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saco-indonesia.com, Anggota Marinir, Lettu S, telah diamankan oleh petugas Polresta Depok, karena diduga telah menganiaya pengat

saco-indonesia.com, Anggota Marinir, Lettu S, telah diamankan oleh petugas Polresta Depok, karena diduga telah menganiaya pengatur jalan di Kampung Setu Gugur, Gang Mangga RT 01/03, Kelurahan Pasir Putih, Kecamatan Sawangan Kota Depok.

Peristiwa tersebut telah terjadi saat malam pergantian tahun baru sekitar pukul 23:30. Korban Wani yang berusia 30 tahun , warga Pasir Putih, RT 004/04, Sawangan, telah mengalami luka sobek di bagian kepala akibat dipukul oleh pelaku pakai benda tumpul.

“Pelaku Lettu S, adalah anggota Marinir. Ia telah menganiaya korban gara-gara tidak mau diatur dalam perjalanan yang sedang macet menuju ke rumahnya,” ujar Kapolresta Depok, Kombes Achmad Kartiko.

Pelaku yang juga warga setempat tidak mau diatur saat korban mengatur kendaraan yang sedang macet karena menunggu detik-detik pergantian tahun.

“Akibatnya telah terjadi cekcok mulut dan pelaku juga sempat mengancam korban. Tidak lama kemudian pelaku datang kembali sambil membawa teman dan langsung mengeroyok korban hingga terluka,” kata kapolres.

Korban terluka parah bagian kepala akibat dihantam dengan benda keras. Saat itu juga, korban langsung ditolong oleh temannya dan dibawa ke RS Bhakti Yudha untuk mendapat pertolongan medis.

“Teman korban tidak terima, lalu telah mengerahkan massa untuk menangkap pelaku. Namun dengan cepat, anggota reskrim Polresta Depok keburu telah mengamankan pelaku dengan dievakuasi ke Subgar Kodim Depok,” ungkapnya.

Kapolres juga mengatakan, korban telah dilarikan ke rumah sakit Bhakti Yudha sekitar pukul 00.30 dini hari . “Pelaku juga sudah kita serahkan ke satuan yang berwenang untuk dapat ditindak lanjuti sesuai hukum kemiliteran,” tandasnya.


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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, Rasulullah SAW meletakkan batu pertama Masjid Quba tepat di kiblatnya. Semua masjid yang berada di Makkah, M

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, Rasulullah SAW meletakkan batu pertama Masjid Quba tepat di kiblatnya.

Semua masjid yang berada di Makkah, Madinah, dan Palestina selalu istimewa bagi umat Islam. Masjid-masjid ini punya nilai yang lekat dengan sejarah peradaban Islam. Begitupun dengan masjid Quba.

Menilik dari sejarahnya, Masjid Quba punya nilai historis yang sangat tinggi. Masjid ini adalah masjid pertama yang dibangun Rasulullah SAW.

Masjid Quba dibangun pada awal peradaban Islam. Tepatnya, 8 Rabiul Awal pada 1 Hijriyah. Lokasinya berada di sebelah tenggara Kota Madinah, lima kilometer di luarnya.

Dulu, masjid ini dibangun dengan bahan yang sangat sederhana. Seiring berjalannya waktu, renovasi banyak dilakukan Kerajaan Arab Saudi.

Masjid ini juga mengalami perluasan. Dalam buku berjudul Sejarah Madinah Munawwarah yang ditulis Dr Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, dijelaskan masjid ini direnovasi besar-besaran pada 1986.

Kala itu, Pemerintah Arab Saudi bahkan mengeluarkan dana hingga 90 juta riyal Saudi untuk memperluas masjid ini yang nantinya bisa menampung 20 ribu jamaah yang mengunjunginya.

Dalam sejarah yang dituliskan, tokoh Islam yang memegang peranan penting dalam pembangunan masjid ini adalah Sayyidina ‘Ammar Radhiyallahu lanhu.

Ketika Rasulullah SAW berhijrah dari Makkah ke Madinah, pria ini mengusulkan untuk membangun tempat berteduh bagi sang Nabi di kampung Quba yang tadinya hanya terdiri atas hamparan kebun kurma.

Kemudian, dikumpulkanlah batu-batu dan disusun menjadi masjid yang sangat sederhana. Meskipun tak seberapa besar, paling tidak bangunan ini bisa menjadi tempat berteduh bagi rombongan Rasulullah. Mereka pun bisa beristirahat kala siang hari dan mendirikan shalat dengan tenang.

Rasulullah SAW meletakkan batu pertama tepat di kiblatnya dan ikut menyusun batu-batu selanjutnya hingga bisa menjadi pondasi dan dinding masjid.

Rasullullah SAW dibantu para sahabat dan kaum Muslim yang lain. Ammar menjadi pengikut Rasulullah yang paling rajin dalam membangun masjid ini.

Tanpa kenal lelah, ia membawa batu-batu yang ukurannya sangat besar, hingga orang lain tak sanggup mengangkatnya. Ammar mengikatkan batu itu ke perutnya sendiri dan membawanya untuk dijadikan bahan bangunan penyusun masjid ini.

Ammar memang selalu dikisahkan sebagai prajurit yang sangat perkasa bagi pasukan Islam. Dia mati syahid pada usia 92 tahun.

Pada awal pembangunannya yang dibangun dengan tangan Rasulullah sendiri masjid ini berdiri di atas kebun kurma. Luas kebun kurmanya kala itu 5.000 meter persegi dan masjidnya baru sekitar 1.200 meter persegi. Rasulullah sendiri pula yang mengonsep desain dan model masjidnya.

Meskipun sangat sederhana, Masjid Quba boleh dianggap sebagai contoh bentuk masjid-masjid selanjutnya. Bangunan yang sangat sederhana kala itu sudah memenuhi syarat-syarat yang perlu untuk pendirian masjid.

Masjid ini telah memiliki sebuah ruang persegi empat dan berdinding di sekelilingnya. Di sebelah utara dibuat serambi untuk tempat sembahyang.

Dulu, ruangan ini bertiangkan pohon kurma, beratap datar dari pelepah, dan daun korma yang dicampur dengan tanah liat. Di tengah-tengah ruang terbuka dalam masjid yang kemudian biasa disebut sahn terdapat sebuah sumur tempat wudhu.

Di sini, jamaah bisa mengambil air untuk membersihkan diri. Dalam masjid ini, kebersihan selalu terjaga, cahaya matahari dan udara pun dapat masuk dengan leluasa. – (jurnalhaji.com)

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saco-indonesia.com, Fungsi dan manfaat Ping. Ping adalah singkatan dari Packet Internet Gopher yaitu sebuah program utilitas yang dapat digunakan un

Fungsi dan manfaat Ping. Ping adalah singkatan dari Packet Internet Gopher yaitu sebuah program utilitas yang dapat digunakan untuk memeriksa konektivitas jaringan berbasis teknologi Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/ IP). Bagi Blogger, Ping adalah salah satu cara teknik SEO yang paling mudah dan sangat-sangat friendly. Ping biasanya dilakukan setiap kali kita selesai mempublish artikel baru. Ping berfungsi untuk mengirimkan notifikasi pada website direktori dan search enggine bahwa ada kontent baru di blog Anda. Dengan begitu Anda tidak perlu menunggu lama hingga artikel bisa terindeks oleh search enggine dan di tayangkan di halaman hasil pencarian.
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saco-indonesia.com, Lini tengah Real Madrid telah diyakini makin solid saat Luka Modric turun bermain - keyakinan yang telah diu

saco-indonesia.com, Lini tengah Real Madrid telah diyakini makin solid saat Luka Modric turun bermain - keyakinan yang telah diumbar oleh mantan bomber Madrid, Davor Suker.

Tampil tak meyakinkan pada awal kedatangannya di Bernabeu tahun lalu, Modric juga mulai menampakkan sinarnya menjelang akhir musim kemarin. Dan musim ini, eks gelandang Tottenham asal Kroasia itu telah melanjutkan penampilan solidnya di skuat Carlo Ancelotti.

"Real tampil lebih baik saat Modric ada di lapangan. Ia juga bahagia bersama Real Madrid, namun dalam kerendahan hatinya ia telah membidik gelar juara. Motivasinya juga sangat tinggi, mencintai sepakbola dan tak akan berhenti hingga ia memenangi sesuatu yang besar," ujar Suker, sang kompatriot.

Suker yang kini telah menjabat presiden Federasi Sepakbola Kroasia, menambahkan, "Luka bermain di level tertinggi, tapi itu juga bukan sebuah kejutan. Ia adalah salah satu pemimpin di Real, ia telah menjadi komandan di sebagian besar lapangan. Ia tahu cara bermain defensif juga ofensif, serta mampu untuk menciptakan ancaman besar


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Ribuan buruh yang tergabung dari sejumlah elemen buruh dari sejumlah kawasan industri di Bekasi dan Karawang telah mulai memasuki Jakarta. Berbondong-bondong mereka berkonvoi.

JAKARTA, Saco- Indonesia.com - Ribuan buruh yang tergabung dari sejumlah elemen buruh dari sejumlah kawasan industri di Bekasi dan Karawang telah mulai memasuki Jakarta. Berbondong-bondong mereka berkonvoi.

Berdasarkan pengamatan Kompas.com di depan Kantor Kemenakertrans di Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta Selatan, Rabu (1/5/2013) sekitar pukul 09.50 WIB, mereka datang dengan menumpang bus, truk serta sepeda motor. Ratusan bus-bus terlihat melalui ruas jalan tol dalam kota, sedangkan para buruh yang menggunakan sepeda motor melalui jalan reguler.

Tak ayal hal tersebut membuat kemacetan di ruas Jalan Gatot Subroto yang mengarah ke Semanggi. Namun di ruas sebaliknya, lalu lintas lancar.

Sesuai jadwal, sejumlah elemen buruh akan memulai rangkaian aksi unjuk rasa mereka dalam peringatan Hari Buruh Internasional di Bundaran HI, kemudian dilanjutkan long march menuju Istana Negara.

 

Sumber :  KOMPAS.com
Editor : Maulana Lee

saco-indonesia.com, Ketua Komisi VII DPR Sutan Bhatoegana telah merampungkan pemeriksaannya dalam kasus dugaan suap di Kementeri

saco-indonesia.com, Ketua Komisi VII DPR Sutan Bhatoegana telah merampungkan pemeriksaannya dalam kasus dugaan suap di Kementerian ESDM di Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK), Jakarta. Selama hampir 5 jam lebih, politisi Partai Demokrat itu telah mengaku dicecar terkait pembahasan anggaran di Kementerian ESDM.

"Saya dipanggil sebagai saksinya Pak WK (Sekjen ESDM Waryono Karno). Enggak jauh berbeda seperti yang kemarin, lebih banyak membahas tentang pembahasan anggaran di ESDM," ujar Sutan, keluar pukul 15.00 WIB, Kamis (23/1).

Sutan juga mengatakan, penyidik juga banyak menanyakan hal itu kepadanya, selaku Ketua Komisi VII di DPR bidang minyak, bumi dan gas. Setiap keputusan, lanjut Sutan, pasti telah memerlukan tanda tangannya. Untuk itulah, menurut Sutan, penyidik ingin mengonfirmasi hal tersebut.

"Jadi yang masalah-masalah anggaran semua, itu yang telah dipertanyakan," ujarnya.

Terkait dalam pemberian THR dari Rudi Rubiandini, Sutan juga mengaku tidak ada hal semacam itu. "Enggak, enggak ada," bantahnya.

Saat ditanya apakah siap untuk disumpah pocong atas kesaksiannya, Sutan malah berkelakar. Sutan juga menyudahi, dan masuk ke dalam mobil Alphard hitam bernopol B 1957 SB.

"Ah, kau ada-ada saja. Udah, udah," singkatnya.

Sebelumnya, kediaman dan ruang kerja Sutan di DPR digeledah oleh penyidik KPK. Diduga, penyidik juga mengendus jejak tersangka di ruangan dan rumah Sutan.

Dalam BAP tersangka Deviardi, Sutan disebut telah bertemu Kepala SKK Migas Rudi Rubiandini untuk dapat meminta uang tunjangan hari raya. Rudi pun kemudian memberi uang untuk Sutan dan anggota Komisi VII DPR, yang diserahkan melalui Tri Yulianto.

Kemudian, berdasarkan Informasi yang dihimpun, duit dari Tri kemudian dibagikan Sutan kepada anggota Fraksi Demokrat di Komisi VII di sebuah restoran di pusat perbelanjaan di kawasan Senayan, Jakarta Selatan.


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Saco-Indonesia.com — Sebuah Perkembangan ilmu pengetahuan selalu menarik untuk disimak. Penemuan-penemuan baru semakin memudahkan hidup manusia di mana depan.

Saco-Indonesia.com — Sebuah Perkembangan ilmu pengetahuan selalu menarik untuk disimak. Penemuan-penemuan baru semakin memudahkan hidup manusia di mana depan. Tampaknya, hasil desain Tashia Tucker juga akan memberikan efek serupa.

Dengan menggunakan teknologi yang dibayangkan oleh Tucker, bangunan di masa depan dapat menggunakan lantai yang mengandung bakteri sintetis. Bakteri ini dapat memakan kotoran dan membersihkan kaki orang yang melintas di atasnya.

Tucker menamai teknologi yang dibayangkannya ini dengan Synthetic Biology: The Future of Adaptive Living Environments. Proyek tersebut mengeksplorasi kemungkinan penggunaan biologi sintetis yang bisa digunakan dalam bidang arsitektur. Teknologi ini bisa menciptakan permukaan "cerdas" mengandung bakteri.
"Saya pikir dalam 10 tahun ke depan, kita akan mulai melihat pengembangan permukaan yang didesain secara biologis di laboratorium. Dalam kurun waktu 15 sampai 20 tahun mendatang, tersedia bagi masyarakat," ujar Tucker.
Sebagai seorang mahasiswa jurusan desain di Universitas Drexel, Philadelphia, Amerika Serikat, Tucker menampilkan simulasi cara kerja permukaan, penutup lantai "cerdas" yang berisi bakteri hasil modifikasi. Tidak hanya mampu memakan kotoran dan membersihkan kaki penggunanya, permukaan ini juga memberikan peringatan jika ada bahan-bahan berbahaya menempel padanya.
"Proyek ini menggunakan fabrikasi digital, proses-mikro, proyeksi video, teknologi game, dan lainnya untuk menstimulasi bagaimana bakteria yang sudah di-hack ini mampu berfungsi sebagai permukaan dan material di masa depan," imbuh Tucker.
Meski masih dalam bentuk simulasi, Tucker mengajak masyarakat dunia membayangkan berbagai kemudahan yang ditawarkan oleh penemuan semacam ini. Ia mencontohkan lantai yang dapat mendeteksi kotoran dan secara otomatis membersihkan kaki penggunanya dari berbagai bahan berbahaya. Bakteri dalam permukaan hasil desain Tucker akan mengeluarkan warna tertentu dan menunjukkan jenis toksin yang menempel di kaki penggunanya.

Dia juga mencontohkan permukaan serupa yang secara khusus didesain bagi permukaan meja dapur. Untuk simulasi ini, Tucker menggunakan permukaan silikon di atas sensor tekan yang dioperasikan oleh Nintendo gaming mat dan dihubungkan dengan prosesor mikro Arduino dan sebuah proyektor.

Permukaan hasil desain Tucker ini akan mengeluarkan warna tertentu yang akan menjadi indikator bagi penggunanya. Misalnya, penggunanya alergi terhadap kacang, maka ketika ada kandungan kacang pada makanan yang diolah di atas permukaan tersebut, bakteri di dalam permukaannya akan berubah warna menjadi kuning.

"Aplikasi ini juga berpengaruh pada industri kesehatan. Rumah sakit, peralatan bedah, dan perlengkapan medis bisa secara visual memberi amaran jika lingkungan di sekitarnya aman dan bersih," ujarnya.
Tucker bahkan membuat dinding responsif dari selulosa. Karyanya ini mendemonstrasikan bagaimana bakteri dapat diprogram untuk merespons gerakan manusia dan membentuk pola tertentu.

Hasil desain Tucker ini adalah sebagian kecil dari produk The Design Futures Lab, sebuah grup penelitian trans-disiplin ilmu yang ada di Westphal College of Media Arts & Design di Drexel University. Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick merupakan direktur laboratorium tersebut. Koltick-lah yang menyediakan berbagai visi dan membimbing proyek-proyek di bawah agenda penelitian kohesif.

Jadi, mampukah material cerdas seperti ini memudahkan hidup di masa depan? Tentu saja. Namun, kita semua masih harus menunggu, menurut Tucker, setidaknya 15 sampai 20 tahun mendatang untuk mendapatkan teknologi semacam ini.

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saco-indonesia.com, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) terus akan mendalami kasus dugaan suap oleh mantan Ketua Mahkamah Konstit

saco-indonesia.com, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) terus akan mendalami kasus dugaan suap oleh mantan Ketua Mahkamah Konstitusi (MK), Akil Mochtar terkait dalam penanganan sengketa Pilkada di MK.  
 
Hari ini KPK kembali akan memeriksa Wali Kota Palembang, Romi Herton. Dia tiba di Gedung KPK sekira pukul 10.05 pagi WIB dengan mengenakan kemeja putih dan celana panjang hitam dan mengaku akan diperiksa sebagai saksi untuk Akil.
 
"Saya akan diperiksa sebagai saksi untuk kasus Akil, belum tahu ya nanti setelah keluar," katanya di Gedung KPK, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Selasa (4/2/2014).
 
Dalam perkara Akil, Romi sebelumnya juga telah dicekal oleh KPK pada 11 Desember 2013. Selain memeriksa Romi, KPK juga akan menjadwalkan pemeriksaan terhadap tersangka kasus dugaan suap penanganan sengketa Pilkada Gunung Mas, Kalimantan Tengah, Cornelis Nalau.


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Ditentukan sudah, siapa yang akan bertarung dalam Grand Final X Factor Indonesia untuk menjadi juara kontes nyanyi di layar kaca

Ditentukan sudah, siapa yang akan bertarung dalam Grand Final X Factor Indonesia untuk menjadi juara kontes nyanyi di layar kaca itu.

Hasil pengumpulan suara melalui SMS dan telepon pemirsa pada Jumat (17/5/2013) malam ini mengharuskan langkah Nu Dimension atau NuDi, grup vokal yang dibentuk oleh Ahmad Dhani, sang mentor, terhenti. Sementara itu, dua peserta lain, Fatin Shidqia Lubis dan Novita Dewi, masuk ke Grand Final.

"Yang lolos pertama adalah Fatin Shidqia dan voting Anda memutuskan... Selamat kepada Novita Dewi!" ujar Roby Purba, sang pembawa acara, di pentas X Factor Indonesia, yang digelar di Studio RCTI, Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta Barat.

Malam ini, grup vokal yang terdiri dari Ryan, El, Bagus, dan Romy itu membawakan lagu "Musnah", berduet dengan Andra and The Backbone, dan lagu "A Little Piece Of Heaven" dari Avanged Sevenfold.

Sebagai "dua besar", Novita dan Fatin  menyanyikan lagu kemenangan masing-masing. Novita dengan "Habis Air Mataku", sedangkan Fatin dengan "Aku Memilih Setia". Lagu-lagu tersebut akan dirilis dalam album mereka nantinya.

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.

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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.

 

A 214-pound Queens housewife struggled with a lifelong addiction to food until she shed 72 pounds and became the public face of the worldwide weight-control empire Weight Watchers.

Mr. Fox, known for his well-honed countrified voice, wrote about things dear to South Carolina and won over Yankee critics.

As governor, Mr. Walker alienated Republicans and his fellow Democrats, particularly the Democratic powerhouse Richard J. Daley, the mayor of Chicago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

It is Cher's first appearance at the Met Gala since 1997, when she arrived on the arm of Donatella Versace.

– MATTHEW SCHNEIER

Frontline  An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.
Frontline

Frontline An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.

The program traces the outbreak to its origin, thought to be a tree full of bats in Guinea.

Review: ‘9-Man’ Is More Than a Game for Chinese-Americans

A variation of volleyball with nine men on each side is profiled Tuesday night on the World Channel in an absorbing documentary called “9-Man.”

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‘Hard Earned’ Documents the Plight of the Working Poor

“Hard Earned,” an Al Jazeera America series, follows five working-class families scrambling to stay ahead on limited incomes.

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

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