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  • 633

    Last month, 633 divers took part in the largest mass subaquatic clean up of a section of seabed in Florida. The divers, equipped with aqualungs, picked up litter from the sea floor near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. They set up a world record, which was overseen by Guinness officiator Michael Empric, and ended up retrieving at least 1,626 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of fishing line.

    diver/plongeur - large/grand (... in the largest mass... au plus grand...) - seabed/fond marin - aqualung/scaphandre autonome - litter/déchets, détritus - pier/jetée - to set, set, set up/établir - to oversee, saw, seen/superviser - officiator/ici, juge officiel - to retrieve/ramasser, extraire - pound/livre (1 livre = 453,6 g) - trash/détritus, déchets - fishing line/filet de pêche

    Publié le 9/07/2019

  • 130,000

    To tackle global heating, more than 130,000 trees will be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years. Announced by the environment secretary, Michael Gove, the scheme will be administered by the Forestry Commission and provide individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs with grants for the plantings. "This will allow us to plant more trees much closer to where people live and work and where the benefits of trees make the most difference," said Forestry Commission chair, Sir Harry Studholme.

    Publié le 7/06/2019

  • 4

    New York will erect statues to honour four female historical figures, in the boroughs where they used to live. A statue of world-renowned jazz singer Billie Holiday will be built near Queens Borough Hall. The public health champion Helen Rodríguez Trías will have her statue in the Bronx. A monument to Elizabeth Jennings Graham, a teacher who helped desegregate New York’s public transit, will be installed in Manhattan. Finally, Katherine Walker, a lighthouse keeper credited with saving dozens of lives, will stand on Staten Island. The initiative seeks to fix a gender imbalance in the city’s public spaces, New York having only five female historical figures depicted in statues at present.

    figure/ici, personnalité - borough/arrondissement, district - world-renowned/mondialement célèbre - champion/défenseur - to desegregate/mettre fin à la ségrégation - public transit/transports en commun - lighthouse keeper/gardienne de phare - to credit sb with sth/attribuer à qqn (le mérite de) qqch - to seek, sought, sought to/viser à - to fix/ici, remédier à - gender imbalance/manque de parité - to depict/représenter

    Publié le 1/04/2019

  • 75,400

    A new projection of opioid overdose death rates in the United States suggests that the number of fatal overdoses — which reached 47,600 in 2017 — will rise sharply in the coming years. By 2022, such deaths would peak at about 75,400. According to Jagpreet Chhatwal of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the research, the opioid epidemic “is not finished growing.” Currently, opiates kill an average of 130 people a day in the country, an increasing proportion of which were initially hooked on street drugs like heroin.

    projection/prévision - opioid (syn. opiate)/opiacé - rate/taux, nombre - to reach/atteindre - to rise, rose, risen/augmenter - sharply/fortement, considérablement - according to/d’après, selon - to lead, led, led/mener - currently/actuellement - average/(en) moyenne - increasing/croissant, de plus en plus important - to be hooked on/être accro à (hook crochet)

    Publié le 28/02/2019

  • 1€

    In the Sicilian town of Sambuca, dozens of homes have been put up for sale for the price of €1. The deal is aimed at reviving a town that has greatly suffered from depopulation in recent years. According to local officials, anyone interested in buying a house in Sambuca can do it straight away... but on one condition: they must commit to refurbishing their property within three years. The starting cost for refurbishment is €15,000. In addition, buyers must give a €5,000 security deposit, which will be returned once the refurbishment is complete.

    to put, put, put up for sale/mettre en vente - to be aimed at/viser à - to revive/faire revivre, redynamiser - local officials/autorités locales - straight away/immédiatement - to commit to/s'engager à - to refurbish/rénover, moderniser - property/bien (immobilier) - security deposit/dépôt de garantie

    Publié le 31/01/2019

  • €7

    The European commission has announced that British citizens will have to pay to visit mainland Europe after Brexit, as soon as the EU’s free movement laws no longer apply. Before travelling to mainland Europe, they will have to fill out an online form and pay €7 for a visa waiver, valid for three years. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, this measure would be implemented as of 30 March 2019.

    mainland Europe/Europe continentale - no longer/ne... plus - to fill out/remplir - form/formulaire - visa waiver/exemption de visa - deal/accord - to implement/mettre en oeuvre, appliquer - as of/à partir de, dès (le)

    Publié le 3/01/2019

  • 305m

    This is the size of London’s new skyscraper design. If plans for its construction are approved, “The Tulip” will become the tallest building in the City and the second-tallest building in London, after The Shard, which is four metres taller. Designed by architects Foster + Partners, the building is to stand next door to The Gherkin and will be a tourist and educational attraction, as well as office space. If permission is granted, construction will begin in 2020 and could be finished by 2025.

    Publié le 10/12/2018

  • 400%

    Meghan Markle helped boost sales of yellow clothing this year at British chain of high-end department stores John Lewis. The chain has recorded a 400 per cent increase in yellow dress sales over the past year. In its annual retail report, John Lewis also reveals that searches for ‘yellow’ skyrocketed after the Duchess of Sussex wore a bright yellow dress at a Commonwealth reception in July.

    to boost/stimuler - high-end/haut de gamme - department store/grand magasin - to record/enregistrer - increase/augmentation - retail/vente au détail - to skyrocket/grimper en flèche - bright/ici, vif

    Publié le 9/11/2018

  • 400

    400 people were paid to take part in an experimental cinema project led by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, a Russian film director. For the art film Dau, 400 citizens lived for three years in a meticulously-constructed set replicating a research institute from the Stalin-era. The set was located just outside Kharkov, in Ukraine. During the shooting, which ended in 2011, the “actors” were monitored 24-7 by surveillance cameras. They had to live and behave as if they were in a Soviet-era totalitarian regime and would be fined if, for instance, they smuggled in phones. Dau, which is a biopic about the Soviet physicist Lev Landau, will be shown to the public for the first time at an art installation in Berlin this month.

    film director/réalisateur – citizen/citoyen ici, personne – set/plateau, décor - to replicate/reproduire - Stalin-era/époque stalinienne - to locate/situer – shooting/tournage - to monitor/surveiller - to behave/se comporter - to fine/infliger une amende - to smuggle in/ici, introduire en douce – biopic/film biographique – physicist/physicien

    Publié le 1/10/2018

  • 350

    On August 16, about 350 American media outlets posted editorials denouncing Donald Trump’s criticisms of the media. Since his election, the American president has often ranted about "fake news" and called the news media "the enemy of the people". Trump responded to the coordinated action with a series of tweet, one of them saying: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS." The Senate, on the other hand, adopted a resolution reaffirming "the vital and indispensable role the free press serves to inform the electorate."

    media outlet/média, organe de presse - to post/ici, publier - to rant about (sth-sb)/fulminer contre (qch-qqn) - on the other hand/d'autre part; ici, quant à lui - to serve/ici, jouer

    Publié le 3/09/2018

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