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.

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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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:46 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:42 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:40 PM
Categories: Press Releases

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.

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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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:37 PM
Categories: Translation News

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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:35 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

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

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:23 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:23 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:19 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

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.

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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.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:14 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

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

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:31 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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