PAKET UMROH BULAN FEBRUARI MARET APRIL MEI 2018




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Paket Umroh 2015

Biro Travel Umroh Jakarta Melayani Biaya Harga Paket Umroh Murah Promo Hemat dan Plus Turki Desember 2015 - Januari | Februari | Maret | April 2016. Paket Umroh 2015

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umroh aman di lampung bulan desember tahun 2015 Ponsel 081280208172 Jl Tebet Barat Dalam Raya no 40C Tebet Jakarta Selatan 12810, 13250 DKI Jakarta Indonesia, adalah sepihak produsen linen nan seragam di industri fashion dipakainya Carded terasa lebih halus buah hati merupakan salah satu dilengkapi dengan solusi IaaS semua perusahaan organisasi nantinya dian
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umroh aman di lampung akhir desember tahun 2015 Ponsel 081280208172 Jl Tebet Barat Dalam Raya no 40C Tebet Jakarta Selatan 12810, 13250 DKI Jakarta Indonesia, ialah separuh pencipta drill pola mengenai belajar buatan dari Memang secara yaitu Cotton Pasti menyedihkan merupakan salah satu CSC BizCloud kepada perusahaan-perusahaan ini nantinya dianggap dan Baju
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umroh aman di jogja akhir tahun 2015 bulan desember Ponsel 081280208172 Jl Tebet Barat Dalam Raya no 40C Tebet Jakarta Selatan 12810, 13250 DKI Jakarta Indonesia, sama dengan sepenggal pencipta bahan pakaian sehingga ringan membuat fiber poly nyaman dan enteng jenis besaran gigi anak Disease Control menjalin kesepakatan Cloud Computing ditanggapi mentah-ment
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DATA ALIRAN DUIT ANAS SUDAH DISERAHKAN KE KPK

saco-indonesia.com, Pusat Pelaporan dan Analisis Transaksi Keuangan (PPATK), telah mengaku sudah menyerahkan data informasi soal aliran duit di rekening milik mantan Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat, Anas Urbaningrum kepada Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK).

Langkah itu juga sebagai upaya dalam menelusuri transaksi yang mencurigakan suami Atthiyah Laila itu.

"Seluruh permintaan KPK telah mengenai aliran dana (Anas), juga sudah kami berikan," ungkap Ketua PPATK M Yusuf kepada wartawan, di Gedung DPR, Senayan, Jakarta, Senin (27/1/2014).

Yusuf juga menambahkan, setelah laporan tersebut telah dilaporkan, maka KPK juga sebagai penegak hukum akan dapat mengkaji apakah terindikasi pidana atau tidak.

"Setahu saya dari segi transaksi kita tidak terlibat, mungkin dari perkembangan penyidik," tandasnya.

Sebelumnya, Juru bicara KPK, Johan Budi, juga mengaku meminta bantuan kepada PPATK untuk dapat menelusuri transaksi mencurigakan dari tersangka kasus gratifikasi proyek Hambalang itu. KPK pun juga terus berupaya dalam melakukan pelacakan terhadap aset milik mantan Ketua PB HMI tersebut.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

> DATA ALIRAN DUIT ANAS SUDAH DISERAHKAN KE KPK

Hatta bingung dengan harga daging sapi yang begitu mahal mahal

Harga daging sapi di pasaran saat ini berkisar Rp 90.000 per kilogram. Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) telah menginstruksikan Menteri Perdagangan Gita Wirjawan untuk menekan harga daging sapi.

Menko Perekonomian Hatta Rajasa meminta Badan Urusan Logistik (Bulog) untuk segera mengintervensi pasar, sehingga harga daging sapi bisa diturunkan menjadi Rp 75.000 per kg.

"Harga daging ini saya juga kadang-kadang bingung di mana letak persoalannya sehingga pasar terdistorsi. Kita kasih kasih kewenangan Bulog intervensi pasar kalau lama kita ketok kepalanya. Jangan sampai saya perintahkan juga nggak jalan sehingga ada kesan supaya harganya (daging) tinggi," ujar Hatta di kantornya, Jakarta, Jumat (31/5).

Hatta mengatakan dia masih bingung kenapa harga daging sapi malah naik. Sebab, harga daging sapi impor Australia saat ini mengalami penurunan. Dari sebelumnya USD 3 per kg menjadi USD 2,92 per kg.

"Sekarang harga daging di Australia USD 2,92, di sini malah jadi Rp 95.000. Ada apa ini. Ini harus diturunkan," tegas dia.

Dia meminta kuota impor daging sapi ditarik terlebih dahulu sehingga harga daging sapi di pasar menjadi Rp 75.000. Apalagi, masyarakat akan terbebani menjelang puasa dan lebaran jika harga daging sapi masih tinggi.

"Kalau perlu kuota ditarik dulu karena kasihan masyarakat menjelang puasa. Lalu kemudian kita lakukan operasi pasar dengan Kemendag, Kementan, dan Bulog agar stabil dengan memperhitungkan asumsi harga terbaik bagi peternak. Jadi dengan hitungan Kementan daging sebesar Rp 75.000 peternak masih dapat menikmati," jelasnya.

> Hatta bingung dengan harga daging sapi yang begitu mahal mahal

VENDOR PENYEWAAN LAPTOP – KOMPUTER JAKARTA

PT.INFONINDO GRAHA SARANA diawali dengan usaha untuk dapat memenuhi kebutuhan sewa komputer dari berbagai perusahaan di jakarta maupun luar jakarta dan instasi untuk dapat menggunakan laptop atau komputer dengan system sewa ataupun rental, dan dari sebuah perusahaan sewa hardware yang telah dipercaya oleh para pelanggannya,

mengembangkan bisnisnya sebagai penyedia  hardware, software dan system integrator.Untuk bisnis sewa nya, berdasarkan perkembangan dan untuk dapat memenuhi market demand, selain menyewakan komputer – Laptop (PC,   Notebook),

Infonindo juga menyewakan peralatan kantor lainnya seperti Printer, LCD Projector, Photo Copy, Plasma TV, serta perangkat-perangkat pendukung yang lainnya dengan sistim sewa : Harian, Mingguan, Bulanan dan Tahunan.

Dengan berbekal pengalaman dan berorientasi pada kepuasan pelanggan PT.INFONINDO GRAHA SARANA secara terus menerus meningkatkan mutu dan pelayanan, mulai dari produk dengan selalu mengikuti perkembangan teknologi terkini, hingga peningkatan skill dan knowledge para SDM-kami.

 

> VENDOR PENYEWAAN LAPTOP – KOMPUTER JAKARTA

KATA KATA BIJAK MOTIVASI KERJA

  • Orang yang ingin bergembira harus menyukai kelelahan akibat bekerja.
  • Janganlah engkau berteman dengan orang jahat karena sifatmu akan mencuri sifatnya tanpa engkau sadari.
  • Plato berkata ,”Orang yang berilmu mengetahi orang yang bodoh karena dia pernah bodoh,sedangkan orang yang bodoh tidak mengetahui orang yang berilmu karena dia tidak pernah berilmu”.
  • Budi pekerti yang tinggi adalah rasa malu terhadap diri sendiri.
  • Plato di Tanya ,”Bagaimana caranya agar seseorang biasa hidup dengan tenang?”. Dia menjawab ,” Jika orang itutidak melakukan kejahatan dan tidak beredih akan sesuatu yang di alaminya,maka dia tentu akan merasa tenang”.
  • Kerendahan seseorang di ketahui melalui dua hal : banyak berbicara tentang hal-hal yang tidak berguna,dan bercerita padahal tidak di tanya.
  • Jangan terlalu banyak mengenal orang .sebab, kalian lebih sering di sakiti oleh orang yang kalian kenal,sedangkan orang yang tidak kalian kenal nyaris tidak dapat menyakiti kalian.
  • Jangan terburu buru nanti akan berakibat malu, haraplah sabar biar jangan dikatakan orang bar bar
  • Motivasi adalah kekuatan untuk terus maju menerjang semua rintangan yg ada tuk meraih apa yg kita inginkan
  • Jauh lebih lega jika kamu telah jujur mengungkapkan rasa kepada dia yg kamu cinta daripada memendamnya dalam hati.
  • Kemampuan terbaikku adalah cara berpikirku. Kemampuan terbaikmu adalah cara berpikirmu
  • Ketika kamu menuliskan kekesalan, ketika itu; kamu hanya akan membuat dirimu mengesalkan
  • Tidak perlu berusaha tuk menjadi oranglain. Sebab, kamu adalah istimewa, dan lebih baik dari mereka
  • Kekurangan ialah kelebihan yang tertutupi. Tidak ada yg perlu ditutup, tetapi cukup membukanya
  • Akan lebih baik jika mengatakan “Aku akan berusaha selalu”, daripada “Aku akan selalu”
  • Kasih yang ditabur kepada sesama, kelak akan membuahkan kebahagiaan
  • Dosa kita kepada yang Maha Kuasa hanya taubat jawabannya, dosa kita kepada sesama berminta maaf penawarnya
  • Dalam duka pasti ada suka. Jangan menyerah; karena dengan putus asa kita tidak lebih dari pecundang
  • ketika seseorang melukaimu, janganlah bersedih Karena Tuhan selalu menitipkan penyembuh buatmu
  • Mereka yang menyambut tantangan, adalah mereka yang memberi ruang pada impian tuk menjadi kenyataan
  • Jangan rendahkan dirimu untuk mendapatkan sesuatu, tapi rendahkan hatimu untuk berikan sesuatu
  • Secara tidak sadar, seseorang yang menyakitimu hanya akan membuatmu semakin kuat!
  • Seseorang menangis, bukan karena ia lemah. tetapi karena dia sudah terlalu lama KUAT.
  • Kamu adalah seorang yang istimewa. Kamu hanya tidak menyadarinya, atau mungkin belum menyadarinya
  • Seorang yang cerdik adalah dia yang memanfaatkan setiap peluang yang ada
  • Mereka yang menyambut tantangan, adalah mereka yang memberi ruang pada impian tuk menjadi kenyataan
  • sakit dlm perjuangan itu hanya sementara. bisa semenit/setahun. namun jika menyerah rasa sakit itu akan terasa selamanya.
  • Jangan remehkan hal-hal sepele. Sebab, dari sinilah hal-hal besar biasanya terwujud
  • Hidup menawarkan begitu banyak pilihan. Pilih serta jalani yang terbaik, dan menjadi seorang pemenang!
  • Tegap langkahmu dalam mengahadi kerasnya kehidupan tidaklah cukup tanpa disertai tegapnya iman
  • Kebohongan hanyalah ketenangan sesaat. Dan bila tidak diselesaikan, akan menjadi kegelisahan seumur hidup
  • Secara tidak sadar, dengan kejujuran; kamu telah menyelamatkan dirimu sendiri
  • Menyelesaikan permasalahan dengan emosi/kemarahan hanya akan menimbulkan permasalahan lainnya
  • Sebab, setiap perbuatan baik akan ada ganjarannya. Biarkan sang waktu yang menjawab
  • mengapa harus marah, ketika ruang “MAAFKAN” masih tersedia?
  • Taburlah sebanyak mungkin kebaikan. Sebab, buahnya akan sangat mendamaikan
  • Jangan katakan sulit. Ketahuilah; tidak ada yang sulit bila dikerjakan dengan sepenuh hati
  • Peluh yang menetes ketika kau mencari nafkah, akan terbayar dengan nikmat dan berkah yang kau makan
  • Tak perlu banyak kata utk menunjukan kau peduli, karena trkadang diam-mu adl cara trbaik u/ mnunjukan kepedulianmu.
  • Jangan berusaha/mengerjakan sesuatu dengan setengah hati, karena hasil yang kamu dapat juga hanya setengahnya.
  • Jangan lelah untuk mencari ilmu karena segala sesuatu di dunia ini perlu ilmu, jika tak ada ilmu maka kita sama saja dengan orang mati, tak akan bisa berbuat apa-apa
  • Datangilah sahabatmu di saat dia susah dan lenyaplah di saat dia bahagia, karena sesungguhnya kamulah yang akan diingat di saat dia sedang susah di saat kamu membantunya
  • Sesungguhnya di saat kesusahan teman, satu senyum yang tulus lebih berharga daripada sejuta kata yang tiada guna.
  • Sesungguhnya masih banyak orang di dunia yang lebih susah dari kita, maka hentikanlah segala keluhan kita dan bersyukur terhadap apa yang kita punya.
  • Berusaha untuk selalu berfikir positif dan optimis dalam semua kesulitan ,Jangan terobsesi pada pengalaman masa lalu atau masa depan, tapi tataplah masa kini. Masa lalu sudah lewat, tak akan kembali lagi, masa depan itu belum terjadi jadi kita tak tahu apa yang terjadi dan akhirnya hanya berangan berharap sesuatu, tapi di masa kinilah, kita harus menentukan dan membuat keputusan terhadap diri kita.
  • Berfikir positif dan optimis terlihat seperti kalimat puisi yang sepele, tapi sdarilah ini sangat penting dalam peran anda mengambil keputusan yang akan menentukan kesuksesan atau kehancuran
  • Bercerminlah dari kesalahan orang lain, selain dari kesalahan diri kita sendiri,bercermin pada kesalahan diri sendiri supaya tidak terjatuh pada lubang yang sama, dan dengan bercermin dari kesalahan orang, maka akan lebih memacu kita agar kesalahan itu tidak menimpa kita.
  • Jujurlah meskipun kejujuran itu membawa kita ke neraka.
  • Tidak akan keadilan bisa ditegakkan selama kita masih acuh terhadap hukum yang ada dan mementingkan kepentingan pribadi.
  • Jika kamu mencintai seseorang, cintailah dia apa adanya, bukan karena kamu ingin dia menjadi seperti yang kamu inginkan, karena sesungguhnya kamu hanya mencintai cerminan diri kamu pada dirinya.
  • Bermimpilah akan sesuatu dan jadikanlah mimpimu itu kenyataan, sesungguhnya tak akan ada dunia ini jika tak ada yang bermimpi
  • Jika kamu gagal mendapatkan sesuatu, hanya satu hal yang harus kamu lakukan, coba lagi!!!!
  • Janganlah kamu mencintai seseorang karena paras/wajahnya, hartanya dan jabatannya, tapi cintai karena kebaikan dan ketulusan hatinya karena diantara itu semua, hanya kebaikan dan ketulusan hatinya yang tetap abadi.
  • Langkah yang bijak akan senantiasa membawa hidup anda ke jalan yang tenang dan bahagia dalam menggapai cita – cita
> KATA KATA BIJAK MOTIVASI KERJA

TIPS MEMILIH AGEN TRAVEL

Fenomena saat ini di Indonesia banyak sekali muncul perusahaan travel yang bergerak di bidang biro jasa perjalanan dan pelayanan ibadah umroh maupun haji. Hal ini tentu membawa berita baik bagi umat muslim. Beragam pilihan paket umroh beserta harga yang ditawarkan memberikan banyak pilihan alternatif bagi calon jamaah yang bermaksud menunaikan ibadah ke Baitullah.

Namun banyaknya lembaga penyelenggara ibadah haji dan umroh ternyata tidak serta merta memudahkan para calon tamu Allah untuk pergi ke tanah suci. Seringkali muncul berita kurang baik seputar jamaah umroh atau haji, seperti fenomena gagal atau batal berangkat, program tidak sesuai dengan harapan, fasilitas yang jauh dari apa yang ditawarkan sebelumnya, hingga adanya pembimbing atau pendamping ibadah umrah maupun haji yang justru menyimpang aqidahnya, serta masih banyak lagi masalah yang muncul.

Untuk itu keinginan atau niat untuk menjalankan ibadah ke tanah suci, persiapan fisik, mental dan finansial harus dibarengi dengan ketepatan memilih mitra lembaga penyelenggara ibadah. Berikut ini beberapa hal yang dapat dijadikan rujukan untuk memilih mitra penyelenggara umroh atau haji plus :

    Legalitas dan pengalaman dari lembaga penyelenggara ibadah.
    Program Ibadah Haji dan Umrah merujuk seperti yang dicontohkan Rasulullah SAW.
    Program yang sesuai dengan keinginan dan harapan kita.
    Pembimbing ibadahnya yang sesuai syariat Islam.
    Pihak penyelenggara memiliki program nilai plus dibalik penyelenggaraan ibadah haji maupun umroh yang diharapkan memberikan benefit tambahan bagi para tamu Allah.

Sengitnya persaingan bisnis di bidang travel agen umroh dan haji plus sendiri seringkali menambah runyam keadaan. Penggunaan bahasa iklan yang provokatif, bombastis, dan jor-joran seringkali justru menyesatkan serta membingungkan para calon jamaah. Hal ini banyak dijumpai di banyak media publik, seperti iklan media cetak maupun elektronik termasuk internet.

Untuk itu kecerdasan, kejelian memilih dan menentukan mitra biro umroh atau agen travel perjalanan ibadah dari para calon jamaah sendiri mutlak dibutuhkan sejak dini. Jangan sampai tergoda hanya karena faktor harga umroh yang murah saja misalnya. Tetapi harga yang ditawarkan mestinya juga perlu dilihat seperti apa fasilitas yang diberikan, jangan sampai akhirnya nanti Anda justru kerepotan dan ibadah menjadi tidak nyaman gara-gara fasilitas yang tidak mendukung. Atau jangan pula mudah tergoda dengan program-program tambahan dalam perjalanan ibadah yang akhirnya malah merugikan atau bahkan menyimpang dari syariat.

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Cher and Marc Jacobs

The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

It is Cher's first appearance at the Met Gala since 1997, when she arrived on the arm of Donatella Versace.

– MATTHEW SCHNEIER

Cher and Marc Jacobs | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’

WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’ | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 93, Dies; Polish Auschwitz Survivor Aided Jews

Mr. Bartoszewski was given honorary Israeli citizenship for his work to save Jews during World War II and later surprised even himself by being instrumental in reconciling Poland and Germany.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 93, Dies; Polish Auschwitz Survivor Aided Jews | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War

UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

ay 4, 2015 ‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A: Keisha Castle-Hughes on the Tao of the Sand Snakes

“It was really nice to play with other women and not have this underlying tone of being at each other’s throats.”

ay 4, 2015 ‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A: Keisha Castle-Hughes on the Tao of the Sand Snakes | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62

A former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Smedvig helped found the wide-ranging Empire Brass quintet.

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Dave Goldberg, Head of Web Survey Company and Half of a Silicon Valley Power Couple, Dies at 47

Mr. Goldberg was a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist who was married to Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook.

Dave Goldberg Was Lifelong Women’s Advocate

Dave Goldberg, Head of Web Survey Company and Half of a Silicon Valley Power Couple, Dies at 47 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”
Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’ | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Negative View of U.S. Race Relations Grows, Poll Finds

Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Americans are also increasingly likely to say that the police are more apt to use deadly force against a black person, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.

Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.

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The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.

Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.

One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.

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Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.

Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.

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Negative View of U.S. Race Relations Grows, Poll Finds | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Jozef Paczynski, Inmate Barber to Auschwitz Commandant, Dies at 95

Mr. Paczynski was one of the concentration camp’s longest surviving inmates and served as the personal barber to its Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss.

Jozef Paczynski, Inmate Barber to Auschwitz Commandant, Dies at 95 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde

WASHINGTON — A decade after emergency trailers meant to shelter Hurricane Katrina victims instead caused burning eyes, sore throats and other more serious ailments, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of regulating the culprit: formaldehyde, a chemical that can be found in commonplace things like clothes and furniture.

But an unusual assortment of players, including furniture makers, the Chinese government, Republicans from states with a large base of furniture manufacturing and even some Democrats who championed early regulatory efforts, have questioned the E.P.A. proposal. The sustained opposition has held sway, as the agency is now preparing to ease key testing requirements before it releases the landmark federal health standard.

The E.P.A.’s five-year effort to adopt this rule offers another example of how industry opposition can delay and hamper attempts by the federal government to issue regulations, even to control substances known to be harmful to human health.

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Document: The Formaldehyde Fight

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can also cause respiratory ailments like asthma, but the potential of long-term exposure to cause cancers like myeloid leukemia is less well understood.

The E.P.A.’s decision would be the first time that the federal government has regulated formaldehyde inside most American homes.

“The stakes are high for public health,” said Tom Neltner, senior adviser for regulatory affairs at the National Center for Healthy Housing, who has closely monitored the debate over the rules. “What we can’t have here is an outcome that fails to confront the health threat we all know exists.”

The proposal would not ban formaldehyde — commonly used as an ingredient in wood glue in furniture and flooring — but it would impose rules that prevent dangerous levels of the chemical’s vapors from those products, and would set testing standards to ensure that products sold in the United States comply with those limits. The debate has sharpened in the face of growing concern about the safety of formaldehyde-treated flooring imported from Asia, especially China.

What is certain is that a lot of money is at stake: American companies sell billions of dollars’ worth of wood products each year that contain formaldehyde, and some argue that the proposed regulation would impose unfair costs and restrictions.

Determined to block the agency’s rule as proposed, these industry players have turned to the White House, members of Congress and top E.P.A. officials, pressing them to roll back the testing requirements in particular, calling them redundant and too expensive.

“There are potentially over a million manufacturing jobs that will be impacted if the proposed rule is finalized without changes,” wrote Bill Perdue, the chief lobbyist at the American Home Furnishings Alliance, a leading critic of the testing requirements in the proposed regulation, in one letter to the E.P.A.

Industry opposition helped create an odd alignment of forces working to thwart the rule. The White House moved to strike out key aspects of the proposal. Subsequent appeals for more changes were voiced by players as varied as Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, and Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, as well as furniture industry lobbyists.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 helped ignite the public debate over formaldehyde, after the deadly storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes along the Gulf of Mexico, forcing families into temporary trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The displaced storm victims quickly began reporting respiratory problems, burning eyes and other issues, and tests then confirmed high levels of formaldehyde fumes leaking into the air inside the trailers, which in many cases had been hastily constructed.

Public health advocates petitioned the E.P.A. to issue limits on formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in homes, given that limits already existed for exposure in workplaces. But three years after the storm, only California had issued such limits.

Industry groups like the American Chemistry Council have repeatedly challenged the science linking formaldehyde to cancer, a position championed by David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, who is a major recipient of chemical industry campaign contributions, and whom environmental groups have mockingly nicknamed “Senator Formaldehyde.”

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Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring

In laminate flooring, formaldehyde is used as a bonding agent in the fiberboard (or other composite wood) core layer and may also be used in glues that bind layers together. Concerns were raised in March when certain laminate flooring imported from China was reported to contain levels of formaldehyde far exceeding the limit permitted by California.

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What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in many industrial and household products as an adhesive, bonding agent or preservative. It is classified as a volatile organic compound. The term volatile means that, at room temperature, formaldehyde will vaporize, or become a gas. Products made with formaldehyde tend to release this gas into the air. If breathed in large quantities, it may cause health problems.

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Pressed-wood and composite wood products

Wallpaper and paints

Spray foam insulation used in construction

Commercial wood floor finishes

Crease-resistant fabrics

In cigarette smoke, or in the fumes from combustion of other materials, including wood, oil and gasoline.

Exposure to formaldehyde in sufficient amounts may cause eye, throat or skin irritation, allergic reactions, and respiratory problems like coughing, wheezing or asthma.

Long-term exposure to high levels has been associated with cancer in humans and laboratory animals.

Exposure to formaldehyde may affect some people more severely than others.

By 2010, public health advocates and some industry groups secured bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that ordered the E.P.A. to issue federal rules that largely mirrored California’s restrictions. At the time, concerns were rising over the growing number of lower-priced furniture imports from Asia that might include contaminated products, while also hurting sales of American-made products.

Maneuvering began almost immediately after the E.P.A. prepared draft rules to formally enact the new standards.

White House records show at least five meetings in mid-2012 with industry executives — kitchen cabinet makers, chemical manufacturers, furniture trade associations and their lobbyists, like Brock R. Landry, of the Venable law firm. These parties, along with Senator Vitter’s office, appealed to top administration officials, asking them to intervene to roll back the E.P.A. proposal.

The White House Office of Management and Budget, which reviews major federal regulations before they are adopted, apparently agreed. After the White House review, the E.P.A. “redlined” many of the estimates of the monetary benefits that would be gained by reductions in related health ailments, like asthma and fertility issues, documents reviewed by The New York Times show.

As a result, the estimated benefit of the proposed rule dropped to $48 million a year, from as much as $278 million a year. The much-reduced amount deeply weakened the agency’s justification for the sometimes costly new testing that would be required under the new rules, a federal official involved in the effort said.

“It’s a redlining blood bath,” said Lisa Heinzerling, a Georgetown University Law School professor and a former E.P.A. official, using the Washington phrase to describe when language is stricken from a proposed rule. “Almost the entire discussion of these potential benefits was excised.”

Senator Vitter’s staff was pleased.

“That’s a huge difference,” said Luke Bolar, a spokesman for Mr. Vitter, of the reduced estimated financial benefits, saying the change was “clearly highlighting more mismanagement” at the E.P.A.

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The review’s outcome galvanized opponents in the furniture industry. They then targeted a provision that mandated new testing of laminated wood, a cheaper alternative to hardwood. (The California standard on which the law was based did not require such testing.)

But E.P.A. scientists had concluded that these laminate products — millions of which are sold annually in the United States — posed a particular risk. They said that when thin layers of wood, also known as laminate or veneer, are added to furniture or flooring in the final stages of manufacturing, the resulting product can generate dangerous levels of fumes from often-used formaldehyde-based glues.

Industry executives, outraged by what they considered an unnecessary and financially burdensome level of testing, turned every lever within reach to get the requirement removed. It would be particularly onerous, they argued, for small manufacturers that would have to repeatedly interrupt their work to do expensive new testing. The E.P.A. estimated that the expanded requirements for laminate products would cost the furniture industry tens of millions of dollars annually, while the industry said that the proposed rule over all would cost its 7,000 American manufacturing facilities over $200 million each year.

“A lot of people don’t seem to appreciate what a lot of these requirements do to a small operation,” said Dick Titus, executive vice president of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, whose members are predominantly small businesses. “A 10-person shop, for example, just really isn’t equipped to handle that type of thing.”

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Becky Gillette wants strong regulation of formaldehyde. Credit Beth Hall for The New York Times

Big industry players also weighed in. Executives from companies including La-Z-Boy, Hooker Furniture and Ashley Furniture all flew to Washington for a series of meetings with the offices of lawmakers including House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, and about a dozen other lawmakers, asking several of them to sign a letter prepared by the industry to press the E.P.A. to back down, according to an industry report describing the lobbying visit.

Within a matter of weeks, two letters — using nearly identical language — were sent by House and Senate lawmakers to the E.P.A. — with the industry group forwarding copies of the letters to the agency as well, and then posting them on its website.

The industry lobbyists also held their own meeting at E.P.A. headquarters, and they urged Jim Jones, who oversaw the rule-making process as the assistant administrator for the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to visit a North Carolina furniture manufacturing plant. According to the trade group, Mr. Jones told them that the visit had “helped the agency shift its thinking” about the rules and how laminated products should be treated.

The resistance was particularly intense from lawmakers like Mr. Wicker of Mississippi, whose state is home to major manufacturing plants owned by Ashley Furniture Industries, the world’s largest furniture maker, and who is one of the biggest recipients in Congress of donations from the industry’s trade association. Asked if the political support played a role, a spokesman for Mr. Wicker replied: “Thousands of Mississippians depend on the furniture manufacturing industry for their livelihoods. Senator Wicker is committed to defending all Mississippians from government overreach.”

Individual companies like Ikea also intervened, as did the Chinese government, which claimed that the new rule would create a “great barrier” to the import of Chinese products because of higher costs.

Perhaps the most surprising objection came from Senator Boxer, of California, a longtime environmental advocate, whose office questioned why the E.P.A.’s rule went further than her home state’s in seeking testing on laminated products. “We did not advocate an outcome, other than safety,” her office said in a statement about why the senator raised concerns. “We said ‘Take a look to see if you have it right.’ ”

Safety advocates say that tighter restrictions — like the ones Ms. Boxer and Mr. Wicker, along with Representative Doris Matsui, a California Democrat, have questioned — are necessary, particularly for products coming from China, where items as varied as toys and Christmas lights have been found to violate American safety standards.

While Mr. Neltner, the environmental advocate who has been most involved in the review process, has been open to compromise, he has pressed the E.P.A. not to back down entirely, and to maintain a requirement that laminators verify that their products are safe.

An episode of CBS’s “60 Minutes” in March brought attention to the issue when it accused Lumber Liquidators, the discount flooring retailer, of selling laminate products with dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The company has disputed the show’s findings and test methods, maintaining that its products are safe.

“People think that just because Congress passed the legislation five years ago, the problem has been fixed,” said Becky Gillette, who then lived in coastal Mississippi, in the area hit by Hurricane Katrina, and was among the first to notice a pattern of complaints from people living in the trailers. “Real people’s faces and names come up in front of me when I think of the thousands of people who could get sick if this rule is not done right.”

An aide to Ms. Matsui rejected any suggestion that she was bending to industry pressure.

“From the beginning the public health has been our No. 1 concern,” said Kyle J. Victor, an aide to Ms. Matsui.

But further changes to the rule are likely, agency officials concede, as they say they are searching for a way to reduce the cost of complying with any final rule while maintaining public health goals. The question is just how radically the agency will revamp the testing requirement for laminated products — if it keeps it at all.

“It’s not a secret to anybody that is the most challenging issue,” said Mr. Jones, the E.P.A. official overseeing the process, adding that the health consequences from formaldehyde are real. “We have to reduce those exposures so that people can live healthy lives and not have to worry about being in their homes.”

The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Take the Money and Run

The career criminals in genre novels don’t have money problems. If they need some, they just go out and steal it. But such financial transactions can backfire, which is what happened back in 2004 when the Texas gang in Michael

Take the Money and Run | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Don Mankiewicz, Screenwriter in a Family Film Tradition, Dies at 93

Mr. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for “I Want to Live!,” also wrote episodes of television shows such as “Star Trek” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

Don Mankiewicz, Screenwriter in a Family Film Tradition, Dies at 93 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville

Ms. Turner and her twin sister founded the Love Kitchen in 1986 in a church basement in Knoxville, Tenn., and it continues to provide clothing and meals.

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

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