‘Chelsea are Tottenham three years ago’ – Ex-Spurs star hits back at Cundy dig

first_imgFormer Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara has hit back at Jason Cundy over his claims ‘everyone wants to be Chelsea’, telling talkSPORT the Blues ‘are just Spurs three years ago’.After the Blues’ Champions League victory over Ajax on Wednesday night, Sports Bar host and ex-Blues defender Cundy boldly claimed ‘Chelsea are the club everyone else wants to be’. @talkSPORT on Twitter 3 3 He also said Spurs ‘would LOVE’ to be in Chelsea’s position right now which, as you can imagine, did not go down well with fans in north London.It did not go down well with O’Hara, either, who said Cundy was talking rubbish.But what he said next caused plenty of confusion on social media…“Cundy’s up to it again, isn’t he? He loves it,” he said on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s got a fair point, Chelsea are very good at the moment, they have got a direction and the players who have come in do look very special.“But in terms of Tottenham wanting to be Chelsea, he’s talking nonsense! Jason Cundy angered Spurs fans on Wednesday night’s Sports Bar 3center_img Tottenham were Premier League runners-up in the 2016/17 season, finishing seven points behind champions Chelsea Afp or licensors Frank Lampard celebrates his biggest win as Chelsea manager so far with striker Michy Batshuayi, who netted the winning goal in the 86th minute in Amsterdam “Chelsea really and truthfully are Spurs three years ago, that’s what it is!“We had our own inflicted transfer ban, brought all these players through and got back in the top four, that’s pretty much what Chelsea are doing now.”Chelsea in the same position Spurs were three years ago? It’s a thinker, sure, but we think we know what he’s trying to say.Three years ago, Chelsea were Premier League champions.Spurs, meanwhile, massively exceeded expectations by finishing second with a young team, featuring English starlets Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and a young manager emerging as a top coach with huge potential. There are actually plenty of similarities between the 2016/17 Spurs side and Lampard’s Chelsea team, and – if you think about it – O’Hara is actually paying the Blues quite a big complement.But he lost us with his next comment later on in the show…“Listen, if Roman Abramovic had taken over Tottenham [as he was reportedly interested in doing in 2003], we’d still be dominating at the top of the table,” he said.Dominating? Still? This is Spurs you’re talking about, right?Answers on a postcard please…last_img read more

Several Small Earthquakes rocked Cherokee Over the Weekend

first_imgCherokee experienced four weak earthquakes in the early hours of Sunday morning. Three of those earthquakes were a magnitude of 2.2.The fourth was slightly weaker, measuring just 2.1 on the Richter scale because it happened further below the Earth’s surface.This is the third report of earthquakes in this area in the past week.The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.6 magnitude earthquake shortly after midnight Sunday.last_img

South African tourism industry upbeat

first_img30 January 2013South Africa’s tourism industry is showing signs of a return to “business as usual”, or slightly better than usual, following a couple of very tough years, judging by the latest Tourism Business Index from the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and FNB.According to consultancy Grant Thornton, who compile the index, the results for the last quarter of 2012 “confirm a return to normal trading levels and an overall positive outlook for the travel and tourism sector in 2013”.The index came in at 104.6 for the fourth quarter, up on 101.1 in the third quarter – a huge improvement on the 87.3 scored in the fourth quarter of 2011. The forecast for the first quarter of 2013 is 102.4. A score of 100 is considered normal.Speaking at the release of the index in Johannesburg last week, TBCSA board chairman Mavuso Msimang said performance levels above the norm for two quarters running was “a clear indication of the extent to which business is recovering from the recessionary impacts and excess of supply it suffered post the 2010 Soccer World Cup”.The sector’s resilience and ongoing long-term potential shows through in the business and investor confidence for capacity and employment increases, according to Grant Thornton.However, in spite of the return to regular trading levels and the positive outlook, a number of factors remain a concern.“Global economic uncertainty and ongoing recession risk, coupled with the negative profiling of South Africa internationally through labour and community unrest, weighs heavily as a constraint for the sector,” said Gillian Saunders, Grant Thornton’s head of advisory services.“Input cost increases from rates, electricity and fuel costs were also cited as negative factors affecting business performance,” she added.Wiza Nyondo, FNB’s head of tourism, said the results showde that “the market has begun to recognise South Africa as a sought after destination.“Although we’ve seen some instability, we still believe in South Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where industry professionals can partner to help transform our country,” Nyondo said.According to the survey, the majority of accommodation sector respondents expect domestic business markets to offer the best potential growth for 2013, followed by foreign leisure and then domestic leisure. Other tourism businesses expect growth to come from foreign leisure markets, followed by domestic markets.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Nokia Upgrades its Development Platform, Qt

first_imgIt’s easy to go cross-eyed when a press release is full of technical jargon and foreign concepts. But we took a look at Nokia’s recent developer announcement for Qt 4.5 – a framework for creating programs that run cross-platform – and found some things worth highlighting. Nokia may even be setting a new benchmark for its competitors with this release of Qt. Before we get into the details, let’s examine the term cross-platform application framework. What does that really mean? It means that software developers can write an app that will run anywhere Qt (pronounced cute) is supported. In practice then, the app will run not only in Windows, but also Mac OS X (now with Cocoa support!), Linux, embedded systems, heck even Windows CE.There are other frameworks out there. Java, Adobe’s Flex, the Linux Gnome framework, Dekoh, Curl, etc. And that’s not really even looking hard at embedded frameworks, where there are just as many. But even with all this competition, Qt has made a name for itself by working with a lot of popular technologies, such as WebKit, the browser engine that Safari and Chrome are built on. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ImprovementsNew Software Development Kit (SDK): Qt now includes an SDK in the install. This provides the developer with a robust set of tools, code libraries, and documentation to get started quickly. Qt Creator Cross-Platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE): Think of this as a really, really developer-friendly text editor. You can call libraries, compile code, and run tests all from within the IDE.LGPL 2.1 Licensing: Offering the ability to write your code under Gnu’s Lesser General Public License goes a long way to making this framework the choice of open-source advocates and Linux developers everywhere. 64-bit Cocoa Support: While Mac users were able to use Qt applications on Mac OS X for a while now, this release has direct support for the Cocoa architecture and 64-bit address space. XSLT Support: This one is a bit esoteric, but it is becoming more and more necessary to translate XML into HTML or more readable text. For example, the way Safari shows an RSS Feed as a web page. Having XSLT support is a great bonus. SummaryWe think that Qt is setting a new benchmark for their competitors with this release. With their framework offering so much potential, you might soon see firmware updates to your Roku box supporting web browsing and Flash video, cell phones with browsers that have fast Javascript handling and the latest HTML specification support, increased Mac awareness to Qt, and already-great Qt apps being picked up on Windows and other operating systems. Related Posts phil glockner 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Google Plus Could Be a Minus for Chrome

first_imgAsk any power user, blogger, or journalist which PC web browser is the fastest or the most secure, and the answer will almost always be, “Google Chrome.” That’s because Google has done a masterful job positioning Chrome as the high-performance, secure browser.But a bumper crop of poorly performing, quickly coded Google Plus extensions for Chrome threatens to damage the reputation Google engineers and marketers have worked so hard to establish.Sergei Sokolov is a Director of Product Management for Test and Performance tools at SmartBear Software. In his more than fifteen years in the software industry, Sergei has held positions in every part of the software lifecycle, from QA to engineering and engineering management, to professional services, pre-sales and product management. His passion in software is the holy grail of achieving high quality with the least effort.Right now, Chrome has a well-deserved reputation for speed and reliability. When Chrome launched in September 2008, it was the fastest web browser by a country mile. Google made sure everyone knew that performance – defined as speed, reliability, and security – were reasons why they should choose Chrome as their new browser.Chrome’s blazing fast speed is why Microsoft and Mozilla invested in performance optimization for Internet Explorer and Firefox, respectively. They’ve caught up In the three years since. But in speed test after speed test, Chrome still places first or a close second against competing browsers in key performance categories.Chrome also regularly emerges unscathed from honeypot hacking competitions. Google has gone so far as to offer a $20,000 bounty to any hacker who could crack Chrome’s code.Google’s engineering and PR work is paying off. Chrome’s position as “the fastest, safest browser” is the reason why Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari and other browsers continue to cede market share to Google in the PC browser wars.The Opposite of Mission-CriticalChrome’s success is due, in large part, to Google’s positioning of the browser in consumers’ minds as the best of the bunch for the central mission of browsing the Web. But that positioning is under threat by a growing crop of user-generated add-ons that extend the functionality of Chrome while also destabilizing it.With applications such as Google Plus, Google Apps, and Google Docs, Chrome becomes more of a platform and less of a simple web browser. Google wants to give users a rich experience, with a variety of open source extensions developed by third parties. But there is growing frustration among users related to low quality or poor performance of these add-ons.In many cases, these free extensions, which any developer of any skill level can promote in the official Chrome Web Store, are not subjected to the rigorous, professional quality assurance and performance testing that Chrome itself benefits from. The reputation risk posed to the Chrome brand from this fast-growing ecosystem of free extensions became evident when Google launched Google Plus a few weeks ago.Developers from around the world rushed to create Chrome extensions that filled gaps or added functionality to Google Plus. They paid attention to Plus user complaints and in short order loaded up the Chrome Web Store with hundreds of new extensions (I counted 172 at the time of this writing).Word of these extensions spread rapidly across the Google Plus social network and several became “must have” tools. One of the first to go viral was Surplus. It was also one of the first to regularly slow down, destabilize or crash Chrome. Another is G+ Me, which is now taking Google Plus by storm. It too gained a reputation for slowing Chrome to a crawl or causing bizarre behavior while users were using Google Plus.Watching the stream of posts on the Google Plus social network, it became clear that many users were unaware their extensions were bombing the browser. Some users gave up and switched to Firefox or another web browser. Others became annoyed and even angry, blaming Google Plus or Chrome for the instability. Some users, of course, deduced the root cause and either spread the word or contacted the developer of the errant extension.With applications such as Google Plus, Google Apps and Google Docs, Chrome becomes more of a platform and less of a simple web browser. Google wants to give users a rich experience, with a variety of open source extensions developed by third parties. But there is growing frustration among users related to low quality or poor performance of these add-ons.Extensions can have performance problems of their own (e.g., inefficient, quickly hacked together code) that affect the perceived user experience. Or they may have some hard-to-anticipate dependencies on external data streams, web services or servers and affect overall Chrome’s performance indirectly. All of these issues can and do result in substantially reduced browser performance and a degraded user experience. And that takes some of the shine off the Chrome brand.A Call for Quality for Extension DevelopersHere’s my plea (on my bended knee) to the talented guys and gals who build extensions for Chrome: Please performance-test them before releasing to the web-wide world. Don’t force unsuspecting Chrome’s users to be your alpha-version crash test dummies.Performance is one of those non-functional requirements, or qualities, that takes you beyond the commonly expected effort of getting the code to work. It is also an aspect that could make or break an otherwise cool idea cast in software. In the end, just as a finding a different website to shop from when a user’s first selection is too slow, switching to another browser they perceive as faster and more reliable is just as simple. And that hurts everything you’re trying to accomplish by supporting the Chrome ecosystem.Here’s my plea (on my bended knee) to the talented guys and gals who build extensions for Chrome: Please performance-test them before releasing to the web-wide world. Don’t force unsuspecting Chrome’s users to be your alpha-version crash test dummies.Chrome extensions can be performance tested in at least two ways: on their direct performance and impact on the browser.Direct performance analysis of an extension can be performed by an application profiler. Considering the nature of the application in question, the profiler must be able to profile a collection of many components simultaneously: the browser itself (which, in the case of Chrome, implies C and/or C++), the extension code (which might be a mix of HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Java, etc.) and any dynamic code executing within the browser itself.Indirect impact will be an effect of an extension on rendering a web page originally unrelated to the extension. The end user impact, or lack thereof, can be measured by recording a few use cases on a few representative web pages with a performance monitoring tool. Look at page load timings before and after installing the extension, or set some thresholds. Replay the use cases to analyze whether the performance changed. (This can also be thought of as performance regression testing.)There are several free and commercial tools available to extension developers for conducting direct and indirect impact testing, so there’s no excuse for not testing code early and often.Google built a better, faster browser, and the rest of the industry followed suit. The result: the web experience improved for everyone overall (and that, by the way, is Google’s true objective: a faster web is better for people using SaaS apps, cloud solutions, and search).As developers, lets show our appreciation for what Google has wrought for users everywhere. Lets ensure the extensions we build to improve the user experience actually do, in practice, make it better. 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The Evolution of Mission Critical Computing

first_imgThe digital economy is continually creating new experiences across every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate, to how we buy products, to how we hail a ride. This rapid pace of innovation is challenging the status quo and driving disruption in every industry, and has put IT on the critical path for companies’ long-term success. For the majority of businesses, IT transformation is an immediate mandate, and drives the need to quickly implement a multi-cloud strategy to realize the most secure, agile and cost effective IT environment for the business.Mission critical computing is no exception, and it is central to IT transformation. Once the domain of mainframes and proprietary, monolithic RISC-based systems running back-end core transaction systems, the mission-critical landscape was forever changed with the introduction of the Intel® Itanium® processor family in 2001. Customers finally had an alternative to being locked-in to expensive mainframe and RISC systems, with an ecosystem of vendors offering Itanium-based platforms that delivered the high availability and reliability they demanded. At its peak, these Itanium solutions powered mission critical environments for more than 70 percent of Fortune Global 100 companies.Today I’m proud to announce the Intel Itanium processor 9700 series, the seventh and final generation of the Intel Itanium product family. The 9700 series builds upon the current Intel Itanium processor 9500 series and is socket compatible with previous 9300 and 9500 series platforms, offering existing customers investment protection with improved performance and capabilities.We make this announcement in recognition of the continued expansion of what is considered “mission critical,” and which platforms are powering these applications. With the rise of the internet and mobile, every touch point and interaction with customers, suppliers and partners became mission critical to maintain a positive experience, relationship and business. These customer-facing applications are typically built on the x86-based Intel® Xeon® processor family and software built for a scale-out environment.Any IT transformation must take into account the increasing interdependency of these traditionally siloed mission-critical systems with new emerging mission-critical workloads running on x86 architecture. These computing environments need to converge to create an integrated, secure, flexible and agile environment. That has become possible as, over the last decade, the Intel Xeon processor family has incorporated the best innovations from the Itanium processor to offer the reliability and uptime that mission critical workloads require, along with industry-leading performance and total cost of ownership, unparalleled OEM support, and the broadest software ecosystem. Coupled with continued Intel inventions and innovations in memory, network and storage technologies, the Intel Xeon processor family will be unmatched in delivering new capabilities for mission critical deployments of the future.As customers continue to migrate en masse off of RISC and mainframe systems to Intel Xeon processor-based platforms*, we recognize that many of our Itanium processor customers are looking to preserve and extend the stability of their Itanium environments as part of their longer-term mission critical strategy. Although the 9700 series will be the last Intel Itanium processor, our OEM partners will continue to deliver system- and software-level innovation and support for Intel Itanium processor family users, as they weigh the benefits of business continuity with their longer term mission critical strategy.We celebrate the contributions of the Intel Itanium product family and ecosystem to mission critical computing, and look forward to continuing to support our customers with the best data center solutions that help them achieve their IT and business transformation goals.*Source: IDC Worldwide server tracker, 2016Opens in a new window (content may require subscription or purchase for full access)last_img read more

Scores of Children Receive Back-to-School Supplies

first_imgStory Highlights Scores of children from Harbour View and Bull Bay in East Rural St. Andrew received educational supplies and free health checks at separate back-to-school-treats hosted by Member of Parliament the Most Hon. Juliet Holness. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Holness said the initiative aims to alleviate some of the costs associated with back-to-school expenses, while providing a day of fun and entertainment for the children. Mrs. Holness noted that the treats, which are being staged for the second year, have had a significant impact on the lives of the beneficiaries. Scores of children from Harbour View and Bull Bay in East Rural St. Andrew received educational supplies and free health checks at separate back-to-school-treats hosted by Member of Parliament the Most Hon. Juliet Holness.The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools in September, received knapsacks and lunch bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, and book vouchers. They were also treated to food and entertainment.The Guardian Group mobile medical unit travelled to the communities, providing medical checks for children and adults.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Holness said the initiative aims to alleviate some of the costs associated with back-to-school expenses, while providing a day of fun and entertainment for the children.“We are making every effort to provide them (with some of the materials they need) so that the funds the parents have (can be used) to purchase textbooks,” she said.Mrs. Holness noted that the treats, which are being staged for the second year, have had a significant impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.“There are many children and their parents who will tell you I am grateful for a bag. Some people will think of it as very basic, but it means that they can buy something else with that money. There are some children who take their bags to school year after year, even after it is tattered and torn,” she told JIS News.She noted that “many persons have come back to say ‘thank you’, because it has helped two or three or four of my children or grandchildren, and that makes it worth the while”.During the day, the children were treated to a tasty meal, jumped in a bounce about and on a trampoline, and enjoyed ring games and other activities.Mrs. Holness thanked the sponsors, which included China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Pavilion Jewellers, Yello, Bigga Wholesale, Serendipity Holistic Resort, Patels, along with personal donors.She informed that 10 such back-to-school treats will be held across the constituency.The others will take place at the Dallas Castle Community Centre, and Kintyre Community Centre on August 17; Dublin Castle/Content Gap, and Mavis Bank High School, August 20; Irish Town-UCC Craighton Estate, and Savage Pen Playfield, August 22; and Top Maryland and Woodford Two Trees on August 23.Cecilia, a resident of Bull Bay, who turned out with her son and grandson, expressed appreciation for the staging of the event.“It is a good thing for the kids that they can enjoy themselves during the summer, and when they go back to school they can share their experiences with their friends,” she said.She welcomed the school supplies, noting that “many parents cannot afford it, so I am happy for that”.Another resident, Shelly-Ann Edwards said giving back to the community is paramount and lauded Mrs. Holness for the initiative.last_img read more

Latifur Prothom Alo Daily Star win tax awards

first_img(From Left) Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman, The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, Mediaworld chairperson Rokia Afzal Rahman and and Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman at the award ceremony. Photo: Prothom AloThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Wednesday honoured 84 families with the title ‘Kar Bahadur Poribar’ or ‘Family of Tax Heroes’ for paying taxes regularly.It was the first time such a title was conferred, with Drug International owner Khaza Tajmahal and her family topping the list.Businessman ABM Shafiul Alam’s family was next, followed by Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman and his family.They were honoured at a programme organised by the National Board of Revenue at its headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka on Wednesday.Finance minister AMA Muhith was present at the function as the chief guest while it presided over by NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman.In the print and electronic media category, three out of the four winners are owned by Transcom Group. They are Mediastar, which owns Prothom Alo, Mediaworld, which owns The Daily Star, and Transcraft, which take care of the two dailies’ printing.East West Media Group, a concern of Bashundhara Group, complete the list of four.Editor and publisher of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam was honoured for paying the highest amount of taxes among the journalists.Editor and publisher of the Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman was also among the top five taxpaying journalists.Finance minister AMA Muhith handed over a crest and the tax card to the editors, who were awardees last year as well.MA Malek, editor of the Dainik Azadi published from Chittagong, Channel i news editor Shaikh Siraj and the Daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar were handed the tax cards.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry M Abdur Razzaque handed over the crest to Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman.The quality of NBR’s services is now better, Latifur Rahman said at the programme, adding, “But, the service must get even better.”“The taxpayers have various types of demands. As they pay taxes, the government should take their wants into consideration,” he observed.Former adviser to a caretaker government Rokia Afzal Rahman, who is the chairperson of Mediaworld, received the award on behalf of the company.“It’s really a matter of huge pride for me. We have been paying taxes for a long time, but at last the recognition comes. We have been awarded as the best taxpayer for the second successive year and we believe we will keep this trend up,” she said.Transcom Group director Arshad Waliur Rahman received the tax card and crest on behalf of Mediastar Limited while Transcraft executive director Jalaluddin Akand received the award on behalf of the company.Editor’s NoteIt is a matter of immense pride that the editor-publisher of Prothom Alo has been named one of the highest taxpayers for the second successive year in the newspaper category. Mahfuz Anam, the editor-publisher of our sister concern The Daily Star, has also been honoured with the same accolade. On top of this, the Transcraft Limited, which is another concern of Transcom Group and the mother organisation of these two newspapers, has also been awarded with the same honour. The chairman of the Transcom Group, Latifur Rahman, and his family have been honoured with “Kor Bahadur” or ‘Tax Heroes’ as well.On behalf of the editor-publisher and the staff of Prothom Alo, we thank the Board of Directors. They have been conscious about paying the taxes besides upholding the highest ethical standard and ensuring financial transparency.We strongly believe the trust and confidence of the readers should be a media house’s biggest strength. And one cannot just own it, rather it has to be earned. And to earn it, the organisation not only has to practice objective journalism, but it also has to be transparent about financial matters. We believe that financial stablity is a prerequisite for free thinking and objective journalism. If we are not transparent about this, how can we write independently, without any fear? We hope the readers and advertisers will keep supporting us as they have always done. And we would like to thank the government and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) for introducing this award in the media category.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Dhaka has about half a million motor bikes

first_imgAs the number of motorcycles has doubled in the capital city over the past eight years, experts recommend controlling the two-wheeler as it is a ‘very risky mode of vehicle’.The number of registered motorcycles increased to 4,69,888 in April 2018 from 2,10,081 in 2010, according to statistics provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).Around 75,251 motorcycles were registered with the BRTA in 2017, a year when different ride-sharing companies, including Uber and Pathao introduced their bike services in the mega city.Urban and transport experts said if the number of the motorcycles continues to grow in the city, it will create an anarchy in the traffic system and thus worsen the traffic management.Saying that the rate of motorbike accident is very high, they suggested the government should streamline the public transport system to control motorbikes in the city right now.Professor Nazrul Islam, himself an urban expert and former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), shared his own bitter experience of falling victim to motorcycle accident in the city in May.”When I was crossing a road through the zebra crossing in front of Oxford School in Dhanmondi-27 on 31 May, a speedy bike hit me. Since I jumped to escape any serious injury, I sustained wounds in my legs and hands falling on the ground,” he said.”The motorbike rider didn’t stop the bike and fled the scene. And even no one came forward to help me during the accident,” he added.He suspected that the motorbike was of any ridesharing service provider as both the riders were seen having helmets.The urban expert said the motorbike riders are desperate and hardly follow the traffic rules. “If the number of motorbikes goes up and the number of its alternative mode of transport doesn’t decrease, it’ll create anarchy in traffic system.”He said there should be separate lanes for motorbikes in the city as in cities of the developed nations.Prof Islam, however, said car services of different ridesharing companies is traffic-friendly ones and particularly good for middle-class people.Transport expert professor Shamsul Haque of Civil Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), said motorbike is a commuter-friendly transport but not healthy for the city’s traffic system as it is ‘very risky’ both for the biker and passenger.”If the number of motorbikes goes up commercially, it’ll intensify the risk of commuters,” he said.Professor Haque said the motorcycles are not recognised as public transport in the developed countries. “But, the two-wheeler vehicles are used on narrow roads or lanes as a component of integrated public transport system in some countries.”He said the rise of motorcycle use should be stopped soon for the sake of commuters’ safety and traffic disciple.Professor Moazzem Hossain, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUET, said the number of motorbikes is going up sharply on the city streets due to its substandard public transport system. “The rate of motorcycle accident is greater among all motorised vehicles.”Mentioning that the speed of the city’s buses is very low, the ARI director suggested allowing public buses to be operated by a single company to address traffic congestions in the city.Though the ridesharing companies claim that their motorcycle services are getting good response in the city, service recipients accused them of being too commercial and providing substandard services.Priyanka Kundu, 24, a working woman, said she frequently avail of the ridesharing service on her way to and from the office, but she found the high speed of bikes very risky.She also claimed that bikers refuse to go to her desired destinations in some cases.When contacted through email, the Uber spokesperson refused to reveal the number of bikes registered with the company.But Uber said, “We were incredibly excited with the launch of UberMOTO given how this product can help serve the need to navigate–faster and cheaper. UberMOTO has received encouraging response from our riders and partners since its launch.””The safety of riders and driver-partners is of paramount importance to us. We encourage bikers using the Uber app to act in compliance with all relevant local laws and the rules of the road at all times. Breaking the local laws can lead to bikers losing access to their account,” the Uber spokesperson said.“In case of any incident or unpleasant experience, we urge riders to use the in-app feedback method to inform us of actions that threaten the safety of driver-partners and riders.”last_img read more

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