Rapunzel is impregnated by her prince, the evil queen in Snow White is the princess’s biological mother, plotting to murder her own child, and a hungry mother in another story is so “unhinged and desperate” that she tells her daughters: “I’ve got to kill you so I can have something to eat.” Never before published in English, the first edition of the Brothers Grimms’ tales reveals an unsanitised version of the stories that have been told at bedtime for more than 200 years. The Grimms – Jacob and Wilhelm – published their first take on the tales for which they would become known around the world in December 1812, a second volume following in 1815. They would go on to publish six more editions, polishing the stories, making them more child-friendly, adding in Christian references and removing mentions of fairies before releasing the seventh edition – the one best known today – in 1857. Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of … [Read more...] about Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation
A World Trade Organization (WTO) logo is pictured on their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse - von Tim Hepher und Philip Blenkinsop Paris/Brüssel (Reuters) - Im jahrelangen Streit über staatliche Hilfen für Flugzeugbauer wirft die Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) der EU vor, die Subventionen für Airbus nicht vollständig abgebaut zu haben. Aufgrund früher eingeräumter staatlicher Kredite werde der A350 weiter bezuschusst, hieß es in einem am Montag veröffentlichten Bericht. Zudem wurde die Argumentation zurückgewiesen, der A380 sei nach dem angekündigten Baustopp keine Bedrohung mehr für den 747 von Boeing. Zwar wird der Superjumbo nicht für Verkaufseinbußen verantwortlich gemacht. Allerdings werde der A380 den US-Rivalen bis zum Ende der Auslieferung Schaden zufügen, hieß es. Airbus bietet den A380 nicht mehr an und will die Fertigung Mitte 2021 einstellen. Die … [Read more...] about WTO wirft EU weiter Subvention von Airbus vor
Some 230 kilometres from Kolkata, in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, 500 children stand out because of their ‘unconventional’ education, says Anjuli Bhargava. IMAGE: At Levelfield, being able to catch a ball elegantly is considered more important than handwriting practice for small children. All photographs: Kind courtesy Levelfield School He was all of 33 when his friends, acquaintances, colleagues and the wider circle of people around him thought he’d taken leave of his senses. And who really could blame them? The year was 2009. An IIT-Kharagpur engineer and IIM-Ahmedabad MBA, Arghya Banerjee lived in Chennai with his wife and four-year-old daughter, worked at Irevna -- a Standard and Poor’s equity research outsourcing company that later got acquired by Crisil -- had built a career and reputation in his chosen field and had some savings to get by. That’s when Banerjee decided to chuck it all, return to his native town, Suri, in West … [Read more...] about A school where teachers don’t ‘teach’!
Good news, world travelers: Google Translate is getting a lot more accurate. Google last fall introduced something called neural machine translation, which uses artificial intelligence to translate entire sentences instead of individual phrases for a more fluent and understandable result. Now, the technology is available for three more languages: Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese. On top of that, Google plans to bring these improvements to "many more languages" over the next couple of weeks. Related Google Translate Now Works in Any App on Android Google Translate Now Works in Any App on Android The technology "makes for translations that are usually more accurate and sound closer to the way people speak the language," Google Translate Product Lead Barak Turovsky wrote in a blog post. Google provided an example to show how much better its neural translations are, compared to the old technology. Previously, Google would have translated a Hindi phrase as: "Here we have discovered … [Read more...] about Google’s AI-Translator Beefs Up Language Skills
Karuvarakkundu, Malappuram: “I do not know how I got the opportunity to translate Rahul Gandhi's speech. I still cannot believe it.” That was Safa Fabin, a Class 12 student at the Government Higher Secondary School in Karuvarakkundu in Malappuram district, who rose to stardom after she translated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's English speech to Malayalam on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi addressed the gathering after inaugurating the newly-built science block at the school. Karuvarakkundu village falls under Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad Parliamentary constituency. Rahul began his three-day tour of the constituency on Thursday. Safa, fifth and youngest daughter of Madrassa teacher Kunhi Muhammed, said Thursday was just a normal day in her life. “I went to the school just to listen to Rahul Gandhi's speech. He is one of the political leaders I admire. I had listened to him once when he spoke at Kalikavu (also in Malappuram) during his election campaign,” she told Onmanorama. … [Read more...] about Meet Safa Fabin, the Class 12 girl who translated Rahul Gandhi’s speech to Malayalam