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Monday, 30 November 2009

ACHTUNG! ACHTUNG! Strong winds, rough seas warning for Kelantan & T'ganu

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a first category warning that strong winds and rough seas in waters off Condore and Samui (Kelantan, Terengganu) will continue until Tuesday.

A statement from the department on Monday said strong Northeasterly winds of 40-50 kmph with waves up to 3.5 metres are expected to occur over the waters off Condore and Samui (Kelantan and Terengganu) starting Dec 4 (Fri) and persist till Dec 6 (Sun).

In addition, the coastal areas of East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia (Kelantan and Terengganu) are vulnerable to sea level rise and such condition is expected to persist from Dec 4 to 6.

This condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small crafts, recreational sea activities and sea sports. - Bernama

The right form of expression ...? Part 1

Which is the right way to say?

1. When students are sitting for an exam and it’s almost time to hand in the exam paper, the invigilator would say, “You have five more minutes.” Is this the right thing to say?

Or should it be “You have five minutes more” or “You still have fiveminutes”?  Do they carry different meanings?

2. What should be used after “entire/whole/all”? For example, in “The entire class is / are having a picnic at the Irama Beach.”, should it be “is” or “are”?


ANSWERS:

1. The clearest announcement an invigilator can make, in my opinion, is: “You have five minutes left”.
Below is a ‘Notice to invigilators’ from the British Brunel University’s website:
Five minutes before the end of the examination; You have five minutes left.

One of the meanings of “more” is “additional” or “further”, but when an invigilator says “You have five more minutes”, he means “You have five minutes from now”, not five additional minutes to the time given. This may give rise to a misunderstanding and that is why I think it is better to use “five minutes left”.  

“You have five more minutes” is, however, used in some institutions, e.g. Blyth Community College, Northumberland, England, where invigilators are given the following instruction: “Five minutes before the end give warning: ‘You have five more minutes.’”

Your suggestion that invigilators should say “You still have five minutes” sounds fine to me.

2. “Entire” and “whole” can be used before collective, singular, plural and uncountable nouns. “All”, however, can only be used before uncountable and plural nouns.
If the noun after “entire”or “whole” is a collective noun like “family” or “class”, the verb can be either singular or plural in British English. Thus, you can say:
“The entire class is/are having a picnic at Irama Beach.”

If the noun after “entire” or “whole” is a singular or uncountable noun, a singular verb is used, e.g. “His whole/entire childhood was spent in this town.” (“childhood” is an uncountable noun) and “The whole/entire town was under water during the recent floods.” (“town” is a singular noun)

If “all” is used before an uncountable noun, a singular verb is used, e.g. “All his confidence is gone now.”

If “entire”, “whole” and “all” are used before a plural noun, a plural verb is used, e.g.
“Entire/whole villages were destroyed by the earthquake.” and “All teachers are expected to attend the staff meeting tomorrow.”

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Permohonan masuk ke Tingkatan 4 di SM Teknik / Vokasional 2010 (16 October 2009 - 04 January 2010)


Closing date :  4 JANUARY 2010

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Kemasukan Pelajar Tingkatan 1 Ke Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Diumum 25 Dis 2009

PUTRAJAYA, 26 Nov (Bernama) -- Keputusan pemilihan dan penempatan pelajar Tingkatan Satu di sekolah berasrama penuh (SBP) tahun depan akan diumumkan selewat-lewatnya 25 Disember ini.

Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom berkata semakan mengenai keputusan itu boleh dibuat melalui laman web kementerian iaitu www.moe.gov.my.

"Murid Tingkatan Satu SBP dijangka akan mendaftarkan diri di kesemua 53 buah SBP yang ditawarkan pada 11 Jan depan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini pada Khamis.

Alimuddin berkata sebanyak 95,826 permohonan diterima berhubung perkara tersebut, manakala hanya 6,600 tempat sahaja yang boleh ditawarkan.

Beliau berkata kementerian masih mengekalkan dasar 70/30, iaitu 70 peratus tempat dikhususkan untuk murid sekolah luar bandar dan 30 peratus lagi untuk murid sekolah bandar.

Beliau berkata keutamaan akan turut diberikan kepada anak-anak daripada keluarga berpendapatan di bawah Paras Garis Kemiskinan (PGK), di mana mereka akan dibantu dari segi bayaran persekolahan, bayaran makanan dan keperluan asrama.

"Melalui pendekatan ini murid-murid berpeluang untuk menikmati kemudahan pembelajaran yang sewajarnya supaya mereka dapat berusaha meningkatkan taraf hidup keluarga dan masyarakat, serta sesuai dengan konsep pendidikan untuk semua yang menjadi matlamat utama pendidikan negara," katanya.

Katanya menurut rekod, seramai 5,794 atau 17.6 peratus daripada 32,836 murid di SBP sehingga Oktober tahun ini telah diberikan bantuan untuk meneruskan pendidikan mereka dengan lebih sempurna.

Alimuddin berkata pengetua SBP juga telah diberikan kuasa autonomi bagi memilih 20 peratus murid untuk ditempatkan di sekolah masing-masing, dan mereka akan memberi pertimbangan berdasarkan kebitaraan (niche area) sekolah.

"Sebagai contoh sekiranya kebitaraan sekolah ialah bidang muzik, maka murid yang mempunyai kemahiran dan latar belakang muzik akan diberikan keutamaan untuk dipanggil temuduga serta menjalan proses-proses pemilihan oleh pihak sekolah," katanya.

PENGAMBILAN MURID KE SEKOLAH BERASRAMA PENUH TAHUN 2010

 
PENGAMBILAN MURID KE SEKOLAH BERASRAMA PENUH TAHUN 2010
 
1.        Bersyukur ke hadrat Allah SWT kerana dengan limpah kurniaNya dapat kita bersama sekali lagi dalam sesi media ini. Sebagaimana saudara dan saudari sedia maklum bahawa seramai 48,171 orang murid telah berjaya mencapai semua A dalam Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) tahun 2009. Oleh  itu, ramai ibu bapa secara umumnya berhasrat untuk menempatkan anak-anak mereka di Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP).
 
2.        Pada tahun ini Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) telah menerima sebanyak 95,826 permohonan untuk kemasukan ke Tingkatan Satu (1) SBP bagi tahun 2010. Manakala tempat yang boleh ditawarkan hanyalah sebanyak 6,600 sahaja.
 
3.        Saya memahami bahawa ramai ibu bapa yang mengharapkan anak-anak mereka dapat belajar dan meneruskan kelangsungan pendidikan rendah ke menengah yang terbaik terutamanya di SBP. Namun begitu matlamat SBP pada dasarnya adalah untuk memberi keutamaan menempatkan murid-murid dari kawasan luar bandar.
 
4.        Melalui pendekatan ini, murid-murid berpeluang untuk menikmati kemudahan pembelajaran yang sewajarnya supaya mereka dapat berusaha meningkatkan taraf hidup keluarga dan masyarakat pada suatu masa nanti. Hal ini amat bersesuaian dengan konsep pendidikan untuk semua (education for all) yang menjadi sebagai satu matlamat utama pendidikan negara.
 
5.        Murid-murid dari luar bandar yang ditempatkan di SBP akan dibantu untuk mendapatkan pendidikan yang berkualiti. Perkara ini amat bertepatan dengan hasrat YAB Perdana Menteri yang memberi keutamaan kepada teras ketiga (3) dalam Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Nasional (NKRA) iaitu meluaskan akses kepada pendidikan yang berkualiti dan berkemampuan. Untuk pemilihan dan penempatan murid ke SBP bagi tahun 2010, KPM masih mengekalkan dasar 70:30 yang membawa maksud 70% tempat dikhususkan untuk murid dari sekolah luar bandar dan 30% tempat untuk murid sekolah bandar.
 
6.        Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa, Pengetua SBP telah diberikan kuasa autonomi bagi memilih 20% murid untuk ditempatkan di sekolah masing-masing. Pengetua akan memberi pertimbangan berdasarkan kebitaraan (niche area) sekolah. Sebagai contoh sekiranya kebitaraan sekolah ialah bidang muzik, maka murid yang mempunyai kemahiran dan latar belakang muzik akan diberikan keutamaan untuk dipanggil temu duga serta menjalani proses-proses pemilihan oleh pihak sekolah.
 
7.        KPM juga memberikan keutamaan kepada anak-anak yang mempunyai latar belakang keluarga berpendapatan di bawah Paras Garis Kemiskinan ( PGK ). Murid-murid dalam kategori ini akan dibantu dari segi bayaran persekolahan, bayaran makanan dan keperluan asrama. Mengikut data enrolmen SBP sehingga 31 Oktober 2009, dari sejumlah 32,836 murid di SBP seramai 5,794 ( 17. 6 % ) orang murid telah diberikan bantuan untuk meneruskan pendidikan mereka dengan lebih sempurna.
 
8.        Keputusan pemilihan dan penempatan akan diumumkan selewat-lewatnya pada 25 Disember 2009. Semakan keputusan boleh dibuat melalui laman web KPM www.moe.gov.my. Murid Tingkatan Satu (1) SBP dijangka akan mendaftarkan diri di kesemua 53 buah SBP yang ditawarkan pada 11 Januari 2010.  
 
Terima kasih.
 
Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Alimuddin bin Haji Mohd. Dom
Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Malaysia
Putrajaya, 23 November 2009

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Puad Zarkashi - Apathetic Teachers To Face The Music

Definition

apathetic adjective
/ˌæp.əˈθet.ɪk/ US /-ˈθet ̬-/ adj
showing no interest or energy; unwilling to take action, especially over something important


Eg;
1.  Young people today are so apathetic about politics.
2.  Don't be so apathetic - how are you going to get a job if you don't even write a letter?

(Definition of apathetic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


apathetic = sembrono??? (in Bahasa, pls click here to read the Malay version)


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- The Education Ministry would take immediate action on apathetic teachers so that their non committal attitude will not disrupt the education system in the country said deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

"There are no specific statistics on such teachers but the ministry will not take things lightly or allow it to become a culture. Such issues must be given serious consideration because it can become a collective culture among teachers," he told reporters after opening the seventh National Convention for Excellent Teachers here on Monday.

Mohd Puad said among reasons identified for such attitude among teachers was due to personal reasons like tension due to matrimonial problems and perception of the people on teachers.

He cited the tragedy in Kuala Dipang, Perak as an example whereby parents of three pupils who drowned in the Kuala Dipang bridge tragedy on Oct 26, decided to file a RM105 million suit alleging negligence on the part of 10 parties, including teachers.

"Cases like that can add on pressure on teachers who were involved," he said.

Mohd Puad said to avoid such instances, the ministry would tighten terms and conditions when appointing new teachers starting next year, to ensure only those interested in educating students are employed.

Hopefully Jejaka??? Sembrono doesn't run amok on Tuesday hua hua huah ...

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Alumni SMS Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra


 
Mesyuarat Agung Kali ke 13 Alumni SMS Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra
 
Date   :   22 November 2009
Time   :  3:00PM Sunday
Venue :  Fakulti Sains dan Matematik (Dewan Al-Ghazali), UiTM Shah Alam

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

A ROSE by any other name ...



A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet,” a smitten Juliet tells her Romeo. Little does she knows that a rose by any other color, number or combination, has so many different meanings attached to it. Whatever the occasion, these flowers spread the love all year round, so it’s no surprise they’re everyone’s undisputed favorite.

Color
When it comes to saying “I love you,” red roses are the undisputed symbol of romantic affection and burning passion. White roses represent purity, innocence and respect, which make them a nice option for dads who want to give something to their daughters. Yellow roses are given between friends, or as a gesture of congratulations. They can also say “Welcome back” and “Remember me,” and can represent new beginnings. Careful with this color, though, as it can also represent jealousy!

Stuck in that “more than friends, less than lovers” stage? Give them yellow roses with red tips, which convey friendship and falling in love. Lilac or lavender roses speak of love at first sight. Orange ones symbolize desire, enthusiasm and fascination, saying “I’d like to get to know you better.” Peach and pink roses are for saying thank you. If you want to create mystery and remain as a secret admirer, blue roses are your best bet.

Number
Usually, a single rose already speaks volumes. A red rose can mean love at first sight or “I still love you,” while one in any other color says “Thank you.” But as they say, the more, the merrier.

Giving two roses means “The feeling is mutual.”Three means “I love you.” Seven stands for “I’m infatuated with you,” nine says “We’ll be together forever,” and 10 means “You are perfect.” Eleven says, “You’re my treasured one.”

The ever-popular one dozen means “Be mine.” Despite its unlucky connotation, 13 roses, especially yellow ones, is the best way to say “Best friends forever!”. Fifteen says “I’m really sorry,” 20 implores that “I’m sincere toward my feelings for you,” and 21 means “I’m dedicated to you.” Double that dozen and you’re saying “I’m yours forever.”

Still have cash to burn? Let’s raise the bar a little higher. Twenty-five means “Congratulations,” 50 shows your unconditional love, and 99 declares “I will love you all the days of my life.”

For some reason, a hundred and eight roses represent the ultimate question: “Will you marry me?” probably because it means that if you can afford that many, it reassures the recipient that you can provide financial support. Heh heh.

If filling her entire room still isn’t enough for you, giving 999 roses is the best way to say “I will love you forever, until the end of time.” Just make sure she and her entire family won’t drown in them in the process!

Presentation
So you’re on a reeeally tight budget. Hey, it’s not the end of the world— there are still ways to show the magnitude of your affection other than by sheer number. For one, you can combine different colors to give rise to new meanings.

Red and white roses stand for unity and are a great choice for the newly engaged. Red and yellow expresses joy and celebration, while white and yellow speaks of harmony. Since white can also mean secrecy, putting a single orange or red rose in a white bouquet represents a secret fling.

Two roses entwined is a simpler yet no less romantic way to say, “Marry me.” A thornless rose means “It’s love at first sight for me” (or it can just mean “I don’t want you to prick your finger and get tetanus infection on my behalf”). A rosebud in any color symbolizes youth and beauty, which makes it a top pick for eighteenth birthdays.

Finally, giving someone dead roses means “It’s over!” but let’s just pretend I never said that.

Dear Ain Norshal, I truly believe you will become one of the best TSAs in years to come.  Best of Luck!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

STUDY TIPS FOR YOU

When studying, gather all notes, handouts or reference materials on the subject. Once you have done that, try to summarize the important points by listing them down in bullet points. Draw diagrams if necessary. Reread your notes and try to recall how your lecturer or teacher discussed them. Also, many students find it more effective to study together with a buddy. A studying buddy can help you test your skill in memory recall and reinforce your understanding of the subject.

Laziness can become a big stumbling block in your studies, but with perseverance, commitment and a little support, it can be overcome. Here are some tips to beat laziness: Firstly, think of your target and goals – you know you can’t be lazy if you want to succeed. Secondly, keep healthy by getting enough rest and sleep, doing regular exercises and not eating too much until you feel too heavy to move. Third, repeat your goals everyday, and when you’re ready, tell the people around you. Lastly, the support that you need may come from your family, friends; or maybe your religion. Or, it can even come from your own self! Every morning and before you go to bed, look at the mirror and tell yourself you will beat your laziness!

Successful students don’t spend all their weekend having fun. They set a few hours, especially on the evening before class, to review their schoolwork.

This helps them to be ready to go back to class when another week begins.

One of the best ways to understand and remember what you studied is by exchanging questions and answers with a partner. You can play this Question-and-Answer game with a classmate. Or you can form teams and play by giving marks for correct answers and subtracting marks for each wrong answer. The winning team gets a small prize such as a cup of tea or a pencil for each member, but all participants will benefit by learning and remembering along the way!

There are many pairs of English words that sound alike, but each has a different meaning. For example, affect means to influence, while effect means the result of something. Be careful to use the correct word so that you will not express something different than what you mean to express. Ask your teacher or lecturer; or just check with the Internet, or a dictionary, when you are not sure. Always write the right word!

Always remember that time is a critical resource that you can’t replace when it’s gone. Smart students use their time wisely so that they won’t complain of not having enough time when exams or assignment deadlines are around the corner. Stick a large calendar up on your wall, behind the door, on the wall of a cupboard etc and look at it daily so that you always know the number of days you have before the exam or assignment deadline.

Review reading assignments and exercises just before class, or before preparing your school bag. Then, review what you have learned immediately after class, or on the same day when you get home. This way, you will be better prepared to absorb lessons during class, and will remember what you have just learned.