Friday, September 09, 2005
The most extensive assessment of migration ever produced shows immigrants now comprise a quarter of London's population and in one area - Wembley - just over half of residents. BBC News website's Steve Hawkes visited one street to witness multiculturalism in action and ask the people of the area whether it is working.Read more: Wembley
charlton football club's language school
The beginning of July saw the start of a new era for the Charlton Athletic European Soccer School as Addicks coaches assisted with a groundbreaking language school initiative.
Two months earlier had seen the launch of a project, in partnership with ESDE Idiomas and Malaga City Council, to use football to encourage youngsters to learn English. And La Mosca football club in Malaga, southern Spain, was the successful first venue for the scheme, with a week of language lessons followed by a week of football coaching from July 4-8th.Read more: Charlton FC
google becoming truly multilingual
Google continues to add more and more lanaguages to its impressive list. It has recently added interfaces in Cambodian, Corsican, Kazakh, Lingala, Pashto, Quechua, Shona, Tajik, Tatar and Tonga. That brings the total of languages supported to 116. A list of all their lanaguges is available here.
word of the day: quaff
quaff \KWOFF; KWAFF\, transitive verb:
To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts.
intransitive verb: To drink largely or luxuriously.
noun: A drink quaffed.
He gets drunk with his guides, makes eyes at the girls and gamely quaffs snake wine. --Pico Iyer, "Snake Wine and Socialism," New York Times, December 15, 1991
If you were patient and kept your nose clean, you could slowly, almost effortlessly, rise from serf to squire and maybe even all the way to knight, in which case you, too, would be entitled to quaff bowl-size martinis at midday. --Charles McGrath, "Office Romance," New York Times Magazine, March 5, 2000
Thursday, September 08, 2005
watch out for the siberian tiger soup
The cat is out of the bag at a restaurant in northeast China that had been serving donkey meat spiked with tiger urine in pricey dishes advertised as endangered Siberian tigers.
Local media in Heilongjiang province got wind that the restaurant was offering stir-fried dishes and medicinal liquor made from tiger meat and bones, sparking local police and health inspectors to pounce, the China Daily said on Thursday.
"After inspection, the owner confessed that the so-called tiger meat was donkey meat that had been dressed with tiger urine to give the dish a 'special' flavour," the newspaper said.Read more: China
HSBC Bank Malta implements diversity strategy
HSBC Bank Malta is implementing a diversity strategy designed to recognise and value the contribution of all individuals irrespective of gender, race, age, creed or culture. Overseeing the implementation of this strategy is Ms Louise Agius, who has been newly appointed head of diversity at HSBC Bank Malta plc.
“With 9,700 offices in 77 different countries and territories, HSBC has experience of embracing different cultures throughout the world. Societies around the world are themselves becoming more diverse and HSBC believes that a diverse workforce helps the bank deliver its full potential both as a business and as a member of the community. Louise has a great deal of experience in human resources and I am confident that she can drive and implement this strategy in Malta,�? said HSBC’s chief executive Shaun Wallis.Read more: HSBC
communication across the pond
Americans aren't offhand, they just want to get down to business. Try not to get offended, says Widget Finn.
Oscar Wilde claimed that "the Americans and the British are identical in all respects except, of course, their language" while around the same time Henry Sweet predicted that within 100 years American and British English would be mutually unintelligible.
Which is worrying when you consider that currently around 4.5m US business people work in European companies and about the same number of Europeans are employed by American companies. How on earth do they communicate with their colleagues?Read more: USA
hospital care getting lost in translation
Children of Spanish-speaking families may be more likely to endure hospital errors due to language barriers, a new study shows. The study, published in Pediatrics, focuses on one pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest. But the issue is bigger than that, write Adam Cohen, MD, MPH, and colleagues.
"Language barriers may contribute to medical errors by impeding patient-provider communication," they write. "One particularly vulnerable group is immigrant children and the children of immigrant parents, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. child population."Read more: Spanish
internet use in vietnam
Only 17.3 percent of people aged 14-25 in Vietnam use the Internet, a fairly low percentage compared with the regional level, according to the latest national survey on local youths and juveniles.
Among the young Internet users, 68.7 percent use the Internet for chatting, and 61.4 percent for playing games, according to the survey, which was conducted among 7,484 local youths. As of late July, Vietnam had roughly 8 million Internet users, or 9.7 percent of the total population.Read more: Vietnam
word of the day: demagogue
demagogue \DEM-uh-gog\, noun:
1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.
This was to have held a sculpture of a Roman charioteer driving four horses, but the work was never completed, leaving behind what looks like a diving board or a futurist balcony, ideally suited for a demagogue exhorting a throng below. --Michael Z. Wise, "A Fascist Utopia Adapted for Today," New York Times, July 11, 1999
A consummate demagogue, McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges so fantastic that frightened people believed the worst. --Arthur Herman, Joseph McCarthy