February 14, 2012 |
Chicago-based Boeing Co. finalized what it calls a historic order for 230 aircraft worth $22.4 billion. Lion Air of Indonesia ordered 201 of the Boeing 737 Max planes and 29 next-generation 737-900ERs. The deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. The order is the largest commercial airplane deal ever for Boeing, measured by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. Lion Air will be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 Max and the first in the world to take delivery of the 737 Max-900.
June 8, 2011 |
Environmentalists have launched a global campaign against Mattel Inc., the world's largest toy company, as part of a decade-long effort to force multinational corporations to purge their operations of any links to rain forest destruction. On Tuesday, Greenpeace activists in turquoise vests rappelled down the face of the company's 15-story headquarters in El Segundo and hung a giant banner depicting a frowning Ken doll with the message: "Barbie: it's over. I don't date girls that are into deforestation.
May 22, 2011 |
In 1930, Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias and his wife, Rose, traveled to the island of Bali in Indonesia and promptly fell in love with what they saw. They stayed nine months, soaking up the natural beauty and distinct culture. Covarrubias later wrote a classic book called "Island of Bali," which somewhat overshadowed the art he made on the trip. One of those paintings is a stylized map of Bali, showing the diamond-shaped island dominated by smoking volcanoes towering over lush valleys and hillsides terraced into rice fields.
August 29, 2010 |
An Indonesian volcano that had been dormant for more than four centuries erupted for the second day in a row Monday, spewing white clouds of smoke and ash more than 2,000 yards into the air, officials and witnesses said. Thousands of people living along the slopes of Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra province have been evacuated to emergency shelters, mosques and churches, said Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency. Their abandoned villages and crops are blanketed in heavy, gray soot.
August 19, 2010 |
There's a glistening chicken somewhere under the blanket of crispy rice-flour crumbles. The crystalline snowflake-like particles are scattered over the entire bird, its skin sluiced with a squeeze of lime and spiced with a dab of sambal , shrimp paste and chiles ground into a pungent, penetrating blast of heat. Time seems to stand still for that chicken: Phones quit chirping and fidgety kids suddenly snap to attention, transfixed by the fried delights of the ayam goreng kremesan at Merry's House of Chicken, a months-old Indonesian restaurant in West Covina.
July 23, 2010 |
The Obama administration said Thursday that it would resume limited assistance to Indonesia's special forces, which have been barred from receiving U.S. military aid for more than a decade because of human rights abuses. The decision probably will face criticism from human rights groups and some members of Congress who contend that human rights violations by the special forces, including their role in a violent crackdown on separatists in East Timor in the late 1990s, have not been thoroughly investigated.