Nicol David

nicolDatuk Nicol Ann David (born 26 August 1983) is a Malaysian female professional squash player, currently ranked world number 3. Beginning in August 2006, David was the world number one for arecord-breaking 108 consecutive months, finally ceding the ranking in July 2015 to Raneem El Weleily. She has won the World Open title a record 8 times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as the British Open title in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice; in 1999 and 2001 under the tutelage of Richard Glanfield. She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this, until Raneem El Weleily emulated David’s feat by winning her second World Junior Championship in 2007. David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000 when she won her first WISPA title, after only a month on the tour. The victory came in February, when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open. On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B. in conjunction with the birthday of the His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. David was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics in 2004 and being appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia.

Considered by some to be one of the greatest women’s squash players of all time, David’s other notable achievements include the Asian Squash Championship, which she won a record nine times (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015). She also held a 13-month, 51-match winning streak, from March 2006 until April 2007, when she finally lost to Natalie Grinham in the final of the 2007 Seoul Open. David has also obtained the WSA Player of the Year on seven occasions, 2005-2010 and 2012.

Here is a recent tournament in Hong Kong, Nicol performed very well in this game.


The Importance Of Volleying

From a tactical perspective I have always believed the volley to be the most powerful way of controlling a game.


From a tactical perspective I have always believed the volley to be the most powerful way of controlling a game.

There are so many nuances within squash that you need to learn but here is a basic fact: the player in front and on the T wins most of the time, and this player is also generally volleying more in order to keep this position.

The simple pressure you inflict on your opponent by volleying is easy to understand when you imagine yourself playing someone who does exactly the same.

If I picture playing Shabana or Palmer, the pressure comes from many different areas but mainly from the fact they will constantly be looking to volley. They look to take advantage of a slip up and this puts me on edge and almost definitely makes my shot selection tougher and most likely poorer.

Obviously this is not only about volleying as the players mentioned above hit wonderful shots from all over the court putting pressure on their opponent.

However, in essence a volley is about taking the ball earlier, putting pressure on your opponent and taking advantage of a situation.

You need the ability to execute the volley but most of the time an average volley is better than a good shot hit later. This is my opinion and as I said earlier, I am a huge proponent of players volleying more in general.

As a coach I get very frustrated watching players allow the ball to come past them in the air to the backwall when they could have volleyed.

It’s a lack of focus, confidence and energy that stops them from taking the volley.

The lack of focus I’m talking about here is a mental challenge to overcome, not physical. Looking to volley takes a lot of concentration as you need to see the situation, be prepared, move and execute the shot way earlier than letting the ball go past, move back and hit off the ground. Playing conditioned games are great in pointing out which balls you let go past and also where tactically to hit the ball to give yourself the most chance of being able to volley from that area.

Lack of confidence comes from the fact that the volley is harder to execute well due to the lack of time. To gain confidence, practice volleys in solo, move up to practices that include volleys, conditioned games with benefits to volleying and then finally you should be able to integrate the volley more regularly into your game.

Lack of energy is ill–perceived. It takes more energy to move backwards off the T, hit, and then hustle to return, and in addition your points are most likely longer and more tiring without volleying. Try to consider focus and confidence before considering energy as an excuse.

Before I could effectively hit the ball short in the court I would use the volley as my number one tool to play aggressive, attacking squash.

Once I was able to also take the ball in short, the fact I volleyed as a matter of routine, then opened up the court and allowed me to play simple, easy volley winners – both long and short.


Top 10 Health Benefits of Playing Squash

Though it many not be a very popular sport in North America, squash has acquired popularity as a sport worldwide. An indoor sport which requires the use of racquets, squash is played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is a fast-moving sport and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It is a game that can be played at any age and is easy to learn. There are many modified game types and various equipment can be used to suit every size and skill level, enabling squash to played as either a leisure or competitive sport. Squash has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport.

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Badminton Vs Tennis Vs Squash-What Is Best For You?

Staying fit and healthy is becoming a worldwide trend today and going to the gym is one of the ways which people choose to lose weight. There are those who find going to the gym a little boring so they opt to engage in sports. Badminton, tennis and squash are among the choices for losing weight and being healthy, but how do you know which one is perfect for you?

Although badminton, tennis and squash are all racquet sports; there are significant differences among these three sports. Read along as each sport is discussed in details and we might be able to help you choose which one is best for you.


Badminton is a form of and aerobic exercise or a cardio exercise in other terms. It has multiple health benefits to its players and these benefits increase as the players also engage in the sport for a longer time. One must play up to 30 minutes a day to be able to obtain the optimal effect of badminton in one’s health. Here are some of the effects of badminton in one’s health:

  • Playing badminton reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL).
  • It helps reduce blood pressure which means it is a good exercise for those who have hypertension
  • It lessens the risk of heart attack by strengthening the heart muscles and prevents blood vessel from clogging
  • It helps in managing weight by burning excess calories
  • It can also help in preventing osteoporosis


Just like the badminton, tennis is also an aerobic/cardio workout. And there are also a number of health benefits tennis can bring:

  • It is not only a physical sport nor a sport of strength, but rather it is both mental and physical. It is a low impact sport so anyone can play it.
  • It helps in lowering blood pressure
  • Manages a person’s weight
  • Reducing the risk of heart diseases


Aside from the health benefits that were mentioned earlier in badminton and tennis, squash can also promote those; here are a few more health benefits that squash can make:

  • Boosts flexibility and sprint speed
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Develops the strength of your leg and arm muscles
  • Promotes concentration and mental strength

There are still a lot of things that sports can bring about in your overall health and it is still your choice on which sport you will participate into.



Tourism & Criminals

Seberang Prai, Penang, is banking in on eco-tourism to attract more visitors.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said there was huge potential for Seberang Prai to be an eco-tourism destination for the region.

“With an eco-tourism product, Penang will become a major destination for visitors due to its diversity,” he said at the opening of the Eco-Tourism Forum to discuss Seberang Prai’s potential today in Seberang Jaya.

Among the potential destinations in Seberang Prai are the Air Hitam Dalam recreation area in Lahar Yooi, and the mangrove forest in Kuala Bekah, Penaga.
Lim said areas like these in northern Seberang Prai had become an attraction to bird watchers, such as those from Japan and South Korea. These areas have a high concentration of migratory water birds and egrets every year.

“Another area is Teluk Air Tawar-Kuala Muda beach. It is an important spot for migratory birds. This is where bird watchers may get to see rare species of birds.”

Lim added that if locations like these were actively promoted as eco-tourism attractions, Seberang Prai would be able to draw nature lovers from all over the world.

Tourism is big business in Penang, especially with George Town listed as a Unesco world heritage site, but to date this business has been mostly restricted to the island. – December 14, 2015..

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Is it safe to invest in forex trading?

Are brokers safe? Yes and no. A lot of brokers operate as market makers and take the opposite side of your trade, meaning if you lose they win. This of course, means it is not in their best interest for you to win and will actively manipulate and act in an unscrupulous manner such as manipulating prices and declining withdrawals. However, on the flip side, if you choose a large ECN broker where the broker doesn’t take the opposite side, then it is safe. Large brokers such as FXCM are safe. Do not fall for the “deposit bonus” or “no spreads”, brokers are businesses, if they don’t make money via traditional means such as brokerage/spread, then they will make it another way. There is no such thing as a free lunch either, bonuses have conditions attached and you will most likely not come out ahead.

Is investing in forex safe? Yes and no. No, because you can blow up extremely quickly if you don’t know how to use proper money management. Yes, because you can earn consistent profits if you use proper money management and a trading plan. However, be warned that the number of retail traders who are profitable is less than 10% and of those, not many can make a living trading.

by Henry Fung, Investment Advisor & Model Manager – Stock Trading Room.

Saving or Earning?

When it comes to money, what’s your financial focus? My poor dad — my natural father who spent his life working in the public school system — spent much of his energy working for others and saving as much money as he could. He was addicted to “safe” decisions with his money.

“If you want to be rich,” my poor dad said, “Go to school, get a good job, and save your money.” The only problem is that my poor dad never became rich. He worked long hours, struggled financially and was never happy. If he wanted something nice, he denied himself. If we wanted to go on a trip, he’d say, “We can’t afford it.” At the end of his life, my poor dad was penniless. The costs of old age eroded his savings and he had no investments to fall back on. If it weren’t for his pension and Social Security, he’d have been in real trouble.

His financial decisions weren’t “safe” after all.

A different mindset

At a young age, my rich dad, my best friend’s dad, taught me a different mindset about money. He said, “Savers are losers. If you want to be rich, don’t save your money, make it work for you.”

Unlike my poor dad, rich dad was not highly educated. From a young age, he had to help support his family by running the family business. But what he lacked in traditional education, Rich Dad made up for in financial education. He understood money and how it worked. As a result, my rich dad owned many businesses and investments that produced cash flow for him every month.

He didn’t work for others, enjoyed the fine things in life, and was very happy. Rather than save money, he invested it in assets that made more money for him. At the end of his life, Rich Dad was wealthy in many ways. He’d lived a full life with friends and family — because of his financial freedom.

The difference between my poor dad and my rich dad can be found in their financial focus.

Working for money

My poor dad focused on saving more money rather than earning more money. The problem with his mindset is that it required working for money and for others. Because my poor dad was overly concerned with putting money in the bank, he missed many opportunities to use his money to make him richer.

When it came to his financial focus, my poor dad spent his energy working to make money, pay his expenses and save what was left — and very little was left.

Making money work for you

Rather than focusing on saving, my rich dad’s financial focus was on earning more money. The advantage of his mindset is that it required making money work for him. Because my rich dad was focused on making more money, he found many opportunities to expand his riches.

When it came to his financial focus, my rich dad spent his energy building his cash-flowing assets, building his income through those investments and then paying his expenses.

Planning to be rich

The difference between my poor dad and my rich dad essentially came down to how they managed their money. Poor dad said, “Live below your means.” My poor dad’s budget or money management focused on cutting expenses to meet his income. It was important for him to pay everyone else and then enjoy what — if anything — was left.

Rich dad said, “Expand your means.” My rich dad’s plan focused on increasing income. It was important for him to pay himself first and then take care of his expenses. He said, “Most people use their budget as a plan to become poor or middle class rather than to become rich. My budget is a plan to become rich. You have to make a surplus an expense.”

What he meant is that most people view a surplus as an asset. They save their extra cash in the bank or they spend it on liabilities. Rather than view extra money as an asset, Rich Dad viewed it as an expense to be invested. By making investments an expense in his budget, my rich dad ensured that he would make them a priority. He called it paying himself first.

So the question today is: Who are you paying first, yourself or everyone else? Your mindset is everything. If you want to be rich, I encourage you to change your mindset about money — and start focusing on earning.



Water is our basic need in daily life. A healthy water promotes healthy life. Let’s see the different between alkaline water and acidic water.

Our Times

One of the best and memorable movies in 2015 – Our Times.


It was set in 1994, the story follows Lin Zhen Xin, a plain high school girl who falls in love with the popular OuYang Fei Fan. She hopes that OuYang would take notice of her but when she finds out that he is going out with the school beauty, Tao Min Min, she seeks help from Xu Tai Yu, the school gangster, who is in love with Tao.

Click here to watch the trailer.