March of 2020 is a month that will not soon be forgotten in the United States. The U.S. and the world have been hit hard with a serious and deadly virus outbreak that has changed the landscape of how people live and work. The outbreak started in Wuhan, China in late December of 2019 and has spread to virtually all countries in every continent.
In the United states, the virus hit very hard in March and has caused major upheaval to our economic and personal lives. With social distancing, facemasks, work shutdowns, large layoffs, working remotely, stay at home orders, and in general a major slowdown of all economic sectors, this is sadly now considered the new norm, at least temporarily. How long will this continue is really the important question. There is much to sort out.
We are all in this together and will collectively share the load. We know this is not going to be easy, but is what’s worthwhile ever easy? The United States is a strong and resilient country. We have survived a Civil War, a Great Depression, WW1 & WW2, Terrorist Attacks on 9-11 and now this pandemic is our latest challenge.
We are smart, tough, and determined to fight this awful virus and we will prevail. We will pick ourselves up after we have been knocked down and come back with even greater determination and purpose. We will prove our mettle and come back stronger than ever. You can count on it! Let us stay positive, appreciate what we have and who we have in our lives and get through this together.
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals
MARCH 1, 1922: YITZHAK RABIN: – Legendary Israeli Military leader and 5th Prime Minister of Israel, who and was assassinated in 1995
MARCH 6, 1972: SHAQUILLE O’NEIL: – Hall of Fame NBA Star and bigger than life personality
MARCH 21, 1685: JOHAN SABASTIAN BACH: – Well known, prominent and proficient German composer
MARCH 25, 1942: SIR ELTON JOHN: -. Rock-N-Roll musical legend and longtime star whose life was made into a major motion picture in 2019
MARCH 31, 1929: LIZ CLAIBORNE: Fashion mogul, the first women to create her own major fashion brand the U.S.
Some Interesting Interpreting & Translation Projects Completed in March
As we battle this new virus phenomenon, business has presented us with new challenges as communication and language play a vital part in the information and recovery process. adjustments are being made from the necessity to continue to communicate across
language barriers. The biggest adjustment we are seeing now is in verbal Interpreting. Typically, many of our clients utilized our services for in-person interpreting. This is for legal projects, business meetings, medical appointments, educational IEP’s, conferences, trade shows and trainings to name some.
While social distancing is the current norm, our clients have quickly pivoted to using our Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Phone (OPI) services. These services are provided without having to be on site. They are easy to set up & use, work great, are cost effective and of course completely safe.
In March we provided Japanese phone interpreting (OPI) for a series of Financial meetings between Bankers in New York and clients in Japan. We also provided Video Remote interpreting (VRI) services for a multitude of local school districts in a wide variety of languages. We provided remote Closed Captioning (CART) for a trade show located in Philadelphia. In addition, we provided VRI for a major Trial in Orange County CA with a Certified Spanish interpreter. Business is adjusting and we have great options for our clients to consider.
For translation services we are playing a critical role for medical organizations disseminating essential health information around the country on an expedited basis. We have been working overtime completing hundreds of rush Coronavirus translations to some of the nation’s most well-known Medical, Non-Profit and Health organizations in the country in over 20 languages. In addition, we recently translated a 150,000-word legal project for one of the Nation’s most well-known food companies. The Project covered 7 different languages of complex contracts. Italian, French, Spanish and Hebrew to name some. In addition, we translated a 25,000 Word Harassment Policy Training Manual for a HR Training institute into Spanish. This was done on an expedited basis. We also translated a 25,000+ word Education Plan into Vietnamese for an LA County school district.
Other Interesting projects completed in March was for remote captioning services (CART) for a major staff meeting at a large university and English to Spanish transcription for the American Academy of Pediatrics. We also provided Vital transcriptions in many languages for the USDOJ.
As a key player in language industry, American Language Services commits to provide you with the most exceptional and professional services. AML-Global stands the test of time in providing translation, interpretation, transcription and media services to private industry, government at all levels, educational and non-profit organizations. Our thousands of linguists around the world and teams of dedicated professionals are ready to serve.