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Monday April 031The most important trip you can make in life is meeting people half way and that’s what the month of April is about – a time of love and compromise if you are jilted never mind the April fool’s Day tagged to it.
There was the mingling crowd the other day at the Instagram photo contest in Washington where I met many Africans from at least a dozen countries which spotlighted winning photos posted between October and December last year.
It was not a flabby affair.
Organised by the Design Executive Committee, 35 of the over 700 high class photos were selected by jury for the exhibition.
Each photo captured a place in the nation’s capital that has a special meaning to those who participated in the event.
The aim of the contest and exhibition, an organiser explained, “is to raise public ‘ awareness of built environment in Washington D.C. and to explore how design cannot only delight and inspire but also reveal order and create a sense of place.”
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t matter as the only way to do great works is to love what you do as it’s not the strongest of species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change.
Last week, the vertical rains that drenched Washington D.C. did not stop top women from celebrating Women’s history month and the 190th anniversary of the Black Press and also Stateswomen for Justice 2017 at the National Press Club.
The CEO, King Centre at Atlanta, Georgia, Dr Bernice King gave the keynote address. Emphasizing that we must all strive “to reach across the table to serve humanity.”
After the event, Dr King signed the book “My love, My love, My legacy” by her late mother Coretta Scott King, wife of the late civil rights leader, Rev Martin Luther King.
Well, what do you know?
How would you like to sit in a driverless car, controlled remotely from a central point?
Under Technologies, the motoring company has just suspended its self-driving programme after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high impact crash at Tempea Arizona.
One of the Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUV fell on its side next to another car with dents and smashed Windows.
The Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident and there were no injuries.
It was the other car, driven by a farmer, who failed to yield for the driver less car, causing it to flip on its side.
Honda began testing self-driven cars in Pittsburgh last year and expanded to Arizona after its self- driving cars were banned from San Francisco street’s in December.
The focus of self-driving cars was intended to demonstrate Uber’s progress with the nascent technology and it began picking up customers in Tampa last month after Arizona Governor Doug Dicey, a proponent of self-driving cars, took the inaugural ride.
We used to chip mock the Russian proverb during university days in Moscow that “if your breath is bad, we won’t tell you, unless you ask.”
Well what about a warning notice spotted on the lawn of suburban house in Nairobi, Kenya, several years back that has come to remembrance?
I read, “Bad dogs, trespassers will be prosecuted, if they survived”
By Rod Mac-Johnson
Monday April 03, 2017

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