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  • 20x

    The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most unequal in the developed world, according to analysis by Oxfam. The figures suggest that around 634,000 Britons are worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million and the charity urged Theresa May to take action to close the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots". Oxfam's report suggested that the massive inequality in British society contributed to the vote to leave the European Union and called for sweeping reforms to big business.

    to own/posséder, détenir – wealth/richesse, fortune - according to/d'après – figure/chiffre, pourcentage – Briton/Britannique - to be worth/valoir, représenter (une valeur de) – charity/organisation caritative - to urge/exhorter; ici, appeler - Theresa May/actuel Premier ministre (conservateur) du Royaume-Uni - to take, took, taken action/(ré)agir, prendre des mesures - to close the gap/combler le fossé, amoindrir l'écart - "haves"/personnes qui "ont", détiennent des biens; ici, les (personnes) riches - "have nots"/personnes qui "n'ont pas", ne détiennent pas de biens; ici, les (personnes) pauvres – report/rapport, étude – sweeping/vaste

    Publié le 29/09/2016

  • 69,000

    69,000 people moved to New Zealand since the beginning of the year. In his weekly appearance on Radio New Zealand, the New Zealand prime minister John Key was asked to explain high immigration figures, with 200,000 Kiwis currently unemployed. He said the country was forced to rely on overseas workers to fill jobs because some Kiwis lacked a strong work ethic and may have problems with drugs.

    to move to/emménager, s'installer en – Kiwi/Néo-Zélandais – currently/actuellement - to rely on/compter sur, dépendre de – overseas/outre-mer; ici, étranger - to fill jobs/remplir les postes vacants - to lack/manquer de, ne pas avoir

    Publié le 29/09/2016

  • +25%

    The Orlando Sentinel reports that bank robberies by women are up 25 per cent over the last year, from 6 per cent to 7.5 per cent of all money-grabbers. One expert thought the trend would continue because of the non-violent nature of the note-passing robbery. Another thought a woman's role has evolved from working as an accomplice or sidekick to running the show.

    robbery/vol, cambriolage - trend/tendance - note/billet (de banque) - accomplice/complice - sidekick/acolyte, sous-fifre - to run, ran, run the show/être aux commandes, mener la barque

    Publié le 22/08/2016

  • 1 million pounds

    A top competitive eater has insured his taste buds for a whopping 1 million pounds. Adam Moran, also known as Beard Meats Food, has won countless awards as a professional eater. After landing a tasty job as CEO at American diner Huckleberrys – that’s Chief Eating Officer - bosses were so keen to keep Adams eating skills up to scratch that they’ve insured his taste buds and stomach for a wallet-busting 1 million GBP.

    to insure/assurer - taste bud/papille gustative - a whopping.../(somme) énorme de - beard/barbe - award/récompense, prix - to land/décrocher, obtenir - tasty/savoureux, ici intéressant - diner/restaurant (bon marché) - to be keen to/tenir absolument à - up to scratch/ici, au plus haut niveau - wallet-busting/litt., à faire exploser le portefeuille ici, montant astronomique

    Publié le 22/08/2016

  • $30

    According to a study from Wellesley College for The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and based on survey data from the US Census Bureau, "Increasing food subsidies for the poor in the US by just $30 a month per person would allow families to eat healthier and obtain better nutrition outcomes. They would purchase 2 per cent more green vegetables and 3 per cent more tomatoes and yellow vegetables, as well as slightly more lean meats like chicken and fish. Conversely, fast food consumption would go down by 2.5 per cent."

    according to/d'après – college/université – policy/politique – survey/étude, enquête – data/données – census/recensement - to increase/augmenter, accroître - to allow/permettre à – healthy/sain, diététique – outcome/résultat - to purchase/acheter - as well as/ainsi que – slightly/légèrement – lean/maigre – conversely/à l'inverse – consumption/consommation

    Publié le 30/06/2016

  • 48 km

    Ohio Judge Michael Cicconetti ordered a woman who stiffed a cabbie out of his fare to walk 48km. It was 60 days in jail or the hike, which was the distance of the cab ride she took for free. The offender chose to walk off her punishment. Judge Cicconetti believes in giving people a taste of their own medicine and has sentenced offenders to novel alternatives to jail time, like dressing up in a chicken suit.

    to stiff/voler, priver (ici, de sa rémunération) – cabbie/chauffeur de taxi – fare/prix de la course – jail/prison – hike/ici, (longue) marche – ride/trajet, course – punishment/ici, peine - to give, gave, given sb a taste of his-her own medicine/rendre à qn la monnaie de sa pièce - to sentence/condamner - to dress up/se déguiser, s'habiller – suit/costume (ici, déguisement), combinaison

    Publié le 30/06/2016

  • -7%

    The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair says it expects its average fare to fall by 7% this year as it cuts prices to boost its market share amid intensifying competition, the BBC reports. "If there is a fare war in Europe, then Ryanair will be the winner," Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said. Analysts said rival airlines were likely to follow suit. The cuts came as the budget airline reported a 43% rise in net profit to €1.2bn for the full year to the end of March, just short of analyst forecasts. Mr O'Leary vowed to take market share from rival airlines, saying: "If other airlines want to compete with us on price, then we will lower our prices again."

    Publié le 6/06/2016

  • 30 days

    After encouraging the people of Flint to begin drinking tap water using a filter, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was asked by residents: Would you drink this water yourself? He said that he’ll commit to drinking and cooking with filtered Flint tap water for thirty days to prove to skeptical locals that it’s safe. Snyder visited a home which had tested for high lead levels, and took 5 gallons of water from the tap with a filter attached to it.

    tap water/eau du robinet - to commit/s’engager – local/habitant (de la ville) – safe/sûr, sans danger – lead/plomb – gallon/3,785 L (US), 4,55 L (GB)

    Publié le 20/04/2016

  • $2M

    Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced last month that the provincial government will dedicate up to $2 million toward long-term solutions to prevent suicide attempts in the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation, CBC reports. The remote First Nation of about 2,000 is facing a suicide crisis among its youth. Mental health workers have been flown in to help, kicking off some difficult conversations with young people about what's causing them to want to end their lives. The Attawapiskat chief declared a state of emergency after 11 suicide attempts in a single day and reports of over 100 suicide attempts and at least one death since September.

    to dedicate/consacrer – attempt/tentative - First Nation/terme désignant au Canada un peuple autochtone (à l'exclusion des Inuits et des Métis) – remote/éloigné, reculé - to face/être confronté à - to fly, flew, flown sb/dépêcher qqn par avion - to kick off/commencer, démarrer - state of emergency/état d'urgence - reports of.../informations faisant état de...

    Publié le 20/04/2016

  • $5.09 billion

    Ambient air pollution cost the United States $5.09 billion dollars in medical expenses and lost economic productivity related to preterm birth in 2010, researchers said. Of that total, $760 million was attributed to direct medical costs, according to Leonardo Trasande, MD, of New York University School of Medicine, and colleagues, writing in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    billion/milliard – expenses/dépenses, frais - related to/lié à, en raison de – preterm/avant terme, prématuré – MD or DM = Doctor of Medicine – health/santé

    Publié le 6/04/2016

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