first_imgMorshed Mishu. Photo: Prothom AloWe arrange a cartoon exhibition every year from Unmad (a satire monthly in Bangladeshi). A few years ago, we were preparing for such a programme. Everyone was submitting their work. Some were sending their work by post or by courier too. In such a busy time, a boy came up, holding some A-4 size papers.Have you brought a cartoon? I asked him. He nodded.I found he brought some feature-type cartoons for Unmad. With an editor-like seriousness I said, “See, the dustbin is over there—throw those there.” The young cartoonist was startled. I comforted him saying it was not what he thought it to be. We used the dustbin to keep the cartoons for the next issue.This is the rule at Unmad office. The selected cartoons are stored in the dustbin there. We made this rule after an incident. I said forget about this cartoon now and rather paint a big cartoon for our exhibition. Our cartoon exhibition was due in two days. But I did not tell him that his cartoon could not be selected at all. I told him the subject. The theme of the exhibition was environment. He departed thanking me.What a surprise! He returned in the afternoon with a big colourful cartoon. The idea was splendid too–a number of hands with an image of trees emerging out of the globe. It was an intellectual one. We loved it. It was placed in Unmad’s special exhibition on environment.This is how Morshed Mishu’s inauguration in cartoons took place directly at the gallery. Then, his cartoons began being published in Unmad regularly. He painted better than that of his usual age. Our chief features were generally done by the senior cartoonists. I assigned him once to do this. He did it easily and did the cover too. I thought, he was improving so fast and he could do more. We recruited him officially as an assistant editor.But all on a sudden he went missing. I arranged the search for him. One said, he (Mishu) was ‘destroying’ all the walls of Dhaka. I came to know that he was professionally illustrating the walls at certain expensive restaurants, auditorium, office, classrooms in Dhaka. They were huge tasks and could no be done with colour and brush. He was using peculiar things including nails, screws, trash iron and tires and so on. The restless young artist soon returned to cartoon. By this time his boyish looks changed into that of Che Guevara. The pattern of his drawing also underwent changes. He started sketching ‘Global Happiness Series’.We held an exhbition printing these in big volumes on the 40th year of Unmad. The rest is history. These cartoons spread into 26 countries of the world. Our ‘Morshed Mishu’ was named on the famous Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Abdullah Al Morshed is his full name.It is not uncommon that people get stardom overnight in sports or music. But Mishu proved it was possible through cartoons too. Congratulations, Mishu!*Ahsan Habib is an author, cartoonist and editor of monthly satire magazine Unmad. This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) launches a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: UNBBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) on Monday launched a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka, reports UNB.Road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam inaugurated the training workshop at BRTA office in Banani aiming to reduce road accidents and raising awareness among drivers.At least 100 bus drivers started training in the first phase and another 100 will attend in the 2nd phase. Gradually drivers from inter-bus services will attend the programme.Transport expert and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) professor Shamshul Huq spoke in the first day of training.BRTA chairman Moshiar Rahman presided over the training where BRTA director Sirajul Islam, Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity (Road Transport Owners Association) general secretary Enayet Ullah, Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Malik-Shramik Oikya Paribahan member secretary Sadiqur Rahman Miah were present.last_img read more

first_imgBy Tiffany Ginyard, Special to the AFRO(Updated 01/29/2019) – When skaters gather, 11 p.m., Jan. 19 (due to inclement weather the date was postponed to Feb. 16) at the historic Shake and Bake Center in Upton, it will be for much more than the fun and sport of the skate. It will also be to honor the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The Shake and Bake Skate Committee is hosting this first annual MLK Appreciation event, the first of its kind since the doors of the historic “family fun center” were re-opened in March, 2018, to re-establish Shake and Bake as a hub for community engagement, family gathering and youth empowerment.“The purpose of this event is to continue raising awareness in the community about what we [the committee] are all about–unifying the residents in the neighborhood with the skate community,” said committee president, Mary Thomas, who is not a native Baltimorean, but has laid down roots in the vibrant skate community comprised of skate clubs, and “rollers” from all corners of the DMV, individuals whose dedication to the art, craft, and camaraderie of roller skating range from six months to 66 years.The committee has hosted a community outreach event every month since its grand-reopening under the management of Baltimore City Department of Parks and Recreation, including community appreciation night, fundraisers for breast cancer research, neighborhood clean-ups, and holiday dinners for neighborhood residents.The life of Dr. King was guided by virtues of courageous self-expression, compassion and cooperation, as is the culture of Baltimore’s diverse skate community. These are principles that  not only make for a safe and orderly environment for people to get their roll on, but that translate into a message of peace, harmony and well being outside the rink. It’s a message, Thomas says, the skate community wants to impart to the people in the Upton/Penn-North communities, where The Bake is anchored as a safe haven for young people.“As long as we keep focused on uniting and not division,” Thomas said of the intention of the MLK Late Skate, and the committee’s overall mission. “People will continue to come together. That’s all we need. Skating is how we do that. Standing on eight wheels and rolling around the rink can be pretty challenging. It was for all of us at one time. And so we unite around getting better.”The late skate is for adults 21 and over. Tickets are $10. A continental breakfast will be served. Late Skate at ‘The Bake’Honoring King’s Legacy of Compassion and Cooperationlast_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgOctober 21, 2009 2 min read This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Wireless internet access, for all its charms, remains a fickle friend. Not everyone can afford a 3G mobile broadband-equipped laptop, and Wi-Fi hotspots are neither ubiquitous nor always reliable. (When Wi-Fi access runs slow at the coffeehouse, count the accusing stares that shoot back and forth over the lattes as everyone tries to figure out who is watching Hulu.)Like so many things, wireless internet would be better if you could have it to yourself. You may be able to with the MiFi 2200 Wi-Fi device being offered by Verizon Wireless and Sprint. The MiFi is a pocket-sized router/modem made by Novatel Wireless that converts a 3G signal to Wi-Fi. That allows Wi-Fi devices within 30 square feet to link to the internet, provided it has the MiFi’s network access code.Michael Ross, director of business distribution for Verizon Wireless, says the MiFi could be valuable when a business needs a temporary office. “For example, if a small-business construction customer needs to be on the job site, a MiFi set up in an administrative trailer could mean the administrative assistant is accessing company e-mail, the project manager is using a laptop to get to the internet for information, and the operations manager is reviewing behind the firewall inventory shipment schedules,” he says. (Presumably, no one here is watching Hulu.)The MiFi costs $100 from Verizon Wireless and Sprint, and the monthly service plan is similar to what you would get from a 3G plan: 250 MB for about $40 (some 3G plans offer only 50 MB for that price), or 5 GB for about $60. It offers about five hours of full internet use, and 40 hours on standby before needing a recharge.Capable of supporting as many as five connections, the MiFi can be a bridge for all those with multiple Wi-Fi accounts, mobile broadband accounts and devices to be connected to the internet at the same time. You could even share the signal with someone you don’t know at all, if that’s how you roll. –D.O. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 10, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Whether you’re building a travel app or the next Candy Crush, your app’s social strategy is likely what will make or break you when it comes to sales. At the center of all things social when it comes to apps is Facebook Platform.Facebook powers more than 850 million app log-ins per month, and is enhancing growth for a number of app companies. For instance, Runkeeper users who log-in to Facebook are 70 percent more likely to track their runs with the app than those who don’t, and Facebook-connected SongPop users spend 35 percent more time in the app on average than their non-connected counterparts.Developers know that implementing a social strategy is important, but one of the biggest mistakes they make is not thinking through that strategy before implementing it.“A lot of times when people build a website or an app, they don’t really think about it, and then at the last second they think ‘Let’s just slap on Facebook’ and they add social,” says Deborah Liu, director of product management and platform monetization at Facebook.“People kind of feel like they need to add it there someplace. It’s a check box, and you see that afterthought thinking in the design. As a result, users are kind of confused on what they’re supposed to do.”Related: Business Still Not on Facebook? Get Up to Speed With These 4 Steps.Liu says that when developers don’t think through where they’re putting buttons and implementing social functions, users can in turn be put off with the entire experience. A moment of hesitation within an app takes a user out of the moment, and could potentially make him or her abandon a purchase or share, simply because they aren’t quite sure what will happen.When you’re building a new app, Liu suggests thinking about the big picture and determining what benefit you’re hoping to give your users or yourself by adding a social component.“Really think through what kind of app you’re trying to build, and what kind of user experience,” she says. “A lot of people really need to figure out where Facebook belongs in their app.”Things like where you put a share or a log-in button are important, and can ultimately determine how or if your users interact with it.“Really think about how to give users such a delightful experience that paying is actually something that they’re excited about, and they’re excited about the value they’re getting,” says Liu.Users who enjoy your app and mobile experience are much more likely to purchase things through it, ultimately giving your company more money to fuel your growth and your company’s future.Related: Facebook Is More Addictive and Widely Used Than Ever Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more