SEE ALSO: Brogan’s Blog Post for FOLIO:Denver, Colorado is gearing up for the Democratic Convention later this month, and 5280, the city’s well-regarded regional magazine, scored a bit of coup by landing Shepard Fairey, the renowned street artist, to design its August cover.“I honestly think it’s the best issue we’ve ever done,” Daniel Brogan, 5280’s editor and publisher, wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.Fairey, who gained notoriety in the late 1990s for his viral “Obey” designs, featuring an iconic image of Andre the Giant, received similar critical acclaim for a Barack Obama poster he designed earlier this year. “Anytime you put a politician on the cover of a magazine, you’re bound to make people mad. And in a swing state like Colorado, a political cover means you’re probably going to offend a whole bunch of people,” Brogan wrote in his editor’s note. “So when we sat down to choose an image that would kick off this month’s issue of 5280, we spent weeks looking for a way to avoid anything that might be construed as partisan.”But when they settled on an Obama cover, Brogan fired off a blind e-mail to Fairey. “His people got back to me within a few hours,” Brogan wrote. “He was very open to our ideas and didn’t complain a bit about the usual concessions you have to make for things like logos, headlines, and UPC codes.”While Brogan declined to reveal what he paid Fairey for the cover design, he hinted 5280’s wide distribution in Denver led the artist to give the magazine a discounted rate. The magazine has a circulation of 92,000.“Let’s just say that Shepard was very accommodating,” Brogan wrote. “He really understood both the importance of the occasion, and the fact that it’ll be seen by a lot of key people.” In addition to its newsstand presence, 5280 is placed nearly all of the area’s top hotels, so the delegates, media and VIPs attending the convention will see Fairey’s image, Brogan wrote.“People seem pretty surprised that Shepard would do a cover for a local magazine, so it’s been a real coup for us.”Annual revenue for 5280 is approximately $8 million, up from $5 million in 2004.
The Week has been a bright spot in consumer magazine publishing since it launched in 2001, and was one of the only magazines to continuously increase its advertising pages through much of the economic recession. Through the first half of 2010, the magazine has increased ad pages by 10.3 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.And its growth continues in other areas. According to president Steven Kotok, the print magazine is gearing up to raise its rate base again in 2011 from 500,000 to 510,000. It also will be raising the price of gift subscriptions by 17 percent next year. Kotok says the magazine currently offers a bundled “two-for-one” deal for $69.“Our largest source of new subscriptions is from current subscribers introducing The Week to friends, family and colleagues, and that activity just keeps increasing,” he says. Online, the brand has effectively tripled its audience over the last 18 months. In January 2009, TheWeek.com averaged more than 330,000 unique visitors and roughly 1.28 million page views. Last month, the site pulled in more than 1.35 million uniques and 3.5 million page views.On top of seeing a strong amount of returning visitors coming directly to the site each day, TheWeek.com is getting a lot of its traffic from links from other sites. “We see a lot of links to our content from Yahoo News and AOL News—sites that report news events but link to our content for those of their readers seeking a further multiperspective ‘opinion take’ on the news,” says Kotok. “And we see a lot of traffic from links from opinion sites such as Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, Talking Points Memo, Salon and DailyKos.”Kotok says the linking raises TheWeek.com’s profile with Google, and as a result the site also is seeing an increased amount of traffic from search.Online Accounts for More Than a Third of ProfitsInitially, as did other publishers, The Week considered selling advertisements on its Web site as a small add-on for print buys. Today, though, roughly 35 percent of the brand’s profits are generated online. Kotok says a big contributor to this is landing major advertisers that aren’t buying into the print magazine, like BMW and FedEx, to buy ad schedules online.“We see online revenue rising by 50 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2012,” he says.Content-wise, Kotok says TheWeek.com is planning to launch a new “Election” page later this month and is developing several “multiplatform programs” which he declined to describe in further detail.“Even though we are considered new and innovtive, we actually put a lot of effort toward not changing what’s already working and toward staying true to what makes us unique,” he says. “And most importantly, focusing on what’s best for our business in the long term. There are so many pressures in this business to make compromises on those principles for short-term benefit, but compromise is not what has gotten us to our successful position today.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Earlier this month, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen had a 2-hour discussion with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), and State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) surrounding the town’s current and future efforts to attract and maintain businesses.There was one property, in particular, that kept coming up during the discussion — the Textron property at 201 & 205 Lowell Street. Textron laid off approximately 200 employees in 2016 and another 50 in 2017. After multiple rounds of downsizing over the years, very few employees remain at the once bustling Wilmington site.“We have a 60-acre parcel of land, Textron, that’s downsized to about 50 people now,” Selectman Chair Kevin Caira told Ash, Tarr and Gordon. “This is going to be a concern for the community — how will that property get developed in the future if [Textron] decides to sell?”“We don’t know what’s happening at this point in time with Textron. [Town officials] are having discussions with them to understand where they’re at,” added Caira. “But it’s 60 acres smack dab in a very attractive spot, right off of 93. Should would be looking at zoning changes now? Should we be talking to different developers?”In response, Secretary Ash stressed the importance of encouraging economic development, suggesting the Textron site could be considered in a “high growth” area.“Communities need to grow. You need more economic development,” said Ash. “Identify areas in town as ‘high growth’ areas. Preserve wherever is ‘special to you,’ but don’t shut out growth everyone else. You have great access to the highway. That’s where your high economic growth areas should be. And maybe farther into town, and farther away from the highway, are the areas where you want to discourage growth.”Selectman Mike McCoy expressed his fear that the Textron property, which is currently zoned as ‘industrial,’ could eventually be rezoned to ‘mixed use,’ which would allow for both retail and significant amounts of apartments and/or condos on the site.“That [rezoning] would change the makeup of this community forever,” McCoy told the delegation. “In Wilmington, we try to keep a country feel… It would be nice to try to maintain that small town feel that’s disappearing in other communities. Quality of life means a lot out here in the country, especially for those who moved from the city to the country to raise their families. How do we keep our small town feel?”“You want to talk about country? I drive through 351 communities. You’re urban,” responded Ash. “I don’t know the Textron property real well, but if all of sudden Textron leaves, that could your top [economic development] opportunity.”“I’m mindful of quality of life,” added Ash, “but if neighboring communities are building and building and you’re getting a lot of the traffic [and other negatives], it sounds like you’re trying to hold on to a day that’s already passed by… I acknowledge that you may want to create a growth zone in one location in town so you can purposely attain [no or little growth] in another location. But you need to find a zone where you can get the density you need and upzone.”Selectman Jonathan Eaton is worried about the town’s prospects of following below the state’s 10% affordable housing threshold, which would open up the Textron site to a potential 40B housing project, which does not need to follow local zoning regulations. Such a project would be higher, bigger, and dense than what’s normally permitted in Wilmington.“We’ve all mentioned Textron tonight and we’ve all mentioned it several times before,” said Eaton. “I do not want to get caught flatfooted. I’m very well aware of the census that is coming up in two years [which is when each community’s 40B numbers are recalculated]. The way to maintain local control is to be proactive and put a bunch of smart people in a room.”“Our problems are big. We have issues of Sonic and issues of Textron. It’s a very wide range of problems,” chimed in former Selectman Mike Champoux, who has been a longtime advocate of the town’s increasing its economic development efforts. “Sometimes when you look at an elephant, where do you start? Well, let’s just pick one and go. Let’s start to deveolop some partnerships with those land owners and see what we can do. Let’s have some discussion with the Textron folks. And let’s make sure to keep [our legislative delegation] is in the mix.”Selectman Greg Bendel added that Town Manager Jeff Hull has been updating board members on the status of Textron on a regular basis.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (September 10)In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”
2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Comments 2 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Enlarge ImageTurbo lag? Never heard of it. Audi Engineers always want to keep turbo lag to a minimum in forced-induction engines, and Audi has a novel solution that uses electricity to tackle the problem. Like the earlier SQ7 TDI, Audi revealed Thursday that the SQ5 TDI will use an electric compressor to fight lag in the new performance crossover.The SQ5’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine has a traditional exhaust-driven turbocharger, but the electric compressor can kick in to provide some boost — up to 20.4 psi of it — at engine speeds below 1,650 rpm. Audi says that means “high torque is available immediately.” Total output from the engine is rated at 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.The engine also has a mild-hybrid system, like many of Audi’s newest cars. A 48-volt battery works with a special belt-alternator starter, which can improve stop-start performance. The SQ5 TDI can even coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds at a time when the 48-volt battery is fully charged.Being an Audi S model, the SQ5 TDI also has other sporty handling upgrades: torque vectoring and an optional sports rear differential for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, a suspension that rides 1.2 inches lower than a standard SQ5, 20- or 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and enlarged brakes with 14.8-inch front discs.Just like the Audi SQ7 TDI, which also uses an electric turbo to help quash lag, the SQ5 TDI is not coming to the US market. The highest-performing model we’ll get here is the gasoline-fired SQ5, which boasts 354 hp from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry 68 Photos Crossovers Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars Tags 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 26 Photos 12 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Audi SQ5 TDI combines mild-hybrid tech with an electric compressor Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 10 Photos Share your voice 49 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 81 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice 4 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags 10 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
Rocket Raccoon and War Machine better be awesome together in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios The new trailer for Avengers: Endgame, which Marvel Studios released Thursday, offers a few more hints of our next trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on April 26.Thanos may have snapped half the population to dust in Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over.The trailer opens with a stranded-in-space Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recording a message for his Earth-bound fiancee Pepper Potts, reminiscing about his first days as Iron Man and falling in love with her. (Still no sign of Pepper in the current timeline, however.) After the title card, the trailer ends with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) meeting Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who isn’t fazed by his hammer tricks, as she smirks at the god.”I like this one,” he says, suggesting that the MCU powerhouses will get along just fine. TV and Movies Culture 4 Update: After an uproar over the lack of Danai Gurira’s (Okoye) name in the top billing, Marvel Studios released a new official poster. It kicks off a series of mostly black-and-white flashbacks to the various Avengers’ past adventures — like Steve Rogers’ pre-Captain America World War 2 life and the now destroyed Asgard — and the Snappening by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Fascinatingly, the only color we see in these parts is red (like the beginning of the first Endgame trailer).Hawkeye/Ronin and Black Widow sport a variety of haircuts in the color shots, hinting at either a fashion crisis or that we’ll be hopping to different points in the timeline. Hawkeye’s flashbacks include a look at him teaching his daughter how to shoot an arrow (presumably before she’s dusted and he goes dark?). Some publications have speculated this could instead be Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s protege, as Marvel possibly introduces Young Avengers — but if you look closely in trailer at 0:38, there are other Barton family members in the background. Is it impossible to think Marvel would rewrite comic canon for a film? Absolutely not, but signs point to this being where Clint was pre-Snappening. (Quick, someone comb through all the released Endgame footage and let us know how wrong we are!)”The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do, is to start over,” says the late Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — a line she uttered in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Appropriately enough, we get a shot of Cap carrying her coffin. Marvel Studios We then see Cap, Nebula, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, War Machine, Iron Man (who clearly makes it home) and Black Widow in fancy, matching white Avengers outfits. Could they be preparing for a trip to space … or perhaps these are the rumored fancy suits for a trip to the Quantum Realm? 26 Photos Avengers: Endgame trailer takes you back to the start She should have been up there all this time. Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/5V1veWMxlz— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 14, 2019 More Endgame Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Check out the new poster for @MarvelStudios #AvengersEndgame, in theaters April 26. pic.twitter.com/7D0Jw7ryfz— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) March 14, 2019 Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers 2:26 Marvel and the Russo brothers (who are directing the movie) tweeted a sweet new poster to go along with the trailer — it shows most of the surviving heroes with Thanos looming in the background.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26, and could be up to three hours long. For more plot theories, characters reveals and news, check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster How to stream every Marvel movie before April 26 Comments Tags Also, check out our sister sites ComicBook.com and GameSpot for more Avengers: Endgame coverage. If you want to catch up with the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming them all.Originally published March 14 at 5:18 a.m. PT.Update, 3:24 p.m. PT: Adds more details. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order
The market capitalisation of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) fell to a 10-month low in the concluding week, as overseas investors offloaded shares in the domestic stock market amid growing worries on the Indian economy.The BSE market capitalisation fell to Rs 93.83 trillion on Friday, reaching a level not seen since October 2014. The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged 562 points or 2.2% on the last trading day of the week to close at 25,201 points, posting a 13-month low. Overall, the Sensex lost more than 1,000 points in the week.Banking, auto, real estate, oil and metal stocks saw a massive erosion in their market capitalisation due to a high volatility in the markets.Market capitalisation of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) fell by over 15,300 crore during the week despite the company’s overseas arm buying a 15% stake in Vankorneft, a subsidiary of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft.ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has reportedly paid $1.25 billion (Rs 8,250 crore) for a stake in Vankorneft, a source familiar with the development told Reuters.Profit booking led to a sell-off in the IT stocks, resulting in a decline in their market capitalisation. IT stocks have shown some strength in the past few weeks due to a deprecating rupee.Weak gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter, concerns on China slowdown, rising crude oil prices and rising expectations over the interest rate hike by the US central bank were the major negatives that hit the markets during the week.
Khandaker Mosharraf HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the election commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections.”People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, the election commission and the administrations at all levels to take lessons from it. Especially, Awami League needs it the most,” he said.Mosharraf came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.The BNP leader congratulated Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on the second consecutive election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I greet Indian people as they could exercise their right to franchise. I also greet Modi as he could hold a fair election staying in power.”Mentioning that the government used to talk about many positive things of India as references, he urged the government to get inspired from the Lok Sabha polls to hold such unquestionable elections in Bangladesh.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said India showed the world the strength of its democracy by holding a fair and credible election.”There’s now no democracy in Bangladesh. We must restore it. But, we won’t be able to restore democracy if we fail to free ‘mother of democracy’ Khaleda Zia,” he said.The BNP leader urged the democratic forces to get united to bring back people’s all the lost rights. “People are now ready to take to the streets. Now we’re working to unite our leaders and activists and reorganise our party to wage a movement.”
By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made his first trip to Washington, D.C. memorable. Clad in a pink dress shirt and pocket square, a seeming nod to DC’s popular Cherry Blossom season, the 48-year-old executive from Iran unleashed a series of announcements bound to change the landscape of mobility in the District.At the future site of Uber’s Greenlight Hub in the East River Park Shopping Center on Minnesota Avenue, the former head of Expedia joined Mayor Muriel Bowser and Stephen Goldsmith of the Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation on the future of mobility moderated by Robert Puentes President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation.DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (left) and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (right) discuss the future of mobility in the District. (Courtesy Photo)Community stakeholders, transportation nerds and a full bullpen of local and national media gathered to hear Mayor Bowser, Khosrowshahi and Goldsmith discuss everything from the importance of social equity and job creation for the city’s underserved communities to the future of autonomous vehicles in the urban landscape.Khosrowshahi got the ball rolling announcing that starting April 11, D.C. Uber users would be able to start ordering a JUMP eBike right from the Uber App. Uber Bike by JUMP is part of a the rideshare company’s larger strategy to become a global marketplace suite of Urban mobility options. Uber purchased JUMP on April 9 after a successful pilot partnership between the two companies in the San Francisco and D.C. markets.Next, the Uber CEO announced the SharedStreets Pilot, a collaborative project bringing both national and local stakeholders. The pilot will allow agencies to share, compile and analyze data on curb usage in Washington, DC to better enhance the transportation experience for multimodal users.Stakeholders include the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the Open Transport Partnership, the DC Departments of Transportation and For Hire Vehicles.Uber announced a host of other projects it has in the works, including Uber Health a service that could allow patients to receive medication delivery while abiding HIPAA regulation. A significant theme was the company’s role in serving under-resourced communities such as Ward 7.Bowser and Khosrowshahi made it clear that it was no accident that Uber located its DC Greenlight hub on Minnesota Avenue where a large number of the rideshare company’s contractors are located. Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden noted how essential it was for the city and the company to work together in providing transportation and delivery services throughout DC, including east of the river. “Every day Washingtonians rely on diverse modes of transportation to get to work, take their children to daycare, and to get access to quality healthcare. That is why, we are partnering with companies like Uber to help us use technology to move the needle on the intractable challenges faced by our communities.”While Uber works on shaping the future of transportation Khosrowshahi noted that services like Uber Eats and Uber Pool are highly utilized by communities like Wards 7 and 8, with often no other food or delivery options. Many food delivery companies in DC do not serve East of the River residents.In a poignant personal anecdote, the Mayor summed up the possibilities presented by enhancing partnerships with mobility companies like Uber. “I was surprised,” Bowser said. “My 8- plus-year-old parents are so willing to adopt technology. Them adopting that technology will allow them to age in their homes longer and longer. My mom will go down to arena stage using rideshare or be able to have delivery to their homes using delivery services.“The official word on the D.C. partnership with Uber promises to be one that will enhance the urban mobility experience for everyone. Time will tell whether transportation investments and private sector partnerships will create equitable outcomes for those who call the District home.