Leicester City to light up for Bonfire Night

By Muhsin Cabdi

To celebrate Bonfire Night, Leicester will be host to a variety of festive events and activities through the coming weeks.

The activities will be taking place this weekend and will be suitable for children and families.

Commencing on Saturday, November 3, there will be several events taking place in Leicester, organised by Leicester City Council or other independent organisations.

The first of these events is the annual Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display taking place this Saturday, from 5pm until 9pm.

The event will have the theme of disco music and the 1970s John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever. Tickets will cost £8 for adults, or £5.50 for under-16s and concessions, with under-4s free.

Also taking place on Saturday will be the annual family-friendly bonfire night on the Leicester Racecourse, running from 5.30pm until 10pm, with a funfair for children. Tickets cost £10 on the day or £6.50 in advance.

The event, hosted by the Rainbows Hospice, will feature a fireworks display and a lighting of the bonfire at the Racecourse, as well as food and drinks being served.

For further information on these events, visit the Visit Leicester Website.

Family light party to be held at Leicester Cathedral

By Alex Leadbitter

Leicester Cathedral is hosting a light party tonight(WedOct31) which will be open to families.

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View of Leicester Cathedral’s picturesque main entry (credit: Colin Smith)

The light party aims to create a fun alternative for families and children who want a change from the usual trick or treating on Halloween.

Leicester Cathedral is focusing less on the frightful part of Halloween and more on the lighter side, and also to educate the children on the religious aspects of the night.

The party will include games and music, along with food that will be available for all of the families.

Andy Heafford, the Head of Education for  Leicester Cathedral, said: “The idea is to give parents an alternative to Halloween.

“We think we’ve got a message here, a positive message.”

Preparations have begun as Mr Heafford has been out gathering games as well as food for tonight’s festivities.

He continued: “I’ve been out around town collecting different bits for tonight.

“We’re expecting over 100 people including about 75 kids so I’ve had to gather quite a lot.”

This is the first light party that the Leicester Cathedral will have hosted on Halloween but expectations are high with an exciting evening of fun and games planned ahead.

The party will be held at Leicester Cathedral from 6.15pm – 7.45pm.

For more information about this event and other similar events happening in the Leicester Cathedral, visit http://leicestercathedral.org

 

Charles University educates a new generation of translators and interpreters

By Jessica Varia

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Jessica with Veronika Trusová, a student at Charles University, Czech Republic.

The high reputation of students completing language translation degrees at Charles University has opened the door for many of them to gain prestigious careers working as translators and interpreters for European Union institutions. This is further cemented by the university being a member of organisations such as the International Permanent Conference of University Institutes of Translators and Interpreters (CIUTI) and many more.

Charles University is the only university-level centre in the Czech Republic that systematically trains translators and interpreters (English programs with a focus on translation and interpreting can also be found at the University of Olomouc), specialising in six languages; Czech, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.  Students can complete a comprehensive BA degree and a follow-up MA.

Many of the course tutors are themselves accredited as conference interpreters at EU institutions. Charles University’s Institute of Translation Studies has approximately 550 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying its various courses every year.

The programme of studies maintains a careful balance of practical training on the one hand and theoretical background in translation studies on the other. It also focuses on relating disciplines together with the development of analytical skills. The students develop a sense of confidence throughout the course, starting off with interpreting fairy tales, everyday life stories and short simple texts to help them into their first steps of translation or interpreting

Why Charles University? As the oldest university in Europe north of the Alps and east of Paris, it has long-established connections with institutions across the continent and in particular those within the EU. The course comes under the Faculty of Arts but has its own institute and is, therefore, able to focus heavily on the course curriculum to ensure its students do well in their future ambitions. MA student Veronika Trusová said: “I think that the Translating and Interpretation course is one of the best programmes that the university has to offer.”

She said studying such a specific course is ideal for those who have a love for translation and interpreting. The course enables students to study the working of foreign languages, the importance of translation and of translators and interpreters in international and intercultural exchanges. It also helps them to develop their skills and learn new terminology and the technologies of translation.

Charles University has opened many doors for its students, including for 23-year-old Veronika, who is studying for her MA in Interpreting, English and French, having completed her BA degree. She said: “Our teachers offer us placements and different training internships which helps you a lot with gaining experience and building a portfolio.”

Veronika herself has gained multiple job opportunities thanks to the course and added: “I believe there will always be a demand for translation and interpreting services, in one form or another. There are a lot of things you can do once you graduate, some of us teach, some of us are self-employed. A lot of the students on my course, including myself, want to go and work in the European Union institutions. Veronika has been working alongside her studies as a language teacher, translator, interpreter, proofreader, as well as an administrative worker. She also used to have a part-time job as a tour guide in French and English, which is ideal for her curriculum vitae. She said that without her studying her MA in Interpretation this would not have been available to her.

The programme provided by Charles University is broken down into modules. Each module focuses on a different aspect, whether practical or theoretical, each topic is designed to help the students advance in the new skill. Veronika believes it is a very good way of gaining a grasp of the language but warned it is vital for the students to have a clear understanding of the language they are interested in before entering the course. There is an entry-level examination that they will need to pass. As Veronika explained: “The Translation and Interpretation course does not teach you a language, we learn about the language, why we use it and how it is formed, but most importantly, we learn the interpreting and translating skills.”

This course at Charles University focuses on practical training as well as theory. Within the course, students will get a lot of practical training, an introduction to interpretation, and theoretical subjects such as those studying grammar and lexicology. Other modules include learning about the history and the culture of the chosen language. Within the Translation part of the course, students gain an understanding of literature and the scientific analogy of language and learn how to put that into words themselves.

The university also strongly believes that students should receive as much help as possible for them to improve on their studies, therefore it runs seminars, as well as lectures, made up of a concise group of five to six people. This system enables all students to speak to the teachers and receive one-to-one feedback and is also a great way to share their work with classmates. The seminars also help students put everything they have learnt in their lecture into practice and enable them to prepare their own speeches and move into study groups.

It is this depth of learning and understanding of language provided by the Translation and Interpretation course at Charles University that educates students to a standard suitable for a profession which can lead them to have high-level jobs within the European Union. Of course, completing a degree at Charles University within the magnificent and historic surroundings of the city of Prague, with its rich and diverse culture and opportunities, not only helps its students become successful in future careers but it also ensures that they have fun while learning new skills.

Virtual Orchestra at ISKON centre

By Ross Barnett

People can sample the enjoyment of taking part in an orchestra through a virtual reality head set.

The experience is available at Leicester’s International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Granby Street and concludes on Saturday, November 17th with a live performance at Haymarket Theatre.

The exhibition which is powered by the Philharmonia Orchestra is open to the public every day 10am-5pm until Saturday, November 17, and is free entry. More than 3,000 people had enjoyed the event so far while another 7,000 people are expected to roll through the doors before the end of the event.

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Dillon Parmer using out the Virtual Reality kit at Leicester’s ISKCON centre

It features The Planets, composed by Gustav Holst, a piece which the scores written for several notable films such as Invictus, Gladiator and Star Wars owe much to the music which Holst wrote back in 1918.

People can put on the headset and experience a piece by Sibelius performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jonathan Mayes, director, residencies and regional programme at the Philharmonia Orchestra said: “We’re here with the Virtual Orchestra which is an installation that gives you the chance to come and walk through an orchestra and feel what it’s like on the inside, to hear what the musicians hear and feel what the musicians feel.

“We’re here until the 17th November and we really want people to come and see us, especially DMU students who we have a long and wonderful connection with the university.”

The exhibition is always looking for volunteers and organisers would encourage anyone interested to contact the orchestra.

 

Council officer reveals plan to make Bede Park safer for Leicester residents

By Sophie Sandberg

Leicester City Council has revealed a plan to make Bede Park safer after residents have raised concern over the overall safety in the park following a number of incidents.

Over the past few weeks a number of incidents have occurred in and around the area of Bede Park.

Park Security Officer at Leicester City Council, Kevin Southerill, ensures that measures are being taken to assure that people will feel safe in the park.

Mr Southerill said: “We obviously consider the issue of safety within our sites a priority and carefully examine options that can improve it.

“To combat crime and anti-social behaviour, our main involvement on any park surrounds the maintenance of sight lines, avoiding hiding spots, keeping lighting operational, tree canopies unobtrusive and encouraging safe Park use by all.

“We manage this within a multi-agency framework where each of us work on the issues under our control.”

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Bede Park has been the centre of attention for the past few weeks following a number of incidents in and around the area.

In 2015, a visit to Bede was made by local elected officials, representatives from several Council departments, the Leicestershire Police to create an action plan which would examine issues around CCTV provision, improving lighting, application of the Public Space Protection Order regarding alcohol and local parking concerns.

Some benches subject to unwanted use have been removed, and extensive fencing has been introduced along the Great Central Way in order to exclude ‘hiding spots’.

In November, the vegetation of Bede Park will be maintained at a level to discourage concealment, especially along the two sides of the site, where shrubs will be managed.

The trees have been checked for any obstruction to lighting, with one identified for attention in order to allow for the unfettered dispersion of light.

The intensity settings of the lights over paths are being reviewed by the council’s street lighting section.

Mr Southerill continued: “Bede Park itself is quite open to view during daylight with CCTV coverage operated by the university, busy paths and considerable ‘safety in numbers’.

“At night, although paths are illuminated, there will always be vast areas of an open space that remain dark.

“Less people will be around and users must remain aware of their surroundings.

“This is true of any expanse where lighting the entire area would prove impractical and potentially intrusive to local residents.

“Only so much can be achieved by tweaking Park infrastructure.”

Leicester City Council has teamed up with the Leicestershire Police and the University Guide to discourage avoidable journeys through isolated locations and stick to safer routes.

“When having to use more secluded routes, we always suggest doing this in a small group rather than individually, without displaying phones and other temptations for those up to no good,” explained Mr Southerill.

The Leicestershire Police will look at how they can combat any crime around the city, including Bede Park and nearby locations, whilst parks will act in relation to identified aspects that can assist in reassuring our users, such as the maintenance and clear layout.