Associations

Jeff Alfonso will present at ABC’s Safety Conference

I am thrilled and delighted to announce that I will present at the Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas 2019 Safety Conference. This year it will be held on Friday, February 22 at Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road, Concord, NC. Registration and breakfast buffet start at 7:00 a.m. My presentation “Hispanic Culture in …

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When Ethics and Common Sense Collide in Medical Interpreting

It never fails that at least one session at the American Translators Association annual convention results in a very entertaining, lively debate over interpreter ethics. Entertaining for me, not at all for those involved in the debate. Especially if it disrupts the presentation and the speaker is being attacked. For me, the debate typically falls …

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Why Localization is just as Important when it comes to Bilingual Safety

Guest blog by Louise Taylor. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry employers reported approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries during 2016. That’s 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers. Many employers work hard to protect workers’ safety, but it is harder to do so in certain industries. Construction workers, for …

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CATI’s 30th Annual Conference

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, over 130 professional interpreters, translators, and related fields attended the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters‘ signature event, the 30th Annual Conference.  This event not only offers outstanding professional development, but also excellent networking opportunities.  This year’s event was hosted at Wake Forest University, Benson Center, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. …

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When and Why Do I Need to Contract Interpreting Services

To err is human, to forgive is divine.  That saying is apropos in many facets of life.  Many individuals (with no formal training in teaching foreign languages) mistakenly overestimate not only their ability but also the ability of others to intelligibly and fluently speak another language.  There are people who understand English very well, but …

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Serving on the Board of Directors of The American Translators Association? 

This November, the ATA will celebrate its 56th annual conference in Miami, Florida. At that time, three new directors will be elected. I believe that I bring to the table experience, great vision, and a willingness to work hard to make things happen for our association. In the past, I have written about different issues …

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Finding Balance on Social Media

I realize the title is somewhat deceptive. This blog isn’t about time management. It is about balancing our message on social media. Perhaps I should explain. In the past Emily and I have posted issues or questions on social media that somehow morphed into unpleasant debates which have never been our intention. This has caused …

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How do you Envision Public Relations for ATA?

For several years, I have been following a very vibrant discussion about ATA’s need for Public Relations. In fact, during the opening statement of the 2014 conference in Chicago, President Caitlin Walsh announced, “We are listening to our members and have now hired a professional PR person!” This grand proclamation delighted everyone and set a …

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A special request to my ATA interpreter colleagues

Dear Colleagues: The American Translators Association has the tagline, “The Voice of Interpreters and Translators.” Close to half the membership is interpreters and yet, very few are voting members! Are you a professional interpreter? Do you have one or more of the following certifications:  certified healthcare interpreter, certified medical interpreter, federally certified court interpreter, or …

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