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Pemilik travel PT Borgo Kelana Tour Travel (BKTT), Hj Qhudari telah dilaporkan oleh Polresta Banda Aceh, Senin (17/3). Laporan yang telah diterima dalam ruangan SPKT tersebut atas dugaan penggelapan dana biaya umroh yang telah disetor sejak tahun lalu yang direncanakan akan berangkat pada bulan Juni 2013.

Salah seorang korban warga desa Seutui, Banda Aceh, Indiani juga mengaku merasa dirugikan atas perbuatan travel tersebut. Karena telah menyetor sejumlah uang, namun tidak ada kepastian jadwal keberangkatan untuk umrah sampai saat ini.

"Padahal saya sudah setor uang sebanyak Rp 49 juta untuk biaya umrah pada tanggal 26 April 2013 lalu ," kata Indiani pada wartawan.

Menurut Indiani, pihak travel telah menunda keberangkatan pada bulan Juni 2013, namun mereka malah kembali meminta dana tambahan sebanyak Rp 20 juta. Padahal kenyataannya juga tidak ada kejelasan untuk jadwal keberangkatannya.

Oleh karena itu, Indiani telah melaporkan kasus ini pada polisi agar bisa mengusut penipuan tersebut. Apa lagi pihak travel juga pernah berjanji untuk dapat mengembalikan segala kerugian Indiani sebanyak Rp 60,5 juta pada akhir Desember 2013.

"Setelah janji Desember 2013, lalu kembali minta tunda Maret tahun ini (2014), dan telah saya ingatkan melalui sms pada Ibu Qhudari, tapi tidak ada jawaban pasti," ujarnya.

Indiani memang tidak menampik ada yang sudah dibayar oleh Qhudari, namun yang baru dibayar sebanyak Rp 3 juta dan masih tersisa sebanyak Rp 57,5 juta yang belum dilunasi. Dan Indiani mengaku sudah pernah meminta dikembalikan secara baik-baik secara kekeluargaan, tetapi tidak ada respon positif.

"Saya juga menduga ada banyak korban lain yang sama dengan saya, ini saya lihat waktu periksa kesehatan, banyak orang tes kesehatan, saya perkirakan ada ratusan orang," tutupnya.

Qhudari selain pimpinan BKTT, saat ini juga diketahui maju sebagai Calon Anggota Legislatif (Caleg) Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Kabupaten/Kota (DPRK) Lhokseumawe, Aceh melalui Partai

Gelapkan dana umroh, caleg PAN Lhokseumawe dipolisikan

Haji dan umrah adalah ritual keagamaan yang sejak lama sudah dikenal oleh manusia. Meski ibadah tersebut kini identik dengan umat Islam, namun sebenarnya umat nabi-nabi terdahulu sudah lebih dulu melaksanakannya.

Ibadah haji sudah dikenal sejak zaman Nabi Adam AS, namun pelaksanaannya masih sangat sederhana dan jauh berbeda dibandingkan dengan ibadah haji yang dilakukan oleh umat Islam saat ini. Menurut Ibnu Abbas RA, setelah membangun Kabah, Adam AS berputar mengelilinginya hingga tujuh kali putaran.

Menurut Abdullah Ibnu Abi Sulaiman, setelah merampungkan tawaf tujuh kali, Adam mengerjakan shalat dua rakaat di depan pintu Kabah dan kemudian berdoa di pintu Multazam. Dalam berbagai riwayat, doa-doa yang dipanjatkan oleh Nabi Adam AS sangat beragam, namun intinya sama, yaitu permohonan kepada Allah SWT agar bersedia mengampuni dosa-dosanya.

Di samping itu ia juga meminta agar anak-cucunya didatangkan untuk berhaji ke Baitullah, dipenuhi segala kebutuhan hidupnya, diteguhkan imannya, dan dibimbing agar senantiasa ridha menerima cobaan atau musibah yang menimpanya.

Beberapa utusan Allah yang hidup pasca Nabi Adam AS seperti Nuh AS, Hud AS, dan Shaleh AS juga mengerjakan ibadah haji ke Baitullah namun dengan tata cara yang tidak sama. Perbedaan tata cara itu disebabkan oleh latar belakang waktu dan tempat di mana nabi-nabi itu diutus berbeda-beda.

Syariat yang dibawa oleh nabi-nabi terus berkembang menuju titik kesempurnaan, dan di tangan Nabi Muhammad SAW kesempurnaan itu akhirnya terwujud. Meski ritual haji di antara para nabi berbeda-beda, akidah atau keyakinan mereka tetap sama, yaitu beriman kepada Tuhan Yang Mahaesa.

Sumber : Republika.co.id

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saco-indonesia.com, Striker AS Roma yang langsung dapat menemukan ketajamannya usai lepas dari belenggu cedera, Mattia Destro, telah menyimpan sebuah impian besar. Dia juga ingin memperkuat Italia di Piala Dunia 2014.

Destro yang berusia 22 tahun , memang sudah absen cukup lama akibat cedera lutut yang telah dialaminya Januari silam. Pulih, dia pun juga kembali ke skuat Roma. Konstribusi signifikan langsung telah diberikannya untuk Giallorossi, yakni mencetak masing-masing satu gol dalam dua laga terkini di Serie A 2013/13 melawan Fiorentina (menang 2-1) dan AC Milan (2-2).

Dua gol tersebut adalah dua gol perdana Destro musim ini. Harapan untuk telah memperkuat Azzurri di Brasil 2014 pun dia utarakan.

"Saya harus terlebih dahulu untuk memulihkan form terbaik saya. Semua ada tahapannya," kata Destro kepada La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Menjadi bagian lini serang Italia di Piala Dunia bersama Mario Balotelli dan Giuseppe Rossi adalah impian saya saat ini," ujarnya.

Kalau impian tersebut terwujud, Destro pasti bisa melupakan memori pahit gagal masuk skuat Italia untuk Euro 2012 di Polandia-Ukraina.


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Saco-Indonesia.com — Pada umumnya perempuan Asia terlahir dengan hidung yang bisa dibilang tak terlalu bangir alias pesek, yang menyebabkan kebanyakan dari kita berlomba-lomba memancungkannya lewat bedah kosmetika.

Perempuan Korea, China, dan Thailand paling terkenal gemar “memugar” wajah demi mencapai kesempurnaan fisik. Bahkan kabarnya, kebiasaan ini sudah dimulai saat usia mereka menginjak 17 tahun. Bagi mereka, operasi plastik tidak lagi dipandang sebagai tren ekstrem, melainkan sudah menjadi kebutuhan.

Seperti dikutip dari DailyMail, sekarang bentuk hidung seperti menara Eiffel sedang digandrungi para perempuan China. Menurut mereka, bentuk hidung seperti itu dapat mencurahkan rezeki.

Dibandingkan perempuan pekerja, ternyata jumlah pasien untuk bedah kosmetik hidung menara Eiffel ini didominasi dari kalangan mahasiswi. Tujuannya supaya lebih mudah memperoleh pekerjaan kelak jika mereka lulus kuliah!

Apa pasalnya? Ternyata salah satu syarat tak tertulis bagi perempuan dalam melamar kerja adalah harus memiliki paras cantik dan penampilan yang menarik. Nah, mayoritas calon pekerja yang lulus seleksi, menurut data statistik yang diperoleh dari sebuah sumber anonim, mengatakan bahwa mereka yang memiliki hidung seperti perempuan Eropa-lah yang memiliki peluang lebih besar untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan.

Maka, saat ini semakin banyak klinik kecantikan yang menawarkan prosedur operasi hidung menara Eiffel. Salah satunya adalah klinik Wang Xumings “Eiffel Tower”.

“Keindahan menara Eiffel menginspirasi kami, prosedur ini tidak menambahkan formula apa pun pada hidung dan wajah, tapi kami merekonstruksinya supaya lebih memikat sesuai pilihan pasien,” ujar Dokter Bedah Wang Xuming.

Masih menurut Dokter Wang, tekanan menjadi pengangguran di masa resesi seperti sekarang dan jumlah pengangguran yang tinggi sangat memengaruhi kepercayaan diri banyak mahasiswi. Namun, mereka yang beruntung memiliki wajah cantik, apalagi bila mirip-mirip perempuan Eropa, tak perlu khawatir, karena lebih cepat mendapatkan kerja. Kenyataan seperti inilah yang kemudian menumbuhkan obsesi perempuan untuk mengubah wajah alamiah dengan wajah artifisial.

Biaya yang diperlukan untuk memiliki hidung menara Eiffel relatif lebih mahal, yakni 7.400 euro atau senilai dengan Rp 240 jutaan. Meskipun begitu, pasien perempuan yang ingin melakukan pembedahan terus meningkat jumlahnya.

 

Sumber :Daily Mail/kompas.com

 

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Perempuan China Terobsesi Memiliki Hidung seperti Menara Eiffel

 

 Penimbunan darat
                        Pembuangan sampah pada penimbunan darat termasuk menguburnya untuk membuang sampah, metode ini adalah metode paling populer di dunia. Penimbunan ini biasanya dilakukan di tanah yg ditinggalkan , lubang bekas pertambangan , atau lubang lubang dalam. Sebuah situs penimbunan darat yg di desain dan di kelola dengan baik akan menjadi tempat penimbunan sampah yang hiegenis dan murah. Sedankan penimbunan darat yg tidak dirancang dan tidak dikelola dengan baik akan menyebabkan berbagai masalah lingkungan , diantaranya angin berbau sampah , menarik berkumpulnya Hama , dan adanya genangan air sampah. Efek samping lain dari sampah adalah gas methan dan karbon dioksida yang juga sangat berbahaya. (di bandung kandungan gas methan ini meledak dan melongsorkan gunung sampah).
                              Karakter desain dari penimbunan darat yang modern diantaranya adalah metode pengumpulan air sampah menggunakan bahan tanah liat atau pelapis plastik.Sampah biasanya dipadatkan untuk menambah kepadatan dan kestabilannya , dan ditutup untuk tidak menarik hama (biasanya tikus). Banyak penimbunan samapah mempunyai sistem pengekstrasi gas yang terpasang untuk mengambil gas yang terjadi. Gas yang terkumpul akan dialirkan keluar dari tempat penimbunan dan dibakar di menara pemabakar atau dibakar di mesin berbahan bakar gas untuk membangkitkan listrik.
Pembakaran/pengkremasian sampah
                  Pembakaran adalah metode yang melibatkan pembakaran zat sampah. Pengkremasian dan pengelolaan sampah lain yg melibatkan temperatur tinggi baisa disebut "Perlakuan panas". kremasi merubah sampah menjadi panas, gas, uap dan abu. Pengkremasian dilakukan oleh perorangan atau oleh industri dalam skala besar. Hal ini bsia dilakukan untuk sampah padat , cari maupun gas. Pengkremasian dikenal sebagai cara yang praktis untuk membuang beberapa jenis sampah berbahaya, contohnya sampah medis (sampah biologis). Pengkremasian adalah metode yang kontroversial karena menghasilkan polusi udara.
                 Pengkremasian biasa dilakukan dinegara seperti jepang dimana tanah begitu terbatas ,karena fasilitas ini tidak membutuhkan lahan seluas penimbunan darat.Sampah menjadi energi (Waste-to-energy=WtE) atau energi dari sampah (energy-from-waste = EfW) adalah terminologi untuk menjelaskan samapah yang dibakar dalam tungku dan boiler guna menghasilkan panas/uap/listrik.Pembakaran pada alat kremasi tidaklah selalu sempurna , ada keluhan adanya polusi mikro dari emisi gas yang keluar cerobongnya. Perhatian lebih diarahkan pada zat dioxin yang kemungkinan dihasilkan di dalam pembakaran dan mencemari lingkungan sekitar pembakaran. Dilain pihak , pengkremasian seperti ini dianggap positif karena menghasilkan listrik , contoh di Indonesia adalah rencana PLTSa Gede Bage di sekitar kota Bandung.
 
Metode Daur-ulang Sampah
                  Proses pengambilan barang yang masih memiliki nilai dari sampah untuk digunakan kembali disebut sebagai daur ulang.Ada beberapa cara daur ulang , pertama adalah mengambil bahan sampahnya untuk diproses lagi atau mengambil kalori dari bahan yang bisa dibakar utnuk membangkitkan listik. Metode metode baru dari daur ulang terus ditemukan dan akan dijelaskan dibawah.
  Pengolahan kemabali secara fisik.
                  Metode ini adalah aktivitas paling populer dari daur ulang , yaitu mengumpulkan dan menggunakan kembali sampah yang dibuang , contohnya botol bekas pakai yang dikumpulkan kembali untuk digunakan kembali. Pengumpulan bisa dilakukan dari sampah yang sudah dipisahkan dari awal (kotak sampah/kendaraan sampah khusus), atau dari sampah yang sudah tercampur.
                  Sampah yang biasa dikumpulkan adalah kaleng minum aluminum , kaleng baja makanan/minuman, Botol HDPE dan PET , botol kaca , kertas karton, koran, majalah, dan kardus. Jenis plastik lain seperti (PVC, LDPE, PP, dan PS) juga bisa di daur ulang.Daur ulang dari produk yang komplek seperti komputer atau mobil lebih susah, karena harus bagian bagiannya harus diurai dan dikelompokan menurut jenis bahannya.
 
 Pengolahan biologi
• Pengkomposan.
      Material sampah organik , seperti zat tanaman , sisa makanan atau kertas , bisa diolah dengan menggunakan proses biologis untuk kompos, atau dikenal dengan istilah pengkomposan.Hasilnya adalah kompos yang bisa digunakan sebagi pupuk dan gas methana yang bisa digunakan untuk membangkitkan listrik.
      Contoh dari pengelolaan sampah menggunakan teknik pengkomposan adalah Green Bin Program (program tong hijau) di Toronto, Kanada, dimana sampah organik rumah tangga , seperti sampah dapur dan potongan tanaman dikumpulkan di kantong khusus untuk di komposkan.
• Pemulihan energi
                  Kandungan energi yang terkandung dalam sampah bisa diambil langsung dengan cara menjadikannya bahan bakar, atau secara tidak langsung dengan cara mengolahnya menajdi bahan bakar tipe lain. Daur-ulang melalui cara "perlakuan panas" bervariasi mulai dari menggunakannya sebakai bahan bakar memasak atau memanaskan sampai menggunakannya untuk memanaskan boiler untuk menghasilkan uap dan listrik dari turbin-generator. Pirolisa dan gasifikasi adalah dua bentuk perlakukan panas yang berhubungan , dimana sampah dipanaskan pada suhu tinggi dengan keadaan miskin oksigen. Proses ini biasanya dilakukan di wadah tertutup pada Tekanan tinggi. Pirolisa dari sampah padat mengubah sampah menjadi produk berzat padat , gas, dan cair. Produk cair dan gas bisa dibakar untuk menghasilkan energi atau dimurnikan menjadi produk lain. Padatan sisa selanjutnya bisa dimurnikan menjadi produk seperti karbon aktif. Gasifikasi dan Gasifikasi busur plasma yang canggih digunakan untuk mengkonversi material organik langsung menjadi Gas sintetis (campuran antara karbon monoksida dan hidrogen). Gas ini kemudian dibakar untuk menghasilkan listrik dan uap.

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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.

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A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

“Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love,” Mr. Obama told a crowd afterward, drifting away from his prepared remarks. “Because Malachi and I shared the fact that our dad wasn’t around and that sometimes we wondered why he wasn’t around and what had happened. But really, that’s what this comes down to is: Do we love these kids?”

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In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency but for the rest of my life,” Mr. Obama said. “And the reason is simple,” he added. Referring to some of the youths he had just met, he said: “We see ourselves in these young men. I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

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Organizers said the new alliance already had financial pledges from companies like American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications and News Corporation. The money will be used to help companies address obstacles facing young black and Hispanic men, provide grants to programs for disadvantaged youths, and help communities aid their populations.

Joe Echevarria, a former chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, will lead the alliance, and among those on its leadership team or advisory group are executives at PepsiCo, News Corporation, Sprint, BET and Prudential Group Insurance; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey; former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; the music star John Legend; the retired athletes Alonzo Mourning, Jerome Bettis and Shaquille O’Neal; and the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

The alliance, while nominally independent of the White House, may face some of the same questions confronting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins another presidential campaign. Some of those donating to the alliance may have interests in government action, and skeptics may wonder whether they are trying to curry favor with the president by contributing.

“The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they’ll set at the alliance for donor policies, because it’s an entirely separate entity,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One en route to New York. But he added, “I’m confident that the members of the board are well aware of the president’s commitment to transparency.”

The alliance was in the works before the disturbances last week after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, but it reflected the evolution of Mr. Obama’s presidency. For him, in a way, it is coming back to issues that animated him as a young community organizer and politician. It was his own struggle with race and identity, captured in his youthful memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” that stood him apart from other presidential aspirants.

But that was a side of him that he kept largely to himself through the first years of his presidency while he focused on other priorities like turning the economy around, expanding government-subsidized health care and avoiding electoral land mines en route to re-election.

After securing a second term, Mr. Obama appeared more emboldened. Just a month after his 2013 inauguration, he talked passionately about opportunity and race with a group of teenage boys in Chicago, a moment aides point to as perhaps the first time he had spoken about these issues in such a personal, powerful way as president. A few months later, he publicly lamented the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, saying that “could have been me 35 years ago.”

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President Obama on Monday with Darinel Montero, a student at Bronx International High School who introduced him before remarks at Lehman College in the Bronx. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

That case, along with public ruptures of anger over police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere, have pushed the issue of race and law enforcement onto the public agenda. Aides said they imagined that with his presidency in its final stages, Mr. Obama might be thinking more about what comes next and causes he can advance as a private citizen.

That is not to say that his public discussion of these issues has been universally welcomed. Some conservatives said he had made matters worse by seeming in their view to blame police officers in some of the disputed cases.

“President Obama, when he was elected, could have been a unifying leader,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican candidate for president, said at a forum last week. “He has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions.”

On the other side of the ideological spectrum, some liberal African-American activists have complained that Mr. Obama has not done enough to help downtrodden communities. While he is speaking out more, these critics argue, he has hardly used the power of the presidency to make the sort of radical change they say is necessary.

The line Mr. Obama has tried to straddle has been a serrated one. He condemns police brutality as he defends most officers as honorable. He condemns “criminals and thugs” who looted in Baltimore while expressing empathy with those trapped in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

In the Bronx on Monday, Mr. Obama bemoaned the death of Brian Moore, a plainclothes New York police officer who had died earlier in the day after being shot in the head Saturday on a Queens street. Most police officers are “good and honest and fair and care deeply about their communities,” even as they put their lives on the line, Mr. Obama said.

“Which is why in addressing the issues in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York, the point I made was that if we’re just looking at policing, we’re looking at it too narrowly,” he added. “If we ask the police to simply contain and control problems that we ourselves have been unwilling to invest and solve, that’s not fair to the communities, it’s not fair to the police.”

Moreover, if society writes off some people, he said, “that’s not the kind of country I want to live in; that’s not what America is about.”

His message to young men like Malachi Hernandez, who attends Boston Latin Academy in Massachusetts, is not to give up.

“I want you to know you matter,” he said. “You matter to us.”

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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.

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

“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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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