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  • 5-4

    In the United States, the Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim countries — also called "travel ban". The court made its decisions in a 5-to-4 vote. It is the third and final version of this controversial executive order that was approved. The court’s conservatives said that the US president’s power to secure the country’s borders should not be undermined by his past contentious statements about Muslims, while the court’s liberals, led by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, strongly denounced the ruling. The decision endowed Trump with a major political victory ahead of the midterm elections.

    to uphold, held, held/valider, maintenir - executive order/décret (présidentiel) - to ban/interdire - to secure/protéger – border/frontière - to undermine/miner, affaiblir – contentious/controversé – statement/déclaration – ruling/décision, jugement - to endow with/ici, offrir à - ahead of/avant, dans la perspective de

    Publié le 5/07/2018

  • 2,4 millions

    James Harrison, an 81-year-old Australian man who has given blood a record-breaking 1,173 times, made his final donation last month. When he was 14, James Harrison needed numerous blood transfusions to survive an operation, and he has given blood every few weeks across Australia since then. Along the way, health professionals discovered that he carried a precious antibody that is used to make a medication that combats rhesus disease. He became known as the “Man with the Golden Arm” and received a Medal of Order in Australia. Thanks to his donations, he helped to save 2.4 million babies.

    blood/sang - record-breaking/qui bat tous les records - numerous/nombreux - every few/tous les deux ou trois - since then/depuis lors - along the way/au fil du temps - health/santé - disease/maladie - thanks to/grâce à

    Publié le 7/06/2018

  • 20 m

    Famous artist, Christo, has started working on his latest installation, a mastaba (referring to the trapezoidal structure used as a tomb in ancient Egypt) that will float on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, in London. The artwork, made from thousands of barrels, will be 20 metres tall, 30 metres wide and 40 metres long. It will be unveiled on or around 20 June, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery devoted to Christo and his late wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude.

    Serpentine/lac artificiel couvrant 11 hectares situé à Hyde Park, à Londres - artwork/œuvre d'art - barrel/baril - to unveil/dévoiler, présenter au public - exhibition/exposition - to be devoted to/être consacré à - late/défunt(e)

    Publié le 23/04/2018

  • $40,000

    This is what actress Claire Foy earned for each episode of the first two series of The Crown. Her male co-star Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip (a supporting role in the drama), earned more, as was revealed last month by the TV show’s producers. They said that Matt Smith was worth more because of his higher profile from his days in Doctor Who, but this pay gap caused indignation, as Claire Foy was the drama’s lead actress and won several awards for her role. The producers have announced that in the future, the lead actress would not be paid less.

    to earn/gagner (de par son travail) - to play/ici, jouer le rôle de, interpréter - supporting role/second rôle – drama/ici, série (télévisée) – show/ici, série (télévisée) - to be worth/valoir - high profile/notoriété - pay gap/écart salarial - to cause/susciter – lead/ici, principal – several/plusieurs

    Publié le 30/03/2018

  • $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

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