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  • £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

  • $3 million

    They're "therapists," not "strippers," argued New York City's Penthouse Executive Club, creatively characterizing its dancers to avoid $3 million in back taxes, but the state's appeals board ruled against it in April. Penthouse had insisted that its performers were more akin to counselors for lonely men, and that the club's "door charge" was an untaxable fee for therapeutic health services.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

  • £2.3tn

    A £2.3tn windfall for those lucky enough to own their own homes during the property boom of the 1990s and early 2000s has opened up a deep and widening inequality gap between the generations, a think tank has warned. Rising house prices that have enriched older generations have priced the young out of home ownership, said the Resolution Foundation, adding that the pattern whereby each generation was wealthier than the previous one had broken down. In a new report, the think tank noted that the baby boomers born in the 20 years after the Second World War were the big beneficiaries of rapidly rising house prices, but had amassed most of the wealth through no skill of their own.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

  • US$25

    A Washington state-based start-up says that since 2013, it has been developing a fleet of hybrid-electric planes that could make US$25, short-haul flights possible. Zunum Aero has some heavyweight investor partners, including Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures, subsidiaries of their respective companies. It also faces a number of competitors and obstacles, particularly battery limitations. But if successful, it could significantly change regional air travel.

    fleet/flotte - short-haul/court-courrier – flight/vol – heavyweight/ici, de poids – subsidiary/filiale – competitor/concurrent

    Publié le 2/06/2017

  • One million

    In the UK, one million hours of police time are being wasted each year on policing the ban on smoking cannabis, the Liberal Democrats say. Research by the party drawn from official figures shows a total of 87,247 police caseloads relating to the drug were opened in 2015, with the average cost to the taxpayer per case estimated at £2,256. The estimate says that in total £31m was spent on 1,044,180 police hours. The party says the drug is already “freely available and widely used” and that regulation rather than prohibition makes sense.

    to waste/gâcher, perdre - to police/veiller à l'application de – ban/interdiction – caseload/dossier, cas – average/moyen – taxpayer/contribuable

    Publié le 2/06/2017

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