Friday, April 07, 2006

no more tongue in tangerang

Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said Friday.

The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticized anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year. "Please do not dramatize this. We will not arrest people at will as we are not oppressors," Ahmad Lutfi, head of the city's public order department, told the Koran Tempo newspaper.

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playboy hits shelves of world's largest muslim country

Playboy magazine may no longer rate on the sexual cutting edge in some places, but the first edition in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, caused a stir Friday.

Although the pictures inside showed less skin than U.S. issues 50 years ago, copies were being passed from desk to desk in Jakarta offices, high demand was reported, and newspapers and broadcasters dwelt at length on the Indonesian issue.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:51 PM
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research into users of interpreters

People who speak little English need interpreters in order to use health, legal, social welfare and education services. Most evaluations of interpreting provision have been conducted from a service provider perspective. This in-depth study, by researchers from London South Bank University, Salford University and the LSE, examined the experiences of people who need interpreters.

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how cultural/religious sensitivities in saudi impact advertising

Most advertising billboards that feature people's faces in Saudi Arabia are blotted out or the eyes are deleted, through the process of pixelization.

Advertising agencies in the Kingdom are subject to customs that require them to ban showing a full picture of an individual. In an earlier interview with Asharq Al Awsat, an employee in the sector said, "No one knows who is responsible" for this, adding that the current situation is "a sort of understanding/agreement between advertising agencies, based on previous experiences that stipulated that no picture of a woman should feature in a street advert without her face or her eyes being blotted out."

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korea to get 'diversity day'

The Korean government recently considered designating a “Cultural Diversity Day�? to encourage the nation to be more embracing of non-Korean residents.

At an immigration policy forum on March 29, the Ministry of Justice began work establishing a national day for foreign residents. The ministry plans to establish and announce the day in May or June after consulting with other ministries, including the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:46 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Overseas demand for Chinese teachers rises

The annual recruitment of State-sponsored teachers to teach Chinese overseas will begin today, an official with the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language said yesterday.

Ma Jianfei, deputy director of the office, said the recruitment notice will be posted on the office's official website and applicants can sign up for the selection exam, which will be held at the end of this month. Applications close on April 20. Ma said the office will recruit 70 qualified teachers this year, who will be sent to more than 30 countries.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:44 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

mps lament end of BBC language services

The cut in the number of languages in which the BBC World Service broadcasts was described as 'regrettable' by a committee of MPs.Last month, it was reduced from 42 to 32, halting radio transmissions in languages including Thai and Kazakh.

The move came in response to a Government Green Paper on charter renewal but the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee expressed concern over the move, highlighting fears about freedom of expression in Thailand and Kazakhstan. The World Service was "particularly important in those countries where there is no properly functioning parliamentary democracy", according to the committee's report on public diplomacy.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:43 PM
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russian domain names hits half million

The number of Russian Internet domains has hit 500,000, a network information center said Friday. "The 500,000th domain will be registered today, when RuNet marks its 12th year in existence," said Alexei Lesnikov, director of RU-Center network information center.

Lesnikov said the center had expected the figure this fall, but that the RuNet - as domains ending in .ru are collectively known - had been developing more rapidly than expected with registration growth rate at 46% a year. .Ru is the second-fastest developing domain on the net after China's.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:42 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - banana skin

The banana skin is used when talking about draws in football competitions. So for example when the World Cup fixtures were drawn out of the hat each group may have a potential banana skin. This refers to the team that could pose problems for other teams due to their quality of being unknown. A famous banana skin is that of Cameroon when they first came onto the World Cup scene in 1990 and beat Argentina 1-0.

word of the day: fustian

fustian \FUHS-chuhn\, noun:
1. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.
2. An inflated style of writing or speech; pompous or pretentious language. adjective:
1. Made of fustian.
2. Pompous; ridiculously inflated; bombastic.

Don't squander the court's patience puffing your cheeks up on stately bombast and lofty fustian. Speak plainly! -- Richard Dooling, Brain Storm

His stated motive is to meet "the flood of cant, fustian and emotional nonsense which pollutes the intellectual atmosphere." -- Walter H. Waggoner, "Joseph W. Bishop Jr., Law Professor and Author", New York Times, May 21, 1985

Posted by Kwintessential at 6:18 PM
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