A three-week-long virtual concert series styled as ‘The Horizon Sessions’ started its second week with a special concert ‘The Horizon Sessions: The Nationals’ on Friday, aimed to collect charity donations to support the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Super Cyclone Amphan affected people in Bangladesh
Supported by Friendship NGO, the concert was streamed live on ‘The Horizon Sessions’ Facebook page. The series is being hosted by students and alumni of Sunbeams School in honour of late Niloufer Manzur, the founding principal of the school.
Enthralling the online audiences who joined from home and beyond, singer Chotu Khan performed several English tracks including 'Crazy Love', 'Rippled', 'Hallelujah' etc. - which were followed by the renowned drummer of legendary Bangladeshi band ‘Renaissance’, singer-composer Pilu Khan along with his son Dameer Khan, one of the organizers of the initiative. The father-son duo entertained the audiences with popular scores including 'He Bangladesh, Tomar Boyosh Holo Koto', 'Accha Keno Manushgulo', 'Ajker Shishu' etc.
Following their melodious renditions, singer and keyboardist Naquib Khan performed 'Orey Chhotobelar Sathi', 'Ei Mukhorito Jiboner Cholar Pothe', 'Valo Laage Jochhona Raate', A Chittagonian song titled 'Aaron Deshset Jaiyun' and 'Mon Shudhu Mon Chhuyechhe'.
The showstopper of night one, trailblazing Bangladeshi singer-music composer Habib performed 'Raat Nirghum', 'Omor Premer Kahini', and 'Prithibir Joto Shukh'.
During the performances, donors from home and abroad donated in this noble initiative, the organizers informed. The performing artists also urged the audiences to donate for the initiative.
The online music festival, kicked off on June 26, featured Zahra Zillur, Saif Anam, Sharaf Momen, Azaan Khan, Wasti Farzana Khan, Ashreen Mridha, Ace, Ayman Raakin, Shayan Husain, and Shafaat Mridha during its first week.
Night two of the festival’s second week will feature popular Bangladeshi music artist Arnob, Zohad Reza Chowdhury, Tashfee and Imran Rahman on Saturday 7.30 pm.
The donations collected from the series of virtual concerts will go towards building COVID-19 testing booths in rural areas and rebuilding homes, reservoirs, and embankments destroyed by Cyclone Amphan in the southern parts of Bangladesh.
Anyone can contribute to the cause by donating through Bkash and Nagad numbers given on The Horizon Sessions Facebook page. For international donations, bank account numbers are also given on the page along with a ‘GoFundMe’ campaign.
The multidimensional effects of the COVID19 pandemic have affected the lives and livelihoods of numerous people. After the lockdown period, mass people are trying to return to their normal pace of life. Everyday people throng the roads to commute their respective workplaces. Traveling by a personal or rented vehicle like a car can be a safer option; as the public transports are rarely maintaining social distancing rules. Whether you use a car for you, family members, or rented passengers, you need to disinfect the vehicle properly. Read this article to know how to disinfect your car to prevent COVID19 contraction.
When you are commuting at your destination by car, pay your attention to virus preventive hygiene measures. Before you start the journey, it is essential to disinfect all the commonly touchable surfaces in your car. The disinfection process must be repeated after the end of your journey, especially when you share the car with other people like relatives, friends, colleagues, or rented passengers.
Parts of Car Interior You Should Disinfect
- Steering Wheel
- Steering Column Stalk
- Gear Stick
- Hand Brake
- Radio Controls
- Infotainment Controls
- Cruise Control
- Elbow Rests
- Seat position Controls
Parts of Car Exterior You Should Disinfect
- Door Handles
- Door Frame
- Luggage Compartment Handle
The disinfection process is mandatory for taxi drivers or CAB drivers who transport multiple passengers every day.
To disinfect the interior and exterior parts of your car, you can apply cleaning products that are already available at your home. You may already know that the alcohol solutions (at least 70 percent) are effective to kill the traces of coronavirus.
Usually, the carmakers and their subcontractors use isopropyl alcohol to clean the surfaces of the car. You can also apply this solution to disinfect the commonly touchable interior and exterior surfaces of your car. For added safety, you can wipe down the seat upholstery and other soft surfaces in the car using alcohol; but try not to soak those places.
However, if you are not an expert in automobile cleaning, never apply hydrogen peroxide, as it can damage the surface areas of your adorable car. You should also avoid applying ammonium contained cleaning products on the touch screens of your car.
For any cleaning method, try to use a foam brush or Microfiber cloth. And, carry out the cleaning process gently. Terribly rigorous cleaning with alcohol may discolor the materials and parts of your car.
If you are using the air condition system in your car, make sure you clean the vents properly using the heater duct cleaner. To disinfect the germs and viruses from the air condition unit, it would be ideal to apply any specialized spray for cleaning air condoning and ventilation systems of the car.
When you are traveling with other passengers, you put yourself at risk of coming into contact with a COVID19 infected person. Therefore, while you transport other persons in your car, wear a facemask. Moreover, you should not allow any passenger to enter your car without wearing a face mask. For precautions, you can carry some additional face masks inside the first aid kit of your car.
To portray the risk of coronavirus contraction while traveling by car, scientists have designed a simple model scenario: riding in the same car for about 72 minutes with a COVID19 infected passenger who has no visible symptoms except simple coughs.
To minimize the risk of coronavirus contraction in your car, you need to keep the windows open for 3-inches at least.
It would be better if you can avoid using the air condition system in your car during the current pandemic situation. If you still want to apply the air conditioning, make sure your car is not in ‘recirculation air mode’. Instead, opt for the mode that allows the inflow of fresh outdoor air. Keep the car-windows slightly open. Besides this, everyone in the car should wear a mask. These precautions must be followed in taxis, CABs, or ride-share vehicles.
When you take the car to a petrol filling station do not forget the virus precautions. Wear a facemask while contacting with the staff and try to keep the distance. If possible, choose a filling station where COVID19 preventive measures have been followed in a proper way. After paying your bills disinfect your hands immediately. It would be clever to keep your tank full so that you can avoid visiting the petrol station frequently.
Honey is a sweet substance that bestows countless benefits to the human mind and body. It is still a wonder how a colony of honey bees collect this elixir from the nectar of various flowering plants. Read this article to know the benefits of honey consumption every day. We will also focus on the risk of honey if consumed in excess amount.
In the process of building healthy cells, your body requires a kind of waxy substance called cholesterol, excess of which can lead to diverse health issues, like chest pain, heart failure, and stroke.
Honey does not include any cholesterol rather its components can lower down the existent level of cholesterol in your body. Studies revealed that eating honey can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6–11%. Honey can also decrease triglyceride levels up to 11%. What is more? Honey can boost the HDL (good) cholesterol by up to 3%.
Regular consumption of honey can provide a beneficial effect on the antioxidant compounds of your body that can control excess cholesterol. Furthermore, honey consumption can efficiently prevent the rise in blood glucose.
As a key component of your body, a healthy heart keeps you alive by pumping blood. Depending on the place of occurrence, narrowing of arteries can cause heart failure, memory loss, headaches, and many more illnesses.
Research has found that the natural sugar contained in honey can reduce artery plaque by 30%. The honey sugar, called trehalose, includes a protein that activates your immune cells to remove the stored fatty plaque from your arteries.
The natural honey contained antioxidant components called flavonoids that also contribute to preventing your arteries from narrowing. Honey can unclog your blocked arteries gradually. Therefore, regular consumption of honey can both strengthen your heart and prevent cardiac failure.
Research shows that the properties of honey can serve as a natural preventive therapy for both cognitive deterioration and dementia. Regular consumption of honey can not only reduce stress but also restore your cellular antioxidant defense system.
According to Dr. Francine Grodstein of Harvard Medical School, LDL (bad) cholesterol is bad for the brain. In 2013, research has found that cholesterol can develop plaque in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer's.
Lowering down the LDL (bad) cholesterol level in the blood, honey properties can reduce the risk of stroke which is responsible for damage in brain functioning. Furthermore, the calcium property of honey can facilitate to improve the functioning of your brain. All of these actions can help to improve your memory.
An unhealthy gut can spoil both your physical and mental health. Honey is a strong natural antiseptic. Consumption of honey on an empty stomach can destroy germs in your belly and heals the small wounds of your mucous membrane. The antibacterial properties of honey can help your digestive tract get rid of harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.
Honey is naturally rich in hydrogen peroxide that prevents Helicobacter pylori which is responsible for dyspepsia, gastric ulcers, and similar kind of stomach diseases in the human body. It is also found that the application of honey – instead of sugar – in processed food can improve stomach health in two ways: improving the microflora and restraining the detrimental (genotoxic) effects of mycotoxins.
By virtue of its anti-inflammatory properties, honey has great natural wound-healing power that can potentially control the chest pain and stomach pain caused by acid agitating esophagus – the muscular tube which joins your throat (pharynx) with your stomach. According to the Indian Journal of Medical Research, the sticky property of honey facilitates this process. If you are suffering from acid reflux quite often consume Honey regularly.
Regular consumption of Honey boosts up your metabolism power that may help weight loss. What is more? Removing toxin from your body, honey can clear up skin.
Due to the diverse viral infections including COVID19 disease numerous people are suffering from coughs and sore throat. You can consume honey every day to recover from a cough or sore throat. Around the world, Honey is treated as a popular home remedy for cough and sore throat.
In 2010, a study shows that honey was proved to be more effective in treating cough comparing with several powerful cough medicines. In the year of 2018, an article published by New York Magazine reveals that professional singers recommended honey consumption to deal with a sore throat.
Honey consumption can calm your nerves, soothe anxiety, and relieve fatigue. The glucose property of honey gets absorbed into your blood fast which aids in the functions of neurons of your brain and mitigates psychological disorders.
The natural sugar contained in honey can increase the level of insulin in your blood leading to release serotonin, which is further transformed into melatonin hormone that assists better sleep. If you drink honey every day, it can potentially reduce your mental stress, and improve the quality of your sleep.
Antioxidants compounds in your blood can kill the disease-causing free radicals and prevent oxidative cell damage. Honey is a rich source of antioxidants, like phenolic acids and flavonoids. According to some studies, antioxidant compounds can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other illnesses.
According to an article by Tracie Abram —an educator at Michigan State University — Honey is an immune system builder that is rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor properties. Regular consumption of honey can increase the antioxidant properties of your blood.
Factors like inadequate sleep increased stress, unhealthy stomach, etc can weaken your immune system. Honey can help your body to alleviate these health issues. Consumption of honey every day can make your immune system strong enough to prevent COVID19 and other illnesses naturally.
You should not consume honey more than 6 teaspoons (2 tablespoons) per day. However, this amount would be reduced, when you are consuming added sugar from other food sources. Excess consumption of honey may lead to weight gain, inflammation, heart disease, liver disease, dementia, and many other illnesses related to high sugar intake.
Remember that honey consumption is prohibited to infants under 1 year old. Because, Honey may contain bacteria, like Clostridium botulinum, which can harmful to babies.
International Watercolor Society Bangladesh has organised its 1st National Online Watercolor Exhibition 2020 ‘Touches of Color’.
The two-day long exhibition began on Monday on the Facebook Page of IWS Bangladesh Exhibition and its YouTube channel, said a press release.
The IWS organised the exhibition to promote and popularize watercolour/water media in every part of the world, said IWS founding president Mr Atanur Dogan.
IWS Bangladesh branch head Md Kauser Hossain said IWS has been organizing events to promote watercolour.
Around 125 Bangladeshis including 20 renowned guest artists have participated in watercolour exhibition, he informed.
IWS has been arranging 10 demonstrations, five in each day, on the YouTube channel of IWS Bangladesh.
The top five artworks of this event will be selected by a prestigious jury board while each participant will get a participation certificate.
The international platform is a non-profit organization which was established in January 2012 with the objective of promoting the world’s oldest and most deeply rooted painting technique; the art of watercolor.
The headquarters of IWS is situated in the ancient city of Teos, Turkey on the eastern shores of the Aegean Sea.
Do you often feel the urge of shopping without necessity? It is estimated that currently, around 5% of people worldwide are suffering from Buying Shopping Disorder (BSD) or compulsive buying disorder. People who are addicted to excessive shopping are called shopaholic. Due to the surge of social networking websites and e-commerce platforms, lucrative promotional advertisements are inciting people to buy things they need or do not need. The ongoing pandemic can be a great opportunity to deal with this BSD. In this article, we are going to discuss some basic concepts about shopping compulsion and ways how to stop online shopping addiction.
Three key factors play a great role in creating an online shopping addiction. Those are:
- People who want to avoid social interaction and prefer buying anonymously.
- People who like a wide variety of collection.
- People who enjoy instant satisfaction.
Key signs of compulsive online shopping disorder include:
- You are failing to control online shopping tendency even if when you really want to.
- Your shopping behavior is declining your savings and causing harm to relationships, and work.
- Your family members, partner, or friends are worried about your irrational money habits.
- You enjoy thinking or planning about shopping all the time.
- You get anxious, disappointed, or annoyed when you cannot shop online.
- Shopping online is the only thing that can make you feel better.
- The tendency of hiding purchased items from the fear of getting criticized for overspending.
- Feeling post-shopping guiltiness or regret.
- Spending little time to enjoy other things that make you happy.
- Purchasing things beyond budget even if you do not actually need or planned to buy.
Due to the pandemic situation, many people are stuck at home for several months. Physical meetings with friends and relatives are being discouraged for the sake of limiting the spread of the virus. Getting distracted from the normal pace of life, many people are facing diverse psychological and emotional problems, like panic buying.
Besides flocking to the supermarkets, people are shopping from e-commerce websites to hoard a bulk amount of grocery items and other products during the lockdown period. Some food items may get decomposed before consumption, which is a wastage of money and food during the COVID19 pandemic. To prevent such mishaps, you can prepare a grocery list considering your family size and necessity.
When you are trying to control your shopping affinity, it is quite essential to identify what provokes you for shopping. For instance, if you do excess shopping from any specific Facebook pages/groups or e-commerce website, then you need to block those pages or sites.
Besides this, you can unsubscribe promotional emails, and delete shopping apps from your Smartphone. Now you will no more get notifications from those online shopping points. Your shopping behavior can change if you can resist the temptation of returning to those pages or sites.
What on earth is pushing you towards excessive shopping tendency? Some people tend to shop as a result of chronic depression; because buying goods can give them temporary happiness. While some other people do online shopping to kill boredom. However, the reason may vary from person to person. If you can identify your shopping trigger, it would be easier to deal with.
You can start a healthy habit like reading novels, gardening, watching movies, or any other creative hobby in order to divert your attention from online shopping. If you invest less time in browsing e-commerce websites or Facebook shopping pages, you will be less attracted to new items. It will not save your money but also improve your emotional health.
Most of the people, who use credit cards for online shopping, tend to buy excess things which they do not actually need. To harness your shopping spree, you can opt for cash on delivery (COD) instead of paying through credit card.
When you track where the money has been spent you can justify your own expenditure behavior. You can maintain an expenditure log for every month to compare the increase or decrease in your shopping trend. It will also remind you about the burden of expenditure or debt whenever you wish to buy anything you rarely need.
If you love to buy new clothes every month and hardly wear those, then try this technique. When you take an attempt to organize the clutter of your wardrobe, it will make you remember that you already have nice, stylish clothes. It will certainly make you feel contained about your possession and diminish your tendency to buy more. You can repeat this process several times a month to get a better result.
The virtual world is always presenting money-spinning advertisements that bait people to buy things that they actually do not need. It is found that when people feel the urge of buying any product, the wish usually disappears within 24 to 72 hours. You can apply this trick! Before buying things make yourself wait for a while!
The famous American business tycoon Warren Buffett says “Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving.” You can choose a saving plan and deposit a considerable share of your earning to the bank every month. It will provide you long-term benefits like overcoming rainy days in job or business, sudden medical emergencies, securing the education of your kids, etc. You can spend the left amount to buy necessary things for you and your family. Then, you will hardly afford any extra money to shop for unnecessary things.
Each of us may have a long-cherished desire – like visiting abroad or grabbing a car – which is yet to fulfill due to lack of money. Besides this, you can plan big goals for your life achieving a degree, or study abroad. Now you can start planning for these desires and goals, which really matters to your life! If you remind yourself about these plans, your spendthrift behavior will naturally reduce.
Shopping addiction can lead to financial insecurity, family disagreement, debt, depression, anxiety, etc. So far we have discussed several ways to curb BSD or compulsive shopping addiction. However, if you still cannot control your shopping spree you can consult with a psychiatrist for counseling.