Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

NASA’s search for signs of life on Mars ( video)

Posted on August 6 2012 by CNN / IM

John Zarrella reports on the Sherlock Holmes of Mars rovers looking for clues to life with elementary science.                   This post was submitted by CNN / IM.

‘Blade runner’ makes unprecedented Olympic debut ( video)

Posted on August 5 2012 by CNN / IM

 Oscar Pistorius, a South African double-amputee nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” made an unprecedented Olympic debut Saturday, finishing second in his 400-meter qualifying heat. With a time of 45.44 seconds, Pistorius qualified for Sunday’s semifinals. The runner’s legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old because of a bone defect. He runs […]

Photos of President Obama

Posted on August 4 2012 by The White House / IM

Today, President Obama turns 51. In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d share 51 of our favorite pictures of the President in the White House.     President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.     President Barack […]

Cool collectible cars for sale at Pebble Beach

Posted on August 4 2012 by PETER VALDES-DAPENA / CNN

These are some of the most interesting cars available in the world’s premier collector car auctions. 1960 Plymouth XNR Estimated Value: N/A Auctioneers: RM Auctions   Every year, top car collectors compete in the Pebble Beach Councors d’Elegance. Cars are judged and awards are given for the best restored and most beautiful collectible cars. With so many […]

Indonesian police questioned over boy’s death ( video)

Posted on August 4 2012 by Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen

Anger is growing in South Sumatra over killing of 12-year-old boy over land disputes More than 100 police officers in Indonesia have been questioned over the killing of a 12-year-old boy who was shot during a crackdown on protests over a land dispute in South Sumatra. The boy’s killing has angered the villagers of Limbang […]

Jakarta is ‘world’s most active Twitter city’ ( video)

Posted on August 3 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Indonesian capital narrowly beats Tokyo for top spot, as study shows 93 per cent rise in use of site in Saudi Arabia. Jakarta has beaten Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo and New York to come first in the world in terms of Twitter activity, according to a new study. Bandung, Jakarta’s neighbouring city and Indonesia’s second largest […]

Congratulating America’s Medalists

Posted on August 2 2012 by The White House / IM

President Obama took time yesterday to congratulate some of America’s newest Olympic gold medalists — as well as the greatest Olympian of all time. While traveling in Ohio, the President placed calls to the five members of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team — Aly Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Gabby Douglas — […]

London businesses miss tourist influx ( video)

Posted on August 2 2012 by Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee

Security fears and public transport warnings during Olympics appear to have scared people away from capital. In England, Piccadilly Circus is an age-old metaphor for crowds and traffic jams, but during the Olympics there are strangely far fewer people in the city. Londoners seemed to have been spooked by security or traffic warnings, more apparently leaving […]

Facebook sinks to record low as doubts grow

Posted on August 1 2012 by Gerry Shih / Rtrs

Facebook Inc’s shares slid 6.2 percent to another record low on Tuesday, diving for the third straight day since lackluster results showed decelerating user growth and revived doubts about its ability to sustain its rich valuation. A sobering report from Bernstein Research, combined with online chatter about the potential proliferation of automated Facebook accounts and […]

Phelps enters the record books

Posted on August 1 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

US swimming great Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated athlete in Olympic history after gold in 4x200m relay. Michael Phelps seized the record for most Olympic medals in a career on Tuesday but saw his reign as king of the 200m butterfly end before anchoring the United States to a relay gold. South Africa’s Chad […]

Rome’s Colosseum too is leaning ( video)

Posted on July 31 2012 by V V

Ancient monument slanting 40cm lower on one side like the Tower of Pisa, another of Italy’s attractions The ancient Colosseum of Rome, where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40cm lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs. Experts first noticed the incline […]

The First Lady Leads The Presidential Delegation To The 2012 Olympic Games In London

Posted on July 30 2012 by The White House / IM

The First Lady Leads The Presidential Delegation To The 2012 Olympic Games In London                   This post was submitted by The White House / IM.

How to predict Olympic medal totals

Posted on July 30 2012 by Julia Bredtmann, Carsten J. Crede and Sebastian Otten / CNN

Editor’s note: Julia Bredtmann, Carsten Crede and Sebastian Otten are researchers in economics at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. The views expressed are solely those of the authors. The world’s biggest sporting event, this year involving athletes from more than 200 nations, officially opens in London today. But while much of the focus will be on […]

The House of Representatives Must Act on Middle Class Tax Cut Extension

Posted on July 28 2012 by The White House / IM

President Obama urges Republicans in the House of Representatives to act on his proposal to protect middle class families and small businesses from being hit with a big tax hike next year.         This post was submitted by The White House / IM.

London Olympics declared open with grand show ( video)

Posted on July 28 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London 2012 Games after spectacular opening ceremony showcasing best of Britain. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has declared the London Olympics open following an extravagant celebration that included Bond, the Bard and a Beatle. London’s seven-year countdown to the Games came to a crescendo on Friday with a stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic celebration […]

HSBC fined $27.5m for ‘money laundering’

Posted on July 27 2012 by CNN / IM

Mexican regulator acts week after US Senate alleged that British banking giant allowed drug cartels to launder money. HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, has been fined $27.5m in Mexico for lax controls in its anti-money laundering systems, a week after a scathing US Senate report slammed the bank for letting clients shift funds from dangerous and secretive countries. It […]

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