Pope Francis late Tuesday urged harmony over division in a surprise papal TED talk, delivered via video to the big-ideas gathering in Vancouver.
Francis embraced the theme of this year's conference - 'The Future is You' - saying it was relations and connections between people that would shape society going forward.
"The future is made of 'yous,' it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others," Francis said.
"Everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions."
He hoped the TED conference, a prestigious gathering devoted to 'ideas worth spreading, would remind people that they need each other. In human life, as in science, all things are connected, Francis reasoned.
"The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies," Francis said.
"Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a 'you' and themselves as part of an 'us.'
He expressed hope that science and technology innovations would come with social equality and inclusion.
It was the first time Francis has addressed an international conference, according to TED organizers. His talk was not listed on the program and kept secret by organizers.
It took many discussions to make the talk happen, and repeated trips to Rome over more than a year, according to TED international curator Bruno Giussani.
"Pope Francis is clearly very concerned about the current state of the world," Giussani said.
"There is a sense of urgency in his actions and his words."
Brilio.net - Every April, Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day. It’s the birth date of Raden Ajeng Kartini (Lady Kartini), who was born on 21 April, 1879.
She was the daugther of a Javanese aristocrat and an iconic women's rights advocate, who is remembered for her efforts to fight for gender equality and education during her short life.
The pioneer for women's rights in Indonesia died at 25.
A local 19-year-old boy has risen to fame lately. No, he was not another Instagram celebrity or an actor in one of the countless soap operas playing on tv. He was one of the police’s recent arrestees.
Sultan Haikal was arrested on Mar. 30 at his parents’ house in South Tangerang, Banten by the National Police’s cyber crime division for hacking thousands of websites. If proven guilty on trial, he could be charged with Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law on cyber crime.
But his crime isn’t what the public has their eyes fixated upon. People are more interested in the person. How come an untrained 19-year-old boy from South Tangerang hack websites of some of the most influential institutes in Indonesia?
In case you’re also intrigued by this person, we have some facts about him that you might want to know.
Sultan Haikal. Photo: Facebook
1. Haikal is a high school dropout.
Unlike most hackers, Haikal never had the chance to formally study coding or technology in school. He didn’t even finish high school. He said he learned how to hack from the internet. His specialty is using defacement technique that can change a site’s visual appearance.
Haikal did not work alone. He has three accomplices, MKU (19), AI (20) and NTM (27) — all are high school graduates who learned their skills from the internet.
2. Haikal has broken into thousands of websites.
According to the police, Haikal has hacked up to 4,600 sites including sites belonging to the National Police, the central government and several local governments, tycoon Aburizal Bakrie, Garuda Indonesia, an online ojek company and travel company tiket.com.
Money wasn’t his only reason to hack those sites. Like many teenagers, Haikal loves to show off and bragging about his accomplishment in breaching those sites was his favorite pastime. He often posted his work on a Facebook group called ‘Gantengers Crew’.
3. His hacking activities has resulted in billions of rupiah loss.
Travel company tiket.com lost Rp 4 billion when Haikal hacked their website, took and sold their ticketing allotments to Citilink Indonesia. Meanwhile, Citilink suffered a Rp 1.9 billion loss when a number of people who bought the tickets from the hackers cancelled their purchase and asked for refund.
Haikal was estimated to earn up to Rp 4.1 billion from this crime alone. He spent the money to pay for his lavish lifestyle and a Ducati bike.
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Junior Rorimpandey, or Chef Juna, is Indonesia’s most famous chef.
The 41-year-old rose to fame when he hosted Indonesian Masterchef in 2011 and 2012. At the same time, he was the executive chef at one of Jakarta’s top restaurants, Jack Rabbit. Now, Juna heads his own restaurant - Correlate in South Jakarta.
But his journey hasn’t always been smooth. He shares his troubled beginning and his pathway to success with Brilio.
Brilio: Tell us your story. How did you end up being a chef?
Juna: Well, I moved to the US in 1997 just to escape my life because I was a ‘bad kid’ before. Then I enlisted myself in a pilot training but unfortunately, the money that I had was not enough. So, I had to scramble for work illegally after six months of the visa expired. In early 1998, Indonesia had an economic crisis so at that point I made up my mind not to get back home ever. You know... and just try to survive in the States.
So [I was] still scrambling, looking for job or do some work, labor work, whatever I could get my hands into because I was illegal but then finally I became a waiter in a Japanese restaurant. And then, after two weeks the sushi master asked me if I want to be trained by him. So, I accepted that and everything took off from there. Apparently, the drive of being scared because I was illegal and now I have a good job by working under the roof and stuff like that and not hard labor pushed me to become, you know, I have to be better every day. Because it was so hard for me to find a good job since I was illegal.
Apparently, I was doing great and the owner of the restaurant sponsored me to get a green card [to be] US permanent resident. So, we did that procedure and five years later, I was an American resident. I have a green card.
Brilio: What do you think about what is going on now?
Juna: With America?
Juna: It’s hard.
Brilio: Would you worry about your status?
Juna: About my status? I wouldn’t, because I am green card holder. A permanent resident. I am already inside the States if I were there. But right now, if I want to get back there, I feel a little worry. I don’t know what is going to happen in the airport. In the immigration locket. Even before that, if you spend too much time overseas as a green card holder, they’ll always give you hard time to go in.
Brilio: When did you get back to Indonesia and when did you realize that you have made it?
Juna: I went back to Indonesia in 2010 because of a job at a restaurant here in Kuningan called Jack Rabbit at that time. We were very successful. One of the biggest restaurants in the city at that moment. But if you asked me when did I realize I have become someone, I am still not. I have not. Of course, I am better than one year or two years before but then, to answer your question, I haven’t [made it].
Brilio: Can you tell me more about Correlate?
Juna: Correlate is something exactly I really want. If you are a chef, a real chef, your end goal is always that you want to run your own restaurant. So, Correlate is my restaurant. Of course, I have a partner behind me, but then I call all the shots and all that stuff. So, this is my dream restaurant. So, that’s why it took years to be able to finally have the guts to open it in a right way with the right preparation and so on.
Brilio: Do you have a message for youth out there who are struggling with their career right now?
Juna: I know it’s different for everyone. So, I can only say, for me, what I had been through is one, I just keep my head down, I just keep working, I let my hands do the the talking. Somewhere down the line, somebody is gonna watch and they are gonna appreciate that and your career is gonna take off. That’s all.
A video of a man describing himself as the son of assassinated North Korean exile Kim Jong-Nam emerged Wednesday, apparently the first time a family member has spoken about the killing.
South Korea's intelligence agency confirmed the individual on the video — uploaded to the YouTube page of a previously unknown group calling itself Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) — is Kim Han-Sol.
His father was murdered at Malaysia's main airport last month by two women using the banned VX nerve agent, with Pyongyang widely blamed for the assassination.
"The man is indeed Kim Han-Sol," a spokesman for the National Intelligence Service told AFP.
The spokesman declined to give further details, including Kim's current whereabouts or any information about CCD.
In the video, the man says in English: "My name is Kim Han-Sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family.
"My father has been killed a few days ago. I'm currently with my mother and my sister. We are very grateful to..." he says, before the audio cuts off and his mouth movements are blacked out.
He shows his North Korean diplomatic passport as evidence of his identity but the page that shows his particulars is digitally covered.
The 40-second video wraps up with him saying: "We hope this gets better soon."
There was no indication where or precisely when the video was made.
Han-Sol, 21, is believed to have graduated from Sciences Po university in Paris and had been living in exile with his parents in the Chinese territory of Macau before he disappeared with his mother and sister following his father's death.
Because of his bloodline, Han-Sol could be seen as a rival figurehead in a state ruled by his uncle Kim Jong-Un and roiled by bloody purges.
On its website —registered only on Saturday— CCD said that it was protecting Kim Jong-Nam's family.
"Cheollima Civil Defense responded last month to an emergency request by survivors of the family of Kim Jong-Nam for extraction and protection. The three family members were met quickly and relocated to safety," it said, also in English.
"We have in the past addressed other urgent needs for protection," it asserted. "This will be the first and last statement on this particular matter, and the present whereabouts of this family will not be addressed."
The group also thanked countries "for the emergency humanitarian assistance afforded to us in protecting this family" including the Netherlands, China and the United States, plus an unspecified fourth government.
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Long before jumping into politics, President Joko Widodo was a student studying forestry in Jogjakarta's Gadjah Mada University from 1980 to 1985.
Recently, an internet user found the president's old thesis in the university's library and shared some pictures of it.
The thesis was titled "A Study of Plywood Consumption Pattern As End Product In Surakarta". His reseach predicted the consumption of plywood in the coming years using calculation of population and per capita income in Surakarta —also called Solo- at that time.
photos from hairicipta.com
The issues of forestry and wood has always been close to Jokowi as he grew up in a family that ran furniture business. His grandfather owned a furniture factory that later was ran by Jokowi's father. Jokowi later set up an even more successfull furniture business in Surakarata.
photo from hairicipta.com