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Friday, February 25, 2005

new cross cultural quiz - iran

A new cross cultural quiz has been added to the Kwintessential site testing business personnel on their levels of cross cultural awareness.

The new quiz offers 5 questions set within the scenario of someone visiting Iran with a business proposal and tests the participant's understanding of how business is conducted in Iran.

How culturally aware are you? Take the quiz and see: Cross Cultural Quiz - Iran

Cross Cultural research into altruism

In the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, in a world where street children beg for food, why do some people help, but others don’t? To answer this question twenty leading social scientists will gather in Santa Fe, New Mexico to share their latest research findings that examine altruism in a global context, as part of the 34th annual conference of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR).

“We do not yet have anything like an adequate cross-cultural inventory of where, how, and why charitable altruistic love emerges in the world,�? says Stephen G. Post, Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Case Western Reserve University. “Cross-cultural analysis of the ways and power of unselfish love is woefully limited,�? he notes. “This conference is therefore a real benchmark in the scientific development of the field of love studies.�? Post is President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love – Altruism, Compassion, Service, located at Case Western Reserve University.

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Diversity Mentoring Scheme

HBOS, Centrica, Co-operative Group, PepsiCo, BskyB, Deloitte, KPMG and Ford Europe are amongst the first companies to sign up to a unique organisational diversity mentoring scheme.

Due to be launched by diversity consultancy, Performance Through Inclusion (PTI) on 8th March 2005, the scheme will enable the UK’s leading diversity experts to share best practice with other leading UK companies on a whole host of issues by providing hands-on assistance and advice.

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Language strategy is failing

The government's national languages strategy is seriously questioned in a damning report today, which reveals that there has been a "marked national decline" in the numbers of undergraduates studying languages.

Commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), it paints the bleakest outlook for language degrees yet, with ever declining numbers of students and an increasing concentration of courses in the hands of a few institutions.

The most badly affected languages were Scandinavian (down 27%), Latin American languages (down 31%), Russian (down 27%) and Japanese (down 23%). While, statistically, French remains the most popular language, it still suffered a slump of 19% in four years. German also fared badly, losing 17% of its students. The numbers studying Italian fell 3%, while Spanish and Portuguese undergraduates posted small rises.

Read more: Languages
Posted by Neil Payne at 8:58 AM
Edited on: Friday, February 25, 2005 8:59 AM
Categories: Language Learning News

growing internet use gives hope to advertisers

The growing strength of the internet is providing significant opportunities for advertising and marketing agencies in non-traditional markets.

WPP, the advertising giant, announced its forecast for the future is favourable even though TV airtime prices are increasing and viewing figures flagging. The internet now presents an effective, more economically sound, alternative.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 8:51 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: blackguard

blackguard \BLAG-uhrd\, noun:
1. A rude or unscrupulous person; a scoundrel.
2. A person who uses foul or abusive language.

adjective: Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as, "blackguard language."

transitive verb: To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.

Douglas was not a saint, though, so his behaviour and attitude were, as he wrote, 'neither better nor worse than my contemporaries -- that is to say, [I became] a finished young blackguard, ripe for any kind of wickedness'. --Douglas Murray, Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas

The years, as time went on, imparted to him that peculiar majesty that white-haired blackguards, successful (and unpunished) criminals, seem generally to possess. --Saul David, Prince of Pleasure

Posted by Neil Payne at 8:39 AM
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