Peggy Cooper Cafritz Patron of Washington Arts and Education Dies at 70

first_imgWashingtonians are mourning the loss of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a prominent philanthropist, art collector, activist, and arts education figure who helped found the famed high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.Cafritz, 70, died Feb. 18 at a local hospital. The Washington Post reported that she died after suffering complications from pneumonia.Peggy Cooper Cafritz, activist, educator, art collector, and founder of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, died Feb. 18.In 1974, Cafritz helped found the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the only performing arts high school in the city that focuses on professional arts training and academic enrichment. The school serves as an incubator for college and careers in the arts and attracts students from all over the city who are gifted in the arts. Notable graduates include comedian Dave Chappelle and opera singer Denyce Graves.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called Cafritz one of the city’s most inspiring and generous visionaries and activists. “Her belief in our young people and her dogged determination to break down barriers was matched by the extraordinary persistence and leadership needed to bring her vision to life,” Bowser said in a written statement. “Because of Peggy, we have the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. And because of Peggy, thousands of students have had, and will continue to have, the opportunity to grow and develop in an educational environment that supports their unique talents and aspirations. Her legacy will be felt by generations to come.”Cafritz took a hands-on approach at the school and gave her personal cell phone number to students, said Jalen Coleman, an Ellington graduate now attending Julliard.He remembers Cafritz as a mentor and a friend. When his family fell on hard times, Cafritz gave him money to pay hospital bills, buy supplies and other necessities, Coleman said.  Another time, he was battling the flu and Cafritz invited him to her house because his mother was out of town.“She made sure I was fed, had medicine and rested for three days until I recovered,” Coleman recalled. “That’s who she was. Sometimes she would have multiple kids over at a time to help our individual situations. She loved to help.”Cafritz was born Pearl Alice Cooper on April 7, 1947 in Mobile, Ala. to a prominent Catholic family, and later changed her name to Peggy, according to USA Today. She attended George Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science and later, a law degree.She got acquainted with the Washington arts and education scene while attending law school and co-created a summer arts workshop for low-income children in 1968. That program eventually became Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which D.C. Public Schools accepted in 1974, giving local students a path to pursue an education and career in the arts.Cafritz remained active in D.C.’s education circles. She took various positions at the school and served on the Ellington Fund, the school’s fundraising arm. From 1972 to 1976, she was on the executive committee of the D.C. Board of Higher Education that implemented a merger between the Federal City College and Washington Teachers College, which formed the University of the District of Columbia. She became president of the D.C. Board of Education in 2000 and stepped down after a rocky [WHY WERE THEY ROCKY?] six years.Cafritz’s mansion resembled a museum, thanks to her massive collection of African and African-American art, one of the largest private collections of such work. A 2009 fire destroyed more than 300 pieces of her collection, including pieces by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, according to the Washington Post.Her public service continued as chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 1979 to 1987. In 1993, President Bill Clinton tapped her to serve as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Her social circle included Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, Vernon Jordan, and Alma Powell, wife of retired Gen. Colin Powell, according to the Post.Cafritz embarked on a career in broadcast, working as a programming executive for Post-Newsweek and a documentary producer for WTOP-TV from 1974 to 1977, winning an Emmy and Peabody Awards for her pieces. She won another Emmy as an arts reviewer for WETA-TV.She is survived by her children Zach Cafritz and Cooper Cafritz of Washington, and Arcelie Reyes of Newark, Vt.; a sister, Dominique Cooper of Silver Spring, Md.; two brothers, A.J. Cooper of Fairhope, Ala., and Jerome G. Cooper, former assistant secretary of the Air Force and ambassador to Jamaica, of Mobile; and three grandchildren.last_img read more

VSCO Launches Wes AndersonInspired Photo Filters in Time for Isle of Dogs

first_img“Dog 2” emphasizes yellow hues and is “inspired by a scene in which foreign exchange student Tracy Walker calls on her classmates to take action,” according to VSCO. “Dog 3” emphasizes pink-purple highlights and is inspired by a lab in Megasaki City. All three filters will only be available for a limited time.“Isle of Dogs” is set to premiere in theaters on March 23. Digital promotion of the movie also included an extensive behind-the-scenes VR experience produced by Felix & Paul Studios.POPULAR ON VARIETY Popular photography app VSCO is launching three new photo filters that have been inspired by Wes Anderson’s color choices for his upcoming stop-motion movie “Isle of Dogs.” “This is the first time we’ve collaborated with a major motion picture, and we couldn’t imagine a better fit than a Wes Anderson film,” said VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory.“As a filmmaker renowned for his unique perspective and aesthetic, it was a natural fit that we’d work with Wes and his team to bring his new movie’s distinctive style to VSCO users,” he continued. “VSCO’s mission is to give creators the tools and inspiration they need to reach their creative potential, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an artist who has been such a huge influence to so many in our community, including myself.” The three filters, which have been developed in partnership with Fox Searchlight and the “Isle of Dogs” filmmakers, are inspired by three different scenes of the movie. The first one, dubbed “Dog 1,” emphasizes neutral colors and mutes everything too vibrant for a true Trash Island look.center_img ×Jeff Goldblum on Jeff GoldblumVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpHow to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1901:45 facebook twitter reddit Email Link EmbedCopiedAuto 720p1080p720p406p270p180pLive00:0002:3402:34More Videos01:45How to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1902:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2300:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino02:55Emmys: Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t Nominated01:40Variety’s Power Of Pride Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes03:42Jeff Bridges revives The Dude for John Goodman’s Walk of Fame CeremonyCloselast_img read more

Amending constitution can cost St Stephens DU affiliation

first_imgAlso, sources said, de-recognition by the university is likely to result in the prestigious college losing funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which currently provides 95 per cent funding to the institution with the remaining money coming from the CNI-controlled St Stephen’s Trust.Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHe has also called for giving a major say to CNI in the functioning of the college, handing over the faculty appointments and admissions to the Supreme Council and amending the composition of the GB.The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across the country.But, the proposed amendment is likely to become a bone of contention between St Stephen’s and Delhi University as, according to university statutes, a constituent college of DU is bound to follow common rules laid down in the ordinance regarding faculty appointments, constitution of governing bodies and powers of the principal. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP”If the institution which was granted the status of constituent unit changes the very nature of the constitution, its recognition will be jeopardised. There are certain exemptions for Stephen’s due to its being a minority college but, in this case, DU may object to any amendment which is prejudicial to the university and, if the college is de-affiliated, it might lose UGC funding,” a source said.According to university Statute-30(D), any amendments that pertain to content of teaching, rules and regulations of faculty appointments and service conditions and modification of the constitution of Governing Body can be effected only after an enquiry is done by the DU’s Executive Council, which is the statutory decision-making body. University officials said they believe that, “St Stephen’s will deliberate before taking any such step that may undermine its relationship with Delhi University and be prejudicial to the age-old bond between the two”.Thampu, however, is claiming that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to amend the constitution and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same. “Whatever has been proposed is very much within the ambit of the law. I can challenge anyone to find any legal or procedural or statutory loophole in the same,” he said.last_img read more

Google to Offer Business Owners 2 TB of Free Storage for a

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 9, 2014 Updated on July 10 at 10:45 with comments from Google spokesperson.A storm is brewing among leading cloud storage providers, and business owners stand to benefit enormously from rapidly plummeting prices.Today, Google Cloud Platform — the arm of the company that provides computing, storage and application services for web-based businesses — said it would offer customers two terabytes of free storage for one year, The Wall Street Journal reports.The move not only takes aim at early arriver and industry leaders like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, but illustrates that such storage may soon become entirely free, say some industry experts.Related: 4 Signs It’s Time for a Cloud-Based HR Platform“Storage is a race to the bottom on pricing,” Rajesh Abhyankar, CEO of cloud-consulting firm MediaAgility told the Journal. “The money will be in software and services that sit and run on top of these companies’ cloud platforms.”Abhyankar added that “Google is trying really hard to catch up with AWS. These types of offers may persuade users to move their data.”Google’s offer comes through one of its partners, cloud services startup Panzura, which also partners with Amazon, Dell and Cisco.Related: Deflating 4 Myths About the Wonders of Cloud ComputingAnd while it might seem like a great deal, the offer may not end up being such a bargain in the long run. A Google spokesperson told that once the promotion is complete standard pricing resumes. (Currently, on Google Cloud Platform, pricing per GB is 2.6 cents a month.)Google did not immediately return’s request for comment.As for its competitors, Amazon charges as low as 1 cent a month per GB, or $120 a year, for infrequently accessed storage. Microsoft Azure charges its customers 2.4 cents a GB per month for the first TB of data storage.Related: Many Entrepreneurs Still Up in the Air About the CloudIn recent months, prices have fallen fast in the lucrative cloud services arena. Last April, each of the three major providers announced price cuts of up to 85 percent for various services within days of one another.And profits are sizable. Though none of the above break out sales figures, financial firm Bernstein Research estimates that Amazon Web Services raked in $3 billion last year, while Microsoft and Google “each pulled in several hundred million dollars,” according to the Journal.Other companies like Dropbox and Box are also renowned for providing free digital storage, though the reduced amounts they offer are more suited to individuals.Related: How the Cloud Could Huff and Puff and Blow Your Business Downcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readlast_img read more

In the Next Wave Of Innovation Big Data Is Your Competitive Advantage

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Demand for data has been surging over the past few years. Companies are rushing to adopt in-house data warehouses and business analytics software, and are reaching for public and private databases in search of data to kick-start their artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) strategies. Due to the growing demand, good data is becoming a valuable commodity, like oil in the 20th century, and companies are beginning to compete for the most lucrative reserves. In order to understand why data is important for your business, you must first understand the five reasons if gives you a competitive advantage.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataData is a source of insights.Until very recently, companies did not realize that they were sitting on a goldmine of data and did not know what to do with it. With the revolutionary advances in data mining and AI/ML, companies can now make use of data generated by consumers and users. A really good example is how Moz used artificial intelligence to predict customer churn. It has designed a deep learning neural network that analyzes user actions and is able to predict the behavior of users. Since actions customers are about to perform within the system are caused by a vast variety of factors from the past, it makes it possible to mine some valuable business insights and decrease churn of existing customers, which has an enormous effect on overall company growth. Data analysis and data visualization facilitate data-driven decision-making that finds hidden opportunities in consumer data, like when Target figured out that some of its customers were pregnant before their families knew it. Related: You Can Collect Customer Data and Deliver a Better Experience Without Violating PrivacyYou can leverage offline data.Until very recently, online consumer activities such as search queries, clicks or purchases were the main sources of data for large enterprises. However, as it turns out, data is abundant in our physical environments and offline experiences as well. Large tech companies like Amazon are already introducing corporate surveillance strategies in grocery stores across the world. New sensors and actuators installed in shops can collect data about consumer preferences and behaviors. Drones, AI personal assistants and IoT are other examples of tools that can turn every single moment of human lives into valuable data.This data will become a driver of price setting algorithms that will react to changes in consumer demand. Uber has already begun using this model in its price mechanism. Other companies will soon follow suit, integrating business intelligence solutions into smart malls and city infrastructure. Those companies that stand on the bleeding edge of this innovation will have the best opportunity to extract value from consumer behavior.Related: Access to Data Is Great, but It’s How You Communicate It That MattersData helps you manage your online reputation.When your consumers post thousands of comments and reviews about your products and services on social networks and forums, it might become hard to manage your online reputation. Luckily, however, there is an upside! Consumer feedback can be efficiently turned into data that can be analyzed using state-of-the-art AI/ML models and tools.One of the most promising directions is the sentiment analysis that uses NLP (Natural Language Processing) techniques to understand dynamics of users’ emotions and feedback. To benefit from these techniques, you can create a Facebook application that will retrieve and analyze public posts about your company using sentiment analysis approach. With sentiment analysis, one can also identify positive and negative reviews of your products on ecommerce platforms such as Amazon.Also, knowing the sentiments related to your competitors can help companies assess their own performance and find ways to improve it. One of the greatest benefits of sentiment analysis for managing online reputation is automation, since it can be hard (and expensive!) to process tons of user feedback manually. Turning feedback into data to be piped into your business intelligence software is one of the most efficient solutions that will set you apart from the competition.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataData is fuel for AI research.From chatbots and intelligent narrative generators to business analytics tools, AI/ML is becoming a real competitive advantage for businesses that promotes automation, cost reduction and intelligent decision-making. However, to kick-start their AI/ML strategies and train their ML models, businesses need high-quality data.Companies such as Facebook or Google have solved this problem naturally by leveraging the user-in-the-loop model where users generate data for them via posts, comments or search queries. Other companies gain access to data by reaching out to public and commercial databases, crowdsourcing data collection and classification services, or collaborating with data-driven businesses, to name just a few.Whatever approach best fits your business model, you need to introduce effective data acquisition strategies to leverage the power of AI/ML. Stable access to quality data will help you build efficient AI/ML solutions that improve the productivity of your employees and create a better experience for clients and business counterparts.Related: 5 Misconceptions Small-Business Owners Have About Big DataData is an instrument of personalization.In the new era dominated by social media, customer personalization becomes one of the main sources of competitive advantages for companies offering their products and services online. Until very recently, companies lacked instruments to personalize content, an application’s features and services for their consumers.Data, consumer analytics tools and state-of-the-art AI/ML software for recommendation engines are the main game changers that make an efficient personalization possible in your business. Data on user preferences, interests, real-time and past behaviors can be now easily collected, stored and analyzed using business analytics tools and AI/ML algorithms. For example, insights from this data allow marketers to deliver relevant content to website visitors, video game designers to adjust the game difficulty and features to players, or recommendation engines to suggest music, videos or products that the consumers might like. Personalization powered by the data thus becomes a great tool for retaining consumers and offering them products, services and features that they are really looking for.There is an abundance of data flowing through businesses nowadays and all this data is impossible to analyze by human workers. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are paving the way to transform these piles of data into a true competitive advantage that any data-driven business can tap into to run their company more efficiently, make smarter decisions and boost profits.Related Video: Run a Better Business Using Data October 10, 2017last_img read more