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ARTIKEL BUKU TEKS

Pengertian jual Buku Teks

Pengertian jual buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis. Persoalannya sekarang, kita “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935). Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka. Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

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Definisi Buku Pelajaran

Buku dalam arti luas mencakup semua tulisan dan gambar yang ditulis dan dilukiskan atas segala macam lembaran papyrus, lontar, perkamen dan kertas dengan segala bentuknya: berupa gulungan, di lubangi dan diikat dengan atau dijilid muka belakangnya dengan kulit, kain, karton dan kayu. (Ensiklopedi Indonesia (1980, hlm. 538))

H.G. Andriese dkk menyebutkan buku merupakan “informasi tercetak di atas kertas yang dijilid menjadi satu kesatuan”.

Unesco pada tahun 1964, dalam H.G. Andriese dkk. Memberikan pengertian buku sebagai “Publikasi tercetak, bukan berkala, yang sedikitnya sebanyak 48 halaman”.

Sesuai dengan empat definisi buku di atas, maka buku diartikan sebagai kumpulan kertas tercetak dan terjilid berisi informasi dengan jumlah halaman paling sedikit 48 halaman yang dapat dijadikan salah satu sumber dalam proses belajar dan membelajarkan.

Definisi buku pelajaran atau buku teks pelajaran menurut Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan Nasional No. 11 Tahun 2005 : ”Buku pelajaran adalah buku acuan wajib untuk digunakan di sekolah yang memuat materi pembelajaran dalam rangka peningkatan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan kesehatan yang disusun berdasarkan standar nasional pendidikan”.

Menurut Hartiadi Budi Santoso dari Deloitte Tax Solutions, buku pelajaran umum adalah buku-buku pelajaran pokok dan penunjang yang digunakan oleh TK, SD, SMP, SMU, universitas yang mendukung kurikulum sekolah yang bersangkutan.

Pengertian Buku Teks

Pengertian buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan k Persoalannya sekarang, kata “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).

Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935)

Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka.

Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

Buku teks pelajaran adalah buku yang berisi kumpulan lembaran-lembaran kertas yang berisi tulisan sehingga dapat digunakan sebagai acuman pembelajaran materi di sekolah.

http://cahaya-fajeri.blogspot.com/2010/03/buku-teks.html

Rekonstruksi Buku Teks Sekolah

Oleh:

M Jamaludin (Pengamat perbukuan dan Direktur Yayasan Buku Cerdas, Jakarta).

Buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan media pembelajaran yang dominan bahkan sentral dalam sebuah sistem pendidikan. Ia adalah kendaraan utama transfusi materi kurikulum ke hadapan siswa. Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik.

Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika dipenuhi oleh halaman-halaman tanpa makna (meaningless) dan terlalu detail terhadap konsep-konsep kecil, sementara buku-buku teks Jepang menganut prinsip less is more (sedikit itu banyak). Untuk pelajaran fisika-biologi kelas 6, misalnya, buku teks Jepang hanya memuat 6 topik sedangkan Amerika 65 topik. Dihadapkan dengan kenyataan ini Amerika-melalui Project 2061 yang diluncurkan tahun 2001-memberi perhatian besar terhadap penulisan buku-buku teks yang berorientasi pada kedalaman substansi dan proses.

Bagaimana dengan buku-buku teks sekolah di Indonesia? Keadaannya lebih parah. Di samping tingkat kepadatan materi yang tinggi, buku teks sekolah Indonesia menyimpan cacat isi (content) yang mendasar. Sebuah riset yang dilakukan oleh Sri Redjeki (1997), misalnya, menunjukkan bahwa buku-buku pelajaran yang dikonsumsi pelajar Indonesia tertinggal 50 tahun dari perkembangan terbaru sains modern. Hal yang sama terjadi juga pada pelajaran lain termasuk pelajaran agama. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Ini terlihat secara kasatmata karena pelajaran agama dinilai dengan satuan angka. Untuk memperoleh nilai bagus dalam pelajaran agama, seorang anak bahkan harus menghafal sedemikian banyak soal bahkan dalam bentuk multiple choice. Bisa dibayangkan, buku teks agama kita sangat tidak menarik karena anak dikejar-kejar dengan nilai, bukan proses penanaman etika dalam proses belajar keseharian.

Memang banyak muncul buku teks terbitan terbaru, apalagi dengan kebijakan e-book baru-baru ini, akan tetapi isinya tidak fokus dan sering kali merupakan pengulangan-pengulangan. Yang terjadi sesungguhnya adalah sebuah siklus daur ulang materi-materi lama dengan referensi lama pula-untuk tidak mengatakan kadaluwarsa-sehingga perkembangan pengetahuan siswa pada dasarnya jalan di tempat. Dengan kondisi ini, harapan agar siswa bisa mengantisipasi masa depan menjadi slogan belaka. Bagaimana mungkin mengharapkan mereka mampu mengantisipasi masa depan jika pelajaran-pelajaran yang disodorkan justru tidak responsif terhadap perkembangan yang sedang terjadi?

Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Hal ini setidaknya menunjukkan dua hal. Pertama, ketergantungan siswa dan guru yang begitu besar terhadap kelemahan mendasar dunia pendidikan nasional, tetapi pada sisi lain menginspirasikan treatment strategis bagi pengembangannya. Fenomena ini sesungguhnya menyodorkan satu hal urgen, buku paket bisa menjadi katalisator (baca jalan pintas) peningkatan mutu pendidikan Indonesia yang sedang terpuruk.

Ada beberapa alasan mengapa buku paket menjadi alternatif strategis-akseleratif pembangunan kembali dunia pendidikan Indonesia yang sudah bangkrut. Pertama, kualitas guru yang sebagian besar tidak memadai. Sudah menjadi pengakuan umum bahwa rendahnya kualitas guru Indonesia-karena beberapa sebab yang memang tidak kondusif bagi mereka untuk berkembang dan profesional dalam bidangnya-adalah salah satu titik lemah pendidikan nasional.

Rendahnya mutu guru salah satunya disebabkan oleh masih adanya angka guru mismatch dan underqualified yang relatif tinggi. Beberapa usaha telah dilakukan untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme guru seperti in-service training, sertifikasi, atau bahkan program pascasarjana. Tetapi usaha semacam ini, di samping sulit menjamin kualitas hasilnya, juga membutuhkan biaya besar dan waktu lama.

Di tengah kondisi yang demikian, perlu dicari altematif yang paling mungkin untuk menolong siswa dalam jangka pendek, dan tanpa membutuhkan waktu terlalu lama. Dalam hal ini, kehadiran buku pelajaran berkualitas yang dirancang dengan asumsi bisa dipahami dengan baik tanpa guru sekalipun dan, tentunya relevan terhadap temuan terbaru menjadi sangat mendesak.

Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tragis sekali bila satu-satunya sumber belajar yang bisa diakses siswa ini tidak ditangani secara serius. Di samping itu, seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh laporan International Education Achievement tahun 1999, minat baca siswa di sekolah-sekolah Indonesia menempati nomor dua terakhir dari 39 negara yang disurvei. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Mereka bisa jadi kehilangan minat terhadap buku.

Kelemahan buku-buku teks yang banyak beredar setidaknya mencakup lima hal, yaitu isi, bahasa, desain grafis, metodologi penulisan, dan strategi indexing. Seperti disinggung di atas, masalah isi mengandung dua cacat pokok, yakni terlalu banyak dan kadaluwarsa dan karena itu menyesatkan, sebab sudah tidak sesuai dengan penemuan-penemuan mutakhir. Hal ini setidaknya juga bisa dilihat dari referensi lama yang dipergunakan. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Maka yang terjadi sebenarnya adalah reproduksi ulang kesalahan-kesalahan sebelumnya dengan kemasan baru.

Dari segi bahasa dan ilustrasi, kelemahan menonjol buku-buku teks adalah penggunaan bahasa dan ilustrasi yang tidak komunikatif sehingga tidak berhasil menyampaikan pesan inti buku. Dari segi metodologi penulisan, dapat dilihat dari tidak adanya nuansa yang bisa menggugah kesadaran afektif-emosional siswa, terutama dalam buku-buku sosial, moral, dan keagamaan. Pendekatan yang dipakai terlalu materialistik, kering, dan membosankan sehingga gagal menyampaikan pesan isi (content provision) sebuah buku.

Dari aspek strategi kemudahan untuk membaca, indexing hampir tak pernah ada dalam buku-buku teks sekolah anak-anak kita. Tidak seperti buku-buku teks semisal di Singapura dan Amerika yang kaya dengan indeks. Buku-buku teks kita miskin inisiatif bahkan untuk sebagian buku teks di perguruan tinggi. Dalam beberapa studi disebutkan, ketersediaan indeks dalam buku teks akan menaikkan tingkat analitis dan daya kritis anak terhadap setiap persoalan. Karena, dengan indeks seorang anak akan belajar bagaimana melihat kebutuhan pokok bahasan yang sesuai dengan minat dan keinginannya tanpa perlu waktu lama dalam memperolehnya.

Kelima masalah di atas bisa jadi berawal dari honor yang diterima oleh para penulis sangat kecil dan kadang tidak manusiawi. Bagaimana tidak, walau pun anggaran yang dialokasikan untuk buku sangat besar, yang diterima oleh penulis justru sangat tidak wajar. Menurut Rencana Proyek Pengembangan Buku dan Minat Baca, Dirjen Dikdasmen, misalnya, alokasi dana pengembangan buku tidak kurang dari US$350 juta. Dengan kurs rata-rata RplO.OOO per dolar, jumlah itu sama dengan Rp3,5 triliun lebih! idealnya, dengan dana yang demikian besar, pemerintah seharusnya bisa membangun semacam Kamp Konsentrasi Penulisan Buku Paket dengan membayar penulis-penulis andal dengan satu tema besar, Melahirkan buku-buku teks berkualitas bagi pembangunan masa depan bangsa.

Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa. Tidak bisa dimungkiri, buku paket merupakan salah satu-kalau tidak satu-satunya-media belajar yang bisa dipegang, dirasakan, bahkan menjadi teman tidur siswa-yang kebetulan sebagian besar miskin dan tak berdaya itu- di pojok-pojok kamar mereka. Merupakan kekeliruan fatal bila kemudian teman setia-nya tersebut tidak mampu mengantarnya ke gerbang pengetahuan dan masa depan yang lebih baik.

Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik. Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Nilai strategis Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu- satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa.

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LOWONGAN KERJA DI APOTEK GRATIA | LAMPUNG

Portal Lowongan Kerja Indonesia. Update Informasi Lowongan Kerja Terbaru 2014 di APOTEK GRATIA. Perusahaan tersebut sedang membutuhkan tenaga kerja profesional untuk menempati kursi kekosongan. Bagi anda yang berminat untuk menempati kekosongan tersebut, silahkan baca persyaratan pendaftaran dan simak artikel selengkapnya di bawah ini :
 

Profil Perusahaan : DIBUTUHKAN SEGERA

Alamat : Perum kopkar dwikarya, jl. lintas timur km.77, way pengubuan - Lampung Tengah.
Lokasi Kerja : Lampung Tengah

Posisi Pekerjaan : ASISTEN APOTEKER

Persyaratan :

  • Laki-laki/perempuan
  • Lulusan D3 farmasi / SMK farmasi
  • Terbuka untuk freshgraduate
  • Berkelakuan baik
  • Mampu bekerjasama dalam tim

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5 Gejala Gangguan Mental Bagi Anak dan Remaja

Saco-Indonesia.com - Anak-anak akan melewati beberapa tahap perkembangan yang ikut memengaruhi perilaku mereka. Tak jarang perubahan perilaku yang dialami anak dianggap sebagai sebuah fase yang akan berlalu dengan sendirinya.  Padahal, beberapa perubahan perilaku itu bisa menjadi gejala dari adanya gangguan mental yang dialami anak.

Para peneliti dari Harvard Medical School menemukan bahwa separuh dari kasus gangguan mental dimulai dari usia sangat muda, 14 tahun dan tigaperempatnya terjadi sejak usia 24 tahun.  Karena kemunculannya yang sangat dini itu, maka terapi dan penanganannya harus dilakukan sejak awal pula.

Pusat pengendalian dan pencegahan penyakit AS (CDC) menemukan bahwa satu dari lima anak di AS mengalami gangguan mental. Gangguan pemusatan perhatian (ADHD), anak pemberontak (oppositional defiant disorder/OOD), spektrum autisme, gangguan mood dan kecemasan, depresi, adalah jenis gangguan mental yang paling banyak ditemui.

Orangtua berperan besar dalam mengurangi keparahan gangguan tersebut dengan cara memberi perhatian pada perubahan perilaku anak. Orangtua juga bisa menggunakan intuisi mereka jika merasa "ada sesuatu yang salah" dengan anak mereka.

Berikut adalah 5 gejala yang perlu diwaspadai dari anak-anak dan remaja Anda.

1. Perubahan mood yang berlangsung lama

Perubahan mood yang berlangsung lebih dari dua minggu adalah indikator kuat adanya gangguan mental pada anak. Perubahan mood ini bisa bervariasi mulai dari hiperaktif sampai terlalu melankolis tanpa alasan yang kuat.

Menurut The National Institute of Mental Health, perilaku "sangat gembira" atau mania dan perasaan "down" atau depresi bisa menjadi tanda adanya gejala gangguan bipolar. Tetapi, perilaku hiperaktif pada anak yang tidak diikuti dengan gejala lesu setelahnya adalah karateristik normal pada anak.

2. Cemas dan takut berlebihan

Takut dan khawatir adalah hal yang wajar dialami anak usia dini. Normal saja mereka merasa takut pada gelap, membayangkan sosok monster, atau takut berpisah dengan orangtua. Untuk anak usia sekolah, cemas sebelum tampil di sekolah atau takut tak diterima teman-temannya, adalah respon yang sehat.

Namun, berhati-hatilah jika rasa takut yang dialami anak sudah berlebihan sehingga mengganggu aktivitas mereka. Mungkin sudah saatnya Anda melakukan intervensi.

3. Perubahan perilaku ekstrem

Mulai membangkang juga adalah fase yang akan dilalui dalam tahap perkembangan emosional anak untuk menuju kemandiriannya. Tetapi ada perilaku pembangkangan yang sangat ekstrem yang disebut dengan OOD. Biasanya gangguan ini dimulai saat anak berusia 8 tahun atau sebelum masuk usia remaja. Salah satu contoh perilaku tersebut adalah membeli beberapa games tanpa ada minat untuk memainkannya.

Gangguan mental yang erat kaitannya dengan perubahan perilaku adalah ADHD, kecemasan, depresi, atau gangguan bipolar.

4. Perubahan fisik, berat badan naik atau turun drastis

Diperkirakan 80 persen orang yang mengalami gangguan mental mengalami obesitas atau kegemukan. Perubahan fisik yang mendadak yang tidak terkait dengan pubertas bisa menjadi indikator anak menderita gangguan. Demikian pula halnya jika anak tampak tidak nafsu makan, bisa menjadi gejala depresi.

Perubahan fisik yang disebabkan oleh penggunaan alkohol atau obat terlarang juga merupakan gejala depresi pada anak. Para pakar menyebutkan, risiko anak menderita depresi lebih besar jika salah satu atau kedua orangtua juga menderita depresi.

5. Kurang konsentrasi

Anak yang sangat sulit berkonsentrasi juga perlu dicurigai mengalami gangguan mental. Tapi orangtua juga perlu membedakan anak yang memang ingin menonton TV ketimbang mengerjakan PR, dengan anak yang tidak mampu fokus pada acara favoritnya di TV.

Ketidakmampuan untuk berkonsentrasi pada tugas sederhana adalah gejala dari ADHD atau depresi. Kurang fokus juga bisa disebabkan karena pikiran mereka terpusat pada rasa malu, bersalah, atau kematian. Kurang konsentrasi pada anak akan tampak nyata pengaruhnya pada nilai akademik atau pergaulannya.

 

Editor:Liwon Maulana

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Aksi Bom Bunuh Diri di Halaman Polres Poso

Poso, Saco-Indonesia., Aksi Bom Bunuh diri di halaman Polres Poso Sulawesi Tengah. Pelaku Bom bunuh diri diduga seorang laki-laki yang menorobos pintu layanan Polres Poso.

Dari pantauan Senin (3/6), kepingan kendaraan yang digunakan pelaku dan tubuh korban juga berhamburan di depan Polres Poso. Ledakan tersebut terjadi pada pukul 07.55 WITA.

Pelaku yang mengendarai motor tersebut menorobos langsung memasuki halaman Polres Poso dan aparat sempat menghalangi, namun aparat kewalahan untuk menghalangi dan pada akhirnya pelaku meledakan diri di halaman Polres Poso yang berjarak 30 meter dari pintu masuk Polres Poso.

Hingga saat ini, aparat kepolisian mensterilkan lokasi TKP dan belum terlihat kepala korban atau badan-badan lainnya, namun saat ini organ dalam korban yang berhamburan di halaman Polres Poso.

Sumber:Radio Elshinta

Editor:Liwon Maulana(Galipat)

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PENTINGNYA MANASIK HAJI

Masyarakat Muslim yang berencana melaksanakan ibadah Haji diminta untuk mempersiapkan segala sesuatunya. Bukan hannya dari segi materi atau kesehatan fisik, tapi juga dari sisi mental serta memahami rukun dan tata cara prosesi ibadah haji. Salah satu persiapan yang sangat penting bagi setiap calon jamaah adalah manasik. Biasanya Kementrian Agama meminta kepada setiap jamaah regular maupun haji hkusus untuk mengikuti manasik yang diselenggarakan oleh kelompok Bimbingan Ibadah Haji ( KBIH ) atau biro perjalanan haji. Dalam manasik, jamaah akan mendapatkan pembekalan mengenai tata cara ibadah, rukun, syarat, wajib, atau hal-hal yang tidak boleh dilakukan di Tanah Suci serta sosialisasi kebijakan pemerintah Arab Saudi. Manasik adalah sebuah keharusan, karena ini pembekalan untuk jamaah, ujar ustadz Muhammad hafidz kepada Republika, selasa (14/6). Manasik , lanjut dia, sangat bermanfaat bagi jamaah. Lewat kuliah singkat ini, jamaah bakal mengetahui apa yang harus dilakukan ketika berada di Tanah Suci. Karena untuk berhaji ataupun umrah, jamaah tidak cukup hanya berbekal niat atau mampu, tapi tidak tahu, ketika sampai di sana dan kembali ke Tanah Air, tidak aka nada perubahan, ujarnya Materi manasik yang diberikan, menurut hafidz, tidak hanya soal haji atau umrah, tapi juga pembekalan mulai dari apa itu Islam, bagaimana ber-islam yang benar dan hal lainnya, termasuk melaksanakan tawaf, sa’I, dan wukuf di Arafah. Pembimbing haji dan umrah, ustadz Ali Nurul Hak menjelaskan, manasik sangat penting agar jamaah mengetahui tujuan berangkat ke Tanah Suci untuk ibadah karena Allah. Supaya Jamaah bisa menjalankan syariah dengan benar. Cara Ibadahnya benar, akhirnya dapat yang baik, katanya. Dalam manasik calon jamaah akan mendapatkan pencerahan mengenai filosofi ibadah, tawaf, sa’I, dan tahallul. Selain itu, juga dijelaskan mengenai ritual ibadah, rukun, wajib dan syarat haji, dan juga tak ketinggalan mengenai regulasi Sekretaris Jenderal Forum Komunikasi Kelompok Bimbingan Ibadah Haji (FKKBIH), Qosim Shaleh mengataka, manasik memiliki multi manfaat, pengenalan lapangan, pendalaman substansi haji, sosialisasi situasi suasana, pengenalan budaya Arab, juga meningkatkan kualitas ilmu calon jamaah serta perluasan cakrawala ilmu pengetahuan. Jamaah yang tidak mengikuti manasik bakal mengalami kesulitan ketika di Tanah Suci. Mereka yang sudah berhaji dua kali pun, terkadang tetap mengalami kesulitan, khususnya dalam menghafal bacaan atau doa-doa penting. Apalagi jamaah yang baru kali pertama melaksanakan haji, tentu saja akan sangat kesulitan. Persiapan psikis jamaah juga penting disamping fisik. Para pembimbing juga mengajarkan agar jamaah mampu menendalikan sifat iri, emosi, takabur, dan lainnya. Setiap jamaah juga diminta bersosialisasi dengan jamaah lainnya. Hal ini penting agar jamaah memiliki akhlakul karimah dan akidah yang baik. Untuk itu dalam manasik, jamaah disarankan saling mengenal satu sama lain. Agar timbul rasa kekeluargaan dan persaudaraan. Sehingga ketika ada masalah bisa diselesaikan dengan kekeluargaan pula. Sebelumnya Wakil Ketua Umum Himpunan Penyelenggara Umrah dan haji, Djadjang Sudradjat mengatakan, pentingnya manasik haji bisa dilihat dari dua sisi pertama, sisi agama. Haji merupakan ibadah dan bagian dari rukun islam. Tentunya, semuanya harus ada syaratnya. Haji pun ada urutannya, mulai dari ihram, wukuf di Arafah, tawaf ifadah, sa’I, tahallul, serta tertib. REPUBLIKA

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Verne Gagne, Wrestler Who Grappled Through Two Eras, Dies at 89

Gagne wrestled professionally from the late 1940s until the 1980s and was a transitional figure between the early 20th century barnstormers and the steroidal sideshows of today

Verne Gagne, Wrestler Who Grappled Through Two Eras, Dies at 89 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Suzanne Crough, Actress in ‘The Partridge Family,’ Dies at 52

Ms. Crough played the youngest daughter on the hit ’70s sitcom starring David Cassidy and Shirley Jones.

Suzanne Crough, Actress in ‘The Partridge Family,’ Dies at 52 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Gene Fullmer, a Brawling Middleweight Champion, Dies at 83

Fullmer, who reigned when fight clubs abounded and Friday night fights were a television staple, was known for his title bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio.

Gene Fullmer, a Brawling Middleweight Champion, Dies at 83 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

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

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

Jean Nidetch, 91, Dies; Pounds Came Off, and Weight Watchers Was Born

A 214-pound Queens housewife struggled with a lifelong addiction to food until she shed 72 pounds and became the public face of the worldwide weight-control empire Weight Watchers.

Jean Nidetch, 91, Dies; Pounds Came Off, and Weight Watchers Was Born | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.

Audio

The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.

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Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

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Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice

The live music at the Vice Media party on Friday shook the room. Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive, was standing near the stage — with a drink in his hand, pants sagging, tattoos showing — watching the rapper-cum-chef Action Bronson make pizzas.

The event was an after-party, a happy-hour bacchanal for the hundreds of guests who had come for Vice’s annual presentation to advertisers and agencies that afternoon, part of the annual frenzy for ad dollars called the Digital Content NewFronts. Mr. Smith had spoken there for all of five minutes before running a slam-bang highlight reel of the company’s shows that had titles like “Weediquette” and “Gaycation.”

In the last year, Vice has secured $500 million in financing and signed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with established media companies like HBO that are eager to engage the young viewers Vice attracts. Vice said it was now worth at least $4 billion, with nearly $1 billion in projected revenue for 2015. It is a long way from Vice’s humble start as a free magazine in 1994.

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At the Vice after-party, the rapper Action Bronson, a host of a Vice show, made a pizza. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

But even as cash flows freely in Vice’s direction, the company is trying to keep its brash, insurgent image. At the party on Friday, it plied guests with beers and cocktails. Its apparently unrehearsed presentation to advertisers was peppered with expletives. At one point, the director Spike Jonze, a longtime Vice collaborator, asked on stage if Mr. Smith had been drinking.

“My assistant tried to cut me off,” Mr. Smith replied. “I’m on buzz control.”

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

A cable channel would be a further step in a transformation for Vice, from bad-boy digital upstart to mainstream media company.

Keen for the core audience of young men who come to Vice, media giants like 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Disney all showed interest in the company last year. Vice ultimately secured $500 million in financing from A&E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in Facebook and Netflix.

Those investments valued Vice at more than $2.5 billion. (In 2013, Fox bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million.)

Then in March, HBO announced that it had signed a multiyear deal to broadcast a daily half-hour Vice newscast. Vice already produces a weekly newsmagazine show, called “Vice,” for the network. That show will extend its run through 2018, with an increase to 35 episodes a year, from 14.

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president for programming, said when the deal was announced that it was “certainly one of our biggest investments with hours on the air.”

Vice, based in Brooklyn, also recently signed a multiyear $100 million deal with Rogers Communications, a Canadian media conglomerate, to produce original content for TV, smartphone and desktop viewers.

Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

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Vice showed a highlight reel of its TV series at the NewFronts last week in New York. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

It brought in $545 million in a strong first quarter, which included portions of the new HBO deal and the Rogers deal, according to the document. More of its revenue now comes from these types of content partnerships, compared with the branded content deals that made up much of its revenue a year ago, the company said.

Mr. Smith said the company was worth at least $4 billion. If the valuation gets much higher, he said he would consider taking the company public.

“I don’t care about money; we have plenty of money,” Mr. Smith, who is Vice’s biggest shareholder, said in an interview after the presentation on Friday. “I care about strategic deals.”

In the United States, Vice Media had 35.2 million unique visitors across its sites in March, according to comScore.

The third season of Vice’s weekly HBO show has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode, including reruns, through April 12, according to Brad Adgate, the director of research at Horizon Media. (Vice said the show attracted three million weekly viewers when repeat broadcasts, online and on-demand viewings were included.)

For years, Mr. Smith has criticized traditional TV, calling it slow and unable to draw younger viewers. But if all the deals Vice has struck are to work out, Mr. Smith may have to play more by the rules of traditional media. James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and a member of Vice’s board, was at the company’s presentation on Friday, as were other top media executives.

“They know they need people like me to help them, but they can’t get out of their own way,” Mr. Smith said in the interview Friday. “My only real frustration is we’re used to being incredibly dynamic, and they’re not incredibly dynamic.”

With its own television channel in the United States, Vice would have something it has long coveted even as traditional media companies are looking beyond TV. Last year, Vice’s deal with Time Warner failed in part because the two companies could not agree on how much control Vice would have over a 24-hour television network.

Vice said it intended to fill its new channel with non-news programming. The company plans to have sports shows, fashion shows, food shows and the “Gaycation” travel show with the actress Ellen Page. It is also in talks with Kanye West about a show.

It remains to be seen whether Vice’s audience will watch a traditional cable channel. Still, Vice has effectively presold all of the ad spots to two of the biggest advertising agencies for the first three years, Mr. Smith said.

In the meantime, Mr. Smith is enjoying Vice’s newfound role as a potential savior of traditional media companies.

“I’m a C.E.O. of a content company,” Mr. Smith said before he caught a flight to Las Vegas for the boxing match on Saturday between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. “If it stops being fun, then why are you doing it?”

As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85

Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters

Imagine an elite professional services firm with a high-performing, workaholic culture. Everyone is expected to turn on a dime to serve a client, travel at a moment’s notice, and be available pretty much every evening and weekend. It can make for a grueling work life, but at the highest levels of accounting, law, investment banking and consulting firms, it is just the way things are.

Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80- or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it.

Many of them were, at least, at one elite consulting firm studied by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. It’s impossible to know if what she learned at that unidentified consulting firm applies across the world of work more broadly. But her research, published in the academic journal Organization Science, offers a way to understand how the professional world differs between men and women, and some of the ways a hard-charging culture that emphasizes long hours above all can make some companies worse off.

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Ms. Reid interviewed more than 100 people in the American offices of a global consulting firm and had access to performance reviews and internal human resources documents. At the firm there was a strong culture around long hours and responding to clients promptly.

“When the client needs me to be somewhere, I just have to be there,” said one of the consultants Ms. Reid interviewed. “And if you can’t be there, it’s probably because you’ve got another client meeting at the same time. You know it’s tough to say I can’t be there because my son had a Cub Scout meeting.”

Some people fully embraced this culture and put in the long hours, and they tended to be top performers. Others openly pushed back against it, insisting upon lighter and more flexible work hours, or less travel; they were punished in their performance reviews.

The third group is most interesting. Some 31 percent of the men and 11 percent of the women whose records Ms. Reid examined managed to achieve the benefits of a more moderate work schedule without explicitly asking for it.

They made an effort to line up clients who were local, reducing the need for travel. When they skipped work to spend time with their children or spouse, they didn’t call attention to it. One team on which several members had small children agreed among themselves to cover for one another so that everyone could have more flexible hours.

A male junior manager described working to have repeat consulting engagements with a company near enough to his home that he could take care of it with day trips. “I try to head out by 5, get home at 5:30, have dinner, play with my daughter,” he said, adding that he generally kept weekend work down to two hours of catching up on email.

Despite the limited hours, he said: “I know what clients are expecting. So I deliver above that.” He received a high performance review and a promotion.

What is fascinating about the firm Ms. Reid studied is that these people, who in her terminology were “passing” as workaholics, received performance reviews that were as strong as their hyper-ambitious colleagues. For people who were good at faking it, there was no real damage done by their lighter workloads.

It calls to mind the episode of “Seinfeld” in which George Costanza leaves his car in the parking lot at Yankee Stadium, where he works, and gets a promotion because his boss sees the car and thinks he is getting to work earlier and staying later than anyone else. (The strategy goes awry for him, and is not recommended for any aspiring partners in a consulting firm.)

A second finding is that women, particularly those with young children, were much more likely to request greater flexibility through more formal means, such as returning from maternity leave with an explicitly reduced schedule. Men who requested a paternity leave seemed to be punished come review time, and so may have felt more need to take time to spend with their families through those unofficial methods.

The result of this is easy to see: Those specifically requesting a lighter workload, who were disproportionately women, suffered in their performance reviews; those who took a lighter workload more discreetly didn’t suffer. The maxim of “ask forgiveness, not permission” seemed to apply.

It would be dangerous to extrapolate too much from a study at one firm, but Ms. Reid said in an interview that since publishing a summary of her research in Harvard Business Review she has heard from people in a variety of industries describing the same dynamic.

High-octane professional service firms are that way for a reason, and no one would doubt that insane hours and lots of travel can be necessary if you’re a lawyer on the verge of a big trial, an accountant right before tax day or an investment banker advising on a huge merger.

But the fact that the consultants who quietly lightened their workload did just as well in their performance reviews as those who were truly working 80 or more hours a week suggests that in normal times, heavy workloads may be more about signaling devotion to a firm than really being more productive. The person working 80 hours isn’t necessarily serving clients any better than the person working 50.

In other words, maybe the real problem isn’t men faking greater devotion to their jobs. Maybe it’s that too many companies reward the wrong things, favoring the illusion of extraordinary effort over actual productivity.

How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China

BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China | 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

Dean Skelos, Albany Senate Leader, Aided Son at All Costs, U.S. Says

Over the last five years or so, it seemed there was little that Dean G. Skelos, the majority leader of the New York Senate, would not do for his son.

He pressed a powerful real estate executive to provide commissions to his son, a 32-year-old title insurance salesman, according to a federal criminal complaint. He helped get him a job at an environmental company and employed his influence to help the company get government work. He used his office to push natural gas drilling regulations that would have increased his son’s commissions.

He even tried to direct part of a $5.4 billion state budget windfall to fund government contracts that the company was seeking. And when the company was close to securing a storm-water contract from Nassau County, the senator, through an intermediary, pressured the company to pay his son more — or risk having the senator subvert the bid.

The criminal complaint, unsealed on Monday, lays out corruption charges against Senator Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the latest scandal to seize Albany, and potentially alter its power structure.

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Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, discussed the case involving Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The repeated and diverse efforts by Senator Skelos, a Long Island Republican, to use what prosecutors said was his political influence to find work, or at least income, for his son could send both men to federal prison. If they are convicted of all six charges against them, they face up to 20 years in prison for each of four of the six counts and up to 10 years for the remaining two.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, of Long Island, who serves as chairman of the Republican conference, emerged from a closed-door meeting Monday night to say that conference members agreed that Mr. Skelos should be benefited the “presumption of innocence,” and would stay in his leadership role.

“The leader has indicated he would like to remain as leader,” said Mr. LaValle, “and he has the support of the conference.” The case against Mr. Skelos and his son grew out of a broader inquiry into political corruption by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that has already changed the face of the state capital. It is based in part, according to the six-count complaint, on conversations secretly recorded by one of two cooperating witnesses, and wiretaps on the cellphones of the senator and his son. Those recordings revealed that both men were concerned about electronic surveillance, and illustrated the son’s unsuccessful efforts to thwart it.

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Adam Skelos took to using a “burner” phone, the complaint says, and told his father he wanted them to speak through a FaceTime video call in an apparent effort to avoid detection. They also used coded language at times.

At one point, Adam Skelos was recorded telling a Senate staff member of his frustration in not being able to speak openly to his father on the phone, noting that he could not “just send smoke signals or a little pigeon” carrying a message.

The 43-page complaint, sworn out by Paul M. Takla, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, outlines a five-year scheme to “monetize” the senator’s official position; it also lays bare the extent to which a father sought to use his position to help his son.

The charges accuse the two men of extorting payments through a real estate developer, Glenwood Management, based on Long Island, and the environmental company, AbTech Industries, in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the expectation that the money paid to Adam Skelos — nearly $220,000 in total — would influence his father’s actions.

Glenwood, one of the state’s most prolific campaign donors, had ties to AbTech through investments in the environmental firm’s parent company by Glenwood’s founding family and a senior executive.

The accusations in the complaint portray Senator Skelos as a man who, when it came to his son, was not shy about twisting arms, even in situations that might give other arm-twisters pause.

Seeking to help his son, Senator Skelos turned to the executive at Glenwood, which develops rental apartments in New York City and has much at stake when it comes to real estate legislation in Albany. The senator urged him to direct business to his son, who sold title insurance.

After much prodding, the executive, Charles C. Dorego, engineered a $20,000 payment to Adam Skelos from a title insurance company even though he did no work for the money. But far more lucrative was a consultant position that Mr. Dorego arranged for Adam Skelos at AbTech, which seeks government contracts to treat storm water. (Mr. Dorego is not identified by name in the complaint, but referred to only as CW-1, for Cooperating Witness 1.)

Senator Skelos appeared to take an active interest in his son’s new line of work. Adam Skelos sent him several drafts of his consulting agreement with AbTech, the complaint says, as well as the final deal that was struck.

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

Senator Skelos sent relevant news articles to his son, including one about a sewage leak near Albany. When AbTech wanted to seek government contracts after Hurricane Sandy, the senator got on a conference call with his son and an AbTech executive, Bjornulf White, and offered advice. (Like Mr. Dorego, Mr. White is not named in the complaint, but referred to as CW-2.)

The assistance paid off: With the senator’s help, AbTech secured a contract worth up to $12 million from Nassau County, a big break for a struggling small business.

But the money was slow to materialize. The senator expressed impatience with county officials.

Adam Skelos, in a phone call with Mr. White in late December, suggested that his father would seek to punish the county. “I tell you this, the state is not going to do a [expletive] thing for the county,” he said.

Three days later, Senator Skelos pressed his case with the Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, a fellow Republican. “Somebody feels like they’re just getting jerked around the last two years,” the senator said, referring to his son in what the complaint described as “coded language.”

The next day, the senator pursued the matter, as he and Mr. Mangano attended a wake for a slain New York City police officer. Senator Skelos then reassured his son, who called him while he was still at the wake. “All claims that are in will be taken care of,” the senator said.

AbTech’s fortunes appeared to weigh on his son. At one point in January, Adam Skelos told his father that if the company did not succeed, he would “lose the ability to pay for things.”

Making matters worse, in recent months, Senator Skelos and his son appeared to grow wary about who was watching them. In addition to making calls on the burner phone, Adam Skelos said he used the FaceTime video calling “because that doesn’t show up on the phone bill,” as he told Mr. White.

In late February, Adam Skelos arranged a pair of meetings between Mr. White and state senators; AbTech needed to win state legislation that would allow its contract to move beyond its initial stages. But Senator Skelos deemed the plan too risky and caused one of the meetings to be canceled.

In another recorded call, Adam Skelos, promising to be “very, very vague” on the phone, urged his father to allow the meeting. The senator offered a warning. “Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” he told him.

A month later, in another phone call that was recorded by the authorities, Adam Skelos complained that his father could not give him “real advice” about AbTech while the two men were speaking over the telephone.

“You can’t talk normally,” he told his father, “because it’s like [expletive] Preet Bharara is listening to every [expletive] phone call. It’s just [expletive] frustrating.”

“It is,” his father agreed.

Dean Skelos, Albany Senate Leader, Aided Son at All Costs, U.S. Says | 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

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