Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

Bali’s ancient irrigation system (video)

Posted on August 30 2012 by Step Vaessen / Al Jazeera

No superlatives are being spared when it comes to describing Bali: Island of the Gods, Paradise Island, Island of peace and even Island of Love. After landing at the overcrowded airport in Kuta, it takes quite an effort to find this love and peace and Gods for that matter. The south of Bali has been recklessly […]

Fintan Magee New Murals In Indonesia

Posted on August 30 2012 by Stephanie Chen / Streetartnews

Australian street artist Fintan Magee just spent a two weeks residency at the ISAD studios at Gardu house gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia. Using his recurring themes of waste, consumption, loss and transition, the artist just completed this series of new murals in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. This post was submitted by Stephanie Chen / Streetartnews.

Update on Hurricane Isaac

Posted on August 29 2012 by The White House / IM

Late last night, as Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast, FEMA provided another update about the ongoing efforts from federal officials to respond to the storm. Earlier in the day, FEMA Adminstrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb briefed President Obama on the expected track for the hurricane and the preparations […]

China’s “wild east” drug store

Posted on August 29 2012 by Rtrs / IM

Philippe Andre, a detective in the murky world of Chinese pharmaceuticals, has some alarming tales to tell. In May last year, he visited a factory an hour outside Shanghai that supposedly produced a pharmaceutical ingredient. While shown around by men wearing protective clothing and spotless hard hats, Andre noticed oddities: the floor was immaculately clean […]

4 ways the Apple-Samsung verdict affects you ( video)

Posted on August 28 2012 by CNN / IM

The Apple-Samsung patent mega-trial is approaching the finish line, but the consequences for users of all smartphones may be just beginning. The case was between Apple and Samsung only, but the ruling could force other major smartphone companies to make big changes “There are so many patents in a single phone, and these patent wars are raging […]

Photo Gallery: Remembering Neil Armstrong ( video)

Posted on August 27 2012 by The White House / IM

Update: President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation ordering United States flags to be flown at half-staff the day of Neil Armstrong’s interment.  Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away this weekend. In a statement issued on Saturday, President Obama said that “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes – not just […]

Asian fans cheer ‘Linsanity’

Posted on August 27 2012 by CNN / IM

Jeremy Lin, the undrafted Cinderella of the last NBA season, got peppered with questions by adoring fans and children in Hong Kong. What’s it like seeing your name on a jersey? In short: “Weird.” Did your parents want you to be a lawyer or doctor? No. Can you speak Mandarin? Some. What’s your favorite Lin […]

Norway Urges Indonesia to Keep Forest Protection

Posted on August 26 2012 by Jkt Globe / IM

Norway’s environment minister on Friday urged Brazil and Indonesia to avoid backtracking on policies to protect tropical forests, saying up to $2 billion in aid promised by Oslo hinged on proof of slower rates of forest clearance. Norway, rich from oil and gas, has promised more cash than any other donor nation to slow rainforest […]

Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

Posted on August 26 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Former US astronaut and first man to walk on the moon underwent heart-bypass surgery earlier this month Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement from his family said on Saturday. Praising Armstrong as a “reluctant American hero,” his family said they were heartbroken and noted that the space pioneer had “served his nation […]

New Zealand jails ‘accidental millionaire’

Posted on August 25 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Hui “Leo” Gao sentenced for theft after fleeing to China when bank mistake put millions of dollars in his account. A New Zealand man who fled to China after millions of dollars were accidentally put in his bank account has been jailed for four years and seven months “Accidental millionaire” Hui “Leo” Gao was sentenced […]

Bungled restoration attempt destroys painting ( video)

Posted on August 24 2012 by Al jazeera / IM

The 19th-century Spanish artwork was ruined after an octogenarian decided it was deteriorating A 19th-century Spanish fresco by painter Elias Garcia Martinez has been destroyed after an octogenarian grandmother decided it was deteriorating and attempted to fix it. Spanish news EFE reported that Cecilia Jimenez, a resident of the Spanish northeastern town of Borja, entered […]

Concerns over Indonesia air safety ( video)

Posted on August 23 2012 by Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen / IM

Compromises seen as pilots get fast-tracked through system plagued by demand-supply gap as air travel booms. A boom in Indonesia’s airline industry has meant that the country needs 800 pilots each year. But supply is failing to meet demand as flight schools in the nation are only able to train 350 people annually. As a […]

After Olympics Setback, Disappointed Indonesians Look to the Future

Posted on August 23 2012 by Juke Carolina / Khabar Southeast Asia / IM

London 2012 was bitter medicine for fans used to Olympic glory in  badminton. But questions are now being asked whether the Indonesian team’s failure lies with the athletes, or with the tournament format?4 In a country where badminton is king, Indonesians have long come to expect world-class performance from stars of the sport. Since 1992, […]

The future of gold

Posted on August 22 2012 by Rtrs / IM

Commodities and precious metals in particular have had a wild ride in the last 24 months. Last September, gold hit a nominal all-time high of $1,921 a troy ounce (although it was lower in real terms than a peak in 1980. Since then it has declined markedly to about $1,600. What’s behind its movements and […]

New tech could mean 3D movies with no glasses

Posted on August 22 2012 by CNN / IM

Watching 3-D movies generally means suffering through two things: crappy plotlines that favor spectacle over substance and the need to wear some annoying, dorky glasses. Scientists may have solved one of these frustrations. (You might be able to guess which.) Researchers in South Korea have created a new method that would allow moviegoers to simply […]

Apple is now the most valuable company of all time ( video)

Posted on August 21 2012 by David Goldman / CNN

As Apple’s stock rose to new high on Monday, the technology giant set another record: It became the most valuable public company in history. Apple’s market value — the price of its stock multiplied by the number of outstanding shares — soared to $623.5 billion at the market’s close. That eclipsed the previous record of […]

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