Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB) – Prominent artist and former chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Mustafa Monwar on Saturday said an artist needs to find joy in creativity, not in making money.
“It doesn’t matter how much you earn with artworks. You’ll have to put in your efforts in arts for your own happiness,” he told the third edition of Art-Echo, a monthly talk-show of Cosmos-Atelier 71.
The event titled ‘Akajer Manush’ was held at its studio at Cosmos Centre in the city.
Mustafa Monwar attended the session as the key speaker where he shared his views on traditional art and culture of Bangladesh with the studio members.
During the discussion, he shed lights on different forms of traditional arts that reflect rural Bangladesh.
Mustafa Monwar, an Ekushe Padak winner, said, “The fact is that I respect my devotion to art and see it as my biggest achievement.”
Artists, poets, photographers, architects and filmmakers, among others, attended the session.
Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB)- While winter in Bangladesh means barbeque season, it is quite the opposite in the USA. Their summer comprises of beaches, barbeque, and baseball. After looking far and wide for a space that would not only give off a backyard B.B.Q vibe but also serve such food, I came across Carver’s.
Located at Road 68 of Gulshan 2, Carver’s is the very first Deli & Smokehouse of the country. From roasts, cured meat, Texan BBQ, to fresh salad, and hearty breakfast meals, they are serving a wide array of meaty dishes which will definitely give you the American feel.
As for the food, we had called in earlier for a separate arrangement of their best dishes and here’s what were on the platter-
Soup: Cream of Potato & Bacon Soup (Canadian Beef Bacon)
Salad: Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
Entrees: Braised BBQ Short Ribs, Sumac Grilled Maryland Chicken, Dill Pickle Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob with Lemon Chicken Salt, Garden Pea & Carrots in Garlic & Parsley Compound Butter
Dessert: Deep Fried Oreos with Vanilla Ice cream
Starting off with the soup, I was astonished as to how velvety the texture of the soup was, it was almost as if it was a condensed broth and not pureed potatoes because of how unbelievably silky the texture was. There were not bits of potatoes which I was very pleased with but instead, bits of Canadian bacon were used to garnish the soup. The taste was rich, creamy, and a little salty.
Next came the Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing. At first bite, my taste-bud was overwhelmed by the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and tanginess of feta cheese. All the leafy greens were exceptionally fresh and I can bet that no other place in Dhaka can serve a salad as fresh and unique as theirs. However, *disclaimer* the feta might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many of my friends found the salty taste to be a little too powerful to their liking.
The ribs had a charred skin slid off the bones the moment I bit into them. The entire taste was elevated when paired with the dill pickle potato salad. However, since I am not a fan of the fatness of the meat, the ribs did not win me over. The Sumac Grilled Chicken on the other hand was very juicy. It was surprising how a dry looking chicken gave off so much of flavour. Bang on seasoning! The Garden Peas and Corn on the Cob were both very simple in taste with light seasoning of compound butter and lemon chicken salt; great as sides but not something I would prefer ordering individually.
To finish off the meal, we were served with one of America’s favorite fair/festival food, Deep Fried Oreos (and of course, some simple vanilla icecream). Nothing can go wrong with this combination other than the HIGH CHOLESTROL risk that comes with it. But hey, if I die, I might as well go down as the person who died eating a delicious dessert.
By: Ifreet Taheea
Dhaka, Mar 29 (UNB) – The 21st national council of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi and 10th Satyen Sen Ganosnageet Utsob will come to an end on Saturday.
The organisational session of the council was held on the first and second day while the new committee for the next two years will be announced on the final day.
Prominent educationist Professor Ajay Roy inaugurated the programme at Dhaka Mohanagar Nattymancha premises.
Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, labour leader Shahidullah Chowdhury and DU Professor Kaberi Gayen attended as special guests.
A competition of Ganosangeet was held as part of the Satyen Sen Chorus Song Festival.
On the inaugural day, ‘Ranesh Das Gupta Jatiya Granthapath Pratijagita’ awards were handed over.
Ranesh was one of the key founders of Udichi.
A book reading competition was also held on January 12 across the country marking his birth anniversary.
A total of 502 representatives and 102 observers took part in the national council.
Dakar, Mar 28 (AP/UNB) — One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real, according to a new study released Wednesday, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are now facing.
The survey found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less likely to seek medical treatment at an Ebola health center, according to the study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The study was based on interviews conducted last September, about a month after the outbreak began. It comes as the number of probable and confirmed cases has exceeded 1,000. At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August in what is now the second deadliest outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization.
The outbreak's response has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on Ebola health centers since the study was completed. As a result, Doctors Without Borders has stopped staffing two health centers at the outbreak's epicenter after violent attacks.
Researchers said their study published Wednesday showed more precisely how individual people's misinformed views about Ebola were undermining the response and helping to spread the deadly virus.
"It really helps us understand how central and fundamental community trust should be as part of the response," said Patrick Vinck of Harvard University, who led the research.
Eva Erlach, the community engagement and accountability delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, called the findings "absolutely interesting" and said they show how the level of trust correlates with preventative behaviors.
The organization has had more than 800 trained volunteers working to get out prevention messages amid the region's security challenges.
"There is still a part of the community who do not believe that Ebola is real and we definitely still need to continue focusing on community engagement," said Erlach, who was not part of the study. "And this is why this report is so helpful even if it's from September."
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this month he was encouraged "to see the communities accepting the response more and more."
Wednesday's study highlights just how pervasive misinformation has been in places in eastern Congo like Beni and Butembo, where in-person interviews were conducted with 961 people.
Some 25.5 percent of those interviewed did not believe Ebola was real. In addition, nearly 45.9 percent of people thought the Ebola outbreak was being fabricated to destabilize the region or for financial gain. Additionally 18.2 percent believed all three of those statements, the study found.
Those who didn't believe Ebola was real were far less likely to agree to agree to the Ebola vaccine or to go to a treatment center. Ebola is spread through the bodily fluids of the sick, and isolation of those infected is key to stopping transmission.
This outbreak has been uniquely challenging because of the volatile security situation in the region. Eastern Congo is home to numerous armed groups and the Ebola epidemic has deepened the political and economic grievances of many in the area. The fact that people in Ebola affected areas were excluded from the December presidential election has only heightened conspiracy theories.
Tariq Riebl, of the International Rescue Committee, who is currently working in eastern Congo, said the findings released Wednesday mirror what he and his colleagues are seeing on the ground. Concern remains about how Ebola prevention efforts are going because new cases are still emerging.
"Once you reach a wider outbreak zone, especially urban zones, the community engagement and prevention side of things is almost more important than the treatment side," Riebl said.
"If you can't have those messages out successfully, it doesn't matter if you have all the treatment options available because no one is ever arriving to take advantage of that," he said.
Silver Spring, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — Government medical advisers said Monday it's too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem.
The Food and Drug Administration panel didn't recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after a day reviewing the latest research on the risks of the devices, which have been subject to safety concerns for decades.
The FDA has been grappling with how to manage emerging science that shows the implants can trigger a rare form of lymphoma that grows in the scar tissue surrounding the breasts. The agency identified about 450 cases of the cancer worldwide, including 12 deaths. Almost all of the cases involve a type of textured implant that is designed to stop implants from slipping and to minimize scar tissue.
But the majority of the 19 panelists — including plastic surgeons and cancer experts — said it was too soon to remove the products from the market.
"Do we want to get into the situation where we pull one sweetener and the replacement is even worse?" said Karla Ballman, a biostatistician at New York's Weill Cornell School of Medicine. "I think a knee jerk reaction of just pulling something without knowing what the replacement will be might get us into more trouble."
Estimates of the frequency of the disease range from 1 in 3,000 women to 1 in 30,000. It grows slowly and can usually be successfully treated by removing the implants. The FDA said it has also received reports of the disease in smooth implants — which account for most of the U.S. market.
Another panelist said a ban on textured implants would be an "extraordinary overreaction."
But that opinion wasn't unanimous. The panel's consumer representative stressed the risk to women who get implants for reconstructive purposes after breast cancer surgery and could face a second cancer.
"I think that's so much of a risk that they need to be taken off the market," said Roberta Brummert. Her comments set off cheers from dozens of women who attended the hearing.
In the U.S., roughly 400,000 women get breast implants each year; 100,000 women get them after cancer surgery.
On Tuesday, the same FDA panel will make recommendations on studying and defining the risks of long-term chronic conditions with breast implants. Thousands of women have blamed their implants for a host of other chronic ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and muscle pain.
Patients and advocates have used the recent scrutiny to call for new warnings and restrictions on implants.
"Don't ignore us. We are real," said Holly Davis, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Davis, 60, said she experienced chronic pain, hair loss, rashes and memory loss after receiving silicone gel-filled implants following a double mastectomy in 2002. Davis said she learned her implants had ruptured when they were removed in 2017; her symptoms have since resolved.
She and other patients want the FDA to require manufacturers to give standardized risk disclosure information to all women considering implants.
"We need to know what we're signing up for — it can't be a surprise down the road," Davis said.
In the U.S., most women choose silicone implants, which are considered more natural looking than saline implants. Both types have a silicone outer shell.
The panelists also heard from researchers who theorize, based in part on animal studies, that silicone that leaks from implants can trigger or exacerbate immune system disorders in certain patients.
In 1992, the FDA temporarily pulled silicone gel implants from the market because of fears they might cause breast cancer, lupus and other disorders. But when studies seemed to rule out most of the disease concern, regulators returned them to the market in 2006.
But critics of that research noted its shortcomings at Monday's meeting.
"The studies at that time were not very good and did not have the statistical power to determine rare diseases," said Diana Zuckerman, president of the nonprofit, National Center for Health Research, which published an analysis of more than 20 breast implant studies last year. The group concluded that virtually all were too small or too short or didn't focus on patients who had their implants long enough to develop problems.
The FDA says on its website there is no "apparent association" between breast implants and chronic, debilitating diseases, such as connective tissue disease.
However, earlier this month, the FDA appeared to signal a shift in its thinking. The agency said it would begin studying whether certain materials used in breast implants, metal hips and other devices can trigger health problems in patients.
"We believe the current evidence, although limited, suggests some individuals may be predisposed to develop an immune-inflammatory reaction when exposed to select materials," the agency said in a statement.