Today Translations Advisory Board Member David Clarke discusses the case if Mr. Jacques de Groote, former director of the IMF and CEO of the World Bank, who was convicted in a case where 85% of the evidence submitted was left untranslated.
Many companies that trade with overseas customers and suppliers, or through agents in foreign markets are awakening to a threat as old as trade itself: the danger of fraud through deliberate misinterpretation of information. There are three principle tiers of multi-lingual due diligence that professionals should consider when handling sensitive documents in a foreign language.
Today Translations Special Advisor and Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel, David Clarke, discusses fraud law enforcement in the UK and US on BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Wake Up to Money' programme.
James Ibori, the former petty thief who became governor of Delta state in Nigeria and one of the country’s richest men, is estimated to have stolen over $250m of Nigerian public funds. He laundered swathes of his ill-gotten gains through London before he was prosecuted in the UK and sent to jail for 13 years in 2012.
Ignorantia juris non excusat, Latin for ignorance of the law does not excuse, is something of an ancient catch-all rule that has served society well for centuries and we can thank the Romans for including it on their list of enduring legacies.
Googles newest attempt at Star Trek style instant translation incorporates something a lot of us have had our eyes on for some time, the Word Lens instant text translation app. While some are ecstatic to have this power at their fingertips, others worry that this is another step in the dumbing-down of western civilisation.
The Courts Minister calls it a significant improvement whilst the Law Society deems it to be shocking. These are two polar opposite views about the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) that show the outsourcing of courtroom interpreting to a single supplier has consistently fallen short of hitting its 98% performance target but who's right?
For the best part of five decades, Id assumed that nurture and my obsession with collecting toy soldiers as a boy was responsible for my endless love of the unmistakable plaid of Scotland. Those classic images of the gallant Black Watch at Waterloo as they prepared for another destructive attack from the French Cuirassiers and scenes captured on celluloid in the blockbuster Braveheart are engrained in my soul.
When the walls twice came tumbling down around the two little pigs, I imagine they had a brief moment to reflect on their short dancing careers as they dashed to the safety of their brothers safe house with bad old Wolfies breath bearing down on their hind quarters. Just as we all brush off a close shave the playful pigs probably chuckled as they sipped their tot of rum by the fire.