Friday, September 22, 2006

Global Cultural Connections Hosts Interfaith Dialog Dinners

Global Cultural Connections, GCC, is organizing its 3rd Annual Interfaith Dialogue Dinners uniting the members of different faiths around a table. Our honorable guests will include the Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca and council members, among many other distinguished guests.The theme of the dinners will be "Respecting the Sacred" which will stress on the importance of being respectful to the beliefs and sacred figures of world’s religions. GCC was founded in 2003 by a group of Southern California residents. It is aimed to promote and advance a better understanding and sharing among members of different faiths and cultures. GCC believes, especially in these times of turmoil, that we need to unite together to organize events that will bring communities together to build a bridge of understanding in an effort to build peace. For more information please visit

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:02 PM
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Turkish Declared Official Language in Kosovo Again

Kosovo’s Parliament decided to declare Turkish an official language in the province again, the first Montenegrin independent edition PCNEN reported citing Turkish media. In this way, Turkish is the third official language in Kosovo after the Serbian and Albanian ones. According to the CNN Turk TV, about 200,000 people in Kosovo speak Turkish.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:01 PM
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MSN launches Indian language portals

MSN India on Thursday celebrated its sixth anniversary by launching regional language portals in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, besides making considerable changes in its India homepage.

The company also unveiled Windows Live Messenger in these five languages, besides introducing Windows Live Domains. The MSN Messenger will enable people to chat in their regional languages.

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Has Korea Become Internet Powerhouse?

The widespread popularization of the Internet in Korea during the 1990s can be traced back to PC-based communications.

In the early 1990s, the primary users of PC communication were students and young professionals versed in computer technologies. But within five years, the number of PC communication members skyrocketed to over two million in 1996.

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word of the day: opprobrium

opprobrium \uh-PRO-bree-uhm\, noun:
1. Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
2. A cause or object of reproach or disgrace.

Typically academic, they disdainfully observed about many university press books--"too dry, too specialized, too self-absorbed for us." In their world, the word "academic" was as much a term of opprobrium as the word "middlebrow" was in mine. -- Janice A. Radway, A Feeling for Books

Five months after Malaysia incurred global opprobrium by closing off its currency and capital markets, its officials are in no mood to apologize. -- Mark Landler, "Malaysia Says Its Much-Criticized Financial Strategy Has Worked", New York Times, February 14, 1999

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:23 PM
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