Prince Harry speaks for the first time about King’s cancer diagnosis

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event in Canada

The Duke of Sussex has told US TV that he “jumped on a plane” as soon as possible to see King Charles after his father was diagnosed with cancer.

In an interview with ABC News, Prince Harry said he was “grateful” for the time with his father during their brief meeting in London.

But he wouldn’t be drawn on the outlook for the King’s condition, saying that “stays between me and him”.

Prince Harry also said he had “considered” taking US citizenship.

He said he loved “every single day” of living in the United States and that he had considered applying for citizenship, but at the moment it wasn’t a priority.

The prince told ABC’s Good Morning America that “I love my family” and agreed that families could be brought closer by such health concerns.

“Throughout all these families I see it on a day-to-day basis – the strength of the family unit coming together,” he said. “Any illness, any sickness, brings families together,” he said.

There would be more visits to the UK, he suggested, saying: “I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can.”

The prince spoke warmly of his life in California, where he lives with his wife Meghan, and said that their children’s sense of humour kept them “grounded”.

Prince Harry hesitated over being asked whether he “felt American” and was asked whether he would consider becoming a US citizen.

“I have considered it, yes” he replied, prompting the reporter to ask what had stopped him.

“I have no idea… I am here… American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind but certainly it is not a high priority right now,” he said.

Prince Harry was speaking in his first interview since the King postponed all public-facing duties because of his cancer diagnosis.

In 2020, the prince moved to the US with his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, after they stepped back as senior royals.

Prince Harry visited London on 6 February without Meghan and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, less than 24 hours after the announcement about the King’s health.

But there was no meeting with his brother, the Prince of Wales, after Harry spent about 45 minutes at Clarence House seeing King Charles.

King Charles has paused all public-facing duties while he receives treatment, with senior royals – including Queen Camilla and the Prince of Wales – taking on his duties for some events.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021
Image caption,Royal Family tensions are more between brothers William and Harry than they are with their father

The Good Morning America interview comes after the couple also relaunched their Archewell website, the name of their foundation.

It has been rebranded the Office of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

On Wednesday, the couple visited the training camp for the 2025 Invictus Games in Whistler, British Columbia.

Prince Harry tried his hand at a sit-ski, an event featured in the Paralympics which will be seen in next year’s Invictus Games for the first time.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Prince of Wales will be attending the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) film awards in London on Sunday.

For Prince William, president of Bafta, this will be a second day of royal engagements since the King’s unspecified cancer diagnosis and his wife’s operation.

The Princess of Wales had abdominal surgery on 16 January and has since returned to Adelaide Cottage, Windsor, where she lives with the couple’s three children. https://kasikan12.com/

Joe Biden v Donald Trump – where contest will be won and lost

Split image showing Joe Biden and Donald Trump

The Republican primary race is not officially over but with no obvious pathway to victory for Nikki Haley, a general election showdown between two adversaries is coming into view.

We are months away from the Democratic and Republican conventions, the moment when each party officially unveils its presidential nominee.

But the 2024 election seems all but set in stone.

The contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be unique in modern history as a rematch between the current president and his immediate predecessor.

“Having two presidents running changes the nature of the race,” says Todd Belt, a politics professor at George Washington University.

“This is a comparison, not just a referendum on the incumbent. There are no blank slates going into this election.”

The contrast will be simple, according to Sean Spicer, who served as Mr Trump’s first press secretary and worked for the Republican National Committee prior to that.

“For those people who say, well, during Trump, the policies of Donald Trump made my life better, more secure, made the economy and our communities better, it’s a no brainer.”

The Trump campaign has every motivation to go on the attack against Mr Biden, in part to distract from his own weaknesses – including his legal troubles, his divisive rhetoric and his attempts to undermine the 2020 election results, which contributed to the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

But Mr Biden also has key vulnerabilities, struggling to sell his first-term achievements and trying to convince the public he has the energy for the campaign and a second term.

Already in this presidential race he is painting his predecessor as out-of-control and a threat to America, and to democracy itself.

“Usually, that’s what you do when you’re running against somebody who’s unknown in politics,” says Susan Estrich, a Democratic author and analyst who managed Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign in 1988.

“But here, you’ve got somebody who’s very well known, and you’re just trying to prove he’s a big risk.”

It’s a rematch few Americans say they want – a bare-knuckle, nasty slog of a campaign – but it’s a presidential choice that at this point they seem almost certain to get.

Close race on a small map

Mr Biden’s approval ratings continue to languish in dangerous territory for an incumbent entering an election year. Public perceptions of Mr Trump are also negative, however.

By all indications, November’s general election is going to be tight. National polls show the two candidates either neck and neck or Mr Trump with a slight advantage.

But this early in the race they are of limited usefulness, given the nature of the US political map. While Americans will head to the polls across the nation, this race will once again be decided in only a handful of states.

Voters queue in New York state,

That’s because the electoral college, the system the US has to pick its president, depends on candidates winning each state and most states are solidly Democratic or Republican.

The most crucial states that could go either way this year include Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan in the so-called Rust Belt, and Arizona and Georgia, two states that Mr Biden flipped Democratic in 2020.

Nevada is also considered a toss-up but its small population makes it a less valuable prize.

A few states that have been battlegrounds in previous election cycles have slipped off this map – Florida and North Carolina have trended Republican of late, while Virginia and Colorado appear to be more solidly Democratic.

So while national polls provide fodder for political commentators, a much smaller subset of voters will ultimately be the ones who matter.

Polling in November that showed Mr Trump inching ahead in these key states caused alarm among some Democrats, but polls a year from the election are not necessarily accurate predictors of the outcome.

The economy (again)

When it comes down to it, Americans tend to vote from their wallets in national elections – for the governing party in good times and the opposition in bad.

“It’s the economy, stupid” was the mantra of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign, and the refrain has become political gospel in the decades since.

One of the factors that makes 2024 challenging to predict is that, on the whole, economic indicators are positive.

The economy is growing at a steady clip. Unemployment is near record lows. The stock market is hitting record highs. And yet American voters continue to have a grim view of their economic situation.

Some of this can be attributed to several years of high inflation and the continuing high cost of housing in many parts of the US. Home sales in the US have sunk to the lowest levels in nearly 30 years.

At the Trump victory party in Iowa, two large video screens cycled through graphics showing how rising home mortgage interest rates during the Biden administration have driven up monthly home payments.

There are some recent signs of hope for Mr Biden, however.

Consumer confidence, as measured by a University of Michigan survey, has reached its highest level since July 2021. Inflation and gas prices have fallen. There is still plenty of time for voters to change their minds about the state of the American economy.

Shoppers in New York
Image caption,US consumer confidence is rising again

Mr Trump will argue that things were better when he was in office.

According to Mr Spicer, the economy – like crime – is a “gut” issue and many Americans still don’t believe their everyday situation has improved.

“Until you viscerally feel it,” he says, “it doesn’t matter what statistic gets thrown at you.”

Mr Biden will counter that the US weathered the post-Covid economic storm better than almost any other country in the world and that Bidenomics – his blend of infrastructure investment, tax cuts and social spending – has improved the lot of working Americans.

Abortion or immigration?

The Biden campaign will try to convince voters that Mr Trump is responsible for abortion becoming illegal or greatly curtailed in dozens of states, even as the former president has tried to moderate his position on the issue.

Ever since the US Supreme Court, with the help of three Trump-appointed justices, discarded a 50-year precedent giving the right to abortion constitutional protections, Democrats have been riding a groundswell of support on the issue to post better-than-expected results at the ballot box.

Mr Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris recently held a campaign event in Northern Virginia focused narrowly on this one issue.

“Abortion has turned out to be a much more powerful issue than a lot of people thought it would be,” Ms Estrich says. “Everywhere it’s been on the ballot, the pro-choice position has won.”

If abortion is the electoral issue the Democrats will be trying to elevate in the minds of voters, Mr Trump and the conservatives will be doing the same for immigration.

US border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Border crossings reached an all-time high in December with 249,785 arrests on the Mexican border – up 31% from November and up 13% from December 2022, the previous record.

This massive influx of undocumented migrants and asylum-seekers has at times overwhelmed government processing facilities and strained social service programmes in major cities thousands of miles away.

Polls show that immigration is the top issue for much of Mr Trump’s base – and a source of weakness for the president and division among Democrats.

Efforts to address the problem in Congress have proven unsuccessful, in no small part because Mr Trump has been pressuring Republicans to block compromise legislation until after the election.

“The Biden administration has lost the argument on safety and security at our southern border,” says Mr Spicer. “It’s over.”

Charts showing rise in migrant numbers at Mexico border

Other issues might also play a factor in the upcoming presidential race, including US crime rates, the environment and climate change, and foreign policy.

The Gaza War, in particular, might be an ongoing headache for Mr Biden, as the administration’s support for Israel has angered some Democrats, including a larger percentage of the young voters whose turnout in November could decide the election.

Known unknowns

The longest general election campaign in recent memory leaves plenty of time for the unpredictable to occur.

Given the advanced age of both Mr Biden (81) and Mr Trump (77), an incident that calls into question their health and fitness could happen any time.

In the autumn presidential debates, their energy and composure under pressure will be particularly scrutinised.

“Age is hurting Biden right now. Everybody thinks Biden is old,” say Ms Estrich. “The question is, will Trump show the signs of his age?”

Given that polls indicate a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with their two major-party options, the environment is ripe for a third-party or independent candidate to emerge.

Robert Kennedy Jr, the anti-vaccine activist, is already running, although he is only on the ballot in one state so far. The No Labels group, which has the backing of some deep-pocketed donors, may field its own candidate.

Robert Kennedy campaigning in Miami
Image caption,Robert Kennedy Jr campaigning in Miami

Mr Trump’s legal headaches could also factor into the race – he faces 91 charges and four criminal trials. Although the indictments seem to have buoyed his standing among Republicans, a criminal conviction may be a different matter.

According to an exit poll of voters in the recently concluded New Hampshire Republican primary, 42% said Mr Trump would not be fit for office if he were found guilty.

The timing of the former president’s trials – some of which have been tentatively scheduled for March and April – is still in flux. The spectacle of Mr Trump in the defendant’s dock, and a detailed litigation of his alleged crimes, could also affect public opinion in a way that the indictments have not.

The January 2021 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters, with Mr Trump accused of egging them on, has left a scar on the American psyche.

While Republican voters appear willing to move past it, Democrats – and, perhaps, the kind of independent voters who will help decide this election – still remember.

The more they are reminded of that trauma, and the way the first Trump presidency ended – whether by Mr Biden and the Democrats or through courtroom drama – the more the former president’s past actions may ultimate come back to haunt him. https://kasikan12.com/

Four Armenian soldiers killed in new Azerbaijan border flare-up

File pic of an Armenian guard post
Image caption,Armenia has rejected Azerbaijani claims that its forces opened fire before the attack (file pic)

Armenia says four soldiers have been killed and a fifth wounded, in the first flare-up of violence on the border with Azerbaijan since the two neighbours began talks on a peace deal.

Azerbaijan said it had destroyed an Armenian combat post in the south in retaliation for an earlier incident.

Last year Azerbaijan recaptured its Nagorno-Karabakh region held for decades by ethnic Armenians.

Armenia has now accused its neighbour of trying to escalate tensions.

The attack in Armenia’s south-eastern Syunik province also comes days after Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev won a fifth term in office, and local commentators have raised concerns that he may be considering further military action to seize Armenian territory.

The defence ministry in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, said its attack on the Armenian position near Nerkin Hand came after an Azerbaijani soldier had been wounded few kilometres away on Monday. It also highlighted a separate border incident hundreds of kilometres north, denied by Armenia.

Only recently Azerbaijan’s top officials said relations between the two neighbours had become calmer in the past six months.

The foreign ministry in Baku said the “provocation” by Armenia’s military and political leaders was a serious blow to the peace process in light of recent stability. It said that because the first shooting took place in areas overseen by the European Union’s mission in Armenia, the incident raised “serious concerns about the aims and purposes of this mission”.

More than 100,000 ethnic Armenians fled Azerbaijan’s military conquest of Karabakh last September. The South Caucasus territory, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, had been recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but had been in Armenian hands for more than 30 years.

The latest flare-up has revived suggestions that an emboldened Azerbaijan, backed by Russia, may be trying to force Armenia to open a rail and road route known as the Zangezur corridor through Armenian territory to its exclave of Nakhchivan and possibly Turkey too, before any peace agreement is signed.

Neighbouring Iran is also concerned by Baku’s plans to link Turkey to Azerbaijan through Armenia.

An aerial view of construction of roads and railways in the Zangezur Corridor
Image caption,Work has already begun in Azerbaijan on the planned Zangezur corridor

Russia has urged the two neighbours to exercise restraint. It has peacekeepers stationed in Karabakh who are due to leave the region next year but the Kremlin is keen to maintain presence in the area.

Armenia has recently distanced itself from its former Russian ally after it failed to prevent Azerbaijan’s military recapture of Karabakh. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said this month that Moscow could no longer be considered Armenia’s primary defence partner and Yerevan now sees France and India as two of its biggest arms suppliers.

Removing Russia’s influence could prove to be a challenging task for Armenia. A significant portion of Armenia’s infrastructure, including railroads, gas, and electricity are under Russian control. There is a Russian military base on Armenian territory, and Armenia is a member of both Putin’s military and political blocs.

Russia’s presence extends to the protection of Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran through Russian border guards – who also operate at the international airport in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.

Armenia has also been discussing constitutional changes, demanded by Azerbaijan as part of the proposed peace deal, to remove references to the goal of unification with Nagorno-Karabakh from its main law. Baku sees this as a continued legal claim to Azerbaijani territory.

Tens of thousands of Armenians have signed a petition objecting to the constitutional change and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s popularity has declined in Armenia since the military defeat,

Pro-government commentators in Azerbaijan have blamed the flare-up in violence on Armenian opposition voices, rather than the prime minister, suggesting they have influence over some sections of the Armenian armed forces. https://kasikan12.com/

Oscars class photo 2024: 10 things we spotted from Margot Robbie to Billie Eilish

The Oscars class photo 2024

This Barbie is eating lunch with her fellow Oscar nominees.

The annual Academy Awards luncheon was held in Los Angeles on Monday, attended by 179 of this year’s contenders.

Every year, the Academy gathers the nominees from every category together for some mingling, a meal (this year it was wild mushroom risotto) and the traditional “class photo”.

Not every nominee was able to attend. The Color Purple star Danielle Brooks, for example, was unable to get away from filming Minecraft in New Zealand.

But there were plenty of other celebrities, outfits, poses and unusual facial expressions to keep us entertained. Here are 10 highlights:

1. A La La Land reunion

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

When we wrote about the class photo in 2017, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were both there as best actor and actress nominees for La La Land.

For anyone with a short memory, La La Land is the film which won best picture and then lost it again four minutes later thanks to a mishap involving an envelope.

This year, Gosling and Stone have returned to the Academy Awards, but for different films – they are nominated for Barbie and Poor Things respectively.

Gosling wore a lilac suit to the luncheon – likely intended as a subtle reference to his best picture-nominated film.

2. Two nominees formed a backbenchers club

Sterling K Brown and Diane Warren

Actor Sterling K Brown and songwriter Diane Warren stood together in the back row – an appropriate placing given both are aware they are not exactly the frontrunners in their categories.

Last week, Brown told Graham Norton: “I know that I’m not going to win, and I’m totally fine with it. I’ll tell you – [fellow nominee] Robert Downey Jr is going to win. And he’s incredibly deserving, he’s an incredible actor… I’m just happy to be in the room.”

We take our hats off to the American Fiction star for following the awards race so closely and knowing what his odds are in the supporting actor race.

But while Brown is a first-time nominee, Warren has been nominated a whopping 15 times for best original song – and never won. She probably won’t this year either, with What Was I Made For? by Billie Eilish the hot favourite.

Another Barbie song, I’m Just Ken, is also in the running, something Warren jokingly noted at the luncheon, telling Deadline: “You never know, they could cancel each other out.”

3. Is that… Godzilla?

Takashi Yamazaki

Yes, yes it is.

Takashi Yamazaki, one member of the visual effects team nominated for Godzilla Minus One, brought a plus one to the event – Godzillla himself.

For the last few months, Yamazaki has been bringing the figurine along with him to red carpets and premieres, so it’s only fair that the killer monster made an appearance in the class photo too.

4. DOG

Messi the dog at the Academy Awards luncheon

Anybody who knows anything about the history of cinema knows that the greatest acting performance in any film ever was the dog in this year’s best picture contender, Anatomy of a Fall.

Known in the film as Snoop, the dog is in fact a border collie called Messi who flew from France to attend the luncheon, along with trainer Laura Martin Contini.

Messi was extremely popular with the actors at the event, including Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, who was photographed meeting the dog. “The Coop meets the Snoop,” read the excellent caption.

Sadly, Messi was not included in the class photo – something we cannot understand as he is the goodest of good boys. We have submitted a formal complaint to the Academy and will let you know how it progresses.

5. Carey and Emily repped for the Brits

Emily Blunt and Carey Mulligan

This year’s acting nominations are a little short on Brits – the only two are Oppenheimer’s Emily Blunt and Maestro’s Carey Mulligan.

Fortunately, both made it to the luncheon and can be seen in the class photo. And although they weren’t standing together for the photo, the pair posed for photos together before the meal.

It’s worth saying Irish stars have had another big year – with Barry Keoghan, Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott all nominated at precursors including the Golden Globes and Baftas.

However, only Blunt’s Irish co-star Cillian Murphy is recognised at the Oscars.

6. Save a seat for us in the front row will you please

Christopher Nolan, Lily Gladstone, Martin Scorsese and Da'Vine Joy Randolph

If we were in the Oscars class photo – this is the row in which we’d ask everyone to budge up and make room, as the awards buzz wattage is phenomenal.

Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, the directors of Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon respectively, were placed close together in the front row, alongside two red hot acting contenders.

They were Lily Gladstone, a strong nominee for best actress for her performance in Scorsese’s film, and The Holdovers star Da’Vine Joy Randolph – who is almost certain to win best supporting actress.

7. Billie Eilish kept it casual

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas

Billie Eilish is always a delight to see on the red carpet – she consistently steals the spotlight with interesting and innovative looks.

The Academy luncheon was no different, with Eilish turning heads thanks to her casual bandana, yellow jacket and tartan trousers which matched the outfit of her brother Finneas.

The pair are nominated in the best original song category for What Was I Made For? – which has already scooped them a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

In fact, the prize could be Barbie’s best chance of an Oscar on the night, with other films such as Oppenheimer likely to dominate several of the major categories.

8. We would like to be friends with this man

Matthew Libatique

In the absence of Messi the dog, it’s quite clear who stole the spotlight in this year’s class photo.

To the right of the picture is a man crossing his arms – a noticeable pose in a picture where most people just look straight ahead and smile.

“I must know everything about this gentleman. This is the energy we all need,” posted one film fan after the picture was released. “Kinda the star of the photo,” agreed another.

The chap in question is in fact cinematographer Matthew Libatique – who is nominated for his work on Maestro, Bradley Cooper’s biopic of Leonard Bernstein.

Libatique is so proud of his signature pose he also pulled it on the red carpet beforehand – something we’d do too if we had nails as wonderful as his.

9. Barbie was not snubbed

Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig

Barbie’s Margot Robbie has been a joy to follow this awards season, wearing outfits that would make her on-screen character proud. She continued the theme in the Oscars class photo.

Although Robbie and director Greta Gerwig missed out on nominations for best actress and best director respectively, both were still present at the Academy Awards luncheon.

That’s because both are nominated in other categories – Robbie as a producer, and therefore a best picture nominee, and Gerwig in the best adapted screenplay category.

Incidentally, Gerwig is standing to the right of producer and songwriter Mark Ronson, who is nominated in best original song for I’m Just Ken.

10. If something is funny please share it with the rest of the class, come on now, we all like a good joke

Arthur Harrari

It takes more than half an hour to get all the nominees into position, as they are called up one by one from their dinner tables.

But it takes a Herculean effort to make sure everybody is ready for the exact second the picture is taken. Inevitably, there is always someone who isn’t.

In this year’s class photo, we noted at least five people blinking when the camera was clicked, and therefore look like they’ve figured out how to sleep while standing up.

But the most eye-catching mishap came from Anatomy of a Fall’s Arthur Harari, which is nominated for best original screenplay alongside his wife Justine Triet, who also directed the film.

Harari was seen laughing as the picture was being taken. It’s not clear what made him crack up, but we bet Paul Giamatti had something to do with it.

The best actor favourite, who is seen standing to the right to Harrari, is known for his sense of humour, having made a string of comedic, self-deprecating acceptance speeches throughout awards season. https://kasikan12.com/

Bantuan Beras Jokowi Dihentikan Sementara, Ini Sebabnya

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) telah menetapkan penyaluran bantuan beras sebanyak 10 kg kepada 22 juta keluarga penerima manfaat (KPM) dilanjutkan sampai bulan Juni 2024. Bahkan, jika APBN memungkinkan, berpeluang dilanjutkan setelah bulan Juni nanti.

Hanya saja, penyaluran bantuan beras tersebut terpaksa harus dihentikan sementara. Penghentian itu bukan karena adanya data penerima bantuan beras yang sebelumnya sempat disebut-sebut bermasalah.

Kepala Badan Pangan Nasional (Bapanas) Arief Prasetyo Adi menjelaskan, penghentian sementara itu dilakukan karena bertepatan dengan masa Pemilu 2024.

“Terkait data, hanya perlu pemutakhiran. Verifikasi dan validasi data dilakukan untuk yang tidak cocok. Tidak ada dispute (karena verifikasi data), penyaluran (bantuan beras) jalan terus,” katanya kepada CNBC Indonesia, Selasa (6/2/2024).

“Tapi, tanggal 8-14 Februari akan berhenti sementara untuk menghormati Pemilu,” tambah Arief.

Seperti diketahui, Presiden Jokowi meluncurkan program bantuan beras 10 kg sejak bulan Maret 2023 lalu. Ditujukan untuk menahan efek domino lonjakan harga beras yang terus terjadi sejak Agustus 2022 lampau.

Pada tahun 2023, bantuan ini diberikan sebanyak 2 tahap, yaitu untuk periode Maret-Mei 2023 dan September-Desember 2023.

Untuk tahun 2024, penyaluran tahap pertama telah dimulai dengan sasaran penerima mencapai 22.004.077 KPM. Pemberian bantuan pangan diklaim efektif mengendalikan inflasi nasional dan laju kenaikan harga beras.

Arief menerangkan, program bantuan pangan merupakan salah satu pemanfaatan Cadangan Beras Pemerintah (CBP) sesuai amanat Peraturan Presiden No 125/2022 tentang Pengelolaan Cadangan Pangan Pemerintah.

“Pemerintah menyalurkan bantuan pangan beras tujuannya untuk membantu saudara-saudara kita yang terbawah. Sekaligus menjaga tingkat inflasi volatile (bergejolak) karena beras berkontribusi lebih dari 0,5% terhadap inflasi nasional. Jadi bantuan pangan beras ini salah satu intervensi pemerintah meredam inflasi,” ujarnya.

Terkait data penerima bantuan beras, imbuh dia, pemutakhiran memang harus selalu dilakukan.

“Data KPM pasti akan selalu ada pemutakhiran. Kalau data tidak di-update malah salah dong. Sama seperti stok beras, itu berubah naik dan turun,” cetus Arief.

Sebelumnya, penyaluran bantuan beras disebut-sebut belum tersalurkan sepenuhnya kepada sekitar 22 juta KPM karena verifikasi data penerima manfaat belum 100%.

Direktur Utama Bulog Bayu Krisnamurthi mengatakan verifikasi data saat ini masih terus berlangsung. Ia pun berharap dalam waktu 1-2 minggu ke depan dapat segera tuntas.

“Jadi setiap awal tahun selalu ada proses verifikasi untuk bisa mendapatkan updating situasi warga yang paling membutuhkan. Kalau tahun lalu bantuan pangan dimulai Maret-April jadi ada waktu, jadi nggak terasa. Kalau sekarang Januari pas verifikasi kita langsung disalurkan, jadi di situ aja,” kata dia dikutip Sabtu, (3/2/2024). https://kasikan12.com/

Ide Pajak 3 Capres Ini Sudah dari 20 Tahun Lalu, Tak Pernah Jalan!

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia Direktur Jenderal Pajak Kementerian Keuangan periode 2001-2006 Hadi Poernomo mengatakan rencana pembentukan Badan Penerimaan Negara (BPN) sebenarnya merupakan ide lama. Ide yang diusulkan oleh calon presiden Anies Baswedan dan Prabowo Subianto itu, kata dia, sebenarnya telah berumur 20 tahun.

Hadi menceritakan pada 2003 dirinya telah meminta seorang profesor di Universitas Gadjah Mada untuk mengkaji terkait kemungkinan pemisahan Ditjen Pajak dari Kemenkeu. Hasil kajian tersebut, kata dia, menyimpulkan bahwa perlu adanya pemisahan antara lembaga yang melakukan penerimaan dan melakukan pengeluaran.

“Kalau kedua itu (penerimaan dan pengeluaran) ada di satu orang tentunya tidak bagus. Pemisahan itu seperti toilet perempuan dan laki-laki, tidak mungkin toiletnya satu,” kata dia dalam diskusi yang diselenggarakan Universitas Paramadina, Senin (5/2/2024).

Hadi menuturkan hasil kajian tersebut sebenarnya juga sudah dia serahkan ke Menteri Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara agar diserahkan ke presiden dan diusulkan menjadi rancangan undang-undang. Namun, kata dia, usul itu ditolak.

Hadi menuturkan penolakan untuk meningkatkan Ditjen Pajak secara kelembagaan ini kemudian memunculkan masalah. Dia bilang pada 2005, pihaknya membuat rancangan undang-undang yang isinya meminta semua pihak wajib memberikan data terkait pajak kepada Ditjen Pajak.

Kewajiban itu nantinya akan diatur dalam Peraturan Pemerintah. Akan tetapi, RUU tersebut kemudian menemui kendala administrasi. Sebab aturan lainnya mensyaratkan bahwa penyerahan data tersebut tidak boleh diwakilkan.

“Di sini kuncinya, sehingga ini tidak jalan. Kenapa? Karena disub-delegasikan ke peraturan menteri. Di sini kuncinya sehingga ini tidak berjalan, karena itu pajak harus naik tingkat,” kata dia.

Sebelumnya, usul mengenai pembentukan BPN kembali mengemuka dalam Pemilihan Presiden 2024. Adalah Anies Baswedan dan Prabowo Subianto yang menyatakan dalam visi-misinya, bahwa mereka akan membentuk BPN apabila terpilih menjadi Presiden. Keduanya meyakini, BPN ini akan mampu meningkatkan penerimaan negara dari sektor pajak. https://kasikan12.com/

Lembaga Survei Asing Sebut Prabowo Unggul Telak, Tapi Pemilu 2 Putaran

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Lembaga survei asing dari Australia, Roy Morgan, menyampaikan hasil survei elektabilitas tiga calon presiden (capres) Indonesia. Hasil survei itu menunjukkan capres nomor urut 02 Prabowo Subianto unggul telak sebesar 43% ketimbang capres 01 Anies Baswedan dan capres 03 Ganjar Pranowo.

Meski demikian, angka tersebut menunjukkan pemilihan presiden (Pilpres) 2024 kemungkinan besar akan berlangsung dua putaran.

Mengutip CNN Indonesia, pasangan calon presiden dan wakil presiden nomor urut 2, Prabowo Subianto dan Gibran Rakabuming Raka diprediksi menang dalam Pilpres putaran pertama yang digelar pada 14 Februari mendatang. Tetapi, angkanya tak sampai 50%.

Survei itu dilakukan pada bulan Desember 2023 lalu itu dengan responden Indonesia sebanyak 1.255 orang.

“Prabowo Subianto unggul dengan perolehan suara sebesar 43% (naik 13% sejak kuartal September 2023) dan berada di ambang kemenangan dalam Pemilihan Presiden putaran pertama,” tertulis dalam rilis tersebut.

Sementara itu, capres lainnya Anies dan Ganjar masing-masing mendapat 30% dan 24% suara dalam survei tersebut.

Hasil survei itu menunjukkan elektabilitas Prabowo di daerah-daerah melesat dengan jumlah pemilih gemuk. Itu terjadi setelah putra sulung Presiden Joko Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming terpilih sebagai wakilnya.

Bahkan, langkah Prabowo ini juga telah melemahkan dukungan terhadap calon yang diusung PDI Perjuangan, Ganjar Pranowo.

Tidak hanya Roy Morgan, ada banyak lembaga survei asal Indonesia yang memprediksi hal sama. Yakni, survei lain menprediksi elektabilitas Prabowo mengungguli dua pesaingnya di Pilpres, Ganjar dan Anies. https://kasikan12.com/

Punya 5 Anak dari 3 Istri, Gini Aturan Waris Keluarga Babang Tamvan

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Vokalis Kangen Band, Andika Mahesa atau yang akrab dengan julukan Babang Tamvan mendadak viral usai menjalani pernikahannya yang kelima. Seperti diketahui, Andika memiliki lima anak dari pernikahan yang berbeda-beda.

“Gue tuh pertama kali menikah sama Bunga, terus abis itu pisah, frustasi, kenal sama Anggi, terus nikah sama Anggi, eh bubar juga, akhirnya nikah sama Caca, sama Caca bubar juga, ya udah sampai sekarang udah nggak mau lagi gue (nikah),” ungkap Andika di YouTube All You Can Hear yang dikutip pada Jumat (5/5).

Dilansir dari Wikipedia, dari pernikahannya dengan Ade Bunga Niari dan Anggie April Lestari, Andika dikaruniai satu orang anak. Sementara dari pernikahannya dengan Chaerunnisa, dia dikaruniai tiga anak.

Menurut informasi dari InsertLive, Andika juga sempat dikabarkan melangsungkan pernikahan siri.

Berkaca dari kehidupan Andika Mahesa, akan ada konsekuensi tersendiri terkait pembagian harta waris ketika seseorang memiliki beberapa anak dari pasangan yang berbeda.

Berikut adalah ketentuan hak waris bagi anak yang ayahnya menikah lebih dari sekali.

Anak berhak atas harta bersama ayah ibunya

Seperti yang tercantum di Pasal 832 KUH Perdata, mereka yang memiliki hubungan darah di antara pewaris, kecuali untuk suami atau istri dari pewaris.

Misalkan, A menikah dengan perempuan bernama B dan dikaruniai anak yaitu C. Beberapa tahun kemudian, A bercerai dengan B, dan A menikah dengan perempuan bernama D lalu dikaruniai anak E.

Dalam kasus ini, E berhak atas harta warisan ayah ibunya yaitu A dan D. Akan tetapi khusus untuk harta warisan yang sumbernya berasal dari A, dia harus berbagi dengan C.

C tidak berhak atas warisan D

Dalam konteks pernikahan A dan D, C jelas dikategorikan sebagai anak tiri yang tidak memiliki hubungan darah dengan D.

Jelas sekali bahwa, C tidak berhak atas setiap harta waris yang berasal dari harta bawaan D, maupun harta milik D yang terbagi setelah D meninggal dunia.

Proses distribusi kekayaan harus matang

Tak bisa dipungkiri bahwa, potensi sengketa antara ahli waris tentu bisa terjadi dalam keluarga manapun. Baik yang ayahnya menikah lebih dari sekali maupun yang sebaliknya.

Selain pembuatan surat wasiat, penting adanya kesepakatan pemilihan hukum waris terlebih dulu antara para ahli waris. Dan tak lupa pula, permohonan penetapan pembagian harta bersama dan waris juga harus dilakukan sejak awal. https://kasikan12.com/

Anak Ojol Hingga Tukang Batagor Belajar di Kampung Buku Rawan Longsor

Kampung Buku hadir menjadi tempat membaca, belajar, dan bermain bagi anak-anak di kawasan Cibubur, Jakarta Timur. Bangunan yang tak megah tetapi bisa jadi tempat paling nyaman bagi anak-anak untuk belajar dan membaca buku. Pendiri Kampung Buku, Edi Dimyati menyambut tim berbuatbaik.id. Duduk di sebuah meja yang dikelilingi ratusan buku, Edi ceritakan tentang anak-anak yang hingga hari ini masih aktif belajar di sana.

“Setiap hari Senin sampai hari Jumat itu belajar dibagi ke dalam 3 sesi yang pertama dan kedua itu anak-anak yang pra SD yang belum sekolah SD paling belajar calistung aja belajar membaca nulis itu free. Kalau ditotal dari sesi 1,2,3 ada 60 anak kurang lebih, kalau di sini pengen dikemas lebih menggembirakan gak usah belajar yang wah gitu pokoknya main aja bebas lah, terarah yang pasti menyenangkan dulu kalau anak-anak dibikinnya seperti itu nggak yang serius,” tutur Edi pada tim berbuatbaik.id.

Anak-anak yang belajar di Kampung Buku datang dengan latar belakang yang berbeda-beda. Namun satu yang pasti, mereka datang dari kalangan ekonomi menengah ke bawah.

Kehadiran Kampung Buku menjadi kesempatan bagi para orangtua yang ingin memberikan kesempatan bagi anak mereka belajar tanpa perlu mengeluarkan biaya. Salah satu anak di sana bernama Fauzan (6). Ia biasa dipanggil Ojan. Siang itu, ibu dari Ojan, Neti, ceritakan kebahagiaannya melihat perkembangan Ojan berkat belajar di Kampung Buku.

“Alhamdulillah Ojan dari nol sekarang udah bisa, udah lumayan bisa baca bisa tambah-tambahan gitu, gratis Alhamdulillah. Dia dari nol belum bisa belum aku TK-in pokoknya dari nol itu makanya aku bilang ke gurunya Ojan dari nol ya,” ujarnya senang.

Neti sendiri bersama suaminya berprofesi sebagai pedagang batagor keliling. Pendapatan harian yang tak seberapa membuat Neti dengan senang hati melepaskan Ojan belajar dan bermain di Kampung Buku yang tidak memungut biaya sepeserpun.

Tim berbuatbaik.id juga sempat bertemu dengan salah satu orangtua bernama Lia (31). Lia mendaftarkan tiga anaknya untuk belajar di Kampung Buku. Sama dengan Ojan, perkembangan ketiga anaknya pun sangat baik dalam belajar. Lia dan suami yang berprofesi sebagai tukang ojek juga merasa terbantu dengan hadirnya Kampung Buku.

“Satu bagus dalam pelajaran setelah itu membantu dari segi ekonomi. Maksudnya nggak bayar, gratis gitu kan. Terus anak-anak juga belajarnya sangat nurut ngerti sedikit itu anak-anak ngerti. Terus juga ngajarnya baik juga. Pak Edi nya gurunya juga baik sama anak-anak seperti itu,” ungkap Lia.

Tak bisa dipungkiri, meskipun senang melihat tawa ceria anak-anak di Kampung Buku, ada banyak kekhawatiran yang Edi pikirkan mengenai keberlangsungan Kampung Buku. Salah satunya adalah ancaman longsor yang menghantui bangunan Kampung Buku.

Sudah lebih dari 10 tahun bangunan Kampung Buku berdiri, pergerakan tanah yang menopang bangunan pun tak bisa dihindari. Setidaknya, tanah yang bergeser semakin ke bawah terukur sudah mencapai angka 8 cm. Edi sudah sempat mengatasinya dengan meminta bantuan RT setempat. Namun mereka hanya memberi bantuan berupa pagar-pagar bambu yang tak begitu kokoh untuk menahan tanah.

Kekhawatiran ini juga dirasakan oleh Lia. Salah satu anaknya yang masih kecil aktif sekali bermain di sekitar tangga dan memanjat tembok pembatas antara bangunan Kampung Buku dengan kali di belakangnya.

“Ada kak sama saya selalu ada untuk anak-anak kan kadang suka naik-naik di situ takutnya jatuh atau apa gitu cuman anakku kan kadang-kadang ke tangga dari sini di situ juga takut sih. Aku kan kalau misalnya dibantu sih sangat senang ya karena kan untuk keamanan anak juga. Karena rata-rata anak-anak di sini masih kecil yang ngikutin belum ada nalar banget,” cemas Lia.

Saat ini Kampung Buku membutuhkan uluran tangan #sahabatbaik untuk menyelamatkan bangunannya dari ancaman longsor. Oleh karena itu, kamu bisa berkontribusi lewat donasi di berbuatbaik.id. Donasi yang kamu beri akan 100% tersalurkan kepada Kampung Buku. Ayo terus berbuat baik dan bantu selamatkan Kampung Buku. https://kasikan12.com/

Hands-On Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G, HP China Murah Pakai Kamera 200 MP

Jakarta CNBC Indonesia – Xiaomi mengonfirmasi akan merilis Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G ke Indonesia pada Februari 2024.

Product Manager Xiaomi Indonesia Rendy Tonggo tidak mengungkap tanggal spesifik peluncuran Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G di Indonesia. Namun ia memastikan ponsel ini akan hadir dengan kamera utama 200 MP.

“Sebelumnya dari 12 (MP) kita lompat langsung ke 48 (MP). Next langsung ke 64 (MP) di Redmi Note 9 lalu Redmi Note 11 kita push lagi ke 108 (MP), dan hari ini kita experience to the fullest di 200 MP,” kata Rendy dalam acara hands-on Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G di Kawasan Senayan, Jakarta, Senin (29/1/2024).

Sebelum dirilis, CNBC Indonesia berkesempatan menjajal ponsel kelas mid-range ini. Soal warna HP ia hadir dengan dua warna yakni Midnight Black dan Aurora Purple.

Unit yang kami jajal yang berwarna Midnight Black atau hitam. Kesan pertama yang kami rasakan saat mencoba adalah HP ini cukup ringan. Tapi, karena pada bagian belakangnya memiliki finishing glossy, sehingga bekas sidik jari gampang menempel.

Dalam boks kemasan Xiaomi masih memberikan kabel charger beserta adaptor, serta silicon casing untuk HP ini.

Seperti yang disebutkan Rendy, salah satu yang menjadi keunggulan Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G adalah kamera ikonik 200 megapiksel-nya.

Kamera utama Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G menggunakan sensor ISOCELL HP3 berukuran 1/1.4 inch. Kamera ini juga dilengkapi dengan optical image stabilization (OIS) dan electronic image stabilization (EIS) untuk hasil foto dan video yang lebih stabil.

Kamera 200 MP yang diusung mendukung in-sensor zoom yang memungkinkan zoom 2x dan 4x dengan kualitas gambar yang tidak ‘pecah’. Kamera utama Redmi Note 13 Pro juga menggunakan lensa 7P ALD yang bisa mengurangi noise, serta menghasilkan gambar yang lebih tajam.

Kamera tersebut juga dilengkapi dengan Xiaomi Imaging Engine dan fitur editing yang memudahkan pengguna untuk mengedit hasil gambar yang diambil, seperti cutout, bokeh, filter dan erase.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut kapan HP ini akan dirilis, spesifikasi dan harganya, pantau terus CNBC Indonesia. https://kasikan12.com/