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Lomba Penulisan Kelautan
January 22, 2009, 10:02 am
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Lomba Penulisan Kelautan di Media Cetak
Menyambut World Ocean Conference (WOC) 2009

LATAR BELAKANG

World Ocean Conference (WOC) yang bakal digelar pertengahan Mei 2009
merupakan ajang pertemuan para stakeholder kelautan terbesar. Ribuan
pakar kelautan dari puluhan negara di seluruh dunia akan menghadiri
WOC yang diadakan di Manado, Sulawesi Utara. (keterangan lebih
lengkap ttg WOC bisa dilihat di http://www.woc2009. org)

Momentum ini sangat penting mengingat Indonesia selain sebagai tuan
rumah juga memiliki kepentingan agar pertemuan akbar itu berlangsung
sukses dengan membawa hasil yang memuaskan. Dalam rangka itulah,
sosialisasi mengenai kelautan perlu lebih digencarkan baik melalui
media cetak maupun elektronik. Ini penting karena dalam abad
informasi dan knowledge base society sekarang ini, peran media massa
dapat menentukan arah perjalanan bangsa dan peradabannya. Continue reading

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Obama Takes Oath
January 21, 2009, 9:23 am
Filed under: world news

in-augurasi-barak-obama22Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday and promised to “begin again the work of remaking America” on a day of celebration that climaxed a once-inconceivable journey for the man and his country. Mr. Obama, the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, inherited a White House built partly by slaves and a nation in crisis at home and abroad. The moment captured the imagination of much of the world as more than a million flag-waving people bore witness while Mr. Obama recited the oath with his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration 148 years ago.5:23 PM 1/21/2009
Beyond the politics of the occasion, the sight of a black man climbing the highest peak electrified people across racial, generational and partisan lines. Mr. Obama largely left it to others to mark the history explicitly, making only passing reference to his own barrier-breaking role in his 18-minute Inaugural Address, noting how improbable it might seem that “a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.” Continue reading



Gone to Texas
January 21, 2009, 9:17 am
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Leaving the White House for the last time on Tuesday, President George W. Bush blew a kiss out the window of his presidential limousine, a gesture that capped an eight-year in-augurasi-barak-obama16administration marked by two wars, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Bush’s exit was bittersweet. He left office with low approval ratings, but he remained upbeat, smiling and joining in the celebration of President Barack Obama’s ascent to rock-star status, even as he faces daunting challenges, especially a depressed economy.
This Inauguration Day was about more than the traditional transfer of presidential power. When Bush clasped Obama’s hand before beginning his journey home to Texas, their handshake marked the first time that the executive branch of government has been handed off to a black president. Continue reading



Obama Poised to Put Imprint on Iraq, Afghan Wars
January 21, 2009, 9:13 am
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Obama InaugurationPresident Barack Obama will begin to put his imprint on the nation’s war strategy in his first full day in office, gathering his top military and national security advisers at the White House for what is expected to be the start of the new commander in chief’s shift in emphasis from Iraq to Afghanistan.
According to officials, Obama will conduct a videoteleconference late Wednesday afternoon with members of the National Security Council as well as the U.S. military commanders in the two war zones. Obama has said he wants combat troops out of Iraq in 16 months and a greater effort made in Afghanistan. In his inauguration speech Tuesday he offered a glimpse of what was to come. “We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan,” he said.
At the same time, he added a warning to America’s enemies: “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.” Continue reading



Obama to Begin Workaday
January 21, 2009, 9:08 am
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Obama InaugurationPresident Barack Obama is turning from the star-studded, crowd-pleasing pomp of his inauguration to the workaday task of governing a hurting nation of 304 million and meeting the soaring expectations that he and others have put on his shoulders. Twin crises of the economy and Iraq figured to take center stage Wednesday, Day One for the new administration.
“Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, the work begins,” Obama declared Tuesday night at the Commander in Chief Ball, one of 10 official black-tie celebrations that kept him up late into the night. The first full day of the Obama presidency promised to be packed, at the White House and on Capitol Hill. It also promised to reveal much about how Obama intends to govern for the next four years, in style and substance.
Both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue now are controlled by Democrats, providing a chance for the Obama administration to succeed if he and fellow lawmakers of the same party can work in concert effectively and if divergent Democratic interest groups don’t pull the new president in too many directions.
The capstone to four days of inaugural festivities takes place at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday morning, with a national prayer service that is a tradition dating to George Washington’s time. Continue reading



Michelle Obama’s Choice Style
January 21, 2009, 9:05 am
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First lady Michelle Obama celebrated her husband’s inauguration Tuesday night wearing a white chiffon, one-shoulder gown covered in fluffy appliques and beading that will now become part of fashion history. Designed by 26-year-old Jason Wu, muchin-augurasi-barak-obama4 loved in the fashion world but otherwise not well known, the gathered-skirt gown was surprising for its reserve given Michelle Obama’s love of jewel tones and sleek silhouettes. Yet it was unconventional, too, exposing her much-remarked-upon, well-toned arms.
The gown’s slight train swirled pleasingly and her shoulder-sweeping earrings picked up the gown’s sparkle as she and President Barack Obama danced the evening’s first dance at the Neighborhood Ball at Washington’s Convention Center.
“First of all, how good-looking is my wife?” the president asked a cheering crowd. The gown will be donated to the Smithsonian, according to tradition, the first lady’s spokeswoman said. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wore a red strapless gown. Obama wore a white bow tie with a single-vent, notch-collar tuxedo and an American flag pinned to its lapel.
The fashion industry has anxiously looked to the election of Obama for months, embracing his wife as an emblem and ambassador of modern style, who wears clothes from young designers as well as mainstream American retailers. Continue reading



Obama inauguration: Hits and Misses
January 21, 2009, 9:01 am
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in-augurasi-barak-obama21We’ve all talked about now-President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration for months. From momentous moments to little flubs, there was a lot to see on Inauguration Day. Here’s our list of hits and misses from today:
Hit: The Speech
The jury (aka, pundit spin) is still out, but the initial reaction is that Obama’s speech was both pragmatic and hopeful. He acknowledged the nation’s grim economic problems, but assured the crowd he would quickly get to work. As the New York Times reports:
Mr. Obama promised to take “bold and swift” action to restore the economy by creating jobs through public works projects, improving education, promoting alternative energy and relying on new technology…. “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
Miss: First-timers
As first-timers on the inaugural stage, no one can blame President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts for being nervous. Debate initially swirled around who actually messed up the oath, but MSNBC’s play-by-play clears it up. Continue reading