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Semen juga merupakan jenis bahan bangunan material rumah yang paling sering digunakan, bahan bangunan material ini juga digunakan untuk dapat membuat sebuah pondasi. Selain kayu, logam dan besi, semen juga merupakan elemen yang sebenarnya tidak bisa ditinggal.

Saat ini, banyak sekali jenis semen yang beredar di pasaran toko bahan bangunan material. Namun, banyak sekali dari orang–orang yang tidak tahu cara memilih semen yang baik. Semen yang baik adalah semen yang bisa menghasilkan bangunan rumah minimalis yang berkualitas dan juga bagus. Yang paling penting saat pembelian semen itu adalah dengan mencoba kelunakan dan kelembutan semen dengan menekannya meski masih berada dalam kemasannya. Jika semen yang di tekan dari luar kemasan terasa keras, itu tandanya semen sudah terlalu lama disimpan dan sudah tidak dalam kondisi yang bagus lagi.

Lalu semen yang baik juga akan terlihat ketika sudah dikeluarkan dari kemasannya. Semen yang baik kualitasnya, adalah semen yang seluruh butirannya bisa terurai dan nampak lembut seperti debu, juga tidak menggumpal. Tapi jika semen tersebut mulai menggumpal dan terlihat kasar, maka kualitasnya juga sudah pasti berkurang. Apalagi jika sudah terlihat mengeras dan membatu seperti kerikil.

Kemudian setelah tahu dan mendapatkan semen yang baik, tentu kita juga harus tahu cara untuk menyimpan semen yang baik agar tidak turun kualitas semennya. Karena jika terjadi salah–salah dalam menyimpan semen, bisa akan membuat semen menjadi rusak dan juga mengeras. Kita tentu tidak ingin hal itu akan terjadi bukan? Oleh karena itu, ada sedikit cara untuk dapat menyiasati agar hal tersebut tidak terjadi.

Material bahan bangunan semen yang sudah dibuka atau yang belum dibuka harus disimpan dalam ruangan yang tertutup atau minimal terlindung dari sinar matahari dan hujan. Selain itu, kita juga harus memperhatikan permukaan lantainya. Sebaiknya, kita harus menyimpannya di permukaan lantai yang datar dan tidak berupa tanah.

Dan untuk semen yang belum dibuka dari kemasannya, kita juga bisa menggunakan kayu sebagai wadah landasan. Jadi, semen tidak langsung diletakkan pada lantai. Dan metode ini tentu telah memiliki tujuan. Jika terjadi penguapan air dan pengembunan didalam tanah atau dibawah lantai maka tidak akan langsung terkena semen. Otomatis, semen akan terhindar dari kerusakan. Jika semen yang disimpan dalam jumlah yang banyak, maka bisa disimpan dengan menggunakan konsep susunan batu bata. Saling berjajar, namun pada bagian atasnya telah diletakkan dalam posisi yang saling menyilang. Hal ini untuk dapat menghindari susunan kemasan semen agar tidak bisa jatuh dan tumpah. Selain itu, tujuan untuk menyimpan semen dengan metode ini adalah agar semen bisa mendapatkan celah atau ruang untuk mendapatkan udara dan terhindar dari penggumpalan.

Dan dari keadaan yang disimpan, untuk dapat menggunakan semen haruslah diambil dari stok pertama atau dari tumpukan pertama (bawah). Hal ini telah dilakukan agar menghindari penggumpalan pada semen karena disimpan terlalu lama. Dalam penyimpanan semen, hal yang harus diperhatikan juga adalah kebersihan dari tempat penyimpanan. Tempat yang lembap bisa akan membuat semen cepat menggumpal dan mengeras jauh lebih cepat. Begitu pula dengan dengan sirkulasi udara yang pengap, hal itu bisa menimbulkan masalah yang sama. Namun, jika tidak terdapat tempat penyimpanan di dalam ruangan atau seperti gudang untuk dapat menyimpan semen, maka sebaiknya gunakan tempat yang teduh dan lindungi dari sinar matahari. Untuk perlindungan lebih maksimal, kita bisa gunakan kain terpal.

Semoga tips dalam memilih bahan bangunan khususnya semen bisa bermanfaat untuk Anda! Selamat berbelanja!


 

TIPS MEMILIH BAHAN BANGUNAN

Dua keluarga telah terlibat perkelahian lantaran merebutkan sebuah lahan minyak milik Pertamina Depo Banuayu di Terminal Bahan Bakar Minyak (TBBM) Kecamatan Lubuk Batang Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU), Sumsel.

dalam insiden berdarah itu, tiga orang telah dibawa ke rumah sakit karena mengalami luka bacokan. Sementara satu orang menjadi korban dalam peristiwa rebutan lahan tersebut.

Korban yang diketahui bernama Nasarudin (50), ia tewas di tangan Mer (30) yang tak lain merupakan tetangga korban. Nasarudin telah diketahui tewas karena mendapat tikaman dari Mer yang lebih muda 20 tahun darinya.

Kasus penusukan ini lantas masuk ke pengadilan Baturaja. Sidang dipimpin Hakim Ketua Jimi Maruli, dengan didampingi oleh dua hakim anggota Hartati dan Madela N Sai Reeve .

Dalam dakwaan yang telah dibacakan oleh Jaksa Penuntut Umum (JPU) Depati, karena pengakuan terdakwa dalam persidangan terkesan yang tidak mengakui perbuatannya padahal tindakan terdakwa menghilangkan nyawa orang lain dinilai sangat tidak manusiawi. "Kami telah menjerat terdakwa dengan pasal 338 KUHP tentang penganiayaan yang menyebabkan orang lain meninggal dunia dengan ancaman hukuman maksimal 20 tahun penjara," kata Depati.

Meski begitu, selama persidangan sikap terdakwa yang selalu kooperatif dan berkelakuan baik selama di tahan. Serta pertimbangan lain seperti terdakwa yang juga merupakan tulang punggung keluarga, JPU akhirnya memutuskan menuntut terdakwa 10 tahun penjara.

"Kami juga telah memberikan kesempatan kepada terdakwa untuk dapat menyiapkan pembelaan dalam tempo sepekan," kata salah satu majelis hakim.

Rebutan lahan minyak, dua keluarga saling bacok

Garut adalah salah satu penghasil jaket kulit terbaik di Indonesia. Produk jaket kulit di Garut dihasilkan dari pusat peternakan domba yang tersebar di seluruh Kabupaten Garut - Jawa Barat, jika tertarik dengan jaket kulit ini, datang saja ke sentra kerajinan jaket kulit Garut. Sentra kerajinan jaket kulit ini sudah cukup terkenal, bahkan sampai ke mancanegara. Ini bisa dilihat dari banyaknya produk jaket kulit Garut yang diekspor ke luar negeri. Desain dan motif yang digunakan pada jaket kulit Garut sangat beragam dan modern. Tidak monoton itu-itu saja, jadi selalu menarik untuk dilihat dan dibeli. Saat memasuki kawasan sentra kerajinan jaket kulit Garut, Anda akan melihat ada banyak jejeran toko yang menjual jaket kulit. Mulai jaket laki-laki, perempuan, dewasa dan anak kecil ada di sini. Model yang ditawarkan pun bervariasi. Pasti membuat pengunjung bingung untuk memilih karena banyak macamnya dari jaket kulit berbahan dasar kulit domba, kambing ataupun sapi, masuklah ke dalam toko dan Anda pun bisa melihat aneka barang dari kulit yang dijual. 

Ternyata, disentra kerajinan jaket kulit Garut tidak hanya menjual jaket kulit, tetapi juga barang lain seperti tas kulit, sarung tangan untuk bikers. Juga barang-barang yang menggunakan bahan dari kulit. Aneka produk buatan sentra kerajinan jaket kulit Garut baik jaket atau pun aksesoris lainnya memang 100 persen kulit asli, soal harga tergantung jenis barang, ketebalan, dan modelnya. Sebagai contoh, untuk aksesoris seperti tas dari kulit dikenai harga mulai dari Rp 80.000. Untuk jaket, banyak pilihannya ada pilihan unik yang bisa dicoba dari harga mulai Rp 650.000. Beda ketebalan,Beda kwalitas, beda model beda juga harga tentunya. Untuk jaket yang tebal dan menutup seluruh tubuh, bisa dikenai harga Rp 700.000-2.000.000. Ya, harganya memang bervariasi, tergantung dari model, ketebalan jaket, kwalitas dan tentu saja kemampuan menawar Anda. Selain toko yang menjual kerajinan jaket kulit, Anda juga bisa melihat langsung proses pembuatan jaket kulit. Mulai dari kulit yang baru dikuliti, hingga proses penjahitan bisa pengunjung saksikan. Ya, Anda memang bisa melihat pembuatan secara langsung karena industri jaket kulit di sini merupakan industri rumahan. Kemampuan produksi rata-rata tiap produsen mencapai 2.000 jaket per bulan. Anda Bisa lebih puas lagi memilih bahan sendiri, diukur badan agar lebih pas dan langsung dijahit.
JAKET KULIT ASGAR (ASLI GARUT)

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
Perancis Tersungkur Dibabat Brasil 3-0

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Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Mr. Bartoszewski was given honorary Israeli citizenship for his work to save Jews during World War II and later surprised even himself by being instrumental in reconciling Poland and Germany.

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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.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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Michael J. Morell Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’

UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

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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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Imagine an elite professional services firm with a high-performing, workaholic culture. Everyone is expected to turn on a dime to serve a client, travel at a moment’s notice, and be available pretty much every evening and weekend. It can make for a grueling work life, but at the highest levels of accounting, law, investment banking and consulting firms, it is just the way things are.

Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80- or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it.

Many of them were, at least, at one elite consulting firm studied by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. It’s impossible to know if what she learned at that unidentified consulting firm applies across the world of work more broadly. But her research, published in the academic journal Organization Science, offers a way to understand how the professional world differs between men and women, and some of the ways a hard-charging culture that emphasizes long hours above all can make some companies worse off.

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Ms. Reid interviewed more than 100 people in the American offices of a global consulting firm and had access to performance reviews and internal human resources documents. At the firm there was a strong culture around long hours and responding to clients promptly.

“When the client needs me to be somewhere, I just have to be there,” said one of the consultants Ms. Reid interviewed. “And if you can’t be there, it’s probably because you’ve got another client meeting at the same time. You know it’s tough to say I can’t be there because my son had a Cub Scout meeting.”

Some people fully embraced this culture and put in the long hours, and they tended to be top performers. Others openly pushed back against it, insisting upon lighter and more flexible work hours, or less travel; they were punished in their performance reviews.

The third group is most interesting. Some 31 percent of the men and 11 percent of the women whose records Ms. Reid examined managed to achieve the benefits of a more moderate work schedule without explicitly asking for it.

They made an effort to line up clients who were local, reducing the need for travel. When they skipped work to spend time with their children or spouse, they didn’t call attention to it. One team on which several members had small children agreed among themselves to cover for one another so that everyone could have more flexible hours.

A male junior manager described working to have repeat consulting engagements with a company near enough to his home that he could take care of it with day trips. “I try to head out by 5, get home at 5:30, have dinner, play with my daughter,” he said, adding that he generally kept weekend work down to two hours of catching up on email.

Despite the limited hours, he said: “I know what clients are expecting. So I deliver above that.” He received a high performance review and a promotion.

What is fascinating about the firm Ms. Reid studied is that these people, who in her terminology were “passing” as workaholics, received performance reviews that were as strong as their hyper-ambitious colleagues. For people who were good at faking it, there was no real damage done by their lighter workloads.

It calls to mind the episode of “Seinfeld” in which George Costanza leaves his car in the parking lot at Yankee Stadium, where he works, and gets a promotion because his boss sees the car and thinks he is getting to work earlier and staying later than anyone else. (The strategy goes awry for him, and is not recommended for any aspiring partners in a consulting firm.)

A second finding is that women, particularly those with young children, were much more likely to request greater flexibility through more formal means, such as returning from maternity leave with an explicitly reduced schedule. Men who requested a paternity leave seemed to be punished come review time, and so may have felt more need to take time to spend with their families through those unofficial methods.

The result of this is easy to see: Those specifically requesting a lighter workload, who were disproportionately women, suffered in their performance reviews; those who took a lighter workload more discreetly didn’t suffer. The maxim of “ask forgiveness, not permission” seemed to apply.

It would be dangerous to extrapolate too much from a study at one firm, but Ms. Reid said in an interview that since publishing a summary of her research in Harvard Business Review she has heard from people in a variety of industries describing the same dynamic.

High-octane professional service firms are that way for a reason, and no one would doubt that insane hours and lots of travel can be necessary if you’re a lawyer on the verge of a big trial, an accountant right before tax day or an investment banker advising on a huge merger.

But the fact that the consultants who quietly lightened their workload did just as well in their performance reviews as those who were truly working 80 or more hours a week suggests that in normal times, heavy workloads may be more about signaling devotion to a firm than really being more productive. The person working 80 hours isn’t necessarily serving clients any better than the person working 50.

In other words, maybe the real problem isn’t men faking greater devotion to their jobs. Maybe it’s that too many companies reward the wrong things, favoring the illusion of extraordinary effort over actual productivity.

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