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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A new report shows that California HMOs fail to provide proper language access policies and procedures to customers not fluent in English. Titled "California Health Plans and Language Access," the report is based on information collected by the Office of the Patient Advocate from California health plans. Of 13 plans that responded to the survey, only four said they provided face-to-face interpreters.
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NEWS
April 6, 2002 | DOMENICO MACERI, Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
In the mid-1700s Benjamin Franklin complained about German-English bilingual street signs in Philadelphia. Not much has changed in the U.S. about language worries. These days though, it's mainly Spanish that raises concerns. Letters to the editors of American newspapers about the importance of the English language are commonplace. One recent one stated that we should keep the heritage language alive at home; but when we go to the bank, shopping or work, we should speak English. To a large extent the reader was absolutely right.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2000 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes it seems as if all the good Web site names are taken. But that's only if you're looking for names using the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet (A-Z) and the 10 Arabic digits (0-9). Two companies that register Internet domain names are looking to expand their markets by offering names in Asian characters. Last week, Pasadena-based DotTV said it would start registering names ending in its ".tv" suffix with Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters. In two weeks, Herndon, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1991
Mayor Tom Bradley and Los Angeles Police Department officials this week hailed a 3 1/2-month program with AT&T in which 1,300 calls in 24 languages, including Korean, Farsi, Hungarian and the Hindi dialect of Gujurati, have been fielded by 911 emergency operators. Under the program, 911 calls from callers who neither speak English nor Spanish can be routed to AT&T's Language Line Service, where an interpreter becomes the third party on the line.
NEWS
March 5, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
About 70 protesters from local Filipino groups, a labor union and other activists picketed last week in front of an Orange County nursing home that banned a union representative for speaking a foreign language at the facility.
NEWS
June 2, 1998
I always enjoy Paul Dean's stories, and "For the Love of Latin" (May 18) is no exception. It brings back memories of high school Latin class in the late '30s. In those days, it was a required course and to us at the time seemed outdated and tedious. Today, however, I look back with gratitude for the patience of those dear nuns. Their foresight and insistence added another dimension to my life over the ensuing years, not only in the pursuit of other languages, but in the sheer pleasure of words and thought.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pentagon, faced with a critical shortage of foreign language expertise, said it would increase the money it pays troops who know a language other than English. Starting June 1, the Pentagon will more than triple the foreign language incentive pay for active-duty military personnel to a maximum of $12,000 per year above their normal pay.
NEWS
December 26, 1995 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To meet the needs of their fast-growing Asian populations and to prepare students for jobs in the Pacific Rim, many California schools are expanding their foreign language programs beyond the traditional European languages. Spanish is still the most popular language by far, accounting for more than a third of the state's total foreign language enrollment. But Japanese and Chinese are the state's fastest-growing foreign languages, and other Asian languages are gaining ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on Tuesday proposed a pilot program that would provide callers with interpreters of 140 languages in an effort to open city government to an expanding immigrant population. "The 3.4 million residents of Los Angeles come here from all over the world," Bradley said. "Our rich cultural and ethnic diversity is one of our greatest strengths, but it requires us to ensure our services can adapt to the wide range of people who reside here. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1998 | SUE FOX
Soka University of America will offer five foreign language courses this fall at its Calabasas campus, including Japanese, Mandarin and Korean for beginners. For students who have already studied beginning Japanese, the university offers elementary and intermediate instruction in the language as well. The courses emphasize Asian culture, weaving discussion about current affairs, art and other topics into the study of the language.
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