PAKET UMROH BULAN FEBRUARI MARET APRIL MEI 2018




Artikel lainnya »

saco-indonesia.com, Misteri pembunuhan terhadap wanita pengusaha catering di Jalan Tanah Tinggi 1, RT 011/06 Kel. Tanah Tinggi, Kec. Johar Baru, Jakarta Pusat, akhirnya terkuak. Pelaku telah ditangkap oleh petugas Polres Jakarta Pusat di Kampung Badui, Lebak Banten.

Tersangka Suwiryo yang berusia 27 tahun , telah mengaku membunuh korban karena butuh uang untuk biaya persalinan istrinya. “Tadinya saya tidak bermaksud untuk membunuh majikan, hanya mau mengambil perhiasan yang akan saya jual untuk biaya melahirkan istri. Namun korban teriak hingga saya panik dan membunuhnya,” katanya, Kamis (6/2) kemarin.

Kasat Reskrim Polres Jakpus AKBP Tatan Dirsan Atmaja telah menjelaskan, terungkapnya kasus pembunuhan yang telah menimpa Adhika Putri yang berusia 31 tahun ,janda beranak dua ini berkat kerja keras polisi dalam melakukan penyelidikan, termasuk keterangan sejumlah saksi. “Para saksi mengarahkan dugaan ke pelaku,” katanya.

Petugas pun juga mendapat petunjuk kalau Suwiryo berada di tempat istrinya di daerah Banten. Polisi kemudian telah membentuk tim khusus untuk dapat memburu pelaku.

Begitu diyakini kalau pelaku berada di Banten, petugas yang dipimpin oleh Kanit Resmob AKP Mustakim, segera menuju ke lokasi untuk dapat memastikan keberadaan pelaku pembunuh pengusaha catering. Setibanya petugas di perkampungan Badui, polisi bersama sejumlah masyarakat sekitar itu telah mendatangi rumah pelaku.

Polisi telah melihat tersangka sedang tidur-tiduran dan langsung disergap. “Dari hasil BAP yang telah dibuatkan polisi, terungkap kalau pelaku sudah sering melakukan pencurian di rumah dengan modus berlagak sebagai pembantu dan ujung-ujungnya mencuri harta majikan,” ujar Tatan Dirsan Atmaja.

Menurut pengakuan pelaku, Minggu (2/2) lalu sekitar pukul 03:00 dinihari , sudah ada niat jahat untuk mencuri di tempat majikannya. Ia masuk kamar tengah saat majikan tidak ada. Namun karena barang yang diincer tidak ada, niat jahat itu kembali dilakukan pada Senin (3/2) sekitar pukul 10:00.

Tersangka masuk kamar depan dan mengambil perhiasan emas 5 gram dan laptop berikut HP dari lemari. Naas, saat pelaku mau keluar dari kamar tiba-tiba wanita beranak dua itu terjaga dari bangun dan mempergoki aksinya. Korban teriak hingga membuat tersangka panik dan membekapnya pakai kain.

Setelah itu,pelaku memukul kepala pakai palu yang sudah disiapkan hingga belasan kali. Korban pun tewas dengan kondisi mengenaskan. “Tersangka kita kenakan  pasal 365 jo  338 KUHP  dengan ancaman hukuman 20 kurungan penjara,” tegas Tatan.(silaen/yo)


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

PEMBUNUH WANITA PENGUSAHA KATERING DITANGKAP

Saco-Indonesia.com - Seorang Juru Bicara Partai Demokrat Ruhut Sitompul siap pasang badan dan bersumpah akan potong leher jika Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono ( Ibas ) yang merupakan putra sulung Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ( SBY ) terlibat dalam kasus Hambalang.

Loyalis Mantan Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat Anas Urbaningrum , Gede Pasek Suardika menilai, pernyataan Ruhut hanyalah sebuah sugesti semata. Ruhut dianggap ingin mempengaruhi publik jika Ibas betul-betul tidak terlibat dalam kasus Hambalang itu.

"Itu juga merupakan pernyataan khas orang Indonesia untuk menunjukkan sebuah keyakinan. Istilahnya berani sumpah itu, itu hanya gaya bahasa yang sifatnya ingin memberikan sugesti keyakinan bahwa apa yang dinyatakan dia itu bener," kata Pasek kepada wartawan di Gedung DPR, Senayan, Jakarta, Kamis (6/2).

Menurut Pasek, soal sumpah Ruhut yang bernuansa sugesti tentunya berbeda dengan kenyataan-kenyataan yang terjadi. Sumpah Ruhut, hanyalah pernyataan untuk melindungi orang lain dalam hal ini Ibas yang bersifat bantahan.

"Kalau bicara fakta kan itu kan hal yang berbeda, karena pernyataan tersebut tidak terkait dirinya sendiri. Kalau terkait dirinya sendiri itu begini 'saya berani saya tidak pernah mendapatkan gratifikasi misalkan' sebagai bentuk pembantahan diri," jelas Pasek.

"Tapi ada yang dilakukan beliau adalah sesuatu bantahan yang dilakukan oleh orang lain," pungkasnya.

Sebelumnya, Ruhut berani dipotong lehernya jika Ibas benar-benar terlibat korupsi dan ditetapkan tersangka oleh KPK. Dia yakin, mantan anggota DPR itu bersih dari korupsi.

"Kalau dia terlibat, potong leher aku, kurang apalagi, Ibas itu mantap, aku jaminannya 100 persen," ujar Ruhut di Gedung DPR, Jakarta, Selasa (4/2).

Sumber:merdeka.com

Editor : Maulana Lee

Bagi Pasek sumpah Ruhut potong leher cuma omong kosong

Saco-Indonesia.com - Selama ini perangkat laptop yang bisa berubah menjadi tablet dikenal dengan nama "convertible" atau "hybrid". Nah, pada gelaran Computex 2013 di Taipei, Taiwan, Intel memperkenalkan nama baru untuk tipe komputer ini agar lebih mudah disebut: 2-in-1 atau dibaca "two in one".

"Konsep dua alat dalam satu kemasan ini mengkombinasikan produktivitas, kemampuan menjalankan aplikasi- aplikasi standar Windows, dan portabilitas," ujar Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group Intel Tom Kilroy dalam acara peluncuran prosesor Intel Core Generasi ke-4, Selasa (4/6/2013).

Di masa depan, lanjut Kilroy, komputer 2- in-1 ini akan menjadi tren menggantikan PC dan laptop tradisional. "PC yang lama sudah mati, kini waktunya menciptakan ulang notebook."

Senior Vice President and General Manager PC Client Group Intel Kirk Skaugen menambahkan, komputer 2-in-1 dimaksudkan untuk mengisi celah yang kini ada di antara perangkat untuk konsumsi konten (smartphone dan tablet), dan produktivitas (PC dan notebook).

Prosesor Core Generasi ke-4 yang baru diluncurkan akan menjadi tumpuan Intel dalam mewujudkan fitur-fitur utama pada perangkat 2-in-1, seperti daya tahan baterai yang panjang dan kinerja grafis tinggi. Diharapkan perangkat ini bisa mengkombinasikan aspek produktivitas seperti pada notebook tradisional dan entertainment, seperti di tablet.

Soal harga, Skaugen mengatakan bahwa Intel bersama para partnernya akan terus berusaha membuat perangkat 2-in-1 menjadi alternatif yang terjangkau kantong kebanyakan konsumen.

Harga notebook "convertible" dan "hybrid " selama ini memang relatif mahal dengan kisaran harga mencapai belasan juta rupiah. "Nanti, pada musim liburan tahun ini, sudah akan ada perangkat 2-in-1 seharga 399 dollar (AS)," ujar Skaugen. 

Editor:Liwon Maulana (galipat)
Sumber:http://tekno.kompas.com/read/2013/06/05/09494136/Masa.Depan.Komputer.adalah.2-in- 1
Generasi Baru Komputer adalah

saco-inonesia.com, Bupati Tapanuli Tengah Raja Bonaran Situmeang telah mendatangi gedung Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK). Bonaran datang sekitar pukul 09.00 WIB dengan mengenakan batik cokelat.

Bonaran juga mengaku akan menjalani pemeriksaan sebagai saksi dalam kasus dugaan korupsi penanganan sengketa pilkada di Mahkamah Konstitusi. Menurutnya, dia juga tidak tahu sama sekali mengapa KPK memanggilnya.

"Nanti saya jelaskan habis diperiksa. Apa hubungannya dengan saya, juga  tidak tahu," ujarnya, Jumat (3/1).

Dia pun juga mengaku, tak tahu apakah Akil adalah hakim panel dalam sengketa yang ditanganinya pada 2011 lalu. Diketahui, kemenangan Bonaran dan pasangannya Syukran Jamilan Tanjung sempat digugat ke MK oleh lawannya.

"Saya tidak tahu apakah Akil Mochtar hakim panel (sidang) saya," imbuh mantan pengacara terpidana korupsi Anggodo Widjojo itu.

Bonaran juga juga sempat menjelaskan ketidakhadirannya ketika dipanggil 30 Desember lalu. "Saya juga tidak datang tanggal 30, baru saya terima undangannya 30 malam," katanya.

Saat ditanya apakah dirinya mengenal sosok Daryono dan Muhtar Ependy, yang disebut sebagai kaki tangan Akil, Bonaran juga mengaku tidak mengenal. "Saya tidak kenal sama sekali," tandasnya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

BUPATI TAPANULI TENGAH DIPERIKSA OLEH KPK

saco-indonesia.com, Sempat mengeluh soal loyo-nya Chelsea di lini depan, Jose Mourinho telah menyebut timnya memang kesulitan untuk dapat mencetak gol karena kiper Swansea City tampil luar biasa.

Kala dalam melawan tim asal Wales tersebut di laga boxing day beberapa saat yang lalu, The Blues juga hanya mampu menang dengan skor tipis 1-0.

"Jika anda melihat semua fakta yang ada, mungkin anda telah berpikir bahwa kami juga akan kembali ke rumah dengan hasil yang nyaman, namun waktu kemudian berlalu dan anda tidak mencetak gol lagi dan lawan mulai telah memiliki keyakinan (untuk menyamakan kedudukan)," tuturnya pada reporter.

"Namun saya juga akui anak-anak bekerja keras di lini belakang dan hal terbesar yang telah mengakibatkan kurangnya gol adalah kiper, yang telah membuat tiga atau empat penyelamatan gemilang," pungkas sang pelatih.

Chelsea berikutnya akan menghadapi Liverpool di partai akhir pekan Premier League, yang juga sekaligus jadi laga penutupan tahun 2013.


Editor : Sukmawati

ALAMI KELANGKAAN GOL

Ms. Turner and her twin sister founded the Love Kitchen in 1986 in a church basement in Knoxville, Tenn., and it continues to provide clothing and meals.

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville

As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.

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?”

Many presidents have governed during times of racial tension, but Mr. Obama is the first to see in the mirror a face that looks like those on the other side of history’s ledger. While his first term was consumed with the economy, war and health care, his second keeps coming back to the societal divide that was not bridged by his election. A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond.

Continue reading the main story Video
Play Video|1:17

Obama Speaks of a ‘Sense of Unfairness’

Obama Speaks of a ‘Sense of Unfairness’

At an event announcing the creation of a nonprofit focusing on young minority men, President Obama talked about the underlying reasons for recent protests in Baltimore and other cities.

By Associated Press on Publish Date May 4, 2015. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

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.”

Advertisement

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.”

Photo
 
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.”

Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

Mr. Tepper was not a musical child and had no formal training, but he grew up to write both lyrics and tunes, trading off duties with the other member of the team, Roy C. Bennett.

Sid Tepper Dies at 96; Delivered ‘Red Roses for a Blue Lady’ and Other Songs

“It was really nice to play with other women and not have this underlying tone of being at each other’s throats.”

ay 4, 2015 ‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A: Keisha Castle-Hughes on the Tao of the Sand Snakes

At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Suzman’s signature accomplishment was the central role he played in creating a global network of surveys on aging.

Richard Suzman, 72, Dies; Researcher Influenced Global Surveys on Aging

The 6-foot-10 Phillips played alongside the 6-11 Rick Robey on the Wildcats team that won the 1978 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball title.

Mike Phillips, Half of Kentucky’s ‘Twin Towers’ of Basketball, Dies at 59

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.

Photo
 
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Meadows was the older sister of Audrey Meadows, who played Alice Kramden on “The Honeymooners.”

Jayne Meadows, Actress and Steve Allen’s Wife and Co-Star, Dies at 95

Mr. Miller, of the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, represented companies including Lehman Brothers, General Motors and American Airlines, and mentored many of the top Chapter 11 practitioners today.

Harvey R. Miller, Renowned Bankruptcy Lawyer, Dies at 82

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

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

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.

Bruce Alger, 96, Dies; Led ‘Mink Coat’ Protest Against Lyndon Johnson

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.

Photo
 
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.

Advertisement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It is,” his father agreed.

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

Mr. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for “I Want to Live!,” also wrote episodes of television shows such as “Star Trek” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

Don Mankiewicz, Screenwriter in a Family Film Tradition, Dies at 93

HOBART, Tasmania — Few places seem out of reach for China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has traveled from European capitals to obscure Pacific and Caribbean islands in pursuit of his nation’s strategic interests.

So perhaps it was not surprising when he turned up last fall in this city on the edge of the Southern Ocean to put down a long-distance marker in another faraway region, Antarctica, 2,000 miles south of this Australian port.

Standing on the deck of an icebreaker that ferries Chinese scientists from this last stop before the frozen continent, Mr. Xi pledged that China would continue to expand in one of the few places on earth that remain unexploited by humans.

He signed a five-year accord with the Australian government that allows Chinese vessels and, in the future, aircraft to resupply for fuel and food before heading south. That will help secure easier access to a region that is believed to have vast oil and mineral resources; huge quantities of high-protein sea life; and for times of possible future dire need, fresh water contained in icebergs.

It was not until 1985, about seven decades after Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen raced to the South Pole, that a team representing Beijing hoisted the Chinese flag over the nation’s first Antarctic research base, the Great Wall Station on King George Island.

But now China seems determined to catch up. As it has bolstered spending on Antarctic research, and as the early explorers, especially the United States and Australia, confront stagnant budgets, there is growing concern about its intentions.

China’s operations on the continent — it opened its fourth research station last year, chose a site for a fifth, and is investing in a second icebreaker and new ice-capable planes and helicopters — are already the fastest growing of the 52 signatories to the Antarctic Treaty. That gentlemen’s agreement reached in 1959 bans military activity on the continent and aims to preserve it as one of the world’s last wildernesses; a related pact prohibits mining.

Advertisement

But Mr. Xi’s visit was another sign that China is positioning itself to take advantage of the continent’s resource potential when the treaty expires in 2048 — or in the event that it is ripped up before, Chinese and Australian experts say.

“So far, our research is natural-science based, but we know there is more and more concern about resource security,” said Yang Huigen, director general of the Polar Research Institute of China, who accompanied Mr. Xi last November on his visit to Hobart and stood with him on the icebreaker, Xue Long, or Snow Dragon.

With that in mind, the polar institute recently opened a new division devoted to the study of resources, law, geopolitics and governance in Antarctica and the Arctic, Mr. Yang said.

Australia, a strategic ally of the United States that has strong economic relations with China, is watching China’s buildup in the Antarctic with a mix of gratitude — China’s presence offers support for Australia’s Antarctic science program, which is short of cash — and wariness.

“We should have no illusions about the deeper agenda — one that has not even been agreed to by Chinese scientists but is driven by Xi, and most likely his successors,” said Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a former senior official in the Australian Department of Defense.

“This is part of a broader pattern of a mercantilist approach all around the world,” Mr. Jennings added. “A big driver of Chinese policy is to secure long-term energy supply and food supply.”

That approach was evident last month when a large Chinese agriculture enterprise announced an expansion of its fishing operations around Antarctica to catch more krill — small, protein-rich crustaceans that are abundant in Antarctic waters.

“The Antarctic is a treasure house for all human beings, and China should go there and share,” Liu Shenli, the chairman of the China National Agricultural Development Group, told China Daily, a state-owned newspaper. China would aim to fish up to two million tons of krill a year, he said, a substantial increase from what it currently harvests.

Because sovereignty over Antarctica is unclear, nations have sought to strengthen their claims over the ice-covered land by building research bases and naming geographic features. China’s fifth station will put it within reach of the six American facilities, and ahead of Australia’s three.

Chinese mappers have also given Chinese names to more than 300 sites, compared with the thousands of locations on the continent with English names.

In the unspoken competition for Antarctica’s future, scientific achievement can also translate into influence. Chinese scientists are driving to be the first to drill and recover an ice core containing tiny air bubbles that provide a record of climate change stretching as far back as 1.5 million years. It is an expensive and delicate effort at which others, including the European Union and Australia, have failed.

In a breakthrough a decade ago, European scientists extracted an ice core nearly two miles long that revealed 800,000 years of climate history. But finding an ice core going back further would allow scientists to examine a change in the earth’s climate cycles believed to have occurred 900,000 to 1.2 million years ago.

China is betting it has found the best location to drill, at an area called Dome A, or Dome Argus, the highest point on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Though it is considered one of the coldest places on the planet, with temperatures of 130 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, a Chinese expedition explored the area in 2005 and established a research station in 2009.

“The international community has drilled in lots of places, but no luck so far,” said Xiao Cunde, a member of the first party to reach the site and the deputy director of the Institute for Climate Change at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences. “We think at Dome A we will have a straight shot at the one-million-year ice core.”

Mr. Xiao said China had already begun drilling and hoped to find what scientists are looking for in four to five years.

To support its Antarctic aspirations, China is building a sophisticated $300 million icebreaker that is expected to be ready in a few years, said Xia Limin, deputy director of the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration in Beijing. It has also bought a high-tech fixed-wing aircraft, outfitted in the United States, for taking sensitive scientific soundings from the ice.

China has chosen the site for its fifth research station at Inexpressible Island, named by a group of British explorers who were stranded at the desolate site in 1912 and survived the winter by excavating a small ice cave.

Mr. Xia said the inhospitable spot was ideal because China did not have a presence in that part of Antarctica, and because the rocky site did not have much snow, making it relatively cheap to build there.

Anne-Marie Brady, a professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the author of a soon-to-be-released book, “China as a Polar Great Power,” said Chinese scientists also believed they had a good chance of finding mineral and energy resources near the site.

“China is playing a long game in Antarctica and keeping other states guessing about its true intentions and interests are part of its poker hand,” she said. But she noted that China’s interest in finding minerals was presented “loud and clear to domestic audiences” as the main reason it was investing in Antarctica.

Because commercial drilling is banned, estimates of energy and mineral resources in Antarctica rely on remote sensing data and comparisons with similar geological environments elsewhere, said Millard F. Coffin, executive director of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.

But the difficulty of extraction in such severe conditions and uncertainty about future commodity prices make it unlikely that China or any country would defy the ban on mining anytime soon.

Tourism, however, is already booming. Travelers from China are still a relatively small contingent in the Antarctic compared with the more than 13,000 Americans who visited in 2013, and as yet there are no licensed Chinese tour operators.

But that is about to change, said Anthony Bergin, deputy director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. “I understand very soon there will be Chinese tourists on Chinese vessels with all-Chinese crew in the Antarctic,” he said.

 

Top News China’s Intents Are Questioned as It Builds in Antarctica
harga berangkat umrah april di Cipinang Cempedak jakarta
paket berangkat umrah februari bekasi utara
biaya umrah januari di Makasar jakarta
paket berangkat umroh april di Cibubur jakarta
promo umrah februari di Bidaracina jakarta
paket promo berangkat umroh januari di Cipinang jakarta
harga umrah desember di Pisangan Timur jakarta
paket promo umrah akhir tahun di Kampung Melayu jakarta
harga berangkat umroh desember di Rawa Bunga jakarta
biaya paket berangkat umroh januari di Matraman jakarta
biaya paket berangkat umrah awal tahun bekasi utara
biaya umroh maret di Rawamangun jakarta
paket umrah april tangerang
paket berangkat umrah januari di Pisangan Baru jakarta
harga paket berangkat umroh februari di Rawa Bunga jakarta
promo umroh mei umrohdepag.com
harga umroh februari di Utan Kayu Selatan jakarta
harga paket umroh awal tahun di Cawang jakarta
paket promo umrah maret di Rawa Terate jakarta
biaya umrah juni di Pulo Gadung jakarta
harga paket berangkat umroh desember di Cilangkap jakarta
paket promo umroh ramadhan di Pondok Kopi jakarta
biaya umroh desember di Cipinang Muara jakarta
biaya umroh maret di Penggilingan jakarta
harga berangkat umroh ramadhan di Ciracas jakarta
harga umrah ramadhan di Cawang jakarta
biaya umrah februari di Kramat Jati jakarta
paket berangkat umrah juni di Pondok Kopi jakarta
harga paket umrah awal tahun di Pondok Kelapa jakarta
paket umrah maret di Cililitan jakarta
harga berangkat umrah mei di Lubang Buaya jakarta
paket promo umrah awal tahun di Utan Kayu Utara jakarta
biaya berangkat umrah april di Halim Perdanakusuma jakarta
paket promo umroh ramadhan di Matraman jakarta
biaya paket umrah februari di Lubang Buaya jakarta
promo berangkat umroh desember di Pondok Kelapa jakarta
paket berangkat umroh akhir tahun di Klender jakarta
paket umroh januari di Pal Meriam jakarta
paket umroh februari bogor
biaya paket umroh februari di Pondok Kopi jakarta
harga paket umroh januari di Susukan jakarta
biaya umrah ramadhan di Cipinang Muara jakarta
biaya paket umroh juni depok
harga paket berangkat umroh januari di Duren Sawit jakarta
promo umrah ramadhan di Utan Kayu Utara jakarta
harga umroh juni di Penggilingan jakarta
harga paket umrah maret di Utan Kayu Selatan jakarta
biaya paket umroh mei di Halim Perdanakusuma jakarta
harga berangkat umrah juni di Cawang jakarta
paket promo berangkat umrah januari di Pisangan Timur jakarta
biaya umroh mei bekasi barat
biaya paket berangkat umrah akhir tahun di Cipayung jakarta
promo umrah desember bekasi barat
harga umrah desember di Cipinang Melayu jakarta
harga paket umrah desember di Jatinegara Kaum jakarta
biaya umroh mei di Malaka Sari jakarta
harga paket umrah awal tahun di Makasar jakarta
paket umrah akhir tahun di Kramat Jati jakarta
paket promo berangkat umroh januari di Susukan jakarta
promo berangkat umrah awal tahun di Kelapa Dua Wetan jakarta
biaya umroh awal tahun di Bidaracina jakarta
harga paket umrah maret di Malaka Jaya jakarta
paket promo berangkat umroh akhir tahun bekasi timur
paket promo umrah maret bekasi timur
harga paket berangkat umroh juni di Pisangan Baru jakarta
paket berangkat umrah akhir tahun umrohdepag.com
harga paket berangkat umroh februari di Duren Sawit jakarta
promo berangkat umrah maret di Ceger jakarta
paket umrah awal tahun bekasi utara
biaya berangkat umrah januari di Batuampar jakarta
harga paket umroh ramadhan di Cakung Barat jakarta
biaya umrah juni di Malaka Sari jakarta
promo umroh april di Klender jakarta
paket promo umrah mei di Bidaracina jakarta
biaya umrah mei di Cakung Timur jakarta
promo berangkat umrah akhir tahun di Pekayon jakarta
promo umrah awal tahun di Kampung Tengah jakarta
biaya umrah ramadhan di Ciracas jakarta
paket promo umrah ramadhan di Pekayon jakarta
biaya umroh maret di Utan Kayu Selatan jakarta
biaya umrah maret di Kampung Tengah jakarta
paket berangkat umroh april di Kramat Jati jakarta
paket promo umroh mei di Rawa Terate jakarta
paket promo berangkat umroh desember di Pondok Kopi jakarta
paket berangkat umrah juni di Duren Sawit jakarta
paket umrah awal tahun di Kampung Tengah jakarta
paket promo berangkat umroh januari bogor
biaya berangkat umroh maret di Cipayung jakarta
promo umrah mei bekasi timur
paket promo berangkat umroh maret di Bidaracina jakarta
paket umrah desember di Kampung Tengah jakarta
promo umrah awal tahun di Pulo Gadung jakarta
paket promo umroh desember di Cipinang jakarta
paket promo umrah akhir tahun di Cipinang Besar Utara jakarta
biaya berangkat umrah mei di Utan Kayu Utara jakarta
harga berangkat umroh mei di Kampung Baru jakarta
biaya paket umrah maret di Utan Kayu Utara jakarta
paket umrah juni di Makasar jakarta
paket berangkat umrah akhir tahun di Kampung Melayu jakarta
promo umrah awal tahun tangerang