APRIL 2020: Love, Jazz and Lockdowns

Aprilit is a month where a lot of festivities andreligious gatherings are celebrated.Although for someit’smostly remembered for April Fools’ Day, for tricks, gags and other fun events.  For the religious orientated, EasterDay (Resurrection Day) also comes in April.  The month of April is a month devoted for Love and romance, it’snamed for the Greek goddess of beauty, love, and desire, Aphrodite. This is especially important this year with a worldwide Covid19 epidemic raging.  It helps put in perspective on what is important to each of us and who is important in our lives and to show love all around.

And for music lovers,it is also a month for music and joy, this year on April 30th International Jazz Day is celebrated. So, if you are feeling nostalgic, cheerful, or down this month commemorate the greatest artists in the history such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday or Nat King Cole.

On a much more serious note, the Global Pandemic has had an important impact throughout the world. This is true for the health, happiness and safety of individuals and an economic impact. Many countries went into lock down starting in February.  Some went later, in March or April.  In the United States, U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services output, fell at a 4.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter of the year All of us have been impacted.  However, not all of it is bad news,this situation has made families came together, people become more aware and caring(supportive) with other people, even neighbors have bonded together.We ought to stay positive and be grateful for our families and people around us because we all together in this!

Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in April:

APRIL 1, 1578: William Harvey– English physician and anatomist who explained the circulation of the blood.

APRIL 12, 1940: Herbert Jeffrey Hancock– American keyboard player, songwriter, and bandleader, a prolific recording artist who achieved success as an incisive, harmonically provocative jazz pianist 

APRIL  16, 1971: Selena Quintanilla Pérez- American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the late 20th century.

APRIL 16, 1889:  Charlie Chaplin– English-born Hollywood film actor and director, best remembered for his portrayal of a tramp in baggy trousers and a bowler hat.

APRIL  29, 1899: Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington– American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra.

APRIL (Unknown Date) 16, 1564: William Shakespeare- Strat ford-upon-Avon-born playwright and poet.

Highlights of some Interesting Interpreting & Translation Projects Completed in April

The month of April was a time of transition for many people and a busy period because companies had an increased need to communicate with their foreign language speaking/writing employees, vendors and clients. Human Resources and Legal Departments needed to send constant communications and updates about a myriad of policies, procedures, regulations and operational issues.  This situation had a big impact on our translation business.  We experienced a big update in the translation business as we translated hundreds of Covid-19 related documents.  For example,we translated for some of theNation’s top healthcare providers in more than 20 languages, including into Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French,German and Navajo to name some. Many were translated on an emergency basis.

Another major project was a legal translation of 31,000 English words to German for a major international lawsuit working with a well-knownlegal investigation firm.This was also done on a rush basis.

We also took part in the translation of numerous documents into Spanish for a Major University regarding how law enforcement agencies should work with the public under Covid-19 guidelines.  We translated documents on a Global Corona virus Survey in French, Italian and Spanish for a Major University Medical Center. In Addition, we translated a wide variety of Human Resource related legal documents for some of the most well-known Corporations and Law Firms in the world in more than 20 languages dealing with employment, policies and compliance.

In the same way, the translation sector has evolved with the Covid-19 requests, the use of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Phone (OPI) has consequently increased.We have provided numerous Interpretersfor  assignments with public institutions ranging from healthcare to education. We have interpreted, with VRI & OPI, in numerous languages including Spanish, ASL, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, French, Korean, Japanese, and Russian to name some. We have also started to do many more VRI legal assignment with legal clients with several law firms throughout the nation. We have covereddepos, client meetings, trials, interviews and many more.

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