Friday, February 03, 2006

us state department backs muslims in cartoon row

The United States backed Muslims on Friday against European newspapers that printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a move that could help America's battered image in the Islamic world.

Inserting itself into a dispute that has become a lightning rod for anti-European sentiment across the Muslim world, the United States sided with Muslims outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion.

"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in answer to a question. "We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable."

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Language Standards for Global Business Conference

A focused team of cross-industry experts articulating the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, intelligent globalization system, announced today the successful conclusion of the Language Standards for Global Business Conference held December 12-13, 2005, in Berlin, Germany.

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chinese muslims turning knowledge of arabic to their advantage

When Yang Bo came home for his wedding during the Chinese New Year holiday this week, he was admired by all his friends from childhood. With refined manners and self-confidence, the 23-year-old bridegroom stood out in his hometown in Wuzhong, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

An Arabic interpreter in Yiwu, a manufacturing base in east China's Zhejiang Province, Yang makes 3,000 yuan (375 U.S. dollars) a month. In fact, a growing number of young Muslims in Ningxia -- China's largest Muslim community -- are being trained as Arabic interpreters to help Arabian businessmen coming to the rich eastern and southern China's provinces each year for business opportunities.

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Prescription Label Translations Could Help Prevent Medical Errors

Providing language-appropriate prescription labels could eliminate some of the medical errors responsible for 98,000 deaths each year in the United States, but chain-owned pharmacies were less likely to provide them than small, independent drug stores in a study in the February issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU), published by Meharry Medical College.

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Alcan Inc. announced today that its Cross-Cultural Awareness Program is proving to be an important catalyst in providing employees at its Gove alumina refinery in Australia's Northern Territory a better understanding of the rich indigenous culture of the Arnhem Land region. Established in early 2005, the program was developed in partnership with the not-for-profit Yothu Yindi Foundation and is attended by all Alcan Gove employees along with the extensive contract workforce.

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cultural diversity should not be about being pc says prince

A drive to promote ethnic diversity in the workplace is about straightforward ideas, rather than political correctness, the Prince of Wales said today.

Charles was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Race for Opportunity project at his London residence Clarence House. Guests including the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality Trevor Phillips joined the heir to the throne to mark the occasion. The Prince told them: "It won't take long before all these ideas and straightforward concepts - not political correctness - are embedded in so many organisations and companies in the country."

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turkey says european language policies against human rights

Turkey is campaigning against discrimination towards Turks and Muslims in Europe. Turkey's capital, Ankara, is continuing its initiatives against the immigration test applied to foreigners in Germany, and is reacting towards the proposal that "only Dutch should be spoken on the streets of The Netherlands".

Ankara says the Rotterdam Code, the behavior charter for residents of the city, and proposals from Minister of Integration and Immigration Rita Verdonk do not conform to human rights principles.

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poor korean translations weaken sales

Why are sales of Apple’s global bestseller iPod much lower than those of local-made MP3 players in South Korea? And why does U.S. giant Google struggle in the Korean Internet market and is less respected here than anywhere else? One big reason for such unpopularity of foreign brands in Korea is their poor English to Korean translation on Web sites, user manuals and software programs, users say.

``When using Apple’s iTunes program, I’d rather use the English version than the Korean one even though I am not a native English speaker,’’ said 31-year-old Lee Sang-hak, who owns an iPod MP3 player and an iMac desktop PC. ``It is easier to understand the English version because the Korean translation is unnatural and sometimes looks very awkward.’’

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internet use growing in nepal

Only a few years ago, most Nepalis would have thought cyber cafes were places to buy breakfast. Now, they have mushroomed in every town, catering to many who can't live without chatting online. A computer parlor can be opened with a small investment, and many young businessmen are getting into the game. Chatting has become an affordable hobby, due to competition between establishments lowering the price. Some places charge only Rs.10 (U.S.$0.23) per hour.

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Categories: Web Globalization

canadian cities hold top 3 spots for best business destination

The Economist Intelligence Unit has developed a “business-trip index�? for 127 cities worldwide, ranking the best and worst business travel destinations. Canadian cities take the top three slots, with Vancouver just ahead of Calgary and Toronto.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 7:03 PM
Categories: Business Traveller

word of the day: disparate

disparate \DIS-puh-rit; dis-PAIR-it\, adjective:
1. Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind.
2. Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements.

Science at its best isolates a common element underlying many seemingly disparate phenomena. -- John Horgan, The Undiscovered Mind

A Region Not Home," though it encompasses topics as seemingly disparate as Shakespeare, football, suicide, racism and Disneyland, actually has considerable thematic coherence. -- Phillip Lopate, "Dreaming of Elsewhere," New York Times, February 27, 2000

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