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Myanmar gets new flag, official name, anthem

gbu myanmar flag 220The new flag has a horizontal band of light green at the top, dark green in the center and red at the bottom, with a white star in the middle. There has been no official explanation as to what the colours or the star represent.

With regard to your story “Myanmar gets new flag, official name, anthem,” you say the new flag “has a horizontal band of light green at the top, dark green in the center and red at the bottom.”

The accompanying picture of said flag shows the top band is yellow, not green.

Hope you can rectify the error ASAP


We corrected: GBU Editor

The new state flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is hoisted at the mast at the City Hall of Yangon, October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Aung Hla Tun

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Charges dropped?


Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents

SWEDEN-WIKILEAKS/Assange has been establishing a base in Sweden in order to benefit from the Nordic country’s strict journalist protection laws. He is also being investigated over rape allegations in Sweden, which he has denied, calling them baseless.

It has been widely reported that the rape charges were dropped.

The relevancy of the remaining charges would appear to have no bearing on the article on hand, and the original statement would appear to be included as an attempt of character assassination by the author.

No wheeze, please…


German “heatball” wheeze outwits EU light bulb ban

EU-ENERGY/LIGHT-BULBSI realize that the level of English competency has fallen dramatically during this day and age, but unless the German in question has a serious case of the flu, I assume you meant to use the word “Whiz” in your headline.

When a news outlet such as “Reuters” makes such basic spelling errors in its headlines, and it remains unnoticed for this long, what is the English-speaking world coming to, in terms of education!!

No fire in the tunnel…



FACTBOX – Key facts on the Channel Tunnel

Oct 7 (Reuters) – A row has erupted over the choice of trains for the Channel Tunnel, with France challenging a decision by Eurostar to switch to a German manufacturer for its next generation of high-speed passenger trains.

Here are some key facts about the Channel Tunnel:

2010 – Eurostar train services to London are suspended in May due to a fire in the Channel Tunnel.

A bad one…


Many obese people see no need to lose weight

CHINA/NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A substantial proportion of obese people don’t think they’re too fat, new research shows.

Among more than 2,000 obese Dallas County residents surveyed in 2000-2002, 14 percent of African Americans and 11 percent of Hispanics — but just 2 percent of whites — believed that they needed to lose weight, Dr. Tiffany M. Powell of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and her colleagues found.

He’s still alive…


Armless pianist plays with toes to win “China’s Got Talent”

USALiu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated 7-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Your reporter needs to look up the definition of electrocution.


Which you areĀ  saying because in the U.S., every definition I can find says electrocution is fatal.

A healthy change in the language?


PepsiCo trims forecast, bets on healthier food

PEPSICO/EDITORS: Foods are more nutritious or more healthful.

They are not “healthier,” unless they are more robust, in good health.

A Careful Reader

You have my sympathy.

That same distinction was drilled into me long ago, too. I was taught that people are healthy, foods are healthful.

She wasn’t the first…


Condoleezza Rice admits mistakes, but not in memoir

HONGKONGThe memoir is the first of two planned volumes and reflects on her parents raising her as an only child in the race-fueled 1950s and 1960s American South. It also tells the story of how the education promoted by her parents — both teachers — led to her becoming the first black U.S. Secretary of State.

There is a glaring mistake in this piece.

The first black U.S. Secretary of State was actually Colin Powell.


Readers noticed this one, of course. We corrected: GBU Editor

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a lecture “The Future of Asia” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Hungary villages?


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Hungary villages? And I read Reuters because its more intellegent?

Probably need to rethink that one.

Dean P.

We should have said Hungarian villages.

And you probably need to rethink your spelling of intelligent, too: GBU Editor

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Giving thugs a bad name?



Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers violent riots

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade erupted in violence on Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with anti-gay protesters, who rioted and attacked the headquarters of the ruling parties.

gbu belgrade vertical 220Pushed back from the parade area by 5,000 police in riot gear, protesters turned to other targets, breaking into the lobby of the state television network, scaling scaffolding to try to enter parliament, smashing windows at the Austrian embassy and burning a car in front of the French embassy.