Tuesday, September 26, 2006

How do you say wine lake, butter mountain and gravy train in Irish?

Europe may be expanding to the East, but Brussels is desperately searching for interpreters from the West after Irish became the European Parliament’s latest official language.

Although a full translation service requires a team of 80, there is one native Irish speaker among the MEPs: Seán Ó Neachtain, of Fianna Fail. Advertisements will be published next week to find linguists at an estimated annual cost of €677,000 (£456,000). A further five Irish MEPs might make use of the new facility, however, bringing the cost down to €110,000 a head.

Read more: Irish
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:18 PM
Categories: Translation News

Repatriation challenges for women executives

As if there aren't already enough repatriation challenges facing overseas employees—re-entry shock, lack of preparation, and lack of recognition for the freshly acquired international experience top of the list. But there are added layers of stress which women expat managers in particular confront when they return home.

Read more: Repats
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:17 PM
Categories: Expatriate

Colleges Get Continental For European Day of Languages

Colleges in South East England look set to buck the trend of a ‘terminal decline in language studies’ through the forthcoming European Day of Languages.

The sixth annual event, taking place on 26th September, aims to reaffirm the importance of learning languages throughout life. The message goes out to existing student populations and the wider community, including local residents and businesses, urging everyone to improve their linguistic and cultural understanding.

Read more: Language
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:16 PM
Categories: Language Learning News


Organizations are increasingly realizing that in order to be successful and recruit and retain the best employees, they must value the diversity of their employees and the clients they serve. Many companies and organizations have found that learning to recognize and utilize differences can benefit them. Additionally, in the current global economy, business success is more and more about understanding and nurturing strong relationships with international and multicultural colleagues, customers and clients.

Read more: Event

Govt Applauds Police Force in Diversity Training

A police station has been praised by the government for its approach in adopting a cultural shift in attitude towards race and diversity.

Phil Hope MP visited the Derbyshire Constabulary, concluding his ‘Summer of Skills’ initiative which saw him tour the country and attend different events in celebration of work-based learning. He praised Long Eaton police station for their unique approach to race and diversity training.

Read more: Police
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:13 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

AH&LA`s Multicultural and Diversity Council has a new chairman

Steven A. Rudnitsky, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, has been named chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council. In this role, Rudnitsky will lead the association in addressing the industry’s multicultural and diversity issues, one of AH&LA’s three core strategic objectives.

Read more: WHG
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:12 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

word of the day: ostensible

ostensible \ah-STEN-suh-bul\, adjective:
Represented or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.

The credibility of the energy-trading sector has been severely damaged by disclosures of sham transactions in energy trading, designed to build up ostensible sales and profits and therefore share prices of the trading companies. -- James Flanigan, "Dynegy CEO Quits as Probe of Sham Trades Intensifies", Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2002

Aspects of environmentalism have long been criticized as using ostensible concerns about nature to serve private purposes such as property values. -- Gregg Easterbrook, "The case for sprawl", The New Republic, March 15, 1999

Posted by Kwintessential at 6:10 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Monday, September 25, 2006

the most interculturally insensitive ad ever?

A car commercial proclaiming a jihad on the U.S. auto market and offering "Fatwa Fridays" with free swords for the kids is offensive and should not be aired, Muslim leaders said on Sunday.

The radio advertisement for the Dennis Mitsubishi car dealership in Columbus, Ohio, has "a whole jihad theme," said Adnan Mirza, director of the Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"They are planning on launching a jihad on the automotive market and their representatives would be wearing burqas ... ," Mirza said. "They mentioned the pope in there and also about giving rubber swords out to the kiddies -- really just reprehensible-type comments."

Read more: Ad

cross cultural due diligence needed for successful M&As

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is poised to rise in the Asia-Pacific region during the next few years, but companies are not paying enough attention to human-resource issues, according to a study reported Monday.

Leadership assessment and cultural fit are being neglected in favour of short-term objectives during due diligence, said Hewitt Associates.

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interCultural factors play key role in health care

When a Latino patient complains of aches and pains, a culturally aware physician may prescribe an anti-depressant.

Depression sometimes manifests in Latinos as physical discomfort, rather than moodiness or despair, said Dr. Andres J. Pumariega, the new chairman of psychiatry at Reading Hospital and an expert on Latino mental health. But physicians without cultural competency training might not understand the patient's real problem and the result might be a misdiagnosis.

Read more: Doctors
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:31 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

Ad Agencies Look to Recruit Minorities

Why, city officials demanded, were there virtually no black staffers at New York's elite advertising agencies? The year was 1968. Agencies' executives vowed to fix the problem. They didn't. Now, under steady pressure from advocates and the threat of public embarrassment by city officials, they've renewed those promises.

Sixteen of the city's top ad agencies have agreed to recruit more minorities, especially blacks. They'll also diversify senior management and let city officials monitor them for three years.

Read more: NYC

English: The language of business

English has become a core skill akin to ICT to enhance emplo-yability in a global world. Responding to the business needs of English, the Open University, UK, has decided to develop course material for the delivery of English Language Teaching (ELT) in India.

The OU is keen to collaborate in the area of professional communication through the medium of Eng-lish. The course material would be developed in partnership with lo-cal universities in India and would be delivered via the distance mode.

Read more: India
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:29 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Irish Gaelic becomes the latest official EU language

Attention all ladies and gentlemen of the European Union’s Directorate General for Translation, and of the Directorate General for Interpretation. This is an announcement. Please take off your headsets and listen, except for those of you who are only pretending to tune into the Belgian MEP speak about fishing quotas, and are instead grooving to the latest Bob Dylan album. In which case can you continue and compile a memo later translating what Bob is saying.

Read more: Gaelic
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:27 PM
Categories: Translation News

police Translation budgets equal 1,000 officers

Cash-strapped Police forces battling with falling budgets to combat rising crime are spending millions on multilingual mediators to break down language barriers between cops and foreign felons.

The £20 million cost of providing interpreters for visiting villains and their victims across the country last year translates as enough to put an extra 1,000 policemen on the beat. National police chiefs blame a surge in illegal immigration, asylum seekers and overseas workers for the rapid rise in translation costs.

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getting lost in translation

People already have a hard time communicating with one another, but when the message is translated from one language to another, the problem becomes even worse -- and often produces unintentionally funny results.

For instance, a road sign in Wales recently warned cyclists in English to dismount through a construction area -- and informed them in Welsh that they might have a bladder problem.

The Web is part of the problem with translation these days, thanks to heavy use of automated online translators that interpret words literally and often botch common expressions.

Read more: Telegram
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:25 PM
Categories: Translation News

China builds an ultrafast Internet

China has built its own version of an ultrafast next-generation Internet network that promises to reduce the country's dependence on foreign companies, the state news media reported Monday.

The China Education and Research Network has linked 167 institutes and departments at 25 universities in 20 cities through the Internet Protocol Version 6, China Central Television reported.

Read more: China
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:23 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

Rejected white police applicant wins damages in race discrimination claim

A man who was rejected from a police recruitment campaign because he was white has won damages after a tribunal labelled the process “at the very least disingenuous and at worst misleading�?.

Matt Powell, an IT professional, won £2,500 after he found out he was one of 108 applicants told they had been “randomly de-selected�? from the recruitment process by Gloucestershire police. It later emerged that nearly two-thirds of white men who applied to join the constabulary in the recruitment drive were turned down, whereas every ethnic minority candidate was invited for an assessment.

Read more: Police
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:22 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

word of the day: militate

militate \MIL-ih-tayt\, intransitive verb:
To have force or influence.

In our current era of politics, many factors militate against changes in policies. -- Reed Hundt, You Say You Want a Revolution

Even though Simpson's youth, limited professional experience, lack of reputation, unmarried status, and modest social origins all militated against success, the twenty-eight-year-old Simpson applied for the post. -- Donald Caton, What a Blessing She Had Chloroform

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:01 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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