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saco-indonesia.com, Ratusan penduduk Kabupaten Kebumen Jawa Tengah terpaksa harus mengungsi karena banjir dan longsor yang telah melanda di sejumlah wilayah. Bahkan, Pemerintah Kabupaten Kebumen telah menyatakan wilayahnya dalam masa tanggap darurat selama tiga minggu.

"Saat ini masa tanggap darurat telah diperpanjang dari dua minggu sampai tiga minggu, terhitung dari tanggal 19 Desember kemarin," ujar Kepala Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD) Kebumen, Budi Satrio, Senin (23/12).

Dari data yang telah tercatat di BPBD Kebumen, saat ini ada sekitar 660 warga yang masih tinggal di tempat pengungsian. Para penduduk juga masih bertahan di tempat pengungsi akibat hujan dengan intensitas tinggi yang melanda daerah tersebut sejak sepekan terakhir. Dia juga mengungkapkan, ketinggian banjir sudah mencapai lebih dari satu meter.

Bahkan, Budi juga menambahkan, hingga Senin siang (23/12) ada sekitar 150 penduduk Dukuh Bulusari Desa Madurejo Kecamatan Puring yang masih terisolir karena jalan terendam air cukup tinggi. Akses menuju desa tersebut hanya bisa dilalui dengan menggunakan dengan perahu karet.

"Kami juga masih membujuk warga yang masih bertahan agar mau dievakuasi. Karena kami khawatir hujan masih turun dan dapat menyebabkan banjir semakin besar," jelasnya.

Budi juga melanjutkan, sebagian besar penduduk setempat enggan dievakuasi lantaran takut kehilangan harta benda. Namun, BPBD Kebumen juga sudah menyiapkan tiga perahu karet untuk dapat melakukan evakuasi jika dibutuhkan sewaktu-waktu.

Budi juga mengemukakan daerah yang paling parah dilanda banjir berada di tiga kecamatan, yakni Kecamatan Adimulyo, Kecamatan Puring dan Kecamatan Bonorowo. Hingga saat ini, korban jiwa akibat bencana di Kebumen sudah mencapai 4 orang tewas, 1 luka berat dan 3 luka ringan.

Sementara itu dari Banjarnegara Jawa Tengah telah dilaporkan tanah longsor terjadi di 43 titik tersebar di 25 desa dari 12 kecamatan di Banjarnegara. "Satu orang tewas dan kerusakan rumah meliputi 18 rusak berat, 9 rusak sedang, 52 rusak ringan. Saat ini ada 62 rumah terancam longsor dan jumlah pengungsi sekitar 10 kepala keluarga," kata Staf BPBD Banjarnegara, Andri Sulistiyo.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

MASA TANGGAP DARURAT DI KEBUMEN DIPERPANJANG
Portal Lowongan Kerja Indonesia. Update Informasi Lowongan Kerja Terbaru 2014 di LOUIS DREYFUS COMMODITIES INDONESIA. 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 : Louis Dreyfus Commodities Indonesia is one of the leading merchandiser and processor of commodities products in Indonesia which has many line businesses.

In line with our business expansion in all over Indonesia, we are looking for dynamic people with strong drive and high enthusiasm to take up a challenging career and join our team

Alamat : 
Lokasi Kerja : Lampung

Posisi Pekerjaan : SITE CONTROLLER

Key Role:

Oversee all the Cost Control, Management Accounting & Reporting Functions at Site.

Requirements:
 

  • Degree from reputable university majoring Finance Accounting, Management, or Business Administration.
  • Location in Lampung.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in big 4 public accounting firms, manufacturing.
  • Understand cost accounting process, budget and cash flow in related project site, production, and distribution.
  • Advance knowledge with Ms. Office, Accounting Information System.
  • Have a CPO Refinery knowledge is an advantage.
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, and accurate.
  • Fluent in English. is one of the leading merchandiser and processor of commodities products in Indonesia which has many line businesses.

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TRIK & TIPS UNTUK MEMILIH RUANG KANTOR

Ada Beberapa tips untuk anda dalam sewa ruang kantor:

A. Segi kepemilikan :

Sebelum ada kesepakatan untuk dapat sewa kantor atau rumah, pastikan terlebih dahulu segi dari kepemilikannya. Anda yang sebagai penyewa juga berhak dan patut dalam menanyakan bukti kepemilikan orang/ pihak yang telah menyewakan, bisa dengan Sertifikat dan IMB atas bangunan tersebut. Kalau tidak bisa memperlihatkan dokumen aslinya sewa ruang kantor, harus jelas kenapa dan apa alasannya.


B. Peruntukan Bangunan :

Perhatikan peruntukan dari bangunan/ rumah yang akan disewakan. Saat ini, meskipun dikawasan perumahan terkadang juga terdapat zona larangan untuk usaha. Misal dikawasan Bintaro Jaya, ada peraturan dari developer dan dari pemerintah daerah setempat yang juga menyatakan rumah-rumah yang ada dipinggir jalan raya utama dilarang untuk dialih fungsikan menjadi tempat usaha. Banyak kejadian yang pada akhirnya berujung konflik dimana pemilik rumah objek sewa menjanjikan bahwa akan juga mendapat dispensasi peruntukan usaha padahal objek rumah sewa tersebut termasuk zona larangan alih fungsi usaha.

C. Isi Perjanjian :

Mengenai isi perjanjian sewa ruang kantor perhatikan ada tidaknya klausul tentang menyewakan kembali objek sewa menyewa tersebut (pratelan). Ini juga perlu karena pada umumnya, pemilik objek sewa juga tidak mau menyewakan dalam waktu sewa yang pendek. Jika diperkenankan untuk dapat menyewakan kembali objek sewa, perhatikan bagaimana prosedurnya, apakah diperlukan persetujuan tertulis atau cukup memberi tahu saja.

Demikian tipsnya semoga bermanfaat untuk anda selamat mencoba.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

TIPS DALAM MEMILIH RUANG KANTOR

MAGDEBURG, Saco-Indonesia.Com - Ancaman banjir belum juga berlalu di Jerman. Ribuan petugas darurat, tentara, dan relawan, Minggu (9/6), mengalihkan perhatian kepada Kota Magdeburg yang berjuang melawan banjir terburuk di Eropa tengah dalam satu dekade.

Banjir di Jerman dalam sepekan terakhir telah menyebabkan evakuasi massal, yang menurut anggota parlemen sebagai sebuah ”bencana nasional”. Luapan air Sungai Elbe yang bergerak ke utara kini mengancam Magdeburg, kota di timur Jerman. Wilayah luas di sekitar kota tertutup lautan air warna coklat akibat hujan lebat di hulu Sungai Elbe yang berada di Ceko.

Tingkat muka air Sungai Elbe di Magdeburg 7,45 meter pada Minggu pagi, lebih tinggi tiga kali lipat daripada muka air normal yang setinggi dua meter. Pejabat setempat mengatakan, kondisi itu lebih buruk daripada banjir besar di kawasan itu tahun 2002.

Walau ada upaya keras untuk mengamankan kota, sebuah bendungan jebol di selatan kota di titik di mana Sungai Elbe bertemu anak Sungai Saale. Pusat komando krisis lokal mengatakan, hal itu memaksa 150 warga yang masih bertahan di wilayah itu harus dievakuasi ke tempat yang lebih tinggi.

Presiden Jerman Joachim Gauck kemarin mengunjungi Negara Bagian Saxony dan Saxony- Anhalt yang terkena banjir. Dari udara, atap dan puncak-puncak pohon menyembul dari wilayah luas yang tergenang air, dan hanya bisa dijangkau dengan perahu dan helikopter.

Ironisnya, matahari musim panas bersinar cerah di atas wilayah yang dilanda banjir. Ribuan relawan dan petugas yang mengisi karung pasir dan membantu warga mengungsi harus menggunakan tabir surya dan losion antinyamuk.

Harian Leipziger Volkszeitung memberitakan, pemerintahan Kanselir Angela Merkel merencanakan pertemuan krisis dengan perdana menteri negara- negara bagian untuk membicarakan biaya bencana itu. ”Kita menghadapi bencana nasional,” kata Gerda Hasselfeldt, anggota parlemen dari Uni Sosial Kristen.

Ironisnya, bencana ini juga menjadi tontonan sejumlah warga. Mereka menghalangi upaya penyelamatan dan membuat kesal para petugas. ”Wisata bencana adalah masalah serius. Orang- orang yang menonton memarkir mobil sembarangan, menghalangi jalan dan petugas darurat, mengancam keselamatan tanggul, serta membahayakan diri mereka sendiri,” kata Hans-Peter Kroeger, Ketua Asosiasi Pemadam Kebakaran, seperti dikutip kantor berita DPA.

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Keadaan di Ceko normal setelah puncak banjir lewat. Namun, penahan banjir tetap dipasang setelah ada prakiraan badai dan hujan lebat. ”Bahaya masih ada, bahkan di tempat-tempat yang telah terkena banjir karena tanah masih basah,” kata PM Ceko Petr Necas.

Kini giliran banjir mengancam Budapest, Hongaria, seiring arah aliran Sungai Danube ke timur. Warga bekerja sama memperkuat tanggul dengan menambah karung pasir.

PM Hongaria Viktor Orban mengatakan, ketinggian muka air Sungai Danube mencapai puncaknya di Budapest, Minggu malam. Tanggul-tanggul sungai telah diperkuat di beberapa titik kritis. Orban mengatakan, tingkat air baru surut perlahan pekan depan. (AFP/Reuters/DI)

Sumber : Kompas Cetak/http://internasional.kompas.com/read/2013/06/10/08544552/Jerman.Berjuang.Hadapi.Bencana
Editor :Liwon Maulana
Jerman Sebagai Negara Maju Sedang Berjuang Hadapi Bencana

Menyusui adalah kegiatan yang bermanfaat untuk sang bayi. Bayi usia di bawah 2 tahun, sangat membutuhkan ASI untuk perkembangannya. Namun menyusui ternyata tidak hanya bermanfaat untuk bayi, sang ibu pun juga bisa merasakan manfaatnya. Banyak sekali penelitian kesehatan yang membuktikan bahwa menyusui dapat mencegah wanita dari kanker payudara. Berikut ini beberapa tips kesehatan untuk ibu menyusui

1. Susui bayi kapanpun ia minta

Sebagian ibu banyak yang menjadwalkan pemberisan ASI. Sebaiknya hal ini dihindari karena kapasitas produksi ASI ibu bervariasi. Semakin kecil produksi, semakin sering dan lama bayi menyusui. Dan hanya bayi itu sendiri yanng tahu kapan ia harus menyusu.

2. Gunakan baju yang nyaman

Ibu-ibu sangat merasa nyaman jika saat menyusui menggunakan baju menyusui yang oke. Untuk itu gunakan baju longgar dan tidak ketat. Tentu saja pilih bahan yang membuat sang ibu nyaman.

Saat ini banyak breastfeeding wear yang hadir dengan berbagai macam model yang bisa anda pilih. Dengan menggunakan baju yang khusus untuk menyusui, tentu saja sang ibu akan lebih nyaman untuk memakainya karena memang didesain sesuai dengan kebutuhan dan kesehatan sang ibu.

3. Tips bagi ibu yang bekerja

Tentu saja bagi ibu yang menyusui sebisa mungkin harus mengurangi jam kerjanya. Namun jika memang harus bekerja, usahakan ketika bekerja di luar rumah semapatkanlah sebisa mungkin untuk menyusui bayi. Satu kali sebelum berangkat bekerja, lalu sore hari setelah anda bekerja dan sekali setelah anda makan malam. Namun seperti tips nomor 2, anda harus siap kapanpun bayi minta dan biasanya ini terjadi tengah malam.

4. Tips menyusui tengah malam

Jika anda kelelahan dan harus menyusui tengah malam, bisa dengan menyimpan ASi dalam botol agar dapat diberikan pada si bayi kapan saja. Namun jangan berikan ASI yang disimpan pada bayi melewati 2x24 jam.

Selain itu jika anda merasa kurang nyaman menyimpan ASI dalam botol, mau tidak mau anda harus menyusui si bayi tengah malam. Ini bisa diakali dengan menggunakan baju menyusui / nursing wear saat tidur. Jika menggunakan nursing wear, wanita bisa menyusui kapan dan dimana saja dengan nyaman.

Kesehatan Untuk Ibu Menyusui

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
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United’s first-class and business fliers get Rhapsody, its high-minded in-flight magazine, seen here at its office in Brooklyn. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.

 

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Sean Manning, executive editor of Rhapsody, which publishes works by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom and Anthony Doerr, who won a Pulitzer Prize. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

An airline might seem like an odd literary patron. But as publishers and writers look for new ways to reach readers in a shaky retail climate, many have formed corporate alliances with transit companies, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Amtrak, that provide a captive audience.

Mark Krolick, United Airlines’ managing director of marketing and product development, said the quality of the writing in Rhapsody brings a patina of sophistication to its first-class service, along with other opulent touches like mood lighting, soft music and a branded scent.

“The high-end leisure or business-class traveler has higher expectations, even in the entertainment we provide,” he said.

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Some of Rhapsody’s contributing writers say they were lured by the promise of free airfare and luxury accommodations provided by United, as well as exposure to an elite audience of some two million first-class and business-class travelers.

“It’s not your normal Park Slope Community Bookstore types who read Rhapsody,” Mr. Moody, author of the 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” who wrote an introspective, philosophical piece about traveling to the Aran Islands of Ireland for Rhapsody, said in an email. “I’m not sure I myself am in that Rhapsody demographic, but I would like them to buy my books one day.”

In addition to offering travel perks, the magazine pays well and gives writers freedom, within reason, to choose their subject matter and write with style. Certain genres of flight stories are off limits, naturally: no plane crashes or woeful tales of lost luggage or rude flight attendants, and nothing too risqué.

“We’re not going to have someone write about joining the mile-high club,” said Jordan Heller, the editor in chief of Rhapsody. “Despite those restrictions, we’ve managed to come up with a lot of high-minded literary content.”

Guiding writers toward the right idea occasionally requires some gentle prodding. When Rhapsody’s executive editor asked Ms. Russell to contribute an essay about a memorable flight experience, she first pitched a story about the time she was chaperoning a group of teenagers on a trip to Europe, and their delayed plane sat at the airport in New York for several hours while other passengers got progressively drunker.

“He pointed out that disaster flights are not what people want to read about when they’re in transit, and very diplomatically suggested that maybe people want to read something that casts air travel in a more positive light,” said Ms. Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

She turned in a nostalgia-tinged essay about her first flight on a trip to Disney World when she was 6. “The Magic Kingdom was an anticlimax,” she wrote. “What ride could compare to that first flight?”

Ms. Oates also wrote about her first flight, in a tiny yellow propeller plane piloted by her father. The novelist Joyce Maynard told of the constant disappointment of never seeing her books in airport bookstores and the thrill of finally spotting a fellow plane passenger reading her novel “Labor Day.” Emily St. John Mandel, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year, wrote about agonizing over which books to bring on a long flight.

“There’s nobody that’s looked down their noses at us as an in-flight magazine,” said Sean Manning, the magazine’s executive editor. “As big as these people are in the literary world, there’s still this untapped audience for them of luxury travelers.”

United is one of a handful of companies showcasing work by literary writers as a way to elevate their brands and engage customers. Chipotle has printed original work from writers like Toni Morrison, Jeffrey Eugenides and Barbara Kingsolver on its disposable cups and paper bags. The eyeglass company Warby Parker hosts parties for authors and sells books from 14 independent publishers in its stores.

JetBlue offers around 40 e-books from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House on its free wireless network, allowing passengers to read free samples and buy and download books. JetBlue will start offering 11 digital titles from Simon & Schuster soon. Amtrak recently forged an alliance with Penguin Random House to provide free digital samples from 28 popular titles, which passengers can buy and download over Amtrak’s admittedly spotty wireless service.

Amtrak is becoming an incubator for literary talent in its own right. Last year, it started a residency program, offering writers a free long-distance train trip and complimentary food. More than 16,000 writers applied and 24 made the cut.

Like Amtrak, Rhapsody has found that writers are eager to get onboard. On a rainy spring afternoon, Rhapsody’s editorial staff sat around a conference table discussing the June issue, which will feature an essay by the novelist Hannah Pittard and an unpublished short story by the late Elmore Leonard.

“Do you have that photo of Elmore Leonard? Can I see it?” Mr. Heller, the editor in chief, asked Rhapsody’s design director, Christos Hannides. Mr. Hannides slid it across the table and noted that they also had a photograph of cowboy spurs. “It’s very simple; it won’t take away from the literature,” he said.

Rhapsody’s office, an open space with exposed pipes and a vaulted brick ceiling, sits in Dumbo at the epicenter of literary Brooklyn, in the same converted tea warehouse as the literary journal N+1 and the digital publisher Atavist. Two of the magazine’s seven staff members hold graduate degrees in creative writing. Mr. Manning, the executive editor, has published a memoir and edited five literary anthologies.

Mr. Manning said Rhapsody was conceived from the start as a place for literary novelists to write with voice and style, and nobody had been put off that their work would live in plane cabins and airport lounges.

Still, some contributors say they wish the magazine were more widely circulated.

“I would love it if I could read it,” said Ms. Schappell, a Brooklyn-based novelist who wrote a feature story for Rhapsody’s inaugural issue. “But I never fly first class.”

Rhapsody, a Lofty Literary Journal, Perused at 39,000 Feet

Ms. von Furstenberg made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist.

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Mr. Alger, who served five terms from Texas, led Republican women in a confrontation with Lyndon B. Johnson that may have cost Richard M. Nixon the 1960 presidential election.

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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.

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A lapsed seminarian, Mr. Chambers succeeded Saul Alinsky as leader of the social justice umbrella group Industrial Areas Foundation.

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

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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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Do you think race relations in the United States are getting better, getting worse or staying about the same?
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Staying the same
Getting better
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
44%
37
17
46
36
16
41
42
15

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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How would you describe your feelings about the police in your community? Would you say they make you feel mostly safe or mostly anxious?
Mostly safe
Mostly anxious
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
75%
21
3
81
16
3
51
42
7
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In general, do you think the police in most communities are more likely to use deadly force against a black person, or more likely to use it against a white person, or don’t you think race affects police use of deadly force?
Police more likely to use deadly force against a black person
Police more likely to use deadly force against a white person
Race DOES NOT affect police use of deadly force
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
44%
37%
79%
2%
2%
1%
46%
53%
16%
9%
8%
4%
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Do you favor or oppose on-duty police officers wearing video cameras that would record events and actions as they occur?
Favor
Oppose
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
92%
93%
93%
6%
5%
5%
2%
2%
2%

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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As you may know, a Baltimore man, Freddie Gray, recently died after being in the custody of the Baltimore police. How much confidence do you have that the investigation by local authorities into this matter will be conducted fairly?
A lot
Some
Not much
None at all
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
29%
31
22
14
5
31
33
20
11
5
20
26
30
22
In general, do you think the unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray was justified, or do you think the unrest was not justified?
Justified
Not justified
Don't know/No answer
All adults
Whites
Blacks
28%
61
11
26
64
11
37
57
6

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

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WASHINGTON — During a training course on defending against knife attacks, a young Salt Lake City police officer asked a question: “How close can somebody get to me before I’m justified in using deadly force?”

Dennis Tueller, the instructor in that class more than three decades ago, decided to find out. In the fall of 1982, he performed a rudimentary series of tests and concluded that an armed attacker who bolted toward an officer could clear 21 feet in the time it took most officers to draw, aim and fire their weapon.

The next spring, Mr. Tueller published his findings in SWAT magazine and transformed police training in the United States. The “21-foot rule” became dogma. It has been taught in police academies around the country, accepted by courts and cited by officers to justify countless shootings, including recent episodes involving a homeless woodcarver in Seattle and a schizophrenic woman in San Francisco.

Now, amid the largest national debate over policing since the 1991 beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, a small but vocal set of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of the 21-foot rule and other axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it. Several big-city police departments are already re-examining when officers should chase people or draw their guns and when they should back away, wait or try to defuse the situation

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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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