PT PII Kembali Raih Penghargaan dari PR Indonesia Awards 2024

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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero) atau PT PII kembali meraih penghargaan di ajang PR Indonesia Awards 2024. Dalam momentum ini, PT PII memenangkan Bronze award pada kategori Departemen PR untuk Sektor BUMN.

Penghargaan ini merupakan tahun kedua bagi PT PII dalam ajang PR Indonesia Award, setelah tahun lalu mendapat penghargaan Bronze Winner untuk sektor BUMN kategori owned media-Video Profile.

Senior Manager Corporate Secretary & Communication PT PII, Fariza Astriny mengatakan bahwa penghargaan tersebut merupakan hasil dari penjurian yang dilaksanakan pada 23-26 Januari lalu. Penilaian didasarkan pada aspek organisasi kehumasan termasuk peran kehumasan di dalam organisasi, yaitu strategi komunikasi, program kehumasan, serta indikator keberhasilan dari strategi komunikasi perusahaan.

“PT PII sebagai salah satu Special Mission Vehicles (SMV) Kementerian Keuangan merupakan wujud upaya dari perusahaan untuk secara berkelanjutan menerapkan implementasi strategi komunikasi, dengan pengelolaan krisis, publikasi, serta relasi untuk menjaga dan mendorong reputasi perusahaan,” katanya dikutip dari keterangan tertulis, Rabu (13/3/2024).

Salah satu highlight pada proses penjurian dalam kategori Departemen PR, PT PII menyoroti pentingnya keberadaan media sosial sebagai tools untuk meningkatkan awareness dan keterlibatan publik. Khususnya generasi muda (milenial dan gen-z) sebagai salah satu target audiens.

Sebagai informasi, penghargaan dalam bidang komunikasi ini pertama kali dan satu-satunya ajang kompetisi Hubungan Masyarakat paling komprehensif di Indonesia sejak 2016. Kegiatan ini  sekaligus menjadi komitmen PR Indonesia mengapresiasi kinerja pelaku Hubungan Masyarakat/Public Relations (PR) yang unggul dalam cakupan lingkup korporasi, kementerian, lembaga, dan pemerintah daerah di Indonesia.

Kompetisi PR Indonesia Awards 2024 melibatkan para ahli independen dari berbagai industri dan disiplin ilmu dengan menggunakan kriteria umum dan kriteria khusus dalam https://milodingines.com/proses

PNS Catat, THR Bakal Dibayar Full Jokowi! Ini Tanggalnya

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Sah! Jokowi Resmi Naikkan Gaji PNS Foto: Infografis/ Sah! Jokowi Resmi Naikkan Gaji PNS/ Ilham

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Pemerintah memastikan tunjangan hari raya (THR) Aparatur Sipil Negara (ASN) termasuk Pegawai Negeri Sipil (PNS) dan PPPK beserta TNI dan Polri akan dicairkan penuh pada 2024.

“THR-nya ya bapak Presiden menetapkan 100%,” kata Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani Indrawati di Hotel Fairmont, Jakarta, dikutip Selasa (12/3).

Seperti diketahui sejak pandemi Covid-19 hingga tahun lalu, THR tidak penuh 100%. Hal ini mempertimbangkan keuangan negara yang baru pulih dihantam krisis.

Baca: Hore! THR PNS Full 100%, Sri Mulyani Ungkap Kapan Cairnya

Kini pemerintah tengah merampungkan aturan sebagai landasan hukum pencairan THR. Diharapkan THR bisa cair 10 hari sebelum Lebaran.

“Kita akan coba selesaikan sehingga bisa dibayarkan pada 10 hari sebelum hari raya,” ujarnya.

Sebelumnya, Korps Pegawai Republik Indonesia atau Korpri berharap Tunjangan Hari Raya (THR) Lebaran 2024 bisa diberikan pemerintah secara full atau 100%, setelah sejak 2020, THR yang cair tidak penuh atau komponen perhitungannya hanya setengah.

Pada 2020, THR hanya diberikan kepada aparatur negara tertentu (pejabat di bawah eselon II) serta pensiunan. Komponen THR dan gaji ke-13 saat itu juga diberikan tanpa tunjangan kinerja. THR 2021 diberikan kepada seluruh aparatur negara dan pensiunan, meski masih tanpa tunjangan kinerja. Komponennya adalah gaji pokok dan tunjangan keluarga, tunjangan pangan, tunjangan jabatan/fungsional/umum.

Kemudian, besaran THR 2022 dan 2023 diberikan dengan perhitungan gaji pokok, tunjangan melekat (jabatan dan keluarga) dan tunjangan kinerja (tukin) sebesar 50%.

“Kita berharap (tahun ini) THR nya bisa 100%,” tegas Ketua Umum Dewan Pengurus Korpri Zudan Arif Fakrulloh saat ditemui di kawasan Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Senin (4/3/2024).

Namun, Zudan mengaku tak akan memaksakan bila pemerintah tak mencairkan anggaran untuk THR sebesar 100%. Pasalnya, penerimaan pajak diakuinya saat ini memang tengah melandai.

Sebagai catatan, THR PNS yang diterima full pada tahun ini akan mencakup gaji pokok, tunjangan kinerja, tunjangan melekat a.l. tunjangan anak dan tunjangan suami/istri, sertahttps://milodingines.com/ tunjangan makan.

Frozen Food Murah di Transmart Full Day Sale, Cek Promonya!

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Suasana saat berlangsungnya Full Day Sale di Transmart ITC BSD, Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Minggu (10/3/2024). (CNBC Indonesia/Teti Purwanti) Foto: Suasana saat berlangsungnya Full Day Sale di Transmart ITC BSD, Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Minggu (10/3/2024). (CNBC Indonesia/Teti Purwanti)

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Frozen food menjadi andalan banyak orang, apalagi menjelang puasa. Tidak heran banyak orang yang memborong makanan beku tersebut.

Nila misalnya membeli berbagai varian Nugget Kanzler yang tengah didiskon dari Rp 50.800 menjadi Rp 35.600 saja. Tidak cuma itu, Nila juga membeli Fiesta Chicken Nugget dari Rp 59.900 jadi Rp 35.025 saja.

“Paling praktis dan semua orang suka apalagi buat sahur,” jelas Nila di ITC BSD, Minggu (10/3/2024).

Menurut Nila harga ini sudah paling murah untuk frozen food, oleh karena itu dia sampai membeli cukup banyak.

Baca: Benarkah GERD Bisa Sembuh Berkat Berpuasa? Ini Kata Dokter

Selain membeli frozen food, Nila juga membeli syrup, pasta, dan persediaan makanan lainnya.

Untuk diketahui, daging rendang tanpa lemak dibanderol dengan harga Rp 11.992 per 100 gram dari harga normal Rp 14.990.

Selain itu, ada beragam kurma untuk melengkapi Ramadhan seperti di-sunnahkan oleh Rosulullah. Kurma Palm Fruit 500 gram dibanderol Rp 63.200 dari Rp 79.000 dan beragam jenis kurma lainnya.

Jangan sampai ketinggalan, beli persiapan puasa https://milodingines.com/di Transmart aja!

Breaking News! Kapal Nelayan Tenggelam di Korsel, 2 WNI Tewas

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Ilustrasi kapal nelayan tenggelam. (Dok. Freepik) Foto: Ilustrasi kapal nelayan tenggelam. (Dok. Freepik)

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Sebuah kapal nelayan terbalik di lepas pantai selatan kota Tongyeong, Korea Selatan (Korsel), hari ini Sabtu (9/3/2024) pukul 06.29 waktu setempat. Kapal tersebut bermuat 9 orang awak kapal yang mana 7 orang diantaranya merupakan Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) dan 2 lainnya Warga Negara Korsel.

Kapal dengan bobot 29 ton itu meninggalkan pulau resor selatan Jeju, Korsel pada hari Kamis pukul 10:36 pagi waktu setempat.

Melansir Yonhap News Agency, penjaga pantai saat ini sudah menemukan 4 dari 9 awak kapal, dengan 3 orang ditemukan tidak sadarkan diri di dalam kapal dan dikirim ke rumah sakit. Namun, dari keempat awak yang ditemukan itu, 2 WNI diantaranya dinyatakan meninggal dunia.

Sedangkan, 1 orang yang ditemukan dari 4 awak itu ditemukan di perairan 13 kilometer dari lokasi kecelakaan pada pukul 15.15 waktu setempat.

Para pejabat mengatakan 12 kapal patroli Penjaga Pantai, empat kapal Angkatan Laut dan enam helikopter sedang melakukan operasi pencarian di lokasi kecelakaan.

Adapun, mereka belum menemukan tanda-tanda kapal yang terbalik itu menabrak kapal lain atau batu yang tenggelam. Sementara pencarian awak yang tersisa terus https://milodingines.com/dilakukan.

9 extraordinary tattoos from around the world

(Image credit: Ganji Bang/ Courtesy of artist)

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By Deborah Nicholls-Lee26th February 2024

Body art has come a long way in the past two decades, from Māori symbolism to the “warm hug” tattoo. Here are nine works by a new generation of tattoo artists who are bringing innovation and diversity to this ancient art.

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Tattoos have become the ultimate fashion statement. Barely a week goes by without an actorpop starsport star or model making headlines with new body art. Ink always starts a conversation, whether it’s British TV and radio presenter Maya Jama’s tiny new ankle tattoo, a spontaneous decision made in the fog of a hangover; or US rapper Chrisean Rock’s widely criticised face tattoo of her ex-boyfriend Blueface to protest against his incarceration.

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Choosing a tattoo today is radically different from 20 years ago, with tattoo tourists now flocking to talented artists with huge online followings and celebrity endorsements. “The binders of flash sheets [drawings of tattoo designs] that were once discovered only by word-of-mouth recommendations in the waiting rooms of tattoo shops have found a new home on Instagram to be consumed by anyone around the world,” writes Alice Snape, editor of Things & Ink magazine, in a new book Tattoo You – A New Generation of Artists, published by Phaidon.

The book brings together 75 of the world’s most innovative tattoo artists, and launches just before the UK’s Brighton Tattoo Convention (24-25 February), a mecca for international tattoo talent. The book describes itself as “a celebration and a snapshot of a new generation of tattooing, showcasing diverse artists, styles and bodies”, and reveals a world where tattooing functions much like clothes, helping people “to feel at home in their own bodies”.

Today, designs are more varied, and often more detailed, as tools and tastes have evolved; and women, trans and non-binary artists of a range of cultures now take up space in what was once a predominantly white male profession. From reclaiming flesh scarred by surgery, to promoting the culture of marginalised groups, the tattoo artist of today responds to society’s evolving needs. As Snape writes in the book: “Tattooing is a way to hold power in a world that often feels like it is spiralling out of control.” Here are nine extraordinary changemakers:Singapore-based artist Ian Damien features traditional Japanese imagery in his work (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Singapore-based artist Ian Damien features traditional Japanese imagery in his work (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

1. Ian Damien

A tattoo should feel like “a warm hug“, says Singapore-based artist Ian Damien, who sees tattoo art as playing an important role in body positivity. His eye-popping work flits between complex geometric designs and traditional Japanese imagery, and seeks, he says, to “preserve history”, as well as “create new, contemporary visual material”. Damien, whose aesthetic is influenced by the ornate Buddhist temples that his Chinese parents took him to, is just six years into his career, but his eye-popping work and empathetic approach have set him apart. “Tattooing can help a customer build a better relationship with their body,” he says in the book. “It can help make someone feel better and leave this world a better place… one clean line at a time.” Argentinian body artist Yanina Alexandra is inspired by 80s imagery (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Argentinian body artist Yanina Alexandra is inspired by 80s imagery (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

2. Yanina Alexandra

“Getting a tattoo is a very intimate moment, where, historically, power dynamics have been abused by some male artists,” Argentinian Yanina “Yane” Alexandra tells BBC Culture. She estimates that only a fifth of Argentina’s tattoo artists are women, and believes that they play an important role in making the industry safer and more inclusive. Her designs, she says, are influenced by album covers, 80s leather culture, film and fashion, and move away from “the patriarchal mindset” that depicts women as “submissive and hypersexualised”. The women in Alexandra’s designs are “voluptuous with great hair”, she says, representing “power and abundance”. She adds: “I try to draw women that are strong, defiant, with agency over their own lives and actions”.Auckland designer Moko Smith is strongly influenced by his Māori heritage (Credit: Courtesy of artist/ Vanessa Green)

Auckland designer Moko Smith is strongly influenced by his Māori heritage (Credit: Courtesy of artist/ Vanessa Green)

3. Moko Smith

“Growing up I wanted to give back and help in my own way with the revival and strengthening of our people,” says Auckland-based artist Moko Smith, whose Māori heritage is central to his work. “And for me, the way I can do that is through this art form.” Smith works in a simple studio fashioned from two shipping containers and uses a bone comb and tapping stick to create traditional designs based on the sacred Māori practice of tā moko, the ritual receiving of body art as a rite of passage, as well as original concepts influenced by Māori crafts such as weaving and woodcarving.LA-based artist Gangi Bang brings Japanese mythological figures into his tattoos (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

LA-based artist Gangi Bang brings Japanese mythological figures into his tattoos (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

4. Ganji Bang

By contrast, the tattoo art of Ganji Bang is about overturning traditions. Bringing his Japanese heritage to his workplace in Los Angeles, Bang confronts and subverts Japanese folklore by doing the unthinkable, and inking his clients with yōkai, ghastly supernatural monsters feared to inhabit the body if tattooed on to the skin. Mokumokuren, all-seeing eyes and portents of a yōkai infestation, are a repeated motif, staring out – often in multiples – from fearsome creatures, or stacked up in layers as part of a complex pattern. Bang’s customers include the US rapper Post Malone, who commissioned a Japanese wave design for his left temple in 2018.Food is the subject of the quirky designs by Barcelona artist Rion (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Food is the subject of the quirky designs by Barcelona artist Rion (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

5. Rion

Food is the surprising subject of many of the designs of Barcelona-based artist Rion. As a child growing up just outside Paris, she was an avid collector of Manga comic books, and the influence can be seen in her colourful tattoo work, which is cartoonish and cute but often has a sinister underbelly: chicken drumsticks sweat it out in a striped bucket, a dachshund is wedged into a hot dog bun, and dim sum peep over the edges of a bamboo steamer awaiting their fate. “My inspiration mainly comes from creepy vintage ceramics, vintage advertising illustrations, naïve store signs, vintage toys [and] a lot of music,” Rion tells BBC Culture. “My weird brain does the rest of the job.”Paris-based designer Blum makes intricate, lace-like body art, including full bodysuits (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Paris-based designer Blum makes intricate, lace-like body art, including full bodysuits (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

6. Blum

Blum describes her delicate, lace-like body art as “permanent skin ornaments” that can “change bodies and their aspects”. Flowers, frescoes and ornamental architecture all feed her imagination, which converts the beauty of both the natural and built environment into intricate black designs that begin digitally on Procreate and result in a unique creation for each client. Blum also works as a model and has built up a following of more than 300k on Instagram, where flashes of her latest work sit alongside fashion photos of Blum with her tattooed full bodysuit.Jade F Clark creates designs that celebrate diversity and difference (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Jade F Clark creates designs that celebrate diversity and difference (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

7. Jade F Clark

“My tattoo practice aims to include all people,” Jade F Clark, originally from London, tells BBC Culture. “This is extremely important to me as a black female tattoo artist who doesn’t fit the norms of the tattoo world, and wants people to feel represented through my work.” Clark deliberately creates diverse designs that move away from the standard white male, able-bodied mainstream, which she describes as the “dominant culture in the Western world”. Colourful works such as cat lady reclaim stereotypes about women, while a Freddie Mercury tattoo inserts a gay icon in the place of a religious one.Janini Nathan of Chicago, Illinois is influenced by Indian folk art (Credit: Courtesy of artist/ T J Walker)

Janini Nathan of Chicago, Illinois is influenced by Indian folk art (Credit: Courtesy of artist/ T J Walker)

8. Janani Nathan

One way to make tattooing more inclusive is to invite under-represented groups to receive a tattoo for free. That is what non-binary Chicago artist Janani Nathan did in 2021 in order to attract more South Asian clients and in so doing build a community of people with a common heritage. Nathan’s delicate designs draw on Indian folk art and are mostly produced with the traditional hand-poking technique, which they feel creates a more intimate bond between client and artist. Nathan learnt much of their trade at Chicago’s My Place Tattoo and Art Studio, described in the book as “a trauma-informed space for queer people of colour to tattoo and get tattooed”. Creating welcoming spaces for marginalised sectors of society has been central to how Nathan is helping to reshape the tattoo industry.Tanya Buxton specialises in cosmetic work, such as the  embellishment of scars (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

Tanya Buxton specialises in cosmetic work, such as the embellishment of scars (Credit: Courtesy of artist)

9. Tanya Buxton

Sometimes tattoos are about fitting in rather than standing out. British artist Tanya Buxton specialises in cosmetic work, embellishing scars and creating realistic nipple tattoos for people who have had mastectomies or top surgery. For these clients, being tattooed has a huge impact both physically and mentally, she tells BBC Culture. “You’re taking control again, you’re reclaiming yourself. For a lot of people, it is a celebration of life, it’s marking a new chapter in their journey now, a way of moving forward.” Tanya’s work is helping to dispel stereotypes about tattooing and who it is for. “I think everyone should know what tattooing is capable of and how it’s evolved,” she says. “It can be a really life-changing, powerful https://milodingines.com/ thing.”

Liverpool win Carabao Cup: ‘Jurgen Klopp’s side defy logic – and are not finished yet’

Jurgen Klopp with the EFL Cup
Jurgen Klopp has won seven major trophies with Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp revealed his desire to write another chapter in Liverpool’s “wonderful book” before taking his leave at the end of the season, but this Carabao Cup final victory over Chelsea provided an unlikely story even by his own remarkable standards.

Klopp’s line-up was stripped of some of its most precious assets going into a meeting with Chelsea’s billion-pound project, the odds on a Liverpool victory lengthening with the arrival of the team-sheet before kick-off.

Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez were added to a list of casualties already containing keeper Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones.

And yet, in defiance of logic, Klopp ended up celebrating another landmark Liverpool win as he was courageous enough to summon kids from the club’s Kirkby creche to lift the first trophy of a potential four-trophy haul, the win sealed by Virgil van Dijk’s header two minutes from the end of extra time.

Much will be made of Chelsea’s missed opportunity and the label of “billion-pound bottle jobs” attached to them by former Manchester United defender and TV pundit Gary Neville.

And yet the credit must go to Klopp and Liverpool.

https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.51.0/iframe.htmlEFL Cup the most special trophy I’ve ever won – Jurgen Klopp

The manager was mocked by neutrals for comparing the midweek Anfield comeback to beat struggling Luton Town 4-1 to the famous Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona, but he has every right to reflect and bask in a truly remarkable win here at Wembley.

Chelsea, to their agony, will surely never have a better chance to avenge those FA Cup and League Cup final losses on penalties to Liverpool in 2022, and yet the latest chapter of Klopp’s book ended with the familiar storyline of more red celebrations.

It is hard to measure just how much Klopp will be missed when he leaves Liverpool in the summer, but it is patently clear that no matter who comes in, a huge hole will be left to fill.

The good news for the next manager is that this Wembley win provided hard evidence of the golden future Klopp has laid out for his successor, both in terms of established world-class talent and a speeding production line from Liverpool’s Kirkby academy.

Liverpool had the tried and trusted world class of defender and match-winner Van Dijk, while keeper Caoimhin Kelleher produced another Wembley display to sit comfortably alongside his heroics when they had their ninth win in the competition against Chelsea two years ago.

What was arguably even more memorable, and something for which this final will be remembered in future, was Klopp’s astonishing show of faith and trust in Liverpool’s emerging youngsters, showing not a care of worry for any Wembley nerves or caution as they were thrown into the fray with a tense final hanging in the balance.

Bobby Clark, just 19, came on to replace 20-year-old Conor Bradley after 72 minutes then with three minutes left of normal time, Jayden Danns (18) and James McConnell (19) were sent on to replace Cody Gakpo and Argentina World Cup winner Alex Mac Allister with nerves shredded all around Wembley stadium.

Clark, McConnell and Danns had a grand total of 15 Liverpool appearances to their name when they came on, the latter sent on for his debut with only a minute left in the midweek win over Luton. Bradley had only played 16 games.

They now each have a cup winners‘ medal to treasure with careers still in their infancy. And there was a sense that this EFL Cup win is just the start of another Liverpool era of success for Klopp’s “reloaded” – his word – team, with plenty more to come this season.

Klopp may not be the manager next season but his fingerprints will be all over Liverpool for the foreseeable future.

Liverpool and Klopp have the appearance of a team and manager on a mission to give the German a silver-lined farewell at the end of a nine-year Anfield reign, and they are in a perfect position to achieve it.

The EFL Cup is now won. They are leading the Premier League, favourites for the Europa League and have an FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Championship side Southampton on Wednesday.

If fortune favours the brave, this was a classic example as Klopp threw his lot in with Liverpool’s youngsters while some of Chelsea’s big names, assembled at vast cost in one of the most dysfunctional and scattergun transfer sprees in Premier League history, simply failed to deliver.

Chelsea’s malaise was exemplified by the fact it was Liverpool who were stronger in extra time, despite playing in midweek, the mixture of experience (not much admittedly) and young legs taking charge.

Liverpool’s injury list even worsened during the game, Ryan Gravenberch taken off on a stretcher after 28 minutes following a rotten challenge from Moises Caicedo, the man Klopp was willing to pay £110m for in the summer but who chose Chelsea.

At the final whistle, Klopp sported a smile that looked like it might have to be surgically removed while opposite number Mauricio Pochettino resembled a man who had seen a ghost as a first success in England continues to elude him.

And so to the rest of Liverpool’s season.

The FA Cup is next on Wednesday and the belief will now grow that whatever team Klopp is able to field, self-belief and confidence will be so strong that anything is possible.

Klopp will be a massive miss in every aspect of Liverpool when he leaves but the manner of this win suggests there is every chance he will give his adoring fans even more to remember him by when the time comes to https://milodingines.com/ say goodbye.

Japan naked festival: Women join Hadaka Matsuri for first time

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Women take part in a ritual event of naked festival, for the first time in its 1250 years
Image caption,Women joined the festival for the first time in its 1,250 year history

By Shaimaa Khalil

Tokyo correspondent

The sea of chanting, nearly-naked men tussle, push and shove towards the shrine. “Washoi! Washoi!” they yell – let’s go, let’s go.

It is scene that has barely changed in the 1,250 years the Hadaka Matsuri, or the Naked Festival, has been taking place at the Konomiya Shrine, in central Japan.

But this year there is a change – a big one.

Away from the men’s huddle, a group are about to become the first women to ever take part.

The women gathered here know they are making history. Finding room in traditionally male-dominated spaces is difficult anywhere, but in Japan – which last year ranked 125 out of 146 on the World Economic Forum’s gender gap index – it is particularly hard.

Not that they weren’t always there.

“In the background, women have always worked very hard to support the men in the festival,” explains Atsuko Tamakoshi, whose family has been working at the Konomiya festival for generations.

Participants take part in a ritual event of naked festival at Owari Okunitama Shrine
Image caption,Some in the community have suggested that it remain a men-only event

But the idea of actually taking part in the festival – which sees the men attempt to drive away evil spirits, before praying for happiness at the shrine – seems to have never come up before.

According to Naruhito Tsunoda, there has never been an actual ban. It’s just that no one had ever asked.

And when they did, the answer was easy.

“I believe the most important thing is for there to be a fun festival for everyone. I think God would be happiest about that too,” he told news agency Reuters.

Not everyone in the community was as accommodating though.

“There were many voices that were concerned (about us taking part) – saying, ‘What are women doing in a men’s festival?’, ‘This is a men’s festival, it’s serious’,” Tamakoshi, a 56-year-old grandmother, explains.

“But we were all united in what we wanted to do. We believed that God would watch over us if we were sincere.”

The women waiting for their turn are indeed sincere. What they are not is naked.

Instead many are wearing “happi coats” – long, purple robes – and white shorts, as opposed to the men’s loincloths, while carrying their own bamboo offerings.

They won’t be part of the big scramble which accompanied the men’s rush to the shrine, or the clambering over one another to touch the Shin Otoko, or the ‘male deity’ – a man chosen by the shrine. Touching him, as the tradition goes, is meant to drive evil spirits away.

It doesn’t take away the significance of this moment.

“I feel that times have finally changed,” Yumiko Fujie tells the BBC. “But I also feel a sense of responsibility.”

Women take part in a ritual event of naked festival
Image caption,A lot of the women at the festival saw the change in policy as a significant moment

These women, however, are not just breaking gender barriers with their participation. They are also keeping the tradition alive.

This week, another naked festival – held at Kokuseki Temple in Japan’s north – said this would be the last one they would hold. There simply were not enough young people to keep the festival going.

Japan has one of the fastest ageing populations on earth. Last year, for the first time, more than one in 10 people were aged 80 or older. Meanwhile, its birth rate stands at just 1.3 per woman, with only 800,000 babies born last year.

The moment has come for the women to make their way to the shrine.

They stand in two parallel lines and carry the long bamboo sticks wrapped in intertwined red and white ribbons.

Atsuko Tamakoshi is leading the way – blowing her whistle to prompt the rhythmic chant they’ve heard the men say for decades.

‘Washoi Washoi,” the women shout.

Atsuko Tamakoshi
Image caption,Atsuko Tamakoshi is one of the women who joined the naked festival for the first time

The women focus on the movements and speed which they’ve practiced for weeks. They know they have to get this right.

Aware that the eyes of the media and the spectators are on them they’re also smiling a mix of nerves and excitement.

There are supportive cries from the watching crowd, some shouting “Gambatte” or ‘keep going!’, as they push through the freezing temperatures.

They enter the Konomiya Shinto shrine’s courtyard and, like the men, they’re sprayed with cold water. It seems to energise them even more.

After their offering is accepted, the women end the ceremony with the traditional salutation of two bows, two claps and one final bow.

And then, the enormity of the moment sets in. The women erupt into cheers, they jump around and hug each other crying. “Arigatogozaimasu! Arigato!” Thank you! Thank you! They say to each other and the crowd now applauding them.

“I got so teary,” Michiko Ikai says. “I wasn’t sure I could join, but now I feel a sense of achievement.”

As they make their way out of the shrine, the women are stopped by members of the public who want to take pictures with them and media outlets who want to interview them. They happily oblige.

Two women who took part in the event
Image caption,Those who took part say they felt an immense sense of pride in doing so

“I’ve done it. I’m so happy,” Mineko Akahori tells the BBC. “I’m really grateful that as a woman, I could participate for the first time.”

Her friend and teammate Minako Ando adds that simply “becoming the first to do something like this is just great”.

“Times are changing,” says Hiromo Maeda. Her family has been running a local inn which has hosted some of the male festival-goers for the last 30 years.

“I think our prayers and wishes are the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man or a woman. Our passion is the same.”

For Atsuko Tamakoshi, who has played such a key role in the day, there is a moment to reflect on what they have all achieved together. She’s both emotional and relieved.

“My husband has always taken part in this festival,” she tells the BBC. “And I was always the spectator. I’m now filled with https://milodingines.com/ gratitude and happiness.”

Piers Morgan and Oprah Winfrey ‘deepfaked’ for US influencer’s ads

Celebrities including Piers Morgan, Nigella Lawson and Oprah Winfrey have criticised the use of AI deepfake online adverts that gave the false impression they had endorsed a US influencer’s controversial self-help course.

The adverts promoted the so-called “Genie Script”, the centrepiece of a “manifestation” course sold for $37 (£29) a time by Wesley “Billion Dollar” Virgin.

He describes himself as a motivational coach who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and claims to be worth $40m.

The videos, used to lure buyers to purchase the product, claim the Genie Script is a “missing” Hebrew Bible scripture of just 20 words that could – supposedly – change your life.

Its promotion blends pseudo-science, conspiracy theories and the manipulation of celebrity likenesses – all to draw in customers desperate for the chance to take control of their fate.

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One advert used footage of Nigella Lawson chatting about her recipes and work as a TV chef.

“I went on vacation and met this man at a very exclusive party. His name was Wesley and he handed me this hidden Bible page that was locked away in somebody’s room,” the voice said.

But it was not that of Lawson, it was the barely indistinguishable mimicry of an AI voice generator.

Real footage is overlaid with a deepfake impersonation of the food writer’s voice, making it sound like she was attributing her success directly to Wesley Virgin’s guidance.

The AI voice suggested that the script revealed by Virgin unlocked the secret to manifestation, a practice which involves thinking about or writing down your aspirations to turn them into reality.

“He said: ‘Repeat this mantra every single day of your life… Since that moment I’ve become a multimillionaire all on my own.”

A spokesperson for Lawson branded the advertisement “fraudulent” and “of great concern”.

Another advert showed what looked like an excerpt from the Piers Morgan Uncensored TV show and employed similar techniques.

The voice described “a lost old scripture that has been used by kings to attract vast riches, miraculous healing and unparalleled love”, and it looked like the mouth had been manipulated to fit the speech.

The real Piers Morgan told the BBC the advert was “another example of a very worrying trend of public figures being misused by deepfake AI manipulators for financial gain”.

“The real victims will be members of the public who unwittingly buy these products believing the celebrity endorsements are genuine,” he said.

Piers Morgan video screenshot

“Reviews” of the script appear online, where users praise Virgin and say they hope the script will help them with escaping poverty or spending more time with their children or grandchildren.

Both adverts, which appeared on YouTube, have now been taken down.

A spokesperson for YouTube said it had “long prohibited the use of manipulated media, including deepfakes and other forms of doctored content to deceive or mislead users”.

Having reviewed these videos, Prof Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at the University of Berkeley, said they were “clearly deepfakes”.

“Of course, as the technology to create these fake audio and video improves, it will become increasingly difficult to detect these fakes. And the technology is improving at a stunning rate,” he added.

Another advert, this time featuring Oprah Winfrey, was discovered in the Ad Library for the Meta platforms Facebook and Instagram. Genuine footage had been overlaid, again with AI providing fake dialogue sounding like the US chat show queen.

“I want to give you a 20-word script… think of it like installing a new operating system into your mind that’s programmed to make you rich,” the AI Oprah says.

A spokesperson for the real Oprah told the BBC she did not have anything to do with Virgin’s product.

Oprah video screenshot

“We seek to protect consumers from the false association of Ms Winfrey and the misuse of AI to create such false advertising,” they said.

Meta said it took action on the adverts it found to be in violation of its policies.

When the BBC contacted Wesley Virgin he said the adverts were “the work of affiliates”, people who can earn money by helping him make sales, and that he was “in the process of banning them all”.

But videos still prominent on the 44-year-old’s YouTube channel demonstrate the huge effort he has put into mentoring an online team of volunteers hoping to share in his fortunes, therefore boosting his own bank account.

Wesley Virgin
Image caption,Wesley Virgin has built a huge following on social media

With titles such as “Make $800+ A DAY Online For FREE Copy & Pasting Links!”, Virgin urges viewers to spread the word about his products, such as the Genie Script, across social media.

Promising rapid returns and a high commission rate, he encourages potential recruits to paste a web link to the sales platform Digistore24 into multiple meditation groups, along with messages promising a “free meditation” to those who click on it.

But the link would take users to an online check-out for Virgin’s manifestation courses – after they had watched a sales pitch video with outlandish claims and an inaccurate account of theological history.

The narrative of this video centred on a supposed “missing” page from the Bible that carries a powerful prayer script. The rich and famous knew the secret script, the narration claimed, and warned that “they’re willing to put a bullet into anyone’s head who exposes them”.

Alongside the assertions was the seemingly antisemitic claim that Jewish people were disproportionately wealthy because they “use manifestation secrets” taken from an ancient 1,100-year-old “uncensored” Hebrew Bible that included the page that was “missing” from regular Bibles.

Prof Nathan McDonald, a theology academic at the University of Cambridge, said the video referred to the Codex Sassoon, a very early Hebrew Bible which recently generated attention when it was sold at auction for $38m.

“It does not have an additional page with a ’20-word script’,” he said. “Instead, alas… it has been damaged and is lacking a few pages.”

He added that the Genie Script’s promotional videos seemed to draw on “New Thought” religious belief, which has its roots in late 19th Century America and has influenced some parts of Christianity through the so-called prosperity gospel. It suggests that healing and prosperity are available to Christian believers if they have enough faith.

YouTube users who clicked on the faked Piers Morgan and Nigella Lawson adverts were directed to a similar video but this version was embellished with what appeared to be more celebrity endorsements.

Another celebrity featured without permission was the Canadian TV star and businessman, Kevin O’Leary. His spokesman said the clip of the entrepreneur had been purchased via a website that sells personalised messages from celebrities, and misused.

“Kevin will be taking the appropriate action to have it removed immediately. Kevin does not know Wesley and has no affiliation with him or any of his businesses,” he said.

The Oprah advert directed to another similar video, and then a shop for the product.

The sales platform Digistore24 also distanced itself from Virgin. It said his use of affiliate web links had violated its terms and guidelines and it would end its business relationship with him.

Wesley Virgin has not responded to further requests from the BBC to explain his business practices.

Despite being criticised by celebrities, he is far from disheartened. Recent social media posts suggest he is still actively selling the “dream”, claiming https://milodingines.com/ he can teach people how to become millionaires.

Alexei Navalny: Putin critic’s mother says she has been shown his body

Alexei Navalny’s mother has said she has been shown his body, but that the Russian authorities are pressuring her to allow a “secret” burial.

In a video address, Lyudmila Navalnaya said she had been brought to a morgue where she signed a death certificate.

The former opposition leader’s press secretary said a medical report presented to Ms Navalnaya stated he died of natural causes.

Navalny’s widow has said he was killed by Russian authorities.

Lyudmila Navalnaya said the law required officials to hand over her son’s body, but that she was being “blackmailed” as they refused to do so. She alleged authorities were setting conditions for the burial of her son, including the place, time and manner of his burial.

She said: “They want to take me to the outskirts of the cemetery to a fresh grave and say: ‘Here lies your son.'”

Ms Navalnaya travelled to the northern Russian town of Salekhard following the news of her son’s death in a nearby penal colony six days ago.

She has previously been denied access to her son’s body, on Tuesday appealing personally to Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow her to bury him.

In Thursday’s address, Lyudmila Navalnaya said she was being threatened by the authorities.

“Looking into my eyes, they say that if I do not agree to a secret funeral, they will do something with my son’s body.”

She said she was told by investigators: “Time is not on your side, the corpse is decomposing.”

Lyudmila Navalnaya was speaking in a video posted to her late son’s YouTube channel, and finished the address by demanding his body be returned to her.

There was no immediate response from Russian authorities.

Separately, on Thursday US President Joe Biden met Mr Navalny’s widow Yulia and his daughter Dasha Navalnaya in San Francisco.

“The president expressed his admiration for Alexei Navalny’s extraordinary courage and his legacy of fighting against corruption and for a free and democratic Russia,” the White House said in a statement, adding that the US was preparing to issue new sanctions on Russia.

President Joe Biden speaking to Dasha and Yulya Navalny earlier
Image caption,US President Joe Biden said Navalny’s “legacy of courage will live on” through his widow Yulia (right) and daughter Dasha

Navalny died in a prison colony on 16 February. Prison officials said he had fallen ill following a “walk”.

But Yulia Navalnaya has claimed that he was killed on the orders of Mr Putin and vowed to continue his struggle.

The Kremlin has denied the allegations, calling Western reaction to the death “hysterical”.

Political scientist Tatiana Stanovaya said that the decision to show Ms Navalnaya her son’s body indicated authorities wanted to persuade her to “make a deal.”

“The body is given back, but under the condition that the funeral does not become a political event,” she wrote in a post on her Telegram channel.

In August 2020, the former opposition leader was poisoned using the Novichok nerve agent by a team of would-be assassins from the Russian secret services.

Airlifted to Germany, he recovered there before returning to Russia in January 2021, where he was imprisoned.

Attempts at commemorating his death have been met by a heavy-handed response from Russian authorities, with makeshift https://milodingines.com/ monuments cleared and hundreds arrested.

Don’t dry your iPhone in a bag of rice, says Apple

A phone in a bowl of dry rice - stock image
Image caption,Don’t try this at home, Apple says

If your iPhone gets wet don’t dry it in a bag of rice, Apple has advised.

Despite the technique’s popularity, experts have long warned against it, with tests suggesting it doesn’t work.

And now the tech giant itself has published guidance telling users it could result in small particles of the grain damaging their devices.

The firm said people should instead gently tap out any liquid, with the phone connector facing down, then leave it to dry out.

Despite the increasing sophistication of smartphones, popular approaches for fixing them if they have been dropped in water remain rather unsophisticated.

Apple has taken the opportunity to steer users away from several of them.

As well as avoiding bags of rice, it also advises against drying a wet phone using an “external heat source or compressed air”, meaning radiators and hairdryers should be avoided.

Nor, it suggests, should users try inserting “a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel” into their phone.

Instead, it guides people to leave their phone in a “dry area with some airflow” before reconnecting it to a charger.

As the website MacWorld – which first spotted the new support document – notes, the changing design of smartphones may mean all such advice will be unnecessary in the future.

That is because devices are increasingly able to withstand getting wet.

All Apple devices from the iPhone 12 onwards are able to withstand immersion up to a depth of six metres, for up to half an hour.

But with cost-of-living pressures driving growth in the global second-hand mobile market, it is likely that many people will need advice on what to do – and what not to – with a https://milodingines.com/ soggy smartphone for some time yet.