French lawmakers visited Crimea

MOSCOW — A group of French lawmakers visited Crimea this week, the first trip by a European delegation since Russia annexed the peninsula last year. They bought T-shirts, snapped photographs and were serenaded by a Russian pop singer.

The visit was condemned by France’s government, but the lawmakers, many from the Republicans, a center-right party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said their visit was a private initiative.

Yves Pozzo di Borgo, right, and Jérôme Lambert, members of the French Parliament, at the Siege of Sevastopol Museum in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday. CreditPavel Rebrov/Reuters

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Google translate : a virtual translator

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Google’s “be together, not the same” campaign goes far beyond customization and a diverse crowd of devices. They extend this slogan to all their other services, and we simply can’t forget about Google Translate. It literally breaks one of the biggest barriers known to man – language.

The Search Giant has just released one of the most emotional Google Translate commercials we have seen, displaying how much this application has changed the way we communicate with others. They claim over 100 billion words are translated a day, with the most popular phrases being “how are you?”, “thank you” and “I love you”.

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Autistic person and the language

Words matter. The way we use them to communicate with or about others can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This is especially the case when it comes to disability. Handicapped. Retarded. Mad. Activists have campaigned hard to eradicate such terms, which are offensive and perpetuate a negative view of disabled people – one as passive, unable to take control over their own lives.

Responding to this demand, recent government guidelines have encouraged clinicians and teachers to use positive and inclusive language, including the use of language that does not define people by their disability.

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