Why Should You Take On The Ice Bucket Challenge

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health leadShould you dump a bucket of ice cold water on your head or donate $100 to a worthy cause?

These are the two options you may choose from if you are nominated for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) on social media. Continue reading

Social Media At Work

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Research conducted earlier this year by David Maxfield (author and management coach) and Mike Rognlien (Learning and Development Manager, Facebook) has revealed that social media has untapped potential in the workplace for HR practitioners, thereby negating the common perception that “using social media at work is a waste of time.” 

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The Auto Show Comes To Karachi

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00 Adbuzz LeadHeads up car enthusiasts! After successful shows in Lahore and Islamabad earlier in the year, the second edition of the Karachi Auto Show will begin today at the Expo Centre organised by PakWheels. The Show promises to be the largest of its kind, with more than 500 vehicles on display.

Show stoppers include vintage beauties from the 1950s and 1960s – restored and refurbished – that will transport you to an era when cars boasted wooden, canvas-covered body work. A few that merit mention are stately Chevrolets, exquisite luxury saloons, powerful Ford Mustangs and a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Several leading automobile manufacturers – including Pak Suzuki and Toyota – will have a presence there, showcasing their new-to-market luxury cars, SUVs, off roaders and even a few heavy bikes, all equipped with the latest technological advancements such as traction control and rear mounted cameras. You will also get exclusive previews and the chance to test drive highly anticipated models that are not yet in the market, including the 2015 Camry, Swift and Wagon-R.

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All That Glitters…

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All that Glitters

Sarafa Bazaar was established in the 1950s

With the wedding season in full swing, Sarafa Bazaar, Pakistan’s largest wholesale gold market, bustles with shoppers all day long, due to the wide variety of jewellery that is on offer there.  Continue reading

Gardening Is Just So Good For You

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Health LeadAccording to research published in the Mental Health Review last month, gardening is one of the most rewarding activities you can pursue, in terms of physical and mental well-being.

Jeff Restuccio, author of Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way, states that gardening activities result in burning 100 to 200 calories every hour, making gardening akin to activities such as jogging or swimming. This is because chores such as mowing, digging, raking, weeding and watering improve endurance, flexibility and strength. Continue reading

Technology And Pakistan’s Automobile Industry

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Auto AdBuzz LeadTechie gadgets (HD video players, front and rear cameras and graphic map displays) usually found in used cars that are imported into Pakistan have put pressure on local manufacturers to install similar devices in their locally assembled cars.

While this has enriched the driving experience, any ensuing problems with such complex electronics require expertise in troubleshooting that is vastly expensive, if available within the local automobile services sector. However, despite these limitations, advancements like keyless entry, electronic power steering, 7-gear transmission, immobilisers and airbags are becoming commonplace, primarily in high-end cars locally marketed by manufacturers such as Honda and Toyota. Furthermore, advanced gadgets and features such as vision cameras, traction control, touch-enabled in-dash navigation systems and multimedia are now readily available as add-ons upon extra payment.

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Easy Access Buildings

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real leadPublic buildings (such as schools, malls and hospitals) are increasingly equipped with features that facilitate the movement of handicapped people (including people who use wheelchairs or have impaired vision or hearing) or who have difficulty walking, such as the elderly. 

Here are five aspects that should be factored into the design of public buildings to make them ‘handicapable’:

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Planting Ahead

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3rdWith a less than an average monsoon on the cards – if the weather pundits are correct – traditional summer sowing of thirsty winter annuals should be approached with a great deal of caution.

This year’s summer planting schedule should, if you are going to be water wise, include drought-tolerant perennials (put a wide variety of yuccas, succulents and cacti on the list) of all sizes depending, of course, on the available space. Continue reading

The HR Competency Model

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The Human Resource Competency Study conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management in 2012 led to the formulation of the HR Competency Model. The Model’s application is gaining traction both worldwide and in Pakistan, because it identifies four key areas which HR practitioners should focus on in order to accelerate professional growth among employees, which eventually translates into organisational productivity and profitability in the long-run.

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The Sufi Saint’s Colony

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Baba Shah Jamal’s mausoleum consists of a mosque and courtyard

Baba Shah Jamal’s mausoleum consists of a mosque and courtyard

Shah Jamal Colony is a small triangle-shaped residential area surrounded by three of Lahore’s primary thoroughfares: Canal Bank, Ferozepur and Shah Jamal Roads. The road and the neighbourhood are named after the Sufi saint Baba Shah Jamal, whose mausoleum stands sentinel in Shah Jamal Colony. Continue reading

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