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saco-indonesia.com, Sukses dengan konser 30 tahun berkarya, Yovie Widianto telah merilis album yang bertajuk Yovie and His Frien

saco-indonesia.com, Sukses dengan konser 30 tahun berkarya, Yovie Widianto telah merilis album yang bertajuk Yovie and His Friends 'Irreplaceable #Takkan Tergantikan'. Album tersebut telah berisikan 11 lagu yang juga dibawakan pada saat konser. 11 lagu tersebut telah dinyanyikan oleh penyanyi-penyanyi yang memang sudah dipilih langsung oleh Yovie.

"Cantik" (5 Romeo), "Mantan Terindah" (Raisa), "Together We Will Shine" (Andien), "Kekasih Sejati" (Hedi Yunus), "Andai Dia Tahu" (RAN), "Suratku" (Alexa), "Satu Mimpiku" (Marcell), "Janji Diatas Ingkar" (Rio Febrian), "Cinta Kita Sama" (Mario dan Chewy), "Galau" (3 Cinta), dan "Cinta Sudah Lewat" (PHI).

Selain kemampuan olah vokal yang telah dimiliki dan kedisiplinan si penyanyi, dalam memilih penyanyi yang bekerja sama dengannya juga memiliki faktor kedekatan.

"Kedekatan itu komunikasinya gampang, saya juga melihat artis yang disiplin yang senang latihan, yang paling penting itu, karena kita telah menyatukan konsep," papar Yovie Widianto saat konferensi pers di KFC Kemang, Jakarta Selatan.

Dengan kemampuan olah vokal yang telah dimiliki oleh penyanyi-penyanyi pilihan Yovie, dirinya juga tidak membutuhkan waktu yang lama dalam proses rekamanya.

"Direkam live studio hanya satu shift, masing-masing penyanyi akan menyanyi 2 atau 3 kali kira-kira begitu," pungkas Yovie.

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saco-indonesia.com, Septi Noviawati yang berusuia (25) tahun , seorang karyawati pabrik PT Gunung Salak Sukabumi telah ditemukan

saco-indonesia.com, Septi Noviawati yang berusuia (25) tahun , seorang karyawati pabrik PT Gunung Salak Sukabumi telah ditemukan tewas di dalam kamar kosnya di Kampung Neglasari, RT03/03, Desa Purwasari, Kecamatan Cicurug, Kabupaten Sukabumi. Diduga, korban tersebut tewas akibat over dosis karena saat ditemukan mulut korban mengeluarkan busa.

"Dari hasil visum sementara korban yang telah diketahui bernama Septi Noviawati yang usianya 25 tahun warga Purbalingga, Jawa Tengah tewas karena diduga over telah dosis obat. Mulutnya mengeluarkan busa dan wajahnya membiru," kata Kanit Reskrim Polsek Cicurug, AKP Nobertus Santoso.

Menurut Nobertus, dari keterangan saksi, korban telah ditemukan tewas di kamar kosnya setelah warga mencurigai pintunya terkunci. Warga pun telah langsung mendobrak pintu kamarnya dan langsung melarikan korban tersebut ke Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Sekarwangi, Cibadak. Tapi saat dibawa ke rumah sakit, korban sudah tewas.

"Kami juga mencoba menghubungi keluarganya yang ada di Purbalingga dan berkoordinasi dengan anggota Polri yang bertugas di Jateng, untuk dapat mencari tahu alamatnya, karena kami cukup kesulitan saat melacak identitasnya yang disebabkan korban sudah menetap lama di Sukabumi," katanya.

Namun, belum dapat diketahui secara pasti tentang penyebab kematian korban tersebut , apakah benar-benar over dosis, bunuh diri atau dibunuh karena saat ini pihaknya masih menyelidiki kasus kematian karyawati pabrik ini.

Sementara, Humas RSUD Sekarwangi Cibadak, Ramdansyah juga mengatakan sampai saat ini jenazah korban belum diambil oleh pihak keluarganya dan masih disimpan di ruang pemulasaraan jenazah. Pihaknya juga sudah berkoordinasi dengan kepolisian dan atasan serta rekan korban untuk mencari dapat tahu alamat keluarganya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

Solusi tepat dan ampuh untuk melangsingkan badan melalui metode obat herbal sebagai Cara Melangsingkan Badan Secara Tradisional

Solusi tepat dan ampuh untuk melangsingkan badan melalui metode obat herbal sebagai Cara Melangsingkan Badan Secara Tradisional yang alami tanpa efek samping dengan Obat Slimming Capsule. Terbuat dari bahan alami yang aman untuk dikonsumsi. Simak tips melansingkan badan.

Inilah 10 jenis makanan yang dapat membantu Anda menurunkan berat badan.

    1. Daging sapi : Bertolak belakang dengan persepsi populer, menyantap steak daging sapi juga ternyata dapat menurunkan berat Anda. Riset yang dipublikasikan The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition menyebutkan, wanita yang dalam dietnya menyertakan daging merah mencatat penurunan berat lebih banyak ketimbang mereka yang menyantap jumlah kalori sama dengan sedikit daging sapi . Kandungan protein dalam steak, kata peneliti, juag dapat mempertahankan masa otot selama program penurunan berat badan .

    2. Telur : Telur tidak akan merusak jantung Anda, tetapi justru membantu Anda lebih langsing beberap ainci. Riset para ahli di Louisiana State University Baton Rouge menunjukkan, wanita yang menjalani diet rendah kalori dan menyantap telur, roti dan jelly tiap pagi kehilangan berat dua kali lebih banyak ketimbang mereka yang sarapan bagel dengan jumlah kalori sama tapi tanpa telur. Menurut peneliti, telur membuat kenyang, sehingga Anda makan lebih sedikit.

    3. Oat : Oatmeal telah menempati peringkat teratas dalam hal mengenyangkan di antara makanan lain. Tidak sperti kebanyakan karbohidrat, oat—bahkan yang berjenis instan sekalipun —akan dicerna dengan lambat. Jadi, makanan ini berpengaruh kecil pada gula darah.

    4. Kacang lentil : Lentil adalah makanan terbaik untuk merampingkan perut. “Mereka tinggi akan protein dan serat larut, dua nutrien yang dapat menstabilkan kadar gula darah,” kata Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., penulis The F-Factor Diet (Putnam Adult). Mengonsumsi lentil dapat mencegah lonjakan insulin yang membuat tubuh Anda membentuk lemak, terutama di area perut.”

    5. Apel : Sebuah apel sehari dapat mencegah terjadinya penambahan berat, demikian riset para ilmuwan di Penn State University. Mereka yang makan sebuah apel sebelum menyantap pasta tercatat mengonsumsi sedikit kalori dibanding mereka yang menyantap kudapan lain. Apel memiliki kandungan serat yang tinggi —4 sampai 5 gram—yang membuat perut jadi kenyang. Hebatnya lagi, antioksidan pada apel dapat mencegah sindrom metabolik, yang ditandai dengan penumpukan lemak di lingkar perut

    6. cara melangsingkan badan secara tradisionalCabai : Cabai bisa meningkatkan metabolisme. Zat yang terkandung dalam cabai yang disebut capsaicin mempunyai efek thermogenic, yakni membuat tubuh membakar ekstra kalori selama 20 menit setelah menyantap cabai. Selain itu, Anda tak lagi bisa menyantap hidangan dalam sekejap. Makan dengan lambat membuat otak Anda merekam bahwa perut Anda kenyang. Jadi Anda tidak akan makan secara berlebihan.

    7. Yogurt : Pelaku diet menyebut plain yogurt sebagai makanan sempurna. Dengan kombinasi karbohidrat, protein dan lemak, yogurt dapat menekan rasa lapar dengan menjaga kadar gula darah tetap stabil. Studi para ahli di University of Tennessee, menyatakan mereka yang menjalani diet rendah kalori dengan menambah yogurt mengalami penurunan lemak total 61 persen lebih besar dan 81 persen lemak perut ketimbang mereka yang diet tanpa yogurt.

    8. Parmesan : Wanita yang minum whole milk atau makan keju setiap hari cenderung tidak terlalu mengalami penambahan berat badan, menurut studi yang dimuat The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Penggemar lowfat-dairy justru tidak memperoleh manfaat yang sama. Produk whole milk memiliki asam linoleat terkonjugasi, yang dapat membantu tubuh Anda membakar lemak.

    9. Alpukat : Jangan biarkan kandungan lemak dalam sebuah alpukat (29 gram) membuat Anda cemas. Justru itulah yang membuat makanan ini menjadi penurun berat terbaik. Kandungan lemak tak jenuh tunggal (monounsaturated) yang terkandung di dalamnya dapat meningkatkan rasa kenyang.

    10. Olive oil : Seperti halnya alpukat, olive oil memiliki kandungan lemak yang meningkatkan rasa kenyang, dan menghentikan selera makan. Riset juga menunjukkan olive oil berkhasiat sebagai anti radang.

Itulah tips cara melangsingkan badan secara tradisional ada yang lebih bagus untuk melangsingkan dengan cepat aman dan tidak ada efek samping yaitu dengan Obat Slimming Capsule.

saco-indonesia.com, Timnas Indonesia U-19 kini juga sudah memulai rangkaian tur nusantara. Di laga perdana, Evan Dimas cs telah

saco-indonesia.com, Timnas Indonesia U-19 kini juga sudah memulai rangkaian tur nusantara. Di laga perdana, Evan Dimas cs telah berhasil dalam mengalahkan PSS Sleman dengan skor 3-1.

Usai laga yang telah digelar di Stadion Maguwoharjo tersebut, pelatih Indra Sjafri juga menyatakan tidak ada pemain yang diistimewakan di skuat yang ia asuh.

"29 pemain itu inti semua, dan tidak bergantung pada satu pemain saja," ujar Indra Sjafri seperti dilansir Antara.

Selain itu, berkaca dari laga tersebut, pria asal Sumatera Barat itu juga telah berjanji akan melakukan beberapa perbaikan, terutama dalam hal penguasaan bola dan penyelesaian akhir.

Usai laga ini, skuat Garuda Jaya dijadwalkan akan mampu menghadapi Persiba Bantul di Stadion Sultan Agung, Rabu (5/2) besok.


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saco-indonesia.com, Ardiansyah alias Doble yang berusia (25) tahun harus membayar mahal pencurian yang telah dilakukan bersama d

saco-indonesia.com, Ardiansyah alias Doble yang berusia (25) tahun harus membayar mahal pencurian yang telah dilakukan bersama dua temannya. Pemuda ini tewas setelah diamuk massa yang telah menangkapnya di Jalan Sei Serayu, Medan.

Informasi yang telah dihimpun, Doble yang merupakan warga Jalan TB Simatupang, Medan. Dia dan dua temannya telah diketahui mencuri besi di ruko kosong berlantai 3 di Jalan Sei Serayu sekitar pukul 05.00 WIB pagi.

Namun, aksi ketiganya telah dipergoki oleh warga, sehingga mereka berusaha kabur. Dua rekan Doble telah berhasil meloloskan diri.

Sementara itu, Doble telah terkepung di dalam bangunan berlantai tiga itu. Pemuda yang biasa membantu orangtuanya berjualan nasi goreng ini pun telah tertangkap. Dia telah dihakimi oleh massa hingga babak belur sebelum diamankan ke pos sekuriti Perumahan Grand Setia Budi.

Doble dikabarkan juga sempat beberapa jam di pos sekuriti itu. Keluarganya bahkan sempat datang untuk berdamai agar kasus pencurian itu tidak diserahkan kepada kepolisian. Setelah perdamaian disepakati, keluarga telah membawa Doble ke RS Sundari, Sunggal. Namun, pemuda itu diduga tewas di perjalanan.

"Pelaku pencurian itu meninggal tadi siang. Dia juga sempat dibawa ke RS Sundari, tapi nyawanya tak tertolong" ujar Kapolsek Medan Sunggal AKP Eko Hartanto.

Dari RS Sundari, jenazah Doble kemudian dibawa ke RSUP Adam Malik Medan. "Rencananya akan diautopsi di sana," jelas Eko.


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saco-indonesia.com, Korban kerusuhan antarpenonton Persiba Bantul, Jupita yang berusia (33) tahun warga Cegokan, Desa Wonolelo,

saco-indonesia.com, Korban kerusuhan antarpenonton Persiba Bantul, Jupita yang berusia (33) tahun warga Cegokan, Desa Wonolelo, Kecamatan Pleret, Kabupaten Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta akhirnya meninggal dunia pada Rabu (12/2) kemarin.

Manajer Persiba Bantul, Hanung Raharja juga mengatakan Jupita merupakan sosok teman yang telah terus mendampingi timnya hingga sampai ke kompetisi tertinggi di Liga Indonesia.

"Dengan kejadian ini diharap seluruh suporter akan bisa semakin dewasa dalam memberikan dukungan kepada tim. Jangan sampai hal ini terulang lagi. Karena sepak bola, ada yang sakit dan menjadi korban," katanya.

Ketua Umum Persiba Bantul Idham Samawi yang juga menyempatkan diri datang melayat mengatakan sangat menghormati atas kerelaan keluarga yang tidak menuntut apa-apa.

"Kami juga akan tanggung biaya pendidikan anak Jupita hingga tamat sampai perguruan tinggi," katanya.

Atas dari kejadian ini, nasib Persiba Bantul apakah akan mundur dari kompetisi Indonesia Super League (ISL) atau tidak, masih belum diputuskan. Nantinya, akan melakukan konsolidasi internal terlebih dahulu.

Dwi Budi Santoso yang berusia (20) tahun salah satu teman korban, juga mengaku mengenal Jupita adalah sosok pribadi yang mempunyai rasa sosial tinggi, baik kepada tetangga, maupun teman sesama suporter baik yang masih muda.

"Dia orangnya baik, rasa sosialnya tinggi," katanya.

Ia juga merasa kehilangan, sosok Jupita yang juga sebagai salah satu pengurus di Pasukan Suporter Bantul Militan (Paserbumi) ini meninggal.

Jenasah Jupita telah dikebumikan pada Rabu sore di Tempat Pemakaman Umum (TPU) desa setempat.

Jupita telah menjadi korban kekerasan antarsuporter yang terjadi saat Persiba Bantul menjamu Persiram Raja Ampat pada Sabtu (8/2) lalu.

Korban Jupita terkena pukulan helm di kepala bagian belakang saat masih di dalam stadion, usai laga.

Jupita juga sempat dirawat di Rumah Sakit Panti Rapih Yogyakarta dan koma selama lima hari. Namun, kondisinya yang semakin kritis pada dini hari kemarin, sekitar pukul 05.30 WIB akhirnya meninggal dunia.

Anom Suroto, Lurah Paserbumi pun juga mengatakan hal yang sama. Atas kejadian ini diharapkan selanjutnya ada perubahan. Dari kedua kelompok suporter juga ada suatu mediasi.

"Kerusuhan sampai ada korban baru sekali ini," katanya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

saco-indonesia.com, Real Madrid gagal dalam memanfaatkan kesempatan untuk melewati Barcelona di klasemen sementara usai mereka h

saco-indonesia.com, Real Madrid gagal dalam memanfaatkan kesempatan untuk melewati Barcelona di klasemen sementara usai mereka hanya bermain imbang dalam melawan Athletic Bilbao dini hari tadi. Padahal di pertandingan sebelumnya, El Barca secara mengejutkan telah ditundukkan oleh Valencia di Camp Nou.

Meski demikian, Xabi Alonso ternyata juga tidak ambil pusing soal itu. Menurutnya, nasib Real Madrid juga tidak tergantung pada tim lain dan masih ada banyak poin untuk dapat diperebutkan di sisa kompetisi.

"Kami juga tidak harus melihat tim lain dan nasib kami ada di tangan kami sendiri," tutur Alonso pada situs resmi klub.

"Ada banyak poin yang tersisa untuk dapat diperebutkan dan sepertinya apa yang akan terjadi dari sekarang hingga akhir musim nanti akan sangat menarik untuk dapat disimak," pungkasnya.

Real Madrid kini juga tengah bersiap untuk dalam menghadapi Atletico Madrid di leg pertama babak semifinal Copa Del Rey, yang akan digelar di Santiago Bernabeu pada tanggal 6 Februari mendatang .


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

saco-indonesia.com, Block Mental yaitu tertutupnya mental / psikologis dalam pikiran seseorang. Ini dapat terjadi dari kesalahan penga

 

saco-indonesia.com, Block Mental yaitu tertutupnya mental / psikologis dalam pikiran seseorang. Ini dapat terjadi dari kesalahan pengalaman hidup / pergaulan, termasuk didalamnya adalah traumatik yang berada di masa lalu, sisa luka dalam jiwanya, sisa pengalaman yang tidak mengenakkan saat kecil ataupun  “kesalahan" atau kekurangtepatnya sudut pandang / anggapan terhadap sesuatu bahkan akibat cara belajar/ pendidikan yang tidak tepat. Kemunculannya (manifestasinya) bisa berbentuk kecanggungan bertindak, kesulitan berbicara (apalagi di depan umum), kesulitan mengaktualisasikan diri (walaupun sebenarnya memiliki berbagai kelebihan, misalnya kecerdasan/ kemampuan lain), kadang juga muncul dalam bentuk sindrom “inferior complex” / sindrom rendah diri.

 

Manusia tidaklah akan mengerti sesuatu dapat dikatakan baik jika dia tidak mengerti sesuatu yang buruk. Tuhan mengirimkan manusia lain untuk memberikan pengalaman tentang hal yang abik dan hal yang buruk.Jangan pernah menolak orang lain dalam hidup.


(Bangkit Wibisono)
 

saco-indonesia.com, Brasil berhasil membabat Perancis 3-0 pada laga persahabatan di Gremio Arena, Minggu atau Senin (10/6/2013) dini hari WIB. Ketiga gol Brasil dicetak Oscar, Hernanes, dan Lucas Moura.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Saco-Indonesia.com — Brasil berhasil menghajar Perancis 3-0 pada laga persahabatan di Gremio Arena, Minggu atau Senin (10/6/2013) dini hari WIB. Ketiga gol Brasil dicetak Oscar, Hernanes, dan Lucas Moura.

Setelah ditahan Inggris 2-2 pada laga persahabatan pekan lalu, Brasil berusaha tampil lebih tajam. Mereka mampu mendominasi dalam penguasaan bola.

Namun, Perancis memberi perlawanan ketat sepanjang babak pertama sehingga kreasi Brasil kerap menemui kegagalan.

Baru pada menit ke-54, usaha Brasil mendatangkan hasil. Umpan Fred dengan baik diselesaikan Oscar lewat kaki kanannya, membobol gawang perancis yang dikawal Hugo Lloris.

Keunggulan itu membuat Brasil semakin bersemangat, sementara Perancis mencoba bangkit dan menyamakan kedudukan. Namun, Brasil tetap lebih dominan.

Pada menit ke-85, Brasil menggandakan keunggulannya. Berawal dari serangan balik yang cepat, Hernanes kemudian mendapat umpan dari Neymar. Meski jarak dari gawang Perancis masih jauh, Hernanes mencoba melepaskan tendangan keras dengan kaki kirinya. Usaha sukses. Bola menusuk pojok kiri gawang Perancis tanpa bisa dicegah Lloris.

Pada menit ke-90, pemain Perancis melakukan pelanggaran kepada Marcelo di kotak terlarang. Wasit langsung menunjuk titik putih. Lucas Moura yang menjadi algojo dengan mudah membobol gawang Perancis, sekaligus memastikan kemenangan Brasil dengan skor 3-0.

Sepanjang laga, Brasil melakukan 16 kali percobaan mencetak gol, tapi hanya lima usaha yang tepat sasaran. Sebaliknya, Perancis hanya melakukan 8 percobaan, itu pun yang tepat sasaran cuma satu.

Susunan pemain
Brasil:
12-Julio Cesar, 2-Dani Alves, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo, 10-Neymar, 11-Oscar (7-Lucas Moura 65), 17-Luis Gustavo Dias (8 -Hernanes 81), 18-Paulinho, 19-Hulk (5-Fernando 65), 9-Fred (21-Jo 71)

Perancis: 1-Hugo Lloris, 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 3-Jeremy Mathieu, 4-Adil Rami, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 6-Yohan Cabaye (18-Bafetimbi Gomis 82), 7-Dimitri Payet, 8-Mathieu Valbuena (14-Alexandre Lacazette 70), 12-Blaise Matuidi (11-Clément Grenier 70), 19-Josua Guilavogui, 10-Karim Benzema (9-Olivier Giroud 71)

 

Editor :Liwon Maulana
Sumber:http://bola.kompas.com/read/2013/06/10/03533259/Brasil.Hajar.Perancis.3-0

Mr. Napoleon was a self-taught musician whose career began in earnest with the orchestra led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers.

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.”

Gagne wrestled professionally from the late 1940s until the 1980s and was a transitional figure between the early 20th century barnstormers and the steroidal sideshows of today

Mr. Pfaff was an international affairs columnist and author who found Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided.

WASHINGTON — A decade after emergency trailers meant to shelter Hurricane Katrina victims instead caused burning eyes, sore throats and other more serious ailments, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of regulating the culprit: formaldehyde, a chemical that can be found in commonplace things like clothes and furniture.

But an unusual assortment of players, including furniture makers, the Chinese government, Republicans from states with a large base of furniture manufacturing and even some Democrats who championed early regulatory efforts, have questioned the E.P.A. proposal. The sustained opposition has held sway, as the agency is now preparing to ease key testing requirements before it releases the landmark federal health standard.

The E.P.A.’s five-year effort to adopt this rule offers another example of how industry opposition can delay and hamper attempts by the federal government to issue regulations, even to control substances known to be harmful to human health.

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Document: The Formaldehyde Fight

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can also cause respiratory ailments like asthma, but the potential of long-term exposure to cause cancers like myeloid leukemia is less well understood.

The E.P.A.’s decision would be the first time that the federal government has regulated formaldehyde inside most American homes.

“The stakes are high for public health,” said Tom Neltner, senior adviser for regulatory affairs at the National Center for Healthy Housing, who has closely monitored the debate over the rules. “What we can’t have here is an outcome that fails to confront the health threat we all know exists.”

The proposal would not ban formaldehyde — commonly used as an ingredient in wood glue in furniture and flooring — but it would impose rules that prevent dangerous levels of the chemical’s vapors from those products, and would set testing standards to ensure that products sold in the United States comply with those limits. The debate has sharpened in the face of growing concern about the safety of formaldehyde-treated flooring imported from Asia, especially China.

What is certain is that a lot of money is at stake: American companies sell billions of dollars’ worth of wood products each year that contain formaldehyde, and some argue that the proposed regulation would impose unfair costs and restrictions.

Determined to block the agency’s rule as proposed, these industry players have turned to the White House, members of Congress and top E.P.A. officials, pressing them to roll back the testing requirements in particular, calling them redundant and too expensive.

“There are potentially over a million manufacturing jobs that will be impacted if the proposed rule is finalized without changes,” wrote Bill Perdue, the chief lobbyist at the American Home Furnishings Alliance, a leading critic of the testing requirements in the proposed regulation, in one letter to the E.P.A.

Industry opposition helped create an odd alignment of forces working to thwart the rule. The White House moved to strike out key aspects of the proposal. Subsequent appeals for more changes were voiced by players as varied as Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, and Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, as well as furniture industry lobbyists.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 helped ignite the public debate over formaldehyde, after the deadly storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes along the Gulf of Mexico, forcing families into temporary trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The displaced storm victims quickly began reporting respiratory problems, burning eyes and other issues, and tests then confirmed high levels of formaldehyde fumes leaking into the air inside the trailers, which in many cases had been hastily constructed.

Public health advocates petitioned the E.P.A. to issue limits on formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in homes, given that limits already existed for exposure in workplaces. But three years after the storm, only California had issued such limits.

Industry groups like the American Chemistry Council have repeatedly challenged the science linking formaldehyde to cancer, a position championed by David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, who is a major recipient of chemical industry campaign contributions, and whom environmental groups have mockingly nicknamed “Senator Formaldehyde.”

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Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring

In laminate flooring, formaldehyde is used as a bonding agent in the fiberboard (or other composite wood) core layer and may also be used in glues that bind layers together. Concerns were raised in March when certain laminate flooring imported from China was reported to contain levels of formaldehyde far exceeding the limit permitted by California.

Typical

laminate

flooring

CLEAR FINISH LAYER

Often made of melamine resin

PATTERN LAYER

Paper printed to resemble wood,

or a thin wood veneer

GLUE

Layers may be bound using

formaldehyde-based glues

CORE LAYER

Fiberboard or other

composite, formed using

formaldehyde-based adhesives

BASE LAYER

Moisture-resistant vapor barrier

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in many industrial and household products as an adhesive, bonding agent or preservative. It is classified as a volatile organic compound. The term volatile means that, at room temperature, formaldehyde will vaporize, or become a gas. Products made with formaldehyde tend to release this gas into the air. If breathed in large quantities, it may cause health problems.

WHERE IT IS COMMONLY FOUND

POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS

Pressed-wood and composite wood products

Wallpaper and paints

Spray foam insulation used in construction

Commercial wood floor finishes

Crease-resistant fabrics

In cigarette smoke, or in the fumes from combustion of other materials, including wood, oil and gasoline.

Exposure to formaldehyde in sufficient amounts may cause eye, throat or skin irritation, allergic reactions, and respiratory problems like coughing, wheezing or asthma.

Long-term exposure to high levels has been associated with cancer in humans and laboratory animals.

Exposure to formaldehyde may affect some people more severely than others.

By 2010, public health advocates and some industry groups secured bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that ordered the E.P.A. to issue federal rules that largely mirrored California’s restrictions. At the time, concerns were rising over the growing number of lower-priced furniture imports from Asia that might include contaminated products, while also hurting sales of American-made products.

Maneuvering began almost immediately after the E.P.A. prepared draft rules to formally enact the new standards.

White House records show at least five meetings in mid-2012 with industry executives — kitchen cabinet makers, chemical manufacturers, furniture trade associations and their lobbyists, like Brock R. Landry, of the Venable law firm. These parties, along with Senator Vitter’s office, appealed to top administration officials, asking them to intervene to roll back the E.P.A. proposal.

The White House Office of Management and Budget, which reviews major federal regulations before they are adopted, apparently agreed. After the White House review, the E.P.A. “redlined” many of the estimates of the monetary benefits that would be gained by reductions in related health ailments, like asthma and fertility issues, documents reviewed by The New York Times show.

As a result, the estimated benefit of the proposed rule dropped to $48 million a year, from as much as $278 million a year. The much-reduced amount deeply weakened the agency’s justification for the sometimes costly new testing that would be required under the new rules, a federal official involved in the effort said.

“It’s a redlining blood bath,” said Lisa Heinzerling, a Georgetown University Law School professor and a former E.P.A. official, using the Washington phrase to describe when language is stricken from a proposed rule. “Almost the entire discussion of these potential benefits was excised.”

Senator Vitter’s staff was pleased.

“That’s a huge difference,” said Luke Bolar, a spokesman for Mr. Vitter, of the reduced estimated financial benefits, saying the change was “clearly highlighting more mismanagement” at the E.P.A.

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The review’s outcome galvanized opponents in the furniture industry. They then targeted a provision that mandated new testing of laminated wood, a cheaper alternative to hardwood. (The California standard on which the law was based did not require such testing.)

But E.P.A. scientists had concluded that these laminate products — millions of which are sold annually in the United States — posed a particular risk. They said that when thin layers of wood, also known as laminate or veneer, are added to furniture or flooring in the final stages of manufacturing, the resulting product can generate dangerous levels of fumes from often-used formaldehyde-based glues.

Industry executives, outraged by what they considered an unnecessary and financially burdensome level of testing, turned every lever within reach to get the requirement removed. It would be particularly onerous, they argued, for small manufacturers that would have to repeatedly interrupt their work to do expensive new testing. The E.P.A. estimated that the expanded requirements for laminate products would cost the furniture industry tens of millions of dollars annually, while the industry said that the proposed rule over all would cost its 7,000 American manufacturing facilities over $200 million each year.

“A lot of people don’t seem to appreciate what a lot of these requirements do to a small operation,” said Dick Titus, executive vice president of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, whose members are predominantly small businesses. “A 10-person shop, for example, just really isn’t equipped to handle that type of thing.”

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Becky Gillette wants strong regulation of formaldehyde. Credit Beth Hall for The New York Times

Big industry players also weighed in. Executives from companies including La-Z-Boy, Hooker Furniture and Ashley Furniture all flew to Washington for a series of meetings with the offices of lawmakers including House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, and about a dozen other lawmakers, asking several of them to sign a letter prepared by the industry to press the E.P.A. to back down, according to an industry report describing the lobbying visit.

Within a matter of weeks, two letters — using nearly identical language — were sent by House and Senate lawmakers to the E.P.A. — with the industry group forwarding copies of the letters to the agency as well, and then posting them on its website.

The industry lobbyists also held their own meeting at E.P.A. headquarters, and they urged Jim Jones, who oversaw the rule-making process as the assistant administrator for the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to visit a North Carolina furniture manufacturing plant. According to the trade group, Mr. Jones told them that the visit had “helped the agency shift its thinking” about the rules and how laminated products should be treated.

The resistance was particularly intense from lawmakers like Mr. Wicker of Mississippi, whose state is home to major manufacturing plants owned by Ashley Furniture Industries, the world’s largest furniture maker, and who is one of the biggest recipients in Congress of donations from the industry’s trade association. Asked if the political support played a role, a spokesman for Mr. Wicker replied: “Thousands of Mississippians depend on the furniture manufacturing industry for their livelihoods. Senator Wicker is committed to defending all Mississippians from government overreach.”

Individual companies like Ikea also intervened, as did the Chinese government, which claimed that the new rule would create a “great barrier” to the import of Chinese products because of higher costs.

Perhaps the most surprising objection came from Senator Boxer, of California, a longtime environmental advocate, whose office questioned why the E.P.A.’s rule went further than her home state’s in seeking testing on laminated products. “We did not advocate an outcome, other than safety,” her office said in a statement about why the senator raised concerns. “We said ‘Take a look to see if you have it right.’ ”

Safety advocates say that tighter restrictions — like the ones Ms. Boxer and Mr. Wicker, along with Representative Doris Matsui, a California Democrat, have questioned — are necessary, particularly for products coming from China, where items as varied as toys and Christmas lights have been found to violate American safety standards.

While Mr. Neltner, the environmental advocate who has been most involved in the review process, has been open to compromise, he has pressed the E.P.A. not to back down entirely, and to maintain a requirement that laminators verify that their products are safe.

An episode of CBS’s “60 Minutes” in March brought attention to the issue when it accused Lumber Liquidators, the discount flooring retailer, of selling laminate products with dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The company has disputed the show’s findings and test methods, maintaining that its products are safe.

“People think that just because Congress passed the legislation five years ago, the problem has been fixed,” said Becky Gillette, who then lived in coastal Mississippi, in the area hit by Hurricane Katrina, and was among the first to notice a pattern of complaints from people living in the trailers. “Real people’s faces and names come up in front of me when I think of the thousands of people who could get sick if this rule is not done right.”

An aide to Ms. Matsui rejected any suggestion that she was bending to industry pressure.

“From the beginning the public health has been our No. 1 concern,” said Kyle J. Victor, an aide to Ms. Matsui.

But further changes to the rule are likely, agency officials concede, as they say they are searching for a way to reduce the cost of complying with any final rule while maintaining public health goals. The question is just how radically the agency will revamp the testing requirement for laminated products — if it keeps it at all.

“It’s not a secret to anybody that is the most challenging issue,” said Mr. Jones, the E.P.A. official overseeing the process, adding that the health consequences from formaldehyde are real. “We have to reduce those exposures so that people can live healthy lives and not have to worry about being in their homes.”

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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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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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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Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.

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.

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.”