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Monday, July 16, 2012

iskandarX Society Review - Anxiety and Public Speaking

I’ve often observed that many people’s top-ranking fear is not death but having to speak in public. The joke is that these people would rather lie in a casket at their own funeral than give the eulogy.

Public speaking for people who suffer from panic attacks or general anxiety often becomes a major source of worry, possibly weeks or even months before the speaking event is to occur.

These speaking engagements don’t necessarily have to be the traditional “on a podium” events; they can be as simple as an office meeting where the individual is expected to express an opinion or give verbal feedback.

In this case, the fear centers on having a panic attack while speaking. The individuals fear being incapacitated by the anxiety and hence unable to complete what they’re saying. They imagine fleeing the spotlight and having to make all kinds of excuses later for their undignified departure -out the office window . . .

This differs slightly from the majority of people who fear public speaking. With others, their fear tends to revolve around going blank while speaking or feeling uncomfortable under the spotlight of their peers. The jitters or nerves are, of course, a problem for this group as well-but they’re unfamiliar with that debilitating threat, the panic attack, because they most likely haven’t experienced one before.

So how should a person with an anxiety issue tackle public speaking?

Stage 1 is accepting that all of these bizarre and, quite frankly, unnerving sensations aren’t going to go away overnight. In fact, you’re not even going to concern yourself with getting rid of them for your next talk. When they arrive during a speech or meeting, you’re going to approach them in a new manner.

We need to build your confidence back to where it used to be before any of these sensations ever occurred. This time, you’ll approach it in a unique, empowering manner, allowing you to feel your confidence again. Some say that most of the top speakers are riddled with anxiety before an event, but they somehow use this nervousness to enhance their speech.

I’m going to show you exactly how to do this.

My first point is this, and it’s important:

The average healthy person can experience an extreme array of anxiety and very uncomfortable sensations while giving a speech and is in no danger of ever losing control, or even appearing slightly anxious to the audience. No matter how tough it gets, you’ll always finish your piece-even if, at the outset, it feels very uncomfortable to go on.

You won’t become incapacitated in any way.

The real breakthrough happens when you fully believe that you’re not in danger and that the sensations will pass. By asking for more, you’re saying:

“I realize that you [the anxiety] hold no threat over me.”

What keeps a panic attack coming again and again is the fear of the fear-the fear that the next one will really knock your socks off and the feeling that you were lucky to have made it past the last one unscathed.

Because they were so unnerving and scary, it’s your confidence that’s been damaged by previous anxiety episodes. Once you fully understand that you’re not under any threat, then you can have a new response to the anxiety as it arises while speaking.

There’s always a turning point when a person moves from general anxiety into a panic attack, and that happens with public speaking when you think to yourself:

I won’t be able to handle this in front of these people.

That split second of self-doubt leads to a rush of adrenaline, and the extreme anxiety arrives in a wavelike format. If, however, you feel the initial anxiety and react with confidence that this isn’t a threat to you, you’ll process the anxiety rapidly.

Using this new approach is a powerful ally because it means it’s okay to feel scared and anxious when speaking. That’s fine-you’ll feel it, and you’ll move with and through the sensations in your body and out the other side.

Because people are often very anxious before the talk has begun, they may feel they’ve already let themselves down. Now you can relax on that point. It’s perfectly natural to feel the anxiety.

Take, for example, the worst of the sensations you’ve ever experienced in this situation-be it general unease or loss of breath. You’ll have an initial automatic reaction that says:

“Danger-I’m going to have an episode of anxiety here, and I really can’t afford for that to happen.”

At this point, most people react to that idea and confirm that it must be true because of all the unusual feelings they’re experiencing. This is where your train of thought creates a cycle of anxiety that produces a negative impact on your overall presenting skills.

So let that initial “Oh dear, not now” thought pass by, and immediately follow it up with the attitude of:

“There you are-I’ve been wondering when you would arrive. I’ve been expecting you to show up. By the way, I’m not in the least threatened by any of the strange sensations you’re creating. I’m completely safe here.”

Instead of pushing the emotional energy and excitement down into your stomach, you’re moving through it.

Your body is in a slightly excited state, exactly as it should be while giving a speech-so release that energy in your self-expression. Push it out through your presentation, not down into your stomach.

Push it out by expressing yourself more forcefully. In this way, you turn the anxiety to your advantage by using it to deliver a speech; you’ll come across as more alive, energetic, and in the present moment.

When you notice the anxiety drop, as it does when you willingly move into it, fire off a quick thought when you get a momentary break (as I’m sure you have between pieces), and ask it for “more.” You want more of its intense feelings because you’re interested in them and absolutely not threatened by them.

It seems like a lot of things to be thinking about while talking to a group of people, but it really isn’t. You’d be amazed at how many different, unrelated thoughts you can have while speaking. This approach is about adopting a new attitude of confidence about what you might have deemed a serious threat up until now.

If your predominant fear of speaking is driven by a feeling of being trapped, then I suggest factoring in some mental releases that can be prepared before the event. For example, some events allow you to turn the attention back to the room to get feedback, etc., from the audience. If possible, prepare such opportunities in your own mind before the engagements.

This isn’t to say that you have to use them, but people in this situation often remark that just having small opportunities where attention can be diverted for the briefest moment makes the task seem less daunting.

It may even be something as simple as having people introduce themselves or opening the floor to questions. I realize these diversions aren’t always possible and depend on the situation, but anything you can factor in that makes you feel less trapped or under the spotlight is worth the effort.

Barry McDonagh


All material provided in these emails are for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition

-Learn how to be empowered and gain confidence by engaging a simple technique to defuse any panic attack.
-The four most powerful approaches to creating an enduring anxiety buffer zone (particularly useful for those who experience GAD).<
-Learn to avoid making the one mistake almost everyone makes during a panic attack episode.

iskandarX Society Review - The 7 WORST Exercises to NEVER Do

These 7 exercises are popular with most workout enthusiasts, but they could actually be HARMING your body!
by Dr. Kareem Samhouri - CSCS, HFS
Neuro Metabolic Fitness & Rehab Expert
Author of the popular program:  Abs Strength Guide 

Exercise is meant to help you, right?

Unfortunately, there are certain “exercises” in the gym that cause more harm than good. I’d like to take a strong look at the 7 most prevalent injury-causing exercises in most gyms. The worst part is that these exercises are pretty much useless when it comes to building strength or losing fat. There really isn’t much of a point in doing them, whatsoever, and yet they can destroy our results.

It’s time to put an end to the worst exercises on Earth. I’m here to help you understand how your body moves, why it responds to exercise the way it does, and how to minimize your risk while you maximize the effect from every exercise you do.

As a side note, I think it’s important to mention that the last thing I want is for you to feel discouraged; rather, it’s important that you feel inspired to know you have eliminated the negative from your exercise program. Now, you’ll be able to safely rely on the fact that “you’re doing it right” when you exercise. Plus, I think you’ll be shocked to realize how much you’ve learned about your body’s ideal positioning and muscle recruitment strategies with exercise.

The main reasons that an exercise would qualify in the following list is one or more of the following:
  1. Creates muscle imbalances
  2. Has zero functional benefit
  3. Winds up joint into unsafe position
If an exercise creates muscle imbalances, this can lead to joint deterioration all over your body and even blunt fat loss. You see, once your joints are out of position, your body has sub-sensory pain signals taking place all over the body. These pain signals tell your brain to shut down the muscles in the area in order to avoid “pulling on the injury” and causing more damage. The end result: no muscle contraction and weaker muscles.

We exercise to be stronger in our daily lives and live a longer/higher quality of life. If an exercise has no true benefit in either or both of these categories, then what’s the point?

Just because someone tries an exercise in a gym isn’t a reason to make this part of your routine. The gym is full of mostly amateurs, including several of the personal trainers at big name gyms. After all, that’s where many of us started out at one point or another...

“Winding up your joint” into an unsafe position involves increased pressure on the labrum or capsule of a joint while performing an exercise. Simultaneously, it’ll be likely that a muscle is being overstretched while being recruited to contract. This is a recipe for disaster. Instead, let’s find a position of rest for the joint and then exercise it. This will assist the natural delivery of nutrients to the joint and joint capsule.

Also important to mention, we should consider these two terms in understanding the benefits/consequences of an exercise:
  1. Active Insufficiency - this is when a muscle is over-shortened and you try to use it. An example is if you “make a muscle” with your biceps and then see how strong you are. The muscle is already short, so you’re not as strong as you are in the middle of the movement.
  2. Passive Insufficiency - this is when a muscle is over-lengthened and you try to use it. An example is if you tip your wrist back all the way and then try to curl your fingers. Because your wrist flexors are over-stretched, your muscles are having a hard time contracting. Again, you’d be much stronger if your wrist were in neutral, or halfway in between.
Lastly, I’d like to discuss the difference between open and closed chain exercises, and how this will affect the functional carryover in a particular exercise:
  • Open-chained exercise: Fixed proximal segment, moving distal. Proximal means closer to your heart and distal means closer to your fingers and toes. So, in this case, it would be our hand moving towards our elbow (biceps curl), foot moving towards our buttocks (leg curl), etc.
    • It’s important to note that open-chained exercises are very effective for sculpting muscles in the final stages of bodybuilding, or isolation training for rehabilitative purposes; although, they do create much more torsion into the joint and generally only exercise one muscle at a time. Due to these being isolation type movements, the metabolic effect of open-chain exercises is generally much lower than closed-chain movements.
  • Closed-chain exercises: Fixed distal segment, moving proximal. This is just the opposite, so your foot would be fixed as your body moves closer to it (squat/deadlift), or your hands would be fixed as your body moves closer to them (push up, pull up.)
    • Likewise, it’s noteworthy that closed-chain exercises are very effective at building balanced joints, spiking metabolism, and increasing functional gains in daily life while reducing or eliminating risk of injury. Closed-chain exercises have a higher metabolic effect because more muscle groups and joints are being used.
Ok, you’ve already got a great background for judging exercises and their quality, or lack thereof. Now, let’s dive in and take a look at the 7 worst exercises:

1) Leg Presses
These are awful. Here’s why: Creates muscle imbalances, zero functional benefit, winds up joint to unsafe position
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Quads are generally stronger than hamstrings; this reinforces the problem.
    When your quadriceps overpower your hamstrings in deep knee flexion, there is increased torsion placed into the meniscus, increasing the likelihood of knee injury.
  • Quads and glutes should be used as a pair. In this case, they are not being used effectively.
    When your glutes do not fire while using your quads with a great level of force, there is increased risk of low back injury.
An imbalance between your quadriceps and hamstrings can quickly result in a number of knee issues, including patellofemoral (kneecap) and meniscus damage. Even worse, when your quads overpower your hamstrings, it’s not uncommon to develop restrictions in these muscles as your body attempts to even things out. These restrictions lead to increased pull on the top of your pelvis, tipping it forward, and placing pressure in your low spine.

This all sounds complicated, but let’s make it easy. Just stand up and lean backwards. If your hip flexors are tight, you’ll feel a stretch in the front of your thighs. It’s a good bet that we should get you training in more functional abs positions. You may already be spending too much of your day in this pre-shortened position, causing ‘active insufficiency’ to take place.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • In most cases, people aren’t coming down to a full 90 degrees of knee flexion, which is needed for getting in/out of a chair.
  • Even in these cases your abs are so pre-contracted (active insufficiency) and low back extensors so overstretched (passive insufficiency) that it’s tough to use your quads with any abdominal or low back support.
  • Since your abs and low back are out of the picture, this exercise loses a lot of its functionality.
Metabolic Effect:
The metabolic effect of this exercise is less because the number of muscles used is less than similar weight-bearing (closed-chain) exercises. Ultimately, the number of muscles and joints you use in a given exercise determines the metabolic effect of that exercise.

2) Leg Extensions
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Quads are generally stronger than hamstrings; this reinforces the problem.
  • Quads and glutes should be used as a pair. In this case, they are not being used effectively.
  • Interestingly, if you are having a hard time contracting your vastus medialis oblique (VMO) in your knee, the last 15 degrees of this movement can be helpful, but careful with the torque into your knee joint.
  • Again, only for the last 15 degrees until your knee is totally straight, and this can often cause more damage than good.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • It can also be argued that this exercise may help if you are a soccer player, but power lifting has been demonstrated to improve sprinting and kicking ability much more than any variety of leg extensions.
  • When you walk, you use your quads and hamstrings; here, it’s just quads.
This comes down to torque. Think about a long screwdriver and a short screwdriver. It’s easier to use the long one, meaning you don’t have to turn it as hard. This is a result of the force of you turning the screwdriver x the distance to the end of the screwdriver. That’s how torque is calculated.

In this example, we are exercising above our knee, but the weight goes on our ankle. Think about that distance... that’s a lot of torque into our knees with a lot of weight!

Metabolic Effect:
Low. This is a single joint exercise that is isolation-based. By definition, there will be a low metabolic effect. Instead, choose more compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, or lunges for an increased metabolic effect with this muscle group.

3) Machine Leg Curls
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Majority of force placed through distal hamstring, rather than proximal. This results in increased pressure behind the knee.
  • Requires change of position to recruit medial hamstrings and glutes on this exercise, which should be used as a muscle pair.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • I can’t think of a moment in time where I need to perform this movement in daily life.
  • However, if I ran hurdles, this may help, but again deadlifts and power lifts seem to improve sprint capacity at the same time and provide greater benefit.
This is a question of torque into the knee again. Also, in this case, the hamstrings tend to cramp a lot, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, or necessary at all.

If you have a Baker’s Cyst behind your knee, that’s a lot of pressure. For others, it’s really pulling the posterior horn of your meniscus, while missing your proximal (closer to your butt) hamstring altogether.

Metabolic Effect:
Low effect, as this is a single joint exercise.

4) Biceps Preacher Curls
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Forward shoulder position leads to increased stretch (passive insufficiency) on the rotator cuff and biceps tendon.
    • An imbalance between your pecs and lats/shoulderblade stabilizers results in a forward shoulder position. This leads to rotator cuff tendonitis, biceps tendonitis, and increase risk of tears. Also, this limits the amount of growth of both your pecs and lats, due to the sub-sensory pain stimulus, as well as the actively insufficient pecs and passively insufficient lats (see above for definitions.)
    • This is true for your shoulders and neck. In this forward position, you are at risk for injury. Also, like many people who perform this exercise, you may be placing excessive weight into your armpit, which is where your brachial plexus is. This is the bundle of nerves that controls your arms.
    • This all sounds complicated, but let’s make it easy. Just stand up tall and place your hands straight up into the air. Now, bend your elbow out to the side until your shoulder and elbow are both at right angles. If you already feel a stretch, your pecs are super tight. You may already be spending too much of your day in this pre-shortened position, causing ‘active insufficiency’ to take place. This will limit your strength and fat loss gains, while also increasing your risk of injury.
  • Position also leads to increased pressure on the anterior and posterior capsules of the shoulder. Any pain signal or pressure will reduce the recruitment of your delts and shoulder stabilizers.
  • Biceps are being shortened in an over-shortened position for your pecs, reinforcing a common imbalance.
  • The elbow is only safe when balanced. You need to train your brachioradialis (hammer curls), biceps (curls), and brachialis (reverse curls) in order to hit all elbow flexors.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • This is an artificial movement, in an abnormal position. It’s only purpose is to build biceps, and there are better ways. For example:
  • The biceps is an elbow flexor, but it’s also a supinator (meaning it turns your palm up). Preacher curls only work on elbow flexion, which means you’re missing 50% of the muscle’s action. Whoops!
Evening out all of your elbow flexors has more carryover effect.

Metabolic Effect:
Low effect, as this is a single joint exercise. In fact, it may be detrimental due to the likelihood of the sub-sensory pain stimuli going off in the shoulder girdle, preventing some of the neurological signal from reaching the muscle.

5) Smith Machine Squats
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Your hamstrings are basically off in this exercise, meaning that it is totally quad dominant.
  • Simultaneously, it’s very hard to properly recruit your glutes when the weight is not directly loading your spine. Without glute support, you are weakening your core, ultimately increasing risk of injury and slowing fat loss.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • Since your hamstrings and glutes don’t really have to work here, you’re not squatting like you would in real life.
    Actually, here, it’s unsafe for the opposite reason, interestingly enough. Check this out...
  • When you squat with your arms overhead, you tend to lean forward, or your knees come forward, or both. Controlling for this is the controlling inter-related segments so they can get stronger and more mobile together. These segments need to work together to prevent injury, so squats that are not on the smith machine tend to limit you to the correct weight selection, while these squats do not.
Metabolic Effect:
Low to medium. Since you are using your ankle, knee, and hip joints, the metabolic potential goes up slightly. However, it’s important to remember that muscle imbalances lead to all sorts of situations that lend themselves to a metabolic crash.

6) Overhead Tricep Extensions With Dumbbells
Muscle Balance Perspective:
  • Overstretched proximal triceps in this position, causing increased tension on the triceps tendon by the elbow.
  • Internal rotation, targeting the medial triceps head, can lead to shoulder impingement and more serious issues.
Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • This is another movement that never happens in daily life. When are we overhead forcefully extending our elbow like this. It’s kind of silly, if you think about it.
  • You may be arching your back while doing this, which could cause a lot of strain and take your abs out of the picture, altogether. Bad idea!
Metabolic Effect:
Low to none. Since we are only really working our elbow joint and a small muscle group, we aren’t gaining much of a metabolic effect whatsoever. Also noteworthy, this is an open-chained exercise that produces a lot of torque into the shoulder and elbow. 

7) External Rotation with a Dumbbell, Standing   

Functional Benefit Assessment:
  • Since this exercise actually is working brachioradialis against gravity (the dumbbell is weighing me down, against gravity, not side to the side), it’s only adding to the muscle imbalances I may already be experiencing.
  • Holding a dumbbell in my hands and moving it side to side is not placing tension on the external rotators of my shoulder, just my elbow flexors. This issue is not being resolved.
  • The only weight being placed into the shoulder is the torque from your hand, which is holding the dumbbell, through your elbow, and up to your shoulder.
So, all in all, it’s causing a very small amount of damage with no benefit.

Functional, Muscle Balancing, and Metabolic Effect Summary:
As you can see, not all exercises were created equally. I strongly recommend that you analyze an exercise before just going for it. I realize that you’re working hard to get great results, improve your health, and create a higher quality of life for yourself.

I’ve taken out all the guess work. As it turns out, you can get more than double the effect of most workout programs that last 1-2 hours in just 10 minutes. I show you how right here:

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iskandarX Society Selebriti - Benarkah Jack Lim Terima Setengah Juta Dari Rosyam?

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 JULAI 2012: Memandangkan penyampai radio MY FM, Jack Lim, 37, pernah membintangi filem dari Singapura dan Hong Kong, pelakon serba-boleh ini dikatakan telah menerima bayaran mencecah setengah juta dari produser tempatan, Rosyam Nor untuk berlakon dalam filem Balistik.

Bagaimanapun, Jack yang ramah orangnya menafikan dakwaan tersebut dan menyatakan bersetuju menerima tawaran ini disebabkan dua faktor saja.

"Mana ada. Saya masih belum sampaike tahap antarabangsa lagi. Saya juga tidak menerima bayaran setengah juta seperti yang didakwa. Sebaliknya, ia disebabkan 2 faktor saja.

" Faktor pertama adalah kerana ia buah tangan terbaru dari Rosyam yang banyak meraih anugerah. Sebab kedua pula sudah tentu ianya adalah filem arahan dari pengarah tersohor Silver yang banyak melibatkan diri dalam pembikinan filem-filem dari Hong Kong," katanya kepada

Dalam masa yang sama, Jack tidak menafikan naskhah cerita untuk filem ini sangat bagus dan ianya sudah pun terperap lama sehingga lebih lima tahun.

"Terus-terang, saya sangat takut nak berlakon filem ini. Pada awalnya saya rasa gugup hendak melafazkan dialog walaupun hanya sepatah saja. Saya sangat gemuruh kerana dapat berlakon bersama pelakon yang banyak meraih anugerah.

"Yelah, saya sendiri pun tidak pernah menerima anugerah lakonan walaupun sudah 19 tahun bergelumang dalam industri hiburan tempatan," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, Jack berharap penglibatannya dalam filem ini bakal mencatat satu rekod baru kerana dia berpendapat industri filem Melayu semakin berkembang pesat tidak seperti indsutri filem Cina tempatan.

Wow, meniaga apakah ini? Rosyam bagi RM500k kat Jack Lim? Wow bagi kat aku pun bagus Rosyam oiii. Ke bayar zakat ker.

iskandarX Society Hiburan - Lima Berentap Di Final Masterchef Selebriti Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 JUN 2012: Datuk Fazley, Angah, Juliza Adlizan, Farouk Hussein dan Soo Wincci merupakan lima finalis yang akan berentap di gelanggang Masterchef Selebriti Malaysia yang akan diadakan pada 16 Julai ini.

Pengumuman tersebut telah pun dibuat oleh Chef Jo dalam episod ke-26.

Terdahulu, Farouk Hussein telah pun diumumkan sebagai selebriti yang terakhir yang tersingkir dalam program tersebut namun dipanggil semula untuk beraksi di gelanggang final Masterchef Selebriti Malaysia.

Kejutan yang dilakukan oleh Chef Jo itu disambut dengan baik oleh kesemua finalis.

Penyingkiran Farouk Hussain pada asalnya berlaku disebabkan dia mendapat markah yang rendah dan tidak berjaya untuk mengatasi markah Juliza Adlizan dalam cabaran ujian kemahiran dan tewas kepada Angah ketika dalam ujian penyingkiran.

Dalam itu, seperti yang diketahui umum, finalis pertama yang menempah tempat ke final iaitu Soo Wincci setelah dia berjaya memikat hati juri menerusi masakannya dan sekaligus menang ujian cipta rasa episod terdahulu.

Saksikan Masterchef Selebriti Malaysia Isnin, jam 9 malam di Astro Ria (104) dan Mustika HD (134)

hahah rancangan yang paling geli dan ngeri aku nak tengok rancangan nie lah, Masterchef. Geli geleman aku tengok depa masak, tak tau pasai apa.

iskandarX Society Selebriti - Rita Rudaini Boleh Mengamuk Kerana Anak?

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 JULAI 2012: Pelakon cantik, Rita Rudaini yang sedang menanti keputusan kes penceraiannya bersama pemain bola sepak kebangsaan, Aidil Zafuan, memberitahu dia tidak akan berdiam diri seandainya ada individu yang cuba melakukan hal tidak elok terhadap anaknya.

Malah, Rita yang dijumpai tatkala pelancaran filem Balistik di Holiday Villa, Subang Jaya, petang semalam memberitahu hidupnya kini hanyalah untuk anaknya saja.

"Saya akan mengamuk serta naik hantu kalau ada orang buat tidak betul dengan anak-anak saya. Sekarang ini,saya berikan 50 % komitmen untuk kerja dan 50% lagi untuk anak.

"Dulu, saya memang pernah mengatakan meletakkan keluarga di tangga yang pertama dan karier di tangga kedua. Namun, dengan apa yang berlaku sekarang ini, saya terpaksa menukarkannya.

"Bagaimanapun, anak tetap nombor satu. Semua harus faham, dulu saya berkongsi mencari rezeki tetapi sekarang saya kena uruskannya seorang diri," katanya kepada

Dalam pada itu, Rita tidak menafikan terasa sangat bahagia dengan kehidupannya pada waktu ini biarpun diancam dengan kes rumahtangga yang masih belum ada jawapan pasti.

"Sepanjang 4 tahun meniti alam perkahwinan, sekarang inilah baru saya rasa sangat bahagia sekali. Saya bahagia kerana ada anak. Saya juga tidak boleh berpisah dengan anak saya. Mereka berdua pun sangat rapat dengan saya .Mereka tidak boleh tidur jikalau tidak menyentuh saya.

"Sejak mereka kecil lagi, saya tidak pernah berpisah dengan mereka walaupun saya ada shooting. Saya tetap membawa mereka walaupun saya terpaksa shooting di luar Kuala Lumpur," jelasnya.

Sementara itu, setiap kali Rita ada kelapangan dan tidak mempunyai komitmen kerja, dia akan membawa anak-anaknya bersiar-siar ke pusat beli-belah.

"Saya tidak pernah duduk lama di rumah. Sekiranya saya tiada kerja, seharianlah saya akan membawa anak-anak saya berjalan-jalan. Demi anak-anak, saya sanggup buat apa saja. Saya tidak boleh hidup tanpa anak saya.

"Saya akan belikan apa saja barang yang diminta anak walaupun ianya mahal. Sebabnya, perkara berdua yang membuat saya rasa bahagia," ujarnya.

Hasil perkahwinan Rita Rudaini dan Aidil Zafuan selama 4 tahun, mereka telah dikurniakan 2 cahayamata iaitu Airit Rayyan Rizqin, 4, dan Airit Qaqa Arjuna yang kini berusia kira-kira setahun.

Sapa yang tak mengamuk kalau ada orang usik anak dia? Tipula kalau korang kata macam tu try tengok ada orang kacau anak korang, apa yang korang akan buat? Kan Rita kan?

iskandarX Society Rencana - Hutan Jati Mata Ayer Perlis Tarikan Semulajadi

Oleh Hazlinda Hamzah

PADANG BESAR, 3 Julai (Bernama) -- Stesen penyelidikan pokok jati di Mata Ayer, di sini, milik Institut Penyelidikan Perhutanan Malaysia (FRIM), menempatkan pelbagai spesis jati dari dalam dan luar negara.

Terletak kira-kira 10 minit perjalanan dari sempadan Malaysia-Thailand di Padang Besar dan tidak jauh dari pusat membeli-belah sempadan Wang Kelian, stesen penyelidikan ini turut menempatkan spesis asli yang dibawa dari Pulau Langkawi pada 1953.

Spesis jati lain yang terdapat di sini diperoleh dari beberapa lokasi lain di Semenanjung, selain Thailand, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad dan Sabah.

Jati adalah spesis kayu keras yang digunakan dalam sektor binaan dan perabot.

Ladang penyelidikan 300 hektar ini, yang dibarisi pokok-pokok jati gergasi, yang tegak dan besar dengan ada antaranya mencapai ketinggian 30 meter, terletak di Hutan Simpan Mata Ayer.


Di sini, pertumbuhan kayu keras tropika ini sentiasa dipantau dan diukur untuk dijadikan rujukan masa depan.

Kajian yang dijalankan secara terus menerus membolehkan jati diklon daripada jenis-jenis yang lebih baik termasuk spesis dengan jangkamasa matang lebih singkat.

Selain itu, tapak yang dirizabkan untuk pohon jati bernilai tinggi ini menawarkan pemandangan yang menarik serta persekitaran nyaman yang menjadikan tempat ini tumpuan kepada mereka yang cintakan alam semulajadi serta mengimpikan kelestariannya dipelihara.

Oleh kerana itu, infrastruktur eko-pelancongan juga mula diperkembangkan dengan lebih rancak di ladang penyelidikan Mata Ayer untuk membolehkan mereka yang datang ke sini boleh bersantai.

Kawasan ini berdekatan tepi jalan utama di kawasan Mata Ayer, jadi ia mudah dikenalpasti pengunjung.


SPF Mata Ayer ini yang ditubuhkan pada 1974 memainkan peranan penting dalam memulihara spesis jati selain menjadi pusat sumber untuk kayu-kayan bernilai tinggi ini.

Menurut Dr Mohd Zaki Abdullah, penyelaras ladang penyelidikan Mata Ayer, kira-kira 625 hektar kawasan negeri Perlis ditanam dengan pokok jati oleh Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perlis.

"Pohon Jati yang terdapat di Mata Ayer ini bukan sahaja antara yang tertua dan pertama sekali ditanam semula daripada baka klon asal yang boleh didapati di Langkawi.

"Tetapi yang menarik lagi, ada sebatang pohon yang perempangnya 75 sentimeter. Ia sudah sangat besar," tambah Mohd Zaki sambil berjalan ke arah pohon itu bersama ketua pengarah FRIM Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Mohmod.


Baka jati untuk spesis terpilih boleh didapati di sini dan ia baik untuk kajian mahupun untuk dijual kepada mereka yang mahu menanam pohon jati.

"Pemerhatian turut dijalankan semasa pokok berbunga dan berbuah. Benih jati yang masih berada di atas pokok dikutip untuk semaian, dan diabaikan benih yang luruh kerana kesesuaiannya untuk disemai mungkin kurang," jelas Mohd Zaki sambil menuding ke arah dahan-dahan di atas untuk menunjukkan benih yang dimaksudkannya itu.

Jarak di antara pokok dalam satu baris adalah tiga meter. Dan antara barisan pula, jaraknya empat meter. Ini akan menggalakkan pohon-pohon jati ini tumbuh dengan lurus dan inilah antara faktor yang akan menaikkan nilai pohon Jati itu," katanya.

Juga pelbagai aktiviti untuk mengenalpasti potensi pohon jati dan kayu keras lain - Mahogany, Acacia, Khaya, Sungkai dan buluh - dijalankan di Mata Ayer.


Selain itu, hasil daripada jati menjadi lebih lumayan sekiranya ia ditebang ketika berusia 20 tahun atau lebih kerana kayunya sesuai digunakan bagi industri pembuatan perabot dan binaan, contohnya membuat tangga kayu.

Sekiranya pohon jati ditebang kurang daripada usia 10 tahun, corak ira atau 'grain' yang terbentuk di batang kayunya tidak nyata dan ini menyebabkan hasil jati muda dijual pada harga yang lebih rendah.

Baka jati yang baik dengan daya pertumbuhan yang tinggi juga boleh dimanfaatkan untuk hasil aromaterapi. "Bagi 15,000 tan metrik jati mampu jana pulangan lebih kurang RM15 juta," jelas Abdul Latif lagi.

Sesiapa yang berminat untuk mengusahakan penanaman pohon jati ini akan menyaksikan pulangan ekonomi dalam tempoh 20 tahun atau lebih.


Pohon-pohon hijau yang ditanam menjanjikan satu penambahbaikan terhadap kesejahteraan hidup di muka bumi ini khasnya kerana ia dapat mengurangkan karbon dioksida (CO2) di udara.

Abdul Latif, menunjukkan hampir 50 peratus daripada kawasan hutan di Malaysia dipelihara dan terpulihara.

Pohon Jati, tambah Abdul Latif, bila ditanam semula juga menyamankan alam sekitar dan hasilnya dapat menjana pendapatan serta meningkatkan status ekonomi.

Dalam gambaran yang lebih luas, SPF Mata Ayer mempunyai satu hasrat yang murni untuk menjayakan taman pohon jati ini sehingga ia muncul sebagai ikon negeri Perlis.

Selain itu, SPF Mata Ayer komited untuk menjadi Pusat Penyelidikan dan Maklumat Jati yang terkenal di rantau ini di samping mempromosi bidang perhutanan dan eko pelancongan kepada awam.


iskandarX Society Sukan - SUKMA: Terengganu Pertahan Kejuaraan Kali Kedua Berturut-turut

KUANTAN, 16 Julai (Bernama) -- Skuad sepak takraw Terengganu berjaya mempertahankan kejuaraan buat kali kedua berturut-turut apabila menumpaskan Wilayah Persekutuan 2-0 dalam acara berpasukan lelaki di Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) di sini Ahad.

Pada perlawanan akhir itu, Terengganu menguasai saingan apabila regu A mereka menewaskan regu A Wilayah Persekutuan 15-11, 15-4.

Terengganu meraih mata kemenangan menerusi regu B yang menundukkan regu B Wilayah Persekutuan 17-16, 15-13. Pingat gangsa acara itu milik pasukan Kelantan dan Pulau Pinang.

Dalam kategori wanita berpasukan, Pulau Pinang berjaya meraih pingat emas setelah menewaskan Sarawak 2-1.

Bagaimanapun, Sarawak terlebih dahulu berada di depan apabila regu A mereka menewaskan regu A Pulau Pinang 15-12, 15-12. Pulau Pinang berjaya menyamakan kedudukan menerusi regu B mereka yang menundukkan regu B Sarawak 15-2, 15-8.

Aksi penentuan ternyata berpihak kepada skuad Pulau Pinang menerusi regu C mereka yang menewaskan Sarawak 15-12, 15-9.

Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kedah meraih gangsa dalam acara tersebut.


Memang tak sia-sia makan keropok lekor selama ini, membuahkan hasil jugak bila pi berentap kat dalam sukan SUKMA ke-15 nie. Tahniah kepada pasukan negeri Terengganu.

iskandarX Society Negara - Yang di-Pertuan Agong Dan Raja Permaisuri Agong Berangkat Ke Majlis Santapan

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Julai (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah dan Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah berangkat ke majlis santapan sempena sambutan ulang tahun pertama Yayasan Anak-Anak Yatim Sultanah Haminah (YAYSH) di sini Ahad malam.

Keberangkatan Seri Paduka berdua diiringi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Pada majlis itu, Tuanku Hajah Haminah turut menyempurnakan upacara memotong kek sempena ulang tahun ke-59 baginda dan ulang tahun pertama YAYSH.

Yayasan itu ditubuhkan untuk membela nasib anak-anak yatim piatu miskin serta tiada penjagaan sempurna.

Majlis santapan disajikan dengan persembahan nyanyian dan kesenian oleh anak-anak yatim serta penyanyi terkenal tanah air, Ning Baizura.


Daulat Tuanku, dipanjangkan umur, dimurahkan rezeki, dan dikekalkan keamanan ketas muka bumi Kalahan ini selamanya, Daulat Tuanku.

iskandarX Society Negara - Kontinjen Malcoy 7 Di Lubnan Dijadual Kembali Ke Tanah Air Isnin

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Julai (Bernama) -- Kontinjen pertama Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Malcoy 7 yang berkhidmat di Kawkaba, Lubnan dijadual kembali ke tanah air Isnin.

Malcoy 7, yang mula berkhidmat pada 24 Julai tahun lepas, menamatkan tugasnya dalam misi pengaman Pasukan Sementara Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu di Lubnan (Unifil) Ahad.

Menurut kenyataan Kementerian Pertahanan, upacara serah terima tugas berlangsung di padang kawad Kem Malcon, Kawkaba semalam dan misi pengaman akan diambil alih Malcoy 8.

Upacara penyerahan bendera disempurnakan Komander Malcoy 7 Leftenan Kolonel Hassim Mat kepada Komander Malcoy 8, Leftenan Kolonel Hamdan Ismail dengan disaksikan Panglima Sektor Selatan Brigidier Jeneral Manuel Romero Carril dari Sepanyol.

Kontinjen Malcoy 7, turut dianggotai Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei (ABDB).


Peluru cukup tak Kontijen Malcoy 7? Jangan dok tengah perang karang dah tembak 100 round dok bunyi tembakkan dari senapang, lepas 100 round buat bunyi dengan mulut pulak sudah. Aku pun heran peluru pun boleh tak cukup dalam pasukan tentera negara kita sekarang nie.

iskandarX Society Islam - Tokoh Maulidur Rasul 2010 Datuk Dr Yaakob Che Man Meninggal Dunia

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Julai (Bernama) -- Bekas Pengarah Institut Penyelidikan Produk Halal (IPPH) Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Profesor Datuk Dr Yaakob Che Man meninggal dunia Ahad akibat kanser pankreas.

Allahyarham berusia 58 tahun.

Yaakob, yang merupakan Tokoh Maulidur Rasul 2010, menghembuskan nafas terakhir di Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) pada kira-kira 3.45 petang.

Anak sulung Allahyarham, Nadiah berkata bapanya dikesan menghidap penyakit itu sejak awal tahun ini dan dimasukkan ke wad Onkologi HUKM Ahad lepas bagi menerima rawatan.

Allahyarham, yang berasal dari Kampung Pulau Musang, Kuala Terengganu, meninggalkan seorang balu, Wan Jamilah Abdullah, 54, dan lapan anak serta seorang cucu.

Jenazah Allahyarham dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Sungai Merab, Bangi, kira-kira 6.45 petang.


Al-Fatihah kepada Profesor Datuk Dr Yaakob Che Man.

iskandarX Society Sukan - SUKMA: Terengganu Hampiri Gelaran Juara SUKMA Ke-15

KUANTAN, 15 Julai (Bernama) -- Terengganu semakin hampir bergelar juara Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) ke-15 apabila mendahului selesa kontinjen lain pada hari kedua terakhir temasya dwi tahunan itu yang akan melabuhkan tirainya Isnin.

Nota: Video ini adalah bagi SUKMA tahun lepas memandangkan aku belum siapkan lagi video review untuk Terengganu so aku letakkan dulu video nie, harap maklum.

Terengganu kini mengumpul 59 pingat emas, 23 perak dan 30 gangsa.

Dua daripada enam pingat emas kontinjen Terengganu hari ini diperoleh menerusi acara memanah iaitu Recurve berpasukan lelaki (pusingan Olimpik) dan Compound berpasukan wanita (pusingan Olimpik).

Atlet angkat berat Mohamad Norfarhan Ideris yang beraksi dalam kategori berat badan 105kg lelaki menyumbang dua pingat emas kepada Terengganu menerusi acara snatch dan clean & jerk.

Dua lagi pingat emas Terengganu disumbang Mohd Hafizuddin Hakim Mohd Zahari dalam acara tinju (kategori berat badan 44-46kg lelaki) dan skuad hoki wanita.

Selangor kekal menghuni tangga kedua dengan kutipan keseluruhan 47 pingat emas, 49 perak dan 55 gangsa.

Dua pingat emas Selangor hari ini diraih menerusi acara badminton perseorangan wanita (Yang Li Lian) dan tenpin bowling berpasukan wanita.

Tuan rumah Pahang menduduki tangga ketiga dalam kedudukan kutipan pingat dengan 44 emas, 36 perak dan 37 gangsa.

Dua daripada empat pingat emas Pahang adalah daripada sukan tinju yang dimenangi Mohd Haifizi Di (kategori berat badan 60kg lelaki) dan Muhammmad Fitri Abu Bakar (kategori berat badan 56kg lelaki).

Dua lagi pingat emas adalah menerusi acara pencak silat berpasukan dan badminton campuran (Chooi Kah Ming/ Lai Pei Jing).

Pungutan pingat pada hari terakhir SUKMA Pahang pada Isnin, tertumpu kepada sukan skuasy (acara berpasukan lelaki dan wanita), petanque (berpasukan lelaki dan wanita) dan gimrama (disiplin bola, gelung dan EPG).


Hahahaha sebelum nie kita semua ingat bahawa Selangor yang akan menjuarai SUKMA sepertimana tahun2 lalu, tetapi Terengganu telah menunjukkan belang tarung nya pada tahun ini. Memang aku pun tak sangka.

iskandarX Society Politik - BN Mahu Kurangkan Penghijrahan 200,000 Rakyat Kelantan

PASIR PUTEH, 15 Julai (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) Kelantan akan berusaha mengurangkan penghijrahan keluar lebih 200,000 rakyat dari negeri ini mencari kerja jika diberi peluang memerintah pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 kelak.

Pengerusi BN negeri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed berkata jumlah terbesar berbanding dengan negeri-negeri lain itu tidak boleh dibiarkan berterusan.

"Ia menimbulkan implikasi besar terhadap institusi keluarga dan gejala tidak sihat kepada masyarakat," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Eksplorasi Khas Himpunan Mahasiswa Kelantan (HIMSAK) di Tok Bali di sini, Ahad.

Mustapa mengulas tuntutan lima perkara oleh Presiden HIMSAK, Mohd Faizal Daud yang berucap di majlis itu yang mahukan peluang pekerjaan, adanya pembinaan rumah, kebajikan orang tua dijaga, infrastruktur dan usaha memperkasakan agama Islam diteruskan.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, berkata jika BN diberi peluang memerintah Kelantan, keutamaan akan diberi dalam usaha menarik pelaburan, menyediakan bekalan air bersih, perumahan kos rendah dan prasarana yang lebih baik.


Kalu tak nak orang keluar mencari kerja diluar negeri, so kerajaan negeri patut usahakan untuk memberikan pelunag pekerjaan, import pelabur-pelabur untuk membuka, kilang, shooping komplek, pawagam, bowling center, kalau takat melabur dalam bidang kebudayaan, anak-anak Kelantan dah boring dah tu sebab dorang chow ke chow-kit.

BN Mahu Kurangkan Penghijrahan 200,000 Rakyat Kelantan – Perak Today
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