Weekly translation favourite (22 - 29 Feb)

1. Harper Lee, "To kill a mocking bird" author, dead at 89

Harper Lee, whose debut novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," immortalized her name with its story of justice and race in a small Southern town and became a classic of American literature, has died. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed Friday by the City Hall in Monroeville, Alabama, where she lived.

In a statement, Lee's family said, "The family of Nelle Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Alabama, announced today, with great sadness, that Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested.”

2. Common translation mistakes.

* Doing translation verbatim

Many novice translators make the mistake of translating script word for word. As a translator, you need to interpret a script into other language in the same style as it is intended. There are different syntactic rules for different languages which you must understand before doing the translation.

* Using Wrong Words

Beginner translators oftentimes use vocabularies in wrong context. There are certain words which cannot be translated into other language. For example, there is no equivalent for the word “Holy Grail” in other languages. Similarly, you cannot translate the word “Netilat Yadayim Shacharit” into any other language. Since these words are associated with cultural and religious process, you cannot interpret them in context of other religions.

* Not Translating In An Appropriate Style

Beginner translators might not fully understand the aspects of styling in a script. Due to unfamiliarity with target language, they interpret a document without knowing its appropriate style. This changes the essence of a script and, ultimately, purges its very soul. To convey real meaning of a topic, it is important to translate a document in the right tone.

3. Steve Gerrard in America

After 18 years and 10 major trophies at hometown club Liverpool, the 35-year-old has swapped the English Premier League for glitz and glamor with L.A. Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Gerrard left Liverpool in May last year having cemented his legendary status.

After joining his hometown club at 17 he quickly became a fans' favorite in a city that loves nothing more than seeing one of its own prosper.

Captain since 2003, Gerrard's crowning glory was a European Champions League victory in 2005, and though he won nine other trophies, a Premier League title will forever be a big gap on his resume.

In between times Gerrard's focus is on a better 2016 season with the Galaxy, as well as soaking up all that life in Hollywood has to offer. "As far as my coaching, management dreams and aspirations are concerned they're better parked until I retire.”

4. Kong Skull Island begin to film in Vietnam

According to Hollywood Elsewhere, latest plot speculations about the project indicate that Kong: Skull Island will be set in the early 70's and will include a "Vietnam-era" vibe to its theme as parts of the movie will also be shot in Vietnam.

Kong: Skull Island is under the direction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and written by Max Borenstein, Derek Connelly, John Gatins, and Dan Gilroy. It also stars Brie Larsson, Corey Hawkins,  Toby Kebbell and Jason Mitchell.  It is set to hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

"The power of the original story is still the same-there's something extraordinary about Kong as a metaphor-but we place him in a new environment with different kinds of characters who relate to him in very distinct ways", Hiddleston said.

5. 360 TB disk store files for eternity

The tiny glass disk can store up to 360 tetrabytes of information, and will be able to survive for billions of years without damage or data loss. Scientists at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre are behind the disk, and are responsible for engineering the nano-structured glass material to store the huge amount of data in five dimensions.

According to the disk’s creators, the affectionately named “Superman memory crystal” will last for up to 13.8 billion years at 190 degrees Celsius, and for a virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature. This technology was successfully demonstrated as part of a 2013 experiment that recorded 300 kilobytes of a text file in five dimensions.

6. UK's referendum on EU.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union to be held on Thursday 23 June. The Electoral Commission proposed the wording, which has been accepted by MPs: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" The options for voters will be 'Remain a member of the European Union' and 'Leave the European Union'.

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals who have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Members of the House of Lords and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar will also be eligible, unlike in a general election. Citizens from EU countries - apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus - will not get a vote.

7. BRIT Awards 2016 - Big win of Adele.

British star Adele led the charge at the BRIT Awards in London, with four wins including best British female artist, best single for her record-breaking hit "Hello," and best album for "25," a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. She rounded out the haul with the Global Success Award.She also used the platform to publicly support Kesha, who had a legal challenge to annul a recording contract thrown out, following her allegation of sexual assault against record producer Dr. Luke.

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