Thursday, January 11, 2007

Studying Spanish language in Cuba

Cuba is a Spanish speaking country situated in the Caribbean Sea. There are several options for those wanting to study Spanish language in Cuba, and depending on your circumstances and level of Spanish language, there will be study courses to accommodate you. Cuba offers Spanish language courses to suit all budgets and levels of Spanish language.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:11 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Polish immigrants apply to join Northern Ireland police

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has received almost 1,000 applications from Polish people in its latest recruitment campaign.

More than 7,700 Northern Ireland residents applied to the service following a recruitment drive last November. About 12% of these came from the Polish community. An estimated 30,000 Poles are thought to have moved to Northern Ireland since Poland joined the EU in 2004.

Read more: N.I.
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:08 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

Survey: expat challenges in the global business environment

There is a growing trend in today's workforce to establish policies and practices to offer greater flexibility in working patterns so that employees can balance work with responsibilities and activities outside the workplace.

However, technological advances have changed the nature of traditional work life and introduced more diverse work patterns. The concept of being contactable at all times has resulted in a workforce able to work at all hours as well as while away from the office. The 24/7 culture has an even greater impact on the work life balance of expatriates and their families.

ORC Worldwide is conducting a survey, sponsored by Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc. (IRC), a nonprofit research organization, to provide some insight into challenges expatriates face in the global business environment and how companies are dealing with work life balance issues.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:07 PM
Categories: Expatriate

B.C. woos German Expats

The extreme shortage of skilled workers plaguing British Columbia's overstretched construction industry has companies turning to an unusual source to bolster their ranks: one of Europe's wealthiest countries.

Over the past few years, the B.C. Construction Association has attempted to train workers from some of the province's most disadvantaged communities, targetting aboriginal and new-immigrant populations. It's a furious effort aimed at filling a shortfall estimated at well over 15,000 tradespeople in the next three years.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:05 PM
Categories: Expatriate

China Internet Users' Spending up 50%

Users in China spent 276.76 bln yuan on internet services in 2006, up nearly 50 pct, the official China Daily reported, citing the Internet Society of China.

The society said that China's internet users spent an average of 170 yuan per month in 2006 on services such as internet connection, online shopping and online games, up nearly 8 pct.

The number of internet users rose to 136 mln at the end of 2006, up from 111 mln at the end of 2005, the report said.

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Word of the Day: bowdlerize

bowdlerize \BODE-luh-rise; BOWD-\, transitive verb:
1. To remove or modify the parts (of a book, for example) considered offensive.
2. To modify, as by shortening, simplifying, or distorting in style or content.

The president did not call for bowdlerizing all entertainment, but stressed keeping unsuitable material away from the eyes of children. -- "Conference a start toward loosening grip of violence", Atlanta Journal, May 12, 1999

His tempestuous high school years are touched upon in a delightful scene where the precocious Roy infuriates his English teacher by trying to restore some of Shakespeare's saucier lines to that classroom's bowdlerized study of Hamlet. -- Herman Goodden, "A Few Scenes in the Life of Roy McDonald", London Free Press, December 7, 2000

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:58 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Diversity troubles in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is failing in efforts to solve multicultural problems among the nation's youth, raising the risk of Paris-style riots in poor Dutch city districts, an assessment has indicated.

The measures that municipalities use barely contribute to the solution and are sometimes counterproductive. And very few municipalities believe that urgent change is needed.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:16 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

BusinessWeek goes Thai

BusinessWeek and Bangkokstation Network Co. Ltd., a publishing company based in Bangkok, announced today an agreement to publish a Thai language edition of BusinessWeek. The first issue is scheduled to launch in June, 2007.

The BusinessWeek Thai language edition will be published monthly and will be available on newsstands and via subscription. Editorial content will consist of selected materials from BusinessWeek and as well as local editorial material developed by Bangkokstation Network specifically for publication in BusinessWeek Thailand.

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Multilingual Websites are a Competitive Necessity says Expert

It wasn't so long ago that companies were debating the value of building a Web site. What would be the payback? Today, most businesses recognize that a company's online presence is its face to the world. Forward-looking businesses are taking that literally, say experts, and hustling to make Web sites that speak to global customers in their native tongues.

"The view that it's OK to get by in English has changed, even between business-to-business companies. Companies are starting to use translation as a competitive edge," said John Yunker, co-founder of Byte Level Research LLC in San Diego and author of Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies.

"I call it the hidden revolution," he added, noting that in the past three years coffee shop powerhouse Starbucks Corp. has doubled its number of global Web sites. So has car maker BMW.

Read more: Yunker
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:14 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

Word of the Day: coxcomb

coxcomb \KOKS-kohm\, noun:
1. obsolete. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red. (Now cockscomb).
2. archaic. The top of the head, or the head itself.
3. Obsolete. A fool.
4. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a dandy; a fop.

A resemblance between the sacrificial garments of ancient ritual and the costume of a household jester in the Middle Ages--coxcomb, eared hood, bells, and bauble, with a motley coat--has been noted. -- "Fool", Encyclopedia Britannica

If thou follow him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb. -- William Shakespeare, King Lear

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:12 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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