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Indonesia farmers go green with charcoal ( video)

Posted on November 7 2012 by Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen / IM

Farmers in West Timor have been battling prolonged droughts due to what experts describe as climate change. Farmers in Indonesia are using a new method to fight the effects of climate change, and also improve their harvest. This new method, which should more than double their production, uses charcoal – not a very environmentally friendly product. By putting […]

Han Suyin obituary

Posted on November 6 2012 by John Gittings/ The Guardian / IM
A Many-Splendoured Thing

Chinese-born author best known for her 1952 book A Many-Splendoured Thing Colonial Hong Kong, a doomed love affair and the echoes of revolution in China were the explosive mixture that made the reputation of the author Han Suyin, who has died aged 95. The film of her 1952 book A Many-Splendoured Thing may have been just a classic […]

Insurance Companies Rethink Business After Sandy

Posted on November 5 2012 by YUKI NOGUCHI / NPR / IM

Superstorm Sandy capped what’s been a pretty impressive couple of years for U.S. natural disasters. There have been wildfires, tornadoes, floods and derechos. And insurance companies are on the hook to pay billions in related claims. “We’re seeing more of everything, and what we’re doing is trying to factor that in going forward as we […]

Unauthorised gold traders ‘dupe Malaysians’ ( video)

Posted on November 4 2012 by Al Jazeera's Florence Looi / Al Jazeera / IM

Tens of thousands of people have already sunk money into blacklisted companies promising large returns Gold trading is unregulated in Malaysia and the central bank says more than 20 so-called gold investment companies are involved in making unauthorised transactions. Although they have been blacklisted, tens of thousands of people have already sunk their money into these companies. The […]

Recovering and Rebuilding After the Storm ( video)

Posted on November 3 2012 by The White House / IM

In this week’s address, President Obama thanks the brave first responders and National Guardsmen for their tireless work following one of the worst storms in our nation’s history, and reassures the millions of Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy that their country will be there for them during the long road to recovery.       […]

UN hands full police powers to East Timor

Posted on November 2 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM
UN hands full police powers to East Timor

Asia’s youngest nation announced that its police are now “assuming full responsibility for maintaining law and order”. United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor have handed full responsibility for policing to Asia’s youngest nation, according to the prime minister. The National Police of East Timor “are assuming full responsibility for maintaining law and order”, Xanana Gusmao said […]

Judy Chu Expresses Outrage Over Matthew Lin’s False Endorsements

Posted on November 1 2012 by Judy Chu / IM

  PRESS RELEASE   Congresswoman Judy Chu Expresses Outrage Over Matthew Lin’s False Endorsements for His Assembly Campaign Today, Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, had a Press Conference, and issued the following statement:   “I am here to represent elected Democratic leaders of Los Angeles County to say to Matthew Lin: Stop the shameful and […]

President Obama Tours Storm Damage in New Jersey

Posted on November 1 2012 by The White House / IM

Yesterday, the President was in New Jersey to witness first-hand the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and comfort the Americans affected by the storm. With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he surveyed the damage from Marine One, walked the streets of Brigantine, and visited a community center now serving as shelter for displaced residents. After speaking […]

Halloween Terror: Shooting On USC Campus (video)

Posted on November 1 2012 by Neon Tommy / IM
Halloween Terror: Shooting On USC Campus (video)

A suspect still at large fired gunshots outside the University of Southern California’s Tutor Campus Center just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, wounding four victims. One victim is said to have suffered critical wounds to the buttocks and stomach while three others suffered minor wounds. The L.A. Times reported that the gunman targeted one person; the […]

Some technology with your dinner? Restaurants go digital

Posted on November 1 2012 by LA Times / IM

If restaurants aren’t already using technology such as touchscreen tablet menus, digital loyalty programs and in-store Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions, they should probably start, according to a new report. The majority of consumers surveyed by research group Technomic said that eateries should integrate more technology in their restaurants. More than half said they expected to use […]

Halloween by the numbers ( video)

Posted on October 31 2012 by CNN / IM
Halloween by the numbers ( video)

$8 billion: Total Halloween consumer spending expected for 2012. 71.5: Percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year. 41 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14. $79.82: Amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations. Homemade costume ideas 25.9: Percent of Americans who said the economy could affect how much they end up spending […]

Indonesian by birth US Marines by choice

Posted on October 30 2012 by Arnold Lukito / IM
Indonesian by birth US Marines by choice

Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo who was born in South Korea, and now he is becoming the first Korean American Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region talked to the proud parents of new US Marines.(photo # 1) Congratulation to US Marines PFC Nathanael Tjitradjaja, graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on October 12th, 2012.  He […]

Superstorm Sandy blamed for at least 11 U.S. deaths as it slams East Coast ( video)

Posted on October 30 2012 by CNN / IM
Superstorm Sandy blamed for at least 11 U.S. deaths as it slams East Coast ( video)

Sandy unleashed powerful winds and torrential rains Monday in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as it sped toward shore. Subways and bridges were shut down and streets were quiet as gusts howled over a huge region encompassing hundreds of miles. At 7 p.m., the National Hurricane Center stopped classifying Sandy as a hurricane, though it still […]

Bomb attack hits northern Nigerian church ( video)

Posted on October 29 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM
Bomb attack hits northern Nigerian church ( video)

At least eight people killed and several injured after a suicide bomber drives into church in city of Kaduna A suicide bomber has driven a vehicle packed with explosives into a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 100, triggering reprisal attacks that have killed at least two more, according […]

Indonesia nabs suspects in US embassy plot + Indonesia arrests 11 people suspected of planning terror attacks on US Embassy.

Posted on October 28 2012 by Al Jazeera / FOX News / IM
Indonesia nabs suspects in US embassy plot

Eleven people arrested for planning to assault the US embassy and site near Australian embassy, according to police. Indonesia’s anti-terror squad has arrested 11 people suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign targets including the US embassy and a site near the Australian embassy. The suspects were arrested in raids Friday and Saturday […]

Protecting the American People with New Wall Street Reforms

Posted on October 27 2012 by The White House / IM

In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the work of the new independent consumer watchdog he fought to create. This agency’s mission is to stand up for consumers and includes protecting every American from mistakes made by the companies who determine their credit scores.         This post was submitted by The White […]

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