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  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an “ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing,” the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. “The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years,” Cuisia said as...
  • An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

    10/06/2014 11:29:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Stphen Dinan
    One-fifth of people in the U.S. speak a foreign language at home, according to a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which found Arabic and Urdu — the national language of Pakistan — among the fastest-growing. The report found that nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, according to the report, which is based on Census Bureau numbers.
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
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  • US has identified masked man in beheading videos

    09/25/2014 11:50:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos
  • English Proficiency Matters

    09/24/2014 4:17:55 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 24, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    According to the latest findings of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institute, nearly 10 percent of working-age adults in Americans have limited or no understanding of the English language. Their findings rebuke decades of rhetoric from the Progressive left insisting that multiculturalism and language diversity is of benefit to the nation as a whole and a more "compassionate" way to look at American assimilation. Brookings provided the data to justify what conservatives have known all along, the mastery of English proficiency matters greatly. It is the first key step to upward mobility and vital to becoming a "true" American. The concept of true...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • Another Mayor Says: Thousands are Killed by Guns

    09/17/2014 5:36:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is all wet. I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that "Too much violence is committed by guns".   I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the Mayor is a well educated man, and served on active duty as a Marine.   It is a nonsensical statement to say that violence is committed "by" guns.   It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object.  But, with another Mayor saying much the same thing, I begin to wonder. Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges, at a "Gun Violence" conference in Milwaukee, used the...
  • What passes for theater and theater reviews amongst New York’s self-styled finest

    09/14/2014 6:10:24 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 9-14-2014 | Bookworm
    AmericaÂ’s upper classes are now and have always been insecure. Lacking a hereditary nobility, social strivers have had to work hard to distinguish themselves from the masses when the only distinguishing feature, really, is cash. In the 19th Century, worried rich people formed "the Four Hundred" to distinguish the social "in-crowd" from the hoi polloi. America's nervous upper class, distinguished now, as it was then, by money, not heredity, is still trying desperately to distinguish itself from those gun and God lovin' American masses upon whom Obama heaped such scorn.Our social "betters" go to Ivy League schools where earnest (and...
  • Affirmative Action Granted for Non-English University Students

    09/13/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by InspCallahan · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | John Bennett
    <p>Imagine an immigrant father who tells his family, ‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’ In 1914, his statement would have carried great moral authority. He would have been right. But now the answer is, ‘No, you silly old man, you'll ruin my chance to get into the University of Texas.’</p>
  • Scottish independence: Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever

    09/08/2014 2:19:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 50 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 08 Sep 2014 | Boris Johnson
    Right: it’s time to speak for Britain. If these polls are right, then we are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country. In just 10 days’ time we could all be walking around like zombies – on both sides of the Scottish border. I don’t just mean that we will be in a state of shock, though that will obviously be true: most people (especially the Scots) have yet to think through the horrific financial and constitutional implications of an English-Scottish divorce. I mean that we will be zombies, walking dead, because a fundamental part of our...
  • Gene Simmons Wins Argument with HuffPo Host over Speaking '[expletive] English'

    08/17/2014 3:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully--and forcefully--do so on hostile turf. He did so with no apologies--and plenty of compassion. In an entertaining interview on HuffPostLive, Simmons said he was "given all the advantages of native-born children" after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was "astonishing" compared to other nations. Why? Because he learned "[expletive] English" and embraced America's melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl). "I'm actually saying the...
  • Who's number 1? Really? What country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English?

    08/13/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/13/2014
    WHAT country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English in the world?  Try to think of five countries before reading on. Done?  The answer, according to GlobalEnglish, is probably not what you think.  (GlobalEnglish is owned by Pearson, which part-owns The Economist).  Remember that the survey tested non-native speakers, so don't be too distracted by the placement of the Anglophone countries.  Still, Global English's results are very strange. If you thought that the Philippines has the best business English in the world, and that Germany would miss the top 25, you haven't had the same work and travel experiences I...
  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: ‘It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms’

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. “I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests,” she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. “It is...
  • Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

    07/20/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet. Being an American was a source of pride. But is it still? Do the benefits of citizenship still outweigh the alternative? As progressives cheer the dissolution of our southern border and, by extension, our sovereignty, it’s worth looking at the benefits of non-citizenship illegal aliens now enjoy and comparing them to the responsibilities of citizenship. Most people don’t like...
  • Federal Gov’t Sues Wisconsin Company, Says English-Language Requirement is 'Discrimination'

    07/02/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 64 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.” Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.” Irene Garcia, the blog editor and Spanish media...
  • U.S. Sues American Co. For Requiring Workers to Speak English

    07/01/2014 12:18:26 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 42 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 1 2014 | Judicial Watch
    The United States government is actually suing a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees because they don’t speak English on the job. It involves a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills, “even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs,” according to the feds. More importantly, forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration. Here’s the twisted explanation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the...
  • Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? [The Butchering of the English Language!]

    06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 29, 2014
    Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? BBC Trending By BBC Trending Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish. "Open the windows and let the atmosphere come in." "Today is my Happy Birthday." These are a couple of examples being shared on the hashtag #IndianEnglish. Since it took off early on Thursday, it's been used around 20,000 times in India. It was started by 22-year-old Ojas Korde, a masters student in public relations from Mumbai. "On Twitter, we take things lightly," he told BBC Trending. Indians often translate directly...
  • Indian officials ordered to ditch English for Hindi

    06/20/2014 11:08:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:28PM BST 20 Jun 2014 | Dean Nelson
    Since Lord Macaulay set out to turn India’s native elite into “a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect” in 1835, English has been the country’s language of government. But according to a leaked memo, Indian officials must now use Hindi in all official posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Ministers have also ordered officials, many of whom do not speak fluent Hindi, to use the language in presentations. The disclosure provoked an angry response from state leaders across the country yesterday, who resent the...
  • Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?

    06/05/2014 4:43:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 63 replies
    The Conversation ^ | June 6, 2014 | Monika Schmid
    When US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was released after being held captive by the Afghan Taliban for five years, his father said his son was “having trouble speaking English”. Many will find this statement incredible: is it really possible to forget your native language? The answer depends on many factors. The first is what we mean by “forgetting”. Would it, for example, be possible for a mother tongue to be completely forgotten, so that a person cannot understand, or even recognise it anymore? The answer is yes, but only if she or he lost contact with that language before puberty. Studies...
  • The Wild Children of Yesteryear

    06/01/2014 6:40:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-31-14 | JON GRINSPAN
    PHILADELPHIA — DINNER with your children in 19th-century America often required some self-control. Berry stains in your daughter’s hair? Good for her. Raccoon bites running up your boy’s arms? Bet he had an interesting day. As this year’s summer vacation begins, many parents contemplate how to rein in their kids. But there was a time when Americans pushed in the opposite direction, preserved in Mark Twain’s cat-swinging scamps. Parents back then encouraged kids to get some wildness out of their system, to express the republic’s revolutionary values. American children of the 19th century had a reputation. Returning British visitors reported...
  • Merriam-Webster's dictionary new words: 'Spoiler alert,' 'selfie,' 'catfish' and more for 2014

    05/19/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Zap2it ^ | May 19, 2014
    The English language is always adding new words. Why, just a few years ago, there was no way to tell a social-networking fangirl that it was a spoiler alert to talk about who was catfished on MTV last night, nor was there a way to properly discuss a social networking hashtag of a steampunk tweep taking a selfie while listening to auto-tune dubstep. Merriam-Webster has fixed this by adding 150 new words to its official dictionary in 2014. Here are just some of the new additions:
  • Kinks - You Really Got Me (Stereo - 2:13min)

    "The Kinks an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies in 1963. The Kinks, who rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era....." .....;
  • Arizona Nursing Student Sues After Being Suspended for Requesting Instruction in ENGLISH

    02/24/2014 7:00:14 PM PST · by montag813 · 107 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-24-2014 | Brian Hayes
    What Happens When Bureaucrats Who Apparently "Need" Your Money More Than You Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine? Funny Video Takes Apart The Whole "I Need It So I Can Steal It" Mentality. This Should Be Good For A Laugh Or Two! Who Says There Is No Free Lunch? Watch Now!
  • Common Core Is Not Catholic Education

    12/07/2013 2:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 7, 2013 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    When Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, he came to my high school for an assembly. One of my classmates rose to ask him a question. After naming his public grammar school, he explained that he had not been taught any formal English grammar in his years there, and as a result, he found himself woefully unprepared for our high school English program. “What,” my classmate asked the mayor, “will you do about this?”Mr. Giuliani became visibly flustered. He apologized and said he was not aware that this was happening. He expressed his disproval over the school’s dereliction, and...
  • Prof corrects minority students’ capitalization, is accused of racism - “micro-aggression”

    11/27/2013 2:33:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 26, 2013
    Racial tensions are inflamed at the University of California at Los Angeles following several incidents — most notably, one where a professor corrected the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in minority students’ assignments. The act of correcting a black student was “micro-aggression,” according to the members of the student group “Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color,” which launched a sit-in during a subsequent meeting of the class. “A hostile campus climate has been the norm for Students of Color in this class throughout the quarter as our epistemological and methodological commitments have been repeatedly questioned by our classmates and our...
  • English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

    11/19/2013 7:00:05 AM PST · by Borges · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 19 2013 | MEGAN GARBER
    Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism. The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself. I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there...
  • How English Are You? Take the Test

    10/24/2013 12:57:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Oct 2013
    Is the English sense of patriotism fading? According to a poll, English people are more likely to know the date of St Patrick's Day than St George's. Find out how English you are by taking our testEnglish people are more likely to be able to name the date of the US Independence Day and St Patrick's Day than St George's Day, according to a new poll. The survey found only 40 per cent were able to identify St George’s Day as falling on April 23, compared with 71 per cent who could give July 4 as the American national holiday...
  • Tom Clancy never flunked English at Loyola

    10/14/2013 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 10/7/13 | George Matysek
    It certainly makes for a good story: a scrappy kid from Baltimore flunks out of an English class at what is now Loyola University Maryland only to become an international bestselling author. The problem is that the oft-told tale concerning Tom Clancy is just as fictitious as Jack Ryan. “It was an urban legend that just wouldn’t die,” said Carol Abromaitis, the English professor accused of giving Clancy an F in her class. For decades, Abromaitis urged English majors to let others know the truth. Her efforts bore little fruit. “One major said to me, ‘Of course not. It makes...
  • Verizon Tells Employees English Only, Please

    08/24/2013 4:41:24 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 53 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Aug. 23, 2013 | ichard Mullins | Tribune Staff
    Verizon executives in Tampa Bay are informally telling employees that they should be speaking English only when on the job. Not because Verizon has an English-only policy at work — it doesn’t — but because speaking Spanish at work when not absolutely necessary can make nearby English-only speakers feel excluded. This topic came to a head recently in Tampa when three employees of a Verizon dispatch center were speaking Spanish together, and another employee made a complaint because she felt excluded. The tri-lingual newspaper La Gaceta first reported on the incident this week, telling the story of Margaret Hess, a...
  • As English's Dominance Continues, Linguists See Few Threats To Its Rule

    08/15/2013 12:39:10 AM PDT · by Windflier · 30 replies
    Boston.com ^ | April 29, 2007 | Seth Mydans
    ... English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists now say it may never be dethroned as the king of languages. - snip - Some insist that linguistic evolution will continue to take its course over the centuries and that English could eventually die as a common language as Latin did... - snip - Such specialists on the English language as David Crystal, author of "English as a Global Language," say the world has changed so drastically that history is no longer a guide. "This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely...
  • Rachel Jeantel's Language is English — It's Just Not Your English

    08/06/2013 12:04:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | July 3, 2013 | Marina Bolotnikova
    Last week, Don West, defense attorney in the George Zimmerman murder trial, asked friend of Trayvon Martin and case witness Rachel Jeantel a strange question. “Are you claiming in any way that you don’t understand English?” he inquired, though she had been answering his questions in fluent English throughout much of the previous day. Jeantel, who was born and raised in Miami, insisted that she did, but West wasn’t convinced. He asked her once more whether perhaps, because her first language was Creole (transmitted to her by her Haitian mother), she had any trouble understanding English. West was not...
  • Calif. City Requires English Signs for Chinese Businesses

    07/29/2013 1:27:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    NEWSMAX.com ^ | 7/29/13 | Bill Hoffmann
    Businesses in the heavily Asian city of Monterey Park, Calif., now must post their signs in English as well as in Chinese. The requirement will help promote economic development and increase public safety, the City Council said in passing the change unanimously. Businesses now must install at least one sign that uses the "modern Latin alphabet," KNBC-TV reports.
  • Should Colleges Charge Engineering Majors More Than English Majors?

    07/05/2013 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/05/2013 | Jordan Weissman
    Classes in engineering and the sciences eat up a disproportionate portion of college resources. But schools that charge students a premium to study them might be making mistake. Imagine opening a restaurant menu and finding that every dish, from the steak frites to frisse salad, costs $14.99. It would seem odd, right? After all, buying and cooking a ribeye is more expensive than throwing some lettuce in a bowl. Charging the same for each wouldn't make sense. Yet, that's pretty much how most colleges price their majors. Undergrads pay the same flat rate per credit no matter what they study,...
  • 11 Million Illegal Aliens Must Learn English. How would it work?

    06/30/2013 5:59:26 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 63 replies
    June 30, 2013 | Self
    What are the English requirements for the new immigration bill?
  • 18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style

    05/31/2013 8:49:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | March 8, 2013 | Carmel Lobello
    Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely. Here are 18 uncommon or obsolete words that we think may have died early. We found them in two places: a book called "The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten" by Jeffrey Kacirk, and on a blog called Obsolete Word of The Day that's been out of service since 2010. Both are fantastic- you should check them out.
  • War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English

    05/25/2013 7:37:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/25/2013 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Will teaching in English at France's universities undermine the French language? That's up for debate in the country now, and the argument is heated. The lower house of parliament approved a measure Thursday that would allow courses to be taught in English, something that is currently against the law. Those in favor of the proposal say it will attract more international students and improve English language skills of French students. But opponents say the move will only impoverish and marginalize the country's tongue. In the National Assembly this week, Genevieve Fioraso, the minister for higher education, explained why she believes...
  • Hispanic Custodians On Auraria Campus Claim Discrimination

    05/11/2013 11:37:01 AM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    A group of Hispanic custodians at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver are claiming they are victims of discrimination. They’ve filed a complaint against the campus operator that could be reviewed by a federal judge. What started out as a miscommunication over a schedule change for employees working the graveyard shift has become a full investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Too many things have happened to me there that I don’t even know how to explain it,” said Auraria custodian Bertha Ribota. Ribota said she was injured at work because she couldn’t read a warning sign that was...
  • Hispanic Custodians On Auraria Campus Claim Discrimination

    05/11/2013 5:11:03 AM PDT · by SUPman · 14 replies
    cbs news 4 Denver ^ | May 9,2013 | cbs-4
    A group of Hispanic custodians at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver are claiming they are victims of discrimination.
  • Neat English Lesson

    04/25/2013 6:52:53 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 20 replies
    Spotted on FarceBook
    This is the best, most interesting English lesson I have had to date. Did you know "listen" and "silent" use the same letters? Do you know that the words "race car" spelled backwards still spells "race car"? And that "eat" is the only word that if you take the first letter and move it to the last, it spells its past tense "ate"? And have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in "illegal immigrants," and add just a few more letters, it spells: "Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, Aztlan-wanting, short-and-squat, baby-making, non-English-speaking jackasses and take those other...
  • The Founders recipe for reaching immigrant communities: translate into their language

    04/20/2013 10:00:59 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    On the whole, the Spanish Translation of George Washington's Fifth Annual Address here, that I was involved with creating, has been met with positive response both online as well as personally. But I do think that among quite a few that there has been a bit of either a miscommunication, or perhaps even outright resistance. There really isn't any need for that, and I hope that I can either clear things up for some, or for others, persuade them that this is not only a good thing to pursue but the right course of action.(one among many, naturally) Firstly, I...
  • Israel to launch 'i24' news in English, French, Arabic

    04/09/2013 3:48:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    France 24 / AFP ^ | April 9, 2013
    A new Israeli television channel called "i24news" that will go out in English, French and Arabic is to begin broadcasting by summer this year, it said on Tuesday. The channel, which is based in Jaffa Port just south of Tel Aviv, aims to rival global news outlets like Al-Jazeera and France 24, its executives say. i24news "will broadcast news from the heart of Middle East," the channel said in a statement. "The letter 'i' was chosen as representing several of the topics and values that will guide the channel: international, information, independent, individual, innovation, interactive, etc. The number 24, of...
  • IDF Troop Answers The World

    04/06/2013 3:46:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Latma TV ^ | 4/4/13 | Caroline Glick
    Translation of the refrain: I live from day to day, I'm not going anywhere, One day goes, another comes And not one thing has changed The clock hasn't stopped. In a while tomorrow comes. But the same song repeats itself: I have no other land.
  • Investigators Looking Into Unemployment Fraud

    03/28/2013 11:11:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WISH-TV ^ | Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | Julian Grace
    Maryuri Aguilar received an unexpected bill in the mail for $900. The return address came from Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The bill claims the 26-year-old received unemployment benefits while employed for a company in Carmel. The problem with the claim is Aguilar doesn’t work in Carmel. In fact, she is currently looking for work. Aguilar speaks little English, however, she filed a police report hoping to clear her name and reinstate her benefits. “That is awful I can’t believe people would do that,” said an employed Executive Assistant Karen Stein. Cases like Aguilar's happen quite often. According to a...
  • Does Spelling Count?

    03/05/2013 1:49:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAR 5 2013
    In a perfect world, students might be judged by their ideas alone -- not by whether they write "you're" or "your." But that isn't the world we live in.It happens every time. As I hand the test out to my middle school students, one of them will invariably look up, pencil at the ready, and ask, "Does spelling count?" Let's ignore the fact that my students should know better than to even ask this question in the first place. I've answered it more times than I care to remember, usually in the fall of the new school year, and it...
  • Rotten to the Core (Part 2): Readin', Writin' and Deconstructionism

    01/25/2013 2:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 013 | Michelle Malkin
    (This is the second part of an ongoing series on federal "Common Core" education standards and the corruption of academic excellence.)The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation's own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children's core knowledge base in English, language arts and history. Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama's stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups,...
  • THE UNABRIDGED SECOND AMENDMENT

    12/11/2012 6:49:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    firearmsandliberty.com ^ | 1991 | J. Neil Schulman
    If you wanted to know all about the Big Bang, you'd ring up Carl Sagan, right ? And if you wanted to know about desert warfare, the man to call would be Norman Schwarzkopf, no question about it. But who would you call if you wanted the top expert on American usage, to tell you the meaning of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution ? That was the question I asked A.C. Brocki, editorial coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District and formerly senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Publishers -- who himself had been recommended to me...
  • Linguist Makes Sensational Claim: English Is a Scandinavian Language

    11/29/2012 2:59:29 PM PST · by Renfield · 97 replies
    Apollon Magazine (via Science Daily) ^ | 11-27-2012 | Trine Nickelsen
    "Have you considered how easy it is for us Norwegians to learn English?" asks Jan Terje Faarlund, professor of linguistics at the University of Oslo. "Obviously there are many English words that resemble ours. But there is something more: its fundamental structure is strikingly similar to Norwegian. We avoid many of the usual mistakes because the grammar is more or less the same. Faarlund and his colleague Joseph Emmonds, visiting professor from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, now believe they can prove that English is in reality a Scandinavian language, in other words it belongs to the Northern Germanic...
  • Swedes 'Best in the World' at English

    10/26/2012 2:48:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Oct 12
    Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world, according to a new study which tested nearly 2 million people in 54 countries. Sweden, which finished fourth last year, moved up to first place in the study, carried out by education company Education First. “We are extremely proud that Swedes are the best in the world at English,” said Mats Ulenius, the head of Sweden’s branch of Education first. “One of the factors of our success is that we begin with English education already in lower school. Another is that we are exposed to a...
  • 30 more Britishisms used by Americans

    10/17/2012 3:54:15 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th October 2012 | BBC News
    'The Magazine's recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own - here are 30 British words and phrases that you've noticed being used in the US and Canada.'
  • 'Britishisms' Creeping into American English

    09/28/2012 9:03:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 26, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    British people have long bemoaned the gradual encroachment of Americanisms into everyday speech, via Hollywood films and sitcoms. Now, "Britishisms" are crossing the pond the other way, thanks to the growing online popularity of British media such as Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and The Daily Mail. For example, BBC News reports that "ginger" as a descriptor of a red-haired, freckly person has shot up in usage in the United States since 1998. That's the year the first Harry Potter book, with its Weasley family of gingers, hit store shelves. The trend shows up in Google ngram searches, which track the...