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Travel / Visit / Tour / Welcome to the Cox's Bazar
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:04:56 PM »
Cox's Bazar is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide sandy beach which, believed to be the world's longest natural sandy sea beach. It is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name "Panowa", the literal translation of which means "yellow flower". Its other old name was "Palongkee". The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Cox (died 1799), an officer serving in British India. In the 18th century, an officer of British East India Company, Captain Hiram Cox was appointed as the Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became the Governor of Bengal. Captain Cox was specially mobilised to deal with a century long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. The Captain was a compassionate soul and the plight of the people touched his heart. He embarked upon the mammoth task of rehabilitating refugees in the area, and made significant progress. A premature death took Captain Cox in 1799 before he could finish his work. But the work he had done earned him a place in the hearts of the locals and to commemorate his role in rehabilitation work a market was established and named after him as Cox's Bazaar ("Cox's Market"). Although Cox's Bazar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, it has yet to become a major international tourist destination, due to lack of publicity.


The Town:

Located along the Bay of Bengal in South Eastern Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar Town is a small port and health resort. But it is mostly famous for its long natural sandy beach. The municipality covers an area of 6.85 km² with 27 mahallas and 9 wards and has a population of 51,918. Cox's Bazar is connected by road and air with Chittagong.

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Career Tips / Smart Steps to a Career Change
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:14:43 PM »
By Kathy Robinson
Founder, Career and Business Consultant

Clients often ask, “What’s the process for making a major career change, with no contacts in the field, and no idea how to sell myself to new employers?”

A true career change involves three smart steps: 1) planning, 2) self-exploration, and 3) communication and networking.

You can’t make a good career change without following these steps. Other choices you make along the way, such as what education you get, whom you contact, how you market yourself, etc. will vary based on your experience and personal situation. The use of a career coach can help expedite the process, keeping you on track and suggesting new and creative ways of approaching your transition.

For the wrong approach to career planning, see our article, “Ten Common Career Change Mistakes.” Usually the biggest mistake we see is that clients let frustration build up at work, then take any new job that’s available or quit their jobs suddenly without having used their time wisely and planned ahead for the change.

Here’s what we think are the right steps for you to take in order to find a career you love:

Planning

“Measure twice, cut once,” as the old carpenter rule of thumb goes. The more issues you can anticipate in advance, the less stress you will have throughout the career change process. We believe that in the planning stage you should incorporate your other life goals (having children, buying a house, retiring, etc.) into your career planning process.

For example, if you are currently employed, are you saving 20% or more of your income towards a “career fund”, helping provide a cushion for any pay reduction you might encounter? If you think you might want to move into interior design, have you talked to at least two interior designers to find out what their roles entail? If you are thinking of moving or buying a house, have you determined how much money you will need to live on? If you’re thinking of starting a business, have you fully researched the market?

A career change can be scary for most people. Unfortunately, the fear usually translates into tunnel vision, where people don’t want to put a plan together to systematically make a change. Many people will take the “hold your nose and jump in” approach without truly testing the water first.

If you don’t know where you’re headed, how will you know when you get there? We recommend that you set some larger goals for yourself that include career, family needs, and finances. In as much detail as you can envision, what do you want your life to look like one year from now? What are the specific steps you think you can take to get there? Start planning well before you need to make a specific decision, so that your life doesn’t get thrown out of balance when you do make a change.

Self- exploration

Many clients will come to us saying, “I know I don’t like my current situation, but I don’t know what else I want to do.”

There are many resources that can help you with this question, including many good career books (see our recommendations in Articles and Resources). Typically, we find that career change books are a great place to start the process of self-exploration.

You can also take career tests, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to help narrow down some career choices for yourself. You can take these tests either online or through an experienced facilitator who can help explain more about your results.

When we’ve worked with clients in the self-exploration phase, we’ve found that you already have a good source of information about what career you might like – your own past experience. For example, are you good at solving analytical problems? Connecting friends together? Absorbing technical details? Regardless of what specific job title you choose, you should build your new career around some of the strengths you’ve already developed.

Communication and Networking

After we take a client through the self-exploration stage, then we will help the person communicate their new career goals clearly, and help them start networking with others. Never underestimate the power of asking for what you want.

Most of us have had the experience of attending a party and being asked by someone else what we do for a living. In this setting, you may be tempted to say, “I am currently working at Company X as a _____.” Wouldn’t it be far more powerful to respond to that question by saying, “I’ve been thinking a lot about that topic! I’m currently thinking I’d really like to go into the field of _____.”

The second approach, where you describe what you want instead of where you currently are, helps the person help you. You never know who you might run into who might be able to help you either now or down the road.

You will also need to reach out to people you know, and explain what you’re interested in doing. Don’t wait to run into them at a party- call them up and invite them to lunch. Be respectful of their time, but you can also be excited about what you’re interested in pursuing. Excitement is infectious, and your contact may have another friend who can help you.

Staying Flexible

These three major steps, Planning, Self-Exploration, and Communication and Networking, are the most important things you can do to keep on track during your career transition.

Often, you will find that you cycle through these stages- you plan a little, discover a new career idea, talk to people about it, adjust your plan, experiment some more, etc. If after self-exploration you think you want to be a nurse, but after talking with nurses you realize there are parts of it you won’t like, don’t give up! There may be a related profession (lab technician, patient care administrator, etc.) that may actually be a better fit for you. The point of a good career transition is to be disciplined about setting aside time for these major steps, but being flexible with the details.

As long as you keep thinking about what you want, talking to people about it, and taking action, you will be moving in a positive direction. Before you know it, you will have a career that gets you excited to get to work every day!

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Career Tips / How to Build a Good Reputation at Work?
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:44:44 PM »
Whether you’re starting a new role or eyeing up a promotion, having a good reputation in the work place is crucial for ensuring your continued success.
Having a good reputation will often result in being offered more interesting and challenging work and will ensure you are trusted to complete tasks autonomously.
Some of the ways you can build or improve your reputation in the workplace include:


Be Reliable

Completing tasks when agreed (if not before), being punctual and adhering to business processes and protocols will enable colleagues and your superiors to rely on you, making it much more likely that they will trust you with new projects or greater responsibility.

 
Work Efficiently

It may seem obvious but being able to demonstrate good time management and a strong work ethic is a sure fire way to build a great reputation in the work place and also highlights your commitment to the job.

 
Have a Positive Attitude

This is crucial. Having a positive attitude includes having an open mind to new ideas and a willingness to try new initiatives, making you more approachable to others.


Show Initiative

If you think something can be done better, then let your manager know so they are aware that you are constantly evaluating your role and looking for improvements.


Build Relationships

Having people on your side makes sense in every facet of life including the work place. Building relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders will not only make work more enjoyable, it also ensures you’re kept in mind for promotion.


Once you've developed a good reputation at work, learn how you can carry this through to your next performance appraisal with our advice.

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Career Tips / Six steps of career choice.
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:28:10 PM »
1) Most of us are in the position of making a career choice very early on in life and when we are young, it isn't so easy to decide whether or not the career we choose will suit us for a lifetime. Making a good career choice is actually about a lot more than choosing a job; it's about choosing something that will provide you with the lifestyle you seek. Don't decide until you're ready. Although this seems obvious advice, too many young people feel pressured into making a choice before they are really sure of what it is they want to do. In fact, many young people don't even know who they are, let alone what they want to become! If you need time, take off a year or two to go and discover yourself and what you're good at. School doesn't teach you a lot of life skills – life does. Many successful people take off time to slowly work out what it is that makes them tick and brings them fulfillment.

2) Look for breadth in your career choice. Instead of trying to narrow down your options, it can be helpful to keep open as many options as possible within your chosen trade, profession, or field of expertise. That way, you gain maneuverability and flexibility as you and the job change. For example, if you want to be a marine biologist, why not consider also taking a course in photography and writing, so that you can write or photograph stories about what is under the sea on a freelance basis. Keeping open your options might mean a little extra study but it will be worth it in the long run when you gain increased flexibility.

3)  Work to your strengths. Even if you are well into your chosen course, training, internship, or induction for your career, and find that you are always relying on your less strong attributes, it pays to stop and reassess the worth of continuing on this course. A lifetime spent working in an area where you don't get to rely on your strengths for the majority of the time will cause you a great deal of stress and disharmony and can prevent growth and enjoyment of your career. A good career will, on the whole, have you working to your strengths.

4)  Volunteer in your desired career. There is no better way to know whether or not the career is for you than to just pitch in and get your hands dirty. It's much more likely to happen if you take on such roles without payment, especially where the employer understands your motivations. If you can handle the work thrown to you and still want more, you're likely to be onto a winner. Moreover, the network contacts built up during volunteer experiences are priceless.

5)  Talk to people who work in your desired career. Ask them such questions as: "Do you still enjoy working in this career after all these years?", "What is it about this job that you like the most?", "What are the downsides to this job?", "Do you find that this job lets you have a good work-life balance?" Ask away and you will soon get a good sense of fit for you.

6)  Listen to advice but make your own decision ultimately. Parents, teachers, friends, careers counselors – all of them tend to mean well but they're not you. It's you who has to feel comfortable with the cloak you wear, the boots you strap on, and the daily routine that you adapt to. Nobody else can truly know what works for you. Also, don't be put off by stories from people who have nothing to do with your career but have a bag of hearsay to feed you, both good and bad. They don't know, and often what they do know is gleaned from the entertainment industry, hardly a decent resource for reality! Be polite but do your own research and thinking on the matter. The same principles apply to a change of career, something that happens often in mid-life but can also happen early on, or even much later. As with making your first decision, having the right information at your fingertips is crucial, including information about the acceptance by the industry or business in question of taking on someone in your position. Again, don't listen to other people's stories; you can rely more on those who actually work still in the particular career you intend to switch to, but even then, they cannot fully comprehend what you might bring to a new career with your previous experience in tow. Do your research, soul-searching, additional training, and stick with your convictions. Importantly, change of career is considered to be a lot more normal and responsible than it has been at any other time in history (leaving out politicians, of course!).

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Science and Information / New magnetic pen developed for smartphones
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
Washington: A student in South Korea has developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices.

This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

Advised by Professor Kwang-yun Wohn of the Graduate School of Culture Technology (GSCT) at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Sungjae Hwang, a Ph.D. student, created the MagPen in collaboration with Myung-Wook Ahn, a master's student at the GSCT of KAIST, and Andrea Bianchi, a professor at Sungkyunkwan University.

Almost all mobile devices today provide location-based services, and magnetometers are incorporated in the integrated circuits of smartphones or tablet PCs, functioning as compasses.

Taking advantage of built-in magnetometers, Hwang's team came up with a technology that enabled an input tool for mobile devices such as a capacitive stylus pen to interact more sensitively and effectively with the devices' touch screen .

Text and command entered by a stylus pen are expressed better on the screen of mobile devices than those done by human fingers.

The MagPen utilizes magnetometers equipped with smartphones, thus there is no need to build an additional sensing panel for a touchscreen as well as circuits, communication modules, or batteries for the pen.

With an application installed on smartphones, it senses and analyzes the magnetic field produced by a permanent magnet embedded in a standard capacitive stylus pen.

The MagPen detects the direction at which a stylus pen is pointing; selects colors by dragging the pen across smartphone bezel; identifies pens with different magnetic properties; recognizes pen-spinning gestures; and estimates the finger pressure applied to the pen.

Notably, with its spinning motion, the MagPen expands the scope of input gestures recognized by a stylus pen beyond its existing vocabularies of gestures and techniques such as titling, hovering, and varying pressures.

The tip of the pen switches from a pointer to an eraser and vice versa when spinning. Or, it can choose the thickness of the lines drawn on a screen by spinning.

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Washington: A team of scientists from the US and UK has found geologic evidence that casts doubt on one of the conventional explanations for how Antarctica's ice sheet began forming.

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), an ocean current flowing clockwise around the entire continent, insulates Antarctica from warmer ocean water to the north, helping maintain the ice sheet.

For several decades, scientists have surmised that the onset of a complete ACC played a critical role in the initial glaciation of the continent about 34 million years ago.

Now, rock samples from the central Scotia Sea near Antarctica reveal the remnants of a now-submerged volcanic arc that formed sometime before 28 million years ago and might have blocked the formation of the ACC until less than 12 million years ago.

Hence, the onset of the ACC may not be related to the initial glaciation of Antarctica, but rather to the subsequent well-documented descent of the planet into a much colder "icehouse" glacial state.

Using multibeam sonar to map seafloor bathymetry, which is analogous to mapping the topography of the land surface, the team led by Ian Dalziel, research professor at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics and professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences, identified seafloor rises in the central Scotia Sea.

They dredged the seafloor at various points on the rises and discovered volcanic rocks and sediments created from the weathering of volcanic rocks.

These samples are distinct from normal ocean floor lavas and geochemically identical to the presently active South Sandwich Islands volcanic arc to the east of the Scotia Sea that today forms a barrier to the ACC, diverting it northward.

Using a technique known as argon isotopic dating, the researchers found that the samples range in age from about 28 million years to about 12 million years.

The team interpreted these results as evidence that an ancient volcanic arc, referred to as the ancestral South Sandwich arc (ASSA), was active in the region during that time and probably much earlier.

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Internet / Effect of Internet on our daily lives
« on: July 20, 2013, 02:19:52 PM »
The maximum effect of the internet is actually on the daily life of the individuals because indeed there is no aspect of life which is not influenced by the internet and its uses.
 
Life has become drastically smooth and easy over the internet, while in the previous years seeking for a job required several visits to the offices and companies and interviews, these days all what is required is you detail resume emailed to the company's analysis division which assures you of any possibilities for getting the job instead of waiting and getting rejected in the end.

Even in the minor daily life activities like traveling and planning is also related to the internet in some way or the other. Internet can now be used to inquire about the flight timings and delays which make it easier to plan for the departure time.

Any piece of information regarding anything at all in our daily lives, may it be a cosmetic technique for the ladies or the men health problems, the cooking recipes for trying the new dishes or the home decoration tips, the information on the latest appliance or product you are going to buy or the search for the new house, it is all there ready for you on the internet.

The most interesting aspect of the internet influencing our daily lives is the factor of entertainment. Entertainment no longer demands your money or expense, today you can just log on the internet in your free time and get involved talking to people of similar interests, or watch movies or play games, its all there in the internet.

Because of the so many opportunities on the internet it is also said to have become an addiction for some people, which makes them more lazy and inconsistent in much more important works in life.


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Internet / Role of Internet in the modern era
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:15:44 AM »
The modern era has been now extremely advanced and well-developed and the basic reason for this development is actually the launch of the internet and its applications which have provided the individuals with the easiest routine in their daily lives.

The modern era of the internet has made even the most tiring and physically demanding works on the finger tips. For example the shopping which is indeed a very complicated affair, can be easily done on the internet in the modern times, via e-commerce. This technology has emerged as one of the breakthrough uses of the internet.

The internet has changed the face of the lives of people, turning them completely into the modern and latest lifestyle with its developments. Today, instead of the newspapers, the people use the internet to access the e-news which provides with not only the news papers completely but also various different news channels from all over the world. Even the live video news from the news channels can be accessed through the net, overpowering the other media, even including the television.

The modern developments through the internet have also widened the opportunities for business and professional developments. The need to advertise the products of any business companies are no more a major problem, as the companies can develop their own website and information regarding the products to convince the customers wit their works.

There are also several open opportunities of making money through the internet, with the most common profession being the web site development with the increasing demand of web-development personals used to develop the websites to promote their business and companies.

Internet is indeed the major advancement in the modern era, enabling the common people to sit at home and rule the world.

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Be a Leader / Seven Qualities of a Good Leader
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:52:23 AM »
How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.

Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Let us explore them further.

Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader:

1.   A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
 
2.   A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
 
3.   A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
 
4.   A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.
 
5.   Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.
 
6.   A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.
 
7.   A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.

These seven personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of these characteristics can also be developed and strengthened. A good leader whether they naturally possess these qualities or not, will be diligent to consistently develop and strengthen them in their leadership role.

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Food / Food crisis in Bangladesh
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:40:24 PM »
Food insecurity exists when people get to insufficient amount of food and are therefore not consuming the food required for normal growth and development. This may be because of lack of access to food because of unavailability, insufficient purchasing power, inappropriate distribution or inadequate utilization at the household level.


Causes:

Price Hike:  Food prices in Bangladesh soaring day by day, and essential commodities, such as rice, wheat, flour, oil, onion and lentil are now well beyond the reach of the common people.

Shortage of reserve food: Bangladesh is suffering from food insecurity due to its lack of maintaining a substantial at food reserve in the public sector, as a guarantee against food hoarding and super profiteering in food.

Also, when there is indeed a food crisis, the reserve comes in handy in the form of open market operations, modified rationing, test relief, vulnerable group development, etc all designed to stabilize food prices, on the one hand , and address the lack of access to food by the poorest sections in the society, on the other.

Artificial Cause to add: Business Syndicate, corruption and unfair practice of business poses food crisis in Bangladesh.

Inadequate supply and stocks: When the government decided to import food, it was rather late in the day. Since the international food supply was tight, prices had already soared high. In fact, certain sources were unable to supply food to Bangladesh simply because they did not have the adequate stocks.

Restrictions of Exports: India, the neighbor on three sides, formally banned export of food grains to Bangladesh on the legitimate grounds that India itself was likely to experience food shortage.

Natural Calamity: Almost every year Bangladesh is facing calamities devastating heavy crops resulting in heavy food shortage.



Suggestions on addressing Food security:

By increasing the area of arable land: We have to understanding that assimilation of smaller portion of lands may contribute significantly to increase the area of arable land as adage goes ‘Drops of water make the ocean’.

Multipurpose use of land: Ours is a small country having limited cultivable land and even the optimum use of every inch of it is not enough for this vast population. We shall have to evolve the mechanism for extracting the entire potential of the land. We shall have to convert the land of one crop into two to three crops and if need be, realignment has to be made in the pattern of crops.

Introducing HYVS: For more production, we have to depend on the nature while on the other hand it is imperative to ensure the supply of good seeds, required pesticides as well as proper management of fertilizer. Though hybrid paddy is highly productive but its seeds are scarce and costly and in the same vein costly fertilizer and the pesticides are required to be adjusted with the prevailing climate. Otherwise, the production will decline alarmingly and the farmers will face enormous loss.

Easy access to agriculture: Our farmers are the helpless victims of high interest rate charged by the money lenders. They have to surrender to the deceitful middlemen and have to procure fertilizer at the peril of their lives. How unfortunate our country is!

Easy increases are achieved through promoting both rice and non rice based farming systems and other on and off farm activities such as agro-processing and small enterprise development and understanding of the market.   



Mir Muhammad Ehsanul Haque
Student Counselor
Daffodil International University
counselor1.uttara@daffodilvarsity.edu.bd

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Making a Business Plan / Re: Daffodil outsourcing limited
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:50:49 PM »
This is a nice idea. We should think about it.

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