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saco-indonesia.com, Sepeda motor milik anggota TNI Serka ZA yang berusia (49) tahun warga Kecamatan Baturaja Timur, Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU), Sumatera Selatan hilang di parkiran Panti Pijat Tarina di kawasan Simpang Empat Sukajadi, sekitar pukul 22.00 WIB malam. Motor Serka ZA yang berjenis Yamaha Mio warna hitam bernomor polisi BG 6876 FX.

"Saya datang sekitar pukul 20.00 WIB untuk dapat dipijat karena saya merasa badan pegal-pegal. Namun usai dipijat dan hendak pulang ke rumah pukul 22.00 WIB telah mendapati motor saya jenis Yamaha Mio warna hitam BG 6876 FX telah hilang," kata Serka ZA saat ditemui di Mapolres OKU.

ZA juga mengatakan, dirinya juga sempat mencari dan berusaha menanyakan kepada warga sekitar, namun tak seorang pun yang telah mengetahui keberadaan motornya tersebut.

"Sebelum saya melapor ke Polres, saya juga sudah mencoba mencari tapi tak ada yang tahu," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, menurut Yunizar yang berusia (41) tahun , salah seorang pekerja di Panti Pijat Tarina, ZA datang ke panti pijat itu sekitar pukul 20.00 WIB. Namun, ia juga mengaku tidak mengetahui secara pasti soal motor milik Serka ZA tersebut.

"Memang saya yang memijat bapak itu, tetapi saya tidak tahu dia datang ke sini dengan menggunakan motor. Sebelum keluar bapak itu juga sempat minta air minum dan merokok. Begitu keluar dia juga mengaku telah kehilangan motornya," kata Yunizar.

Kanit Pidum Polres OKU, Iptu Yuliko Saputra SH membenarkan telah menerima laporan kehilangan motor jenis Yamaha Mio milik anggota TNI.

"Laporannya juga sudah kami terima dan telah melakukan olah tempat kejadian perkara serta memeriksa keterangan saksi-saksi. Mudah-mudahan dalam waktu dekat pelaku bisa segera ditangkap" ujar Yuliko.


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MOTOR ANGGOTA TNI HILANG

Skype adalah sebuah program komunikasi dengan teknologi P2P (peer to peer). Program ini merupakan program bebas (dapat diunduh gratis) dan dibuat dengan tujuan penyediaan sarana komunikasi suara (voice) berkualitas tinggi yang murah berbasiskan internet untuk semua orang di berbagai belahan dunia. Pengguna Skype dapat berbicara dengan pengguna Skype lainnya dengan gratis, menghubungi telepon tradisional dengan biaya (skypeOut), menerima panggilan dari telepon tradisional (SkypeIn), dan menerima pesan suara . Teknologi skype ditemukan oleh wirausahawan Niklas Zennström dan Janus Friis, orang yang sama yang menemukan Kazaa dan Joost (P2P untuk televisi). Skype lalu berkompetisi dengan protokol terbuka VoIP yang sudah ada seperti SIP, IAX, dan H.323. Grup Skype yang dibentuk pada bulan September 2003 lalu dibeli oleh perusahaan lelang internet raksasa di Amerika e-Bay pada bulan September 2005 dan bermarkas di Luxembourg, Jerman dengan kantor-kantor di London, Inggris, Praha, Rusia dan San Jose, California, A.S.

Sejak diluncurkan skype telah mengalami pertumbuhan pesat baik dari penggunaannya yang populer maupun pengembangan perangkat lunaknya, jasa yang ditawarkan pun menjadi beragam mulai dari penggunaan gratis maupun berbayar.

Hanya dalam beberapa tahun saja pada bulan April 2006 Skype memiliki 100 juta pengguna.

 

 

Keunggulan

 

  1. Komunikasi global dan lokal yang lebih ekonomis melalui suara atau konferensi video. Sebagai ilustrasi pada tahun 2007 perbandingan menelpon ke Amerika dari Indonesia adalah Rp.6,640,-/ menit.    sedangkan dengan menggunakan skype, aktivitas ini didapatkan gratis (untuk sesama pengguna skype) dan berbayar bila skype digunakan untuk menelpon ke pesawat telpon genggam: Rp. 1,593/ menit atau pesawat telpon rumah: Rp. 423/ menit . Komunikasi menjadi lebih murah dan terjangkau. Konferensi bisa dilangsungkan antar pengguna (dua orang) sampai dengan lima pengguna sekaligus.
  2. Penggunaannya yang mudah. Untuk pengguna yang telah biasa menggunakan pengirim-penerima pesan instan internet, perangkat lunak skype akan dirasakan mudah. Pengguna hanya diharuskan untuk memiliki komputer dengan spesifikasi teknis tertentu, headset (yang memiliki mike dan speaker), serta sambungan internet.
  3. Kualitas suara yang lebih baik dibandingakan VoIP pendahulunya. Kegunaan dasar pembicaraan telepon melalui komputer di mana pun pengguna berada (dengan koneksi internet) secara gratis.

Kualitas suara yang lebih baik

Dalam hal kualitas suara yang lebih baik, hal ini mungkin terjadi karena tim kerja Skype telah berhasil mengontrol sumberdaya- sumberdaya yang tersedia pada jaringan. Sehingga meningkatkan keberhasilan panggilan dan kualitas pada jaringan Skype melebihi tingkat POTS (Plain Old Telephony System: Sistem Telepon Tua Biasa) tanpa menggunakan pemusatan sumberdaya yang mahal. Dengan menyederhanakan perangkat lunaknya, sistem ini memungkinkan pengaplikasian yang mudah oleh siapapun.

Traversal Firewall dan NAT (Network Address Translation)

Klien-klien yang tidak menggunakan firewall dan klien-klien yang sudah berada pada alamat-alamat IP publik yang terarah dapat membantu “ujung- penghubung” dari NAT berkomunikasi dengan mengarahkan panggilan. Hal ini memungkinkan dua klien yang awalnya tidak bisa berkomunikasi untuk berbicara satu sama lainnya, karena sinyal panggilan di terjemahkan pada pengguna akhir yang satu dan pengguna akhir lainnya, sehingga kekhawatiran akan risiko keamanan atau privasi dapat diatasi. Bersamaan dengan hal ini, hanya proxi-proxi yang memiliki “jatah” berlebih yang dipilih sehingga performa pada penggunanya tidak terganggu. Beberapa teknik baru telah dikembangkan untuk menghindari konfigurasi firewall dan gateway pada pengguna akhir, dimana setting konfigurasi yang tidak sensitif biasanya menghambat mayoritas pengguna dalam berkomunikasi. Singkatnya, Skype bekerja di belakang mayoritas firewall dan gateway tanpa menggunakan konfigurasi khusus.

Data dan Alat Pencari Pengguna Global Terdesentralisasi

Kebanyakan dari pengirim- penerima pesan instan (Instant Messenger) atau perangkat lunak komunikasi memerlukan bentuk data pencari terpusat yang bertujuan agar hubungan antar pengguna akhir berhasil dilakukan, dimana para pengguna akhir ini memiliki nama pengguna statis karena alamat IP-nya cenderung berubah. Perubahan ini terjadi saat pengguna berpindah lokasi atau mencoba menghubungkan diri kembali ke dalam jaringan dengan menggunakan alamat IP dinamis. Kebanyakan dari alat komunikasi yang berbasiskan internet, mencari dan menemukan penggunanya menggunakan sentral informasi (central directory) dimana setiap nama pengguna dan nomor IPnya tercatat dan mencari tahu apakah setiap pengguna sedang dalam jaringan (online) atau tidak. Sentral informasi ini amatlah besar biayanya ketika penggunanya bertambah hingga jutaan, dengan mendesentralisasikan infrastruktur yang memakan banyak sumberdaya ini, skype berhasil memfokuskan sumber dayanya untuk mengembangkan fungsi. Teknologi jaringan P2P yang digunakan oleh aplikasi “berbagi berkas” (file-sharing) sebenarnya hampir cocok untuk digunakan pada jaringan desentralisasi yang digunakan oleh skype, namun jaringan-jaringan ini secara alamiah telah terbagi-bagi. Pencarian tidak dapat menghubungkan seluruh “ujung” yang terdapat di jaringan. Sehingga untuk dapat berkomunikasi dengan kualitas telepon yang baik dengan biaya serendah mungkin, diperlukan pengembangan generasi ketiga dari teknologi P2P (“3G P2P”) atau dikenal juga dengan Indeks Global (Global Index) disingkat IG – hal ini membuktikan sekali lagi pergeseran paradigma pada istilah “jaringan yang mungkin” . Teknologi IG adalah jaringan berlapis-lapis dimana antara penghubung-super (supernones) saling berkomunikasi dengan cara tertentu sehingga setiap penghubung dalam jaringan memiliki pengetahuan penuh akan setiap pengguna yang ada dan sumberdaya yang digunakannya dalam selubung (jeda panggilan) seminimal mungkin.

Pengarah lalulintas yang pintar (intelligent routing)

Dengan menggunakan seluruh sumberdaya yang ada, Skype mampu mengarahkan dengan pintar panggilan panggilan yang terkode melalui seluruh jalur efektif yang mungkin dilalui. Skype bahkan memastikan berbagai jalur-jalur penghubung tetap terbuka dan secara dinamis berpindah memilih jalur yang terbaik pada saat itu. Hal ini membuat Skype langsung menjadi perhatian orang karena dampaknya dalam mengurangi jeda sambungan dan peningkatan kualitas panggilan dalam jaringan.

Keamanan

Setiap panggilan dan pesan instan dikodekan oleh Skype pada ujung satu dan lainnya untuk melindungi privasi pengguna. Pengkodean ini perlu karena seluruh panggilan/ pertukaran informasi disalurkan menggunakan fasilitas Internet untuk publik.

Mudah digunakan

Dengan perangkat yang mudah digunakan dan bukan mempersulit pengguna, skype dibuat sesederhana mungkin – semua orang yang dapat menggunakan aplikasi Windows dan telepon karena perangkat lunak ini dapat bekerja dengan baik dengan sistem operasi komputer saku (pocket PC), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Pocket PC, Mac OS X and Linux .

Kekurangan

  1. Penipuan. Layaknya seluruh hubungan yang dilakukan melalui internet, skype juga memiliki masalah yang sama dengan registrasi identitas penggunanya. Registrasi dapat dilakukan tanpa menyerahkan identitas diri yang sah sehingga sebagai pengguna kita dapat memilih untuk tidak meggunakan nama asli dan di pihak yang sama kita berisiko untuk berkenalan dengan orang tanpa tahu identitasnya. Hal ini rentan terhadap penipuan dan kejahatan-kejahatan lainnya.
  2. Kapasitas yang besar. Skype memakan 23MB kapasitas harddisk ketika dipasang, dibandingkan dengan pengirim pesan instan lainnya seperti Yahoo Messenger yang memakan kapasitas lebih kecil sekitar 10-15 MB.
  3. Terhalang oleh waktu dan kesediaan orang yang memanggil dan yang dipanggil. Penggunaan skype dengan metode suara harus dilakukan dengan rencana sebelumnya seperti membuat janji dengan orang yang dituju, karena apabila orang yang dituju tidak siap (terhalang oleh perbedaan waktu atau kesulitan sambungan Internet) maka niat untuk melakukan komunikasi langsung melalui suara bisa jadi sia-sia.
  4. Tidak ada panggilan darurat dengan Skype. Skype tidak dapat digunakan untuk panggilan darurat.


    Sumber: wikipedia bahasa indonesia
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saco-indonesia.com, Gempa bumi telah melanda wilayah Gorontalo. Gempa yang berkekuatan 5,2 SK telah terjadi sekitar pukul 10.34 pagi WIB.

Informasi dari situs BMKG, Selasa (18/2) pusat gempa berada di titik 1.75 lintang utara dan 122.95 bujur timur. Pusat gempa berada di kedalaman 10 Km.

Belum ada laporan kerusakan dan korban akibat gempa. Pusat gempa berada sekitar 105 Km arah Timur Laut Gorontalo


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GEMPA 5,2 SR GOYANG GORONTALO

saco-indonesia.com, Menantang duel tetangga, seorang jagoan kolot alias jagoan tua, tewas dengan luka bacokan, setelah sempat memutuskan lengan lawannya itu.

Damiri yang berusia 60 tahun , warga Dusun Dua, Desa Bojong, Kecamatan Sekampung Udik, Kabupaten Lampung Timur, tewas dengan tubuh penuh luka bacokan

Sebelumnya, sang jagoan telah mendatangi tetangganya Anom yang berusia 60 tahun , lalu menantangnya berkelahi dengan menggunakan parang.

Warga yang menyaksikan ketakutan setelah melihat tangan kiri Anom putus terkena sabetan golok Damiri . Namun tanpa disangka Anom yang dengan sisa tangan satu yang dimiliki malah balik melakukan sabetan setelah melihat kesempatan membacok leher lawannya sehingga sang jagoan tak ayal tersungkur tewas di tempat dengan penuh luka bacokan.

Menurut Hasanudin, tokoh masyarakat Desa Bojong, perkelahian antar tetangga itu bermula dari Damiri yang berteriak-teriak di depan rumah Anom menantang Anom sekitar pukul 07. 00 WIB.pagi.

Anom pun keluar dari rumah membawa golok. “Warga tidak berani melerai karena Damiri di desa mereka dikenal sebagai jagoan dan cenderung pemarah. Warga hanya bisa menonton saat mereka semua jatuh dengan badan penuh bacokan,” kata Hasanudin

Kasat Reskrim Polres Lampung Timur,  Iptu Zaldi Kurniawan juga mengatakan korban perkelahian antar tetangga itu satu tewas lainnya luka parah tangan kanannya putus dan kini telah menjalani perawatan di Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Abdoel Moeluk, Bandarlampung.

“Saat ini kami juga masih memeriksa saksi-saksi untuk dapat mengungkap motif perkelahian maut tersebut,” ujar Kasat Reskrim.


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JAGOAN TUA TEWAS DI TANGAN TETANGGA

Penyakit Alzheimer merupakan penyakit yang berhubungan dengan gangguan kesehatan otak. Penyakit ini telah dikatakan biasanya menyerang mereka yang berusia lanjut usia.

Namun nyatanya, mereka yang berusia lebih muda pun juga mampu terserang penyakit penurunan fungsi otak ini. Apabila Anda merasa khawatir dengan hal ini, mungkin Anda dapat melakukan tes darah.

tes darah juga mampu untuk mendeteksi kandungan lemak di dalam darah. Apabila kandungan lemak di dalam darah menyentuh pada level 10, maka Anda dapat berisiko terkena penyakit alzheimer hingga 90%.

Penelitian yang telah dilakukan di Universitas Georgetown, Amerika Serikat ini telah membandingkan sampel darah yang sehat dengan mereka yang terkena penyakit alzheimer. Hasilnya, kandungan lemak yang menyentuh hingga level 10 dapat menyebabkan penurunan fungsi otak yang berakibat penyakit Alzheimer.

Deteksi dini penyakit Alzheimer dengan tes darah

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.

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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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Credit Peter Arkle

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.

How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters

Ms. Plisetskaya, renowned for her fluidity of movement, expressive acting and willful personality, danced on the Bolshoi stage well into her 60s, but her life was shadowed by Stalinism.

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Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

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Over the last five years or so, it seemed there was little that Dean G. Skelos, the majority leader of the New York Senate, would not do for his son.

He pressed a powerful real estate executive to provide commissions to his son, a 32-year-old title insurance salesman, according to a federal criminal complaint. He helped get him a job at an environmental company and employed his influence to help the company get government work. He used his office to push natural gas drilling regulations that would have increased his son’s commissions.

He even tried to direct part of a $5.4 billion state budget windfall to fund government contracts that the company was seeking. And when the company was close to securing a storm-water contract from Nassau County, the senator, through an intermediary, pressured the company to pay his son more — or risk having the senator subvert the bid.

The criminal complaint, unsealed on Monday, lays out corruption charges against Senator Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the latest scandal to seize Albany, and potentially alter its power structure.

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Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, discussed the case involving Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The repeated and diverse efforts by Senator Skelos, a Long Island Republican, to use what prosecutors said was his political influence to find work, or at least income, for his son could send both men to federal prison. If they are convicted of all six charges against them, they face up to 20 years in prison for each of four of the six counts and up to 10 years for the remaining two.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, of Long Island, who serves as chairman of the Republican conference, emerged from a closed-door meeting Monday night to say that conference members agreed that Mr. Skelos should be benefited the “presumption of innocence,” and would stay in his leadership role.

“The leader has indicated he would like to remain as leader,” said Mr. LaValle, “and he has the support of the conference.” The case against Mr. Skelos and his son grew out of a broader inquiry into political corruption by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that has already changed the face of the state capital. It is based in part, according to the six-count complaint, on conversations secretly recorded by one of two cooperating witnesses, and wiretaps on the cellphones of the senator and his son. Those recordings revealed that both men were concerned about electronic surveillance, and illustrated the son’s unsuccessful efforts to thwart it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It is,” his father agreed.

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

WASHINGTON — During a training course on defending against knife attacks, a young Salt Lake City police officer asked a question: “How close can somebody get to me before I’m justified in using deadly force?”

Dennis Tueller, the instructor in that class more than three decades ago, decided to find out. In the fall of 1982, he performed a rudimentary series of tests and concluded that an armed attacker who bolted toward an officer could clear 21 feet in the time it took most officers to draw, aim and fire their weapon.

The next spring, Mr. Tueller published his findings in SWAT magazine and transformed police training in the United States. The “21-foot rule” became dogma. It has been taught in police academies around the country, accepted by courts and cited by officers to justify countless shootings, including recent episodes involving a homeless woodcarver in Seattle and a schizophrenic woman in San Francisco.

Now, amid the largest national debate over policing since the 1991 beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, a small but vocal set of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of the 21-foot rule and other axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it. Several big-city police departments are already re-examining when officers should chase people or draw their guns and when they should back away, wait or try to defuse the situation

Police Rethink Long Tradition on Using Force

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.”

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War

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

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