Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

Ten predictions for 2012

Posted on December 31 2011 by elly

What will be the major news events of 2012? A colleague sent me a list of questions the other day, daring me to make predictions about major political, economic and sporting events in the next 12 months. Here are those questions, and my answers, most of which will no doubt look rather foolish come December […]

U.S., Saudi Arabia agree to $30 billion deal for F-15s ( video)

Posted on December 30 2011 by elly

The U.S. government has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to sell nearly $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets, federal officials said Thursday. The $29.4 billion deal — announced against the backdrop of rising tensions with Iran — calls for the production of up to 84 new F-15SA aircraft and the modernization of 70 […]

Robot wars ( video)

Posted on December 30 2011 by elly

What is the role of drones and robots in wars and how will they shape the future of the US military? Over the past decade, the US military has shifted the way it fights its wars, deploying more unmanned systems in the battlefield than ever before. Today there are more than 7,000 drones and 12,000 […]

Video: Gol terbaik dalam sejarah sepakbola

Posted on December 30 2011 by elly

Watch a compilation of the best goals that have been shot. now in better quality          

The White House’s photostream

Posted on December 29 2011 by elly

Navy corpsmen help Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden into gowns before their meeting with patients and families during a Christmas visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Dec. 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) This official White House photograph is being made available only for […]

North Korea holds memorial service for Kim ( video)

Posted on December 29 2011 by elly

Hundreds of thousands pay their final respects for the late leader as his son is declared the new Supreme Leader. A national memorial service for North Korea’s former leader, Kim Jong-il, has continued into the latter part of its second day. The communist state began on Thursday a national memorial service featuring tens of thousands of […]

‘Slow, Plodding’ Economy Stalled By Housing Market

Posted on December 28 2011 by elly

This month, consumer confidence jumped to itshighest level since April, a sign that the U.S. economy is starting to mend. But the housing market isn’t going along yet with this cheerier mood: Home prices were down 3.4 percent for the year as of October, according to a new report released Tuesday. Housing has been at the […]

Behind the Scenes: The Ceremony at the White House before the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors ( video)

Posted on December 27 2011 by elly

On December 4, the President welcomed the 2011 Kennedy Center honorees to the White House for a ceremony before the live performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The annual awards show celebrates individuals who have made a lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts–whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, or […]

Nigeria churches hit by blasts ( video)

Posted on December 26 2011 by elly

At least 25 dead bodies removed from church near Abuja, with four more attacks reported in other locations. At least 25 people have been killed by an explosion outside a church near the Nigerian capital during Christmas celebrations, according to a relief worker. Witnesses also reported a string of other attacks, including a bomb and […]

Two new Earths and the search for life

Posted on December 26 2011 by elly

Editor’s note: Meg Urry is the Israel Munson professor of physics and astronomy and chairwoman of the department of physics at Yale University, where she is the director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This article was written in association with The Op-Ed Project. New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) — Americans were enthralled by fake reports of […]

Happy Holidays from the Obama Family (video)

Posted on December 24 2011 by elly

Shine, Give, Share Our theme for this 2011 holiday season is “Shine, Give, Share,” which offers an opportunity to pay tribute to our troops, veterans, and their families throughout the White House. This year, the official tour features 37 Christmas trees, 30 are natural trees and 7 are made from paper, felt or aluminum; a […]

Indonesia’s orangutans struggle to survive

Posted on December 23 2011 by elly

Palm oil companies are suspected of killing the endangered animals to preserve their plantations. Indonesia is home to about 90 per cent of the world’s wild orangutan population, and was once covered by lush rain forests. But the endangered animals are quickly losing their natural habitat since more forests are being converted into palm oil plantations. […]

Almost 70 reporters killed worldwide in 2011

Posted on December 22 2011 by elly

Cities in Syria, Egypt and Libya ranked among world’s most dangerous places for media, says Reporters Without Borders. Sixty-six journalists were killed worldwide in 2011, many of them while covering Arab revolutions, gang crime in Mexico or political turmoil in Pakistan, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said. Ten journalists were killed in Pakistan - most of them murdered […]

Seven most commented iReports in 2011

Posted on December 21 2011 by elly

Politics, race and religion are touchy subjects, but they can also inspire fascinating conversations. CNN iReporters had a lot to say in 2011 — from debates on atheism, gay marriage and interracial relationships to an unlikely Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina. They also took time to comfort a young boy whose father was killed […]

Kim Jong-un leads mass mourning for father ( video)

Posted on December 21 2011 by elly

Son and assumed heir of Kim Jong-il pays respects as South Korea sends condolences, despite tensions. Kim Jong-un, the son and apparent successor of North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-il, has visited the body of his father to pay his respects, state media reports. “Comrade Kim Jong-un … paid a visit to the body of comrade […]

Powerful Portraits Capture China’s Empress Dowager

Posted on December 20 2011 by elly

Intrigue! Riches! Sex! Some violence! Not the latest movie plot, but a story that lurks in the background of some 100-year-old photographs of The Empress Dowager – once the most powerful woman in Asia. The mostly black-and-white photos languished for decades in the archives of the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Now, they […]