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BlackBerry to lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of global workforce

Posted on September 21 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

BlackBerry to lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of global workforce after announcing staggering $1billion loss Blackberry lost almost $1billion last quarter Revenues were just over half what experts predicted The cuts will leave the reeling company with about 7,000 employees The announcement comes as Apple launches two new iPhones expected to smash sales […]

Parents’ outrage after Chinese students are forced to sign ‘suicide waivers’

Posted on September 19 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

Parents’ outrage after Chinese students are forced to sign ‘suicide waivers’ before starting college More than 5,000 students at the City College of Dongguan University of Technology in Guangdong, China, have been told to sign a ‘suicide waiver’ The contract absolves the college of responsibility if any of its pupils commit suicide or suffer self-inflicted injuries […]

Breakfast in bed? Terrified man finds an 8ft crocodile hidden under his bed

Posted on September 18 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

Breakfast in bed? Terrified man finds an 8ft crocodile hidden under his bed after it spent entire night just inches from where he slept 300lbs giant had sneaked into the Humani lodge, Zimbabwe Spent the entire night lying quietly beneath oblivious Guy Whitall Beast had managed to stay hidden for more than eight hours overnight […]

Gunman, 34, who murdered TWELVE in Washington Navy Yard rampage claimed he had ‘anger issues ‘

Posted on September 17 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

REVEALED: Gunman, 34, who murdered TWELVE in Washington Navy Yard rampage claimed he had ‘anger issues’ after rescuing victims of 9/11 and was kicked out of Navy after 2011 gun charge Aaron Alexis, 34, named as the heavily armed gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. – killing 12 people […]

Scientists shatter world record: Thinnest ever sheet of glass created at just ONE molecule thick

Posted on September 15 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

Scientists shatter world record: Thinnest ever sheet of glass created at just ONE molecule thick – and all because of an accidental discovery David Muller made the finding after noticing some ‘muck’ on graphene The glass is so thin that its atoms are clearly visible under a microscope Their arrangement is exactly like the cartoons […]

Ohio TV station apologizes to Julie Chen for telling her to fix her ‘Asian eyes’ (video)

Posted on September 14 2013 by elly

Ohio TV station apologizes to Julie Chen for telling her to fix her ‘Asian eyes’ nearly 20 years ago – as her parents say ‘they could not be more proud’ of her after confession       An Ohio television station has issued an apology to CBS reality show host Julie Chen after she revealed […]

IM Ireland -England Tour 2013, Day 6 : Stonehenge & Greenwich

Posted on September 12 2013 by Stacey Irawan / IM

It isn’t rare to catch my dad watching some questionable television shows. Though I have seen him occasionally watch certain reality TV shows that even I would cringe at, nothing beats watching my dad watch shows about aliens and UFOs. My brother and I will occasionally watch with him to “learn” about some unique urban […]

Protests in Indonesia against beauty pageant

Posted on September 9 2013 by Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone / IM

Some people in largely Muslim country are calling for Miss World contest to be cancelled. There have been protests in Indonesia against the Miss World contest. The world’s most famous beauty pagaent is opening on the island of Bali over the weekend. But some people in the largely Muslim country are calling for the event […]

Bad policies could cause a repeat of 1998

Posted on September 6 2013 by Jkt post / IM

Satria Sambijantoro and Amahl S. Azwar, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/ Cianjur, West Java | Headlines | Mon, September 02 2013, 10:03 AM Indonesia has not come up with “good policies” quickly enough as its current account deficit widens and its currency continues to plummet. And the failure by policy makers to deliver the right responses […]

Toughest Place to be a Bin Man Full HD Quality ( video)

Posted on September 6 2013 by You Tube / IM

Toughest Place to be a Bin Man Full HD Quality This post was submitted by You Tube / IM.

Facebook employees reveal the ‘best place to work in tech’ can be a soul-destroying grind like any other

Posted on September 4 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

‘Forget the free food and drinks – the workplace is awful’: Facebook employees reveal the ‘best place to work in tech’ can be a soul-destroying grind like any other Current and former employees posted their complaints to Q&A website Quora ‘Like cattle in the pen’: One employee wrote that the Silicon Valley office’s open floor […]

The amazing interactive map of New York that blends past and present

Posted on September 3 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

So how are you supposed to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan? The amazing interactive map of New York that blends past and present to reveal how much the city has changed in the last 200 years     A fascinating new interactive map allows users to block-by-block compare the New York City of 1836 with […]

THE CHINESE FACTOR: PRE AND POST 1 OCTOBER 1965

Posted on September 3 2013 by TIONG-DJIN SIAUW / IM

Introduction In the morning of 1 October 1965, around 7:30 AM, I was playing chess with my father, Siauw Giok Tjhan, chairman of Baperki, a Chinese mass organisation. I was a 9 year old boy at the time and a keen chess player. The chess game was abruptly ended with the arrival of Sunito, a leader […]

Taxi driver charged foreign student $4,240 for a cab ride from airport

Posted on September 2 2013 by Daily Mail / IM

Driver approached Chinese student at Chicago O’Hare airport After agreeing fare of $1,000 for 150-mile journey, driver then demanded $4,800 Student gave cabbie all the money he had brought with him       ‘The student said he didn’t have that much so he gave him all he had,’ University of Illinois police Sgt. Tom […]

Indonesia upholds death sentence for UK woman

Posted on August 31 2013 by Al jazeera / IM

Country’s top court endorses lower court which convicted Lindsay Sandiford of smuggling $2.5m worth of cocaine. Indonesia’s highest court has upheld the death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official has said. A three-member judge panel unanimously rejected Lindsay June […]

Skeletons in Indonesia’s closet.

Posted on August 31 2013 by Hannah Green . Asia Times / IM

INTERVIEW Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a transformative film. It presents a glimpse into one of the 20th century’s lesser-known political mass killings: the extermination of suspected communists in Indonesia from 1965 to 1966. Unlike many other documentaries, however, The Act of Killing tells history through the eyes of the perpetrators. Oppenheimer said that when he first […]

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