Saco-Indonesia.com Meskipun lebih ringan daripada tahun-tahun sebelumnya, cuaca ekstrem pada tahun 2013 dan 2014 tampaknya benar-benar perlu diwaspadai.
Saco-Indonesia.com — Meskipun lebih ringan daripada tahun-tahun sebelumnya, cuaca ekstrem pada tahun 2013 dan 2014 tampaknya benar-benar perlu diwaspadai. Fenomena buruknya cuaca semakin mengkhawatirkan sehingga para ahli mengatakan bahwa mungkin tren yang berkembang ke depan adalah desain rumah-rumah berbentuk kubah.
Desain rumah kubah, seperti yang digambarkan kontributor CNBC Linda Federico-O'Murchu, sebagai sesuatu "sederhana tetapi cara cerdik", sangat menguntungkan pemilik rumah karena bisa meminimalkan kerentanan mereka terhadap bencana alam, seperti badai, gempa bumi, dan tsunami.
Florida "Hurricane Alley", misalnya, adalah contoh rumah berkonsep kubah. Saking lengkapnya dipersiapkan menahan bencana, rumah ini dijuluki "The Super Dome".
"Bentuk seimbang dari model kubah benar-benar kokoh dan kuat untuk menahan kekuatan tornado EF5, badai raksasa, atau gempa besar," tulis Federico-O'Murchu.
"Dome yang terbuat dari beton dapat membelokkan runtuhan bangunan dan puing-puing terbang, bahkan pohon udara dan mobil. Plus, atap tidak akan hancur berantakan," katanya.
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Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) telah berencana akan mengubah sistem pengangkutan sampah di DKI Jakarta
Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) telah berencana akan mengubah sistem pengangkutan sampah di DKI Jakarta. Perubahan sistem tersebut juga akan diubah dari skema waktu menjadi skema putaran atau rit.
Ahok juga mengaku telah menegur Kepala Dinas Kebersihan DKI Jakarta Saptastri Ediningtyas untuk dapat merubah sistem pengangkutan sampah. Sebab, banyak sampah-sampah di Jakarta yang diletakkan di badan jalan dan menimbulkan bau tidak sedap di wilayah tersebut.
"Banyak yang enggak jalan truk sampah kita. Saya tanya, mau ngapain gitu lho. Terus alasannya kita masih terikat aturan sewa mobil per delapan jam, sehingga hanya ngangkut satu rit. Saya bilang ubah saja dong. Mana bisa pakai jam, pakai rit saja biar lebih simpel. Jadi per rit bayar berapa, tinggal dihitung saja nantinya," ujar Ahok di Balai Kota, Selasa (11/3).
Ahok menegaskan, penerapan skema rit tersebut akan dilakukan pada April 2014 mendatang. Menurut Ahok, Pemprov DKI Jakarta bakal rugi apabila menggunakan sistem yang lama. Lantaran, sampah yang diangkut setiap hari berjumlah sangat kecil dibanding jumlah sampah yang dibuang warga setiap harinya.
"Jadi ada kesengajaan pembiaran sistem yang lama yang dia bikin. Jadi kerja kita lama. Alat berat kita sudah kerja nol koma sekian jam sudah ngangkut penuh pergi, tidak balik lagi. Kan lucu. Memang tidak bisa pakai truk kita. Tadi baru saya tegur (Kadis Kebersihan). Dia harus bisa datain mana daerah-daerahnya. Biar tidak ada semacam kesengajaan," katanya.
Mantan Bupati Belitung Timur ini mempersilakan perusahaan swasta yang mengangkut sampah di DKI Jakarta untuk mengadu ke Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah (DPRD) DKI Jakarta. "Itu hak mereka, kita tidak mau kontraknya pakai ton. Kita inginnya pakai rit. Itu juga DPRD yang ngatur kok. Pakai rit, pakai jam. Terserah saja lah, gugat saja. Namanya saja kontrak harus ada kewajiban," katanya.
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.