Welcome to 2021! January brings a new year full of hope and elevated expectations. Every year gives us renewed hope and optimism, this year, this is especially important. We know 2020 was a hard year for a lot of us and we each have been challenged to overcome considerable obstacles. Better things are sure to come! We can also say that January it is a month of transition in which we try to organize the year that is coming in order to achieve our new goals. January is also more than this, it is a month of historically significant events that have been life changing and are still felt today.
In 1924, the British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen (King Tut) in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor after several years of searching; this was considered as the most important discovery of the 20th century. In 1782, the first U.S. commercial bank opened as the Bank of North America, in Philadelphia. This helped lead to the formation of numerous other financial institutions and a financial boom which ultimately earned a dominant position for the U.S. in the world’s global economy. Almost two decades later, in 1999, eleven European nations began using a new single European currency, the Euro, for electronic financial and business transactions. One of the most striking event in the U.S. history was the first presidential impeachment trial in 130 years charging former President Clinton with perjury and obstruction of justice.
January is also the month of innovations: In 1863, the world’s first underground railway service opened in London, the Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon. In the States the flying boat airplane, invented by Glenn Curtiss, made its first flight at Hammondsport, New York and sometime later an American Airlines Boeing 707 made the first scheduled transcontinental U.S. flight, traveling from California to New York. A life changing law for the women was introduced by Iceland in 1935, the first country to legalize abortions. The U.S made this decision some years after in 1973 during a court case in which the Supreme Court announced its decision. In regard to public health, the U.S. Surgeon General declared cigarettes may be hazardous to health, the first such official government report.
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in January:
JANUARY 8, 1935: Elvis Presley: He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”. He was a pioneer of rockabilly, an up-tempo fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. His career had tremendous success in both the music field and as an lead actor in the movie industry. He died far too young at the age of 42, shocking millions of his fans worldwide. His influence is still felt strongly to this day.
JANUARY 9, 1913: Richard Nixon: Nixon was the 37th U.S. President, was born in Yorba Linda, California. He served as vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-61, then made an unsuccessful run for the presidency, narrowly losing to John F. Kennedy. He re-emerged in 1968 and ran a successful presidential campaign against Hubert Humphrey. He won re-election by a landslide in 1972 but resigned, in disgrace two years later amid impeachment proceedings resulting from the Watergate scandal.
JANUARY 16, 1974: Kate Moss: As her fame rose in the mid-90’s. She was considered one of the last super models of her era. Her beauty, especially her tall, thin body, matched perfectly with the fashion standards of that period, quickly elevated her to be one of the most requested models all over the world. However, her jet setting lifestyle, numerous parties and drug abuse led to her being dropped from fashion campaigns until 2012. She straightened her life out and made major come back; her triumphant return triggered many of the biggest fashion brands to again have Kate represent them at major fashion shows and media campaigns everywhere. She never stopped working in the fashion industry even as she successfully shifted her role from gorgeous model to a brilliant designer.
JANUARY 17, 1942: Muhammad Ali (Born Cassius Clay) At the age of 22 in 1964, won the world heavyweight boxing championship. After converting to the Muslim religion, he became an outspoken conscientious objector to America’s escalating involvement in the Vietnam War and refused military duty upon being drafted. As a result, he was stripped of his boxing title, banned from boxing, and subsequently jailed. After a long legal battle, his conviction was reversed, and he regained the championship in 1974. He is the most famous boxer of his day, and a hugely well-known worldwide figure and is still considered the best heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport.
JANUARY 30, 1974: Christian Bale: Considered as one of the most prominent actors of the last decades, he was catapulted to fame by the role of Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, movies that won lot of praise and accolades from the public and film critics alike. He is also involved with many different nonprofit organizations such as Greenpeace.
Some Interesting Translation, Interpreting, & Media Projects Completed in January
Even if January is the first month of the year there was plenty of work to do in our various departments. Our translation department completed several projects. They translated appearance releases, participation & arbitration agreement’s, confidentially agreement’s and location contracts for a major entertainment company into Turkish, French, and Arabic. They translated multiple Employee Handbooks into Spanish, Vietnamese & Korean from companies ranging from financial, shipping, food, high tech to construction companies. They provided the translation of educational information in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Spanish for one of the nation’s leading research institutes. They also provided French Canadian Translation and Desk Top Publishing services for an 8,000-word user guide. In the medical field they translated vital Covid 19 Vaccine information for one of the Nation’s biggest health providers into 15 languages including Arabic, Korean, Somali, Chinese, Burmese, Tongan, Vietnamese to name some. Finally, they completed a project that consisted of translations of 100’s pages of Korean and Japanese to English for intellectual property documents in the pharmaceutical arena.
The Media department was also busy. They translated and localized scripts for a well-known media company. They then did voiceovers for a 1-hour marketing video in our in-house studio in 5 languages using 10 VO artists for one of the most recognizable names in the sound industry. The languages were Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Mandarin.
The interpreting department had a lot of work too and they provided Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Simultaneous French and Spanish interpreting for a four-day leadership conference hosted by a national consulting firm. We recently completed a project that involved 7 hours of simultaneous Japanese interpreting via Video for a meeting involving the world’s largest industry coalition focused on the electronic industry.
They supplied virtual and on-site ASL interpreting services to major universities and institutions throughout the month. In addition, they provided certified interpreters, virtually, for law firms and court reporting agencies. Legal VRI was provided, as well, for the U.S. Department of Justice for scores of legal proceedings including depos, trials, hearings and arbitrations in different languages ranging from Russian and Dutch to Spanish and Tagalog.
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