The summer season has come and around the country it has really been a hot one. Despite Covid 19 the beaches have come alive as people have been desperate to get outside for some R &R and enjoy the Fresh air (and continue to do social distancing). A large portion of the population cannot wait to spend their summer holidays after a challenging year as 2020 was. August has historically been an interesting month and has offered us a wide range of facts from very happy to very sad. Let’s recap some of them.
Between the 12th and the 13th August, in 1961 the ominous Berlin Wall was built in Germany. It has long been torn down, but the thought and specter of such a horrible wall still has not been forgotten. Looking at that past we think we are far away from those dark and discriminatory times, but another wall has been rising up recently, in the U.S., not a physical wall but a phycological one, the wall of racism. The past few weeks have been noted by heated protests against the police, sparked by the death of George Floyd a black man who was killed by the police during the arrest procedure. A new movement called “Black Live Matters” was born and various categories of people all around the States took to the street to ask for equality and rights. Like the wall of Berlin, we hope that the wall of Racism will soon fall.
The month of August had seen protests for civil rights before and on August 28, 1963 one of the most famous speeches of all time in US history took place. The one during which Martin Luther King pronounced his famous “I have a dream” speech. A couple of centuries before in 1789 during the French revolution the first step for people’s rights was made through the enactment of the human rights. Other historical facts…. A huge improvement for the modern biology was made by Charles Darwin in 1859 when he wrote the book “The origin of the species” that encompassed his famous theory of the evolution. The Hiroshima bomb in 1945 remains one of the saddest moments of World history. In more modern history, the tragic death of Diana Spencer Princess of Wales in 1997 caused by a car accident. She will be forever affectionately remembered as the “Queen of Hearts”.
Looking into the bride side, in August takes place the anniversary of the women’s right to vote, and I bet that we are all happy to live in a society that enhances the role of women and their extraordinary capacity to be multitasking, we can say, looking at the them, that superheroes are for real!
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in August:
AUGUST 4, 1961: Barack Obama: First African American President of the United States he served as the 44th president from 2009 to 2017. He changed the rules of the modern politics and was together with his wife highly regarded and well-liked president.
AUGUST 5, 1930: Neil Armstrong: Neil was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer and the first person to walk on the moon where he pronounced his famous sentence “That’s a small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind”.
AUGUST 21, 1986: Usain Bolt: “Simply put, Usain Bolt is the best Sprinter of all the time”. Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, a small town in Jamaica. Passionate about sports since he was a little child, Bolt became the greatest sprinter of all time holding a world record in the 100 feet, 200 feet, and 4×100 feet.
AUGUST 26, 1910: Mother Teresa born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu: Born in Skopje, from an Albanian family, she decided to commit herself to religious life. She moved first to Ireland and then to India where he spent most of her life. In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. In 1979 she received the Nobel Pace Price.
Some Interesting Translation, Interpreting, & Media Projects Completed in August
As the summer came and many restrictions were lifted, but the pandemic is still with us. As a result, the Translation and Interpreting department found itself with a great amount of work, many of it directly connected to the Covid disease. For Example, we translated over 400,000 words for a US Government Health Agency including Emergency Preparedness manuals and children Health Guideline manuals. For the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium, we have translated scores of materials into Italian, French and Spanish.
Concerning other fields, we translated hundreds of pages of Human Resource documents in numerous languages for a wide variety of clients ranging from the San Francisco Ballet to the Dole foods. Keeping up with the digitalization of the companies we provided the translation of Enterprise Management software for a large business software developer into German, French, Canadian, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese and Romanian.
We have also been busy with other two important projects, we translated a project of 50,000+ worlds on an expedited basis of legal summons and complaints to German, EU French and Indonesian for international service. We also provided translation and desk top publishing (DTP) services in over ten languages for over 40 various instructional documents for a Fortune 500 health care company.
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