November in our collective imagination is a time of falling leaves, stylish coats and a lot of hot chocolate drinks. But all that glitters is not gold and it is well known that during this month the temperatures drop drastically in parts of the U.S. Despite this, our country has been enveloped by a strange wave of heat, both in climate and the one provided by the recent elections! While it is not official yet, it looks like Joe Biden will have his place in History 46th President of the United States. This election, even with all its divisiveness, had more voters than ever before in U. S history with over 161 million people voting. The elections are not the only event that marks the month of November, it is also represented by two important holidays in the States: Veteran day’s and Thanksgiving.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thanksgiving is considered a national holiday in the United States and its origins are founded in the XV century when the pilgrims gathered to give thanks for the food and plentiful harvest. The story goes that the pilgrims were helped by the native Indians to get through the winter season by providing them with food, like corn, wheat, barley and other crops, as well as turkey that has become the traditional main protein source which you can find in nearly every American table. The traditional feast is turkey, stuffing, sweet & mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans and of course pumpkin pie for desert. President George Washington on November 26, 1789 held Thanksgiving as a festivity day; that is a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic and the blessings in each of our lives.
November is also a month full of discoveries and historical events. The science field provided us with the precious discovery of X-rays made by the German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen and the discovery of the blood transfusions, initially tried on the dogs in 1665 by Physician Richard Lower. The discovery of the King’s Tut tomb in 1922, finding it miraculously intact was crucial for the archeologist and historians that found new information about the Egyptians. November brought also many historical events, one that will remain forever in our minds, president John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Layla the dog, was the first living being in the space in 1957, the fall of the wall of Berlin in 1989 that marked the end of the Cold War, the election of the first African American President in the United States in 2008 was Barack Obama, and on a lighter note, November 30, 1982 Michael Jackson released “Thriller” that still remains one of the most famous and well-known albums of all the times.
On the Covid front, we have some better news. Several new vaccines were tested on a great number of volunteers and produced very positive results which consists of the 90+ % of effectiveness! Scientist all over the world are optimistic and say that the vaccine will be released before the years is out. In the U.S. experts expect that millions will be taking the vaccine in the next 3-4 months. In the meantime, let us just continue to wear a mask, follow the rules and enjoy the little things of our lives and try to stay active and positive.
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in November:
NOVEMBER 7, 1867: Marie Curie: Extraordinary and powerful woman, Marie broke the stereotype of the man as only one to be capable of working in the science field. Not only she was the first woman to win the Nobel Price but also the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. She shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and physicist Henri Becquerel, for their pioneering work developing the theory of “radioactivity”. Using techniques she invented for isolating radioactive isotopes, she won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium.
NOVEMBER 12, 1929: Grace Kelly: Her name seems to reflect her attitude, she is in fact remembered for her grace, physical beauty, and presence. Firstly known for her Acting career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she then was remembered for having married the Prince Ranieri III of Monaco; after the marriage she retired from the scene but a lot of films directors hoped to have her one more time in their movies, something that didn’t happened.
NOVEMBER 14, 1840: Claude Monet: His paints can be admired in the greatest museums of the world and his art is continued to be taught in all the schools. Claude was the father of the French Impressionist and his romantic style made us live in a dream while admiring his paints.
NOVEMBER 21, 1694: Voltaire: Face of the Enlightenment movement, with his revolutionary ideas about the importance of the civil liberties he brought this movement all over the Europe, providing a genuine cultural revolution that stirred up the minds of half European population. We could say that Voltaire created the roots for a future Democracy.
NOVEMBER 30, 1874: Winston Churchill: A towering political figure in the 20th Century. Remembered for his brave decisions during the World War II, Churchill was a well-respected political leader, famous orator, author, artist and was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the country to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.
Some Interesting Translation, Interpreting, & Media Projects Completed in November
November, as well as the other months has been packed with projects to complete for our various departments and we are so grateful to have this amount of work to do in such a strange time period.
The translation department worked in the legal field by providing the translation of a 30,000+ word public offering prospectus from Simplified Chinese to English for a major Law Firm. We also translated into Korean multiple trial documents and exhibits of 55,000+ word set of documents regarding an international lawsuit for a Major Law national firm. We also worked in the educational field and translated a 15,000-word document into Spanish for a major University regarding the mental health aspects of Covid -19. We also completed a project providing translation into Spanish, Arabic and EU French of a 25,000+word document regarding world climate control for an internationally known climate research center. In addition, we translated a 30,000+ word information for use (IFU) into Spanish, Polish Russian and Brazilian Portuguese for a worldwide medical device manufacturer.
On the transcription side we provided real time closed captioning services (CART), and the subsequent transcripts, for a large conference regarding research and publishing. We also transcribed & translated from English to Japanese and subtitled a major 6-hour Financial Conference and delivered within 3 days for a large asset management company.
The interpreting department has also been busy in completing several tasks such as proving German technical simultaneous interpreting, via video remote hook up, for a meeting for a worldwide company producing complex machinery and equipment for various industries including food processing. We worked for a major meeting planner and provided 3 days of on-site Russian interpreting in a Florida studio coordinating a live stream conference happening in Russia. Another project consists of multiple days of Arabic simultaneous interpreting via video remote for Covid -19 training courses for a major American university. In the medical field, we provided virtual remote simultaneous interpreting for a large meeting of international nurses in the languages of Greek, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Our department also worked for a major Washington DC nonprofit promoting cohesive international governance of law and governmental transparency, while reducing corruption. This was done over multiple days with both VRI and Phone interpreting (OPI) in Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean.
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