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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What (Expat) Women Want

The number of women being sent on assignment is increasing as more women express interest in gaining air-miles to improve their international career prospects and companies begin to realise that actively drawing women from into their pool of candidates for overseas postings can give them a distinct competitive advantage.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting's 2005/ 2006 International Assignments Survey found that companies in Asia-Pacific had 16 times more females on assignment in 2006 than they did in 2001, companies in North America had nearly four times as many, while those in Europe had more than twice as many.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:06 PM
Categories: Expatriate

Acas launches free online course to help avoid discrimination

Conciliation service Acas has launched a new free online course to help employers avoid discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief.

Employers need to be aware of the behaviours and attitudes in their workplace and to ensure good practice for a fair and open environment, Acas warns.

Acas also provides good practice guidance http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/f/l/religion_1.pdf on religion or belief in the workplace.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:04 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

iJET Enhances Worldcue(R) Expatriate Risk Management Solution

iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, a leading provider of global intelligence, operating risk management technology and integrated emergency response services, today announced significant enhancements to its Worldcue Expatriate Risk Management solution. New technology and features improve the ability of organizations to find and communicate with their expatriates and families -- whether at their assigned work location or on travel.

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New English Writing, Editing and Grammar Software Released

WhiteSmoke, the best on-line writing software to help businesses to improve their English, announces two new additions to its suite of writing solutions. Top Expert, an online forum that provides quick answers about English from experts in writing. And WhiteSmoke’s new translation dictionaries cover seventeen different languages. These new features will serve the global business writer by providing strong enhancements to WhiteSmoke’s distinctive writing software solution.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:56 PM
Categories: Press Releases

Translation - the invisible, yet essential, industry

Talk - or more precisely, translation services - isn't as cheap as the cliché says it is.

Microprocessor giant Intel Corp. invests 2 percent to 3 percent of revenue from its sales and marketing group on translation. But that's only half as much as what its competitors spend.

"It should be closer to 5 percent to 6 percent because that is the industry average," said Lew Tarnopol, who makes sure information on Intel's public Web sites is presented accurately in 19 languages. Tarnopol was among more than 100 government, academic and private industry experts who attended a translation conference staged Monday in Salt Lake City by Brigham Young University.

Speakers included Stephen Sekel, head of translation services for the United Nations; Marian Greenfield, president of the American Translators Association; and Bernhard Kohlmeier, who directs "localization" tasks at Microsoft.

Translation specialists acknowledge that their profession is invisible to most people, although they also joke that it is the second-oldest career in the world. By some accounts, translation work is a fragmented $9.5 billion industry consisting of more than 3,000 companies.

Read more: SLT
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:55 PM
Categories: Translation News

The Importance of Intercultural Know-how in Asia

In the Asian market, cultural negotiations can win or lose millions of dollars in contracts, discovers April Terreri. Success hinges on strategic planning.

Your company is preparing to enter the Asian market, and your negotiations team is nervous. Eager for a successful outcome, team members want to know how to present themselves to their overseas counterparts, whose behavioral expectations are quite...

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Word of the Day: cogitate

cogitate \KOJ-uh-tayt\, intransitive verb:
1. To think deeply or intently; to ponder; to meditate.
2. To think about; to ponder on; to meditate upon; to plan or plot.

Still cogitating and looking for an explanation in the fire. -- Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son

Elliot seems to have been a serious type, given to New Year's Eves reading Shakespeare and cogitating on the sermon preached at his grandfather's funeral. -- James Reaney, "They partied like it's 1899", London Free Press, January 3, 1999

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:26 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Monday, March 12, 2007

Israelis in India

While India is a popular hot spot for Israelis, sometimes there are cultural clashes. So, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has found a way to combat that cultural gap. The ministry will launch a campaign to improve its image in India.

“We're a very small number worldwide, but our presence is very noticeable in India,�? Lior Weintraub, spokesman for Israel's New Delhi embassy told Ynet. “There are unpleasant behaviors. We believe that most Israelis come to India to travel and learn about the culture. India's population is conservative and the Israelis who are unaware of this cultural gap – are perceived poorly by them.�?

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UK Ministers may rethink language plan

Ministers will reconsider their decision to make languages optional at GCSE if a new drive fails to increase the number of teenagers studying French and German. Education Secretary Alan Johnson announced that all seven-year-olds in England will have to learn a language to encourage them to continue their studies as teenagers.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 8:07 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Lingobit Localizer 5 Tool Released

Lingobit Technologies today announces Lingobit Localizer 5.0, a software localization tool that provides development teams with an effective solution to facilitate and streamline the software localization process and communication between programmers, translators and testers. Lingobit Localizer 4.8 delivers a host of new features and enhancements to reduce application localization costs, maximize IT productivity and ensure faster software localization.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 7:43 PM
Categories: Press Releases

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