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saco-indonesia.com, Pemerintah Kota (Pemkot) Banda Aceh akan menggelar renungan tsunami di pelataran Balai Kota Banda Aceh. Dalam renungan itu, selain tausiah yang akan disampaikan oleh Ary Ginanjar, juga ada pemutaran film saat Aceh dilanda tsunami.

Ribuan pengunjung telah terlihat khidmat saat menonton film tsunami yang diputarkan oleh panitia. Kemudian usai pemutaran film, salah seorang musisi putra Aceh, Raffly Kande langsung menyanyikan lagu berjudul "Aneuk Yatim" (Anak Yatim).

Wakil Wali Kota Banda Aceh, Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal juga mengatakan, setelah tsunami kota Banda Aceh ibarat kota mati. Banda Aceh telah hancur porak-poranda dan juga ribuan masyarakat telah kehilangan tempat tinggal dan juga keluarganya.

"Saat itu Banda Aceh memang jadi kota mati pasca tsunami. Wali kota saat itu Syarifuddin Latif yang juga ikut menjadi korban tsunami, Banda Aceh memang telah menjadi kota mati," kata Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, Rabu (25/12) malam di Balai Kota Banda Aceh.

Illiza juga menegaskan, ia telah menjadi saksi hidup dalam melakukan pembangunan kota Banda Aceh yang porak-poranda dihantam tsunami 9 tahun silam. Ribuan masyarakat telah kehilangan tempat tinggal, keluarga, dan kota Banda Aceh rata dengan tanah disapu oleh gelombang tsunami. Dan, kini Banda Aceh juga sudah kembali pulih dan tertata rapi kembali.

Atas dasar itulah, Illiza telah menyebutkan Wali Kota Banda Aceh, Mawardi Nurdin telah menjadi bapak pembangunan kota Banda Aceh. Di tengah-tengah porak-poranda Banda Aceh, ia telah berhasil kembali membangun Banda Aceh seperti saat ini yang tertata rapi.

"Bapak Mawardi Nurdin layak kita sebut sebagai bapak pembangunan di Banda Aceh," tegasnya.

Kendati demikian, Illiza juga tidak menampik pembangunan di Banda Aceh juga atas bantuan banyak pihak. Baik pihak Pemerintah Indonesia maupun pihak dunia internasional. "Terimakasih yang telah membantu Banda Aceh, baik TNI, polisi dan juga dunia internasional," imbuhnya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

BANDA ACEH IBARAT KOTA MATI

saco-indonesia.com, Mantan Kepala Kesbanglinmas Kepulauan Aru, Maluku, Gerson Gainau telah hilang akibat tenggelamnya perahu tradisional yang telah ditumpangi dalam pelayaran dari Desa Tunggu tujuan Dobo, ibu kota Kabupaten setempat, Minggu (26/1) petang. Pencarian hingga saaat ini masih dilakukan oleh tim SAR.

"Korban hingga kini belum dapat ditemukan, akibat upaya pencarian terhambat gelombang tinggi dan angin kencang," kata sumber Antara di Dobo, Ongky Nanulaitta, Senin (27/1).

Upaya pencarian yang intensif telah dilakukan sejak Minggu petang (26/1) yang terhambat oleh gelombang hingga ketinggian lima meter dan angin dengan kecepatan lebih dari 35 km per jam.

Pencarian yang dikoordinir Lanal Dobo dengan telah melibatkan masyarakat pesisir itu kesulitan karena hanya dengan mengandalkan perahu cepat (speedboat) maupun perahu tradisional.

Ongky juga mengemukakan, korban awalnya telah menumpang speedboat dari Desa Tunggu ke Dobo. Namun, dalam pelayaran armada cepat itu mogok karena adanya gangguan mesin lalu menumpang perahu tradisional. Nahas, perahu tradisional tersebut dihantam oleh gelombang tinggi sehingga terbalik dan Gerson terlepas pegangannya dari armada laut masyarakat pesisir tersebut.

Sedangkan, enam lainnya tetap berpegang di perahu tradisional, sehingga selamat dari dampak musim pancaroba yang telah melanda Tanah Air.

Sebelumnya kapal kargo KM Obelik yang karam di perairan Dobo, sejak 9 Januari 2014 hingga saat ini belum dievakuasi.

Kapal tu awalnya karam di perairan desa Wangel. Namun, karena terpaan gelombang hingga lima meter dan arus deras sehingga saat ini tergeser ke perairan Desa Wokam.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

MANTAN PEJABAT DI MALUKU HILANG TENGGELAM

saco-indonesia.com, Wakil Dubes Brunei Darusalam, Ahmad Nasri Abdul Latief telah menjadi korban pencurian senilai Rp 200 juta di Bandara Soekarno Hatta,(Soetta)

Menuru Kapotlresta Bandara Soetta, Kombes CH Patoppoi, pencurian barang milik Wakil Dubes Brunei Darusalam telah terjadi Minggu (2/2) di Terminal 2D Bandara Soekarno Hatta.

Peristiwa itu telah terjadi saat Wakil Dubes yang berkantor di Jalan Teuku Umar No.51 Menteng Jakarta Pusat ini tiba dari Brunei di Bandara Soetta dengan naik pesawat Royal Brunei no penerbangan BI 735 sekitar pk.13.15.

Ketika itu korban yang bersama saksi Ardina MD Agus Din telah meletakkan barang bawaannya 5 tas diatas troly lalu menuju lift. ke area keberangkatan di lantai 2.”Pada saat itu ada seseorang yang telah mengarahkan korban ke lift,”jelasnya.

Korban baru sadar setelah ke luar dari lift di lantai 2 barang-barangnya berupa hand bag coklat yang berisi dompet,HP galax-note.8,dolar brunei 20.030, uang rupiah Rp400 ribu,kartu kredit HSBC,ATM bank brunei,KTP I’d bunei telah dicuri maling. “Kerugian total 200 juta,”jelas kapolres.

Kasus pencurian itu terekam dalam CCTV pelaku lebih dari satu dan berperan masing-masing.ada yang bertugas mengalihkan perhatian korban dan menggeser tas korban.

“Setelah kami melihat rekaman CCTV sedang melakukan pengejaran terhadap pelakunya,”jelas kapolres Kombes CH Patoppo


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

PENCURI TAS WAKIL DUBES BRUNAI DI BANDARA SOETTA TEREKAM CCTV

saco-indonesia.com, Kebakaran di Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik Universitas Indonesia (UI) telah menjadi tragedi kaum akademisi karena telah kehilangan banyak bahan penelitian yang sangat berguna, kata Dosen Ilmu Filsafat UI Taufik Basari.

"Apa gunanya universitas kalau tidak ada bahan dan hasil penelitian," ujar dia seperti diberitakan Antara, Kamis (9/1).

Ia juga mengatakan, kebakaran di UI pada Rabu (8/1) kemarin, tidak hanya menyangkut kerugian material saja , namun yang lebih utama adalah kehilangan bahan-bahan penelitian yang berguna.

Ia juga telah mengimbau universitas-universitas lain untuk dapat mengambil pelajaran dari tragedi di UI dan segera menelaah lagi sistem keamanannya. "Kita telah menemukan satu lubang, berangkat dari sini mari kita perbaiki semuanya," ujar Taufik.

Mantan Dekan FISIP UI Bambang Shergy yang juga Guru Besar Sosiologi FISIP UI juga mengaku sangat terpukul dengan kebakaran di gedung FISIP UI tersebut. Ia juga menyayangkan arsip, buku, dan semua rujukan ilmu sosiologi yang selama ini terdokumentasi akhirnya menjadi abu.

Terdapat sekitar 5.000 arsip yang telah disimpan sejak era 1950-an di dalam ruang yang terbakar itu.? Ia juga menyesalkan pembangunan fasilitas yang tidak diproteksi bencana kebakaran.

Pihak departemen juga sudah merancang bangunan secara fungsional, estetis, dan aman dari bahaya pencurian, karena itu banyak dipasang teralis di jendela ruangan.

"Kerugian gedung bisa diukur dan dikembalikan dengan mudah dengan asuransi, namun buku-buku yang telah menjadi warisan dan rujukan ilmu pengetahuan ini yang sulit diadakan kembali," katanya.

Menurut Komandan Pleton Dinas Pemadam Kebakaran Pasar Minggu Sugiyanto, kebakaran telah terjadi karena percikan arus pendek dari pendingin ruangan di ruang arsip Departemen Sosiologi.

Ia juga sangat menyayangkan gedung C yang telah menjadi gedung Departemen Sosiologi FISIP UI tersebut bukan gedung yang dipersiapkan untuk tahan bencana kebakaran.

Para pemadam juga mengalami kesulitan masuk dalam gedung karena hanya ada satu akses pintu utama di gedung tersebut, ditambah teralis yang terpasang di semua gedung.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

KEBAKARAN DI KAMPUS UI

Siapa sih yang tidak mau tidur dengan nyenyak? Tentu saja “terms & conditions” orang biar bisa tidur nyenyak sangat berbeda-beda. Beberapa orang telah memerlukan kehadiran lampu tidur biar bisa nyenyak. Kalau kamu termasuk tipe yang satu ini, maka banyak lho pilihan lampu tidur murah yang lucu-lucu.

Lampu tidur murah yang berkarakter telah banyak ditemukan, tapi sulit untuk menentukan mana yang berkualitas. Pasalnya, lampu tidur adalah alat elektronik, dan keamanan telah menjadi salah satu prioritas utama juga. Jadi, jangan cuma memilih lampu tidur dengan karakter kesukaan saja, tapi juga faktor lain yang membuatnya fungsional.

Ukuran Lampu Tidur Murah

Karena fungsinya hanya sebagai penerangan secukupnya saja, maka ukuran dari lampu tidur murah yang kamu pilih pun harusnya tidak terlalu besar. Malah, lebih baik lagi jika lampu tidur ini dipilih dengan ukuran yang kecil saja, agar tidak terlalu memakan tempat juga.

Kalau kamu susah menemukannya, lampu meja juga dapat dijadikan alternative sebagai pilihan lampu tidur murah. Sekarang ini banyak juga lampu meja dengan konsep karakter lucu yang dijual.

Lampu Tidur Murah yang Tidak Silau

Intensitas cahaya juga telah menjadi salah satu faktor penentu lampu tidur murah yang akan dibeli. Karena sifatnya hanya untuk menemani tidur kamu, pilihlah lampu tidur murah dengan intensitas yang rendah saja. Kalau terlalu silau, kamu malah tidak bisa tidur nantinya.

Warna Lampu Tidur Murah

Warna dari lampu tidur murah juga harus diperhatikan. Pilihlah warna lampu kuning tidak cocok untuk lampu tidur, karena warna kuning akan dapat merangsang orang untuk tetap beraktivitas. Kalau kamu perhatikan di kamar hotel, warna lampu tidurnya adalah putih kebiruan yang cukup muram. Warna ini akan dapat membuat kamu mengantuk lebih cepat.

Tata Letak Lampu Tidur Murah

Jika kamu sudah membeli lampu tidur murah dengan karakter yang kamu sukai, kini kamu juga harus mengetahui teknik peletakan lampu tidur ini. Kalau kamu pakai lampu meja sebagai lampu tidurmu, kamu tidak perlu memindahkannya lagi. Tetap letakkan di atas meja saja, dan nyalakan pada saat kamu ingin tidur.

Satu hal penting yang harus kamu ingat kalau kamu mau meletakkan lampu tidur murah yang baru kamu beli adalah jarak dengan ranjang. Kamu tentu tidak mau muka dipapar sinar ketika tidur, dong? Walaupun sinarnya remang, tetap saja itu malah menjadi polusi cahaya buatmu. Jadi, letakkan setidaknya agak jauh agar tidak mencapai muka.

 

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Ms. Pryor, who served more than two decades in the State Department, was the author of well-regarded biographies of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Confederate commander.

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

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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.

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Mr. King sang for the Drifters and found success as a solo performer with hits like “Spanish Harlem.”

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Mr. Lechleider helped invent DSL technology, which enabled phone companies to offer high-speed web access over their infrastructure of copper wires.

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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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

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