Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

The Shutdown, What does it mean ?

Posted on October 10 2013 by elly

THE BASICS 1. What causes a shutdown? Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money. If Congress can’t agree on a spending bill — or if, in the case of the Clinton-era shutdowns, the president vetoes it — the government does not have the legal authority to spend money. 2. What’s a continuing […]

Munir supporters decry state’s ‘injustice’

Posted on October 9 2013 by elly

The Supreme Court (MA) has cut the prison sentence handed down to Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto, the convicted murderer of human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib, from 20 years to 14 years. Many have cried foul over the fresh verdict, saying that it was unusual that the Supreme Court should overturn a decision following a judicial […]

US, RI announce $360m clean-energy contracts

Posted on October 9 2013 by elly

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Industry Minister MS Hidayat announced on Tuesday announced three new clean-energy agreements worth nearly US$360 million between US and Indonesian companies. “President [Barack] Obama has made it clear that the US is deeply committed to strengthening our commercial and economic ties in Asia Pacific. Part of increasing our […]

APEC summit members convene in Bali

Posted on October 8 2013 by elly

Asia-Pacific leaders meet for annual economic summit, while US and Russia hold talks on sidelines. Asia-Pacific leaders have convened for an annual economic summit in the shadow of global growth clouds that are darkening by the day as the United States struggled to shake off policy paralysis. The US government shutdown has stopped US President […]

Indonesian chief justice arrested for bribery

Posted on October 5 2013 by elly

Arrest of Akil Mochtar, chief justice of constitutional court, is latest in series of high-profile corruption cases. Indonesia’s main anti-graft agency arrested the chief justice of the constitutional court for alleged bribery, an agency official said, the latest high-profile corruption case to hit Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Akil Mochtar, who was elected as chief justice for a five-year term in […]

Panic in DC after female driver with a child rammed barricades outside the White House

Posted on October 4 2013 by elly

Panic in DC after female driver with a child rammed barricades outside the White House before fleeing to the Capitol, crashing into a police car and being shot dead Capitol Hill was placed in lockdown after gunshots fired in downtown DC on Thursday A child, aged around 2 years, was in the black car with […]

Indonesia woman spends 19 years hiding behind a head scarf (video)

Posted on October 3 2013 by elly

Indonesia woman spends 19 years hiding behind a head scarf because she grew a beard after birth of her first child  Agustina Dorman, 38, first noticed the stubble growth days after giving birth Hidden her face under a hijab whenever outside in Penaga village, Indonesia She decided to reveal her face after her eldest child […]

‘Pregnant’ two-year-old boy gives ‘birth’ (video)

Posted on October 1 2013 by elly

‘Pregnant’ two-year-old boy gives ‘birth’ after he has parasitic twin removed from inside his stomach  A two-year-old boy from Huaxi, has undergone an operation to give ‘birth’ after doctors diagnosed him as ‘pregnant’. Xiao Feng, was brought to hospital after his stomach had become so distended that he had begun to suffer breathing difficulties. Once […]

A cure for skin cancer

Posted on September 29 2013 by elly

A cure for skin cancer: Doctors announce historic breakthrough as ‘spectacular’ drugs bring hope to thousands New treatment combine two different drugs that ‘reboot’ immune system One in six ravaged by skin cancer are already being cured by the drugs Each year almost 13,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with melanoma         […]

Apple map app lands drivers on airport runway (video)

Posted on September 28 2013 by elly

A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal, an airport official said Wednesday. The map actually stops at the tarmac, but twice this month, wayward drivers have continued across […]

Facebook stock hits $50-per-share more than a year after its disastrous public offering

Posted on September 27 2013 by elly

Facebook stock has hit a new high as they are now valued at more than $50-per-share. The social network’s stock had a cold welcome when it went public in May 2012 and almost instantly tanked well-below their listing price. The recent bump comes largely from a review by stock analysis firm Cowen Group who upgraded […]

Julia Gouw: Inspiring Women in Banking

Posted on September 26 2013 by elly

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Julia Gouw has helped grow East West Bank into one of the largest banks based in Southern California with over 120 branch locations and serving customers from around the world. I was able to talk with her in her home study about her childhood, her experience in banking, and […]

IM Ireland- England 2013 Tour: Oxford

Posted on September 26 2013 by elly

While Hogwarts may not have been on the tour itinerary, we were able to visit a school that at times did look similar to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford, located in Oxford, England, is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and ranks fifth […]

Doctor performs emergency tracheotomy with a PEN to save woman’s life

Posted on September 26 2013 by elly

Doctor performs emergency tracheotomy with a PEN to save woman’s life after she choked on a piece of steak in packed restaurant       A doctor is being hailed a hero after he saved a woman who was choking on her steak in a restaurant by performing an emergency tracheotomy using a knife and […]

The terrifying giant toad who swallowed a bat WHOLE

Posted on September 24 2013 by elly

Supersize me: The terrifying giant toad who swallowed a bat WHOLE A ranger captured the moment a cane toad attacked an airborne bat in the Peruvian rainforest The photograph shows the toad’s discomfort as it battles to swallow the mammal despite the bat’s wings and tail sticking out of its mouth While scientists have not […]

How San Diego woman’s two friends died in Kenya mall massacre while she escaped with terrible shrapnel wounds

Posted on September 24 2013 by elly

Revealed: How San Diego woman’s two friends died in Kenya mall massacre while she escaped with terrible shrapnel wounds opened fire Al-Qaeda-affiliated gunmen Elaine Dang, 26, was caught up in the initial attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre on Saturday afternoon She was pictured staggering away from the scene bloodied and shocked clutching her iPhone […]