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  • 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

  • 3,000/day

    More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world -- an average of 3,000 deaths per day -- from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of death among 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed significantly. The report says two-thirds of deaths among adolescents occur in Southeast Asia and Africa.

    preventable/évitable – leading/premier, principal – globally/dans le monde - road injury/accident(s) de la route - lower respiratory infection/infection des voies respiratoires inférieures - self-harm/ici, suicide - to occur/survenir

    Publié le 2/06/2017

  • $13

    A pack of cigarettes in New York City is going to get more expensive, $13 at a minimum, and harder to find. Mayor de Blasio announced last month his support for a package of City Council bills aimed at cutting the number of smokers by 160,000 by 2020, including hiking the minimum price for a pack from $10.50 to $13, capping the number of retailers in each neighborhood that can sell tobacco, banning pharmacies like Duane Reade from selling smokes, and regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as cigarettes.

    to get, got, got/ici, devenir – mayor/maire – support/soutien - to aim at/viser (à) - to cut, cut, cut/ici, réduire - to hike/augmenter, relever (prix) - to cap/limiter, plafonner – retailer/détaillant, vendeur - neighborhood (US) = neighbourhood (GB)/quartier - to ban/interdire – smoke/cigarette – way/façon

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • 108-128 billion

    Greenpeace claims it has uncovered what it calls Coca-Cola’s “eye-popping” use of throwaway plastic. The charity looked at Coca-Cola’s annual sales figures of certain product lines and the proportion that they have represented in the company’s overall packaging mix since 2012. Using this method, Greenpeace concluded that Coca-Cola sells in the region of 108 to 128 billion plastic bottles each year.

    billion/milliard - to claim/affirmer, prétendre - to uncover/découvrir - eye-popping/effarant, ahurissant – throwaway/jetable – charity/ici, organisation non gouvernementale (internationale) - to look at/étudier, analyser - sales figures/chiffres des ventes – overall/total, global, toutes catégories confondues – packaging/emballage, conditionnement – mix/mélange; ici, variété, ensemble - in the region of/aux alentours de, environ

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • £10,000

    The average price of London property has dropped by nearly £10,000 since this time last year, just as the rest of the country hits a record high. Properties in the capital are now coming to market 1.5 per cent (£9,423) cheaper than a year ago, the biggest fall since May 2009 according to Rightmove’s latest house price index. But the decline is almost entirely due to a rapid drop in the price of high-end properties and those in inner London, with the rest of the market showing resilience. The overall average asking price of a property in London is now £649,772.

    average/moyen - to drop/chuter, baisser – by/ici, de – nearly/près de - just as/au moment même où - to hit, hit, hit/atteindre - record high/record historique, niveau record, pic – cheap/peu cher - (the) latest/(le) dernier (en date), plus récent – almost/presque - high-end/haut de gamme, de luxe, prestigieux – inner/centre, cœur - to show, showed, showed or shown/ici, faire preuve de – resilience/ici, résistance, capacité de maintien (prix) - asking price/prix demandé-de vente

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • 1/5

    According to the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of British adults under-25 are teetotal, and numbers are on the rise. Motivated by health and income concerns, this new generation is bucking the trend of their parents, and choosing to drink in moderation, or not at all. “Young people are drinking less, but pubs aren’t keeping up with what they want,” says Laura Willoughby, the founder of Club Soda, a guide that rates pubs based on the quality of non-alcoholic beverages on offer.

    teetotal/qui ne boit pas d'alcool – income/revenu(s) – concern/préoccupation, souci - to buck/aller à l'encontre de – trend/tendance - to keep, kept, kept up with/ici, s'adapter, répondre à - to rate/évaluer, noter

    Publié le 22/03/2017

  • £483,803

    New research shows that despite recession blues and political and economic uncertainty, property values have comfortably outpaced growth in London salaries, which since 2011 have risen by just 54p a day — pushing the gulf between average incomes and average property prices to its widest ever point. The research found that in December 2011 the average home in London cost £292,284. Today that has soared to £483,803, according to analysis by Savills. Meanwhile, average London salaries have inched upwards from £34,336 to £34,531. The average London home has been going up in value by £105 a day for five years.

    property/bien (immobilier) - to outpace/devancer, dépasser – gulf/ici, écart - to soar/grimper en flèche - to inch upwards/augmenter lentement

    Publié le 22/03/2017

  • $1B

    Airbnb has closed on a more than $1 billion round of funding in February, according to CNBC. It is now worth approximately $31 billion. The company also turned profitable in the second quarter of 2016, a person close to the company confirmed with CNBC. The home-sharing giant further expects to be profitable this year, the source said, and has no plans to go public soon. Since its start in 2008, Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion.

    round of funding/cycle de financement – profitable/rentable – quarter/trimestre - to go, went, gone public/entrer en Bourse - to raise/lever (fonds)

    Publié le 22/03/2017

  • 43C

    The Australian outback town of Birdsville is famously hot but record-breaking conditions have pushed the mercury north of 43C every day from 26 January, Australia Day, to the beginning of February. The temperature has only dipped below 40C on five days so far this year in the Queensland desert community, and not once since 23 January when some rain kept it down to 37.5C.

    (the) Outback/région aride située au cœur de l’Australie, arrière-pays, intérieur des terres - record-breaking/exceptionnel - to dip/tomber – below/au-dessous de - so far/jusqu'à présent - to keep, kept, kept sth down/maintenir qch "à la baisse"

    Publié le 23/02/2017

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