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Minggu, 19 Desember 2010

Let’s Knock the Next!!



“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary “
-Pablo Picasso¬

Melukis, seperti kata Picasso diatas, merupakan sebuah jalan atau cara lain untuk menjaga sebuah diary (baca: cerita kehidupan). Melukis, apapun medianya, juga bentuk ekspresi lain dari sebuah seni yang menggambarkan tentang peradaban. Nah, bagaimana ekspresi lukisan dalam darah para pemuda sekarang? Menggunakan media apa, serta dengan semangat apa?

Kemajuan sebuah peradaban selalu dapat tergambarkan dengan apa yang dilakukan oleh pemudanya,seni apa yang di hasilkan, budaya apa yang di telurkan, serta semangat apa yang dibangun. Kreativitas adalah sebuah bentuk olah pikir yang dapat diekspresikan dengan cara apapun. Termasuk melukis.

Lukisan, entah dengan menggunakan media apapun adalah semangat kreativitas untuk menggambarkan apa yang dirasa, dilihat, didengar dan yang ingin disampaikan oleh si pelukis. Dan itu seni. Mungkin dari dulu lukisan selalu identik dengan kanvas (sebuah bahan sejenis kertas) sebagai media lukis, sekarang hal itu beralih pada serta-serta benang yang terdapat pada sebuah baju. Dan itu adalah seni.

Sebuah kreativitas yang di bangun dalam semangat perlawanan dari sebuah mainstrim yang ada, begitu mungkin yang di lakukan oleh beberapa pemuda yang mencoba mengekspresikan seni dan kreativistas mereka dalam gambar pada selembar kain dengan tekhnik sablon (apapun jenisnya).

YOGYAKARTA ANNUAL CLOTHING EXHIBITION & YOUTH COMMUNITY GATHERING, THE PARADE , mungkin adalah salah satu yang dapat kita lihat bagaimana seni dan kretaivitas di ekspresikan dengan melukis pada kain (yang pada akhirnya kain tersebut menjadi baju, jaket, celana, dll). Pada parade atau festival tersebut dapat kita lihat bagaimana sebuah semangat dibangun untuk memacu daya kreativitas kom uniti ini, hal ini juga dapat menjadi barometer atau ukuran sampai sejauh mana seni dan kreativitas itu mampu memacu peradaban sampai pada titik nadirnya.

KNOCK THE NEXT, adalah tema dari festival yang di ikuti oleh ratusan merk clothing di Indonesia, khususnya Jawa. Semuanya mengkpresikan yang terbaik dari diri mereka. Mulai dari merk yang terkenal dan menjangkau luar negeri sampai merk yang mengkhusukan diri pada pasar lokal. Dan jangan lupa acara ini di nikmati ratusan dan bahikan ribuan darah muda Indonesia, khususnya Yogyakarta.

KNOCK THE NEXT, secara harafiah adalah mengetuk (pintu) berikutnya. Hal tersebut juga dapat di tafsirkan untuk jangan takut untuk melihat ke depan. Railah apa yang di inginkan. Melangkahlah ke dapan, jangan takut. Sebuah ajakan yang penuh semangat yang di gelorakan oleh asosiasi clothing yogyakarta, The Parade, bekerjasama dengan EFFORT Creative Communication & Organizer. Sebuah ajakan yang harus kita apresiasi dengan mengikuti ajakan tersebut. Ayo bersama-sama kita mengetuk (pintu), ayo kita bersama-sama kita melangkah ke depan, ayo sama-sama kita guncang dunia!!.

Minggu, 11 Juli 2010

“Belanda dan Spanyol Akan Saling Serang”“Belanda dan Spanyol Akan Saling Serang”


TEMPO Interaktif, Johannesburg: Vicente del Bosque tidak berharap Belanda bermain malu dari filosofi bermainnya-menyerang hanya lantaran melawan Spanyol di ifnal Piala Dunia Afrika Selatan.

Del Bosque berharap Belanda mempertahankan gaya bermain menyerangnya di Soccer City malam nanti dan tidak tampil bertahan sama seperti juara Liga Champions Inter Milan ketika menghadapi Barcellona musim ini.

“Saya pikir Belanda tidak akan mengubah gaya bermainnya hanya karena mereka akan berhadapan dengan Spanyol. Saya tidak mempercayai sama sekali mereka akan mengubah gaya bermainnya. Saya tidak berpikir demikian,” ujar Del Bosque.

“Kami tim-tim yang sama-sama memiliki gaya permainan tersendiri dan kami tidak boleh mengubahnya,” Del Bosque menerangkan.

Spanyol, tetap akan mempertahankan gaya permainannya, yang menggantungkan pada operan cepat pendek dari kaki ke kaki untuk mempertahankan penguasaan bola. Namun Del Bosque mempunyai “rencana B” untuk bisa menyumbangkan gelar pertama Piala Dunia jika memang memungkinkan.

“Kami mempunyai tim yang dipenuhi dengan segala kemungkinan. Rencana A, B dan solusi lain yang diperlukan,” tegas Del Bosque yang menambahkan tidak mempunyai solusi spesifik untuk menghentikan pergerakan pengatur serangan Belanda, Wesley Sneijder.

“Anti rencana Sneijder? Tidak, dalam setiap tim selalu mempunyai seorang pemain yang terus bergerak dan sulit untuk dihentikan. Kami mempunyai pemain tengah yang terbiasa menjaga pemain seperti itu,” kata mantan pelatih Real Madrid itu.

AP | BAGUS WIJANARKO

Minggu, 07 Juni 2009

Health Minister Refuses to Intervene Prita Case

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Health Minister dr Siti Fadila Supari said it would be difficult for her to intervene in solving the case between Prita Mulyasari and Omni International Hospital, as it involves legal matters.

"I am disappointed with an on-line media cornering an institution, triggering public blasphemous comments," the minister said in a press release Friday.

Head of the Public Communications Center dr Lily Sulitiwati said the reports on the on-line media lack many things in quoting the health minister’s recent statement, so that the reports had been erroneously perceived.


JIM
Sumber : Antara

Indonesia Ready for War

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Indonesian government has warned Malaysia to respect the ongoing process of negotiations on the status of the Ambalat block and to stop making provocative moves in the disputed area. "At a time when negotiations are still underway (like today), we hope that all parties can respect the ongoing talks," Political, Legal and Security Affairs Coordinating Minister Widodo AS said here on Saturday.

According to Widodo, the latest developments in the Ambalat block amid frequent provocations committed by Malaysian patrol boats was seen as a big disturbance. "I think, Indonesia’s position is already firm. The basic concept to settle the rising problem is through negotiations," he said.

In fact, Chairman of the House Commission I Theo Sambuaga in a consultative meeting with President Yudhoyono said that sovereignty was a fixed price for Indonesia. "Indonesia is serious in maintaining its sovereignty," he said, adding that so far Indonesia only drove away Malaysian patrol boats encroaching into the Ambalat.

"If ignored, we will resort to firm action or used another mechanism," said Theo. In commenting on the situation in Ambalat, Indonesian Defence Forces Chief Gen. Djoko Santoso said the navy was ready to drive away the violators on border area. "The military is firmly asked to keep taking measures to defend our sovereignty, maritime territory and national jurisdiction."

"Six warships and three aircraft from the Navy are currently deployed there. Probably Malaysian ships are conducting patrols in the area because they claim it as being theirs. However, as soon as they enter our territory we must definitely drive them away," he said "The military principle is that if we want peace, we are also ready for war," Djoko said.

Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, the Indonesian navy chief of staff, said the navy would continue to guard the Ambalat area with six warships and three military aircraft, he said. "We keep guarding the border, and the measures we take are in line with regulations and the President’s directives. What we do is detecting their (Malaysian vessels) presence, building communication with them, shadowing them and then driving them out of our territory," Tedjo said.

"We have successfully driven them out. On Wednesday morning they also tried to trespass, but again we managed to send them away," he added. Tedjo said Malaysia had trespassed the Ambalat area 76 times in 2007, 23 times in 2008 and 11 times in 2009 as of Wednesday.

Previously, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said such leniant step by driving away the trespassing boats was not an indication that Indonesia was afraid of the various military maneuvers and propaganda shown by the Malaysian warships in the Ambalat Block.

"We are not afraid. So, it is up to them to show their maneuvers and propaganda in the Ambalat area. What is obvious that Ambalat is part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia," the minister said.

The navy has given a chronological report that included such details as the dates of the incursions or activities of the Malaysian patrol boats in Indonesian territorial waters. Indonesia’s KRI Untung Surapati-872 warship last Sunday managed to drive away a Malaysian warship, the KD Yu-3500, which had tried to trespass Indonesian waters in the Ambalat Block.

A day earlier, the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Hasanudin-366 also drove away KD Baung-3509, a helicopter of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, and a Malaysian Beachcraft which tried to enter the Ambalat Block. According to the TNI, nine territorial violations by Malaysian marine and police vessels had happened in the recent past. Based on data obtained from House Commission I for defense affairs, Malaysia has made 11 border violations over Indonesia’s territory since January.

In the meantime, Indonesia has so far already sent 36 protest notes to Malaysia about border violations committed by Malaysian patrol boats in Ambalat waters, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Teuku Faizasyah, said. "The 36th protest note was sent to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (June 4)," he said.

The latest protest, he further said, was conveyed after getting details from the Indonesian navy on the realities found in the field. The Navy, he said, had given a chronological report including such details as the dates of the incursions or activities of Malaysian patrol boats in Indonesian waters.

By sending the protest notes, Indonesia wanted to make it plain that Ambalat was an area subject to Indonesian sovereignty, he said. The first protest note was delivered to Malaysian government in 1980.

But beside sending the protest notes, the Indonesian government was continuing to use diplomatic channels to arrive at a settlement of the Ambalat issue through negotiations. "The Indonesian government has reminded Malaysia to soon prepare its team for negotiations on our common border problems," Faizasyah said, adding that officials of the foreign ministry continued to coordinate with Malaysian counterparts on settlement of the incidents in the field.

International borders in the Ambalat area have yet to be determined with each country claiming the area as its own. Malaysia claims the area based on a 1979 maritime map while Indonesia bases its claim on provisions in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS).

JIM
Sumber : Antara

Kamis, 12 Februari 2009

Homeless woman's plea to Obama draws flood of support

She's being hailed as the "face of the economic crisis," and now Henrietta Hughes has become something of a media star after reaching out to President Obama in an emotional plea for help.
President Obama talks to Henrietta Hughes at a town hall rally in Fort Myers, Florida, on Tuesday.

President Obama talks to Henrietta Hughes at a town hall rally in Fort Myers, Florida, on Tuesday.

Her message: My son and I are homeless, and we need immediate help.

"I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in," Hughes told Obama Tuesday at a town hall rally in Fort Myers, Florida, as he pushed for passage of his stimulus plan in the Senate. "The housing authority has two years waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help."

Hughes said she had been homeless after her son lost his job and, subsequently, their home. Although her son has been looking for work, Hughes says, so far, no luck.

The Fort Myers-Cape Coral area -- in heavily Republican Lee County, which went for GOP presidential nominee John McCain in the 2008 election -- has seen record housing foreclosure rates.

According to the White House, the area had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, with 12 percent of housing units receiving a foreclosure-related notice.

Median housing prices in the Fort Myers metropolitan area have plummeted from $322,000 in December 2005 to less than $107,000 in December 2008, the Obama administration notes.

And nearly 12,000 jobs have been lost in Fort Myers in the past year.

The president offered Hughes a kiss on the cheek and a promise: "We're going to do everything we can to help you, but there are a lot of people like you." Video Watch more of Hughes' emotional plea to Obama »

Some questioned the circumstances of Hughes' appearance at the event.

Blogger Michelle Malkin, in a story on the conservative Web site TownHall.com on Wednesday, said that if Hughes "had more time, she probably would have remembered to ask Obama to fill up her gas tank, too."

"The soul-fixer dutifully asked her name, gave her a hug and ordered his staff to meet with her. Supporters cried, 'Amen!' and 'Yes!' " she added.

One reader questioned Hughes' motives and asked how the homeless woman got to the rally at all.

"How does a 61-year-old homeless woman who's living in a pickup truck with her son JUST HAPPEN to get a ticket so she can VERY PUBLICALLY ask Prez. Obama for a HOUSE? Anyone? Who pushes her up on stage? She's right at the front of the crowd. Did she just happen to get a seat there?" asked reader Erik E.

In Fort Myers, a city of about 60,000, people began lining up for tickets to the Obama event over the weekend. Many camped out overnight, with tents and sleeping bags springing up near the front door, and all tickets were given away in less than an hour.

White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said Wednesday that after she spoke, the administration connected Hughes -- who did not vote in the 2008 election because she didn't have a home -- with local housing officials, who happened to be in the crowd.

On Wednesday, the head of the local housing authority, Marcus Goodson, said he met with Hughes. He said he's working on finding her a housing unit with a shorter waiting time and that he's emailed a White House staff member with the update.

But it wasn't just officials reaching out.

Chene Thompson -- the wife of state Rep. Nicholas Thompson, R-Fort Myers -- offered Hughes and her son a house in nearby La Belle rent-free, according to a spokeswoman, and she is interested in taking it.

"Basically, I offered Ms. Hughes and her son the opportunity to stay in my home rent-free for as long as they need to," Thompson told WBBH-TV in Fort Myers. "I'm not a millionaire, I'm not rich, but this is what I can do for someone if they need it."

Hughes will check out the house in the coming days, according to Thompson's office. In the meantime, she has set up shop in the district office where she gave media interviews.

And help for the woman whose story touched the president keeps pouring in.

A Web site, HenriettaHughes.com, was set up featuring video clips of the homeless woman at the rally and information about her plight. The site hails her as "the face of the economic crisis."

The owner of the site said Hughes has "brought to [light] the homeless [an] unemployment problem we have in the United States."

"As a local southwest Florida resident, I have seen countless stories like Henrietta's. I wanted to take this opportunity to promote awareness of our plight on a national level. If you as equally concerned as I am, please bookmark this site and sign up for updates," the owner wrote on the site.

And Fort Myers Mayor Jim Humphrey, a Republican, said Wednesday that his "community has responded" to Hughes' story.

"I even received a phone call from a lady in Ocala wanting to offer her $50 a month, so what we're seeing is, this should be a nonpartisan issue," he said.

Stimulus bill snag worked out, sources say

Negotiators have worked out a disagreement between the Senate and House over education funding in the economic stimulus bill, Democratic leadership sources said Wednesday evening.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to iron out a snag in the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to iron out a snag in the bill.

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Details on how they settled it were not immediately available. Word that the final snags were being untangled came after back-and-forth reports Wednesday on the massive relief package's status.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had announced a compromise bill early Wednesday afternoon. But about 90 minutes later, aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, although Pelosi had known Reid was planning the announcement, the two were meeting again to iron out differences over a provision on education spending.

Senators had cut a plan to provide direct funding for school construction -- a priority for some Democrats -- and instead set aside money for governors to use on school modernization and rehabilitation. House Democrats did not believe that money would ultimately be targeted enough to school districts in need.

In the version announced by Reid, $10 billion had been added to the $44 billion previously allocated toward "state stabilization" to help school infrastructure.

Using that state stabilization vehicle, the money would be given to governors to parcel out. But aides say House members would rather this $10 billion go through Title I, which would allocate the money based on need.

Senate and House leaders and Obama administration officials met to find yet another compromise.

After the disagreement was cleared, President Obama issued a statement saying: "I want to thank the Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together around a hard-fought compromise that will save or create more than 3.5 million jobs and get our economy back on track."

Four Democratic sources told CNN that Pelosi was angry when Reid called to tell her he was making his first announcement that the deal was done. One administration official said House leaders didn't like the idea that Senate Republicans were effectively dictating to them the terms of the proposal.

After Reid announced the first compromise, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, said it could be taken up by the two houses as early as Friday, meeting Obama's timetable of having the bill on his desk by Monday.

"The bills were really quite similar, and I'm pleased to announce that we've been able to bridge those differences," Reid said. "Like any negotiation, this involved give and take, and if you don't mind my saying so, that's an understatement."

He praised the three "brave" GOP senators who broke ranks to support the bill: Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Video Watch Reid and Collins describe the deal »

Of the 219 Republicans in Congress, they were the only three to back the bill.

"Today we have shown that, working together, we can address the enormous economic crisis facing our country," Collins said.

She said the compromise bill has a price of $789 billion, less than both the House and Senate versions.

Reid said this middle ground creates more jobs than the original Senate bill, and spends less than the original House bill.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, summed it up as a "jobs bill."

"Today you might call us the 'jobs squad,' " said Nelson, one of the key negotiators on the compromise. "Because that's what we're attempting to do: to make sure that people will have the opportunity to hang on to their jobs that they have today, and they'll be able to get jobs if they lose their jobs."

Collins on Wednesday provided details of some of the measures she expects to be in the final bill:

  • The homeowner tax credit has been kept but significantly reduced. The Senate version proposed a $15,000 credit, double that of the House bill.
  • A tax credit for people who buy a car in 2009 has been reduced.
  • Funding to patch the Alternative Minimum Tax is included. The tax was intended to target the wealthy but now hits many middle-class families.
  • $90 billion of increased Medicaid match to states.
  • $150 billion for infrastructure, including $49.6 for transportation infrastructure.
  • Nelson confirmed that tax breaks for workers that had been set at $1,000 per family or $500 per individual would be scaled back to $800 per family and $400 per individual.

    Multiple Democratic sources said 35 percent of the bill deals with tax cuts, 65 percent with spending.

    Democrats in the Senate must hold on to at least two Republican votes to get the 60 votes needed to keep GOP opponents from blocking the bill. Not a single Republican voted in support of the House version of the bill, but the House Democrats had enough votes to pass it, despite 11 Democrats voting against it. iReport.com: Share your thoughts on the stimulus package

    Noting those numbers, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the agreement is hardly bipartisan.

    "You couldn't pick up one Republican in the House, and you lost 11 Democrats. You've lost more Democrats than you've picked up Republicans. That's not bipartisanship," he said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

    The three Republican senators who voted in favor of the package indicated Wednesday that they were pleased with the agreement.

    "As I said, unless the bill remained virtually intact from what the agreement was last Friday, my support would be conditional on that, and we got there," said Specter. "I think it is an important component of putting America back on its feet." Video Watch Specter say,"We hung tough" »

    Specter, who is up for re-election in 2010, said earlier Wednesday he's aware of the political danger he's putting himself in, but action is needed to pump up the ailing economy.

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    "I understand the peril, but I didn't run for the United States Senate to further my own political interests," he said on CNN's "American Morning."

    Asked about the possible political backlash from his vote supporting the bill, Specter said, "It's a good plan. Not a perfect plan, but a good plan and I'll take my chances

    Wiranto's Campaign Advertorial Uses Soeharto

    The People's Conscience Party (Hanura) started broadcasting its television campaign advertisement since 9 February 2009. The advertisement showed Hanura's chairperson, Wiranto, and former Indonesian President Soeharto.

    The advertisement starts with the number 2009 on the left side on a black background. Then, it is followed by a narration: "Two thousand nine, the crisis is up ahead. Why fear it? Wiranto says so."

    Then Wiranto image in a black suit appears with the national flag in the background and the logo 'Why Fear It?' ('Kenapa Harus Takut'), continued with the narration.

    "Many crises have shaped him into a strong and honest figure," the narration goes on, with images of the May 1998 riot.

    After images of the riot, then comes Soeharto's image, leader of the New Order, fastening what is probably a medal on Wiranto's uniform. Next to the image were the words: 'President Soeharto gives General Wiranto a chance to take the lead.'

    The slide changes to Wiranto's image in his military uniform saluting. On the side of the image were the words: 'The Unifier and Reformation Guardian.'

    The advertisement ends with another image of Wiranto in a black suit. Under his name was written 'Chairperson and Future President.'

    The General Secretary of Ahnura, Yus Usman Sumanegara, said that the 30 seconds advertisement is intended to promote Wiranto. It is still being aired until Thursday, 12 February, on several channels.