Friday, November 17, 2006
Diversity 'good for business'
A panel of business leaders emphasized repeatedly Thursday that diversity in the workplace can translate into profits.
"Companies that are successful realize diversity is not only the right thing to do but also good for business," said Carver Johnson, group president and chief diversity officer at The Kroger Co. "The demographics in the U.S. are changing so dramatically that if you don't change to address the needs of changing business you will not be in business."Read more: Diversity
Yahoo! launches multi-language chat in India
Yahoo! Inc. has initiated a new chat service in India that for the first time will allow the nation's fast-growing population of Internet users to exchange messages in one of several Indian languages.
Launched over the Diwali weekend, the Indichat plug-in lets computer users to message one another Hindi, Kannada and Tamil without the need for a special language keyboard. The individual simply loads a "side panel" plug-in and begins chatting.Read more: Yahoo!
Slowly, Chinese authors entice the West
When the Chinese author Yan Lianke published in 2004 his prize-winning novel "Enjoyment," a satire about the wealth-creation schemes of corrupt village officials, he was approached by publishers from Japan, France, Italy and Britain eager to buy the foreign language rights.
Two-and-a-half years later, he still hasn't landed a foreign edition. The French and Japanese versions are stalled by the story's "structural difficulties," while the interest of the Italian and British publishers has waned over translation difficulties.Read more: Lianke
word of the day: dotage
dotage \DOH-tij\, noun:
Feebleness of mind due to old age; senility.
Pointing out that Cicero learned Greek in his seventies and Socrates took up playing the lyre in his dotage, Dad liked to say he would indeed someday consider retiring, when and if he finally got old. -- James Dodson, Final Rounds
It wasn't a good joke, and, in his dotage, he made it far too often, but when I heard it for the first time I remember laughing and thinking, with pleasure, that I was catching on to the tricks adults played with words. -- Rob Nixon, Dreambirds