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Weekly Shorts | February 12, 2021

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XTM International adds investor

Manhattan Beach, California-based investment firm K1 Investment Management, LLC has placed funds in translation management provider XTM International. The amount was undisclosed.

New UK interpreter guidance

The Parole Board for England and Wales has published new translation and interpreter use guidance “for cases where the prisoner’s first language is not English (or Welsh), and translation of documents, or an interpreter, may be needed,” according to United Kingdom government website gov.uk. The 11 page document outlines when “translation of documents, or an interpreter, may be needed.”

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European industry survey seeks respondents

Translation buyers and providers have until February 14th to participate in this year’s European Language Industry Survey (ELIS), organized by the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC), the European Language Industry Association (ELIA), European Masters in Translation, Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs – Europe (FIT Europe), the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), Language Industry Platform and Women in Localization.

Hospital builds its own translation app

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts has developed its own translation app, RadTranslate. The free text-to-speech tool translates radiology instructions from English into Spanish using text-to-speech natural language processing (NLP) technology.

Bible translations up

Christian nonprofit Wycliffe Associates translated the Bible into more languages in 2020 than in any other year since the group’s 1967 founding. “Instead of slowing down because of COVID-19, for some national Bible translators, translation has actually accelerated,” interim president and chief executive officer Tim Neu shared in a news release. Last year, the group completed New Testament translations into 141 languages and Old Testament translations into eight.

CBS and ABC stations profile medical interpreters

The covid-19 pandemic has brought medical interpreters into the limelight, with linguist profiles more frequently published now by American mainstream media. Within the last week, Charlotte, North Carolina CBS affiliate WBTV reported on the importance of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and Los Angeles, California ABC affiliate KABC profiled Spanish and Italian interpreter Marta Day — the only on-site interpreter working at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California.

New CEO at Plint

Thomas Roberts is the new chief executive officer at Plint, a Göteborg, Sweden-based media localization provider. The role was previously held by Örjan Serner.

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