Abah came across this beautiful poem by Dorothy Law Neite while surfing the Net. Good pointers for us in raising Emil...
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child learns to feel shame, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement he learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
This is the excerpt taken from today's Utusan Malaysia's headline.
...Pengerusi Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras, Senator Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee berkata, penggunaan telefon bimbit boleh menyebabkan salah laku moral yang akhirnya menjejaskan dasar pendidikan negara.``Sebagai contoh, pelajar mungkin akan menghendap dan merakam gambar pelajar atau guru perempuan di dalam tandas.Lebih dibimbangi sekiranya gambar ini disebarkan oleh pelajar yang tidak bertanggungjawab menerusi telefon bimbit,'' katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.Beliau mengulas kenyataan Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Datuk Dr. Ahamad Sipon semalam mengenai kebenaran menggunakan telefon bimbit di kalangan para pelajar...
There you have it. You have got to hand it to this guy. His argument alone will make Kementerian Pelajaran officials squirm in their seats and retract the permission for the students to use handphones in school come Monday.
Come on. There are surely 1,000,001 other arguments against the usage of handphones and this 'distinguished' chap could only come up with this lousy one. I bet he was one of those students who use to do just that, albeit using comparatively more primitive tools...heheheheh...
Nevertheless, to give him the benefit of my doubt, he could have listed the other 1,000,001 arguments during the interview. Probably the reporter wanted to be particularly funny. Worse still, this could have been the only one worth reporting. However, this one comment from the former D-G of Education worth noting.
...Bekas Ketua Pengarah Pendidikan, Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad pula percaya, pelbagai masalah akan timbul sekiranya para pelajar dibenarkan membawa telefon bimbit di sekolah termasuk kes kecurian.Selain itu, katanya, penggunaan telefon bimbit oleh pelajar di sekolah akan menimbulkan jurang pemisah antara pelajar miskin dan kaya hingga mencetus suasana yang tidak harmoni...
Tana Umaga, captain of the All Blacks and one of the good guys of the world rugby announces his retirement yesterday after years of sterling service in the black jersey. This is one player which I find impossible not to like. His exemplary attitude on and off the field was well documented. He once won a fairplay award after coming to the aid of injured Colin Charvis, the Welsh skipper in one of their many bruising encounters. The fact that he quits the international stage while still at his peak to spend more time for his family sums up the kind of man he is. The game has truly lost one of its great players.
(This report was first published in espnstar.com)
Skipper Umaga announces retirement from All Blacks
By David Brooks
WELLINGTON, (AFP) - New Zealand captain Tana Umaga drew the curtain on a glittering international rugby career Tuesday, announcing his retirement from playing for his country to spend more time with his family.
Umaga, 32, played 74 Tests for the All Blacks and 21 as captain since taking over from Reuben Thorne in 2004. Renowned for his crunching tackling and strong running, he played his first 18 Tests on the wing before moving to outside centre and inside centre, scoring 36 Test tries.
"I want to spend more time with my family, and I just believe I sacrificed a lot of time with my family to wear the black jersey," he told a press conference. "I did that willingly but now it's time for me to sacrifice something and give it back to my family."
All Black coach Graham Henry said he was sad and disappointed by the decision of his dreadlocked skipper but agreed with his reasons. "I think its a reflection on Tana's strength as a person and development as a person that he's got his priorities right," Henry said. "This day is a special day I think. This is one of the great All Blacks and he's retiring from the game. He was great as a player, he was very brave, led from the front, a fine defender, a huge determination to win, one of the great All Black captains."
Umaga was born near Wellington of Samoan parents and was the first player of Pacific Island descent to lead the All Blacks.
His final season was an exceptional one for the All Blacks, who swept the Lions 3-0, won the Tri-Nations competition, and pulled off a Grand Slam win over Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.
Tuesday's announcement ended months of speculation following press reports late last year that Umaga would be playing his last match against Scotland. He first broached the possibility of retirement with Henry in June last year but the coach persuaded him the prospect of the Grand Slam -- only the All Blacks' second in a century -- was too good to miss.
He told his fellow players after the Scotland Test he had played his last match in the black jersey but asked them to keep quiet so he could tell his family on his return to New Zealand.
He will continue to play for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super 14 competition and for his Wellington provincial side until his contract expires in 2007.
His final year was marred by a controversial tackle on Brian O'Driscoll in the first minute of the first Lions test last year, which put the Irishman out of the rest of the tour. But Umaga was otherwise admired as one of the game's hardest but fairest players.
Despite speculation in the British press, he said he had no plans to take up a lucrative overseas contract as many other New Zealand players have done. "I don't fancy going away and leaving my extended family and a great environment to bring up my children," he said.
I was about to post something about Bochap's wedding but NoniKapet beat me to. But you left out something. Apart from the heated discussion about marrying janda(s) (Janda F5 '93...muahahaha), the focus of the day was very much distracted by the overly curvy bridesmaid. Even Hj . Auzir couldn't resist it. Here's the pic....
(p.s: Betoiiii...real life lagi curve abis...tak caya tanya Auzir; kepada sesapa yang berminat, Bochap kata available lagi.)
Aku kerja hari ni. Aku pun tak sure apasal la aku tak ambik cuti hari ni. Maybe because of the worries that work is piling up on me or the guilt of taking leave so early into the new year. Still, aku belum pun buat apa-apa lagi since masuk ofis. Anyway, it is now 9.30 am. Ofis senyap gila. Rasa macam kerja 'graveyard' shift je.
So kepada sesapa yang ada kat ofis (and dekat rumah as well, tapi kalau dah kat rumah tu, buat le benda lain yang berfaedah) & happens to come across this blog, Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
To fulfill one of my NY resolutions, I resolutely put on my jogging shoes (I do have one, though it has been gathering dust for quite some time) & dragged my heavy self to the jogging track yesterday. It was a 400m track at a mini stadium in Seremban. With the zeal of track athelete and the weight of not-so-heavy heavyweight boxer, I took to the track with aim of at least 6 rounds. Alas, the legs could only take 4 rounds before they started to think for themselves.