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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

microsoft to go azeri

Microsoft has announced the beginning of the first stage of the MS Windows XP localization for Azerbaijan. The company has held a presentation in Baku today, where the company `s head in Baku, Vladimir Tchaikovsky has mentioned that the company` s products are now translated into 45 languages of the world, Trend reports.

Works to translate Windows XP are conducted in cooperation with AZEL (Azerbaijan Electronics) on the basis of the earlier signed contract. The first stage of the project will include presentation to the society Azerbaijani version of the terminological glossary of the MS operational system, he said. “Considering the great importance of the localization project, Microsoft is committed to attract as many people as possible for the discussion of glossary,�? he added.

Read more: Azeri
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:46 PM
Categories: Translation News

sesame street to build cultural bridges in kosovo

US children's TV show Sesame Street is to be used to promote ethnic diversity in Kosovo.

Famous characters Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird will feature in 26 episodes along with footage taped in the province. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the episodes will feature stories about children from various ethnic groups.

Read more: Kosovo

india ranks poorly in expat survey

India is one of the preferred global business destinations. But quality of living — a key factor in deciding pay packages for expatriate assignments — in its cities is not all that good.

A worldwide quality-of-living survey conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting has ranked Indian cities far below their Asian counterparts. Delhi and Mumbai share the 150th position — 29 notches behind Colombo, ranked at 121, and even below Senegal’s capital Dakar, which has been placed at 144. But the two Indian cities have shown slight improvement, compared with last year. Delhi was at 153 then and Mumbai 151.

Read more: India

u.s. military use video game to learn intercultural skills

A new video game training tool developed by the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute has begun to be used by the US Army and Marine Corps to teach soldiers about Middle Eastern customs and language.

The Tactical Language Program includes titles such as Tactical Iraqi, Tactical Pashto (the primary language of eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan) and Tactical Levantine (the geographical area comprising Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria). Previous interactive language programs have focused solely on spoken language, but the new Tactical Language titles present scenarios including body language and cultural taboos.

Read more: USA

lack of common language divides eu

European Union comprising 25 nation states that is projected as a model for other continents where nation states are in a confrontational mode or are engaged in internecine wars is itself in turmoil. Those who visualized and lobbied for a unified Europe traversed a long road that was full of potholes. For them, it was not an easy task to bring together countries that were at each other's throat for centuries and fought long and bloody wars.

The Union has been conscious from the very beginning about the absence of a common language that may bind Europe together. Consequently, the European Commission, the administrative wing of the EU, works in as many as 20 languages.

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english film breaks new ground in bollywood

There are no songs, no glitzy dance routines and all the dialogue is in English, but Bollywood's latest offering, about a dysfunctional Parsi family, has defied convention by becoming a box-office hit.

The world's largest film industry by output and ticket sales draws its strength from the country's conservative Hindi-speaking heartland, but these days it is also reaching out to the country's growing middle classes in its fast-modernising towns.

Read more: Bollywood

BTEM Completes Spanish Translation of website

Biostem Inc., due to its pending acquisition of Cryobanks International, may be a target of aggressive investors and day traders. Yesterday after the stock markets closed, the company issued a press release announcing that it has completed a full Spanish translation of the company's highly praised informational website.

Why is this important? Because the website is considered a fundamental component in educating the Hispanic population and increasing minority cord blood donations.

Read more: Biostem Inc

16 million access internet in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post reports that internet access in Indonesia lags behind other countries with just 6.6% of the population online - but that’s a healthy 16 million audience. Neighbouring Malaysia is reported at 33% of the population and 8 million users and Thailand has 6.5 million users representing 12 million users.

Read more: Indonesia
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:29 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

british music gains access to millions of new listeners in china

British music stars will gain access to 110 million potential fans in China after independent labels secured a groundbreaking deal to place UK artists on the country’s largest internet portal.

Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, Katie Melua, The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx are among the artists whose music and videos will be made available for free streaming over computers through SINA, China’s leading internet service provider.

Read more: SINA

event: Web Site Globalization

Web Site Globalization will provide an international panel of speakers and case studies which will focus on how an organization can effectively manage Web globalization through the marriage of organizational structure and technology, and how globalization and localization processes are designed, implemented, and maintained to maximize ROI and achieve consistent global branding. Shared experiences and discussions will examine the best methods of addressing the ultimate question of if and how the process can be streamlined, and what efficient Web globalization tactics will look like in the future.

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world cup 2006: phrase of the day - clinical

Clinical - an adjective used to describe something done with perfection, i.e. Thierry Henry's finish was clinical. It captures the fact that the player's movement, actions, touch and balance were all perfect.

word of the day: panoply

panoply \PAN-uh-plee\, noun:
1. A splendid or impressive array.
2. Ceremonial attire.
3. A full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering.

Every step taken to that end which appeases the obsolete hatreds and vanished oppressions, which makes easier the traffic and reciprocal services of Europe, which encourages nations to lay aside their precautionary panoply, is good in itself. -- Winston Churchill, quoted in This Blessed Plot, by Hugo Young

The beige plastic bedpan that had come home from the hospital with him after his deviated-septum operation . . . now held ail his razors and combs and the panoply of gleaming instruments he employed to trim the hair that grew from the various features of his face. -- Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth

Monday, April 10, 2006

zurich tops expats' league

Zurich provides the best quality of life for expatriate staff, according to a survey of more than 200 international cities.

The study conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked cities on the basis of personal safety, health and education facilities, transport, other public services, social, economic, environmental and political factors. New York with a score of 100 was used as a base line.

Mercer said: "Moving abroad can be a big upheaval for expatriates and their families so international assignments tend to carry large price tags, particularly if they are in cities with low living standards facing political unrest or terrorist threats."

Read more: Mercer

U.S. Immigrants Rally by the Thousands

Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets in dozens of cities across the nation Monday in peaceful protests that some compared to the movements led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and farm-labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

"People of the world, we have come to say this is our moment," said Rev. James Orange of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda in Atlanta, where police estimated that at least 50,000 people marched Monday morning.

Read more: USA
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:45 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

working overseas

If the trend for TV programmes about relocating abroad is anything to go by, there must be a flood of Brits upping sticks for the Continent. The reality is, however, that just two per cent of Europeans work in an EU country other than their country of origin.

Yet working in Europe has never been easier. As nationals of an EU country, we have the right to work in any other member state without a work permit. And with 2006 designated as the European Year of Workers' Mobility - to increase the dynamism of the European labour market - advisers are falling over themselves to provide assistance.

Read more: The Continent
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:44 PM
Categories: Expatriate

making languages pay - A case study of Bambino Mio

A Northampton company is proving that the ability to speak foreign languages and the development of a multi-lingual website are key factors in developing overseas sales.

Bambino Mio is a specialist producer of cotton nappies and associated products. The company was founded in 1996 and initially only traded in the UK. Now around half its sales come from overseas, and its export drive has been supported by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) team based in Nottingham. In 2003, the company enrolled on the Passport to Export scheme for new exporters and with International Trade Adviser Jane Waldron's help, recruited two multilingual Swiss students to help them establish themselves in overseas markets.

Three years on, the company's website is now accessible to buyers in a staggering option of 24 languages. In addition to the website, all the firm's literature and packaging, as well as its promotional video, are produced in the local language of the target market.

Read more: Bambino Mio

new "how german are you?" tests trigger diversity debate

Brahms, beer and Beethoven are German, but can a Muslim head scarf be German too?

Islamic communities throughout the country are beginning to wonder. What it means to be German is an excruciating riddle, not something casually broached in a cafe. But efforts to sharpen national identity through new citizenship tests have caused a furor over accusations that Muslims are being unfairly targeted for exclusion by questions concerning head scarves, arranged marriages, homosexuality and Israel's right to exist.

Read more: Germany

call to address islamaphobia in europe

According to The New Anatolian, The Organization of the Islamic Conference's (OIC) Parliamentary Union will meet in Istanbul this week and discuss making a call on Western countries to act against Islamophobia and extend their anti-defamation laws to ensure respect for Islam.

There would also be discussion of protection of sanctities and supporting principles of democracy and human rights. The Union also aims to increase awareness on Islam and to create a channel of productive cooperation and coordination with international institutions to enrich dialog.

Read more: OIC
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:39 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

diversity good for decision making in groups

New research from Tufts University indicates that diverse groups perform better than homogenous groups when it comes to decision making and that this is due largely to dramatic differences in the way whites behave in diverse groups--changes that occur even before group members begin to interact.

"Traditional arguments in favor of diversity often focus on ethics, morality and constitutionality," said Samuel R. Sommers, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. "I wanted to look at the observable effects of diversity on performance."

In a study involving 200 participants on 29 mock juries, panels of whites and blacks performed better than all-white groups by a number of measures. "Such diverse juries deliberated longer, raised more facts about the case, and conducted broader and more wide-ranging deliberations," said Sommers. "They also made fewer factual errors in discussing evidence and when errors did occur, those errors were more likely to be corrected during the discussion."

Read more: Groups

New Programme for Multiethnic Tolerance and Respect for Diversity

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) presented, last Friday, Coexistence in Schools: Different and Yet the Same, its new programme for multiethnic tolerance and respect for diversity.

The start of this programme marks the ECMI’s contribution to the observance of April 8 – the International Day of the Roma. The new ECMI programme, to be implemented in mixed elementary schools in Macedonia, aims to raise the awareness of students and teachers in elementary education on the improved ethnic tolerance and respect for diversity.

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40% of chinese internet users to not trust online stores

A recent market survey shows that 40% of Chinese netizens do not trust online shopping services.

The survey was conducted by Shanghai Minglue Market Planning and Consulting Company in seven cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. A total of 6496 netizens participated in the survey in China. Of those surveyed, 23.3% believe that online shopping services are "relatively trustworthy" or"very trustworthy", and up to 41.3% think they are "absolutely not trustworthworthy".

Read more: China
Posted by Kwintessential at 10:35 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - blinder

A player who has an exceptionally good game is said to have "had a blinder". The term is generally used by footballers themselves and fans rather than journalists or commentators. One can also say that a player had a "blinding game."

word of the day: stripling

stripling \STRIP-ling\, noun:
A youth in the state of adolescence, or just passing from boyhood to manhood; a lad.

But at that time he was too young to drive a car, and I wasn't, so I took it upon myself to tell the stripling a thing or two. -- Geoffrey Wolff, "Advice My Brother Never Took", New York Times, August 20, 1989

It is even possible that some . . . who might be thought to have a chance of election as Pope because of their youthful vigour -- by Vatican standards, a man of 60 is a stripling -- will see their chances come and go in turn. -- Andrew Medichini, "Cardinal secrets", Times (London), January 23, 2001


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