Translating: August 19 is World Photography Day

August 19 is World Photography Day, a day to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the present and leave a positive trail for the future. World Photography Day originates from the invention of the daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839 The French Academy of Sciences announced the process and a few …

August 12 is World Elephant Day

aug12 August 12 is World Elephant Day. To bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants, World Elephant Day was launched in 2012. Keep an eye on events around the world. Twitter: @wrldelephantday Hashtag: #WorldElephantDay Facebook: facebook.com/worldelephantday We’re celebrating by translating ‘World Elephant Day’ in other languages. Suggestions are welcome in the comments. …

When is bus service expected to resume in Oaxaca? = ¿Cuando reanude el servicio de autobuses en Oaxaca? #OaxacaNow (July 2016)

oaxaca bus Social protests continue in Oaxaca, Mexico. July is normally a festive month in the southern Mexican state, but with blockades and marches occurring the past two months, visitor cancellations have been on the increase. More disturbing is the news that the ADO Bus Terminal has been blockaded the past two weeks (late night …

Te reo tautoko = Behind you all the way

Māori Language Week is an annual campaign led by the Māori Language Commission, to promote the language in New Zealand. The campaign raises awareness that New Zealand has its very own language and encourages its incorporation into daily usage. 2016’s Māori Language Week is going to be positive, relevant, energetic, fun and exciting! It will …

Brexit

brexit Trending and breaking news: Brexit View image on Twitter Follow Kees van der Leun @Sustainable2050 Fall of the British pound (against US$) seems to stablilize at -10% for now. #Brexit 12:23 AM – 24 Jun 2016 9797 Retweets 4545 likes Follow Ryan Mearns @ryanmearns I can’t wait to read every #Brexit thought piece over the next …

7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples

FUCongress2016 The 7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples will take place June 15-17 in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. The theme of the event is “The Finno-Ugric Peoples – Towards Sustainable Development.” The Congress unites the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples with the aim of discussing issues dealing with the preservation and reviving of the languages and cultures of …

Welcome to the Modern Classroom: Native Innovation Conference #nii2016

Native Innovation hosted its 4th annual technology event for educators — Welcome to the Modern Classroom: Native Innovation Technology Conference June 10-11, 2016. The event is a two-day immersive, hands-on experience redefining the “Classroom” and held at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort outside of the Flagstaff, Arizona. According to the organizers: “we are witnessing a transformation in the creation and …

Desert Notebook

It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms. – John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

Supporting Pochote Xochimilco

Members of the Pochote Xochimilco Market in Oaxaca, Mexico have staged a peaceful protest in the Plaza de la Danza outside the City Hall (Palacio Municipal). Neighbours from the Xochimilco neighborhood have complained about the market and demand its removal. The protest seeks to show support for the market. Details on Facebook Consider me present …

Captain’s Call: Australia’s Word of the Year

by Ron Mader Planeta.com’s favorite Word of the Year competition? Easily the one with online voting: Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year wisely waits until the start of the following year to assess what gained traction in the previous 12 months. What’s found on the deep dive are linguistic treasures and a snapshot not only of 2015 but of the …