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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Indonesian Government to give donation to executed woman’s family

A delegation from the Manpower Ministry and the Association of Labor Export Companies (Apjati) will make a visit to the family of Karni binti Medi Tarsim, an Indonesian migrant worker who was executed last Thursday in Saudi Arabia for murdering her employer.

The director general for overseas labor placement and protection affairs at the ministry, Reyna Usman, said she would lead a delegation representing the government and labor supplying companies to visit Karni’s family in Brebes, Central Java, on Saturday.

“The government will provide a donation to express its solidarity to Karni and simultaneously call on locals not to send unqualified workers to work overseas,” she told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Apjati chairman Ayub Basalamah said his side would donate Rp 10 billion to Karni’s family and provide scholarships for elementary and secondary education for her only son.

Source: Jakarta Post, April 22, 2015


Bali aims for 30 million foreign tourists

Bali Governor Made Mangu Pastika is upbeat that Bali can attract 30 million foreign tourists by 2029.

Pastika submitted on Wednesday a tourism roadmap for 2014 and 2029 to Bali councilors, highlighting the resort island's capacity to receive the surge in travelers. Bali welcomes around 3 million foreign tourists annually.

"Singapore, which is way smaller than Bali, can attract 37 million tourists annually. If they can, why can't we?," said Pastika.

He also said that the Bali administration was ready to construct necessary infrastructure and new destinations to achieve the target.

Source: Jakarta Post, April 22, 2015

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