The summer season has officially come to its end and it is now time for Autumn. Even if the sun is still shining, in a great part of the world the days are becoming shorter as a result of the global time changing. In fact, is it not a coincidence that on this month in 1884 the Greenwich meridian time was established as a reference point in order to be able to synchronize clocks all over the world.
Even if the days are getting colder a constant thought warms us up like a big hug. What we are referring to? The Halloween festivity of course! Although his origins are to be founded in the Celtic population and regards the remembrance of the deaths, nowadays has acquired another meaning and the children of all over the world are used to go door to door masquerade to ask the famous question “trick or treat”? This year, with Covid 19 is still upon us, will be different than other years. More drive ups, and drive ins and less door to door. The spit is still there. We hope for all of you to have fun, get the best candies and stay safe. Also, be careful or you will meet the dentist soon! Happy Halloween!
Other than Halloween, October is a month remembered for a large number of historical events. First of all, in 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered what we now know as the United States of America. In addition, two of the most Important and acknowledged universities in the States were founded and I am referring to Harvard founded in 1636 and Yale founded in 1701. On an ominous note, black Monday and black Tuesday of 1929 are remembered as the worst days of the Stock market history causing a ripple effect and resulting in a huge financial crisis.
On to more beautiful and positive things, two of the most important monuments of the United States were inaugurated in October. I am speaking about the Statue of Liberty and the Mount Rushmore. On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from the people of France commemorating the French & American alliance during the American revolutionary war. On October 31,1941 The Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years of work. The memorial contains 60-foot-tall sculptures of the heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – representing America’s founding, political philosophy, preservation, and expansion and conservation. Both monuments are recognized as part of the artistic and historic heritage of the country.
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in October:
OCTOBER 2, 1869: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (AKA: Mahatma Ghandi): Ghandi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and towering political figure in the 20th century. During his entire lifetime he pursed the values of the justice and the importance of people’s rights. He taught and lead pacifically driven protests in favor of the Indian independence from Great Britain. He achieved this historic milestone in 1947.
OCTOBER 16, 1854: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (AKA: Oscar Wilde): His poems and plays gain a huge popularity in his time and still nowadays “The picture of Dorian Gray” is one of the most read book in all over the world. This very book it cost him the criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts, imprisonment, and early death at age 46.
OCTOBER 26, 1947: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (AKA: Hillary Clinton): Hilary is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker who served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and as a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016. She was the first woman to win the popular vote in an American presidential election, which she lost to Donald Trump. Despite her great political career, she is mainly remembered for being the First Lady from 1993 to 2001 when his husband Bill Clinton was in charge.
OCTOBER 27, 1858: Theodore Roosevelt Jr: Roosevelt had a brilliant political carrier that led him to become and serve as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He had been so influent and important at the point that his face was depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. He is also a first cousin to another well-known and accomplished U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
OCTOBER 28, 1955: William Henry Gates III (AKA: Bill Gates): We could say that everyone has a piece of Gates in their lives since he co-founded Microsoft corporation, creating a series of software that almost all people daily uses. He is likely to be known as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our modern times and he is and has been one of the most, if not the most, wealthiest people in the world for over decades.
Some Interesting Translation, Interpreting, & Media Projects Completed in October
Businesses are getting back slowly to full power and the summer holidays are now a distant memory. This month our translation department completed a multitude of projects. We translated a 10,000-word Brochure into 11 languages for a major Los Angeles County Public Agency. The languages included Spanish, Armenian, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Khmer, Vietnamese and Indonesian. In regard to the medical field our department completed many important assignments, one of which included a translation into 15 languages. This was for a voluminous amount of Covid 19 health information for a fortune 500 health provider. Then languages included Hindi, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Chinese and Nepalese.
Furthermore, our department provided translations for one of the words biggest medical device manufacturers, by translating multiple pieces of marketing and instructional material in Spanish and Arabic. The department also worked in other industries. We completed a translation into Norwegian, Thai, Simplified Chinese and Spanish for a complex legal contract for one of the world’s largest entertainment companies. We also translated a 9,000+ word technical user guide into Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish for an advanced technology company who supports multiple industries in 100 countries with data and management solutions.
When it comes to transcription projects, we transcribed & translated over 20 hours of Spanish to English trial recordings for a major law firm. We also transcribed and translating several hours of interviews for a market research firm from multiple languages to English. On the media side of things, we have been increasingly busier since more companies are going from in-person training to Webinars and on-line training sessions requiring, voiceovers, dubbing, subtitling, production services and other media expertise. For one example of this, in the educational field, we translated, subtitled and Voice covered training classes for a major University in Turkish and Arabic.
A month full of conferences and meetings for our Interpreting department
Our interpreting department has been busy this month and provided many services such as virtual Japanese simultaneous interpreting for a five-day event for a major nonprofit promoting worldwide working standards throughout multiple industries. Another event was for video remote services for six days of Spanish Virtual interpreting for a top 50 Nationwide law firm for a trial. Moreover, we simultaneously Interpreted two days of on-site meetings in Portuguese for a medical device manufacturer specializing in plastics. We also provided 7 days of Video ASL interpreting for meetings for an advanced leadership group based in Chicago. In addition, we helped explain complex digital content for a technology company by providing three days of CART services for conference regarding written technology solutions. These were but some of the more interesting projects for October. Of course, we complete dozens of other more standard assignments in the legal medical, educational, governmental and non-profits sectors.