous as possible.” He explained that he intentionally developed the now-famous “horsey dance” so that anyone could do it.Then, lightning struck. By August, “Gangnam Style” was No. 1 on iTunes, and by November it was the most viewed video ever on YouTube. In December, it became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views.“Isn’t that amazing?” Psy said. “I am so glad, because the crowd doesn’t know [the meaning of the words], but they look so happy” when listening to the song and doing the dance.“I think there is something beyond the language,” he said, trying to explain the song’s popularity. “We can assume it’s the music. But that’s the boring answer. I think it’s the word ‘fun.’”Psy has won accolades and dozens of music and video awards, but he said the moment he really knew he’d made it was when Madonna asked him to perform with her at Madison Square Garden. He said when he arrived, Madonna was lying on the stage, and she told him, “Honey, you can touch anywhere on my body on the stage.”He said his first thought was, “I’m her honey?”His actual response was, “Really?”“I’ve got to be humble,” he continued. “This doesn’t happen to everyone, especially Asian artists. I dreamed someday, some Korean artist would be recognized in the American market, but I didn’t dream that it would be me. I have a very special body shape, so I never thought it would be me.“It’s weird,” he continued. “I am facing you guys like this. But life is weird. I’m happy and so proud. It’s so unrealistic to make a speech at Harvard.”During a question-and-answer session, he advised, “Please be positive. That’s the biggest power on the planet.”And, almost echoing his cool predecessor Emerson’s words at the Divinity school so many years ago (“Thank God for these good men”), Psy said, “I thank God all the time, because what I want to do is what I can do.”He then graciously thanked the audience for their time, and treated everyone to a Korean dinner.“A Conversation with Psy” was co-sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard “Learning from Performers” series and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.last_img read more