Thursday, April 13, 2006
happy easter to all our readers
Kwintessential would like to wish you a Happy Easter. Due to the holidays Cross Cultural and Intercultural News will not be published again until Tuesday 18th April 2006 .
the need for cultural sensitivity in business
Forget the saying 'the world is getting smaller' - it has gotten smaller. Advances in transport and communications technology combined with the development of a world economy have resulted in people from different nations, cultures, languages and backgrounds now communicating, meeting and doing business with one another more than ever.
There are some observers that claim this new found intimacy has lead to a greater understanding of 'the other' and as a result our cultural differences are in fact diminishing. However, in reality the opposite is true. As we come together our cultural differences become accentuated as we start to realise that the rest of the world is not reading from the same book. One area where this is now being felt is in business.Read more: Cultural Sensitivity
Employers lose fear of migrant workers
Concerns about recruiting migrant workers have receded to such an extent that employers no longer fear attracting negative publicity by hiring them to fill jobs.
A study by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) in 2004 found the majority of employers believed the public perception towards migrants was so negative that recruiting them would harm their business.
But senior HR professionals at businesses across the UK have said that the quality of migrant workers meant potential public image issues are no longer a concern.Read more: HR
gu ge - google in china
Google has launched its Chinese-language brand name - "Gu Ge," or "Valley Song," - which is designed to give China's users the warm and fuzzies.
CEO Eric Schmidt also answered critics who gave the company a hard time for agreeing to Chinese censorship laws. "I think it's arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning to operate and tell that country how to operate," he said. Asked whether Google might try to persuade Beijing to change its restrictions, Schmidt said he didn't rule anything out, but said it hasn't tried to change such limits elsewhere. He noted that Google's site in Germany is barred from linking to Nazi-oriented material.Read more: Gu Ge
New toolkit launched to help councils know their communities better
Assessing how well councils interact with their communities is the major focus of a new easy-to-use toolkit being launched for councils by the Audit Commission today.
The web-based system, Knowing Your Communities: User Focus and Diversity Toolkit, will allow councils to measure how well they are engaging with residents and how well they understand and respond to their needs and aspirations.Read more: Councils
iceland tops korea for internet penetration
Korea is no longer the country with the highest Internet penetration rate. According to the latest data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Iceland now tops the list with nearly 30 percent of the population subscribing to a broadband Internet connection.
Korea ranks second, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark. The average number per 100 inhabitants in all OECD member countries is below fourteen. Korea boasts the fastest broadband download speed, along with Japan, thanks to the use of fiberoptic cable connections.Read more: Korea
hospital in qatar sets up translation service
The Human Resources Department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar has set up a language bank to provide translation services for patients and visitors.
According to the source, each hospital has prepared a list of its employees speaking foreign languages along with their phone numbers and their working hours. The hospital staff would be responsible for providing translation for the patients even if the patient himself speaks the source language or seeks the help of a friend or relative.Read more: Qatar
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
rumi to get portuguese translation
A Portuguese version of 40 stories from Rumi’s didactic epic Masnaviy-e Manavi (“Spiritual Couplets�?) translated by Sepideh Radfar will be published on September 29, which would have been the 800th birthday of the poet, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.Read more: Rumi
Experts call for more radical approach to tackle diversity
A more radical approach is needed to address diversity shortfalls in the public sector, according to leading government and industry figures.
Speaking at the Public Sector People Managers' Association annual conference in Brighton at the end of March, a panel of diversity experts argued that current HR practice was not sufficient. Despite disquiet over setting targets for ethnic minority and female recruitment in the public sector, Waqar Azmi, chief diversity adviser at the Cabinet Office, insisted that targets were in fact not high enough.Read more: PSPMA
asia-pacific companies turn to homegrown leaders
Major companies based in the Asia- Pacific region are intensifying their search for executives who live in the area, rather than relying on expatriate executives who are brought in from other areas of the world, according to a report released today by The Conference Board.
Leadership development is on the rise throughout the Asia-Pacific region, which will account for 45% of the world's Gross Domestic Product in 2015, compared with 20% for the U.S. and 17% for Western Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund.Read more: Asia-Pacific
expats cause rise in bangkok rents
The serviced-apartment market is profiting from the 16.6% growth seen in the expatriate community in Bangkok between 2004 and 2005, according to a local property consultancy.
Research conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) showed that strong demand for quality serviced apartments in prime locations triggered a 11.7% increase year-on-year in monthly rental rates.Read more: Bangkok
EU lexicon to shun term "Islamic terrorism"
The European Union, tiptoeing through a minefield of religious and cultural sensitivities, is discreetly reviewing the language it uses to describe terrorists who claim to act in the name of Islam.
EU officials are working on what they call a 'lexicon' for public communication on terrorism and Islam, designed to make clear that there is nothing in the religion to justify outrages like the September 11 attacks or the bombings of Madrid and London.
The lexicon would set down guidelines for EU officials and politicians. "Certainly 'Islamic terrorism' is something we will not use ... we talk about 'terrorists who abusively invoke Islam'," an EU official told Reuters.Read more: Lexicon
world cup 2006: phrase of the day - chip
The chip refers to the act of delicately tapping the underbelly of the ball so that it rises upwards quickly and also descends quickly. The chip is usually used on a goalkeeper who comes off his line or out of the penalty area. Commentators use adjectives such as equisitie or cheeky to decribe chips.
word of the day: coeval
coeval \koh-EE-vuhl\, adjective:
1. Of the same age; originating or existing during the same period of time -- usually followed by 'with'.
noun: One of the same age; a contemporary.
According to John Paul, this longing for transcendent truth is coeval with human existence: All men and women "shape a comprehensive vision and an answer to the question of life's meaning." -- "Culture, et cetera", Washington Times, October 6, 2000
Coeval with human speech and found among all peoples, poetry appeals to our sense of wonder, to our unending quest for answers to the timeless questions of who we are and why we are. -- Mark Mathabane, "A Poet Can Lead Us Toward Change", Newsday, January 20, 1993