Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Indian teachers "purify" students with cow urine
Indian teachers sprinkled cow urine on low-caste students to purify them and drive away evil, reports said on Saturday, in a country where millions of people remain oppressed at the bottom of the ancient Hindu caste system.
Upper-caste headteacher Sharad Kaithade ordered the ritual after taking over from a lower-caste predecessor at a school in a remote village in the western state of Maharashtra earlier this month, the Times of India reported.Read more: India
American Red Cross Trainings Build Cultural Competency
The American Red Cross today announced a series of four Community Relations Liaison trainings as part of an initiative to build a more culturally competent organization. The training sessions aim to expand the diversity of its employee and volunteer cadre and enable the Red Cross to better reflect the diverse communities it serves. The two-day trainings began last week in Houston, Texas followed by sessions in Atlanta, Ga., San Francisco, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.Read more: Red Cross
MySpace Launches Spanish Language Site
MySpace, the world’s leading lifestyle portal, announced today at the Billboard Latin American Music Conference the beta launch of MySpace en Español, a new Spanish-language version for U.S. based Hispanics. MySpace also revealed today a new pan-regional site in Spanish for Latin American residents as well as further development plans for localized communities in Mexico and Brazil.Read more: MySpace
SDL to Acquire Tridion for $94 Million
SDL International, one of the leading providers of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, announced today that it has signed an agreement which is subject to, inter alia, Shareholder approval to acquire Tridion, one of the leading providers of enterprise class Web Content Management (WCM) solutions.Read more: SDL
Going Global and Intercultural Communication
Nowadays business expansion more often than not involves going international or “going global�?. This is true both for the small sole trader who may be selling a highly unique and individual product right up to the Blue Chip company. Going global offers access to thousands (even millions) of more customers and therefore revenue. In addition, there are other reasons for an international structure including outsourcing systems and processes, manufacturing and distribution. However, a lot of companies are now jumping onto the global stage but without considering the many challenges they will meet.Read more: Going Global
Bureau Translations Launches its Global Campaign
Bureau Translations is embarking on a new daring global campaign based on an unprecedented business of philosophy. In search for worldwide presence and clients. Gabriel Fairman (Swarthmore College) '02 Bureau Translations CEO and leader believes that corporate success depends on more than just a product. He develops his translation company believing that capitalism can be used as an extremely powerful tool towards social transformation as he delivers translations of the utmost quality in over twenty languages. Relying on an extremely well established bedrock of values and beliefs, he uses social constructionism in conjunction with Buddhism and ancient Chinese teachings in order to develop a successful and harmonious environment that challenges the idea that people only work in exchange for money. The campaign seeks to expand Bureau Translation's client base by providing superb translations and services.Read more: Bureau
Ambitious project to count (and map) all Internet Users
An ambitious project called MapMyName, launched by two graduate students from Aveiro University in Portugal, aims to map and subsequently count all the Internet users in the world.
This is made possible, according to a video release in YouTube, due to a “recommendations system�?. Every person who signs in, recommends 3 friends that also use the Internet.Read more: Internet
Word of the Day: circumspect
circumspect \SUR-kuhm-spekt\, adjective: Marked by attention to all circumstances and probable consequences; cautious; prudent.
When the evidence is plentiful and the theories well confirmed, we can be more confident of the historical scenarios we propose; when theories are weak or evidence scarce, we ought to be more circumspect. -- Robert J. Richards, "You Can't Get There From Here", New York Times, February 27, 2000
Monday, April 23, 2007
Webinar Offers Insight into the Cultural Context of Doing Business with the British
GMAC Global Relocation Services will offer a complimentary Webinar to explore the major cultural differences workers face when they relocate to the United Kingdom, and proven steps they can take to bridge those differences.Read more: GMAC
CultureVision™ by Cook Ross Launches E-tour for Healthcare Cultural Competency
The need for healthcare cultural competency solutions is growing rapidly throughout the industry. For over ten years of Cook Ross’ 18-year history delivering cutting edge solutions in diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency training and consulting services, the firm has been working heavily in healthcare. Their breadth of experiences, coupled with response to emerging client needs, resulted in the genesis of Cook Ross’ product web-based cultural competency solution CultureVision™, an application allowing healthcare practitioners to easily find culturally competent patient care data for a rapidly expanding list of cultural and religious communities. It provides a broad range of information, including concepts of health, communication issues, and a plethora of research on ethnopharmacology and health disparities.Read more: Cook Ross
Multilingual citizens attract Amazon to Cork (Ireland)
Amazon’s 450-seat customer service centre in Cork was officially opened today. Nearly a third of the jobs for the centre have already been filled, Amazon said.
The experienced and multilingual personnel in the south-west region was a strong factor in Amazon’s decision to locate this centre in Cork. The digital media sector is transforming the information technology, media and entertainment industries and is creating new opportunities in our ever-evolving knowledge-based society,�? Amazon’s senior vice-president of worldwide operations Marc Onetto said.Read more: Amazon
Majority Of Internal Medicine Practices Provide Language Services
The majority of practices represented by internists that have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients provide language services, the American College of Physicians (ACP) reported today as it released a report on language access in health care. "Language Services for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Results of a National Survey of Internal Medicine Physicians" reported that a majority of the internists surveyed agree that it is difficult to provide patient care to LEP patients when language services are not available.Read more: LEP
Word of Day: gregarious
gregarious \grih-GAIR-ee-us\, adjective:
1. Tending to form a group with others of the same kind.
2. Seeking and enjoying the company of others.
True locusts, which are actually certain kinds of grasshoppers, are usually solitary and rather sluggish, but when they are crowded they enter a gregarious and highly active migratory phase. -- Gilbert Waldbauer, Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles
In the newly discovered gene, the change of a single unit of DNA converts the worm from a solitary forager into a gregarious diner. -- "Can Social Behavior of Man Be Glimpsed in a Lowly Worm?", New York Times, September 7, 1998