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GENOA, Saco-Indonesia.com — Presiden Genoa, Enrico Preziosi, merampas dan merusak kamera seorang wartawan Secolo XIX di depan umum. Meski sudah meminta maaf, Preziosi mengaku akan kembali melakukan hal tersebut jika para wartawan dianggap bertindak di luar batas.
Kejadian itu bermula ketika ada beberapa wartawan yang menanyakan Preziosi soal rumor penjualan klub kepada Presiden Varese, Antonio Rosati. Kesal dengan pertanyaan wartawan, Preziosi lantas mendatangi seorang wartawan Secolo XIX dan kemudian merampas serta membanting kamera sang wartawan hingga rusak.
"Saya sudah minta maaf dan akan membayar ganti rugi untuk kamera itu. Namun, tindakan wartawan itu tidak benar menyergap orang. Reaksi saya mungkin dikritik, tetapi saya menderita lebih buruk," jelas Preziosi kepada TGCom.
"Saya tidak bisa menerima seseorang mengambil gambar saya secara rahasia dan kemudian menyergap saya. Dalam konteks itu, saya memang akan melakukannya lagi," ancamnya.
Preziosi kemudian mengecam laporan media yang mengatakan ia sedang bernegosiasi untuk menjual Genoa kepada Presiden Varese, Antonio Rosati, yang kini telah resmi dinobatkan sebagai wakil presiden eksekutif Genoa.
"Saya terpana oleh kebohongan yang disebarkan. Rosati akan bergabung dengan klub, tetapi sama sekali tidak ada pertukaran atau penjualan saham. Saya tidak akan menjual klub," tegasnya.
"Kami melihat di halaman depan dengan wajah Rosati adalah presiden baru Genoa. Itu tidak benar. Kami hanya akan memperkuat skuad. Setiap hari di Genoa, wartawan terus menciptakan sesuatu yang membuat saya marah," tuturnya.
"Saya hanya mengganti direktur Pietro Lo Monaco dengan Rosati. Ia akan meninggalkan jabatan Presiden Varese karena dua posisi yang bertentangan," jelasnya.
saco-indonesia.com, Usai mengamankan tanda tangan Greg Nwokolo, Persebaya telah kembali mengikat satu pemain asal Kamerun, Daniel Monchare. Monchare akan dijadwalkan menandatangani kontrak di Kantor Kadin Jawa Timur (Jatim), Rabu (18/12) siang ini.
"Rencananya memang seperti itu. Dia akan teken hari ini," ujar sekretaris tim Persebaya, Rahmad Sumanjaya, Rabu pagi.
Dibanding tiga pemain asing lainnya, kedatangan Monchare juga terbilang terlambat. Ia seharusnya juga sudah mendarat di Indonesia sejak sepekan lalu. Namun Monchare harus tertahan di Nigeria karena urusan administrasi. "Sebab dia belum pernah main di Indonesia," jelas Rahmad.
Dengan demikian, Monchare juga merupakan pemain asing ketiga yang telah bergabung dengan tim juara Divisi Utama 2013 ini. Sebelumnya, tim asuhan Rahmad Darmawan lebih dulu mengikat gelandang serang Patrice Nzekou dan striker Emmanuel "Pacho" Kenmogne.
Selain sama-sama berasal dari Kamerun, ketiga pemain ini juga berada dalam satu payung agen, yakni Francis Yonga. Kehadiran Monchare juga diharapkan mampu untuk memperkuat tembok pertahanan Persebaya. Sebelumnya, Persebaya juga sudah memiliki Ambrizal, Manahati Lestusen dan Vava Mario Yagalo.
> MONCHARE GABUNG PERSEBAYA
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Saco-Indonesia.com -- Manajer sekaligus istri artis musik kawakan Iwan Fals, Rosana,
membantah kabar beredar yang menyebut bahwa suaminya meninggal dunia.
Selasa (7/5/2013), gosip itu tersebar melalui broadcast message (BM). "Turut berduka cita untuk Musisi Terbaik Kita, Bang Iwan Fals yang telah meninggal dunia di Rumah Sakit Putra Medica Jakarta Selatan, pada Pukul 13.41 WIB karena serangan Jantung," begitu isi BM itu.
Berkait dengan kabar tersebut, ketika diminta keterangannya melalui SMS, Selasa (7/5/2013) larut malam, Rosana atau Yos, istri Iwan, mengabarkan balik bahwa Iwan baik- baik saja. "Pasti mau nanyain keadaan Iwan ya?... alhamdulillah sehat2 aja," tulis Yos kepada Kompas.com.
Sementara itu, melalui akun Twitter-nya, @iwanfals, lelaki kelahiran Jakarta, 3 September 1961 ini memberi tanggapan mengenai gosip tersebut sejak Selasa.
"yg bener tuh sy malah dikasih air putih & bunga warna merah jambu," isi tweet pertama Iwan tentang kabar itu, Selasa, kira-kira pukul 10.30 WIB.
"maksudnya apa ya yg ngisuin sy meninggal?" tulisnya 13 jam kemudian. "ya udah tak doain yg ngisuin sy itu panjang umur, klo perlu gak mati2," sambungnya satu jam sesudahnya. "Amin," imbuhnya satu jam setelahnya.
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saco-indonesia.com, Kepolisian Daerah Sumatera Utara telah menahan FD, adik Bupati Nias Selatan Idealisman Dachi. FD diduga telah terlibat korupsi pengalihan lahan untuk fasilitas umum menjadi lokasi Balai Benih Induk.
"Mulai Senin pukul 20.00 WIB malam , FD telah resmi kami tahan," kata Direktur Reskrim Khusus Polda Sumut Kombes Pol Dono Indarto di Medan, Senin (23/12). Demikian dilansir dari Antara.
Penahanan tersebut juga merupakan kelanjutan proses penyidikan 1atas kasus dugaan korupsi tersebut setelah penahanan Sekdakab Nias Selatan AL dan Asisten I Pemkab Nias Selatan FS. FD diduga juga ikut serta dalam mengalihkan proyek pengadaan lahan untuk fasilitas umum tersebut menjadi Lahan Balai Benih Induk (BBI).
Dugaan korupsi tersebut telah berawal ketika Pemkab Nias Selatan menganggarkan dana Rp 10 miliar dari APBD tahun 2012 guna pembelian lahan yang diperuntukan perkantoran dan fasilitas umum.
Namun, anggaran untuk pengadaan fasilitas umum tersebut telah dialihkan menjadi pengadaan Balai Benih Induk dan menyerahkan pemegang proyek kepada FD. Akibat kebijakan tersebut, negara diperkirakan telah mengalami kerugian sekitar Rp9,4 miliar.
"Kami juga masih harus mendalami dan mengembangkan penyidikan. Jika ditemukan bukti, siapapun kita lakukan tindakan sama sesuai hukum," katanya.
Direktorat Reskrim Khusus Polda Sumut menahan Sekdakab Nias Selatan AL dan Asisten I Pemkab Nias Selatan FS pada Kamis (19/12).
> ADIK BUPATI NIAS SELATAN DITAHAN
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- Haji adalah salah satu rukun Islam yang lima. Menunaikan ibadah haji adalah bentuk ritual tahunan bagi kaum muslim yang mampu secara material, fisik, maupun keilmuan dengan berkunjung ke beberapa tempat di Arab Saudi dan melaksanakan beberapa kegiatan pada satu waktu yang telah ditentukan yaitu pada bulan Dzulhijjah.
Secara estimologi (bahasa), Haji berarti niat (Al Qasdu), sedangkan menurut syara’ berarti Niat menuju Baitul Haram dengan amal-amal yang khusus.Temat-tempat tertentu yang dimaksud dalam definisi diatas adalah selain Ka’bah dan Mas’a (tempat sa’i), juga Padang Arafah (tempat wukuf), Muzdalifah (tempat mabit), dan Mina (tempat melontar jumroh).
Sedangkan yang dimaksud dengan waktu tertentu adalah bulan-bulan haji yaitu dimulai dari Syawal sampai sepuluh hari pertama bulan Dzulhijjah. Amalan ibadah tertentu ialah thawaf, sa’i, wukuf, mazbit di Muzdalifah, melontar jumroh, dan mabit di Mina.
Umrah adalah berkunjung ke Ka’bah untuk melakukan serangkaian ibadah dengan syarat-syarat yang telah ditetapkan. Umroh disunahkan bagi muslim yang mampu. Umroh dapat dilakukan kapan saja, kecuali pada hari Arafah yaitu tgl 10 Zulhijah dan hari-hari Tasyrik yaitu tgl 11,12,13 Zulhijah. Melaksanakan Umroh pada bulan Ramadhan sama nilainya dengan melakukan Ibadah Haji (Hadits Muslim) [Kembali ke Menu]
Haji Ifrad, artinya menyendiri
Pelaksanaan ibadah haji disebut ifrad jika sesorang melaksanakan ibadah haji dan umroh dilaksanakan secara sendiri-sendiri, dengan mendahulukan ibadah haji. Artinya, ketika calon jamaah haji mengenakan pakaian ihram di miqat-nya, hanya berniat melaksanakan ibadah haji. Jika ibadah hajinya sudah selesai, maka orang tersebut mengenakan ihram kembali untuk melaksanakan ibadah umroh.
Haji Tamattu’, artinya bersenang-senang
Pelaksanaan ibadah haji disebut Tamattu’ jika seseorang melaksanakan ibadah umroh dan Haji di bulan haji yang sama dengan mendahulukan ibadah Umroh. Artinya, ketika seseorang mengenakan pakaian ihram di miqat-nya, hanya berniat melaksanakan ibadah Umroh. Jika ibadah Umrohnya sudah selesai, maka orang tersebut mengenakan ihram kembali untuk melaksanakan ibadah Haji.
Tamattu’ dapat juga berarti melaksanakan ibadah Umroh dan Haji didalam bulan-bulan serta didalam tahun yang sama, tanpa terlebih dahulu pulang ke negeri asal.
Haji Qiran, artinya menggabungkan
Pelaksanaan ibadah Haji disebut Qiran jika seseorang melaksanakan ibadah Haji dan Umroh disatukan atau menyekaliguskan berihram untuk melaksanakan ibadah haji dan umrah. Haji Qiran dilakukan dengan tetap berpakaian ihram sejak miqat makani dan melaksanakan semua rukun dan wajib haji sampai selesai, meskipun mungkin akan memakan waktu lama. [Kembali ke Menu]
Rukun dan Wajib Haji
Rukun haji :
Thawaf Ziyarah (disebut juga dengan Thawaf Ifadhah)
Wuquf di padang Arafah
Apabila salah satu rukun haji di atas tidak dilaksanakan maka hajinya batal. Sedangkan Abu Hanifah berpendapat bahwa rukun haji hanya ada 2 yaitu: Wuquf dan Thawaf. Ihram dan Sa’I tidak dimasukkan ke dalam rukun karena menurut beliau, ihram adalah syarat sah haji dan sa’I adalah yang wajib dilakukan dalam haji (wajib haji). Sementara Imam syafi’ie berpendapat bahwa rukun haji ada 6 yaitu: Ihram, Thawaf, Sa’ie, Wuquf, Mencukur rambut, dan Tertib berurutan).(Kitabul Fiqh Ala Madzhabil Arba’ah 1/578).
Iharam dimulai dari miqat yang telah ditentukan
Wuquf di Arafah sampai matahari tenggelam
Mabit di Mina
Mabit di Muzdalifah hingga lewat setengah malam
Syarat-syarat Wajib Haji
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Mewakilkan Seseorang Untuk Berhaji
Tidak boleh bagi seseorang berhaji untuk orang lain kecuali setelah ia berhaji untuk dirinya sendiri. Rasulullah bersabda: Berhajilah untuk dirimu sendiri, kemudian engkau berhaji untuknya. [Kembali ke Menu]
Haji Bagi Anak-anak yang belum Baligh
Tidaklah wajib bagi anak-anak untuk berhaji kecuali ia telah baligh. Namun jika ia telah berhaji maka hajinya sah sebagaimana yang telah diriwayatkan Ibnu Abbas ra bahwa Rasulullah r berjumpa dengan seorang berkendaraan dikawasan Ar-Rauha beliau bersabda: Siapakah kalian? Mereka menjawab: Kami orang-orang muslim, mereka balik bertanya: Siapa anda? Beliau menjawab: Saya Rasul Allah. Lalu ada seorang anak gadis yang masih kecil bertanya: Apakh ini yang disebut haji? Beliau menjawab: Ya dan bagimu pahala (HR. Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Daud, dan An Nasa dishahihkan oleh At Tirmidzi). [Kembali ke Menu]
Rangkaian Ibadah Haji dan Umroh:
Rangkaian kegiatan ibadah Haji
Sebelum tanggal 8 Dzulhijjah, calon jamaah haji mulai berbondong untuk melaksanakan Tawaf Haji di Masjid Al Haram, Makkah.
Calon jamaah haji memakai pakaian Ihram (dua lembar kain tanpa jahitan sebagai pakaian haji), sesuai miqatnya, kemudian berniat haji, dan membaca bacaan Talbiyah, yaitu mengucapkan Labbaikallahumma labbaik labbaika laa syarika laka labbaik. Innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulk laa syarika laka..
Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah, pagi harinya semua calon jamaah haji menuju ke padang Arafah untuk menjalankan ibadah wukuf. Kemudian jamaah melaksanakan ibadah Wukuf, yaitu berdiam diri dan berdoa di padang Arafah hingga Maghrib datang.
Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah malam, jamaah menuju ke Muzdalifah untuk mabbit (bermalam) dan mengambil batu untuk melontar jumroh secukupnya.
Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah tengah malam (setelah mabbit) jamaah meneruskan perjalanan ke Mina untuk melaksanakan ibadah melontar Jumroh
Tanggal 10 Dzulhijjah, jamaah melaksanakan ibadah melempar Jumroh sebanyak tujuh kali ke Jumroh Aqobah sebagai simbolisasi mengusir setan. Dilanjutkan dengan tahalul yaitu mencukur rambut atau sebagian rambut.
Jika jamaah mengambil nafar awal maka dapat dilanjutkan perjalanan ke Masjidil Haram untuk Tawaf Haji (menyelesaikan Haji)
Sedangkan jika mengambil nafar akhir jamaah tetap tinggal di Mina dan dilanjutkan dengan melontar jumroh sambungan (Ula dan Wustha).
Tanggal 11 Dzulhijjah, melempar jumrah sambungan (Ula) di tugu pertama, tugu kedua, dan tugu ketiga.
Tanggal 12 Dzulhijjah, melempar jumrah sambungan (Ula) di tugu pertama, tugu kedua, dan tugu ketiga.
Jamaah haji kembali ke Makkah untuk melaksanakan Thawaf Wada’ (Thawaf perpisahan) sebelum pulang ke negara masing-masing
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Rangkaian Kegiatan Ibadah Umrah
Diawali dengan mandi besar (janabah) sebelum ihram untuk umrah.
mengenakan pakaian ihram. Untuk lelaki 2 kain yang dijadikan sarung dan selendang, sedangkan untuk wanita memakai pakaian apa saja yang menutup aurat tanpa ada hiasannya dan tidak memakai cadar atau sarung tangan.
Niat umrah dalam hati dan mengucapkan Labbaika ‘umrotan atau Labbaikallahumma bi’umrotin. Kemudian bertalbiyah dengan dikeraskan suaranya bagi laki-laki dan cukup dengan suara yang didengar orang yang ada di sampingnya bagi wanita, yaitu mengucapkan Labbaikallahumma labbaik labbaika laa syarika laka labbaik. Innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulk laa syarika laka.
Sesampai Masjidil Haram menuju ka’bah, lakukan thawaf sebanyak 7 kali putaran.3 putaran pertama jalan cepat dan sisanya jalan biasa. Thowaf diawali dan diakhiri di hajar aswad dan ka’bah dijadikan berada di sebelah kiri. Setiap putaran menuju hajar aswad sambil menyentuhnya dengan tangan kanan dan menciumnya jika mampu dan mengucapkan Bismillahi wallahu akbar. Jika tidak bisa menyentuh dan menciumya, maka cukup memberi isyarat dan berkata Allahu akbar.
Shalat 2 raka’at di belakang maqam Ibrahim jika bisa atau di tempat lainnya di masjidil haram dengan membaca surat Al-Kafirun pada raka’at pertama dan Al-Ikhlas pada raka’at kedua.
Selanjutnya Sa’i dengan naik ke bukit Shofa dan menghadap kiblat sambil mengangkat kedua tangan dan mengucapkan Innash shofa wal marwata min sya’aairillah. Abda’u bima bada’allahu bihi (Aku memulai dengan apa yang Allah memulainya). Kemudian bertakbir 3 kali tanpa memberi isyarat dan mengucapkan Laa ilaha illallahu wahdahu laa syarika lahu. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wahuwa ‘alaa kulli syai’in qodiir. Laa ilaha illallahu wahdahu anjaza wa’dahu wa shodaqo ‘abdahu wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdahu 3x. Kemudian berdoa sekehendaknya. Sa’i dilakukan sebanyak 7 kali dengan hitungan berangkat satu kali dan kembalinya dihitung satu kali, diawali di bukit Shofa dan diakhiri di bukit Marwah.
Mencukur rambut kepala bagi lelaki dan memotongnya sebatas ujung jari bagi wanita.
Ibadah Umroh selesai
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Persiapan Ibadah Haji
Beberapa hal yang perlu dipersiapkan sebelum menunaikan ibadah Haji
Membersihkan diri dari dosa dan kesalahan baik langsung kepada Allah SWT. maupun kepada sesama manusia.
Karena ibadah Haji adalah ibadah fisik, maka perlu mempersiapkan mental untuk mengikuti seluruh rangkaian ibadah haji yang memerlukan stamina tinggi, keikhlasan dan kepasrahan kepada Allah SWT.
Mempersiapkan biaya, baik selama dalam perjalanan haji, maupun untuk nafkah keluarg yang ditinggalkan.
Melaksanakan kewajiban-kewajiban yang berhubungan dengan harta kekayaan, seperti zakat, nadzar, hutang, infaq dan shadaqah.
Melaksanakan janji yang pernah diucapkan.
Menyelesaikan segala urusan yang berhubungan dengan keluarga yang akan ditinggalkan.7. Memohon do’a restu kepada kedua orang tua (jika masih hidup)
Mempersiapkan ilmu dan pengetahuan agama, dan mengikuti kegiatan manasik haji.
Mempersiapkan obat-obatan pribadi selama menjalankan ibadah haji.
Mempersiapkan beberapa perlengkapan untuk keperluan selama perjalanan ibadah Haji:
Kain Ihram dua stel
Baju sehari-hari secukupnya
Mukena minimal 2 buah
Pakaian ihram (rok putih dan mukena atas putih) 2 set
Pakaian sehari-hari secukupnya
Kaos kaki secukupnya
Perlengkapan untuk Pria dan Wanita
Sepatu sandal atau sendal gunung
Gunting kecil utk Tahallul
Senter kecil (untuk penerangan saat mengambil batu di Musdalifah)
Kantong kecil untuk menyimpan batu kerikil persiapan melempar jumroh
Kantong sandal untuk tempat sandal saat di Masjid
Pelembab atau cream, gunakan untuk tangan dan kaki
Biaya untuk dam, kurban dsb.
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Lokasi Utama Ibadah Haji dan Umroh
Makkah Al Mukaromah
Di kota Makkah Al-Mukaromah inilah terdapat Masjidil Haram yang didalamnya terdapat Ka’bah yang merupakan kiblat ibadah umat Islam sedunia. Dalam rangkaian perjalanan ibadah haji, Makkah menjadi tempat pembuka dan penutup ibadah haji.
Padang Arafah terdapat di sebelah timur Kota Makkah. Padang Arafah dikenal sebagai tempat pusatnya haji, sebagai tempat pelaksanaan ibadah wukuf yang merupakan rukun haji. Di Padang Arafah juga terdapat Jabal Rahmah tempat pertama kali pertemuan Nabi Adam dan Hawa. Di luar musim haji, daerah ini tidak dipakai.
Kota ini tidak jauh dari kota Mina dan Arafah Mota Muzdalifah merupakan tempat jamaah calon haji melakukan Mabit (bermalam) dan mengambil batu untuk melontar Jumroh di Kota Mina.
Kota Mina merupakan tempat berdirinya tugu (jumrah), yaitu tempat pelaksanaan melontarkan batu ke tugu (jumrah) sebagai simbolisasi tindakan nabi Ibrahim ketika mengusir setan. Disana terdapat tiga jumrah yaitu jumrah Aqabah, Jumrah Ula, dan Jumrah Wustha.
Sumber : http://berumrah-berhaji.blogspot.com
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GREENWICH, Conn. — Mago is in the bedroom. You can go in.
The big man lies on a hospital bed with his bare feet scraping its bottom rail. His head is propped on a scarlet pillow, the left temple dented, the right side paralyzed. His dark hair is kept just long enough to conceal the scars.
The occasional sounds he makes are understood only by his wife, but he still has that punctuating left hand. In slow motion, the fingers curl and close. A thumbs-up greeting.
This is Magomed Abdusalamov, 34, also known as the Russian Tyson, also known as Mago. He is a former heavyweight boxer who scored four knockouts and 14 technical knockouts in his first 18 professional fights. He preferred to stand between rounds. Sitting conveyed weakness.
But Mago lost his 19th fight, his big chance, at the packed Theater at Madison Square Garden in November 2013. His 19th decision, and his last.
Now here he is, in a small bedroom in a working-class neighborhood in Greenwich, in a modest house his family rents cheap from a devoted friend. The air-pressure machine for his mattress hums like an expectant crowd.
Today is like any other day, except for those days when he is hurried in crisis to the hospital. Every three hours during the night, his slight wife, Bakanay, 28, has risen to turn his 6-foot-3 body — 210 pounds of dead weight. It has to be done. Infections of the gaping bedsore above his tailbone have nearly killed him.
Then, with the help of a young caretaker, Baka has gotten two of their daughters off to elementary school and settled down the toddler. Yes, Mago and Baka are blessed with all girls, but they had also hoped for a son someday.
They feed Mago as they clean him; it’s easier that way. For breakfast, which comes with a side of crushed antiseizure pills, he likes oatmeal with a squirt of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. But even oatmeal must be puréed and fed to him by spoon.
He opens his mouth to indicate more, the way a baby does. But his paralysis has made everything a choking hazard. His water needs a stirring of powdered food thickener, and still he chokes — eh-eh-eh — as he tries to cough up what will not go down.
Mago used to drink only water. No alcohol. Not even soda. A sip of juice would be as far as he dared. Now even water betrays him.
With the caretaker’s help, Baka uses a washcloth and soap to clean his body and shampoo his hair. How handsome still, she has thought. Sometimes, in the night, she leaves the bedroom to watch old videos, just to hear again his voice in the fullness of life. She cries, wipes her eyes and returns, feigning happiness. Mago must never see her sad.
When Baka finishes, Mago is cleanshaven and fresh down to his trimmed and filed toenails. “I want him to look good,” she says.
Theirs was an arranged Muslim marriage in Makhachkala, in the Russian republic of Dagestan. He was 23, she was 18 and their future hinged on boxing. Sometimes they would shadowbox in love, her David to his Goliath. You are so strong, he would tell her.
His father once told him he could either be a bandit or an athlete, but if he chose banditry, “I will kill you.” This paternal advice, Mago later told The Ventura County Reporter, “made it a very easy decision for me.”
Mago won against mediocre competition, in Moscow and Hollywood, Fla., in Las Vegas and Johnstown, Pa. He was knocked down only once, and even then, it surprised more than hurt. He scored a technical knockout in the next round.
It all led up to this: the undercard at the Garden, Mike Perez vs. Magomed Abdusalamov, 10 rounds, on HBO. A win, he believed, would improve his chances of taking on the heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who sat in the crowd of 4,600 with his fiancée, the actress Hayden Panettiere, watching.
Wearing black-and-red trunks and a green mouth guard, Mago went to work. But in the first round, a hard forearm to his left cheek rocked him. At the bell, he returned to his corner, and this time, he sat down. “I think it’s broken,” he repeatedly said in Russian.
Maybe at that point, somebody — the referee, the ringside doctors, his handlers — should have stopped the fight, under a guiding principle: better one punch too early than one punch too late. But the bloody trade of blows continued into the seventh, eighth, ninth, a hand and orbital bone broken, his face transforming.
Meanwhile, in the family’s apartment in Miami, Baka forced herself to watch the broadcast. She could see it in his swollen eyes. Something was off.
After the final round, Perez raised his tattooed arms in victory, and Mago wandered off in a fog. He had taken 312 punches in about 40 minutes, for a purse of $40,000.
In the locker room, doctors sutured a cut above Mago’s left eye and tested his cognitive abilities. He did not do well. The ambulance that waits in expectation at every fight was not summoned by boxing officials.
Blood was pooling in Mago’s cranial cavity as he left the Garden. He vomited on the pavement while his handlers flagged a taxi to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. There, doctors induced a coma and removed part of his skull to drain fluids and ease the swelling.
Then came the stroke.
It is lunchtime now, and the aroma of puréed beef and potatoes lingers. So do the questions.
How will Mago and Baka pay the $2 million in medical bills they owe? What if their friend can no longer offer them this home? Will they win their lawsuits against the five ringside doctors, the referee, and a New York State boxing inspector? What about Mago’s future care?
Most of all: Is this it?
A napkin rests on Mago’s chest. As another spoonful of mush approaches, he opens his mouth, half-swallows, chokes, and coughs until it clears. Eh-eh-eh. Sometimes he turns bluish, but Baka never shows fear. Always happy for Mago.
Some days he is wheeled out for physical therapy or speech therapy. Today, two massage therapists come to knead his half-limp body like a pair of skilled corner men.
Soon, Mago will doze. Then his three daughters, ages 2, 6 and 9, will descend upon him to talk of their day. Not long ago, the oldest lugged his championship belt to school for a proud show-and-tell moment. Her classmates were amazed at the weight of it.
Then, tonight, there will be more puréed food and pulverized medication, more coughing, and more tender care from his wife, before sleep comes.
He half-smiles, raises his one good hand, and forms a fist.Meet Mago, Former Heavyweight | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016
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WASHINGTON — The last three men to win the Republican nomination have been the prosperous son of a president (George W. Bush), a senator who could not recall how many homes his family owned (John McCain of Arizona; it was seven) and a private equity executive worth an estimated $200 million (Mitt Romney).
The candidates hoping to be the party’s nominee in 2016 are trying to create a very different set of associations. On Sunday, Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, joined the presidential field.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk, as he urges audiences not to forget “the workers in our hotel kitchens, the landscaping crews in our neighborhoods, the late-night janitorial staff that clean our offices.”
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a preacher’s son, posts on Twitter about his ham-and-cheese sandwiches and boasts of his coupon-clipping frugality. His $1 Kohl’s sweater has become a campaign celebrity in its own right.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky laments the existence of “two Americas,” borrowing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phrase to describe economically and racially troubled communities like Ferguson, Mo., and Detroit.
“Some say, ‘But Democrats care more about the poor,’ ” Mr. Paul likes to say. “If that’s true, why is black unemployment still twice white unemployment? Why has household income declined by $3,500 over the past six years?”
We are in the midst of the Empathy Primary — the rhetorical battleground shaping the Republican presidential field of 2016.
Harmed by the perception that they favor the wealthy at the expense of middle-of-the-road Americans, the party’s contenders are each trying their hardest to get across what the elder George Bush once inelegantly told recession-battered voters in 1992: “Message: I care.”
Their ability to do so — less bluntly, more sincerely — could prove decisive in an election year when power, privilege and family connections will loom large for both parties.
Questions of understanding and compassion cost Republicans in the last election. Mr. Romney, who memorably dismissed the “47 percent” of Americans as freeloaders, lost to President Obama by 63 percentage points among voters who cast their ballots for the candidate who “cares about people like me,” according to exit polls.
And a Pew poll from February showed that people still believe Republicans are indifferent to working Americans: 54 percent said the Republican Party does not care about the middle class.
That taint of callousness explains why Senator Ted Cruz of Texas declared last week that Republicans “are and should be the party of the 47 percent” — and why another son of a president, Jeb Bush, has made economic opportunity the centerpiece of his message.
With his pedigree and considerable wealth — since he left the Florida governor’s office almost a decade ago he has earned millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards and advising banks — Mr. Bush probably has the most complicated task making the argument to voters that he understands their concerns.
On a visit last week to Puerto Rico, Mr. Bush sounded every bit the populist, railing against “elites” who have stifled economic growth and innovation. In the kind of economy he envisions leading, he said: “We wouldn’t have the middle being squeezed. People in poverty would have a chance to rise up. And the social strains that exist — because the haves and have-nots is the big debate in our country today — would subside.”
Republicans’ emphasis on poorer and working-class Americans now represents a shift from the party’s longstanding focus on business owners and “job creators” as the drivers of economic opportunity.
This is intentional, Republican operatives said.
In the last presidential election, Republicans rushed to defend business owners against what they saw as hostility by Democrats to successful, wealthy entrepreneurs.
“Part of what you had was a reaction to the Democrats’ dehumanization of business owners: ‘Oh, you think you started your plumbing company? No you didn’t,’ ” said Grover Norquist, the conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform.
But now, Mr. Norquist said, Republicans should move past that. “Focus on the people in the room who know someone who couldn’t get a job, or a promotion, or a raise because taxes are too high or regulations eat up companies’ time,” he said. “The rich guy can take care of himself.”
Democrats argue that the public will ultimately see through such an approach because Republican positions like opposing a minimum-wage increase and giving private banks a larger role in student loans would hurt working Americans.
“If Republican candidates are just repeating the same tired policies, I’m not sure that smiling while saying it is going to be enough,” said Guy Cecil, a Democratic strategist who is joining a “super PAC” working on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Republicans have already attacked Mrs. Clinton over the wealth and power she and her husband have accumulated, caricaturing her as an out-of-touch multimillionaire who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech and has not driven a car since 1996.
Mr. Walker hit this theme recently on Fox News, pointing to Mrs. Clinton’s lucrative book deals and her multiple residences. “This is not someone who is connected with everyday Americans,” he said. His own net worth, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is less than a half-million dollars; Mr. Walker also owes tens of thousands of dollars on his credit cards.
But showing off a cheap sweater or boasting of a bootstraps family background not only helps draw a contrast with Mrs. Clinton’s latter-day affluence, it is also an implicit argument against Mr. Bush.
Mr. Walker, who featured a 1998 Saturn with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer in a 2010 campaign ad during his first run for governor, likes to talk about flipping burgers at McDonald’s as a young person. His mother, he has said, grew up on a farm with no indoor plumbing until she was in high school.
Mr. Rubio, among the least wealthy members of the Senate, with an estimated net worth of around a half-million dollars, uses his working-class upbringing as evidence of the “exceptionalism” of America, “where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”
Mr. Cruz alludes to his family’s dysfunction — his parents, he says, were heavy drinkers — and recounts his father’s tale of fleeing Cuba with $100 sewn into his underwear.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey notes that his father paid his way through college working nights at an ice cream plant.
But sometimes the attempts at projecting authenticity can seem forced. Mr. Christie recently found himself on the defensive after telling a New Hampshire audience, “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man.” Tax returns showed that he and his wife, a longtime Wall Street executive, earned nearly $700,000 in 2013.
The story of success against the odds is a political classic, even if it is one the Republican Party has not been able to tell for a long time. Ronald Reagan liked to say that while he had not been born on the wrong side of the tracks, he could always hear the whistle. Richard Nixon was fond of reminding voters how he was born in a house his father had built.
“Probably the idea that is most attractive to an average voter, and an idea that both Republicans and Democrats try to craft into their messages, is this idea that you can rise from nothing,” said Charles C. W. Cooke, a writer for National Review.
There is a certain delight Republicans take in turning that message to their advantage now.
“That’s what Obama did with Hillary,” Mr. Cooke said. “He acknowledged it openly: ‘This is ridiculous. Look at me, this one-term senator with dark skin and all of America’s unsolved racial problems, running against the wife of the last Democratic president.”G.O.P. Hopefuls Now Aiming to Woo the Middle Class | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016
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
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Judge Patterson helped to protect the rights of Attica inmates after the prison riot in 1971 and later served on the Federal District Court in Manhattan.Robert Patterson Jr., Lawyer and Judge Who Fought for the Accused, Dies at 91 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016
Even as a high school student, Dave Goldberg was urging female classmates to speak up. As a young dot-com executive, he had one girlfriend after another, but fell hard for a driven friend named Sheryl Sandberg, pining after her for years. After they wed, Mr. Goldberg pushed her to negotiate hard for high compensation and arranged his schedule so that he could be home with their children when she was traveling for work.
Mr. Goldberg, who died unexpectedly on Friday, was a genial, 47-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built his latest company, SurveyMonkey, from a modest enterprise to one recently valued by investors at $2 billion. But he was also perhaps the signature male feminist of his era: the first major chief executive in memory to spur his wife to become as successful in business as he was, and an essential figure in “Lean In,” Ms. Sandberg’s blockbuster guide to female achievement.
Over the weekend, even strangers were shocked at his death, both because of his relatively young age and because they knew of him as the living, breathing, car-pooling center of a new philosophy of two-career marriage.
“They were very much the role models for what this next generation wants to grapple with,” said Debora L. Spar, the president of Barnard College. In a 2011 commencement speech there, Ms. Sandberg told the graduates that whom they married would be their most important career decision.
In the play “The Heidi Chronicles,” revived on Broadway this spring, a male character who is the founder of a media company says that “I don’t want to come home to an A-plus,” explaining that his ambitions require him to marry an unthreatening helpmeet. Mr. Goldberg grew up to hold the opposite view, starting with his upbringing in progressive Minneapolis circles where “there was woman power in every aspect of our lives,” Jeffrey Dachis, a childhood friend, said in an interview.
The Goldberg parents read “The Feminine Mystique” together — in fact, Mr. Goldberg’s father introduced it to his wife, according to Ms. Sandberg’s book. In 1976, Paula Goldberg helped found a nonprofit to aid children with disabilities. Her husband, Mel, a law professor who taught at night, made the family breakfast at home.
Later, when Dave Goldberg was in high school and his prom date, Jill Chessen, stayed silent in a politics class, he chastised her afterward. He said, “You need to speak up,” Ms. Chessen recalled in an interview. “They need to hear your voice.”
Years later, when Karin Gilford, an early employee at Launch Media, Mr. Goldberg’s digital music company, became a mother, he knew exactly what to do. He kept giving her challenging assignments, she recalled, but also let her work from home one day a week. After Yahoo acquired Launch, Mr. Goldberg became known for distributing roses to all the women in the office on Valentine’s Day.
Ms. Sandberg, who often describes herself as bossy-in-a-good-way, enchanted him when they became friendly in the mid-1990s. He “was smitten with her,” Ms. Chessen remembered. Ms. Sandberg was dating someone else, but Mr. Goldberg still hung around, even helping her and her then-boyfriend move, recalled Bob Roback, a friend and co-founder of Launch. When they finally married in 2004, friends remember thinking how similar the two were, and that the qualities that might have made Ms. Sandberg intimidating to some men drew Mr. Goldberg to her even more.
Over the next decade, Mr. Goldberg and Ms. Sandberg pioneered new ways of capturing information online, had a son and then a daughter, became immensely wealthy, and hashed out their who-does-what-in-this-marriage issues. Mr. Goldberg’s commute from the Bay Area to Los Angeles became a strain, so he relocated, later joking that he “lost the coin flip” of where they would live. He paid the bills, she planned the birthday parties, and both often left their offices at 5:30 so they could eat dinner with their children before resuming work afterward.
Friends in Silicon Valley say they were careful to conduct their careers separately, politely refusing when outsiders would ask one about the other’s work: Ms. Sandberg’s role building Facebook into an information and advertising powerhouse, and Mr. Goldberg at SurveyMonkey, which made polling faster and cheaper. But privately, their work was intertwined. He often began statements to his team with the phrase “Well, Sheryl said” sharing her business advice. He counseled her, too, starting with her salary negotiations with Mark Zuckerberg.
“I wanted Mark to really feel he stretched to get Sheryl, because she was worth it,” Mr. Goldberg explained in a 2013 “60 Minutes” interview, his Minnesota accent and his smile intact as he offered a rare peek of the intersection of marriage and money at the top of corporate life.
While his wife grew increasingly outspoken about women’s advancement, Mr. Goldberg quietly advised the men in the office on family and partnership matters, an associate said. Six out of 16 members of SurveyMonkey’s management team are female, an almost unheard-of ratio among Silicon Valley “unicorns,” or companies valued at over $1 billion.
When Mellody Hobson, a friend and finance executive, wrote a chapter of “Lean In” about women of color for the college edition of the book, Mr. Goldberg gave her feedback on the draft, a clue to his deep involvement. He joked with Ms. Hobson that she was too long-winded, like Ms. Sandberg, but aside from that, he said he loved the chapter, she said in an interview.
By then, Mr. Goldberg was a figure of fascination who inspired a “where can I get one of those?” reaction among many of the women who had read the best seller “Lean In.” Some lamented that Ms. Sandberg’s advice hinged too much on marrying a Dave Goldberg, who was humble enough to plan around his wife, attentive enough to worry about which shoes his young daughter would wear, and rich enough to help pay for the help that made the family’s balancing act manageable.
Now that he is gone, and Ms. Sandberg goes from being half of a celebrated partnership to perhaps the business world’s most prominent single mother, the pages of “Lean In” carry a new sting of loss.
“We are never at 50-50 at any given moment — perfect equality is hard to define or sustain — but we allow the pendulum to swing back and forth between us,” she wrote in 2013, adding that they were looking forward to raising teenagers together.
“Fortunately, I have Dave to figure it out with me,” she wrote.Dave Goldberg Was Lifelong Womenâ€™s Advocate | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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