Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

The Rape of Borneo

Posted on June 4 2011 by Jack Hewson/ Asi Sentinel / IM

The Farce and Corruption Threatening Indonesia’s Rainforest  At a mine-site near Sangatta in East Kalimantan, a titanic crater yawns out of the ground, its nadir filled with brown slurry. Looking across the hinterland from its southern ridge, a dust-scape stretches off towards the horizon, braided by dirt tracks and the giant dump trucks that traverse […]

Readout of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference Call with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Posted on June 4 2011 by The White House / IM

  WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participated in a conference call today to discuss comprehensive immigration reform with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The pair made the case for why effective immigration reform is vital to U.S. economic competitiveness and why the involvement of the business community is […]

Housing crash: Is it time to buy low?

Posted on June 3 2011 by Rtrs / IM

True confessions: I live in a bubble. Washington, D.C., the area I call home, appears to be one of the only two places in the country (the other being Seattle) where real estate is doing very well, thank you. So around me, I see home prices stable and rising, and houses getting sold within days […]

Scary signs for jobs ( video)

Posted on June 3 2011 by Annalyn Censky / CNN / IM

NEW YORK  — Psssh. That’s the sound of the air being sucked out of the job recovery. All eyes in the financial world are on the government’s monthly labor report due Friday, hoping to see that the job market continued to grow in May. But after several indicators pointed to a recent slowdown in job […]

Weak data point to sluggish economy

Posted on June 2 2011 by Leah Schnurr/ Rtrs

A double-dip in home prices, pessimistic consumers and a slowdown in regional manufacturing raised concerns on Tuesday that the economy’s soft patch could become protracted. “The question is, ‘Is the softer data we’re seeing transitory, or is it likely to persist throughout the remainder of 2011?’ Right now, that’s an open question that investors are […]

Muslim girl killed after taking part in pageant

Posted on June 2 2011 by ANI

  A 19-year-old Muslim girl was stoned to death under ‘Sharia law’ after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine. Katya Koren was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home. Her body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared, the Daily Mail reports. […]

12 secrets from a kung fu tea master .

Posted on June 1 2011 by Anita Xu/CNN
Shanghai tea - green tea leaves

A Shanghai tea master explains how get the best brew for your buck People wax lyrical about wine; and don’t ever think of telling a coffee lover that all brews taste the same. But, rarely do we put the same taste buds or brain cells toward tea. Recently, I visited Sun Yuping, the kung fu tea […]

China: Food safety violators to face death penalty (videos)

Posted on May 31 2011 by Steven Jiang, CNN/IM

Beijing — Amid deepening public concerns over the country’s food safety following a wave of recent scandals, China’s highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations. In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the […]

Sarah Palin rolls into Washington on a Harley

Posted on May 31 2011 by John Whitesides/Rtrs/IM

Republican Sarah Palin rolled into Washington on the back of a Harley-Davidson on Sunday, sparking a frenzy of attention and renewed speculation about her 2012 presidential plans. Dressed in black jeans, leather jacket and helmet, Palin opened a campaign-style East Coast bus tour by joining tens of thousands of participants in the annual Rolling Thunder […]

Memorial Day

Posted on May 30 2011 by NY Times

Memorial Day is a holiday that has evolved dramatically over the years. Memorial Day observances began after the Civil War to honor the Union soldiers who gave their lives in the conflict. They were expanded after World War I to become a tribute to the dead of all the nation’s wars. When Memorial Day began, […]

Man spends 27 years wrongly imprisoned writing songs (Video)

Posted on May 30 2011 by Kim Segal, CNN/IM

Prison-issued toilet paper is what musician William Michael Dillon used to write down most of his songs, including “Black Robes and Lawyers,” which has just been released on iTunes. “I was arrested for murder on August 26, 1981, for a crime I didn’t commit,” Dillon tells his audience as he starts strumming his guitar. “I […]

World leader eats what?

Posted on May 28 2011 by CNN/IM

As world leaders convene in France for the annual G8 Summit, Food & Wine’s restaurant editor Kate Krader divulges some top dogs’ favored noshes. Barack Obama: Hamburgers One of the many DC burger joints he frequents is Good Stuff Eatery, where Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn created the Prez Obama burger and the Michelle Melt […]

10 dumb things you do at the doc’s office

Posted on May 27 2011 by Elizabeth Cohen /CNN/IM

As much as she would like to, Dr. Lissa Rankin, a gynecologist, will never forget the woman who planned her wedding while lying naked on her examining table. “Every 15 seconds, her cell phone was going off, and she was answering it!” Rankin recalls. “It was like, ‘That’s not the cake I ordered,’ and, ‘No, […]

Low-priced drumsticks beat path to U.S. dinner tables

Posted on May 26 2011 by Bob Burgdorfer / Rtrs/ IM

Chicken drumsticks are finding their way to American dinner tables as a slowdown in exports has kept more of the dark meat in U.S. grocery stores and warehouses. Historically, chicken dark meat — long shunned by U.S. consumers in favor of white meat chicken breast — has largely been exported by U.S. chicken companies. Now, […]

10 business e-mails you shouldn’t send

Posted on May 26 2011 by Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich/CNN/IM

Imagine a tiny boat afloat on a thrashing sea, water pouring through a gaping hole in the hull. A sailor is frantically bailing dark, angry water, but no matter how much he scoops, the water line never seems to recede — more waves just pummel him in the face like a particularly insecure middle-school bully. […]

IABC Forum Discussion With The Minister of Trade

Posted on May 25 2011 by Stacey Irawan / IM

  Beverly Hills, May 16, 2011/Indonesia Media Indonesian American Business Council (IABC) recently invited Indonesia’s Minister of Trade, Mari Elka Pangestu, to a discussion concerning Indonesia and American business at The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was sponsored by Mr. Zulfikar Mark Zulkifli, Director of Indonesian Trade and Promotion Center in Los Angeles, and […]