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  • $25.2m

    The Black Panther Marvel movie grossed a record-breaking $25.2m at the box office on its opening night in the United States and in Canada. It is the second-highest grossing Marvel movie on opening night, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie has kept on breaking records at the box office for weeks after its release. It is the first blockbuster superhero film by a black director starring a mostly black cast (including big stars such as Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o), and it is extremely successful worldwide.

    to gross/rapporter (recette brute) - record-breaking/battant tous les records - opening/première (projection) - Avengers: Age of Ultron/Avengers : L'Ère d'Ultron (2015) - release/sortie - blockbuster/superproduction - to star/mettre en scène - cast/distribution (acteurs)

    Publié le 5/03/2018

  • Brexit: 58% of Britons in favour of a second referendum

    According to a recent ICM/Guardian poll, most Britons support a second referendum to have "a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known." As Prime Minister Theresa May attempts to negotiate a divorce deal with the EU, the survey, carried out in mid-January, found that 47% of British voters said they supported this idea while 34% oppose reopening the question. Without including people who were undecided, this gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum. As pointed out by British newspaper The Guardian, the increased backing has come "from both sides of the debate, with one-quarter of leave voters in favour of having another referendum on the final deal."

    Briton/Britannique - according to/d'après - poll/sondage d’opinion - to support/ici, être en faveur de - final say/dernier mot - terms/conditions - as/alors que - to attempt to/tenter de - deal/accord - survey/sondage - to carry out/effectuer - to find, found, found/ici, montrer, révéler - voter/électeur - while/alors, tandis que - to reopen/rouvrir, reprendre, relancer - lead/avance, avantage - to/ici, contre - to point out/souligner - increased/accru, appuyé, renforcé - backing/soutien - side/côté, ici, partie

    Publié le 5/02/2018

  • Donald Trump has signed the $1.5 Trillion Tax cut Into Law

    President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law last month, giving him his first legislative victory. This new law gives big cuts to corporations and wealthy Americans and more modest reductions to other families. However, Trump insists the law is a win a for the middle class and that even though polling indicates the tax cut is unpopular, “the numbers will speak” for themselves. The US president has called it ‘the biggest tax cut, the biggest reform of all time’. The tax law is the largest since 1986 and could add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    trillion/mille milliards - tax cut/réduction d'impôt – overhaul/refonte, réforme (globale) – corporation/entreprise – win/victoire – polling/sondages

    Publié le 4/01/2018

  • $1 billion

    The Winklevoss twins have just become the world’s first bitcoin billionaires. Cameron and Tyler Winklewoss, the identical twins famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg over the ownership of Facebook, have just become bitcoin billionaires. Their action for control of Zuckerberg’s company was unsuccessful, but they were awarded a settlement of $65m in 2008, out of which they used $11m to invest in Bitcoin, according to the Telegraph. In March 2013, they purchased about 100,000 of them, when each coin was worth roughly $120. Following a surge in the value of the crypto-currency this year, that stake in bitcoin is now worth well over $1 billion, making them the world’s first bitcoin billionaires!

    bitcoin/monnaie électronique (bit/unité d'information binaire - coin/pièce de monnaie) – billionaire/milliardaire - to sue/poursuivre en justice – ownership/propriété - to award/accorder, octroyer – settlement/règlement (dommages et intérêts) roughly/environ – surge/hausse (rapide) - crypto-currency/crypto-monnaie (monnaie virtuelle utilisable sur un réseau informatique de pair à pair et décentralisé, fondée sur les principes de la cryptographie) – stake/part(icipation), mise

    Publié le 8/12/2017

  • £8.75 per hour

    In the United Kingdom, over 150,000 workers got a pay rise this month as the British living wage, which is paid voluntarily by more than 3,600 employers, is increased against a backdrop of rising transport, food and housing costs. The pay rate will rise 3.6% to £8.75 per hour around the UK and 4.6% to £10.20 in London, giving a wages boost to workers at companies which have adopted the measure, including Google and IKEA. Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman urged more employers to sign up to the scheme. "In-work poverty is today's story," she said. "The new living wage rates will bring relief for thousands of UK workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation." The living wage is separate from the government's compulsory National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW). The National Living Wage, which was introduced in April last year for workers aged 25 and above, is currently set at £7.50 an hour. Young people under 25, are still paid the lower National Minimum Wage.

    over/ici, plus de - pay rise/augmentation de salaire - living wage/salaire minimum-décent-qui permet de vivre décemment - against a backdrop of.../dans un contexte de... – housing/logement - pay rate/salaire – boost/dynamisme, stimulant, augmentation - to urge/appeler-encourager vivement-inciter (à) - to sign up to/adhérer à – scheme/projet - in-work/sur le lieu de travail – relief/soulagement, allègement - to squeeze/ici, oppresser (aussi, presser) – compulsory/obligatoire – above/plus – currently/actuellement

    Publié le 9/11/2017

  • 8 awards

    The Handmaid’s Tale swept this year’s Emmys. It won eight awards, including best drama series, the ceremony’s most-coveted awards. It also won outstanding lead actress in a drama series (Elisabeth Moss), outstanding writing and outstanding directing for a drama series. The American series adapts Margaret Atwood’s novel and is produced by streaming platform Hulu. It is set in a dystopian and totalitarian America, where women have been stripped of all their rights. The show has been acclaimed by critics and currently holds an approval rating of 95% on Rotten tomatoes, a popular American review website for film and television.

    The Handmaid's Tale/La Servante écarlate (1985) - to sweep, swept, swept/déferler sur ici, tout rafler - Emmy awards/prix récompensant chaque année les meilleures émissions télévisées américaines - drama series/série dramatique - to covet/convoiter – outstanding/remarquable, exceptionnel - lead actress/actrice principale – writing/ici, scénario – directing/mise en scène – dystopian/dystopique, contre-utopique - to strip/dépouiller - to acclaim/encenser - approval rating/cote de popularité – review/critique, avis

    Publié le 3/10/2017

  • 17,000

    A Barbie superfan, who became obsessed with the toy as a child, has filled her home with 17,000 dolls. Bettina Dorfman started the collection, which is said to be worth more than 200k, when she was just 10-years-old and was given a Barbie as a present during a stay in hospital. Since then, the blonde housewife from Dusseldorf, Germany has amassed a whopping 17,000 Barbies and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection in the world.

    stay/séjour – housewife/femme au foyer – whopping/ici, nombre ahurissant de

    Publié le 28/08/2017

  • 0.4%

    UK industrial production shrank in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest official figures. Production fell by 0.4%, mainly due to a 0.6% drop in manufacturing output, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed. That was largely due to a 3.6% fall in the production of transport equipment, including motor vehicles. Car production fell by 6.7% from May to June, the sharpest drop since December 2013. Construction output also fell in the second quarter by 1.3%, with less work on new projects as well as repairs and maintenance. The figures underline the British economy's dependence on services, which makes up about four-fifths of the UK's economic output.

    to shrink, shrank, shrunk/reculer, se contracter – output/production – sharp/ici, important - to make, made, made up/représenter

    Publié le 28/08/2017

  • 50/50

    Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House advisory committee on voter fraud. Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? A recent survey by The Washington Post suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.

    to undermine/nuire à, fragiliser – concern/(sujet de) préoccupation – assertion/affirmation - voter fraud/fraude électorale – claim/allégation - large-scale/de grande ampleur – rampant/généralisé – survey/enquête - to postpone/reporter

    Publié le 28/08/2017

  • US$ 14,000

    If high-schoolers seem stressed by active lifestyles and competitive pressures, and consequently fail to sleep the recommended nine to 10 hours a day, it must be a good idea for the federal government to give grants to purchase comfy, $14,000 "nap pods" that drive out the racket with soft music, for 20 minutes a shot during those frenzied classroom days. A May NPR report based on an experience led in Las Cruces High School, New Mexico, quoted favorable reviews by students, backed by a doctor and a nurse practitioner who pointed to research showing that adequate sleep "can" boost memory and attention and thus "can" improve school performance.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

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