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The New York Times [Free Subscription Required]

by Nina Bernstein

December 7, 2005

Unlike the stereotype of jobless Mexicans heading north, most of the immigrants had been employed in Mexico, the report found.

A report about the work lives of recent Mexican immigrants in seven cities across the United States suggests that they typically traded jobs in Mexico for the prospect of work here, despite serious bouts of unemployment, job instability and poor wages. The report, released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, was based on surveys of nearly 5,000 Mexicans, most of them here illegally.

The Washington Times

by Jennifer Harper

December 7, 2005

Mexican migrants to the United States find employment with ease, although of those who arrived in the last two years seven out of 10 don't speak English and 82 percent have no U.S.-issued identification, according to a survey released yesterday.

That represents a marked change from previous years. Among those who came to the United States 15 years ago, 59 percent could speak "a lot or some" English and 83 percent had U.S.-issued identification. Failure to find work at home is only a minor motivation to cross the border, the survey from the Pew Hispanic Center found.

Off The Shelf

by Annette M. Hall

November 27, 2005

Post Thanksgiving Day Sale Shopping

The Black Friday shopping stories have already begun to trickle in and some shoppers got more than they bargained for. Sale shopping isn't for the timid any more, it's a real jungle out there.

Web India

November 26, 2005

The US Labor Department (DOL), in a landmark case, has succeeded in making a Michigan-based firm that supplies computer professionals to companies pay back wages to H1-B visa holders.

The Labor Department has announced it had got Computech Inc., a Southfield, Michigan, firm that places computer professionals at locations throughout the US, to agree to pay $2.25 million in back wages to 232 computer professionals and a $400,000 fine to settle immigration law violations. The DOL said an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division found that Computech brought non-immigrant H1-B workers into the US but failed to pay them the minimum required wage rates in the areas where they were employed.

India Daily

November 21, 2005

The US-based InfoSTEP, provider of business intelligence and corporate governance solutions, would invest US$5 million in new offshore facility in Hyderabad over the next three years.

The offshore facility in India will focus on enabling industry practice and innovative Business Peformance Measurement (BPM) solutions, InfoSTEP CEO Sagar Anisingaraju said on Friday after the inauguration of the new facility.

World Net Daily

by Joe Kovacs

November 10, 2005

Wal-Mart officials are standing by their policy of encouraging employees to use the "Happy Holidays" greeting rather than "Merry Christmas," but the worker responsible for an e-mail describing the pagan origins of Christmas no longer works for the company

"Wal-Mart is proud to welcome customers of all faiths, and celebrants of all holidays," Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said in a bulk response e-mail to WorldNetDaily's original story. "We sincerely apologize to any person or organization that was offended by the inappropriate and inflammatory comments made by this former associate."

Netscape News

November 10, 2005

MADRID (AFP) - Newspapers have no future without online and digital services, media executives heard at a World Association of Newspapers meeting in Madrid.

"Digital revenue is serious business ... Online business is a growth business, while newspapers are not," echoed Helmar Hipp, regional director of Austria's Voralberger Nachrichten, which draws 15 percent of its revenue from the Internet and related activities.

The Hartford Courant (CT)

by Peter Svensson

November 8, 2005

CHARTREUSE REGION, Second Life -- Kasi Nafus' clothing store has bucolic surroundings. There's a maple tree in fall colors outside, right across a brook. A little farther away, a zebra munches on a bush.

The clothes Nafus sells aren't physical, either - they merely cover the virtual bodies that people make for themselves in Second Life. But that does not mean the store, called Pixel Dolls, is not a real business. This is Nafus' full-time job.

Sebi Meyer

October 19, 2005

The dollar’s downward trend has not been broken since I wrote a column about the subject in December.

In fact, the trend seems to be accelerating. Bill Gates openly stated yesterday he is pulling out of the dollar and is instead investing in euros.

Outsourcing Pipeline

by Paul McDougall

October 11, 2005

While offshoring call center work to India can save businesses millions, the practice can very quickly become a boondoggle if quality of service slips. The latest example of this came last week when a British Telecom executive called those customers who c

With those words, Bushell flunked marketing 101. She is effectively blaming the customer for a problem of BT's own making. How else does she expect customers to respond if they're forced to deal with an agent who, in the worst case, is unintelligible and, in the best case, is restricted to walking callers through a forest of scripted responses that may have little bearing on the problem at hand' This isn't just an issue for BT. In my own experience of late, I've noticed a sharp decline in the English proficieny of the Indian call center workers I deal with in my daily life. I think the reason is fairly obvious. More and more businesses are rushing to place call center work in India but the country's supply of workers capable of conversing freely in English as it is spoken in the West is limited. More and more, Indians with marginal English skills are being put into customer facing call center positions with predictable results--frustration at both ends of the call. This bodes ill for the growth of the Indian call center industry. IT outsourcing to the country will continue to skyrocket because technical work is not as dependent on language and heavy accents don't matter so much when writing, say, a Web services application. But call center work is quite different. As more and more businesses receive complaints about poor customer service from India, I suspect many of them will reevaluate whether the savings are worth it. There are plenty of middle-cost areas where English is the first language, such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, or middle America, that may provide better overall value for a company's call center dollar. Those are places with which Meryl Bushell and BT should become more familiar, instead of just blaming their customers for refusing to accept poor service.

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