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Sikap ‘Pelik’ Anak Tanda Bermasalah

26 Jun

Oleh Nor Afzan Mohamad Yusof

500,000 kanak-kanak di negara ini hidap disleksia dan ada tidak disedari ibu bapa

RAKAN sebaya anak anda seronok setiap pagi untuk ke sekolah, tetapi anak anda bersikap sebaliknya. Jika menghadapi masalah sebegitu, anda dinasihatkan supaya mencari jawapan di sebalik alasan diberikan bagi mengenal pasti masalah dihadapi.

Kerap gagal dalam ujian diberikan, selain gagal mengikuti pengajaran guru menyebabkan kanak-kanak itu sering dilabelkan sebagai murid lembab dan nakal, sekali gus memberikan kesan mendalam kepada murid berkenaan yang rata-ratanya mereka sendiri mungkin tidak tahu bagaimana untuk diluahkan kepada ibu bapa atau guru, apa sebenarnya yang mereka hadapi.

Tanda yang ditunjukkan anak berkenaan, mungkin sebenarnya disebabkan masalah lain termasuk menghidap disleksia yang memungkinkan berlaku kesukaran kepada hidupnya kerana kanak-kanak disleksik bermasalah dari segi pembelajaran.

Maklumat yang menakutkan, apabila anak berkenaan tidak dibantu pada peringkat awal lagi, beliau akan menjadi remaja bermasalah. Sungguhpun ramai orang ternama dunia termasuk Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Da Vincci, selain data menunjukkan kira-kira 30 peratus Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) syarikat ternama juga adalah disleksik yang membuktikan penghidap disleksia boleh menikmati kehidupan cemerlang, pada masa sama kajian di Amerika Syarikat (AS) mendapati 50 peratus banduan di negara itu adalah penghidap penyakit berkenaan.

Senario itu membuktikan kanak-kanak yang dibantu boleh menjadi manusia berguna, sebaliknya sekiranya dibiarkan begitu saja, boleh memberikan kesan negatif pada masa depannya.

Presiden Persatuan Disleksia Malaysia, Sariah Amirin, berkata sungguhpun isu berkenaan menjadi masalah ‘cukup tua’ dikesan di dunia, kesedarannya masih berada di takuk lama yang mana ibu bapa, malah guru masih belum memahami sepenuhnya dan kanak-kanak disleksik terus terbiar tanpa bantuan.

“Kanak-kanak disleksik masih ramai terabai kerana masih ramai guru yang gagal memahami karakter disleksia. Sekiranya mereka mengetahuinya, mereka tidak memiliki kemahiran khusus. Dengan kekurangan tenaga pengajar yang mahir, kanak-kanak yang sepatutnya mendapat tunjuk ajar khusus, sebaliknya bercampur satu kelas dengan murid normal.

“Apabila bercampur, mereka sudah pasti tidak menunjukkan prestasi membanggakan, sering dilabel pelajar bodoh dan lembab, selain diabaikan kerana guru juga tidak mempunyai masa cukup memberikan tumpuan lebih terhadap murid disleksik. Bayangkan, anda dilabel bodoh dan lembab sepanjang waktu? Bukankah ia mempunyai kesan buruk, sedangkan anda tahu anda bijak,” katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis Penajaan Dutch Lady Menerusi Filem Kung Fu Panda kepada persatuan berkenaan baru-baru ini.

Majlis itu turut dihadiri Pengarah Pemasaran Dutch Lady Milk Industries Malaysia Berhad, Jan Pieter Tanis.

Disleksia adalah masalah kesukaran pembelajaran, yang memberikan kesan terhadap pembacaan, ejaan, menulis dan mengingat. Ia adalah kesan daripada kerosakan kebolehan otak untuk mentafsirkan imej yang diterima menerusi penglihatan atau pendengaran untuk diterjemahkan dalam bentuk bahasa yang difahami.

Individu disleksia memiliki beberapa kelemahan termasuk melihat huruf secara terbalik seperti ‘was’ sebagai ‘saw’; ‘b’ sebagai ‘d’ atau ‘p’ sebagai ‘q’. Kesukaran dalam memahami, mengingat atau mengulang apa yang disebut melalui tulisan dan mempunyai tulisan yang tidak cantik.

Sariah berkata, pengesanan awal amat membantu kanak-kanak berkenaan hidup menikmati kehidupan bermutu dan memudahkan mereka belajar membaca serta menulis dengan baik. Sungguhpun hari ini ada sekolah yang memiliki kelas untuk murid disleksik, masih banyak sekolah tidak memilikinya, malah hanya boleh menempatkan cuma 20 murid pada sesuatu masa, sedangkan kajian menunjukkan lebih 500,000 kanak-kanak sekolah menderita akibat disleksia.

Menangani masalah berkenaan, katanya, persatuan itu bersedia melatih guru menangani kanak-kanak disleksik sekiranya Kementerian Pendidikan benar-benar serius menangani isu berkenaan.

“Kita perlu faham bahawa kanak-kanak ini bukanlah sakit atau menghadapi gangguan mental, sebaliknya kebolehan dari segi pembelajaran. Berbekalkan kesabaran dan teknik yang betul, kanak-kanak ini mampu menangani masalah yang mereka hadapi itu.

“Individu disleksik adalah insan pintar dan sekiranya kita terus mengabaikan, mungkin kita kehilangan saintis, doktor serta bijak pandai kerana ramai orang hebat di dunia, juga disleksik. Kanak-kanak yang diabaikan ini membolehkan mereka terjerumus dalam kancah sosial yang merosakkan,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pembiayaan kos ditanggung persatuan berkenaan, Sariah berkata, menjalankan kerja mengajar dan program kesedaran, persatuan itu bergantung sepenuhnya daripada derma serta sumbangan korporat.

Puluhan ribu diperlukan setiap bulan membabitkan gaji guru dan pekerja, selain sewa yang perlu dibayar bagi membolehkan persatuan terus berbakti kepada pihak memerlukan.

Sariah berkata, persatuan berkenaan ditubuhkan sejak 1993 dan banyak menganjurkan seminar serta bengkel membolehkan kanak-kanak disleksik terus belajar dan mampu kembali seperti normal yang tidak mungkin boleh didapati di sekolah biasa,

“Kanak-kanak ini bukan sepenuhnya belajar di sini, sebaliknya akan ada beberapa kelas dan dalam tempoh tertentu untuk mereka belajar dan teknik pembelajaran diberikan adalah berbeza. Dengan jumlah murid yang kecil seperti lima orang, guru akan mampu memberikan perhatian sepenuhnya.

“Sekiranya di sekolah, kanak-kanak ini belajar bahasa Melayu, kita di persatuan pula mengajarnya dalam bahasa Inggeris dan matematik. Selama tiga bulan pembelajaran komprehensif, selebihnya mereka boleh menghadiri kelas tambahan,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai tajaan oleh Dutch Lady, ia diadakan bagi meraikan lebih 50 tahun kewujudannya di Malaysia, Dutch Lady secara rasmi menaja filem animasi ‘Kung Fu Panda’, berserta pelbagai aktiviti berkaitan yang menarik meliputi jelajah ke seluruh negara, pemberian percuma premium filem berjenama, hadiah hebat seperti lawatan ke taman perlindungan panda di China, serta tayangan khas Kung Fu Panda sebagai sokongan kepada persatuan berkenaan.

Pieter Tanis, berkata penajaan ini juga adalah selaras dengan manfaat Dutch Lady 123 dan 456 yang dirumus secara eksklusif dengan TT-Ratio, iaitu untuk menggalakkan pembelajaran yang berkesan di kalangan kanak-kanak.

Katanya, pelanggan Dutch Lady boleh mengharapkan pelbagai tawaran kerana setiap pembelian Dutch Lady 123 dan 456 (pek 700g atau 1.1kg) mereka akan diberi premium ‘Kung Fu Panda’ berjenama (sementara stok masih ada), dan juga peluang untuk memenangi pakej pelancongan ke Wolong National Panda Reserve di Chengdu, China.

“Kami merasakan Po (watak utama), pengalaman panda mengatasi sifat takut dan cabaran untuk memenuhi potensi yang ada pada diri dia sepenuhnya sama seperti kanak-kanak yang menghidap disleksia yang berjuang untuk mengatasi kesukaran belajar,” katanya.

Berita Harian

The Iconic Wayfarer

1 Jun

The Original Ray Ban Wayfarer in black.

The Original Ray Ban Wayfarer in black.

The Ray Ban Wayfarer has stood the test of time and is now an essential summer accessory, says CHEONG PHIN

Reproduced in various sizes and colours.
Reproduced in various sizes and colours.

The white choice of the celebrities.
The white choice of the celebrities.

FASHION always seems to renew itself on what has come before and the current revival of many things from the exciting 1980s is no exception. It was a time when bright colours, chunky plastic jewellery, leggings, skinny jeans and rock music ruled the world. The younger fashion followers today were only born then and never got to experience the explosive fashion of the ’80s.

It’s therefore easy to see why it is like a breath of fresh air to them and when it’s mixed up with today’s contemporary clothing, we all end up finding that everything old (or ’80s) is new again. One must-have plastic accessory from that era that stood the test of time and is fast becoming a must-have accessory again today is the iconic Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.

Reproduced and re-imagined in various colours and sizes in almost every fashion corner in London this season, the square framed plastic sunglasses is the essential unisex summer fashion accessory.

The fad started a few years ago when fashion forward celebrities like Chloe Sevigny and Mary-Kate Olsen started wearing vintage Wayfarer frames. The Ray Ban designers soon noticed the increasing popularity of these vintage pieces and the prices they were commanding on eBay.

Responding to this new fashion craze in the market, Ray Ban reintroduced the original Wayfarer design in 2007 with a marketing strategy that included the use of new media like MySpace to connect with a new breed of consumers.

A host of the young Hollywood celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Kirsten Dunst, and British “bad” girl Amy Winehouse have already been spotted wearing these “cool” sunglasses.

The Ray Ban Wayfarer is an iconic design of sunglasses available with polarised lens and spring hinges that has been manufactured by Ray Ban since 1952. It’s reported to be the best-selling style of sunglasses in history and has been labelled as “one of the most enduring fashion icons of the 21st century”.

Designed by Raymond Stegeman, an inventor who procured dozens of patents for Bausch and Lomb (Ray Ban’s parent company), the radically new shape of the Wayfarer was “a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins”. According to design critic Stephen Bayley, “the distinctive trapezoidal frame spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness, but one tempered by the sturdy arms which, according to the advertising, gave the frames a ‘masculine look’.”

These Wayfarer which took advantage of the new plastics technology at that time was revolutionary and targeted at men initially. However, it became increasingly popular among Hollywood starlets and was evidently a pop culture icon worn by many celebrities for the last 50 years on and off the screen.

In the 1960s, Audrey Hepburn famously paired her Wayfarers with her Givenchy black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a look that was absolutely “cool”. The oversized shades then were an example of the early Wayfarer silhouette.

A series of design modifications ensued and two decades later, Tom Cruise reinforced the “cool” factor of these dark shades in Risky Business while influential Material Girl Madonna inspired a huge fashion follow up when she wore them in Desperately Seeking Susan. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd even made it looked “cool” in their bad ways in the cult movie The Blues Brothers.

To a certain extent, musicians like Bob Dylan and Blondie also gained their iconic “cool” style from donning these shades. The incredible impersonation of the Dylan character by Cate Blanchett in her recent movie I’m Not There was based on that 1980s iconic look. When celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise started wearing them off-screen, these plastic square frames quickly became the decade’s sunglasses of choice. Apparently, Ray Ban expanded from two models of the Wayfarer in 1981 to more than 40 models in 1989 and the Wayfarer went on to become one of the biggest cultural icons of the ’80s.

If you’ve never owned a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses, it’s never too late to buy one now and enjoy the “cool” Wayfarer experience. The current collection of Ray Ban Wayfarers is available in Original Wayfarer, New Wayfarer and the Wayfarer Folding style. In addition to the classic black and tortoise, they also come in an array of colours such as red, white and blue. You can buy them at almost any optical store that sells Ray Ban products or simply buy online on the Internet from shopping websites like http://www.sunglasses.co.uk and http://www.totalsunglasses.com.

The revival of the Wayfarer in mid 2000 and the expiration of Stegeman’s 1953 design patent also produced numerous designs inspired by the original Ray Ban Wayfarer. These include Oliver Peoples’ “Hollis”, REM Eyewear’s “Converse” and various styles by fashion houses such as Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Marc Jacobs.

 

New Straits Times

Holly Hunter Gets Star On Hollywood’s ‘Walk Of Fame’

31 May

LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning US actress Holly Hunter got star treatment on Friday, as her name was embedded and her film career honored on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame”.

The 50-year-old actress, her two-year-old twin sons, director Steven Spielberg and actor Ed Harris were all on hand for the unveiling of the 2,363rd star to be laid on Hollywood Boulevard.

Hunter won a Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in Jane Campion’s “The Piano” (1993) about the mute bride of a landowner in 1850’s New Zealand.

Spielberg directed Hunter in “Always” (1989), and she also appeared in “The Firm” (1993) with Tom Cruise; David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (1996); and the Coen brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) with George Clooney.

She can currently be seen in the television series “Saving Grace”.

– AFP/so

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Victoria Ditawar Berlakon

12 May


VICTORIA dan suaminya, Beckham.

LOS ANGELES – Aktor Hollywood, Tom Cruise mengundang isteri bintang bola sepak David Beckham, Victoria untuk memegang peranan kecil dalam filem The Hardy Men, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Victoria yang merupakan bekas anggota kumpulan Spice Girls ditawarkan peranan itu setelah dia diupah oleh aktor Tom Cruise untuk mereka kostum pelakon The Hardy Men. Ketika majlis ulang tahun ke-34 Victoria yang diadakan baru-baru ini, penyanyi itu kelu selepas Cruise membuat tawaran supaya dia mencipta kostum pelakon filem tersebut.

Menurut akhbar The Daily Express, Cruise turut mengundang Victoria untuk melakukan satu penampilan istimewa dalam filem itu. – Agensi

Kosmo

Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Choose Hebrew Name For Baby Girl

20 Apr

Katie Holmes gave birth to Tom Cruise’s baby yesterday – and no, it wasn’t an alien, as some people had half-jokingly speculated.

Cruise, 43, the Hollywood uber-star and Scientology poster boy, and his 27-year-old fianc
e welcomed a 3.4kg baby girl into the world amid intense media interest. They named her Suri, which means “princess” in Hebrew or “red rose” in Persian. It also means “pickpocket” in Japanese.

The birth of Suri was preceded by some of the most bizarre behaviour by a celebrity in recent memory.

Now, Cruise isn’t a desperate B-lister eager to climb the Hollywood hierarchy.

He is arguably the world’s best-known actor and one who is at the top of his game. But that hasn’t stopped him from behaving as if he’s coming slowly unhinged.

LET’S GET IT STARTED, YOU HEAR!

From the start, the supposedly fairy tale romance between Cruise and Holmes has seemed to many people more like a weird wonder tale.

When the couple started dating in April last year, rumours surrounded the circumstances of their first meeting.

According to the gossipy New York Post, the story went that Cruise was on a recruitment drive for a “photogenic virgin-type” actress who could serve as a potential partner.

Apparently, Holmes was not the first choice: Blue-eyed blonde Kate Botsworth, who also happens to be Orlando Bloom’s on-off girlfriend, was.

The same tabloid newspaper earlier alleged that TomKat’s relationship was a publicity sham.

The night the two held hands in front of photographers in Rome was also the day that Cruise’s publicist sister Lee Anne De-Vette formally announced the pair were dating – which gave the impression that the affair was part of a carefully orchestrated plan.

It did not help that, at the time, Cruise was promoting his latest film, War of the Worlds, and Holmes was the female lead in Batman Begins.

Rumours may be rumours, but the general public lapped it all up because Cruise himself seemed to perpetuate the stories.

However, it was the infamous “jumping the couch” incident that really set tongues wagging, with most suggesting that some Cruise control was called for.

On an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in May last year, Cruise leapt up on a bemused Winfrey’s couch and performed an impromptu jig while proclaiming his love for Holmes.

The phrase “jump the couch” has since entered the lexicon. It is defined at http://www.urbandictionary.com as “a defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end”.

Of the much-publicised incident, Cruise told US magazine Entertainment Weekly magazine two months later: “There are some people who just don’t like to see other people happy ῅ They’re like the bullies you grow up with in school. But you know what?

If they don’t like it, f*** them. If people don’t like it, f*** off.”

GOING ON A CRUISE-ADE

The masses might have done just that had Cruise dealt with the negative publicity in the way most celebrities would – by keeping a low profile.

But far from going into self-imposed exile, Cruise launched a crusade aimed at publicising his belief in the quasi-religious principles of Scientology, speaking out on a range of topics including psychology, religion and drug addiction.

If Cruise seemed like just another overpaid Hollywood eccentric before, now he was treading on shakier ground and setting himself up as a symbol of pop culture’s disproportionate influence on people’s lives.

In May last year, he said in an interview on TV’s Access Hollywood that actress Brooke Shields should have simply taken vitamins for her postpartum depression, comments that set off a furore among psychiatrists and a very angry Shields.

Cruise later said he had received 154,000 positive responses to his advice. (In a strange coincidence, Shields announced the arrival of a baby girl, Grier Hammond Henchy, on the same day that Cruise and Holmes’ came out with their big announcement).

Cruise also called psychiatry a Nazi science, saying: “Look at the experimentation the Nazis did with electric shock and drugging.

Look at the drug methadone. That was originally called Adolophine. It was named after Adolf Hitler.”

A writer for Entertainment Weekly disproved Cruise’s claims and his research findings were run in the magazine alongside the actor’s responses.

Seemingly unrepentant, Cruise subsequently claimed that he could help someone quit heroin in three days using a Scientology detox programme. News of the claim appeared in the following month’s issue of GQ magazine.

A hint to the reason for Cruise’s exploitation of the power he wields as a celebrity could lie in the tumultuous relationship he had with his father.

In an upcoming interview with Parade magazine, he revealed that his father was “a bully and a coward”. He also claimed that he was bullied countless times during his childhood.

Parade later scrapped its online poll as to whether the media or Cruise himself was to blame for his many public relations disasters because the overwhelming response in favour of the media – 84 per cent of respondents pointed the finger at the press – came from about 10 computers, which meant that the results were very likely rigged.

So unprecedented is Cruise’s behaviour that the line between fact and fiction has become a blur.

Last month, it was widely reported on the Internet that Cruise wielded his substantial influence to get an episode of South Park that lampooned Scientology pulled off the TV show Comedy Central. Representatives of Cruise have denied the rumour.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Best known for her role in the teen TV drama Dawson’s Creek, the Ohio-born Holmes had enjoyed a comparatively innocent romance with Chris Klein before Cruise proposed to her atop the Eiffel Tower in June last year.

Now, the former Catholic has converted to Scientology, much to the apparent chagrin of her parents.

Oddly enough, amid the media circus, Holmes has said very little.

One of the few things that she has said on the record – she spoke to talk show host Winfrey last year – is that she had fantasised about Cruise since she was a teenager.

Perhaps because Holmes says very little, the rumours surrounding her are even wilder than those which Cruise attracts.

The latest one was that Cruise ordered an adult pacifier to be custom-made for her in order to suppress her groans during the birthing process, because Scientologists believe that births should be silent.

Well, how bad can that be, when Cruise also told GQ that he wanted to eat Holmes’ placenta after the birth. But he was likely joking. A journalist from Parade, which ran an interview with Cruise timed with the upcoming release of Mission Impossible 3, said of the mother of his child: “Holmes wore a large diamond engagement ring. She seemed dazed, passive and vacant. She never stopped smiling.”

The secrets behind the TomKat love affair may only be uncovered by intrepid biographers in the years to come.

In the meantime, there’s a new story for the media to dig their claws into: The life and times of the TomKitten.

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