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KENYATAAN selebriti popular, Maya Karin dalam Twitter menjadi trending kelmarin disebabkan persoalan ‘how old are you?’Ramai yang mengecam kenyataan itu apatah lagi Maya turut tagging beberapa individu termasuklah Menteri Pendidikan, Dr Maszlee Malek.

Namun tidak kurang juga yang menyokong apa yang dimaksudkan oleh aktres jelita itu.

Bagi penulis, pertanyaan itu tiada khilafnya. Hala tuju ayat itu bergantung kepada bagaimana kita membaca serta memahaminya.

Jika dibaca ayat akhir pada tulisan Maya itu ‘think about it’, ya memang Kementerian Pendidikan kena fikirkan semula.

Bukan apa, pertanyaan Maya kepada murid terbabit adalah satu persoalan asas yang mula dipelajari di peringkat tadika lagi.

Ibaratnya jika kanak-kanak tadika belajar bahasa Melayu, persoalan siapa nama awak? Berapa umur awak? Itu persoalan utama yang dipelajari dalam memahami bahasa Melayu.

Jadi, kebimbangan Maya terhadap penguasaan bahasa Inggeris murid tahun empat itu ada asasnya. Ya, Maya pun tidak sebut dia salahkan sesiapa namun kita yang berfikiran terbuka ini sepatutnya faham bahawa sesuatu perlu dilakukan terhadap silibus dan pembelajaran subjek bahasa Inggeris di sekolah.

Jika ingin membincangkan cara pembelajaran bahasa di sekolah sebenarnya memang ada kelemahannya. Penulis tidak pasti di mana betul letaknya kelemahan itu tetapi ada pengalaman untuk dikongsi.

Penulis mempunyai anak berumur 10 tahun. Semasa berumur empat tahun, dia dihantar ke tadika swasta. Semasa di tadika, pembelajaran bahasa Inggerisnya sangat memuaskan hati.

Dia boleh bertutur dan membaca dalam bahasa Inggeris dengan sangat jelas dan lancar walaupun di rumah, bercakap dalam bahasa itu bak kata P Ramlee ‘kadang-kadang saja ia berlaku.’ Itu waktu berada di tadika.

Tetapi apabila dia masuk sekolah rendah, dia dah kurang bertutur dalam bahasa Inggeris. Di rumah apatah lagi, boleh dikira ayat bahasa Inggeris yang dituturnya.

Memang ada silapnya penulis sendiri yang tidak bertutur sepenuhnya dalam bahasa itu di rumah. Tetapi persoalannya, bagaimana tadika boleh mempraktikkan pembelajaran bahasa Inggeris secara berkesan sedangkan di sekolah lain caranya sehingga langsung hilang ayat dalam bahasa Inggeris yang keluar dari mulut anak penulis.

Penulis tidak salahkan cikgu sepenuhnya apatah lagi ‘cikgu’ utama di rumah pun tidak mempraktikkannya.

Namun betul apa yang Maya mahu Menteri Pendidikan lakukan iaitu ‘think about it!’ memang ada asasnya.

Begini, kita faham benar persoalan bahasa sama juga seperti agama, sangat sensitif dan hampir tidak boleh disentuh langsung.

Namun, seiring dengan zaman yang pantas beredar, penguasa negara perlu melakukan sesuatu agar generasi masa depan mampu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik tanpa meminggirkan bahasa kebangsaan.

Mungkin ramai yang tidak sedar, hampir semua anggota Kabinet, profesor, ahli perniagaan dan tokoh korporat boleh berbahasa Inggeris dengan baik malah, sebahagian besarnya mendapat peluang belajar di luar negara. Itu mungkin suratan rezeki mereka.

Jadi bagi kita yang berada pada tahap pertengahan ini, tidak perlu melatah, melantun atau memberi reaksi segera yang mempersenda apa yang Maya katakan kerana kita sendiri belum tentu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik.

Penulis juga sekadar memberikan buah fikiran, bukan menyokong secara bebal apa yang dikatakan pemilik nama sebenar Maya Karin Roelcke itu.

Artis itu hanya suruh kita semua termasuk kementerian bertanggungjawab berfikir sedalam-dalamnya senario yang berlaku dan oleh kerana bahasa Inggeris digunakan oleh berjuta-juta orang untuk bertutur, jadi mari kita ‘think about it.’

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)- Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.

The growing threat to what some call “the lungs of the planet” has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure of a leader who described Brazil’s rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development.

The president’s defiance came as Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 percent over the same period in 2018. Satellite images show smoke from the Amazon reaching across the Latin American continent to the Atlantic coast and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Onyx Lorenzoni, the president’s chief of staff, accused European countries of exaggerating environmental problems in Brazil in order to disrupt its commercial interests.

“There is deforestation in Brazil, yes, but not at the rate and level that they say,” said Lorenzoni, according to Brazilian news website globo.com.

The allegation came after Germany and Norway, citing Brazil’s apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, decided to withhold more than $60 million in funds earmarked for sustainability projects in Brazilian forests.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the Amazon fires are an international crisis and that G-7 leaders should hold an urgent meeting about them at their summit in France this weekend.

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” Macron tweeted.

Bolsonaro fired back on Twitter: “I regret that Macron seeks to make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries. The sensationalist tone he used does nothing to solve the problem.”

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted: “In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected.”

Federal prosecutors in Brazil’s Amazon region launched investigations of increasing deforestation, according to local media. Prosecutors said they plan to probe possible negligence by the national government in the enforcement of environmental codes.

Bolivia is also struggling to contain big fires, many believed to have been set by farmers clearing land for cultivation.

Bolsonaro said there was a “very strong” indication that some non-governmental groups could be setting blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration. He did not provide any evidence.

Bolsonaro, who won election last year, also accused media organizations of exploiting the fires to undermine his government.

“Most of the media wants Brazil to end up like Venezuela,” he said, referring to political and economic turbulence in the neighboring South American country.

London-based Amnesty International blamed the Brazilian government for the fires, which have escalated international concern over the vast rainforest that is a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The rights group this year documented illegal land invasions and arson attacks near indigenous territories in the Amazon, including Rondonia state, where many fires are raging, said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty’s secretary general.

“Instead of spreading outrageous lies or denying the scale of deforestation taking place, we urge the president to take immediate action to halt the progress of these fires,” Naidoo said.

The WWF conservation group also challenged Bolsonaro’s allegations about NGOs, saying they divert “the focus of attention from what really matters: the well-being of nature and the people of the Amazon.”

Brazil contains about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, won office after channeling outrage over the corruption scandals of the former government.

Filipe Martins, an adviser to Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that the Brazilian government is committed to fighting illegal deforestation and that many other countries are causing environmental damage.

The Amazon will be saved by Brazil and not “the empty, hysterical and misleading rhetoric of the mainstream media, transnational bureaucrats and NGOs,” Martins said.

Sergio Bergman, Argentina’s environment minister, appealed for people to overcome political or ideological divisions to protect the environment. He spoke at a five-day U.N. workshop on climate change in Brazil’s northern state of Bahia.

“We all, in a way, understand that it is not possible to keep using natural resources without limits,” Bergman said.

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Sure, seeing half the galaxy’s population dissolve into dust with the snap of a finger is sad and stunning, but imagine if half your search results vanished just as quickly.

With Avengers: Endgame now in theaters, that’s the downright scary proposition Google on Thursday began offering users of its search engine who did a simple query for Thanos, the fictional supervillain who snapped away half the universe in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. (The Easter egg originally launched Wednesday afternoon but — as if snuffed out by Thanos — it quickly vanished until Thursday.)

The Thanos search triggers an Easter egg that presents Thanos’ Infinity-stone studded gauntlet in the upper right corner of Google’s search results. But be warned that the power the image wields is far-reaching. Before your very eyes the random elimination of half the search results will unfold.

Google even gives you an updated count on search returns to show you the magnitude of your actions, displaying its familiar number of search results in the upper left corner. They decline from about 90 million results to just 45 million.

Thanos, of course, used the glove to reduce the population of the galaxy because he thought it too crowded. Perhaps Google secretly feels the same about search results on the web.

But take heart. Though those Thanos search results have vanished, you can restore them with another click on the mad titan’s glove.

Clicking Thanos’ Glove above will do the destruction.

This isn’t the first time Google has planted an Easter egg in its search results. For less destructive but definitely more disorienting results, search on Google for “askew,” “anagram” or “do a barrel roll.” (Pro tip: Keep the Dramamine handy for the last one.)

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We can all agree that moving our bodies to a song we love is something that comes naturally.

But expressing oneself through dance in public is definitely something most would shy away from, but not for this high school student.

That’s why the video of him busting some major moves to Blackpink has taken Malaysian internet by storm.

The performance was a special one organised during a Teacher’s Day celebration at SMK La Salle, Klang, and it drew praise from netizens in the Twitter-verse.

One was commenting on how fearless the kid was.

“Nowadays, there are a lot of guys out there who can dance, and in public at that. Omg, I’m so jealous.”

Another commended his moves and that anybody can dance.

“Despite his body shape, his moves were sharp af.”

“Deal with it society, don’t judge a person by their appearances. If you can’t do it, just be silent and watch them slay.”

One even lamented how she wishes she could emulate the confidence of the individual.

“This is a kid living his life, having fun, doing what he loves, not hurting anybody. Wish I had even 1% of that sass.”

Surely the teachers of the school were thoroughly entertained by the performance.

With all the positive comments coming his way, it is almost certain that this teen’s passion for dance will not end here.

Who knows, we might just be looking at the next Asia’s Got Talent star.

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This is the reason why Japan is the role model of the world.

In December 2018, a Japanese company launched an ‘umbrella-sharing’ system called iKasa in Tokyo where members of the public can rent umbrellas strategically located in convenient stores and shops across the city. The renting process is fairly simple as well and all they need to do is:Add iKasa account as a friend on LINE

  1. Add iKasa account as a friend on LINE
  2. Press the ‘Rent an Umbrella’ button
  3. Click on a spot that’s close to your current location. Then, check if the place is open and if there are any free umbrellas
  4. Proceed to the spot, scan the QR code on the handle and the umbrella is yours for the day
  5. Once you’re done using it, scan the QR code at the return stand

Press the ‘Rent an Umbrella’ button

Click on a spot that’s close to your current location. Then, check if the place is open and if there are any free umbrellas

Proceed to the spot, scan the QR code on the handle and the umbrella is yours for the day

Once you’re done using it, scan the QR code at the return stand

Customers will be charged 70Yen (approx. RM2.50) per day on their pre-registered credit card. However, should they forget to return it on the same day, it will incur extra charges. That said, once the charges snowballs to 420Yen (approx. RM15), customers can keep the umbrella and don’t have to return it anymore. They would’ve basically bought the umbrella! 

This system has been running for a few months now and the management was happy to report that the return rate for the umbrellas is 100 per cent, which impressed netizens worldwide because similar initiatives have been carried out in other countries like China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia before this and the results were pretty embarrassing.

For instance, in 2018, property developer Aspen Group placed 4,000 free umbrellas at 12 bus stops and five schools in Penang for those who need to shield themselves from sunlight and rain. It was hoped that the users would return them after using but sadly, all 4,000 of them went missing. Yikes! 

This story has shown just how civic-conscious the Japanese are and hopefully, Malaysians could take a page from their book.

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Catherine Amores is shopping around for a new smartphone – only it’s not for her. It’s for her eight-year-old son Jacob. 

The stay-at-home mom says she will feel safer if her second-grader has an iPhone with him at all times. 

“Everything I see on the TV news makes me worry all the time. There was a school lockdown in our neighbourhood recently. That’s why I think it is very important to get him a smartphone,” said the Hayward mother of three. “Being able to get a hold of him immediately will give me peace of mind.” 

As smartphones dominate our daily lives, many parents feel pressured to buy them for their children at younger and younger ages. Some, like Amores, fear losing touch with their kids in a crisis. Others believe the devices offer priceless educational opportunities or worry their kids will feel left out because their friends have phones. 

By the age of 13, 83% of kids have their own phone – up from just 34% in 2012, according to a Common Sense Media report last year. And a widely cited 2016 report by Influence Central put the average age for a child to get a cellphone at about 10, though some experts say that is trending downward. As the age drops, parents are left wrestling with the question of how young is too young for a smartphone. 

“Phones are status symbols especially in our tech-worshipping society. But it is parents’ responsibility to make the right call for each child, not just ‘because everyone has one’,” said Caroline Knorr, senior parenting editor at Common Sense Media. “The risk with younger kids getting phones is that the devices are very powerful and require some level of maturity and responsibility.” 

California students could soon be restricted or banned from using smartphones at school under a bill proposed by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, which would require schools to limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds. Experts have long warned that exposing children to smartphones too soon poses a long list of potential dangers, from health concerns to social setbacks. 

“Research tells us that increased use of screens is associated with poorer academics, obesity, decreased fitness, reduced social interaction and disturbed sleep,” said Richard Bromfield, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

The very structure of the brain can be rewired by too much exposure to a smartphone as a child, scientists warn. Children who use smartphones and other screens for more than seven hours a day are more likely to experience premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes thought and action, according to a 2018 study released by the National Institutes of Health. 

Yet many parents feel that the risks of a scary world are more pressing worries. Amores wants to give her son a smartphone, instead of a flip phone, so she can video chat with him and pinpoint his location. 

“I feel like there is no safe place anywhere,” Amores, 24, said. “If he has the phone on his body, we will be able to trace his location.” 

Adamma Ison hasn’t gotten her four-year-old son Jeremiah a smartphone, but she has let him use her Samsung so much he thinks it belongs to him. Jeremiah began watching YouTube to learn his letters, his numbers and the difference between an octagon and a hexagon around the age of two. She says the phone has been a great educational tool. 

“It can be hard to hold a small child’s attention, but YouTube catches his attention and keeps it,” said Ison, 39, who lives in Vallejo. “It has helped him absorb complex information, expand his vocabulary and teach him life skills.” 

Eighty one percent of parents with children age 11 or younger let their child watch videos on YouTube and 34% do so regularly, according to a report last year from the Pew Research Centre. However, having the Internet in your pocket also means running the risk of addiction to constant stimulation, doctors say. 

“My biggest worry is the way too much smartphone, and social media in all its forms, trains a child’s brain to think about nothing but the latest tweet, text or ping,” said Bromfield. “I worry too that today’s children seem unable to tolerate their own company.” 

That’s why Emma Wrankmore’s children don’t have phones. She worries they would distract her children, Blake, 10, and Natalie, 7, from the pleasures of childhood like climbing trees and playing tag with friends at the park while also exposing them to cyberbullying. 

“I plan to hold out as long as I can,” said the Fremont mother. “Elementary school feels too young to me. I will probably give in once the majority of the school class has them so I don’t feel cruel – but don’t know when that will be.” 

Two years ago, Brooke Shannon started the online Wait Until 8th pledge, a national movement urging parents to hold off on smartphones until 8th grade or age 14. The pledge only kicks in when 10 other families in your kid’s grade and school have also signed up. 

“We all got swept away by the tidal wave of technology. It’s been very normalised so that everywhere you go, you see little kids using smartphones,” said Shannon, who lives in Texas and started the effort after seeing legions of first- and second-graders with smartphones. “But the fact is that it’s not good for them.” 

Parul Naresh, of Fremont, is also interested in putting off the day her son Veer, eight, gets his own handheld gadget. 

“There’s too much inappropriate content, and it’s a super waste of time,” she said. “I wish I myself was never trapped into using it.” 

But Ison sees it differently. She’s well aware that she has to constantly monitor what Jeremiah is watching on her phone. She said she would never use the phone as a babysitter. 

“The parents who have trouble with technology are the ones who aren’t paying attention,” said Ison. “They aren’t really present with their kids. Technology is not permission to check out. You have to supervise it.” – The San Jose Mercury News/Tribune News Service.

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They say anything is possible when you have a good friend to support you through tough times. 

A disabled boy in China has been able to go to class for six years without a problem thanks to his classmate and best friend who piggybacks him every day.

Xu Bingyang, 12, carries Zhang Ze to school come rain or shine. The kind-hearted boy also helps his friend to fetch lunch and move between classrooms to attend different lessons. 

The beautiful friendship between the two children from Meishan city in south-western China’s Sichuan Province was reported earlier this month by Chinese news outlets, including Sichuan Online and Xinhua.

Xu, who is much taller and stronger than Zhang, told reporters that it was his pleasure to be his friend’s ‘walking stick’. 

a group of people standing around a table: Xu also helps Zhang to fetch lunch and move between classrooms to attend different lessons

He added that it wasn’t difficult to lift Zhang.

‘I weigh more than 40kg (88 pounds) and Zhang Ze only weighs about 25kg (55 pounds), so it’s okay for me to carry him,’ Xu said. 

On the other hand, Zhang said he couldn’t thank Xu enough for his benevolence. 

‘Xu Bingyang is my best friend. Every day, he studies with me, chats with me and plays with me. [I] thank him to look after me like this every day,’ Zhang told Sichuan Online.

Xu and Zhang are sixth-grade pupils at the Hebazi Town Central Primary School in the county of Qingshen. 

Zhang was diagnosed with a rare muscle condition, sometimes known as the rag doll disease, at the age of four.

Xu, who is much taller and stronger, said it was his pleasure to be Zhang's 'walking stick'

The incurable condition, officially called myasthenia gravis, caused Zhang to lose all control of his voluntary muscles in his legs. He cannot walk on his own.

Fortunately, Zhang has been able to go to school like other children after Xu offered to help him as soon as they met in the first grade. 

WHAT IS MYASTHENIA GRAVIS? 

Myasthenia gravis is a rare long-term condition that causes certain muscles to become weak.

a person standing in front of a building: Zhang, on the other hand, said he couldn't thank Xu enough for his benevolence and help

It mainly affects muscles that are controlled voluntarily –often those controlling eye and eyelid movement, facial expression, chewing, swallowing and talking.

Sometimes, the muscles that control breathing, neck and limb movements are also affected.

The muscle weakness associated with myasthenia gravis is usually worse during physical activity and improves with rest.

It is an autoimmune condition that affects the nerves and muscles. 

Autoimmune conditions are caused by the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissue.

In myasthenia gravis, the immune system produces antibodies (proteins) that block or damage muscle receptor cells.

a close up of a person: Xu said his biggest wish was to carry on helping the others and volunteering in the future

This prevents messages being passed from the nerve endings to the muscles, which results in the muscles not contracting (tightening) and becoming weak.

It is not fully understood why some people’s immune systems produce antibodies that attack the muscle receptor cells.

Speaking to Chengdu Economic Channel, Xu considered it his responsibility to help those in need. 

He said: ‘I am bigger than him. I thought if I didn’t help him, nobody else would.’

The journey for the pair hasn’t been easy, however. 

For example, it would usually take the two boys three minutes to move from the classroom to the toilet, which are about 70 metres (230 feet) apart. 

To cover the short distance, Xu would gently hold Zhang by the hand or lift him up from the side as they slowly move forwards together. 

Whenever there are stairs, Xu would carry Zhang on his back. 

Xu also assists Zhang to refill his water bottle, hand in his homework and go to the bathroom.

Helping out friends day after day takes dedication, patience and perseverance.  

For about three years, Zhang was helped by Xu and another boy.

But the other pupil pulled out during the third grade because he said he didn’t have spare time for himself to play or study, according to one teacher. 

‘For so many years, [Xu] has continued doing good deeds and never complained in front of the teachers and classmates,’ the teacher told Sichuan Online, adding that Xu is hardworking, down-to-earth and very mature. 

And apparently, not even Xu’s mother knew about her son’s selfless behaviour at the beginning. 

She said her shy son had never talked about his action in the family and she only found out about it from the other pupils. 

Talking about future, Xu said his biggest wish was to carry on helping others around him and volunteering for the society when he grows up.  

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If you’re a contact lens wearer, you know this to be true: You wear them because you can’t see, and you can’t wear them for too long otherwise you can’t see (read here). While they take away the trouble of wearing glasses (who else hates having to constantly wipe them?!), they often bring their own fair share of drama to our everyday lives. If you’re a member of the club, then I’m sure you’ll relate to these situations! #thestruggleisreal

1. Being out for more than 8 hours is a straight-up nightmare

A full day of shopping is not an option, not when your eyes become a bleary, red mess after wearing contact lenses for about 8 to 10 hours straight – and in an air-conditioned environment? Forget it.

2. That instant pain you get when you put them in the wrong way

Instructional Contact Lenses Comic

Chances are, there’s been at least one occasion where you’ve put your contact lenses in the wrong way and boy, just once is enough for us to learn a good lesson! Never again will I make this mistake!

3. That huge relief of taking off your contact lenses at the end of the day

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For most guys, it’s taking off your ties, and for most women, it’s taking off your bras. After you start wearing contact lenses though, they’re the ones you look forward to taking off the most at the end of the day. If you forget to do so, this brings us to the next point…

4. How impossible it is to get any sleep without taking them off

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No matter how exhausted you are after coming home from a long day, there is one thing you absolutely have to do: Take. The. Lenses. Off. Otherwise, forget about getting that much-needed shut-eye. Unless of course, you want to know what it’s like to have raisins for eyeballs – it’s not fun!

5. When you wear glasses because you’re out of contact lenses and everyone goes, “Eh you wear glasses meh?”

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We almost never wear glasses to school/work/the outside world but sometimes, when we run out of stock, we don’t have a choice but to resort to being four-eyed. And when this happens, everyone around you will be asking the same question – since when you wear glasses?

6. Mixing up contact lenses of two different powers in the casing

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All of you out there with the shortsightedness of two different degrees have suffered this time and time again. Once you mix them up, the only way to fix things is to try one side on – and hope you’re right on the first try. Constant poking of the eyeball is something you’d want to avoid at all costs!

7. Packing your whole eye care kit whenever you travel

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When you’re travelling, there are some things that you can’t leave home without and this includes contact lenses cleansing solution, casing, eye drops, spectacles, plus a pouch to store all these essentials.

8. That fear of getting chlorine or water in your eyes when you go swimming

And you're most likely running away from something.

The space that our contact lenses occupy on our eyeballs is a sacred one, and one that should never be violated by chlorine/water via swimming/snorkelling. Time to invest in those prescription goggles if you haven’t!

9. When you tear up for no reason whatsoever but people think you’re crying

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Others might mistake you for a crybaby, but the sadness of watching a romantic drama is nothing compared to the pain of dry eyes. It really burns okay? *Sobs*

10. Feeling like two different people before and after wearing contact lenses

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It’s kind of exciting to feel like you become a whole other person when you wear either glasses or contact lenses. And if you’re the type who’s envious of those with coloured eyes, chances are you’ve reached for blue/green/hazel/grey ones too to see how you’d look like in your favourite hue!

Did any of these situations strike a chord with you? Share with us in the comments about what you love/hate most as a contact lenses wearer!

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A Malaysian Edition Of E! News

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For close to three decades, E! News has been the go-to show for the latest celebrity news and gossip, not to mention exclusive interviews with the who’s who of Hollywood.

Currently hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy, E! News first aired on entertainment network E! in 1991. The newscast has also spawned several international versions, including E! News Asia,which was introduced in 2010. 

And now, in a special edition tailored for Malaysians, Media Prima Television Networks is launching its own version of E! News called E! Media Prima TV Networks.

However, unlike traditional television programmes, the Malaysian edition of E! News will premiere on YouTube and curated into bite-sized, ten-minute episodes

New episodes will be uploaded onto TV3’s official YouTube channel, while a two-minute abridged version of each episode will be aired on TV3 itself. 

According to Media Prima Television Networks CEO Johan Ishak, the new programme is part of the media company’s aim to democratise content on its digital platforms by giving entertainment fans easy access to the latest celebrity news and gossip with the click of a button.

“It’s specially for those who hardly watch television and rely on social media to find out the latest happenings in showbiz,” he said.

New episodes of E! Media Prima will be released every Monday and Thursday at 9pm

According to Johan, about 60 to 70 percent of the programme will involve Malaysian artistes, while the rest will highlight the latest updates from Hollywood, Bollywood, Hong Kong, and South Korea. 

Each day of the week will also feature different interests, with Monday episodes focusing on beauty and fashion tips from celebrities, while Thursday episodes will feature tech-savvy artistes sharing their love of the latest gadgets. 

The show will be presented by local personalities Aaron Al Fateh of ntv7’s The Feel Good Show, Chrystina Ng of radio station One FM and 8TV, and singer Tasha Aleia


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Whether you have a part-time job, side business or just simply working weekends at the office, many of us work or know some people who work on the weekends.

Well, according to a report by Free Malaysia Today, those hard workers may be more likely to suffer depression.

Study Says Working On Weekends Increases Risk Of Depression - WORLD OF BUZZ 1

The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, was done at the University College London, the Department of Research and Policy at Age UK, and Queen Mary University of London. With a data sample of 11,215 men and 12,188 women, they came across some interesting findings.

Defining a standard working week as 35 to 40 hours a week, they came up with the following categories.

Less than standard working hours: <35 hours a week

Standard working hours: 35-40 hours a week

Long working hours: 41-55 hours a week

Extra-long working hours: 55+ hours a week

The study found that women who worked extra-long hours and/or on most weekends had the worst mental health out of everybody, with significantly more symptoms than women who worked standard hours. For men, working more or fewer hours than the standard working week had no effect on depressive symptoms.

Study Says Working On Weekends Increases Risk Of Depression - WORLD OF BUZZ

However, it’s important to note that working weekends was linked to increased risk of depression in both sexes.

It was also discovered that men were more likely to experience more depressive symptoms with weekend work when they disliked their work conditions, while the depressive symptoms of women increased with the number of weekends worked especially compared to women who only worked weekdays.

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As the study was based purely on observation, researchers say they can’t establish cause and effect.

The UK study also unveiled how almost half the women in the study worked less than 35 hours a week while most of the men worked longer hours. However, researchers pointed out that “previous studies have found that once unpaid housework and caring is accounted for, women work longer than men, on average, and that this has been linked to poorer physical health.”

Study leader Gillian Weston said, “We need to move from a culture of unrealistic demands and low rewards to one in which workers are supported and valued, feel they have control, feel they have purpose, and are allowed sufficient time for recovery and leisure.”

“This would benefit workers of both sexes and result in a happier and healthier workforce too – which of course would also benefit the employer,” she added.

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Health, both physical and mental, is a priority that everybody must take care of, so make sure you strive to get a good work-life balance! In light of this, we should all also be more supportive of our friends and family that work especially long or irregular hours. After all, having support from our loved ones can really encourage and counteract the daily stresses of work, leading to better relationships and mental health. In other words, it keeps us happy and sane!

Do you usually work weekends or know friends or family members who do? Do you think they feel more depressed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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